Saturday, May 28, 2016

Boracay: Day 4

It was another free and easy day for us in Boracay. We decided to walk to Station 1 in the morning after our breakfast to have a nicer shots at Willy’s Rock.

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The view never failed to amaze us. You would want to wake up every morning to see this. The girls spent a lot of time taking pictures here and there. Well, it was our last day on this island so, we did not want to waste it. The guy, well, he was nowhere to be seen. However, we were sure he was somewhere enjoying himself too.

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We had our lunch at Yellow Cab before we dispersed – Chee Teng and I went back to our room while the others stayed back by the beach. My stomach was not feeling well at that time so, I had to rest on the bed. It sucks when you are having gastric problem.

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Since it would be our last dinner in Boracay, we decided to have a glamour dinner by the beach. We went to a few restaurants until we finally settled down with one that has a good live band. The band members were very engaging. Very engaging until I was invited to sing on stage with them. What a way to end my trip in Boracay.

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Before we went back to our room, we walked around the shops for the last time – to look for souvenirs and postcards. The ladies went to hunt for a massage. I wanted a foot massage badly and had an hour of it. I felt so relaxed and rejuvenated.

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Back in the room, I was hoping to have a bonding night before all of us turned in. However, we were all so tired that we decided to sleep straight..

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Boracay: Day 3

Our third day in Boracay was free and easy.

We started our day by checking out the shops and also got ourselves a SIM card so we would be connected to the internet world. We really could not live our lives without internet, dang!

We had our lunch at Cyma, a Greek restaurant. It is one of the top must-try restaurants in Boracay. Initially we wanted to have our dinner there the night before but it was full house. Therefore, we made a reservation for lunch. I was really looking forward to what we would be having there. It’s Greek cuisine, alright? I have never had it.

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No, I don’t remember the name of this dish. I can only recall it is an appetizer and it is cheese on the pan.

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Some Greek salad.

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Some Greek wrap.

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Mine main dish – Pastisado (Greek Osso Bucco): Beef shank braised in Greek tomato sauce served over spaghetti.

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Our dessert – fried mango with an ice-cream on top.

We went to explore Station 1 of White Beach, after our lunch. The weather was great – super sunny and warm. No, I didn’t enjoy the sun but, I love the view.

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You can find a lot of luxurious resorts in Station 1. One of Boracay’s famous landmarks is also there, Willy’s Rock. The beach is wider and the place is quiet compared to Station 2 – where we were staying.

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We hung out in Station 1 the whole afternoon until evening where we had to walked back to kickstart our evening sailing. We felt cheated as well because we sailed out to the sea for less than 10 minutes and we were back to the shore.

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That night, we had our dinner at D’ Talipapa. It is a famous wet market in Boracay where you could buy fresh and live seafood from the stall vendors and then proceed to the restaurants nearby to have your seafood prepared in the style of your choice. However, this was also the most stressful dinner we had in Boracay. You had to bargain to get a fair price and trust me, it was not easy. We were conned once and the vendors were not happy when we found out and returned to them. I understand that they have to earn money for living but to deceive people in a disgusting manner was just unacceptable. To be honest, that’s when I started to dislike the locals there. I even told off to those who held and grabbed my arms. Super rough and rude.

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Fortunately the food was worth the troubles. However, that was the only and last dinner we had at D’ Talipapa regardless how much we love calamari.

No, no nightlife for me. I knocked out and fell asleep after my shower..

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Boracay: Day 2

Procrastination – it’s already May and I had not finished my adventure in Boracay with my friends here. The trip was two months ago. Okay, let’s continue our second day in Boracay.

As we bought a package on the night we arrived, we started the second days with activities lined up for us. The local whom we bought the package from, met us at our hotel. He walked us to Station 1 to meet up with the rest of the tourists.

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That sand art – it’s not free to take a photo with it. You need to pay. In fact, you need to pay for everything in Boracay. That is the first lesson we learned. Let me share further with you..

P3012262Our first activity was snorkeling. We took the speed boat which brought us to the middle of the sea and snorkeled. The current was strong and being a hammer, Chee Teng and I had a rough time holding onto the pole of the boat. When all of us got back up to the boat, we were told to pay P20 snorkeling fee. I believe the fund is used to preserve the sea – that’s fine.

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Our next destination was Magic Island. We had to pay P150 to enter the place. Else, you will have to hang around at the beach are as shown in the picture above. However, this place is well-known for cliff diving, apart from Ariel’s Point. The only difference is that you could dive non stop in Magic Island. Okay, fine. At least you paid and got to jump unlimited times from the cliff. Unfortunately for Chee Teng and I, we were not brave enough to dive into the sea.

I think we were there for about 30 minutes when the guide called us back to the speed boat. It was that time when my stomach wasn’t feel right – gastric? I thought I would faint and worried because there’s no way for me to go back to the hotel at that time. Fortunately I felt better after I took my medicine as well as lunch. Else, my day could be ruined.

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After lunch, we were brought to Puka Beach. Nah, you don’t have to pay to take the picture above. Basically we were at Puka Beach the whole afternoon! We thought we would be going to Crystal Cove and felt cheated when we went back to White Beach. Anyhow, we had our own fun at Puka Beach – loads of soaking, loads of picture taken and loads of laughter. As we were tired, we decided to postpone our sunset ride to the next day.

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I really love our stay location – Station 2. We were surrounded by food and drinks amidst the beautiful beach, though not as beautiful as Station 1. It’s fine so long it is not far for us to get our food. As we were not able to make our minds on where to eat, Chee Teng and I made the same decision for us to dine at Spice Bird. This place is very much like Nando’s in Malaysia.

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Of course I could not go without a mango juice. Philippines mango juice is by far the best I’ve ever had. I believe I am going to have this every day during my stay in Boracay.

As we were knackered at the end of the day, there was not night activity. All of us went back to our hotel and knocked out…

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Boracay: Day 1

It was the trip that we had been looking forward to for more than a year! I still remember how we booked the flight tickets for this trip. It was a truly adrenaline rush moment.

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Unfortunately for us, the flight was delayed. We had so much time to kill that we took our own sweet time to sit and walk around the airport.

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Surprisingly, the flight to Kalibo was quite empty. There were a lot of empty seats around me and therefore, I managed to get the others to sit around me. It was a 4-hour flight so, the best thing to do to kill the time is sleep! To be honest, it was not a really pleasant journey.

By the time we arrived the airport, we had to take about 2 hours of bus ride to the jetty. Then another 5-10 minutes ride from the jetty to the island. Later, another 5-10 minutes ride to our hotel. It was already a nightfall by the time we landed the island. We missed the sunset.

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The first thing we did when we checked-in our hotel was to look out for the hotel’s wifi strength. We had a big family room but, the wifi signal was really weak. Therefore, we informed the receptionist about it and requested to change the room when we were back from our dinner. Seriously, we could not live without wifi.

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My first meal in Boracay was paella and it was good. Maybe it was genuinely good or maybe I was just hungry. However, the mango juice was awesome without a doubt!

Welcome to Boracay!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Spring Festival 2016

I always look forward to going back home for Chinese New Year. There are many reasons to it.

First thing first, the reunion dinner. I see most people go out to have steamboat or dinner outside in a restaurant. My family? We never failed to make home cook dishes.

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Secondly is my cousins and brothers. We basically hung out almost every night before bedtime.

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Well, something different for this year – the boyfriend went back to Sibu with me. I am glad that he mixed well with my family members. I am really happy to see that my family members like him. Oh, guess what? It was my grandmother’s very first time to make curry for reunion dinner. Reason? Him.

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Thirdly, friends gathering. We are only able to see each other once a year and that is Chinese New Year. We are all in different places – Bintulu, Melbourne and Penang.

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During this year’s Chinese New Year, we were able to celebrate our mother’s birthday again. Now that she’s staying alone, it’s not a wonder why she’s so happy – the companions.

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And finally, we will always have another round of bi family reunion dinner as our farewells.

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No, I don’t go back once a year. I usually go back twice a year. The next time would be June and I cannot wait to go back…