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The scent of the ocean assaulted my nostrils as I had walked passed it. The palm
trees blew in the mist of the cool sudden gust of the tropical, morning air, like smooth feahers
swaying side to side.
As the majestic giant Philippine eagle swoops past my shoulder I suddenly found myself
in my most favorite place to visit on the face of this planet; the island paradise of Boracay in the
Philippines. Boracay Island combines crystal clear waters, sugary beaches that squeak, and lush
hilly landscapes into an idyllic tourist haven, that’s guaranteed to fascinate anyone into tranquil
harmony with its simplistic beauty. Boracay is a breath-taking, unbelievably magical Island. A
spectacular paradise set in the unspoiled South China Seas.
Boracay Island is a paradise indeed. The beach is amazing with its white sand, it is wide
and stretched on for kilometers. The northern and southern parts of the island rise into
picturesque hills that face the sea with weather worn cliffs. The Island has numerous scattered
villages interconnected by a maze of intriguing jungle trails.
Boracay boasts one of the world’s finest beaches (at least in my opinion.) White
Beach, a stretch of white – pebble sand, bathed by a strip of perpetually turquoise water
allures me in every sense in my body. Boracay’s pure white beaches are a sun worshipper’s
heaven on earth.
White Beach runs almost the entire length of the western side of the petite island. During
the summer season, White Beach results in calm, turquoise seas, ideal for leisure and frolics in
its warm water to cool off from the summer’s tropical heat. The eastern shore contains numerous
shelters and picturesque bays, rewarding the impassioned walker with many great scenic views.
The main beaches are dotted with water sports outlets, offering the latest equipment for
rental of sailboats and wind surfers. Boracay is becoming Asia’s most popular dive school
location with good shallow coral dives and drop-offs to depths of twenty meters being within
easy reach.

In that great experience we had hired one of the many local fishermen to give us an all-
day around the island trips by a “bangka” (small boat), with stop-offs at the northern caves, near
Yapak, home of Boracay’s giant fruit bats. Cool breezes of air blows over me as the sun dips
lower on the horizon. At sunset, we had a two hour or so walk along the
length of White Beach, before the serenity of the ocean views that are over-taken by the
awakening of Boracay’s night life, offering numerous economically priced gourmet restaurants
and hotels that add an international twist to the evening.
As we entered the Kamayan Restaurant that evening, I could not help but feel its very
warm hospitality. I had the feeling of walking, not into a restaurant, but a cozy and well-kept
resort, with its outlandish cabanas and coconut trees facing the entrance. At the same time, I
could not resist but to partake in the comfortable and relaxing atmosphere further enhanced by
beautiful foliage, the delightful sight of flowing water, the hearty mood set by the incandescent
light, and of course, the amicable and well-trained staff. Inspired by a beach resort in the magical
island, the restaurant’s design is tastefully unpretentious and simple; a departure from “theme”
dining places all over Metro Manila.

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That evening we had some delectible native Filipino dishes. My mouth had started to
water and as the loyal waitress brought over our food. One of our main dishes was chicken and
pork adobo, a rich, dark, well-marinated stew of chicken and pork, with flavors that hint of the
vinegar and soy sauce. A tempting platter of of lumpiang Shanghai was set in the middle of our
table. Shanghais are small spring rolls, rice pastry filled with ground pork and deep fried
to its golden – brown perfection. As for our dessert we had enjoyed a wonderful halo – halo, a
mixture of subtle fruits with crushed ice with milk, a perfect concoction for a wonderful tropical
Boracay offers an ideal escape from civilization and the hustling and bustling of the busy
metropolis of the modern city. If you are looking for an excellent place to lounge or to just let
your mind be set free, then Boracay is the perfect place to be. That would be an unforgettable
memory I would always remember.


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