boracay sand,sounds,scents

it is almost advent and people are in need of a break from problems and stress. i suggest you go to boracay and enjoy the finest sand, sea music and the aroma of just being alive. boracay, our world famous island is still a haven for tired families.

last oct.27 our family of four flew to boracay. ayen asked us to bring her and her cousin kristel lacerna to boracay for a vacation. ed and i had been in boracay in 1994 with the education for life staff and families.  but ayen said that she doesnt remember that trip and so we decided, “let’s have a real vacation and review  our wish list ( ed’s 65 and my 57 wishes).” with our monthly pay, we blew it to treat our family.

the first thing you enjoy  from the air is the blue, turquoise waters of aklan. caticlan and boracay  look like gems from the skies. kristel, who was flying for the first time, got excited and ayen told her they would spend three days having fun on the beach.  the flight is 50 minutes from naia 3 and the  caticlan airport is nice with an efficient crew.. we boarded a tricycle for the boat ride station ( P50 pesos per tricycle) and the boat ride  (P25 pesos per pax) took ten minutes. i had asked the boat man if we were going to be carried by men on their shoulders and he smiled “No, we already have a port which allows us to land without  anyone getting wet.” in 1994, anyone could just land in any part of the beach and people would carry passengers on their shoulders for a fee to the shore. i had imagined myself sitting on the shoulders of a hulk to get to the shore. since 2000 i have gained extra weight and so i was relieved when i saw the boat ladder on the port landing. nice, i told myself, this is a good start.

we got to our hotel in 15 minutes on a tricycle. hannah is a hotel owned by a friend  cholo morillo and is located in station one, behind the church. paolo  the owner’s son greeted us and got my hand to make mano. ahh, that is very pinoy, i told myself. the hotel is homey and our room was comfy. ayen and kristel were already excited and went to walk to the beach after dumping their bags.

the sand is the first thing that makes you feel relaxed. walking barefoot in boracay is better than any foot spa you get in the city. there are no stones nor garbage to distract your walking and the beach is organized into three stations. hannah hotel is in station one. as we walked on the beach, hundreds of sounds greet you. the water waving and beckoning you to swim. the coconut palms whispering and the sounds of children laughing,playing on the beach. if you rise early in the morning before 5 am , you have the whole beach to your delight because most tourists enjoy boracay night to the hilt – they drink and dance from 4 pm to 4 am! that is the first tourist agenda we discovered.

during the day, our two teenagers would scan the beach for beautiful sites and take hundreds of photos, as if they were in a modelling agency, filling up their cameras with all kinds of fantasy pose. ed and i did our tetada kalimasada, our breath in synch with jurus (movements with timed exhalations). if you are in boracay for a budget vacation, here are the things you can do to max your time:

wake up early and swim before the sun rises. you have the beach all to yourself. then take breakfast on the beach, buy taho and bread in the talipapa. it wont cost you more than 50 pesos if you buy your supplies from the market. if you choose to eat in the restaurants, the usual tapsilog will cost you a hundred and an expensive  meal is P350. our first meals cost us P250 each and it took us two days to discover how to eat well and cheap. the barbeques along the beach path cost P10 per stick and if you want good bread, buy at the deli in d mall P20 per baguette. the best meal we had was at the lemon cafe and it cost us P1200. i kept edging ed to show his senior card for the 20% discount. after four meals, ed did ask for a senior’s discount.

if you have swam,run, rolled ,  had picnics on the beach and  still have more money, go island hopping and snorkelling for P2000 ( P1500 for the boat that carry  5 to 8 pax), P150 snorkelling gear plus P20 snorkelling fee per pax. bring a picnic basket if you want to eat on the boat or have lunch on puka beach, P100 per pax.

the more expensive items are scuba diving (P3000), wind surfing, banana boatrides, glass-bottom boat rides (P700). we didnt have the money and so organized our daytime with visiting all the hotels, shops and resorts we could enter and take photos. in the evening, we sat in the bars and ordered drinks that were affordable (P100 per glass or cup). there are many fresh fruit drinks along the beach and had buco on the boat for P120 – 4 coconuts.

with our teenagers ayen and kristel, their fun sched was swimming, shopping, and scanning the scene for “puppy thrills”  at nightime – looking for nice looking boys. ed and i gave them free reign and we were glad they took care of themselves well.

we had some time to review our life list and we resolved to return to boracay with a larger family. but first, we have to work harder to be able to afford another vacation.

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One Comment on “boracay sand,sounds,scents”

  1. juliet a. virtusio Says:

    Hi Girlie,
    Kumusta na?
    I was doing some research on Kalimasada when i happend to see your website. My brother, Gil is also a Kalimasada pratisioner. He is currently doing kalimasada healing on my mom, who just fractured her back.
    I hope you still remember me and my husband Jun. We are in still in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
    Regard to Ed and to your ayen.

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