I was actually planning to spend my 25th Birthday in Boracay but it did not push through due to a sudden change in my workplace (I ended up moving to another place, I used to work in Estancia which is a 5-hour travel to Boracay), So when I had another opportunity to go back to Estancia, I also grab the chance for a side trip to Boracay (3D2N). Too bad, my camera was actually not cooperating due to some internal problems( I went to Gigantes prior to the Boracay trip and some water gets into my camera during the island hopping so I was not able to use it that much.)
(View from our accommodation)
I also had so much fun doing parasailing and helmet diving.
I actually like Boracay and I really want to go back as I believe there are still a lot of things that I haven’t done and places I haven’t explored yet. I had so much fun and I really love the night life of Boracay especially that during my first night, there was actually a firework display(for Halloween party, I guess). It was really cool and I really don’t get to see fireworks that much since there is a zero tolerance here in my city about firecrackers and fireworks.
Till then, Boracay.
It was my last weekend in Panay and I decided to spend it to the only place where I really belong, beach. ( A little backstory to ensue). After three months working in Estancia, I decided to have a lateral career move by transferring to another project. The catch is, it’s near Davao City so going home every week or even twice a week is very possible.
***Back to the real story.
Some staff in our office decided to have a full moon weekend party to a new spot/resort they recently discovered which is just nearby the popular Sandbar Island in Concepcion. The island was called Polopiña Island and just a 20-30 minute boat ride from Concepcion town proper. Concepcion is also an hour or less travel from Estancia. With the prospect of a new beach to conquer and the fact that I might not have a lot of opportunity to visit and explore Panay, I did not hesitate to join the party.
(Sandbar Island, Concepcion)
When we reached the island, we were greeted with its picturesque view. A gastronomic buffet of seafood goodness also welcomed us. Just the perfect weekend.
(The view from the hilltop)
(As the sun is about to set in claiming my inner being)
Bonfire and the full moon’s reflection on the water keep the party going.
Labor day means a day break from work and to relax even just for a day. As for me, I always opt for the beach when it comes to relaxation. Good thing, my friends at work decided to spend the day nature tripping at the beach. One that’s not overcrowded and too commercialized which is in Tabunan Beach , Binon-an, Batad.
It took us 30 minutes to reach the place by tricycle but it was so worth it with the crystal clear water and for the fact that few people were actually present. We found a good spot at the edge of the beach and set ourselves up for the needed break.
Then, the obligatory vanity pics.
It’s a relief to find a place to satisfy my gastronomic cravings without the need to take refuge to the nearby cities. Just a short recap, I’m currently deployed in the town of Estancia, which is a 3-hour drive away from Iloilo city. The town is very popular for fresh seafood and should be a heaven for me but my asthma and allergies are quite of a spoilsport. Moreover, the town has been devastated by Haiyan typhoon so the first time I arrived here, I had to struggle with the limited food shop choices, plus I don’t really cook that much. So imagine my glee when I heard that a popular restaurant, Punot, will be opening back and I heard so many good reviews from the locals and from my friends.
The food lover in me did not waste any time and I actually frequented the place four times just last week. I feel bad for my diet and pocket but the fooood choices are heavenly.
(Seafood ala Punot)
(Sinigang na Tanguige)
(Fresh Buko Juice)
The interior of the place is also really good and I did grab the opportunity to have a photo op. Oooops, I’m always a vain, forever. 🙂
What a beautiful Saturday. Gigantes Group of Island is a must visit place especially if you are planning for island hopping. My workmates and I decided to explore the islands and it was really worth it. We visited the islands of Lantangan, Antonia, Cabugao, Tangke Lagoon, “Jacket2x” and Buenavista. We were not able to explore the other islands of Gigantes but that means we have to come back.
The highlight of the trip is me doing the obligatory pose at the top with the Cabugao Island as the background. It was quite difficult to climb on the top especially that it’s rocky but I am very thankful to my male workmates as they guided me all throughout. It was really worth the effort and “Puff” as I had a mini asthma attack afterwards.
The day tour may not be enough as there are a lot of places to explore but I had so much fun especially that I was with fun people.
It was also my first time to eat “Wasay2x” and it’s very delicious. Too bad, I was not able to indulge more as my allergies were quite of acting up again.
Of course, the trip means photo op. 😉 Feast on my vanity ( at least not all selfie.)
Phot credits: Ate tin, Jen and Ras.