The thing with discounted airline tickets is that the travel date is at least a month away or in our case almost 2 1/2 months ahead. Its funny how some people thought this was an on a whim vacation because our Boracay getaway fell on the Ramadan/Ninoy Aquino long weekend. I read in a Yahoo news clip before that people should plan their trips in advance so that they can a. find cheaper deals (if they're into that) and b. so that they can have something to look forward to when you are feeling stressed about work, life and (lack of) lovelife. So these discounted airline tickets work well for me!
It was a 1 hr Manila-Boracay flight. By 9am we were on Boracay airport, we don't have a plan or any reservation, fortunately it was "feeling- tourist" friendly enough. There's a booth where they can assist you for a tricycle and boat ride to Caticlan, we paid PHP150 each.
After the boat ride, we have to pay PHP50 for a van that will take us to the beach area. Hmm from the airport, we already spent PHP400 (PHP200 terminal fee + PHP200 airport transfer).
Since we were feeling "backpackers", we didnt have any hotel or reservation. It was only past 9am and we have all the time (well, preferably before lunch) to look for a cheap but secured room. We walked for almost an hour from station 1 to 3 with our baggage before finally finding a room for rent on an eskinita at D'Mall. It was near the entrance of a 15K per night hotel that we checked out and said "no, thanks". Aircon, check. Own clean CR, check. Nice bed, check. Looks private and secured, check! And so we unpacked.
Since this was my 4th beach trip this year, except for swimming, I didn't bother to try the usual water activities. Instead, the theme for my 2 days and 2 nights stay in Boracay was "Eat, swim, party - rinse & repeat"!
Eat. Swim..After the well deserved brunch from an impromptu workout (a.k.a. looking for a room), although it was only 11:30am the beach looked so pretty so we took the plunge! 4 hours later, I proved that my 600 pesos SPF70 sunblock spray was no match to the heat of the sun.
Party... So far, we accomplished beach bumming and immersing ourselves to "today I don't feel like doing anything" mood. We ate our dinner, then spent the early part of the night watching teleseryes hahaha. By 10:30pm, we're ready to party!! After walking from D'Mall to Station 1 then Station 1-3, we decided to go to SummerPlace bar located at Station 2. It seems intimidating at first sight because most of the people on the dance floor near the entrance are foreigners or Korean. Come to think of it at least 60% of people there are Koreans and I thank them for being patrons even on off peak season. The alcohol arent that pricey, I tried Bailey's shake (PHP200), Tequila Sunrise (PHP150) and even got a free beer *wink. It was a Monday long weekend and the place was packed. I enjoyed the songs played by the DJ and when you're in Boracay you'll sing & dance like crazy when you hear "Call Me Maybe". There's even a funny moment when the DJ played "Gangnam Style", the place went crazy and we're clueless. The song was very catchy and 2 days after, I will watch it on CNN as the new viral video.
Rinse and repeat...The crazy day 1 ended at 4:30am so we spent the entire Tuesday morning in our rooms. We had brunch then shopped for pasalubongs. I heard that their main pasalubong is the suman that can be bought on the airport so I just bought my customary Boracay shirt and shot glass.
We were supposed to try the ATV but we ended up playing card games on our room, I lost PHP150 along the way.
It was not until 10PM when we decided to go for a drink. Unlike the other day, there were less crowd on Tuesday night. We ended up on Epic Bar on Station 2. We just have a standing room only table but I love the crowd, their playlist and the fact that Coke Rum is only PHP105!! I had 3 rounds plus 1 margarita, yeah nevermind that my flight is in few hours (I humbly paid for this recklessness)! There were these 3 European girls who were so pretty, sexy and confident. When I mentioned European, I dont have to describe further but let me define confidence. It is standing on a sofa, whistling to get everyone's attention and dancing like a goddess. I want to be like them when I grow up, oh wait..
I'll be back on Boracay with my family on November, and I think we'll be on the "acoustic" bars so good thing I already had a taste of Boracay nightlife ;)