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Boracay Day 1: Back in Boradise

Towards Boracay’s White Beach

Towards Boracay’s White Beach

Day 1 of the Travel and Photo bloggers excursion to Boracay started very early. I was literally pulling myself out of bed around 3:30 in the morning just to make it for the 5am call time at the domestic airport. Only had less than a couple of hours of sleep that evening finalizing a project I’m doing. At the same time, I’m very excited for the weekend. I haven’t been to Boracay for some time and going along with fellow travelers and Photo enthusiast calls for an interesting weekend. When I got to the Terminal around 5, Karla was already there, followed by Abe, Gail with Marc, then Eugenius.

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Bloggers Boracay Bound

Inside Seair’s Dornier 328 flight to Boracay

Inside Seair’s Dornier 328 flight to Boracay

It seems an ambitious feat to bring some of the Philippine’s travel related bloggers together, but at the weekend, January 11-13 2008, around 13 bloggers gathered together in the paradise island of Boracay. This wouldn’t have been possible without Abe Olandres of Yugatech bringing us together and Microtel Inn and Seair Airlines for taking us there. It’s great to know that companies lately regard bloggers as an important part of media, thus including us in their marketing plan.

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Firedancers

Bora Firedance

Firedance

Just got back again from a quick trip to Bora to take some pics at Asian Spirit’s 10th Anniversary Celebration in Boracay, one of the slew of events you’ll be hearing and seeing in the coming days. The events are all covered by the media so you should also be seeing a lot of these in some segments of our local TV networks and prints.

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Bora’s regaling establishments

Manok ng ina mo

Chicken ng ina mo!

Who said Bora is all about the white sand, hot bodies strolling the beach, 5 star hotels, talipapa shopping and sumptous expensive food. Tucked away from the beach and hidden in the inner nooks and crannies of the island are little known establishments that may or may not call your attention. If you’re a Filipino, it might catch your eye. First off is the “Manok ng Ina Mo!“, this is in the tradition of those streetside chicken stalls like Andok’s, Snr. Pedro or Mang Bok’s. It’s name would surely call your attention, and maybe if you taste it you would say the pinoy curse word equivalent, for either liking or hating it!

Chicken ng ina mo

Camote Ugly

And who says “Cayote Ugly” in the US is the hottest bar around. Well they haven’t been to “Camote Ugly” I bet! Get a load of this bar, and check out the menu and sample their “Pancit Canton-tan” and other sexually-derived food name from their menu.

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A taste of Portuguese

Dining at Portualia

Portuguese food at Portugalia, D’mall, Boracay

It’s always a treat to the palate to taste something new and delicious, especially dishes from other countries. Chef Antonio of Portugalia Reastaurant, managed to satisfy our taste buds with authentic Portuguese Food.

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Going all terrain

All Terrain Vehicles

Time to rough it up.

One of the new activities in Boracay Island is driving those new All Terrain Vehicles up and across the island. It’s really fun especially when you are passing through really rough and dusty roads. More fun if you are racing with the other guys and trying to overtake them as well. I heard you can even take this up to Mt. Luho, the highest peak in the island.

But, I have to say that this is a risky activity and the operators of this ATV should pay more attention to safety. They didn’t provide helmets, elbow or knee support or even have side mirrors on their vehicles. One of our staff had a minor accident here since the unit’s battery suddenly died and she flew off hurting her left arm. She had to be bandaged and splinted Didn’t even know this until after the activity when she informed us.

And a word of warning on Boracay. Try not to get hurt or have any injuries. Their Hospital is a Morgue! They don’t have medicines, they don’t have cottons, they didn’t even have cold compress, they didn’t even have a decent splint! Geez, She has to buy her own medicines and stuff. And the staff were busy watching cable before attending to her.

I must admit that this island is a great place but they should also focus their concerns on this. We were able to converse with Charlie Uy of Patio Pacific Resort, who formed their private rescue group in Boracay called RATSS. He said that when people have serious accidents there, they usually fly them Iloilo or go ahead to Manila, because they know, Boracay’s Hospital is truly incompetent!

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Squids galore

Squids

The best tasting squid dish I’ve tasted in the island of Boracay can be found in Escondido Resort, Station 1.

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