From Iloilo we got another bus up to Caticlan which is the jumping off point for Boracay. As usual the bus that we were on was
scheduled to take 4 hours but instead took 6. We couldn’t sit together again as there wasn’t enough space. I ended up being the filling in a Filipino man sandwich on a seat that allegedly held three people! This bus was supposed to be a bit classier and so had sporadic air-con and a TV. The choice of films was not very varied however as we were treated to Fast and Furious 1, Fast and the Furious 2, Fast and Furious 3 and to round things off… Fast and Furious 4!! All the films have exactly the same storyline!!
We got over to Boracay after catching a boat from Caticlan. First impressions of Boracay were very impressive. The sand and the water are the best we’ve ever seen. Although it was busy as opposed to secluded, the place had a really welcoming and relaxing atmosphere.
We were greeted with countless people trying to sell us sunglasses and watches but once we said no they didn’t bother us again. After one night in a hostel we were very excited to move to our swanky hotel we’d booked a few months ago for a Christmas treat. We were not disappointed! We had a massive room and even our own little pool on our balcony!
We spent Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day relaxing at our hotel and going into town for dinner and having ridiculously nice Cookie Dough Cheesecake from Starbucks! We exchanged a few Christmas presents to each other on the actual day. I’m now the proud new owner of a much needed pair of boxer shorts. It was a very relaxing Christmas before we moved to another hotel for the days either side of New Year.
This again was another lovely hotel. The infinity pool was very inviting so we divided our time between this pool and the local beaches – White Beach and Puka Beach. Both beaches were spectacular especially on the days where we had good weather.
We ventured into town each evening for food. There was always plenty of choice. One night we went for a curry. Our food was served and then after a couple of minutes I beckoned to the waitress and demanded to know where our 2 naan breads were. She preceded to point about 5cm in front of my eyes at 2 of the biggest naan breads you’ve ever seen. "Stupid English person". The waitress then went on to ask Hannah if she was Russian?!
The weather here has been a bit up and down. We have had a few really nice days whilst the rest have been very cloudy but still hot enough to stay out in the sun all day. We have really upped our games when it comes to tans. The sun is very strong even through the clouds and we now resemble extras from Slumdog Millionaire. Strangely the Filipino people are obsessed with becoming whiter rather than tanned. All of the products come with the promise of making you look whiter. Apparently they are envious of our pale, white skin and pasty complexions!