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25th-Sep-2007 09:02 pm
Just arrived back from Boracay. It was an amazing trip.

Early Saturday morning took a plane from Taipei to Manila airport. Then a smaller one to Kalibo airport. Then a bus ride to the boat jetty. Then a boat across to Boracay. Then another bus ride to the resort.

Not quite planes, trains and automobiles...but close.

It was very rough seas when we got there and stayed that way for the whole long weekend. For the watersports, we went to the other side of the island which was calm and beautiful. The water was spectacularly clear. Blue-green water and powdery white sand.

Went snorkelling the first day and had fresh seafood by the beach. Discovered a fantastic bar called the Hobbit House. All of the waiters were under four feet. They served great drinks and had wonderfully relaxing live music...jazz, blues, nothing past the 80s...the musicians/singers were fantastic. Ended up going there every night for at least an hour or two just to unwind.

The first night, one of my adventurous colleagues was determined to find the Cocomangas, the home of the "Still Standing After 15". It's actually a popular hangout for locals but also has it's fair share of tourists. The 15 shots were actually shared among the 4+1 at our table. One of us was not a drinker and only drank one. The rest of us polished 29 between four of us. Had lots of fun!

The next day we did the Flying Fish and went for parasailing. The Flying Fish is a ride which is pulled behind a speed boat. When the boat reaches high speeds, it's like riding a bucking bronco. The boat driver tries to see if he can knock you off! Only two of us managed to stay on the Fish...hehe

The parasailing was awesome! A fantastic view of the whole island.

Saw the beautiful sandcasltes which they make everyday. Amazing! Had lots and lots of freshly caught seafood. The people in the Phillipines certainly know how to eat!

Woke up early the last day so I could get some flower pics for my sister...then back to reality!

I've uploaded some of the pics from my camera to google photos. The link below is supposed to get you to it. Never used this before so not sure if it will work...let me know if it doesn't.

Now I'm refreshed and relaxed...and trying to catch up on 4 days of emails and LJ!

Boracay Trip Sep 22-25, 2007

Twin Souls
25th-Sep-2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
Nice piccies. Sounds a fun place, glad you had a good time.
25th-Sep-2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
It definitely was fun. I wouldn't mind going back again. Four days was much too short. Didn't even have time to do any writing ;)
25th-Sep-2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had a really great time to re-charge the batteries - When the waistline recovers I am sure you will be fine!!
25th-Sep-2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
When the waistline recovers I am sure you will be fine!!
I'm afraid to weigh myself...
25th-Sep-2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
The album worked fine. I must tell Vila about Boracay; it looks far more pleasant than Del 10 and the Vita Particles.
25th-Sep-2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
Vila knows about Boracay. He's wants to go to Vanuatu first though because they named their capital after him and one of his favourite drinks.
25th-Sep-2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Just googled (is that a word? it should be) Vanuatu...hmmm that does sound good. Port Vila =)

Love a place that is ranked as the "Happiest Place on Earth" according to the HPI.

And "In the north, wealth is established by how much one can give away. Pigs, particularly those with rounded tusks, are considered a symbol of wealth throughout Vanuatu."
25th-Sep-2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
I've been wanting to go there for ages! And it's not that far away from here compared to most places.
26th-Sep-2007 07:28 am (UTC)
Vanuatu is lovely, the people there are very unspoilt (although it's quite a few years since I was last there). It was ruled jointly by the French and the British until independence so the local joke was that they had the best of all possible worlds; island paradise + French food and wine + British organisation.
25th-Sep-2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
You saw the sand sculptures! Yay! And isn't parasailing fun? I did it a couple of years ago. I took my camera up with me but didn't dare risk dropping it.
25th-Sep-2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
The sand sculptures were beautiful and parasailing was amazing. The view was spectacular. I wish I had taken my camera up with me during the parasailing. But like you I was afraid of dropping it.
26th-Sep-2007 07:34 am (UTC)
Great piccies, it looks like an excellent place for a holiday.
26th-Sep-2007 10:16 am (UTC)
Wow. Looks like a beautiful place. I can't get over the colour of the water, and the coconut seller. Looks and sounds like you had a brilliant time.
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