THE TRIP THAT WAS: Boracay in October

I and the becky friends were gathered at Bugsy’s for Jean’s birthday sometime in September when suddenly, Vienna asked the group if anybody wanted to go to Boracay. Since V was the only student among the group, the time frame was to hit the beach third week of October during school break. Being the spontaneous girls, J and I agreed! And just like that, we had a trip sorta planned.

Visiting Boracay's highest point.
Visiting Boracay’s highest point.

The lakwatsa was not my first trip to Boracay. By some twist of fate, my second trip to Boracay fell exactly on the same dates as my first trip in 2011 — so I was like celebrating a Boracay anniversary of sorts.

Puka beach, Boracay
Puka beach, Boracay
We're young, wild and free.
We’re young, wild and free.

My first trip in 2011 with my mom was more of beach-hotel-beach and I have listed down a number of activities I wanted to try when I return. Unfortunately, there was a weather disturbance so no water activities for the girls! Though honestly, it was not pouring in Boracay while the rest of the country was being drowned by the storm.

Ready to explore the island!
Ready to explore the island!

Our trip was very laid-back — not the field trip type. Me and my friends never really go on field-trip-ish vacays. Don’t get me wrong, we are no buzzkills. Since there were no water activities for us, except swimming, we opted to rent ATVs and tour the island.

Feeling badass on ATVs.
Feeling badass on ATVs.

Our tour guide was very friendly and he was such a good photographer! We got the chance to appreciate Boracay’s beauty from the island’s highest point, play under the sun at the Puka beach, and have our photos taken by the sand castles.

The turista jumpshot at Station 1.
The turista jumpshot at Station 1.
Beach bummin' at Station 1. Talk about heaven!
Beach bummin’ at Station 1. Talk about heaven!
Off to paradise.
Off to paradise.

During our last day, the three of us tried skimboarding. The kids and the trainers made it look so easy but it wasn’t! We had no photos to prove that we (kind of) conquered skimboarding because it was drizzling and the cameras might get wet, but we have battle scars as reminders.

An island kid showing off his skimboarding prowess! He makes it look easy, but trust me, it was not!
An island kid showing off his skimboarding prowess! He makes it look easy, but trust me, it was not!

-H

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