Monday, June 3, 2013

Musings & Experiences: Boracay Island, Philippines

Confession: I am from the Philippines and I have lived 30 years of my life without seeing the beautiful paradise that is called Boracay until last May 28th.

Here's a rundown:

The sand was like powdered milk, it was white and soft and was delectable to the touch. The ocean water was clear and pristine and there's no litter in sight. The locals were friendly and courteous. They welcome every tourist, new or returning, with smiles that speak boundless familiarity and warmth that only locals of the island can understand. The island was generous with its beauty and grandeur that you feel like it's been waiting for you its whole life.

Tourists from all sorts of countries walk abound, some getting fried by the mighty sun, some enjoying the waters, some indulging in refreshments, and some splurging in what the local artisans have to offer. Friends and strangers find new meaning in befriending and for some reason, everyone wants to get along.

People in different shapes and sizes flaunt their stuff without care to what other people may say. No one would care how you look like, they said. And no one did. Everybody just cared about how they could cherish every single second they spend in this massive display of blue, green and white. And I fell in love.

There's not a second to waste when in Boracay, night life keeps the island alive with live bands, great food and fire dancers. The ocean goes in full blown low tide and you can walk miles along the shore and somehow you'll feel that the ocean is also trying to get some rest come 7pm. The sunset is breath taking, and when you're lucky you'll get to witness the island's version of a summer solstice, when the sky turns into all shades of pink, orange and yellow, and i tell you, there's nothing like it. It was beautiful and majestic. And the colors were aweinspiring.

If you come, make sure to check your ego at the door and let yourself marvel in all the beauty that Boracay has to offer. Here are some pictures for you, beach lovers, to drool over:

They said that everything is worth trying once, but Boracay, it's definitely worth going back to over and over again. 

Keep safe everyone!

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