Friday, April 29, 2011

SB Day One Part Two – Exploring Boracay

So, we arrived at the hotel or at least that's what the driver told us. But, we didn't see it. They were right though as we walked down a crazy dumpy alleyway and found the "resort" tucked in amongst the other dwellings. It was a little bizarre, but it was ok.
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We checked into the room and refrained from crashing onto the beds. That 2:30 am wake up alarm was trying to catch up to us. Despite the desire to crash on this bed, I just snapped photos and headed out to the beach.
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Dev did crash for a moment.
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We were happy with the family suite because the extra space allowed us to spread out through the week.
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I dreamed of soaking for a bit in this tub, but the week was so busy, I never took the time to do it.
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We were on the third floor with no elevator. Oh sure, it was fine but my thighs screamed at me numerous times when I'd forget something and have to walk back up to the room. Three flights of stairs five or six times a day do a lot for a girl's shorts (warm weather wear) legs. ;-)
We did force ourselves outside and explored the beach. One of the first things we noticed when we got out on the beach were all the "sailing boats" They were catamarans but the locals called them sailing boats. So, of course, I started calling them that!
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We walked north on the beach and took in the views.
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And watched Fils children building sand sculptures along the beach.
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They were learning the pan handling business because they'd ask for donations for their work if you stopped long enough to take the photo or examine their work. Cute at first, but annoying as the week wore on.
More sights along the beach:
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G-Dub looks like he's ready for a relaxing week, doesn't he?
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We walked further and then stopped along the way to let DS2 take some time to play in the sand.
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The rest of us sat off to the side enjoying refreshments, the warmth and crowd watching.
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We tried not to look too tired. We almost forgot that we were zombies who'd gotten up at o'dark thirty. We were fine. Being on the beach made everything A-Ok.
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DS2 finished his building and we headed back to the hotel watching the sunset as we went.
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Not far from where we'd taken our break was Willy's Rock:
A curiously shaped volcanic formation, Willy's Rock is so closely identified with Boracay that you find it featured in practically every postcard and travel brochure on the island. The only rock formation along the entire four-kilometer length of White Beach , Willy's Rock stands out like a dark dot on the immaculately white shoreline, becoming an island at high tide. A shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary stands atop the rock.
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As you can see, many were flocking around to have their photo taken beside the statue. We opted out and just settled for the rock photos instead. And sunset photos.
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I liked playing with my camera settings trying out different things for different effects in the photos. I had taken m xti and my Sony point and shoot.
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You really do get beautiful light sunset no matter what the subject.
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Even if it's your shadow. Your very tall shadow!
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More sand art:
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These like this were pretty awesome!
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Dinner with two of our friends that had arrived earlier concluded our evening.

More from the trip with Day 2 and beyond coming soon! Telling you guys is helping me remember the trip!

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