Tuesday, January 21, 2014

EXPERIENCE: Boracay and #AtiAtihan2014 Part 1 of 2!

2go or not 2go? - Sunset to DIE for

Inside Batangas City Port

Another item on my Bucket List has been crossed out after having a fun weekend in Boracay last January 17, 2014. Being part of my top 3 must see destination, I am very happy to finally see the beautiful paradise called Boracay Island. (Click to see my top 3 picks last year.)

2Go Travel - Caticlan bound.
Tourist class bed.
View while leaving  Batangas City Port
Roof Deck entertainment at 2Go Travel ship. St. Ignatius of Loyola

Grabbed few cans of beer while listening to some entertainment.

Photo taken early in the morning as the ship approaches Caticlan Jetty Port

It has been a 9 hour ship ride from Batangas City Port to Caticlan Jetty Port. Upon alighting from the ship, we headed to Caticlan port to pay for our boat ticket, environmental and terminal fees for a 15-25 minute ride to Boracay Island. The sea was not calmed since there's a Low Pressure Area in some parts of Visayas region. After alighting from the boat, we took a tricycle heading to Boracay Cottage located at Station 1, Boracay.

Queue going to the boat terminal.

Once of the captains navigating the boat manually.

reached Boracay boat terminal.

first step on the very beautiful and fine Boracay sand!

Front Office of Boracay Cottage

See that window in the attic? That's our room.
inside our room. This is the biggest room at Boracay Cottage. :)

comfy.
 After checking in and resting for some time, I and James decided to have a breakfast at Damiana's. They served good crepes by the way.

A couple having breakfast while enjoying the view of the beach.
Longsilog with coffee plus pineapple, banana and mango crepe for dessert. 

After having a sumptuous breakfast, we decided to swim while waiting for Peppe and Thalia.



We go back to Boracay Cottage to check if Peppe and Thalia already arrived. We found Peppe in the room. He just traveled from Tagbiliran in Bohol before going to Boracay.

Peppe making sand balls for juggling.

We decided to have some lunch before heading to the beach for swimming. We ended up having a buffet lunch at La Carmela de Boracay.

food overload. :)
Taken in one of the stores within D' Mall
Peppe loves to makes  faces during picture taking. :)
Along the way, a Korean approached us and ask things like, "where are you from?, "who are you with?", "are you a solo traveler?", etc. He ended up going with us as he don't have any company. His name is Silva.

Willy's Rock!
Doing a jumpshot with James
thumbs up with Peppe

A cave like place at the end of Station 1 which houses a replica of Mother Mary.
Boracay is known for its white and fine sand, amazing sunset and kind people. Boracay sunset is by far, the most beautiful sunset I've seen. It's like a magic show! The sun sets so fast that it looks like it's running. After the sun sets, the sky starts to change it's color. From yellow to gold, from gold to orange, from orange to red. The sky was set on fire with clouds complementing it. 

Yellow gold sky

orangy sky

the clouds perfectly compliment the sunset

panoramic view of Boracay Sunset

trying to do a jumpshot

After the sunset, we met Thalia, an American whom Peppe met on one his of travels. Thalia is a sweet and funny girl. :)

Peppe, Thalia, and yours truly 
We decided to dine at True Food Indian Cuisine as Thalia was a vegetarian and everyone wants to try something new.

The place was so laid back. Ambiance was really great. The food tastes awesome.

James, Silva, Leo, Thalia and Peppe. (from left to right)
After dinner, we decided to go to a nearby supermarket to buy some drinks and use our place for drinking session instead of going to a bar.

Peppe mixing some vodka!

James, Peppe, Thalia and Silva

Silva making that Korean sign. :)

Family Picture

After shots of Vodka and Rhum, we decided to head out and see what Boracay party place can offer. We ended up dancing to drum and lyre to DJ mix at Summer Place.

playing AtiAtihan beat

great crowd at Summer Place
It was really great knowing Silva (Korean), Thalia (American), Peppe (Italian) and James (Filipino). The night was full of exchanging cultures. From languages to food to a lot of things. I really enjoyed the day spending time with them.

The rest is HISTORY. :)

End of Day 1 and Day 2.

Note: Some photos are from James' camera.

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Dance to Ati Atihan Beat! - #SepAnx


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EXPERIENCE: Boracay and #AtiAtihan2014 Experience Part 2 of 2!

Dance to Ati Atihan Beat! - #SepAnx

After spending a night partying and enjoying the sand and the sunset of Boracay, we woke up early the following day to head to Kalibo for the Ati Atihan Festival.

non stop party ahead of us!

From Boracay, we took a tricycle going to Boracay port. Then 20 to 30 minutes boat ride to Caticlan Jetty Port. From Caticlan, we took the van going to Kalibo. The front office associate from Boracay Cottage advised us to take the van instead via bus to Kalibo as it's safer and faster. It's a 1 to 2 hours ride. After alighting from the van, we contacted the rest of the group. We found them at Snowland, an old eatery that serves breakfast, lunch, pastries and desserts. No pictures of food. Define HUNGRY! :))



Since we still have our traveling bags with us, we decided to left our bags in a baggage counter of a supermarket just across Snowland. Luckily, they allow us to left it there. Around 1 pm, we headed to the plaza to watch the parade. Endless lines of people, party beat and free drinks.

with an Aklanon participating on the parade

an Aklanon with a Sto. Nino image

colorful costumes

team dalmatian

this costume was made of recycled materials

each tribe has it's own band


a child in Ati Atihan costume

snake tribe joins the parade

with Peppe and Thalia

Peppe, James, Thalia, Angel and photobomber Steno :)

Team Boracay :)

Old and New Osom peepz :)

Thalia enjoying the festival

random Osom pic!

After 5 to 6 hours of partying on the street, we decided to go to Marma's house, our host at Kalibo. The team decided to have  a cook off challenge that night. Menu was Bicol Express, Chicken Adobo, Vegetable Curry, Tomatoes and Egg and Grilled Talaba. I was really amazed by stories coming from travelers from different parts of the globe.

Marma's house

Inside Marma's house

Last dinner for Thalia and Peppe as they need to leave the house at 8:30 pm for there flight going back to Manila

Renzy getting food! HULI KA!

Chow time!


Largest CS event I've been into so far!
Family Picture!

We left Marma's house quite early for our 2pm flight. Cris, Yohji, James, Monica and I decided to head to the market to buy some 'pasalubong'. After that, we part ways with Monica as her flight was in Iloilo airport. We headed straight to Kalibo International Airport. After checking in, we  grabbed some breakfast on a restaurant just across the airport.


American Breakfast

Our flight carrier going back to Manila!
It's More Fun In The Philippines!

This was truly ONE OSOM ADVENTURE!

Ati Atihan 2014


End of the trip.

Click the link for Day 1 and Day 2:
2go or not 2go? - Sunset to DIE for!

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