Thursday, February 23, 2012

Boracay in December (2011 Ed)

I'm pretty sure people would agree that Boracay is almost synonymous to summer. Everyone wants to soak up the sun on the perfectly milled white sands and cool off in the cold and (almost always) clear waters by the beach. That's probably the reason why rates are ridiculously high and the island is just too congested with tourists during the said season.

Because my friends and I don't want to pay for sky-high prices on tickets and accommodations, we decided to go there during the time people would least likely go there: December.

We booked the cheapest flights available. Without insurance fee, round-trip tickets were about 1,500php.

On board en route Kalibo via Zest Air

 Hello, Boracay!

Nope, that's not a whale. That's just me. :) Hahaha!

We wanted to go epic.

White Christmas tree in a white-sanded beach :)
Yes, as in Epic in Station 2 Boracay.

MOJITO!
Their happy hour is around lunchtime (weird, eh?).
180php for all cocktails, buy 1 take 1.


A bucket of Strong Ice

Since we want a "couch" where we can leave our things in and where we can lie down and get a tan, we had to purchase a bucket of Strong Ice. I'm not exactly sure how much that was and if there's an extra fee for the couch. (I'm sorry, I was too excited to go in the water so I neglected Strong Ice).


The Waterproof Bag

Yow?! WTH?! :))
 A friend was trying to take a stolen shot. Sorreh!
 The bag / pouch I was holding is a waterproof bag.
It's spacious enough for my itouch, BlackBerry, money, lipstick, and keys.
This pouch is sooo cool! The front and back parts are clear, so you can use your itouch and iphone to take photos under water. It costs 250php, I got it in D*Mall.

Karen, Myself, and Nikki

Myself and Karen

Again
Look! We're sporting the same pouch, just in different colors. :)


Hellooooo! <3

Where We Stayed?

We stayed in Island Nook. It was more of a backpacker's lodge than a hotel.
It's a small place with a diner-ish restaurant inside.
I love the humorous posters that's all over the place
(The 3 of us paid for 2,600php each. The room we got is good for 4, and we stayed for 3 nights and 4 days.)

My favorite! <3

 
Funny, but true. (Admit it or not!)

These girls gotta eat!

 
 I forgot what's the name of this sandwich. Army / Navy?

We ate in Jonah's Fruit Shake in Station 1. I'm sorry I forgot to take photos of their shakes.
My favorite is their Mocha Shake (90php, more or less)
 
I can't call it street food. Sand food, perhaps?

In Station 1, near Guilly's, there's a stand / kiosk that sells any meat they can barbecue.
My favorite is their Chori Burger. (Chori for Chorizo).
It's really delicious! You can have it spicy or just with the regular ketchup.
I think it's 25php-35php.


Hello there, Tourist!

Another stolen shot.Pfft.
 It was my second time in Boracay, but this is the first time I had my hair braided.
I wanted something girly and subtle, so I chose a French braid.
Costs 150php.


Our last night. Our last walk on the beautiful beach for 2011.
 This was a rather depressing walk. I wanted to stay a little longer, but of course, I have to go back to my life here in Manila. Boracay is such a liberating place for me. I shall elaborate on this in another post / blog. ;)

TIPS: If you want to save on tickets and accommodation and avoid the huge crowd, AVOID the peak season. You will see the difference and I'm sure you'll enjoy it more. The December weather is just perfect. The sun wasn't that hot. Yes it rained but it wasn't all day. Maybe for 2-3 hours (happened on our 3rd day there only). Eating and chugging down shakes in Jonah's Fruit Shake is a MUST! Same goes with the Chori Burger. :) The bars all over the island offers happy hour at different times so stroll and look around first when you want to drink at the best price available. If you're into water sports or activities, the waterproof bag is a great investment.

Last, but certainly not the least, have fun! It's Boracay! You don't get to see a paradise like this everyday (except if you live there, of course).



Smile, SPF-ize, and Swim! <3


44 comments:

  1. Ayzee!!! did you put on any sort of makeup while swimming? Are you wearing lipstick? haha! I'm so excited to go to Boracay as well!!!! :D

    Apart from the beach, I just really can't wait to pig out. FOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!! JONAH'S!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. While swimming, tinted moisturizer and sunblock lang. :) and yes I wore lipstick! Hahaha! NARS Schiap :)
      Hanggang sa tubig dala ko yung Schiap dahil dun sa waterproof bag. Hahahaha!

      FOOOOOOOD! Kapag tipid mode kayo may Mang Inasal and Andok's sa D*Mall :) Hahaha!

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  2. OMG I could've sworn I commented here. Hindi lumabaaasss :((

    Was going to ask if you wore makeup while swimming. hahah if yes ano yooonnn

    Also can't wait for my Boracay tripppp :))

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  3. Oh yeah! Boracay never been there :(
    I can see you girls enjoyed it a lot.. That was cool!

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    1. We did! :)

      Okay lang yan Ed, ang gaganda din naman ng napupuntahan mo eh :)

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  4. nice! i've never been to boracay and in spite sa dami ng mga promo tickets:)

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    1. You should! :) Although I heard mas maganda na sa ibang white sand beaches kesa dito.. Too commercialized na daw kasi. But its still beautiful for me. :)

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  5. you look so enjoy here sis.. i haven't been to bora yet..coz i can't steal a time from by hectic sked..hopefully, soon, i could..

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    1. You should! Kahit 1 weekend lang :) I'm sure you'll enjoy it. :)

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  6. Being practical could always save something for good. Others my agree or disagree that Boracay is synonymous to summer. Yes it could be for those who could afford to spend their hard-earned money to spend summer vacation there. And no for those who have not a penny to do it or no desire to go for a vacation to the place like Boracay. It's good of you and the rest of your company that you've enjoyed though it's just a short sojourn in Boracay. Soon you'll be going again there to revitalize yourself again.

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    1. Yes we will, Sir Gil. :) We're fortunate enough to afford it as long as it's not on peak season. Hehe. It's an annual tradition for me and my friends to visit Boracay every December. Though I am looking forward to visiting other beaches here in our country. :)

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  7. What a fun trip you had. Boracay is my fav beach in the Philippines. I wanna go back soon.

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    1. Me too!!! Though I'm looking forward to visiting Bellarocca soon. ;)

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  8. Boracay is in everyone's list and we should head there at least once in this lifetime haha! I had my one - time in December too but in 2006. I was given two RT tickets by the airline company I worked for and decided to take my parents with me. It was parents first ever plane ride!your post brought back memoemories of lazy afternoons in the beach and first stint on scuba diving!

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    1. Yes.. the lazy afternoons by the beach are the best. Nothing to worry about and just chilling. I've never tried scuba diving though. Must try that one day!

      Thank you! :)

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  9. wow, I love boracay, I hope I can visit that place soon..

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    1. Hi Roy! :)

      You should! The place is beautiful. :)

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  10. wow! I miss Boracay! Can't wait for our next summer getaway here! and this time I'll be bringing my daughter hehe..
    Oh Epic.. we've been there last Dec 2011 too!:D

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    1. Epic is really nice noh? Ang pricey lang talaga ng beverages and food. Kung sa bagay, halos lahat naman sa Boracay mahal eh. Hahaha!

      Thanks for dropping by, Ms. Sionee! :)

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  11. I have yet to go to Boracay! Inggit. Someday! Beautiful pics! (via FBW)

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    1. Hi Rachelle! :) You should go there, at least once. :)

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  12. So enjoy talga sa boracay... Missing boracay... it's getting summer n..!! =)) -shiela

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    1. Summer na!! :) Hope I can go to the beach this summer, kahit di na muna Boracay. :)

      Thanks for dropping by, Shiela! :)

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  13. Looks like fun indeed. I am looking forward to going there. Would you believe I havent been there.:)

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    1. You shouuuuuld!At least once. :) It's really nice.

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  14. Wow! You looked like you had loads of fun there! Fantastic! Never been to Bora and Ive been trying to plan a trip there but its just a bit expensive still. Envy the trip much! LURV your lipstick! :)

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    1. It is expensive, kaya we had to plan it out talaga. From the tickets to the accommodation. We researched talaga where we can get the best deal. :)

      Thank you! The pink one is Nars Schiap and the other one is MAC Lady Danger. :)

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  15. Boracay is always on the top destinations in the Philippines all year round. Ohh Bora-Bora I miss you. Thanks for sharing your wonderful escapade.

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    1. It is, Ms. Jenny. Iba kasi talaga appeal niya. :)

      Thanks for dropping by! :)

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  16. december? medyo malamig na month yan ah... kaya siguro kaunti lang napunta kasi lalamigin sila sa beach... it's a good idea though...

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    1. In fairness, di naman ganun kalamig. Maaraw pa din naman, pero hindi lang kasing humid kapag summer. Saktong init lang to get a tan. :)

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  17. haven't been to bora... so thank's for giving me something to look forward to... and how much would it be... hahaha. Yahweh bless.
    http://trunklocker.blogspot.com/2012/02/so-many-things-to-celebrate.html

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    1. Hi Ralph! You should go there, at least once. ;)

      Thanks for dropping by! God bless. :)

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  18. Nakakatuwa naman ... wanna get the waterproof bag when I got there :) ASTIG!

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    1. You should get that bag. Sulit siya! Kasi at least panatag loob ko kasi hawak ko yung valuables ko while in the water. :)

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  19. Looks like you had a lot of fun drinking, swimming and having your hair done

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    1. Hi Stacy! Yup, we did. :)

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  20. Basking in the December-sun at Boracay seems to be perfectly cool indeed. ^_^

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    1. It is! Doesn't sting as much compared to the summer sun. Haha. :)

      Thanks for dropping by, Mark! :)

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  21. aba! hindi lang pouch waterproof pati make-up!!! yes! Ha ha ha! Galeng naman ng French Braid mo! Bagay! I love Boracay! I always celebrate my birthday there in the past! Please swing by my page too!

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  22. waaaaaaaaaa!! na miss ko tuloy ang boracay! waterproof bag is great!! =)

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  23. I just booked and will be in Boracay in December for 3 days and solo! any recommendations?

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    1. 1.) Go to Jonah's and try their shakes and sandwiches.
      2.) Try the Chori Burger (a kiosk near Guilly's in Station 1)
      3.) If you wanna get drunk, try Juice Bar in Station 2. Their "Adios Motherfucker" is the BOMB.
      4.) I wouldn't recommend Island Hopping since you're going solo, unless you can afford it. :D
      5.) Get the waterproof bag!!! It's a MUST!
      6.) Do you already have a hotel? I suggest you stay in Station 2 para accessible sa lahat :)

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  24. I have lived on Tourism in Boracay for 15 years and loved the place so much i built cohiba. These are the Biggest and Best value for money apartments on the island period ! Every apartment has stunning sea views and 30m2 to 40m2 balconies with which to enjoy it. We are overlooking the windsurfing / kitesurfing bay where the season goes from November to april. Its either a great sport to participate, or great to just sit on your huge terrace and watch.Apartments in Boracay

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