Honeymooning: Boracay

June 18 – 20, 2014

Next on the list for the “mini-honeymoon” was Boracay and since my family is here on vacation from Houston our “mini-honeymoon” ended up more like a family vacation. We didn’t really mind, besides our hotel was in Station 1 and theirs was in Station 3—quite a distance in between.

We purchased our tickets months in advance during one of those Cebu Pacific promo sales and ended up flying to Boracay in 2 batches, the first batch consisted of me, Marco, Paulo, Pauline, Ann Marie and John while the second batch consisted of my parents and the two little girls Angelie and Nicole.

Day 1

Ramas siblings headed to Boracay, here we go! #itsmorefuninthephilippines

Tres Marias: Ann Marie, Rhea and Pauline at the luggage area. Notice how we’re all still the same height. haha.

Upon arrival, a shot of Boracay Airport from the outside

In the meantime this little boy is stuck with me.

Marco and I had a shuttle scheduled to pick us up as part of our honeymoon package but since my parents weren’t there yet, he took the liberty of going with my siblings to check them in, in Station 3 while I took John with me to Station 1.

It was John’s first time to ride a boat like this so he was extremely fascinated with the boat ride. He gladly took a single seat as soon as we entered the boat, I stayed behind him.

Fellow travelers getting off the boat

Look who’s pooped!

John took advantage of the spacious seat at the back of the shuttle, he took a power nap as we headed to the hotel.

Real Maris Resort and Hotel, Mr. and Mrs. Marco Mendezona’s little sanctuary for a few days.

After the rest checked in their rooms in Station 3, they picked us up from Real Maris and we picked a small burger place while we were exploring the area. We decided to have a quick lunch there.

The Ramas(es) in Station 3….just waiting for Mom, Pop and the rest of the girls.

 

Who gets random cramps at the beach? I DO. <sigh>

 Swimming was a perfect way to wait productively.

We love basking in the sun, I don’t think grandmy (+) is going to be too happy with this photo.

I got a good dose of the beach

The rest of them finally arrived, as soon as they settled in we went looking for a place to eat.

We ended up in, where else… Mang Inasal. hahaha.

After super late lunch (more like merienda), we went to one of the mini convenient stores and bought groceries, just the usual bottled water and toiletries. Parted ways so we could get some rest, been up since early this morning. Marco and I headed back to Real Maris to take a power nap while the kids swam the entire afternoon in Station 3.

The family met up again for dinner. Randomly picked a rice topping place in Station 2 borderline Station 1, there prices were really dirt cheap considering that the meal portions were decent. They ranged from P55-P85/ meal, I just wish I could remember the name of the food place. Their green mango shakes were also very impressive…not bad at all.

Grabbed a bunch of drinks with these two guys before ending the night. The three of us go way back—–an 18 hour land trip from Houston, Texas to Port St. Lucie, Florida, yep, just the three of us.

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Day 2

Marco and I already had breakfast at the hotel since it was part of our Groupon Package, after eating we went straight to Station 3 to meet up with the rest of the family, we’re scheduled to go boating today.

And there they were…having breakfast right in front of the beach.

The boatmen had to take us to the other side of the island, something to do with the current being too strong in the other side during this time of the year.

We rented a boat for P3,500 for 3-4 hours inclusive of fins and snorkel gear, I’d like to think that’s not bad for 11 people. If we booked this with the hotels, I’m pretty sure it would come out more expensive.

The Coconut Express—-that’s what I’m talking about.

Mom, enjoying her butong (fresh coconut), can’t find these things in Houston.

So I have two sisters who are insanely scared of fishes and they agreed to go boating, why? hahaha.

Nicole: “Oh my god, Oh my god…are those fishes?!?”

Ummmm…yeah babe. we’re in the middle of the ocean. Duh. Hahaha.

Here’s the other scaredy cat who stayed inside the boat the entire time. Dry and taking vintage swimsuit selfies…that’s Pauline.

Here are some underwater shots that we took using my Olympus underwater camera. I’ve been hearing a lot of bad reviews about the specific Olympus model that I have, but I can’t complain, I’ve had this for 2 years or so and I really got it for cheap; up to now it is serving me well.

After the tour, the boatmen take you to an island for lunch and try to give you the “island life experience”….sinugba seafood, wooden chairs and tables under a nipa hut but the prices were way jacked up. Foreigners usually go for it because of the ambiance but if they only knew how much these things cost in the local market (very cheap), they probably wouldn’t.

I convinced my parents to wait until we get to the mainland for lunch.

The parentals finishing up their buko.

My husband and I came up with the cutest idea of getting the girls matching technicolored “Boracay Island” tops, something we found in the local market the night before. I think each shirt more or less just cost $1.50.

My siblings are pretty much new to the idea of riding tricycles as means of public transportation, and their tricycles are completely different from what we have in Cebu. You should’ve seen the expression on their faces—priceless! I’m glad my dad caught it all on cam.

Honeymooners—-indeed we are playing that role.

This is where we ended up having lunch—Boracay Ocean Club Resort.

The place looks a bit intimidating but you should seriously check out their lunch specials.

Chilling by the beach with my mister  before heading back to Real Maris to get ready for our complimentary “romantic dinner by the beach”.

Candlelit dinner by the beach, it was romantic while it lasted. As soon as we finished eating our dessert, a sand storm hit the shore and it started raining cats and dogs. Hahaha. I’m just glad we had dinner when we did, at least the romantic dinner didn’t go to waste. We enjoyed our wine inside the hotel and stayed in for the rest of the night.

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Day 3

Woke up early and took a boat out of the island, we needed to make that Cebu Pacific Caticlan Ilo-Ilo flight. We’re flying to Palawan from Ilo-Ilo.

~Rhea

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