All I Need Is Vitamin Sea
Coming here from Manila I had no expectations of Boracay only that everyone that I've met in the Philippines so far has told me to come here. I booked my flight on AirAsia for a pretty good deal. Flying into Boracay you have two options: Fly into their main airport (Caticlan) or a more distant airport (Kalibo) for cheaper rates. If you're flying into Kalibo, you have to take a van two hours north and then take a 15 minute ferry to the island. Being the backpacker that I am, I'm always looking for good transportation deals; my one way flight here was $32.
I've been staying at the Mad Monkey hostel for the last four days. I'll be honest and say I'm not really one to party all day and night --but I do enjoy a good night out every once in a while. This is a party hostel; it says it when you book it online via Hostelworld. People drink for breakfast, play beer pong for lunch, and go out till the next morning. It's been crazy. When I was in Manila I met some guys who told me to do the booze cruise here. The rule with the boat cruise is that you can only touch your drink with your left hand and if you grab it with your right you have to chug it from a beer bong. Lmao, I'm that guy who totally forgot and was the first one to chug on the boat. You get unlimited drinks from 12-6pm. Our first stop we went to an Island and did some cliff jumping from 10m up. It was so freeing. Afterwards, we went to another island and snorkeled during sunset. I don't remember what happened after snorkeling because I blacked out when I came back to the hostel. I still went out later that night which is beyond me. Don't order Boracay Bombs from the hostel unless you plan on ending your night early. I threw up instantly after taking those three shots.
The people here are so beautiful. I love a person who can hustle; who works hard, is humble, and has the drive for success. Despite how poor the country and rural some places can be, the people alone make visiting the Philippines worth it. They all smile, greet you, work hard, help you with anything they can, and still be generous with what they have. I think it's a human connection too. Like, I know we all come from different parts of the world but at the end of the day, we only have each other. Does that make sense? There's humility here.
Ah, the beaches. Oh my goodness. I'll never forget the fleeting feeling of seeing the island from a distance from the ferry. The ocean was the most beautiful hue of blue I've ever seen. And that says a lot since I hate the color blue. The sand is so white and soft to the touch. The water is the warmest yet coolest ocean my toes have ever touched. Everything here is just so picturesque.
Food: I thought I was going to have fresh fruit plates every day and be eating tons of green foods with some local meats. Wrong. Starting from Manila to Boracay, their fast-food chains here are surreal. Everything you could think of is here. It's hard to eat healthy here because the filipino diet consists of rice, fried eggs, and some type of protein. It's good but it also gets tiring. For instance, I can get breakfast for 80 pesos (which is equivalent to $1.50) but if I wanted to splurge and get something more americanized like a green salad it would be around 6-800 pesos ($10-15) in a cheap place. So at the end of the day you kind of have to ask yourself, would you rather spend that much money on a meal when you know you can just have a good cheap local meal. Believe me though, I'm trying to eat as healthy as possible because I'm not carrying any extra weight with me when I go back home. Oh, I also tried durian and it was surprisingly so good.
I've met so many amazing backpackers, heard so many incredible and outrageous stories, and lived in the moment. My solitude here has been so revitalizing. I'm leaving for Cebu tomorrow so I'll keep you posted. See you on the island.
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