Below the lush greenery of Mt. Isarog in the Bicol region lies a hidden gem. Warm welcoming fresh spring water to soothe your troubles away… You get plenty of privacy during the cold months, which is by the way, the best season to visit the spring.. It’s a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of the city and now, they have rooms so vacationers can have a comfy overnight stay. Boyfie and I love going there during October when it starts to get a little chilly but basically we can just hop in the car and go there whenever we like. ^^ I especially love it when we get up around 4 a.m.-ish and it’s raining a little… The coldness in the mountain air and the raindrops and the hot water just overwhelms my senses. A tip though: don’t go there if it’s been raining for several consecutive days since landslides may occur. 🙂
This summer, my family and I went to Boracay. The trip was a pain in the ass mostly due to the fact that both of our planes (from Naga to Manila and from Manila to Boracay) have been delayed for what feels like ages. There was so much drama at the airport; people swearing, yelling like crazy and demanding their refund. That’s exactly the reason why I stay away from planes whenever I go to Manila. The weather’s just unpredictable! Besides, I’ve been taking the bus for as long as I can remember; thank God some buses nowadays have comfy La-Z Boy seats and a comfort room. I wouldn’t travel any other way. Aaanyway, we arrived at Boracay late at night, so that’s minus 1 day already, damnit. So off to bed we went.
The Boracay Regency Hotel
We stayed at the Boracay Regency which offered us the most strategic location in Boracay which helped us maximize our vacation. Although it’s a bit pricey, it isn’t such a bad idea to splurge on your vacay, right? The luxurious surroundings, the comfy beds and the awesome pool bar made our stay in Boracay a splendid experience. My favorite part, of course, was the eat-all-you-can breakfast buffet.. It’s an amazing experience to gobble up our eat-all-you-can breakfast buffet while chillin’ just by the beachfront. The staff attended to our every need and there’s a good variety of food. I wish the glasses for the juice were a bit taller though since i hated having to refill my glass after every gulp of oj.. it’s like a shot glass.. okay, maybe bigger, but still…….Anyway, we checked in at Boracay Regency so indulging our gastronomic cravings at the Sea Breeze Cafe breakfast buffet is a great way to make sure we get what we paid for. 🙂 Also, if you have breakfast a little early, like 6:30 am, there are bound to be fewer people there so it’s perfect if you wanna enjoy a nice quiet breakfast free from the busy crowd. Since the resto is just by the beach front , you can immediately hit the beach after indulging in a sumptuous meal. I love the fact that it’s located in station 2 and right in the middle of all the action. My brothers and I totally enjoyed jamming with the live band which was playing at a tent just in front of the hotel. A few negative points:
1) so after a night of drinking, all we wanted to do was to grab a cup of coffee then we remembered that we have complementary sachets of coffee in our room.. unfortunately, the water heater wasn’t working. with their rates, you’d think they’d provide each room with a decent water heater, right? 2) internet connection: not free. (except in the lobby but still.. it would take forever before you can actually connect) 3) they almost charged us for a “missing face towel” which was actually just in the shower (i mean , come on, they didn’t see it? really? ) anyway, the matter was straightened out easily with just one call to the housekeeping dept. Just know that no hotel is perfect. Boracay is amazing with its pristine waters, fine beaches and breathtaking sunsets. the crazy nightlife is just a plus.. but our stay in Boracay regency certainly made our vacation extremely pleasant.
Things to do in Boracay
Seriously? There’s the sun, the immaculately white beach and the clear, welcoming waters, go figure! Plus, there are like a hundred blogs dedicated to telling folks what to do when they visit Boracay. I’m not gonna go tell you to do anything; just know that in Boracay, the activities never end. So be sure to stay there for a minimum of at least 3-4 days… a week sounds divine, actually, if you have the time. So go, participate in some watersports, swim, take pictures, get a massage or maybe some braids, shop ‘til you drop, get wasted, get some ink done, drink some ridiculously expensive coconuts… but while you’re there, make it a point to eat some seafood as you would be crazy stupid not to 🙂 My fave restaurant isn’t some expensive 5 star resto but small restaurants by the seafood market. These are called “Paluto” (luto meaning cook”. You purchase the raw ingredients like fresh fish, shellfish, meat, etc at the market and have the restaurant cook it for you in any which way you like.
Sunsets in Boracay
Sunsets in Boracay are a sight to behold. When you know it’s time for the sun to set, you have got to just stop whatever it is that you’re doing and grab a seat by the beachfront. Or you can take out your camera and start snappin’ some shots coz you’d wanna remember how divinely beautiful it looks like. Boracay, unlike places like Caramoan, is filled with large-scale developments. I’d say it looks pretty raped and crowded these days. But whatever it lacks in privacy and um virginity, it makes up for with its wicked nightlife and luxurious comforts.
you know what’d really be awesome when you do decide to visit Boracay? You have fun, write your name on the sand, and keep the trash off it. 🙂