10 months ago I was in Boracay and couldn't believe that will be coming back this soon. We scored a roundtrip airfare ticket for 1,100 pesos each at Caticlan airport. Our flight was delayed for an hour - rather a normal thing nowadays. Last time, I found a cheap accommodation at Station 3.5 of the White Beach. I loved the seclusion and the crowd at the station 3.5. It has its own charm that is so appealing to me. The downside of which is that you need to burn a hundred or so calories by cardio workout (read:walking). Good thing is that we both love walking so that wouldn't be much of a problem.
|Station 3 crowd|
On the day of our trip, our flight was delayed for an hour (rather a very normal thing nowadays) but we still managed to arrive at the resort a little early for check-in. It was 10:00 a.m. and I handed the front desk lady our voucher. I then asked her if we could probably check-in earlier the allowed time. She checked if the room was ready and then she ushered us to our room.
Much to our surprise, we were upgraded to a Deluxe air-con room from our original fan room (probably because the fan rooms were being renovated that time). We were ecstatic! We checked out our room first. There were two beds (single and queen), a TV set (with cable), and a bathroom (with hot shower). We also have our own terrace. What was missing was the free Wi-Fi connection. We were told that you need to pay to get connected. Not a good thing for those who needs to be connected all the time.
What I love most about Casa Pilar Resort (book online), aside from it being in a beach front location, is that you feel in tune with nature. We didn't mind to walk a few meters just to get to our room because of the lush vegetation inside the resort. A swimming pool was not seen which is a relief for it will kill the serenity of the place (*updated 2014: they already have a pool). We rested for a while and then went out to look for a place to eat.
|native huts - Fan room|
|row of Deluxe rooms|
|the view right outside the resort|
|Mango Rhum yum - 110 pesos|
Instead of heading to the crowded bars and pubs at Station 2 we opted to go to the further side of the Station 3.5. We actually didn't know what we were looking for at that time - food, booze. And then we saw this quaint grille named Hakuna Matata that serves meals and snacks 24/7. We were enticed by the dining set-up on the shore. We were greeted by a server named Badz. We ordered Pansit Guisado for 50 pesos and Nilagang Baka with steamed rice for 85 pesos plus 1.5 liters of coke for 70 pesos.
They have a free wi-fi connection so it didn't bore us to wait plus the view was just amazing. Midnight dining on the shore. The verdict? I love the Nilagang Baka. The perfect blend of the soup, the meat and the veggies on a cold night. I finished everything and even asked for a refill of the soup (for free). Jay, on the other hand, didn't enjoy his pansit.
And then I asked the server if they serve some booze. He said no but pointed us on a store nearby and suggested that we could stay at their place while having some. I bought few cans of my favorite strong beer for 45 pesos each. It was just perfect. I really wanted to catch the sunrise the next morning. An option was to not sleep but that would entail a cycle of sleeping-at-day and staying-up-at-night. At around 2:00 a.m. we called it a day and went back to the resort to
|it means no worries, for the rest of the day|
|my favorite meal for this trip|
Nilagang Baka - 85 pesos
|doble patong liempo! - 160 pesos|
|Sizzling LongSiLog - 120 pesos|
After that activity, we went straight to Jonah's and got some shakes again. And then we went for a foodtrip. Street food that is. We had some isaw for 10 pesos each and the lovely chori burger for 50 pesos. And then we headed to my favorite place to get some booze. I have known of this place on my first trip to the island. I still don't know the name of this quaint place but it is located at the farthest side of Station 3.5. Very near the Treehouse lodging place. I just loved the vibe of the place. No loud music. No drunkards bumping into each other. Just us, our booze, the beach, the moon shining so bright and the bean bags on the shore. I had a couple of rhum-coke for 50 pesos. We even took a night dip 'coz the calmness of the sea was just so tempting. This is what "night life" means for me.
On our last day, we again had our complimentary breakfast on the resort. And strolled on the beach. Our flight back to Manila was late in the afternoon so we've decided to go to our favorite place again (pa-suspense, wait for the next post) and enjoyed the rest of the day beach bumming.
We both enjoyed our carefree time in Boracay. We went there without concrete "plans" or whatsoever on what-to-do and where-to-go. It was just a play-by-ear thing which was really nice. A real vacation at its finest. Thank goodness for long weekends!
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