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Bora Escapade – Day 1 (050909)

May 16, 2009

Well, well, well… the long wait is over. Here’s my first entry (take note: first pa lang… meaning, there will be more to come, LOL!) on my Mother’s Day getaway to the beautiful island of Boracay.

As always, I start my travel slash escapade entries with the cast of characters. So, here are my Bora co-stars:

  • Mommy (I guess you know her by now 🙂 )
  • Gemma (my colleague)
  • Judith (my colleague)
  • Janice (my former colleague)
  • Joie (pronounced as Joey, Janice’s daughter)

So, now you know the whole cast, I’ll start off with my kwento.

We were scheduled for the 11:20 a.m. flight of Zest Air. It was my first time with that aircraft so I had mixed emotions. I was both excited and nervous… eh kasi naman may bumagsak kaya na Zest Air early this year. But what the heck, I’m already booked!

My mom and I met with Gemma and Judith at the domestic airport. Yep, that old small airport in Pasay. Checking in our bags went on smoothly as we were still within the 45 minutes check-in time allowance. Plus, we had some spare time for a short snack.

Around 11 a.m., there was announcement that our flight will be delayed with a new ETD of 12:10 p.m. There’s nothing much to do so we just chatted, had more snacks and took some pics. It was a bit past 12nn, we heard another announcement that our flight is further delayed. Geez, that’s what we get from our cheap priced fare. So, to cut the long story short, we got boarded at 1:30 pm. Bottomline, Zest Air was 2 hours delayed. Well, I thought I’d just charge that to experience.

And here are our first few shots:

2 hours delayed flight...

At the Domestic Airport... 2 hours delayed ang flight!!!

Just landed Kalibo airport... pictorial agad!

Just landed Kalibo airport... pictorial agad!

A classic Kalibo Airport pic :)

A classic Kalibo Airport pic 🙂

Since we got the Kalibo route, we had to travel via land to Caticlan for about an hour and a half.

A 20-seater nice looking coaster was already waiting for us. I was a bit amazed that the vehicle was exclusive just for the 4 of us (not like the transport service slash private van that fetched us 2 years ago).

There’s really nothing much to see in Kalibo… just the usual province sceneries. But hey, I did take some shots while inside the coaster. And here’s one of my shots:

On our way to Caticlan Jetty Port

On our way to Caticlan Jetty Port

It was a bit of a smooth slash short trip. We arrived at the Caticlan Jetty Port at around 5p.m.  Got boarded in a ferry boat which took us to the Boracay Island dock station in 5 minutes.

Boarding the ferry...

Boarding the ferry...

Boracay Island Dock Port (not the right term, pauso ko lang yan!)

Boracay Island Dock Port (not the right term, pauso ko lang yan!)

Oh, before you can reach here, you need to pay a total of P100 per head to cover for the entrance and environmental fees, priced at P50 each.

Another van was waiting for us to take us to the resort. And in less than 10 minutes, we found ourselves checking in at La Carmela de Boracay.

La Carmela de Boracay

La Carmela de Boracay

We opted for this resort as it was the cheapest beachfront resort in Station 2. I was able to get a 4D3N package for P4,900 per pax inclusive of breakfast, dinner and all those tranfers I mentioned. Quite a cheap package as we travelled during peak season. 😉

While checking in, I texted my friend Janice and informed her of our arrival. She and her duaghter is about to leave the island the day after (Sunday) so I need to go bar hopping with her later that night. I also SMS-ed my former boss, Ma’am Deck, who now owns a resort in Bora. Good thing, she was manning her resort that week. So I tagged Mommy, Gemma and Judith along as Ma’am Deck offered us free snacks. Talk about resourcefulness! LOL.

So, off we went to Serendipity Resort. It’s located at Station 2, at the back of the famous D’ Mall. As soon as I saw Ma’am Deck, I received some nagging. She was kinda sad that I didn’t opt to stay in her resort. Well, my 3 other companions were Bora first-timers so I thought it would be best to book them in a beachfront resort. But hey, Serendipity Resort offers a quiet atmosphere and homey feeling with their nipa hut-inspired cottages. Plus, their lumpia is really something to die for… uber sarap! If you want to book your stay there, just look for Ms. Deck Ramirez. She’d definitely give you great value for your money. Wag nyo na ako i-mention baka di pa kayo bigyan ng discount. LOL. Seriously, feel free to say you were referred by me or just read about her resort here in my blog. 😉

Oh, here’s our group shot at Serendipity Resort’s gazebo: 

At the gazebo with Gemma, Mudra and Judith

At the gazebo with Gemma, Mudra and Judith

We left the resort at 7pm as we needed to do our first agenda… get henna tattoo! I’ll show it off in my next entries ;).

The night was spent with some short rounds at the shore, quick dinner, sand castle photo op.  Gemma, Judith and Mudra felt a bit tired so they all opted to rest early while I went out to meet with Janice and Joie for some drinks… fruit shake, that is! Janice’s daughter, Joie, is only 12 years old so alcholic beverage is a no-no. *sad face*

Here are the pics of the rest of the night:

Gemma, Mudra, moi and Judith

Gemma, Mudra, moi and Judith

with Janice

with Janice

With Janice in front of La Carmela

With Janice in front of La Carmela

 To be continued…



39 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2009 2:25 am


    La Carmela? That’s we stayed also when we went to Boracay 🙂

    • May 16, 2009 9:36 am

      huwaw, base! walang tamagochi dito. eto saluhin mo ang isang sakong buhangin from bora!!! hehehe!

  2. May 16, 2009 2:26 am

    ayan kakamadali, may typo tuloy…dapat “that’s where we stayed…”

    • May 16, 2009 9:37 am

      ay sus, may i correct the grammar pa! oks lang un! 🙂

  3. May 16, 2009 7:33 am

    Wow! Ang saya naman. Sosyal ah, boracay. Hehe! I wanna go there. Kainggit ka naman.

    • May 16, 2009 9:37 am

      Punta ka din dun, Dee. Promo fare lang ang secret ko. hehehe!

      Welcome to my site! Balik balik ka ah!

  4. May 16, 2009 10:12 am

    Nice! We stayed in La Carmela din before at ok ang experience ko staying with them. :p

    Winkie add kita sa blogroll ko ha? hehehe.

    • May 17, 2009 10:51 am

      Doc Mike!!! Welcome to my site! Asan na si cute_hotguy15??? Hehehe!

      I had a nice experience with La Carmela as well. But next time, I’d like to stay somewhere in Station 1… mas tahimik. Perfect for uhmmm… romantic getaway 🙂

      Surely!!! I will add you as well 🙂

  5. sandijmartin permalink
    May 16, 2009 11:30 am

    sa header pa lang, nahulog na ako sa ganda ng view ng boracay! 🙂

    • May 17, 2009 11:02 am

      oo na sandi… ung view lang ang maganda! hehehe!

  6. May 16, 2009 2:48 pm

    hmmmganda ah….i might as well visit boracay…but in august…malapit lang ako doon winkie…im from kalibo…hehehhehhe

    • May 17, 2009 11:03 am

      kainggit ka naman, taga-kalibo ka. any moment eh pwedeng mag-bora. minsan naman mag-invite ka sa inyo, blu! hehehe!

  7. May 17, 2009 1:12 am

    wow ang sarap sa bora!mukhang masaya si mommy sa pic ah.

    hindi pa ko nakakapunta sa bora,kainggit.

    btw,ms.winkie, sensya na after 10 years bago ko nakabalik dito.sobrang busy sa dayshift.dami ko ibabackread sayo.hehe. :p

    • May 17, 2009 11:13 am

      ay uu, uber enjoy si mommy sa kanyang 1st bora trip.

      ok lang, i know busy ka. i haven’t dropped by your site as well. busy busy din ako lately… kuno! lol.

  8. May 17, 2009 5:16 am

    Mukhang you enjoyed the vacation. I would like to go to Bora soon! ^_^

    • May 17, 2009 11:15 am

      i did, snow! punta ka din dun… you’ll enjoy the place as well.

      welcome to my site and thanks for the visit 🙂

  9. May 17, 2009 11:39 am

    at dinaig pa pala ko ni mudra dahil siya nakarating na sa bora; ako never pang nakaapak sa coral sand jan at nakatisod ng chinita. ahehehe!

    p.s. magkano ang flight ticket nio sa zest na yan?

    • May 17, 2009 11:45 am

      oi lio, wag mo matahin si mudra. jetsetter ata yan! hehehe!

      feel na feel mo talag ang mga tsinita ah! sabi sayo lahat ng tsinitang nakita ako sa bora eh may kaHHWW na tsinito. hehehe!

      hayz, di zero fare nakuha namin. P26oo ang 2-way fare. mejo mahal 🙂

  10. May 17, 2009 12:50 pm

    wow eto na pala yun ate hehe..:)
    pa excite ipek ka ate ha hehe..
    natatwa ako sa conversation sa kuta ni lio lakas..talaga hehe..
    2600 mahal pa rin pala yun noh teh antayin ko mag 1thou un kahit mag isa lang ako hehe pupunta ko hehe..:)
    henna tatto i like that lagi akong may ganyan nung nasa manda(mp)ako nun heheh..:)
    anong design ate..:)

    • May 18, 2009 4:32 am

      mejo mahal pa rin ung P2600 kasi ang daming naglalabasan na promo fare ngayon. you can get as low as P1K na 2-way fare basta maagap ka lang sa mga promo.

      i-update ko itong entry na to. i just got my new set of pics eh!

  11. May 17, 2009 6:13 pm

    huwaw kakainggit…saraaaapppp…

  12. May 17, 2009 8:15 pm

    ilalagay ko talaga yan sa susunod na wishlist ko!

    inggit ako!
    pero buti na lang ganda ng mga pics mo
    naibsan ang init ng pakiramdam ko
    cool na ulit

    • May 18, 2009 4:36 am

      oo epfi, isama mo sa listahan yang bora… pati palawan, camiguin, bantayan island at batanes. ang gaganda puntahan nyan. although di ko pa napuntahan ung last 3. hehehe!

      oh, bakit naman mainit ang pakiramdam mo? nagkasakit ka?

  13. May 18, 2009 12:08 am

    Wow, obvious na obvious na super enjoy si madir! Ganda Bora, been there several times already. Pero po, ewan ko ba bakit hindi masyado ang halina ng Bora sa akin hehehe. Siguro hindi lang talaga siya bagay sa lifestyle kong hermitic kasi maraming tao dun hehehe. Kaya siguro it is always the charm of Palawan (lalo na Coron) na binabalik-balikan ko hehehe

    • May 18, 2009 4:39 am

      ay enjoy talaga ang madir! post ko other pics nya in my next entries. ok sa akin ang boracay, kasi mejo type ko ang mga party at the shore or luau effect. pero i sooo like palawan too. i havent been to coron. i hope i could go there someday… soon!

  14. May 18, 2009 2:49 am

    Ay bitin nyahahah..

    Madami nga daw promo fare ang Zest Air, sila yung dating Asian Spirit po ba?

    kelangan ng masusing pagpplano at pagiipon ang Bora trip! Someday someday!

    • May 18, 2009 4:48 am

      bitin ba, joycee. sige, tapusin ko ung part 2, tsaka add ako pics dito later.

      yep, ung zest air eh ung asian spirit before. abang ka lang din ng promo fare. all airlines are offering cheap fare these days.

      sige, pag nagpunta ka dun, pasilip din ng pics ah! 🙂

  15. May 18, 2009 5:21 am

    WOW!!!!! astig!! ang ganda talga sa Bora, walang tatalo!!

    Gusto ko ding pumunta dyan pag uwi ko, hehehe..

    Aba, at artistahin pala talaga ang pamilya nyo ah, naks!!

    • May 18, 2009 11:41 am

      Uy madami pang magagandang places dito sa Pinas… di lang Bora! Kaw kasi, sa Thailand ka nagbibitch, este nagbe-beach pala! hehehe!

  16. May 18, 2009 8:47 am

    san na yang henna tattoo na yan? hehehe! 😛

  17. May 18, 2009 12:32 pm

    huwaw! looks like you really had a blast! 🙂

    ako wala na yata summer getaway…. suuuuuper sick, can’t even swim. 😦

    di bale, sa tag-ulan na lang ako magbbeach.. para solo ko ang daigdig. wahahha! 😆

    • May 18, 2009 12:35 pm

      ay wawa ka naman AC. hope you get well soon.

      pwede ka magswimming sa tubig ulan… sa espana at malabon marami nun. hehehe!

  18. IKAY permalink
    May 24, 2009 4:34 pm

    pansin ko lang si mudra mo ang pinaka seksi kung mg pose sa pix…hehehe!

    • May 25, 2009 11:25 am

      korek! susunod nga di ko na sasama yan… kinakabog ako masyado sa posing! hahaha!

  19. secret admirer permalink
    June 15, 2009 7:53 am

    in fairness. ang cute mo. 🙂

    hmmm… bakit may “in fairness”? parang di convincing, hehehe! thanks… secret admirer talaga? 😛

    • secret admirer permalink
      June 29, 2009 9:59 am

      oo nga eh. I only realized na parang of the hindi lalaki ang dating when I already pressed submit. but at any rate, cute mo talaga. no bf sa mga pics?

      hehehe… oks lang noh?! secret admirer talaga ang screen name? taga-pasig ka?

      yep, no bf… yet 🙂

  20. June 26, 2010 4:08 pm

    hi just saw your blog. first time namin sa bora, we’ll travel this july , san yun mas the best mag stay? gusto lang namin walk in for hotel sa kalibo, mayron na ba mga beachfront sa kalibo na ?

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