Beach? Boracay!!!

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Hi everybody! Back to reality. Back to work/school. 😦

Rewind a couple of weeks back… So, how was your vacation? I bet you enjoyed every single minute of it!

I spent Christmas together with my mom and dad at Boracay, Aklan. Every Christmas our whole family goes on vacation but last year, it was impossible for the whole fam to join.

First, the flight. Our airline was Cebu Pacific, Manila – Caticlan; departure: 2:40pm. To make the long story short, our flight was 3 hours delayed and instead of landing at Caticlan Airport, we landed here:

Kalibo Airport

So we still have to take a 2-hour bus ride to reach Caticlan, board a boat going to Boracay then ride a tricycle going to the beach. We were delayed for a total of 6 hours!

We shopped on the first day. There are lots of familiar, as well as native shops, at Boracay. They have “D’ Mall” where the branded and familiar shops are, and “D’ Talipapa” where the stores of most local entrepreneurs are. There are also many sidewalk vendors and local people who walk around selling souvenirs and accessories. We did some a lot of “shop till you drop” – ing.

We did some island hopping but the weather was bad so instead of checking out 3 islands, we only “hopped” into one.

Crystal Cove Island

Open sea!

This guy is selling coconuts using his makeshift boat!

I was really excited to try parasailing. You’ll ride a parachute and a speedboat will pull it. Too bad the wind was so strong, parasailing was not allowed that time. The waves away from the beach were big and the wind was strong but besides that, the weather was good.

Looks so much fun!

Another activity that we tried was helmet diving. You’ll walk underwater, about 12 feet deep, wearing a 25kg helmet (it’ll get lighter when you’re in the water) which is open by the way, but not to worry because the water will only be up to your shoulders. I tried walking. Maybe that’s how it feels like when walking on the moon! Haha!

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We already visited Boracay a couple of years ago. Zorb is a must try! You’ll be harnessed inside a big ball and you’ll go rollin’ down the hill! πŸ™‚

That's the ball and they're gonna push it down there! (Can't gain this much weight anymore :c)

You can also drive an ATV and tour the island.

Life starts at night. Parties, food, alcohol, fireworks, fire dancers and more!

Mongolian Eat All You Can!

Fire Dancing

Did some “At Boracay Only” makeovers…

Henna Tattoo

hair braid

hair braid!

Do I still have to mention how gorgeous the beach is?

Sorry, can't help but pose! πŸ™‚

Β Boracay is one of the best beaches in Asia!

I love the place so much, I’m coming back with my friends this year!!! πŸ™‚

Rose and Grace Restaurant

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Happy first day of November! So how was your holidays? This is the time of the year that our town is at its liveliest and becomes alive! Yes, during All Saints’ Day! The cemetery in our town lights up, loud sounds played, and there are LOTS and LOTS of food! Many people visit the cemetery to try all the food and get together with friends. Of course, many people still come to visit their resting loved ones, but for everyone who lives in our town, it’s the time to stay up late outside and get together with friends.

Speaking about food, last Friday, on our way to camp ( I spent my weekend camping! :)), we had lunch at Rose and Grace Restaurant. Its location is very strategic because it’s just beside the national highway, specifically, the part that is always traffic. Also, their parking area is big.

There are many, many viands to choose from! Seafoods, fish, chicken, beef, pork, vegetables, etc. And the lady who takes orders is very accommodating and gladly answers all your questions about their food.

Lots of food! I wasn't even positioned at the very end of the long display of viands.

Their service is super fast! We just got seated and the food was immediately served one by one! Size per order can generously feed 2-3 persons. My mom ordered Sinaing na Tilapia sa Gata. The fish was big and fresh and my mom loved it!

Sinaing na Tilapia sa Gata

I ordered Fried Tawilis because I really got curious of how it looked :). It was crunchy and the vinegar that goes with it was just perfect!

Fried Tawilis

Of course, we didn’t forget to order their house special, Bulalo. Their serving can feed 5-8 persons. It has a generous amount of vegetables, which I really like, and the soup was unlimited. A very good Bulalo, but there are even better Bulalo out there, that’s if you’re willing to pay more.

House Special: Bulalo

As for my drink, I ordered Ripe Mango Shake. I really like their shake! Fresh and pure. Just mangoes, ice, and a little sugar. No milk. I don’t like shakes that have more milk than fruit in it, it doesn’t taste natural anymore.

Ripe Mango Shake. See how full my glass is! πŸ™‚

My dad ordered fresh coconut juice (No picture. :() The flesh was very young and soft!

All of these plus 3 rice for just 840php. Remember that their serving was good enough for sharing. And for their service, I give them an A+!

Food: 4/5

Price: 5/5

Service: 5/5

Rose and Grace Restaurant is located at Maharlika Highway, Sto. Tomas, Batangas.