Monday, March 30, 2009

Last Day in Bora, the start of a new journey

Last day was a laid back day. After eating our breakfast, we took a dip for the last time.

It is sad going back to work after a long vacation, but thinking that I am facing a new chapter in my life excites me. When I go back to Manila, my life will never be the same.
Soon we will be preparing for our wedding. From then on, we will be sharing our lives together…forever…

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Boracay Day 3

Good morning Boracay!!! I had the greatest sleep ever. When I woke up I had to make sure that what happened the night before was not a dream…And indeed, everything was real after all. The room was still filled with petals. I still have the bouquets and the cake. And most importantly, the ring is still there waiting to be worn again.

We had to hurry taking our breakfast since we have scheduled activities early today. AT 8AM, we went to Station 3 to experience Marine Helmet Walk. It’s like snorkeling in a higher level. They made us wore a diving suit. At the platform a 25-kilo “helmet” will be put on head to help you breath under water. When you’re completely submerged in the water, the helmet will only weigh 1-kilo. Then the fun part began.

After Marine Helmet walk, we took a trike going to the ATV rental. We have to drive this going to Mount Luho, the highest part in Bora. The experience was amazing and the view was just breath taking. You can seen the whole Boracay island.

On the way back to the ATV rental, we stopped by the Butterfly Farm. A butterfly farm with bats! Hahahahah!

At other best way to end the day but by watching the sunset, with a bucket of ice cold San Mig Light and a heart-to-heart talk with my soon to be hubby. We looked back of the things that happened 10 years before…and made a promise to be with each other for the rest of our lives…

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Proposal

It was a tiring day; we were out since 9am today for a whole day island tour. At around 6PM we were in the beachfront of Two Seasons basically just killing time...or so I thought. This day was just an ordinary day. Just like our previous vacations, we always go out and tire ourselves with an all day’s activity.

Ney insisted me to have the key card for me to open the room. I had no idea of what’s waiting for me. As I open the door, the hallway was dark. I was about to put the keycard in its place but another keycard was already there. I got confused. And I just got more confused when I noticed that the floor was full of rose petals.

At the end of the hallway, the light in the middle was turned on illuminating the room full of rose petals. My heart was pounding…my mind was full of thoughts, but a proposal never came into my mind. This vacation was supposed to celebrate our 10th anniversary and I thought that maybe this is his way of making it super special. As I reach the end of the hallway, I saw the bed full of petals. As I recall, I know that I saw a bouquet of flowers and a box of cake… but what caught my attention was that little red box in between the bouquet and the cake.

Though it was so small, the light from the top of the bed illuminated that little red box and it’s glowing so beautifully which made me realize that this is the day… I burst into tears… it just keeps flowing and my whole body was trembling…He grabbed the box, walked in front of me and just pops the question. The question I just dreamt of hearing. The question I have been waiting all my life… “Will you marry me?” All I could remember was him holding my hands and putting the ring into my finger. I hugged him to tight that I could feel him trembling in tears…

This night was so magical. This was the dream proposal I always imagine before go to sleep. The imagination he had made into reality. It always amazes me how he could know exactly what I wanted without me even telling me…without me even asking for it…I really has not sink in yet…I am still floating in the clouds. I only imagine this before. And now, I have this bling bling in my finger that makes me realize that wedding bells will soon be ringing for me…

Boracay Day 2

We have to wake up early since we have a scheduled island tour by 10am. We had a buffet-Eat-‘till-you-throw-up breakfast. We stayed in the beachfront for a while before we changed and went to Station 2 where we will meet with the tour guide.

Tour Iterinary. First stop was a snorkeling area just off-shore of Station 3. We were 9 in the tour. A Chinese husband and wife, a Japanese mother and daughter and 3 filipino dabarkads and us…hmmm…fells like an Amazing Race Bora Edition to me. We stayed for about 20-30minutes in the snorkeling area. Ney and I opted not to hit the waters since we’re already used to snorkeling. Actually, I didn’t want to go down because everyone in the tour knows how to swim and they are snorkeling without life vest. So instead of taking time putting a life vest and pretend that I can swim, we just took pictures of ourselves.

Next stop is the Crocodile Island. Again they had a good time snorkeling. As for me, I had my happiness with my fresh buko juice courtesy of “Manong Magbubuko in the Surf Board”. Only in the Philippines!

When the Chinese and Japanases guys were tired of swimming with the fish, we all went to an island were we had our lunch. Aside from a sumptuous lunch, the island has a unique treasure of its own. The view was spectacular. “Kuya Tour Guide” became our official photographer.

After lunch, we headed to Crystal Cave. I have seen pictures of Ney in the cave when he visited Bora last year. I was so excited to experience it myself this time.

After Crystal Cave we went to Puka Beach. The Beach which was mad famous in the recent Aga Mulach-Ann Curtis Movie. It didn’t amaze me much. The sand was not as fine as in Station 1. There were no place for shade and the water was not as clear. We just took a quick dip and headed back at the boat to wait for others.

Last stop was Diniwid Beach. We saw Shangri La Boracay owned by the famous Ayala Family; and the Pacquio Mansion which is still under construction. Too bad our camera batt was dead. We were not able to take pictures of it.
The tour ended around 5:30PM. They dropped us off near station 1. Before we went back to the hotel, we had a refreshing fruit shake courtesy of Jonah’s and hotdog and pork barbeque. We stayed at the Hotel’s beachfront before we finally went up to our room.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Two Seasons – Boracay Day 1

I am so excited!!! Our dream vacation just came true. I first fall in love with Two Seasons when I saw it in ABS CBN’s Your Song Presents My Only You starring Kim Chui and Gerald Anderson. My first trip to Bora was last November 2007 with Ney, and my friends Mhayee and Mabel. We stayed at La Carmella in Station 2. This year since we are celebrating our 10th anniversary, we decided to make it extra special, give in to our “luho” and experience life in Station 1.

We were scheduled for a Zest Air 10:30AM flight. But as expected, flight was delayed for an hour. We reached Caticlan at around 12:30PM. Looking for our transfer was so easy since “Kuya” from the resort was carrying a big hotel signage made from wood, inspired by the Hotel’s logo. He carried our bag and assisted us to the Van. An air conditioned van fetched us and took us to a private boat going to the island. And did I mention that the van and the boat were all by ourselves? We felt like royalties, given the best service ever. We felt we were like movies stars given the VIP treatment. They’ve given the real value to the service we have paid. From the Boracay Port, another aircon van fetch us and took us to the Hotel.
The staff was so accommodating and helpful. We were asked to wait for 10 minutes as they prepare our room. We took this time to take our first pictures of Bora. The sun was amazing. The sand was glowing white, the beach was a calm blue crystal and the sky was so clear. When we got to our room, everything we saw exceeded our expectations. We kindda have an idea of what to expect since we have browsed some site reviews for Two Seasons even before we arrived. But it was different when you’re already there; from the bathroom, the bed and the veranda, we were like kids checking out every detail in the room. I knew that we will have a great vacation this time.

After a little rest and fixing our things, we took a stroll down the beach. The beach was not as crowded. I had my hair braided in Station 2 and he got his henna. Station 2 was so different from my first visit. Some of the establishment before were already gone and was turned into a new Hotel. Some hotels were renovated into an establishment. There’s a Havaiana’s store in bora..Yellow Cab and even Shakey’s. Talk about commercialization.

Our first night in Bora was amazing. They have setup a cabana for our dinner. We had a generous serving of mushroom soup, liempo with cucumber as sidedish and for dessert, assorted fruits. Each serving was good for 2 persons already. We were only halfway in finishing food and we were already full. Eventually we had to give it up before our tummy’s explode. We took a talk and experience night life in Club Paraw. He had 2 bottles of San Mig Light, I had a glass of Weng – Weng. After finishing the glass, I was already “weng weng”...hahahaha…and finally we had to call it a day! Welcome to Bora!!!