First off, we rode the plane via Airphil and what have you, we were leisurely taking our time walking down the airport hallways when our names were called: "Paging blah blah Montinola, last call for boarding." We didn't realize that the personnel in the counter bumped our flight to an earlier schedule. So that was how our day started, in panic mode. It was a good thing that everything went smooth afterwards.
|pool near our room|
|Momsie with Adam|
This is our room (photo to your right). The furnishings are not brand new but the place is comfortable in general as well as very accessible to the beach. The housekeeping staff is always very diligent in cleaning the room and is able to do so in an efficient manner. The only complaint that I have is that if you do not leave a copy of your credit card details upon checking in the hotel, it is required that room service dues are paid in cash. A second complaint is the the very expensive internet charges. 1 hour of use costs Php 150.00 whereas in other hotels, their internet use is usually free. Other than that, this hotel is a-ok.
|a random shot of a father and son|
|My family and I|
|Sophia's solo shot|
|another random shot|
|my sister with her husband and friends|
|Sophia braving up to get a good shot|
|Jay and Niko|
|Adam feeling quite sleepy in this boat ride|
West Cove also known as Pacquiao's Resort (see right). According to our guide, friends of Manny Paquiao would usually stay here so it is pretty private. However, I found out that this is not owned by Filipino Boxing champ, Manny Pacquiao after all.
Boracay West Cove, a resort inspired by the world-famous destination Santorini is owned by businessman Crisostomo Aquino, who is a big fan and friend of the Pacquiaos. These island hopping guides better get their information straight. Haha!
Shangri-La Hotel in Boracay. I heard from the grapevine that if you go to this private resort, you don't have a reason anymore to leave and go elsewhere because everything is here. My daughter, when she went to Shangri-La in Mactan, Cebu said that the entire experience was absolutely gorgeous. Maybe next time, if I have wads of cash, I'll be staying in Shangri-La Hotel. A girl can dream right...limitless possibilities. After getting to see this place, we did a bit of snorkeling. This is a fun activity for me because of the fish in different colors that I got to follow around. It's just too bad that the coral reef looked a bit dead. I got to compare it to my trip to Batangas where I was introduced to diving because even though it was just a wreck dive, the coral reef was full of color and the waters, so alive.
|here's all of us together....love it!|
|Maan and Alan|
|Jay and I|
This is all of us getting set for the new year. This being only my third new year away from home, I felt a bit worried that I didn't get to go around our own house with my usual noise making in the entire place to drive evil spirits away but this beach retreat is a pretty cool alternative.
|its party time|
January 1st was just spent lazing around and finally on January 2, we had to fly back to Manila in the morning.
|ceiling fan in the stop over area of the resort|
I love Boracay...always have, always will.