We are each other’s escape

When the world seems too chaotic

When our lives appear unbearable

When our crosses are too heavy to bear

When our problems wear us down

When only a thin line separates us from insanity

When we wish we were in an alternate universe

When we yearn to be the truest, rawest form of ourselves

We run to each other

To vanish

To be free

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All hail to the Queen

โ€œIโ€™m not an alien, Iโ€™m not a woman, Iโ€™m not a man, and Iโ€™m not a creature of your government, Manila. Iโ€™m all your dreams and Iโ€™m all your potential. Let me be all your insecurities and your fears. Iโ€™m your future, Iโ€™m everything that makes you sad and angry. Iโ€™m you, little monsters. Tonightโ€™s not a statement, tonightโ€™s us coming together because we believe we were all born this way. Some people say I stand for things that are bad. The truth is, I want the best for every single one of you. My life is like one whole performance of LIBERATION.โ€ – Lady GaGa (Taken with Instagram at Mall of Asia Arena)

Gazillion things on my plate and I am just a girl

Grown-up stuff seem to come my way pretty often these days. Obviously because there’s no denying, I am a grown-up at this solid age of 25!

First, on moving out. While the thing excites me and terrifies me at the same time, we cannot forego the inevitable. Looks like I’ll soon bid goodbye to the North in favor of the South. This doesn’t come cheap. In 3 days time, our savings have gone low by more than 30 grand. This is just the beginning. I didn’t know that nails, PVC pipes, faucets and other small ticket items combined would cost so much. Apart from all the house repairs, I have pest control schedule, a pending landline application and I should get in touch with a mover ASAP. Whew! I feel so old.

Then of course, there’s work. All my accounts are moving, dear Lord! To top it off, I was recently assigned to lead a brand. In as much as I love the challenge, the responsibility is just so huge that there are times I chicken out. I’ve people who depend on me for directions and I have to make sure that my actions do not just set examples to my subordinates but inspire them the same way my previous superiors have motivated me to do my best.

Testing the waters, yet again. When opportunities come, I can’t help but stick my head out the window, every time. The back of my mind says no – a new account, a team to lead, an atmosphere of laughter and fun. What else should I ask for? But, I am a mere mortal and I need gold in my pocket so we will see.

Just went to the doctor today. My right ear has been making this distressing, ‘tiiiiiiing’ sound for more than 2 weeks. The doctor said my eardrum looks swollen that’s why I need to undergo a hearing test. That said, I definitely CANNOT swim and, he has to check if I can board a plane on Friday since the pressure might worsen my ear’s swelling. Dundundundun! Nooooo. I still have a wedding to plan and the days are rolling by.

Driving 101 is still progressing, when will I be able to do it on my own? Stocks, to gamble or not, that is the question. Haaay, grown-up stuff. Can I just be 15 again?

Boracay virgin no more

Given the wanderer in me, people are often surprised when they find out that I’ve never been to Boracay – not until now. Hooray! ๐Ÿ™‚ Gel surprised me with tickets to Boracay by using up his Mabuhay Miles from Philippine Airlines so we ended up paying for the tax only which was roughly P600 bucks. Steal! ๐Ÿ™‚

Touchdown:

PAL only flies from Manila to Kalibo so that’s where we landed.ย 

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Early flight and I’m so sleepy. There are already lots of shuttles bound to Caticlan when you go out of the airport. No need to book in advance unless you’re arriving in Kalibo late at night. We got our shuttle and ferry package for P250 but you can get something as low as P200 or maybe even less.

It’s a 2-hour land trip from Kalibo to Caticlan and it was the worst 2 hours of my life. Maybe it was my lack of sleep, hormones or the driver was just a badass on the road but I had to barf a couple of times and my tummy was wreaking havoc. This happened not just on our way to Caticlan but on our way back. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Why oh why? Imagine, I had to put the van to a halt just so I can use the toilet. Hehe!ย 

Anyway, we got there when people were already leaving the island on an Easter Sunday. I guess it was a little less crowded than the Holy Week.

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Of course, my expectations were high because THIS IS BORACAY. It recently ranked 2nd best beach in the world by TripAdvisor and Asia’s best. I must say the sand lives up to its promise, so fine like powder!ย 

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It’s Gel’s first time too. Does he look happy or ang init lang kasi?


Food:

Because it’s our first time, we had to try the famousย Jonah’s Milkshake – the drink that made Boracay, that’s what they say.

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We had lunch at Astoria Plaza, all because we wanted a free buffet! Haha!ย 

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Seafood galore! My favorite would have to be Prawn in Butter and Garlic. I can eat this all day!

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Burger and fries from Bite Cub – D’Mall Station 2

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Isaw and other grilled food everywhere including the Chori Burger that I’ve been hearing about. Tried it and it was okay. No picture nga lang, sorry!

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Accommodation:

Stayed in La Carmela on our 1st night. The room was big enough to suit 4 persons. Theย air-conditioningย was really good, we were freezing by 3am! The only thing I can’t use was the hot shower. Was in a hurry so had no time to call the front desk and complain. Over-all, worth the price of P3k since they’re located in front of the beach.

We transferred to Fat Jimmy’s the following day for our 3D2N stay. It’s located at Station 2, D’Mall area. If you don’t mind a leisurely 2-minute walk to the beach and passing by the market on your way, then I think this is pretty ok. I scored a good deal from Groupon because we only paid P2,400 for our entire stay. Not to mention that we were pampered by the hotel crew, even allowing us to have an early breakfast the day of our check-out so we can catch our flight. This is very homey and I really liked staying here.

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What we did:

This trip was all about eating and eating and eating so apart from that, all we did was to be lazy. Bask in the sun and on our last day, try out Helmet Diving.

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I don’t know how or why I did this considering I am no swimmer. I am claustrophobic. I just had an ear infection which bans me from swimming. But then again, it was worth the try ๐Ÿ™‚

A lot of other activities are available so if you have the time, the cash and the guts, you can try the other things like:

Banana Boat

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Flying Fish

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Parawsailing

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And a whole lot more.

Just be careful and choosy since there are lots of ‘commissioners’ offering these. I suggest you go to Station 3 since the operators are there and you can deal with them directly.

What I love in Boracay:

There’s food everywhere, you’ll never go hungry.

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Massage by the beach.

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Polvoron-like sand.

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Sunset.

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Koreans are all over the place. Restaurants and most establishments have their signs in Korean, market vendors can even speak Korean.ย What I found funny was that the locals eye foreigners so fast that they’ve mistaken Gel as one.

Boracay, for me, isn’t your ‘relaxing’ beach. It’s more of your ‘party’ beach. Much like Puerto Galera but way better crowd. To each its own, right?ย I’m not much of a fan of congested beaches but Boracay has something to offer that others don’t have. The dynamism, the vibe, the life.ย 

So, to cap it off, here’s the list of expenses for this 4D3N trip:

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Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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