Thursday, May 17, 2007

Back from Boracay!


I’m back! I’m still feeling the residual holiday languor though, so kindly pardon the slow posts. Our Boracay getaway was filled with sun (it was scorching!), sand, sea, delicious food, and wonderful company. Right now I’m in the middle of catching up at work (why is it so hard to get my worklegs back?) but I’ll leave you with my highlights for this trip…

Hot sun, cool shakes – Boracay is famous for its shakes. Everything from “choco-vanilla-peanut-banana” (of which I was a big fan when I was younger) to simple fruit shakes. When the mercury rises there is nothing like an icy cold, fresh fruit shake – my favorite being ripe mango (heaven!). We also had watermelon, cantaloupe, and mango-strawberry. Mmmm…

C’s Mexican fix – Mexican food is one of C’s favorites, and none of the Mexican restaurants in Manila excite him. Strangely enough, this little island is home to one of the better Mexican restaurants we have come across, MaƱana. Listening to C try and sales-talk the manager into opening a branch in Manila was also part of the fun.


New sunnies – I have this unhealthy obsession with cheap sunglasses (I always lose the expensive ones!), and in Boracay there are always hawkers going up and down the beach with racks of their wares. Buying new sunglasses is always a part of my trip.

Discovering Discovery Shores – The newest resort on the strip…and the only hotel from the Philippines to be included in the Small Luxury Hotels of the World guide. No, we didn’t stay there…we just poked around, and tried to absorb the swanky-ness.

Fried doughnuts for 3 pesos apiece – Move over Krispy Kreme and all the rest…my favorite doughnut has always been the cheapy kind that they fry up in a big kawali (wok) of hot oil, and then coat in regular white sugar. I have loved these dense and chewy local doughnuts since I was a kid, so you can imagine how pleased I was to see the little cart selling them…at 3 pesos each! Let’s see, that’s either .06 Usd or .04 Eur.


“Room Service” – Our favorite “on-the-cheap” joint in the market, called Smoke, makes great value-for-money rice dishes, which also happen to be delicious, and they deliver. In the blazing heat of high noon, it was no small relief to have our Chili Chicken (I have sworn to replicate it!) delivered to our resort, to be wolfed down in bed.

Doing nothing – Looking at each other and saying things like: “What do you want to do now?”, “Let’s take a nap!”, “Ok!” Aaah! The luxury of it!

Our anniversary dinner – The best meal of the trip! All the more fantastic because we shopped for it ourselves. We headed out to the wet market in the morning and came away with a talakitok (trevally/jack), some clams, some prawns, and three lobsters. Also a bunch of eggplant (aubergine), native tomatoes, and red onions for a salad. The clams (halaan) were turned is to an incredibly tasty soup. The prawns were steamed, the talakitok grilled, and the lobster was served with garlic butter. We had steamed rice and all manners of sawsawan (dipping sauces): calamansi (calamodin), toyo (soy sauce), sinamak (vinegar with garlic, ginger, and chilis), sili labuyo (bird’s eye chili)…the works! The seafood was amazing…so fresh…but the lobster was the real star. This was definitely one of the best lobster meals I’ve had. The lobsters themselves look quite regular. But once cooked and cut in half we saw that it was literally bursting with meat. The soft white flesh was pushed flush against its shell like a film star’s bosom in a tight bodice. The meat was unbelievably sweet and tender and succulent. Even the resort staff (where we had our bounty prepared) approached us to ask where we got the lobster. This feast was eaten kamayan-style (with our hands), under one of the resorts beach huts. After the food was gone we went for a stroll on the beach to walk off (hopefully!) a bit of our overindulgences.



Perfect beach weather - Unlike last year, the weather behaved beautifully. It was so sunny that the light turned the sand an almost blinding white and the sky a brilliant blue. The heat did make us more lethargic…but, hey, we were on vacation, so it’s ok to be a bit slow…to lag and tarry through scrumptious meals, outdoor naps, and cool dips in the ocean.

The best highlight of course is having a partner-in-crime with whom to enjoy this all...Happy anniversary C! :)

27 comments:

Little Foodie said...

Beautiful anniversary post. I could almost taste the lobster & those shakes (choco, vanilla,peanut,banana) yes please. Probably made bloggers the world over check out travel details for Boracay! :) Amanda

Pille said...

Looks like you've had a perfect anniversary holiday - so sunny & relaxing. I love the photo collages!

the philosphical bastard said...

nice pictures. me hunger

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

A wonderful anniversary!!
I'm so with you on the cheap sunglasses. A dollar pair, a ten dollar pair I can hang onto forever. Anything over $10 and their gone in 60!

Franco said...

Hi Joey,

Boracay looks lovely.

Makes me wonder why I'm still here in Manila, typing on my computer when I could be at the beach, sipping on a shake and watch the day pass me by. :)

Gattina said...

A beautiful anniversary holiday!
My eyes can't take off from the doughnuts!!! I particular love seeing the local markets. Sound like a place for me too... great seafood!

in-JeN-iosiTy said...

Welcome back Joey!!! Looks like you had a grand time in bora!!!! I've never tried the donuts there...where do they sell 'em??? =)

I know how hard it is to get back to work mode after a vacation like that! hahah I felt the same way after my bora get away this summer =)

Your anniversary was indeed happy Jeoy!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Little Foodie! I hope so :) We have tons of islands here to check out! The shakes are great and you can really go to town with the flavor combinations!

Hi Pille! It was :) Thanks!

Thanks PB :)

Hi Tanna! Thank you! :) And I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one with a price limit on sunglasses ;)

Hi Franco! Go! :) It is our duty as tropical archipelago-dwellers!

Hi Gattina! I love exploring the local markets too :) And here most of the resorts will cook whatever you buy. Those doughnuts are the best!

Hi Jen! The cart is right outside Julie's bakeshop at the back of d'Mall...I'm almost back to reality, hehehe :)

christine said...

The pictures are really beautiful! It's so nice to take pictures there, no? Cause everywhere you point your camera is a perfect shot. Gosh, that lobster sounds too good, I can almost taste it! Happy Anniv again! :) And glad to have you back.

Michelle said...

WOW, looks like you had a fabulous anniversary trip! Congrats again! Your pictures are just simply gorgeous!!! :)

Mae said...

I'm so green with envy! Where do i start? The fresh seafood? Gorgeous blue skies, taking a nap as and when? Wow.

Sounds like you had a great anniversary, Joey. I'm so going to boracay! Oh, and that twisted doughnut... i'm dreaming of it.

ces said...

hey joey!
needless to say, this looks like the perfect get-away! good to know you had the best first anniversary! Boracay...haaay! i am with you with the sunglasses, just had a recent binge...gotta have the perfect match for an outfit:) hahaha!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Nens! C and I were just talking about that exact same thing when we were there! How Bora is so "photogenic" :)

Hi Michelle! Thanks! :) We did have a wonderful time :)

Hi Mae! I'm sure would like it...but whatever you do, don't go during peak seasons because it can get way too crowded. Let me know if ever you are! :)

Hi Ces! Thanks :) I agree, part of the lure of cheap sunglasses is the fact that you can buy more of them...a match for every mood and outfit ;)

Freya and Paul said...

Happy Anniversary to both of you! Looks like you had a wonderful, relaxing time with lots of great food! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Lori said...

Happy anniversary, Joey! It looks marvelous. The first anniv seems so far away for me because we'll be celebrating our 10th (!) this year. Ay yay yay, how time flies.

Fat & Thin Girl said...

Oh my, I also love the cheap kind of doughnuts. Is that the one in the market? I tried the best fried doughnuts there. Try the one in SM Supermarkets they're good too!!!!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Freya! Thank you! It was great :)

Hi Lori! Thanks! :) Wow! Ten years...that's fantastic Lori :)

Hi fat & thin girl! The doughnuts are at the very end of d'Mall, right outside Julie's bakeshop :) Will check out the ones in SM supermarket...thanks for the tip!

Ipshi said...

God your photos are so amazing.. they really bring the place alive!! and i so ency you the food.. i hope u come to india for one of ur trips!! wud love to take u to sample some delish indian road-side food!!

Peabody said...

What a great looking trip.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ipshi! I have always dreamed of going to India...and would love to sample the street food! Indian cuisine is one of my favorites :)

Hi Peabody! It was great :)

anton said...

nice post! =)

happy annversary joey!

Lani said...

Belated happy anniversary, Joey. It's a very appetizing anniversary celebration (lol).

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anton! Thanks! :)

Hi Lani! Thank you :) We really didn't hold back on the eating...hehe :)

stef said...

wow, kainggit naman! Happy anniversary! And all that luscious food!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Stef! :)

Joan said...

So joey is the..."80 Breakfast"
Heard much about you sa blog world.
Thanks for visiting mine...

ChichaJo said...

Hi Joan! Thanks for stopping by here too! :)