If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s this: I have an irrational fear of Boracay. It’s not so hard to understand why. You see, I’m not really fond of huge crowds and sweaty, dance parties (or EDM and house music for that matter) and Boracay is kind of known for that. But since my mom booked this trip a year ago and I was a bit curious about the sand (they just kept going on and on about it), I decided to go.
We took a plane to Kalibo and hopped on a van to Caticlan where we rode a boat to Boracay Island. The travel was pretty long and tiring so I expected the view to be worth it. Good thing the vacationers were gone and only a few people were left at the island so the crowd was bearable. But I was disappointed by the waters since it was, apparently, “moss season.” (Can you feel my bias against Boracay?)
When we got there, we grabbed a quick bite at one of the dampa places. The seafood was really good and the company was good, too! I went with my childhood best friends, and our parents of course.
After dinner, we went straight home and I went straight to work. I can never leave my work at home even when I’m on vacation. But I never let it stop me from having fun and experiencing everything there is to experience, after all, it’s part of my job to learn new things, right? (Excuses.)
We went island hopping and snorkelling the next day so that was pretty amazing. I love the ocean and I will do anything just to get to the middle where there are more fishes and less rocks.
I don’t have much memory of what we did after that day. I just know that I worked most of the time because my deadlines coincided with the trip. But there are two things I will never forget about Boracay:
1.) We found this restaurant called True Foods in Station 1. They serve authentic Indian cuisine which I absolutely loved. Their restaurant setup was very comfy as well. Just look at these pillows you can totally sit (or sleep) on! Plus, you get an amazing view of the sunset.
2.) On our third day, we hung out by the shore while waiting for our parents. It was the perfect time to get a bit of work done, so I did. When I looked up from my laptop, I saw an amazing sunset on my right. But believe it or not, this was also happening on my left. It was really the perfect example of how amazing nature can be.
Overall, it was an okay experience. Did my trip change my perspective about Boracay? Yes, a bit. I learned that Bora isn’t just about partying and hooking up (mainly because most of their bars close at 12 midnight and the clubs close at 3am, which was a little lame). The view was nice, the food was even better, but it’s not in my list of favorite beaches
Would I go back if given another chance? Yes, but just for True Food. And probably not in Laboracay season.