We set off early from our improptu resort on Ramblon Island in hopes to still make breakfast at our original destination island, Boracay. Again we had our 30 minute drive to the boat dock, but this time in daylight. It was a completely different world from Japan as we were visibly in a developing country. We'd finally made it to an astoundingly different place, all by our own flying. Dogs and chickens ran along the road, small stalls were set up to sell fruit or repair mopeds, and farmers were working the fields outside without machinery.
Once at the boat dock we set off on powerboat
The Shangri-La Resort, where the rest of the group was staying, didn’t disappoint. It’s a gated resort with private beach, multiple restaurants, and golf carts to whisk guests around. Although we weren’t staying there, we were able to indulge the breakfast buffet. It was an impressive spread to say the least
Our hotel was in the center of town along the only main road so we grabbed the hotel shuttle to there. It was a different world once outside the Shangri-La gates. It resembled your typical southeast Asian beach island with moped and tricycles zipping about, stores selling the usual tourist fare, with poverty and chaos just a street removed from view. It wasn’t as postcard-perfect as the Shangri-La hotel, but that’s okay.
Philippine cuisine leaves lots to be desired. The glorified hot dog or bland stir fry didn’t do much for me. We did stumble upon the western coast beach strip with one bar and restaurant after another. There were lots of tourists, but mostly from Taiwan or elsewhere in Southeast Asia. There were very few western tourists about.
The following day I mainly used to catch up on emails, do some work, take care of the obligatory chore: laundry, and stroll along the beach. It was pretty windy so there wasn’t much beachfront relaxation. Overall I wasn’t that turned on by Boracay. Yeah, the sand was pretty and it surely had some picturesque views, but with all the wind and bustle of the main beach strip where folks touted their restaurants or massages or fake tattoos, it was a bit over the top.
Boracay – Life in two different worlds
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Boracay, Visayas, Philippines