Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tour the World #1: Boracay Escapade

Location: Boracay, Philippines
Date: October 21-24, 2009
With: Jeru Czar (older brother), Jun Lagarde (uncle), Gigi Lagarde (aunt), Vanie David (aunt), Shai Lagarde, Miku Lagarde, and Vince Lagarde (cousins)
Complete photos on: Facebook, Multiply (links to be followed)

Boracay is one of the most famous tourist attraction in the Philippines found in the northwestern area of Panay, Western Visayas. The area is studded with clear water, surrounded by white sand and various sea shells. It is ideal for adventure-lovers as the place is jammed with loads of fun activities to look for - beach, restaurants, malls, food, tattoos, bars, and lots more.

October 21-24, 2009 is such a history to remember for us, cousins. Shai, Miku, Vince, my older brother Jeru, and I first enjoyed our get-together trip outside Manila. We were supervised by our mom's younger brother Uncle Jun, his wife Aunt Gigie, and aunt's sister Aunt Vanie.

We took an early flight to Kalibo through Zest Air and rode a bus that took almost 2 hours of travel to Aklan port. We ate lunch at a nearby Andok's while waiting for the ferry to arrive that will take us to Caticlan port in Boracay. Upon arriving Caticlan, we rode a multi-cab that brought us to Villa Frency Resort where we stayed for our trip.

Me and Shai
Vince on his b-boy moves
Boracay consisted of three stations, which normally defines social hierarchy, as most people would say. Station 1 has the whitest and softest sand, and luxurious hotels and restaurant. Station 2 is occupied in the middle of the island, where most happenings are found. And, Station 3, is said to be most affordable area in the island.
We didn't actually take the opportunity to go snorkling, banana boat, and other water adventures, but we indulged ourselves with such a family bonding as we took lots of photos, enjoyed waves of the ocean, saw the beautiful sunset, and grasped the fresh air that blows around us.
Kuya Jeru and me
Kuya Jeru
me, Aunt Gigi, Shai, Miku
Me (above pic) and Vince (below photos) doing our hiphop moves

Aside from the fascinating surroundings, Boracay has creative people who make sand arts for a living.
Sand Castle
Sand Art with candles placed inside each holes
We also walked our way to Mt. Luho, mini forest environment, wherein overlooking view around the Island can be seen.

We never missed out trying Boracay's grilled street food like isaw, and Manila food like our favorite Starbucks and Shakeys during our last night in Boracay.


On the last night of the trip, we got our henna tattoos on different parts of our body. A tattoo cost  minimum of 50 Php, depending on the size of the design chosen.
Cousins with henna tattoo artists
Overall, the trip is outrageously fun. Going to Boracay is such a stress reliever. Beach adventure, shopping, eating, partying -- everything can be found in this place. People used to worry that going to Boracay would cost a lot to enjoy. Yes, most probably.. But no worries, because not all people who go there aim for water adventures. There are some, like us, who seek for stress relief and enjoyed Boracay thru family bonding, enjoying free waves of the ocean and soft sand on the beach, meeting new people, and grabbing food at the best cost.

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