Win a trip to paradise

25 08 2013


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Boracay, undoubtedly one of the beautiful parts of the world, is surely a place that everyone has to make a visit to in their lifetime. It is now just a hop, skip and jump from Singapore, with Tigerair Philippines operating three weekly flights direct from Singapore to Kalibo Airport. I was there very recently with nine other bloggers on a trip that was made possible by Tigerair Philippines and the Philippine Department of Tourism. Read about my take on Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Best Island of 2012 at omy.sg‘s Boracay Island Escapade and stand a chance to make your own way to Boracay by voting for me (or any of the nine other bloggers, if you do see fit) at the contest tab (click on this link). Voting can be done once a day until 12 noon on 2 September 2013.

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Puka Beach

Puka Beach

The view of the waters around Crystal Cove Island.

The view of the waters around Crystal Cove Island.

Water activities off Bulabog Beach include Helmet Diving ...

Water activities off Bulabog Beach include Helmet Diving …

Breathtaking Boracay is seemingly on the edge between heaven and earth.

Breathtaking Boracay is seemingly on the edge between heaven and earth.

Paradise Cove.

Paradise Cove.

White Beach Boracay - where much of the action takes place.

White Beach Boracay – where mcuh of the action takes place.

Posts on Boracay

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That irresistible urge to get wet … More to Boracay than just getting wet …
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The Shangri-La – a slice of heaven … More heavenly places to stay at …

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This is a repost of my post on Boracay Island Escapade. Do cast a vote for me and stand a chance to win a trip 5D4N trip for 2 to Boracay at Boracay Island Escapade on omy.sg (you may cast one vote a day and voting ends at 12 pm on  2 September 2013).

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Life’s a Boracay Beach

8 08 2013

What to get beachy about on Boracay

It’s been almost three weeks since I got back from a truly enjoyable escapade with nine other bloggers to the resort island of Boracay in the Philippines. The island, set in a picture perfect world surrounded by gorgeously beautiful emerald blue waters, is one which has left a huge impression on me. It is also one which I certainly count as one in my list of magical places I have been fortunate enough to visit, and one which should really be in anyone’s bucket list of must-visit places in one’s lifetime.

A great to be for a beach bum - lying flat on a paraw..

A great to be for a beach bum – lying flat on a paraw..

Life's a beach on Boracay - any time of the day.

Life’s a beach on Boracay – any time of the day.

Sunrise at Bulabog Beach.

Sunrise at Bulabog Beach.

Of the many experiences the island does offer, it is probably the beach that is first and foremost on the mind of anyone who has made a visit. The beaches on Boracay come to live in many different ways throughout the day – and night and visiting them has awakened that long dormant beach bum in me.

Sunset at White Beach.

Sunset at White Beach.

The beach which should probably be mention first has to be White Beach. Four kilometres of the finest white sand, it is has been described as the “Mother of All Beaches”. The beach which is divided into three boat stations, is perhaps an obvious choice to base oneself, being where the “action” on Boracay is centred around, including the nightlife Boracay is also well known for. White Beach is also where much shopping and beachside entertainment and dining is to be found and is certainly the place to be as well as a place to be seen at. Facing west, the beach is also an obvious place to catch the sunsets Boracay is famous for from.

Lots of beach side entertainment can be found at White Beach.

Lots of beach side entertainment can be found at White Beach.

White Beach Boracay - where mcuh of the action takes place.

White Beach – the mother of all Boracay beaches, seen at Boat Station 2..

Dancing to the sea breeze at Seabreeze, the beach side cafe of the Boracay Regency.

Dancing to the sea breeze at Seabreeze, the beach side cafe of the Boracay Regency.

Lots of dining options at Boat Station 2.

Lots of dining options at White Beach.

Catch of the day.

Catch of the day.

The numerical order of boat stations the beach is sub-divided into does also provide an indication of the regard with which each section is held. The top end of the beach is where Boat Station 1 can be found. It is the most exclusive and also widest part of the beach where some of the more upscale resorts which spill directly out to the beach are – including the very exclusive Discovery Shores, which we were to visit on our last evening there.

White Beach at Boat Station 1 by night.

White Beach at Boat Station 1 by night.

The very exclusive Discovery Shores at Boat Station 1.

The very exclusive Discovery Shores at Boat Station 1.

A fire dancer performing at Discovery Shores.

A fire dancer performing at Discovery Shores.

The nighttime view from Discovery Shores.

The nighttime view from Discovery Shores.

The top section is also where the much celebrated Jonah’s Fruitshake and Snack Bar can be found – a must visit for any one in Boracay with a craving for milkshakes packed with real fruit – and if you like, a shot of additional flavouring taking the form of rum!

Jonah's - an institution of sorts in Boracay.

Jonah’s – an institution of sorts in Boracay.

Fruit-full milkshakes - served in a bottle.

Fruit-full milkshakes – served in a bottle.

The section where we did find ourselves at was at Boat Station 2. This is where there is a mix of accommodation types including the Boracay Regency where we stayed at, and the Boracay Mandarin we were dined at and visited on the third evening. Station 2 is also where most of the beach side action is to be found, and where D’Mall – a favourite tourist shopping spot can be found. D’Mall is also where the Hobbit House, with its rather interesting crew of “hobbits” – pint sized staff, can be found.

The stairway to heaven - from the beachside Boracay Regency to the beach at Boat Station 2.

The stairway to heaven – from the beachside Boracay Regency to the beach at Boat Station 2.

A ferris wheel at D'Mall.

A ferris wheel at D’Mall.

A sandwich shop at D'Mall.

A sandwich shop at D’Mall.

Christina doing her souvenir shopping at D'Mall.

Christina did her souvenir shopping at D’Mall.

As did Atsuko.

As did Atsuko.

The nightlife scene at Boat Station 2.

The nightlife scene at Boat Station 2.

Some of the gang shopping by the beachside at Boat Station 2.

Some of the gang shopping by the beachside at Boat Station 2.

Having fun in the rain at Boat Station 2.

Having fun in the rain at Boat Station 2.

Hobbit House at D'Mall.

Hobbit House at D’Mall.

By the beach side at Boat Station 2.

By the beach side at Boat Station 2.

The southernmost section of White Beach, or Boat Station 3, is said to have the most relaxed of atmospheres – and again where a mix of both budget as well as luxury accommodation can be found. It is also where the beach is gaily decorated by the blue and white sails of the paraws – the double outrigger boats of the Visayas – the group of islands surrounding the Visayan Sea of which Boracay and Panay belongs to. It is from station 3 that the paraw cruises depart – an excellent way to spend a late afternoon.

White Beach at Boat Station 3.

White Beach at Boat Station 3.

Another view of the Boat Station 3.

Another view of the Boat Station 3.

Paraw Cruising from Boat Station 3.

Paraw Cruising from Boat Station 3.

While White Beach does perhaps have the finest of sands and is an excellent place to have a dip in the sea in or sip a cocktail by the beach under a parasol at, it can get rather crowded and if you do want to look for a nice quiet but publicly accessible beach which takes you away from it all and on which you can feel that you are indeed in paradise, than Puka Beach has to be it. Much about the beach can be found in my previous post – in which I thought it deserved mention as being one of two of my favourite spots on the island.

Puka Beach.

Puka Beach.

If it is privacy and exclusivity you are looking for, the island does also offer the visitor a choice several very exclusive resorts, all with private and exclusive beaches. Two which come to mind are the Fairways and Bluewater Resort and the Shangri-la Boracay. The former is where Paradise Cove (the other favourite spot I previously mentioned) as well as two exclusive coves are located and where it is possible to ride a segway or mount a horse to have a feel of one of its wonderful beaches. It is also possible to have a ride on a glass bottomed boat on Paradise Cove to have a top down view into its crystal clear waters. The natural platform beneath the rock arch found at Paradise Cove is also one which the Shangri-la has been permitted to land its guests on.

Paradise Cove.

Paradise Cove.

On the segway on the beach at Fairways and Bluewater Resort.

Catherine on the segway on the beach at Fairways and Bluewater Resort.

Atsuko horsing around at Fairways and Bluewater.

Atsuko horsing around at Fairways and Bluewater.

The Boracay Shangri-la on the northwest of the island around the corner from Puka Beach is has got to be the place to stay at – if you are looking in the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity with its many private villas, some arranged on the hill slope offering simply stunning views of the Tablas Strait. It has a very exclusive stretch of its own beach, Bayungan Beach, but if one is putting up in one of the three private villas we did get to see, who then needs a private beach?

The beach at Shangri-la Boracay.

The exclusive beach at Boracay Shangri-la.

Besides the beaches already mentioned, there were a few more I did see. Two we did see as part of an island hopping boat ride were the ones at Crystal Cove Island and Tambisaan Beach where we were to have lunch at. Another was east facing Bulabog Beach, less attractive as a beach goes compared to White Beach or Puka Beach, but off which much of the sea sports and activities Boracay is also famous for, does take place. The sports one can participate in include kite boarding and windsurfing – best done from November to April. With a reef fround offshore, it is in the protected waters off Bulabog Beach where some of the recommended activities associated with Boracay such as helmet diving, snorkelling and on-water sports can be done (I will devote another post to the on and in-water activities we did do).

Tambisaan Beach.

Tambisaan Beach.

The gang at Bulabog.

The gang at Bulabog.

What's on offer at Bulabog.

What’s on offer at Bulabog.

Water activities off Bulabog Beach include Helmet Diving ...

Water activities off Bulabog Beach include Helmet Diving …

And riding on a Banana Boat.

And riding on a Banana Boat.

Bulabog, across the island at its narrowest point from White Beach’s Station 2, is also where the 7Stones Boracay Suites – probably my choice of where to stay, is to be found at. It was where we did have lunch at on the second full day in Boracay (the third on our itinerary), at the 7th Note Café – best known for its barbecues – where we did have the best meal during our stay in Boracay at. Why it would be a choice of where to stay for me is its location – which is close enough to the action, but yet far away enough from the hustle and bustle of White Beach – and perhaps the small size of the resort. And if it is the fine sand beach I want to head to, White Beach is only a short tricycle taxi ride away – which does make it “more fun in the Philippines”.

Bulabog Beach near 7Stones Suites.

Bulabog Beach near 7Stones Suites.

A tricycle taxi.

A tricycle taxi.

7Stones Suites at Bulabog Beach.

7Stones Suites at Bulabog Beach.

Bulabog Beach.

Boats at Bulabog Beach.


The trip to Boracay was made possible by Tigerair Philippines and the Philippine Department of Tourism. Tigerair now flies direct to Kalibo Airport – for more information on flights to Kalibo, do visit http://www.Tigerair.com/ph/en/.

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This is a repost of my post on Boracay Island Escapade.






It’s more fun hopping, skipping and jumping to and in Boracay!

2 08 2013

I am so going back to Boracay!  Back from a most wonderful of breaks to what is Travel + Leisure Magazine World’s Best Island destination of 2012 and in my books the best beach destination I have until now visited, there certainly isn’t anything that is going to get in the way of me going back there.

White Beach Boracay - where much of the action takes place.

White Beach Boracay – where much of the action takes place. Boracay was named as Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Best Beach destination for 2012.

Boracay, an island which lies off the north western tip of Panay, a larger land mass south of Manila, is certainly blessed much to marvel at. With its many coves lined with white sandy palm fringed beaches, and some adorned with coastal rock formations, the already beautiful views in and around the island are made even more picture postcard like by the wonderfully clear emerald blue waters which surround the island – any photograph of it must certainly entice anyone looking at it to want to head straight to Boracay!

Puka Beach, Boracay.

Puka Beach, Boracay.

My visit to Boracay, which must count as a godsend, was possible through Tigerair Philippines and the Philippine Department of Tourism, who generously sponsored the trip together with nine other bloggers. While the company of the group of fun-loving bloggers did make the trip even more enjoyable, it was in discovering what Boracay did have to offer that was to leave the greatest impressions. And, I must say that Boracay does have a lot more to it than just lazing by its white sands, sipping a drink under a parasol whilst listening to the gentle lapping of its gorgeous blue waters.

A paraw off White Beach.

A paraw off White Beach.

The trip did begin with much fanfare – not so much for the delusions some bloggers did have about the fame that followed them, but because it was done in conjunction with Tigerair Philippines inaugural flight from Singapore to Kalibo on 18 July 2013. The flight was certainly one which carried a lot of significance, as with Tigerair flying to what is the gateway to Boracay three times a week from Singapore, the island paradise of Boracay, is as I was told, only “a hop, skip and jump” away. This does make it a lot more convenient getting to the island, and no longer would it be necessary for a transit through either Cebu or Manila, which does save up to 5 hours of travel time which even with must surely still be worth the while getting to Boracay.

Tigerair Philippines VP for Commercial Joey Laurente (left in a Barong) cuts the ribbon together with Lim ChingKiat, Changi Airport Group SVP for Market Development. Witnessing the event is Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Minda Cruz.

At the gate before the inaugural flight: Tigerair Philippines VP for Commercial Joey Laurente (left in a barong) cuts the ribbon together with Lim ChingKiat, Changi Airport Group SVP for Market Development. Witnessing the event is Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Minda Cruz.

Flying over Kalibo.

Flying over Kalibo.

Welcoming the passengers at Kalibo - Mardi Gras style dancers.

Welcoming the passengers at Kalibo – Mardi Gras style dancers.

All through the 5 day, 4 night trip which involved three full days of fun on the island, it did seem like all the bloggers wanted to do was to take hopping, skipping and jumping almost literally. We were hopping onto tricycle cabs, onto horses, boats and segways; skipping along its beaches, down hillsides and into some of the gorgeous resort properties the island has to offer, and jumping off everywhere – from its many beaches and even from a cliff! And, who could really blame us!

Hopping on a paraw for a sunset cruise.

Hopping on a paraw for a sunset cruise.

A Ninja Girl jump at Crystal Cove Island.

A Ninja Girl jump at Crystal Cove Island.

Christina jumping into the inviting crystal clear blue waters.

Christina jumping into the inviting crystal clear blue waters.

Jumping off a cliff.

William jumping off a cliff.

Skipping along Puka Beach.

Skipping along Puka Beach.

It wasn’t however the hopping, skipping and jumping that was for me the best part of the trip, nor was it as some might think being in the company of some really gorgeous bloggers, but just being there to immerse myself in the island’s immense beauty, which seemed to leap out at me at every corner in.  It is for this that I am determined to head right back.

A huge jump for joy at Puka Beach.

A huge jump for joy at Puka Beach.

Of the many beautiful spots, two places did leave a huge impression on me. The first we were to visit, the remote (and much less visited) and very picturesque Puka Beach, lies at the northern tip of the island. Named after the puka shells which are found there and which does make its sands a little coarser, it is in fact on CNN’s list of the 100 best beaches in the world (see #84). The best way to approach the beach is by boat – so as to be able to take what is a remarkable view you do get of it on the approach from the sea. The beach was where in fact  a lot of the jumping took place. I did jump too – straight into its inviting blue waters.

More jumping at Puka Beach.

More jumping at Puka Beach.

The approach to Puka Beach.

The approach to Puka Beach.

A view of Puka Beach from the sea.

A view of Puka Beach from the sea.

Puka Beach.

Puka Beach.

More of Puka Beach.

More of Puka Beach.

A view of the beach.

A view of the beach.

The second spot I was very much taken by, is one we did have to skip down a hillside on a zipline for, overlooking the very aptly named “Paradise Cove”.  The spot is one located within the 150 hectare Fairways & Bluewater Resort located at the Northeastern part of the island. The resort, besides having an 18 hole golf course – the only course on the island, does offer accommodation as well as a host of other activities including the zipline, as well as horseback riding, riding on a segway, a cruise around Paradise Cove on a glass bottom boat, amongst other things.

Valyn attempting to jump fully clothed at Fairways  and Bluewater Resort.

Valyn attempting to jump fully clothed at Fairways and Bluewater Resort.

Skipping down a zipline at Fairways and Bluewater.

Skipping down a zipline at Fairways and Bluewater.

A super gorgeous view of the exclusive coves at Fairways and Bluewater.

A super gorgeous view of the exclusive coves at Fairways and Bluewater.

Paradise Cove.

Paradise Cove.

The beauty of the island is one I certainly can never get enough of and it is for this and having found a piece of paradise on the island, that does have me wishing I didn’t have, as I mentioned to a few in Boracay, to ever go back. But since I did have to, it does make me want to get back at the earliest possible instance!

Perhaps why Paradise Cove did seem like paradise.

Perhaps why Paradise Cove did seem like paradise.


About Tigerair Philippines Singapore to Kalibo route:

Tigerair Philippines flies direct from Singapore to Kalibo three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays (from 16 August to 25 October 2013, this will be extended to four weekly flights, on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). The flight which takes some 3 hours and 40 minutes bring passengers to the fiesta capital Kalibo, which is two hours by road to Caticlan Port at the northern tip of the island of Panay, from which all it takes is a 15 minute boat ride over to Boracay.

Passengers booking the flight can arrange for a transfer to Boracay through the Tiger Transfer program which has been initiated by Tigerair Philippines initiated. By paying a nominal fee of 500 pesos or its currency equivalent, tourists landing in Kalibo can conveniently get to Boracay. The 500 pesos fee transfers the passengers from Kalibo International Airport, to a shuttle service which will take them all the way to the jetty port. The jetty port allows Tiger Transfer guests to have an exclusive lane leading to their ferry boat for maximum convenience. As soon as they land on the shores of Boracay, another land transfer service is waiting to take the guests to their hotel of choice.

For more information on Tigerair Philippines, go to http://www.Tigerair.com/ph/en/.


This is a repost of my main post on Boracay Island Escapade.