Friday, March 2, 2012

Boracay Escape

Carpe diem! On rare occasions that an opportunity presents itself on a silver platter, one must really just seize the day. We had the privilege of setting our weary feet in the powdery sands of Boracay under the February sun, a few days ago. It was very brief but it painted a lasting impression in my mind. 
We traversed the island on board Boracay Regency's speed boat.
The trip was for a business conference. And I knew from experience that it's hard to mix business with pleasure. So, I only packed my business casual clothes except for two kaftan items that were to be worn during the luau themed fellowship night. And a piece of bathing suit, just in case.

Oftentimes, when you set out with no expectations you get pleasantly surprised with what awaits you. This is how my summer in Boracay (included in Lonely Planet's 10 beach destinations) began. 

We were housed at the nicely furnished Boracay Regency Hotel with a nice view of the beach.
Our hotel. Amusing that a lot of people have used this space as a backdrop for their pictures.
Yes, we were the humble occupants of the Royal Suite.
The suite's lounge area.
View from our balcony.
Boy, the day that we arrived we still had a few hours of daylight to dip our toes in the tempting waters of Boracay.  And get a glimpse of its beautiful sunset. 
Romantic Boracay sunset.
Really, this picture did not do justice to the awesome scene before me. I couldn't ask for more.
Dinner at Aria.
Eggplant Parmigiana (P400+).
Tuna in Pesto Sauce (P500+).
Night life in Boracay is bustling. There are so many choices; the only real kicker is the kind of music you want to listen to. Everyone else has a distinct beach front ambience. The breeze is balmy at night. But who cares when one is supposed to wear as minimal pieces of clothing, as possible. It's a feast for the senses.

We even had a nice little night cap by the beach. We shared a long talk over a cuppa.
Ed sharing his secret for an unbeatable Temple Run score :-)

As luck would have it, we had one whole day in between the conference that was just truly ours! Ha, I didn't know. But who's complaining? So, we set out our itinerary for the day: frolic in the sun, sand and sea of Boracay.
Boracay Island, Philippines.
Look closely. The sand is powdery white!
 And I made a point of making my friends wear their heart on their sleeves, by writing their names on the sand. 
We're always on the lookout for the next best summer beach destination. Naturally, I miss them.
And wished he were there. Cheesy, I know! Lol.
A scenery is made more beautiful with gorgeous friends on the foreground. Erika.

Make sure that you take home with you a nice souvenir.
Have your shirts hand-painted by cool artists in Boracay. Watch while they paint. Awesome.
 So, what are your summer plans? Tell me about it. Better yet, spend your beach getaway in Boracay because it's more fun in the Philippines.

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