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quick family getaway: boracay 2013

Published March 11, 2014 by ladyemelye

june of 2013, somebody gave us plane tickets to boracay so we had a quick weekend getaway to the famous beach.  for hubby and i, it was our 3rd time in the island, but it was my son’s first time.

we flew in to kalibo via philippine airlines, and then took a van to caticlan.  since we were with my son, i have arranged our transportation via myboracayguide.com.  it already included the van transfer, boat to the island, plus the multicab that will drop you off to your hotel.

i also booked our hotel via the same website, since the planning for this trip was only short.  the site also offers certain discounts for some hotels which you can browse via your station preference.  activities can also be booked via this website.

we booked calypso resort in station 2.  here is the description from the website:

perfectly situated on white beach near the Tourist Center. Enjoy stunning ocean and sunset views from their poolside bar and restaurant, take part in their diving activities, or relax on their beach beds by the ocean. The rooms are uniquely styled to have a modern design with African type decor – each room is bright, spacious, and has its own balcony. Guests can enjoy room amenities such as cable TV, minibar, safety deposit box, as well as hot and cold shower.

they also have a restaurant which offers a variety of food, and even set meals for as low as php 150.00.  daily breakfast is included in the room cost.  there is a swimming pool wherein the guests could take a dip, which is also used for diving lessons.  wifi is available, although signal is poor inside the room.

hotel restaurant

hotel restaurant

inside the room

inside the room

swimming pool and dive center

swimming pool and dive center

it was pretty much a laid-back, beach bumming vacation for us.  we swam in the pool and beach, played on the shore, walked around and ate.

little boy looking at the gelato stand

little boy looking at the gelato stand

time for gelato!

time for gelato!

one activity we did was riding the glass bottom boat so that my son could see the fishes swimming underneath us while touring at the sea.  the boat looked like a giant “nemo” (clownfish) which as the name implies has a glass bottom so that you can view the marine life underneath.  we got a “promo” price for the 11am trip which costs 400 per person.  you can also book this through the website, but we just went to the glass bottom boat stall near the market to make bookings.

See a colorful array of fish and corals without getting soaked! The Glass Bottom Boat is perfect for those who want to take a peek at Boracay’s underwater life but would like to feel safe in the confines of a boat. There is also time for swimming and snorkeling for those who are more adventurous. Drinks and snacks are included, and children are given discounts.

glass bottom boat

glass bottom boat

varied marine life: sea urchin, starfish and sea cucumber

varied marine life: sea urchin, starfish and sea cucumber

another activity that we learned while staying at calypso is how to play shuffleboard.  apparently, the resort hosts a tournament for this every year, and the pictures of the winners are displayed at the restaurant.  different nationalities join this game, and there has already been a filipino team who won the championship.

shuffleboard

shuffleboard

travelling to boracay was a nice break from work, quality time spent with family, time for destressing and relaxation.  i hope we can do diving the next time we visit this island.

bohol birthday 2012

Published December 15, 2013 by ladyemelye

i have been to bohol several times, but hubby hasn’t.  so for my birthday vacation last year, we went to bohol.

we availed of the “bee happy” package offered by the bohol bee farm.  for php 8500.00 per person, it includes stay in ocean view room for 4d/3n, airport transfers, bohol countryside tour and all meals.  a body massage was also part of the package.

we were given the panglao suite to stay in.  it is a very spacious room with it’s own terrace overlooking the beach.  it also has a mini living room, mini kitchen complete with refrigirator and microwave, and a toilet and bath area.  although it was a little tiring to get to the room since it is located at the 3rd floor of the building. 😉

view from the terrace

view from the terrace

all of our meals are served in the restaurant.  the breakfast is served buffet style, while the lunch and dinner are served family style in our table.  lunch and dinner usually includes a salad, soup, 2-3 main dishes (which would be a variety of meat or seafood), pasta and rice.  drinks and dessert are also included.  the food comes from organic sources, and the taste is very flavorful.  we loved almost everything that they served to us that we are always full to the brim after every meal.  there was even one point where we just had our dessert brought to our room so that we can eat it.

buzz cafe

buzz cafe

our countryside tour covered the following sites: blood compact, baclayon church and museum, giant python and mini zoo, loboc river cruise, tarsier watching, man made forest, butterfly garden and of course, the chocolate hills.

tarsier watching

tarsier watching

loboc river cruise

loboc river cruise

chocolate hills

chocolate hills

butterfly garden

butterfly garden

mini zoo

mini zoo

after the tour, we also did some shopping for souvenirs and pasalubong.

the next day, we had the tour of the bohol bee farm wherein we saw the farms where they grew their herbs and vegetables, the livelihood of the women (weaving), how their products like the tea were made, and also a sample of a bee colony where they get their honey from.

the bees

the bees

some of the farm’s products include baked breads, squash muffins, pure honey, honey spread and other kind of spread, salad dressings and a lot more.  we got to take home most of these products.  we also loved their ice creams with unique flavors, especially the malunggay ice cream.  it is one way to make the children eat their veggies without them realizing it. 😀

we had a great time at bohol bee farm.  we were very relaxed and at the same time we enjoyed the tours and most especially the food. 😉

 

 

BOHOL BEE FARM
Ms. Vicky Wallace
Dao, Dauis, Panglao Island, Bohol
+6338.5101822
+63917.7101062
+63932.8832126
+63939.9046796
+63917.3041491
vickywallace@boholbeefarm.com

http://www.boholbeefarm.com

finds in boracay 2 – real coffee & tea cafe

Published March 11, 2010 by ladyemelye
i have heard many raves and read many blogs regarding real coffee’s muffins. so while we were in boracay, one of my to-do’s was to visit the coffee and get a hold of the famous muffins.
the shop is open from 7am – 7pm and they serve “breakfast” all day. they have omelettes, pancakes, sandwiches, shakes, tea, coffee, cookies and of course, muffin. the cafe is a little hard to find, since it was somehow “hidden” with just a small arrow on the beach pointing to it.
when we first went there, we arrived at around 6:30pm, unfortunately, the store was closed. so i was determined just to go back the next day.
after walking long stretches of sand from station 2 to station 1, hubby and i finally arrived (again) at the cafe. there were a few yuppies hanging around, having their brunch. we sat on the stools around the service station.

we ordered the calamansi muffin, banana-walnut muffin and a funky monkey shake (choco-banana).
the calamansi muffin was indeed unique. there was the play of sweetness and sourness that was just right. the aroma that the calamansi gave was also appetizing. the whole walking thing was worth it for this muffin.
the banana-walnut muffin was also nice. it was not too sweet, you could taste the bananas and the walnuts.
they do deliveries for a charge of Php 50.00. if you want to take home these muffins, they advise that you call a day before (i think they only bake enough for the store per day). unfortunately, since we were leaving that day, i wasn’t able to bring some home. maybe next time we’re in bora… i would also like to taste their omelettes. ^_^
Real Coffee & Tea Cafe
Station 1, Boracay
(+63) 36 288 5340

finds in boracay 1 – deco’s la paz batchoy

Published March 11, 2010 by ladyemelye
just outside the resort that we stayed in at station 2, boracay was deco’s la paz batchoy. they claim that they’re the original. so on our second night, we tried to taste the batchoy that they offered.
of course, we ordered the batchoy. i chose the miki noodles. together with the noodles, we also ordered puto manapala, pre-war pandesal and pandesal ni pa-a.
the pandesal ni pa-a was a little like what we can buy in our bakeries now. it was soft. it was also said that these were baked in a pugon, or the traditional brick oven. pa-a was the name of the person who made these then.
the pre-war pandesal was more dense and smaller in size.
the batchoy was of course, good. it had chicharon, liver, and other pork bits. you can opt to have hard boiled egg for an additional price. the soup was sweet and salty at the same time. one can ask for more soup if you want.
the price was fair for the serving, and you will really be filled by their batchoy. if you’re in boracay and looking for a nighttime snack, this would be perfect.
 
Deco’s Lapaz Batchoy
Station 2, Boracay
http://decoslapazbatchoy.com/d/

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