Xian and Yi Yi were super excited about this trip. They were so excited about boarding a plane. They were so excited about going to beach. They were so excited about going for a holiday. This was just their 2nd trip overseas.
|The happy faces|
Our first destination was Manila. When we got there, it was already evening. The good thing was that our hotel was just next to a very happening place. The whole stretch of seaside walkway was full of people, with lots of restaurants and mini funfairs. I love the sea wind. It was so windy and cooling.
The next day, while the rest went shopping, we took a taxi to Old Manila. Old Manila is a place with many historical buildings. Some are churches, some are forts. Most forts have just the walls remaining. Four of us managed to squeeze into a trishaw. We felt so cheated because initially we thought it was only 300 pesos to tour the place. Half way through the tour, the guy told us that it was 250 pesos per hour! Anyway, by the time we finished touring, it was night. Chaco managed to bargain until 1000 pesos from 2000 pesos.
|Super thin guy bringing us four. |
He said he has 3 kids to feed.
|Roman Catholic Cathedral of Manila. |
Such magnificent architecture.
|The happy four in front of the cathedral|
|One of the forts. Xian and Yi Yi pretending that |
they were protecting their 'castle'
The next morning, we took the plane to Boracay. I thought it was just a short journey. Little did I know that after we got off from the plane, we had to take a bus to the jetty. That was more than an hour's journey. Then we had to take the ferry to the island. From there, we had to take a van to our hotel. Since the hotel was inside the beach area, we had to walk in. What a long journey! But by the time we got there, I was so enchanted by the beautiful sea and windy weather. It was just beautiful. The beach is long with a whole stretch of shops, restaurants and hotels. We could just walk to the beach right in front of our hotel. The beach seems to be bustling with activities the whole day. At night, it was even more happening.
|Two 'once a while' loving siblings|
Initially, Xian and Yi Yi were grumpy about the sand. They didn't like the sand in their slippers. They said it's dirty. They preferred the swimming pool. After a while, they got so used to it and they enjoyed it so much. One thing exciting about here was the unpredictable weather. One moment the sun would be out, the next moment, it would be raining. The same cycle could go on for about 6 to 7 times a day! That kept us so busy running in and out of our hotel. It was so frequent that we had to look for shelter right after we applied the sunblock and the sun was out just 2 minutes ago!
|And loving the waves...|
|And enjoying it so much|
We even went island hopping on the 2nd day. We had to go to the other side of the island which was less windy. It seemed to be sunny the whole day!
|Another side of the island: hot and less windy|
|Xian on the jetski with Chaco|
We really had a good time and great food there. We ate lobsters and crabs and prawns. We had buffet dinners. Chaco's boss broke the record of eating 50+ oysters. Gasps!
It was fun. I really love the wind. It was so strong that I couldn't even hold the umbrella when it rained. The beach is clean and I think the people there really did a good job by keeping it that way.
|The last day|