Although I was so sure back in January that I was going to Boracay this summer, it was a last-minute decision to book our flight and reserve our rooms. Good thing there were still a lot of seats available despite the peak season and Sharah already had a spare room for us, making the preparations a lot easier.
When Rye and I landed in Boracay, it was almost dinner time. The moment we arrived in our hotel, the only thing we were able to do was look around and leave big bags. After that, we were brought to the beach front where we met up with Josh for dinner. I was so shocked to see so many Ateneans despite knowing that a lot of us were going. It was literally Ateneo de Boracay. NO JOKE. I always saw someone I know wherever I looked. Grabe. I’m guessing half of my batchmates were able to make it, after all.
After dinner, we spent some time in the hotel to rest, and then met up with KC and RC at Club Paraw for a drink. I’m not sure if it’s because we drank alcohol or we were just being the usual us, but we ended up swimming despite the coldness of the water and the darkness of the sea. As far as I remember, when I’m sober, I get scared of the sea at nighttime. Bucket list: ✔ Night sea swimming.
Our flight was delayed for about an hour and a half. I was so bored, I was playing Battle Realms in the airport. When we boarded, we spent another hour and a half in the plane waiting to take off. SYSTEM FAIL.
Our home for the next few days! Actually, the room’s pretty big for two people, don’t you think?
Sharah, Robis, Rye, and I woke up early for the long day ahead. For today, we were scheduled to teach the local kids beach volleyball at 1o AM to 2 PM and hold the open beach volleyball tournament that Sharah organized back in Manila from 3:30 PM onward. Talk about sunburn. The sun was up and hot people were covered with sand. Boo ya! When I washed up for dinner, I realized how burned I was for staying all day under the sun. Sunblock would have been helpful, after all–only I didn’t apply any. Oh my. I’m so dark already.
Coincidentally, everyone wore blue today. LOL.
We were the scorer and commentator for the tournament. Sharah was having a hard time adding the points, so I helped since I was so good at it. Right, Sharah? :>
After the afternoon activities, we ended up eating at Smoke Restaurant, where food is really cheap and good. I got so tired from playing beach volleyball the whole day, I just had to rest first before our night plans. When I was able to recharge myself for a bit, we headed to Guilly’s to check if our other friends were there. Since it was still early, we decided to eat isaw and try the longga-burger Sharah has claimed to be one of the best burgers she has ever tasted. After eating (again), Sharah and Robis went back to the hotel because they were too tired to do anything else (party poopers–BOO!), while Rye and I parted to have a drink with our friends.
Ugh. I really hate Mike for still being white after the beach volley games. Everyone’s sunburned except for him.
Since it was the second and last day of the tournament, we still had to wake up early. After the tournament finished, JJ and Rye decided to bet on something. They bet that they’d win over Sharah and I in a beach volleyball game. Losers treat the winners to a free flying fish ride. Of course, Sharah and I won in two straight sets. HAHA! Since we finished early with our afternoon activities, everyone decided to go back to their respective hotels and just meet in the late afternoon for the party. As what I expected, Rye and I ended up sleeping the whole afternoon, trying to regain our energy for the batch party. When we woke up, there were texts and missed calls from friends who have tried to tell us that there was a pre-party party at the White House from 3-7 PM. I heard it was epic But, yeah. We missed it because we were sleeping during the party. GREAT.
Here are some of the best diving, receiving, or digging pictures I got from Robis! The rest of the pictures are some of the outtakes from the tournament and the bet we had.
Warming up for our 4-on-4 game against one of the local teams from Boracay!
Most probably we were laughing at JJ and Rye
I scheduled our return flight at 10 AM because I was hoping that I could make it to the second day of summer class. I just made a big mistake in booking the flight in Kalibo instead of Caticlan. The two-hour ride from Caticlan to Kalibo was really tiring and we could have used the time for more sleep instead. It was like being part of Amazing Race. I SWEAR. Since we waited for the hotel breakfast, we ended arriving to the airport really late–as in 10 minutes before our flight. Good thing airport in Kalibo’s pretty lenient with their rules. As I expected, flight was a bit delayed so I didn’t make it to my class. Oh, well. Home, sweet home.
Rye’s first ever plane ride without his parents!
Touch down MANILA, finally. Thank you Boracay for a great way to start my summer
*Will be posting a different blog about Nuevo Sol [Ateneo Batch 2012 Boracay Party]
**Thank you Robis and Rye for the pictures <3