The first day was undeniably spectacular. Albeit the extravagant splurge of resources, happiness can never be replaced by any or whatever monetary value.
We were planning to wake up in the morning to meet the sun. Unfortunately, the unfortunate happened. We weren’t able to wake up from our sluggish slumber. Some of us were well aware about the breaking of the sunlight; however, we refused to signal the alarm for us to get out of our comfort zones because they are certainly comfort zones for a reason.
Few hours after, we had our breakfast at the Real Coffee and Tea Café which is located at the first station in some corner. As you walk along the “urban” pathway, you will notice a signboard that says Real Coffee. Enter the haven where great minds meet.
I ordered the Peanut Butter, Banana with Honey for P110 and of course, their best-selling delicacy… the Calamansi Muffin (P45). It was pure goodness as the peanut butter and honey melted down through my throat. Calamansi is a tiny version of a lemon fruit with exactly the same sensation.
The café has been originally established in 1996 by Lee Rosaia and her daughter as they resided in the island with utmost pleasure. The homey ambiance captures every visitor to dine as if they are in their with their families in their homes. It is not complicated. It can be tagged as native but it will surely satisfy your craving together with your friends and family.
At 8:00 AM, we prepped up for another adventure of our lives. Island hopping!
We basically went around the entire island of Boracay (P1500). We stopped by the Crocodile Island and paid P100 for the coast guard. Also, P20 for the vest. The current surged as we floated our heated bodies beside the Croc Island. Dizziness then occurred to me; so I decided to get back to the boat. As I relaxed myself, I regained my balance as I muttered, motion sickness should not interrupt the journey.
After which, we went straight ahead to Puka Beach which is situated at the back of the island’s jetty. We took our wacky pictures and enjoyed the white sand beach. The hushed expanse of the virgin seaside enveloped our exhausted bodies as we plunged into the blue.
The Puka Beach is so glorious that we weren’t able to be mindful of the heat cocooning our bodies. We had our own snapshots by the sea. This is the spot where the locals gather their seashells for ornaments that they sell in the urban coast.
The sand in this area is not as fine as what we can see at the opposite side.
When I was young and up until now, I love the flying fish. The last time I ate it is when I was in my hometown. I never got a chance to eat it in other places but I still have a clinging hope that I can. So, I imitated my favorite dish if it’s still alive and [flying].
Puka Beach – A quiet stretch of white sand along the northern tip of the island, Puka Beach is an image of what most people expect on a tropical island: white sand, azure water, and relatively empty. This is where locals gather the small puka shells for some of the jewelry that is sold on the island so expect the sand to be more coarse than on White Beach. The water tends to be a little rougher on this side of the island but it is much quieter. Similarly, there are fewer services — at last count there was one restaurant but you likely won’t have a problem getting a cold drink or an ice cream as there are a few vendors that patrol the beach. The main road in Boracay terminates at Puka Beach therefore you’ll be able to hire a tricycle to get there in less than 10-15 minutes from central White Beach. Make sure you arrange a pickup if it is a quiet day and no tricycles are hanging around the beach. Most people experience Puka as one of their sailboat or banca stops during a day trip. This is a good spot for a picnic, but be sure to bring your trash home with you.
For about an hour and a half, we proceeded with our remaining time for the island tour. We passed by Manny Pacquiao’s beach front and the Shangri-La Resorts. They were undeniably majestic. I wish I could stay there for even a night and experience luxury… someday soon.
The island hopping adventure was indeed a quick escape of the city lifestyle. It made me realize the beauty of the world as I see it. Sometimes, we just need to look at them with our bare eyes to be able to appreciate its wonder. Despite the raging heat of the sun, the island injected a stress-free tranquilizer that left us in awe.
After taking a tour around Boracay, we went back to our hotel and freshened up. At 4:00 PM, we paraded towards the shore and headed our way to Jonah’s Fruit Shake & Snack Bar. We grabbed ourselves fruit shakes to soothe our afternoon.
I got the Banana Peanut Fruit Shake for P110. The fruit shakes were contained in a recycled plastic bottle which is actually resilient and creative, all at the same time. Better grab one asap because supplies definitely last!
While taking sips of our fruit shakes, we relaxed in a corner, watching people passing by, children playing volleyball, couples holding hands while walking, sun going down, and the sky transitioning from day to night.
I took this picture when we were resting along the coast.
As they were tossing the volleyball and volleying it upon each other, I pondered a simple epiphany in mind. How do they communicate? They are kids and I believe they are not yet well versed in each other’s language: Pinoys and Brits. While they were playing, I heard them laughing and giggling whenever the other cannot strike the ball back. And so I stopped my musing right there. They were communicating with the universal language of happiness. All of them were filled with fun and laughter that they were not even conscious about their dialect and how to speak to one another. How about that?
We took our precious time under the sunset since Boracay is also known to be a sunset picturesque.
At 7:00 PM, we had our dinner at The Sun Village Resort, Café, Bar, Eat-all-you-can Mongolian (P275). It was my first time eating a Mongolian cuisine wherein we will just mix whatever raw food we can see on the table with a small empty bowl. Of course, with our personal preferences. We mix and match the food and pass it on to the cook. After a few minutes, it will be served and you will be surprised with your mix-and-matched dish (well, in my case because I don’t cook and I don’t have any idea with the combinations). Surprisingly, it turned out good. I did another round and it went better. Niko helped me with the hodgepodge. It was scrumptiously appetizing especially partnered with the bottomless Fresh Citrus Herb Juice for P100.
10:00 PM. We tried to find a party party place but we were so tired with our vigorous activities of the day. Russel, Niko and Tapan had a body massage. Sheldon and Arlan-z took a walk and chatted. I went to take a moment of solitude. So, we called it a night.
To be continued…
You might want to read: Boracay Escapade: Day 1