Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Island Boys and Girls

Recently went to Boracay to attend the wedding of my good friend, Lengo. Brought along my brother, Andrew, and sister, Mikee, and spent 5 grand days on vacation with them.

It was the kids' first plane ride and their first time in Boracay. They were naturally all excited.

Well, my sister barely made the whole flight. She was nauseous for the most part.

But that did not dampen their spirits. I had them posing for photos at Kalibo airport and they were all game.

Once we were on the island, they were unstoppable. They wanted pictures at every stop. This one was taken over lunch at D'Mall.

And this one over dinner at The Hobbit House.

Nighttime walk by the beach. Single Fish in the foreground.

Friday night gimmick at Summer Place, owned by vice mayor and good friend, John Yap.

Had a pitcher of their house special, the Shark Attack. Thanks, John!

The next day we were mostly hung over from the partying the night before. This was taken at breakfast - around noon! The rest of the pictures were not as nice. Haha!

My brother and sister practically had the rest of the afternoon to themselves. Single Fish, and my other friends and I had to attend the wedding of our friend, Lengo.

Here's Mikee with her corn rows. Ouch!

And here is their first Boracay sunset.

The rest of us were, of course, at the wedding.

Reception followed at the beach front of Discovery Shores, one of the nicest - and most expensive - resorts in Boracay.

Lengo and her husband, Xavier, were game enough to pose in this high action shot with us.

I, of course, would not miss the opportunity to pose with the Boracay sunset behind me.

Cocktails followed soon after the pictorials. The seafood was fresh and the wine excellent!

We stayed through a most lavish buffet and an endless flow of reds and whites. Wonderful reception, Lengo!

The next day was spent in the water under the sun

building sandcastles - or at least trying -

and getting sunburned. Haha!

Then we headed back to the cottage to get ready for the next part of our itinerary -

the island tour!

Took the best seat in the house.

Here are Mikee and Andrew ready for their encounter with Nemo.

And here is Nemo posing for the camera.

We had early dinner at Puka Beach. The Prawns were divine!

Then we had dessert at Cafe Breizh (pronounced as braz). Here are Arla and Karen eagerly awaiting their crepes.

Later, we caught up with the newlyweds at Summer Place to down 2 more pitchers of Shark Attack.

The next day, most of the guests left for Manila. Mikee, Andrew and I stayed one more night. A stranger paid us a visit -

the nicest and friendliest cat on the island!

The rest of the day was spent swimming, sleeping

and enjoying quiet moments by the sea.

We capped our last night in Boracay with Mongolian dinner by the beach - lovely!

The next day, we left the island early to catch the 12 pm flight back home.

Wonderful vacation. Two weeks from now, I go back. For work. But then, we can always make time for pleasure. Haha!

The Island Boy returns November 8.


  1. wow. you're the sweeeettteessst brother! seriously. haha. samantalang ang kuya ko dati, walang ginawa kundi ihulog ako sa canal pag hinihiram ko ang mountain bike niya. wahahaha. imaginin mo in the ca-nal...??? hahaha.

    anyways, im glad you had family time. andrew and i think specially mikee will always treasure that. super important and big deal yung ginawa mo sa kanila frend. baka for you, it was just mere vacation, pero sa kanila, that would be a story that they would tell their kids and grandkids.

    here's to more beach days with your siblings!

    love you!


  2. thanks, piper. didn't really look at it that way until you said so. i hope they appreciated it nga.

    to more beach days for all of us!

    love you too!

  3. wow that's what u call---family!
    i agree with piper! big deal un for sure sa lil bro & sis mo...more than u can imagine glennie hehe!

    ganda sa discovery shores noh?

  4. lovely lovely lovely resort-hotel ang discovery shores, paige. kaso balita ko ang mahal mahal mahal din niya. more than 20k a night! my goodness!


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The Chronicler's Creed

Where there's water and sun, where there are friends to see or new people to meet, where there's something new to learn, experience, or do, where there's life, there I will be.


Y fue a esa edad... Llegó la poesía
a buscarme. No sé, no sé de dónde
salió, de invierno o río.
No sé cómo ni cuándo,
no, no eran voces, no eran
palabras, ni silencio,
pero desde una calle me llamaba,
desde las ramas de la noche,
de pronto entre los otros,
entre fuegos violentos
o regresando solo,
allí estaba sin rostro
y me tocaba.

And it was at that age... Poetry arrived
in search of me. I do not know, I do not know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I do not know how or when,
no, they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

- An excerpt from LA POESÍA (Poetry) by Pablo Neruda