Below the cut begins my account of my weekend getaway to Boracay. Seeing as I’m starting to draft this post at one in the morning, don’t expect it to be well-written, concise, or even in real chronological order. You can at least enjoy the pretty pictures of White Beach (or my face)!
4:00 AM - Woke up, showered, did hair and makeup, dressed in resort-y flight attire
5:00 AM - Got driven by grandpa to aunt’s condo and took obscene amounts of selfies that won’t be posted in the car while waiting for aunt and friend because they still weren’t ready
6:00 AM - Arrived at NAIA Terminal 3 (the new domestic flight terminal which should really be the international flight terminal because it’s ridiculously nicer than Terminal 1), saw a Hugh Dancy-lookalike at the Cebu Pacific check-in counter and proceeded to giggle/cry myself to oblivion because I had watched the season finale of Hannibal the night before and was now imagining Will Graham in the lookalike’s fantastically floral shirt
7:00 AM - Chilled at Cinnabon
8:00 AM - Boarded the small plane, which was my first time being bused to an airplane on the runway - made me feel vaguely presidential
9:30 AM - Arrived in Boracay to less than promising weather, but faith in humanity was restored when I saw Florals at the tricycle booking counter as we waited for our resort’s airport shuttle to take us to the jetty port
10:00 AM - The high tide and rough waves meant that we couldn’t go to Boracay Regency’s private jetty port and my aunt was extremely amused that my first time to Boracay was starting off with us having to be with commoners but I didn’t mind because it was still was one of the hotel’s boats that transferred us to the common jetty port by the hotel
10:30 AM - Arrived at the Regency and our room wasn’t ready yet so the front desk lady gave us the choice to stay at one of their newly renovated top-floor beach-and-pool view rooms, while we waited we watched some local performers, explored the hotel, and had brunch at Christina’s
12:30 PM - After checking out our beautifully appointed premium room, we finally went down to the hotel’s semi-private beach, which is the largest privately owned stretch of White Beach in Boracay to see how Boracay was named the number one island by Travel + Liesure magazine last year, was amazed by how ridiculously picturesque and clean it was, stayed for hours, unfazed by the slightly overcast sky
5:30 PM - After showering and relaxing in our hotel room for two hours, we ventured back out to eat (I swear Filipinos have like six meals a day, I don’t understand how my aunt stays so skinny) and explore D'Talipapa and D*Mall, I got some bracelets to add to my arm candy, after I got mochi we snacked at Aria which I’d already tried and loved at the Fort, it started raining after that and we hightailed it back to our room for dinner
Stay tuned for the next installment: Boracay Day Two!