Weeeeeeeeeee've been busy.
Recently moved houses and were occupied with end of the school year reports and whatnot (we're teachers), we are finally ready for summer. And while the hellish Hong Kong heat and occasional rainstorms are just as fun as they sound, we wanna take a second to share with you a quick holiday we had during Easter break. The purpose of this trip was to primarily hang out with our darling friends who were, at the time, on their South East Asia trip, and of course to get the best out of 4 days off and just chill.
After half a day of travelling, naturally the first order of business was lazying on the beach with some drinks and a book at our lovely Fridays Boracay accommodation.
YT instantly got her hands on some yummy ube ice cream...
And quickly enough, our first day came to a close. Some overly enthusiastic tourists might wonder why we didn't have more events and activities planned for our holiday, and well... we did what we came here to do. We rested! We're good at that! :D
Next day we got up to check out different parts of the island and you get the usual restaurants and hot spots but it was nice to wander away from the people and explore the opposite, quieter side to Boracay.
While doing so, we dropped by an amazing little brunch place called 'Real Coffee & Tea'. It's been there since forever and specialises in homemade calamansi muffins, good ol' strong black coffee and such amazing fluffy pancakes that are quite possibly made from baby's dreams. YT is still trying to recreate them at home. Add oil!
Our view while chowing down on some tuna omelette with added pesto.
We visited the place once again just before returning to Hong Kong and snapped a pic of the cook, before chatting to the owner for a bit.
Up before the sun, we dashed to catch our 2 hour long ferry to Odiongan on Tablas Island, where we visited our close friends and interracial power-couples, Chris and Nat Marti-peaco-abello.
YT fitted in surprisingly well, every other passenger believing her to be filipino while I stood out as the only beardy man whose bag should be considered a security threat.
Calatrava, Nat's family's hometown turned out to be the most enchanting part of our trip. Her extended family all live on the same road and that quickly became unsurprising once we walked around the whole town in 5 minutes. Pictured above is her friendly grandmother, Lola, whose living room is the go-to lounge for all young children from the neighbourhood.
Across the road was a quaint little corner shop with the most amazingly refreshing coconut water.
It quickly became our favourite.
I should say here, that the day included other fun stuff like making our own piniping and concluded with having a delicious seafood BBQ on a rooftop. But we went off to bed early cause the next day was all about...
We set out with our swimsuits, sunscreens and not much else to check out nearby sunny spots. Our mode of transportation was this cozy little fishing boat that managed to cram 25+ people and off we went.
First stop was a small island solely inhabited by a family of 3 and a handful of dogs chilling in the shade.
The father went away for a minute or two and came back with what we later found out to be our lunch.
A gloriously colourful lobster and his slimy octopus friend. Both still very much alive, but subdued. We could still see the octopus' camouflage-like colour pigments change as we touched it.
Waves were a bit bigger here since the tiny island was closer to the open sea.
Next stop was a hidden salt lake that formed at the tip of a peninsula, stretching off from the main island of Tablas.
We came, we saw, we conquered... then we left.
Lastly, we settled at a secretive beach that is quite like nothing I've seen before. We were part of a local group, mixed with family and friends and after a quick dip, we enjoyed our freshly grilled seafood, then it's back into the water for a couple more hours.
Once again, our series of pictures jump over a couple of events, but to sum up, we said farewell to our old (and some new) friends at Calatrava and headed back to Boracay to catch our flight.
Though it was a short 4 days, and now it's ended; we're blessed and privileged to have experienced it. With some surprises every day, perfect weather, spectacular food (who cares about beach bods), some more awesome food (it deserves double mentioning) and of course the warm, welcoming people of both Boracay and Calatrava. We hope to see you soon!