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Pre-Boracay Trip: Heartfelt Hospitality Found in Aklan

Visiting Kalibo

My social media followers know by now that I went to the Philippine’s pride, Boracay Island, a few days ago. I was still in grade school the last time I step my feet on the fine sand of Boracay beach. Sure, it is so much different now than how it was before with all the establishments built and popularity growth here and there but, it wouldn’t be on top of the line beach from all over the world for nothing. It’s definitely still a beautiful and fascinating piece of art that our dear country should be proud of.

Now, I decided to divide this whole Boracay trip into four different segments. I felt overwhelmed when I was writing our Cebu trip not long ago, while I tried to squeeze our 3 days experience in a single blog post. FACT: it was the hardest and the most time-consuming blog post I ever written! Bear with me if it was poorly written, you didn’t realize my struggle. haha! Not to mention I was secretly writing it in between work (ssshhhh). It was difficult to insert extra details considering I didn’t want to create a super long blog post to bore my dear readers (assuming there are). But what the heck, it was 3 days worth of post, what do we expect?!

Aklan

Aklan

We landed last February 27, 2017, around 4:20 PM at Kalibo International Airport safe and sound. I was with my former teammates turned friends during the entire trip to Boracay. Lucky we were to have a colleague whose hometown is Aklan, who assisted us with everything, (I mean, EVERYTHING!) especially when we needed a place to stay in Aklan before heading to Boracay Island. He was with us the whole time, by the way, but he doesn’t have a photo for this particular post as he was very keen in insisting on taking our photos instead. I KNOW! It shouldn’t be the case, but BIG thanks to you! hihi!

Aklan
Sneaky photo here at the airport, because Kuya guard asked us to delete this photo, like what?! Not in any way we will delete this treasured moment. haha! Sorry! Seriously, are we not allowed to take photos here? Mabilis lang naman eh. peace y’all!

Aklan

From the airport, we rode a tricycle going to their place. Luckily, it was only a 15 minutes ride cos really, I couldn’t wait any longer to fill up my hungryyy stomach. I was being hard on myself for imagining all the foods I will eat upon arrival. My bad. hihi! Who doesn’t like food anyway?!

I love their place so much. It feels comfortable, peaceful and homey. This is what I like about rural homes, the ambiance is very different compared to the city (hello? Of course!). I lived most of my life in the city, that’s why it excites me whenever I get a chance to go to the province. Although I must admit that I’m not sure how well I can survive living a long time in the province. I have a hint I’ll do just as good, as long as I have my internet connection and cellular signal available. Just a hint, though. haha!

Aklan

We were elated to see home-cooked seafood dishes ready on the dining table. His family was so sweet for preparing such mouth-watering dinner for us when we only wanted was, to get a place to stay for the night. We felt the warm welcome! My inner foodie-self was insisting to go eat right away, but my blogger-self tapped my back and said, take photos first, it was an obligation! The latter won, obviously. haha! Now time to eat, FIGHT!

I ate so much that I didn’t even bother to consider the swimmies I’ll be wearing the next day. I didn’t care at all. Besides, I’m not the type who’ll deprive myself of food, unless it’s being unhealthy. FACT: I exercise, so I could EAT MORE!

After dinner, my friend toured us around the area. We went to the seaside in New Washington and stayed there for a good 30 minutes. We went to 7Eleven to buy drinks and snacks for our karaoke night and went back home by 7:30 PM. Some played cards, ate again and sang our hearts out together with his brothers, his mom and his mom’s friend. Overall, it was a fun day for us. All thanks to our friend and his fambam! Time check: 12:00 AM, time to sleep!

I really admired their genuine hospitality. It is something that we, Filipinos are known, of course. And to receive this kind of hospitality first-hand is truly heartwarming. I only wish that this tradition, this characteristic we are known for, will forever remain in the hearts of the Filipino people. At least, one of the reasons to love my own blood amidst the issues our country is facing.

NOTE: Boracay Trip Day 1 will be posted soon! Stay tuned!

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  • Yesha

    Ahhh I miss Boracay! You made me plan a quick vacay ^ ^ I love love the hospitality of Filipinos <3 We are the best when it comes to that. That's one thing that we can be proud of.

    Yay! Looking forward to your DAY 1 trip 🙂

    • I thought Boracay was a big disappointment because they said it wasn’t as good compared before. But for me, it’s still beautiful on it’s own way.

      I hope I can start drafting my Day 1 post today. haha!

  • I didn’t know that you are not allowed to take a picture with the plane!

    I haven’t been to Boracay, and when my friends and I plan for a beach getaway, they no longer bring up Boracay. Maybe because they all went there already.

    I’m looking forward to your day 1 trip post! I agree with you that it’s difficult to write a blog post that’s three days worth the trip! That’s why I’m currently writing my itinerary and travel guide to Cebu. Will have separate posts per day!

    • I didn’t know either. Or maybe he was just tripping us, I’m not sure. haha!

      I guess so. Or maybe because Boracay is such a mainstream. Most millennials choose to visit underrated places, or virgin islands as they call it.

      It was such a pain in the ass! I wanted to stop halfway when I was writing my Cebu trip. Pero push ko na. haha! I’ll wait for your Cebu posts! Thanks for dropping by Karen!

  • never been to boracay. and it isnt in my travel list din kasi ive had too much vitamin sea in tawitawi. 😀 but looking forward to your next post, of course.

    • I’m sure Tawitawi is rich with more beautiful beaches. I can’t blame you! 🙂

  • I’ve never been to Bora! I am so excited to read your future Boracay Posts! I am planning on going this year though. Actually, I am not sure if I’ll choose Boracay or El Nido. Tough Decision. Haha.

    Anyway, I live in a rural area and I agree, everything is much different. Rural homes, for example, are more open and they usually have backyards. I mean, usually in the city, houses are too compact and constricting and neighbors don’t often know each other. And it’s too noisyyyy. Haha.

    – Gretch of GG Memochou

    • They say Palawan is better compared to Boracay. It’s more peaceful there, at least. But if you are into night outs and parties, then Boracay is the place to be. I’m sure be visiting either El Nido or Coron soon, not this year though. haha.

      Yes, the place where we stayed is quite spacious. There were trees around their house and plants outside. I can attest to that, I’m living here in the same house for about 7 years now and I still don’t know my neighbors that much. I just know them by face, never had the chance to interact with them. Or maybe cos I’m all shy and awkward.

  • I have been here twice the last month. LOL. My family loved it too much. It was fun roaming around the island and trying various activities.

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    • Yaaas! I saw your blog post few days ago. It’s cool that you don’t need to travel via plane just to get there.