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Monday, August 18, 2014

Family Summer Getaway in Boracay

On Family Trips

It has always been our tradition to go on a summer trip every year. I know, it’s peak season and not only it’s more expensive to travel and hard to make reservations, but it’s also a challenge to find a vacation place not crowded with summer-loving Pinoys. As for my family, we go during this season because it is when we are complete. With my Dad and brother both working abroad, they schedule their time-offs on the month of May so we can all celebrate Dad’s birthday.

it never changed :)
This trip was planned months ahead. It is usually me and my brother (us being the eldest) that plan our trip. It’s not just that, we were also the ones who pay for it hehe. Ever since we got ourselves a job, we made it an effort to treat our family every year on a vacation. One, as gift for our father on his birthday and two, just to simply give back to our parents. What’s spending a portion of your salary for the people who brought you to this beautiful world? ;)

Why Boracay?

My parents and my two other siblings have never been there yet. For the past few years, we kept our vacations near Manila because of our pets! We can’t leave them unattended for a long time. And Dad would always say, “Next time sa Boracay naman tayo” which never came true because we can’t leave our dogs. Just imagine how happy I was when I heard about a reputable Dog Daycare Center that opened near our vicinity. Oh yeah, I booked them right away.

still the beautiful world-class beach I knew ;)
I was able to score cheap tickets for our direct Manila-Caticlan flight. But going back, we had to take the Kalibo-Manila route.

Day 1

We had the second earliest flight to Caticlan which is 6:30 AM. We decided to bring our family car and use the Park n Fly services for the first time. We were at the airport at around 4:35 AM but heck the queue was very long! I didn’t expect it to be that crowded. Or maybe it’s because I usually do not travel during the summer months.

airport early birds

There were no flight delays so we were already in our rented apartment by 9:00 AM. It was our lucky day, the guests occupying the room have checked out the day before so we were able to check in that early. Just what we needed after a night of barely sleeping due to the very early flight.

Hello White Beach

I am so glad Boracay is still a beauty. It’s been 3 years since I last visited. Hearing horrible things about it during the “La Boracay” fever only a few weeks ago before our trip, I was actually quite scared of what we will see when we arrive. I don’t want to disappoint my parents as I want them to see it as beautiful like the way they imagined it to be. I was so relieved it still is. ;)

obligatory family photo ;)

We really didn't have plans of doing anything other than swimming and enjoying the beach. My parents are not too young anymore to try those physical exhausting activities. I just want them to relax and have fun.

Of course, we had to pose with that "I Love Boracay" sand castle haha.

That was basically it for Day 1.

Day 2

On our second day, we decided to get up early and take a walk from Station 3 to Station 1. Yup, we chose to stay in Station 3 to avoid the crowds.

Boracay on an early morning

It surely was a long walk but who doesn't love a walk on a beach? Even Mom and Dad loves it. :)

mi padre y madre

That was a beautiful morning walk but quite tiring. We ended up having our breakfast at the Pancake House in D' Mall.

my lil sister happy and loving the beach

When we reached Station 1 and 2, I was relieved that we chose to stay in Station 3. Why? The sand there has to many algae (lumot). It really doesn't look appealing to lie on to or to swim there. Just looking at it already gives me an itch. Yaiiks.

with Willy's Rock and the mossy beach, eeek

After strolling by the beaches of Stations 1 and 2 and some picture taking, we headed back to our preferred beach area for a swim. Again, it was all about having fun in the sea and the sand with my family.

Come night time, we tried one of those restaurant buffets by the beach. I can't remember the name of the place. Maybe because the food was not remarkable at all. Just so-so.

family dinner by the beach

After we walked our parents home, my siblings and I went out for a drink. It was a little too late already that the cool places we wanted to hang out in were already closed. We ended up at the Calypso Resort Bar.

my drink for the night

The awesome nightlife takes place actually far from Station 3 so we just settled in a bar nearby. We all had different cocktails that night but not enough to make us drunk. It was just simply drinking for fun.

Day 3

The next morning, we have to leave already. Still the weather was brilliant. The blue skies and the clear waters were like asking us not to leave. But we have to. I'm happy that Boracay did not disappoint my family. It's still gorgeous like the way it was before.

see you again, Boracay!
Many people had said bad things about Boracay during that "LaBoracay" BS parties. But I'm glad it wasn't as bad as other people made it seem in the media. I know this country has a lot to work on about responsible tourism but we couldn't deny the fact that, the real beauty of our islands still shines through over these bad publicity.

I love Boracay with all its year-round crowds, crazy parties and sometimes annoying beach touts. Though it had been substantially expensive over the years, it will still be one of the places I would like to come back to.

"You can never visit the same place twice. Each time, it's a different story. By the very act of coming back, you wipe out what came before." ~Maureen Johnson, The Last Little Blue Envelope

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