We’re beach bumming again, but this time in Boracay- a beautiful island in the Philippines with ‘sand like sugar.’ That was what the yoga instructor in Manila told me before we left for Bora.
It is beautiful and very touristy. I’m spoiled. This is a fact. The beaches I am used to are secluded with chairs you don’t have to pay to lounge on. Lili and I have only been used to the Caribbean, staying at luxurious resorts (thanks Mom & Dad) never venturing outside the all-inclusive hotel grounds. Here the beach is public and while I am sure parts of the island have private beaches and 5-star resorts we are in the crowded tourist hot-spot.
That’s not to say it’s thats a bad thing. Come on! I am on a beach in Boracay, nothing is bad about that but the hawkers trying to selling me sunglasses and banana boat rides do get sort of annoying. Our defense tactic has been to reply to every hawker with the extremely low price of 10 pesos. Upon hearing this they say no and scamper away. And the all-day downpour of rain yesterday did put a damper on our spirits for about 15 mins, then we decided to get massages ;O) and did a foot detox.
There a few things in Bora I am loving. The first is the hot-shot basketball game in D’Mall (an area designated for restaurants and shops right smack in the middle of the island). You pay 35 pesos (less than a 1$) for 40 seconds, in which time you need to make 24 baskets to get a hat or 28 for a jersey.
Yeah. No. 19 was my high score, higher than all of the boys I watched! Alex got 15.
The second is a yoga class I found overlooking the beach. SCORE! Nice way to start the morning. I don’t need much to make me happy.
I know you are just itching to know about the food we have been eating. Sadly, not a lot of Filipino food. We did have mexican and it was the WORST meal of my entire life. I think they microwaved our food. Not even kidding.
Thank heavens there is this delictable little cafe called Lemon we have been paying daily visits to, for their breakfast, dinner & tasty desserts. We also found a Filipino hole in the wall called Smoke, which served the best garlicky tofu I’ve ever had.
Alex & Lili are loving the beach, even with the rain. They both claim they could live here or any place that’s warm and has sand. I, on the other hand, I would not be able to live on the beach. I’ve been in the ocean twice and the pool once, and that is plenty for me. (The pool that we were not allowed to use but snuck in and swam in anyways- he he he)
Hey Jersey, I hope your saving a big snow storm for me when I get back in 10 days! Yes 10 days! See you all soon!