Boracay Island - Visit Number One

Trip Start Jan 13, 2007
Trip End Jan 28, 2007

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

My first view of the Boracay Beach with breathtaking...we got there around dusk, and we saw the start of the sunset.  Our hotel, La Carmella de Boracay, is right on the beach. The hotel has a huge pool in front, and a very nice lobby.  When we arrived as we checked in we were offered cold drinks before going  back to our room.  

It was not a fancy room, two double beds, tv, small fridge, porch, and a safe.  There was a washroom with shower, though we did find out that there was not much hot water, not that it really was needed.

Allan's family met us at the resort, they actually brought our luggage for us, so we would not have to carry it to the reunion.  

We went walking looking for some place to have dinner and decided on the Mongolian Grill at Villa de Oro Boracay.  It was the first time Allan's family had been to a Mongolian Grill. As we walked around and chose our items,  the family were a little confused at the concept, and wondered if they were going to have to eat raw meat!!!  Once they saw that we brought it over to be cooked on the grill, they were all smiles, laughing at their naivety.

Dinner was good, and I had my first taste of Filipino Coca Cola, much sweeter and thicker than North American Coke.  Dinner was my treat and when I went to pay, my Credit card was declined.  Luckily I had some cash, however back in the hotel I called Visa.  I had previously given them my itinerary, so they would realize it was me using my card, but apparently no one read the notes on the file.  My card magically started working again the next day.

Next day we were up early. Breakfast buffet  at the hotel was good, and then off  for a quick swim and a walk around the beach.  The water was beautiful, and even though the day was warm, the sand was cool.

We went looking for family, and found them bunkered in the hotel room.  Air conditioning is a luxury for them, so while we were out enjoying the heat and sun, they stayed in to enjoy the cool.  Everyone was happy!

We walked over to d'Mall and did some window shopping. (d'Mall) is a small outdoor mall, with stores and restaurants)  While there we arranged for another trip back to Boracay the following week.  We also had lunch at a fast food place, BBQ and rice!!  Some of Allan's friends were also there.  We also took a walk to the main road and the Allied Bank to use the cash machine.

After lunch we braved the vendors to find someone that would take us on a boat tour around the island.  We finally chose one boatman, and took off around the island.  It was a wonderful tour, and we saw lots of interesting houses and rock formations.  The sun was setting as we were returning, and the sunset, from the water was spectacular.  I have included several photos from the boat tour. 

Dinner was at the hotel - they put tables right out on the beach, and we had dinner under the stars with the South China Sea lapping at our heels.  They had a buffett dinner there, as well as a Monoglian Grill.  Dinner was with Allan's classmates, and we had a lively time.  At one point my chairlegs started sinking into the sand, and I took a summersault head over heels on to the beach,  laughing all the time.

Drinks, of course, were extra and I ordered a San Miguel Lite from our server, Ernesto.  He brought me a San Miguel regular instead.  If you know Filipino beers you will know there is a tremendous difference, San Mig Lite is almost like Canadian beer, while regular San Miguel is very strong....I choked down the first one,  and when I ordered the second one, he again brought the wrong bottle.  One of Allan's classmates explained to Ernesto what the problem was in Filipino, and he was so apologetic that I couldn't be even mildly perturbed.

After dinner we moved over to the hotel bar, which was off to the side of the pool, we stayed there for a bit, until Kareoke started, when we moved outside and above the pool.
The classmates told stories about there school memories, and they were great trying to bring me into the conversation, but it was hard because of the language, and of course, I was not in school with them..  Instead I kept ordering drinks and was watching the activity on the walkway along the beach.  

Once I felt I had had enough to drink I decided to let the classmates continue there party and I was going to head off to bed.  I asked Ernesto for my bill and he brought me a bill for two beer.  I had drank several more than that.  I was worried that he might have made a mistake so I gave him enough to cover all I had drank that night, including a generous tip.  He came back with my change, for everything but the two beers.  I did not want him to get charged for what he served me, as I know servers are often charged for errors.  I told him to keep the whole amount and he looked incredulous and very very thankful.  I staggered off to the room and laid on the bed, and watched, of all things, American Idol!!!!

Next morning up for Breakfast with the family and getting ready to leave. Ernesto, as soon as he saw lead me to a table and brought me a coffee - that didn't happened the first day!  I found out in an hour or so that other than dinner,  all the drinks had been paid for by the Reunion group!  So I tipped Ernesto about 800p, or likely about a weeks pay.  No wonder he was so nice the next day!!

We went for a swim, and then went back to pack and off to the jetty for the boat ride back to the bus to Kalibo.  When the boat got to the port, there was no room at the dock, they beached the boat and was had to wade in.   Imagine the Toronto Ferry having their passengers to that...LOL. 

The trip back in the mini bus was uneventful.  The views were still spectacular.  We got out at Numancia, and took a tricycle back to Lezo, after picking up some chicken for dinner on our return.  
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