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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Visiting Boracay: Tips and Itinerary
I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Boracay two weeks ago. My boyfriend’s friends, Greg and Jhanice, decided to tie the knot and appointed us to be their best man and maid of honor, respectively. :)
Boracay is a small island in the Philippines that has received numerous awards from travel publications and agencies. The place is a favorite among tourists for its white sands and crystal clear waters. :) I’m so happy that in my 24 years of existence, I finally got to visit this world-renowned beach. <3[[MORE]]

How To Get There?
There are two ways to get to Boracay: by air and by sea. 
By Air: Boracay is served by two airports in the Aklan province: one in Kalibo and the other in Caticlan (Godofredo P. Ramos Airport). Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines are some of the domestic airlines that fly to both airports.
By Sea: From Manila, it may take more or less 14 hours to reach the Caticlan Jetty Port. This option is cheaper and you get to visit different places along the way (Mindoro, Roxas, etc.). 
Whatever mode of transportation you choose, your second-to-the-last destination is the Caticlan Jetty Port. Since Boracay is separated by a narrow strait, both tourists and locals can only get to the island through the boats operated at the jetty port. 

Anyone arriving at the Boracay Airport in Caticlan will have to pay PHP50 for a tricycle (or do a 10-minute walk) which takes you to the Caticlan Jetty Port. At the port, you’ll be required to buy three different tickets: a boat ticket & boarding pass (PHP25), an environmental & admission fee ticket (PHP75) and terminal fee ticket (PHP100). The boat ride going to the Jetty Terminal takes about 15 minutes. 
Once you’re on the other side, you’ll still need shell out another PHP100 for a tricycle that can take you to your hotel. Cash only basis.
What To Do? 
There are so many things to do in Boracay. Common activities include Parasailing, Scuba Diving, Banana Boat, and Helmet Dive. Other non-water activities include hair braiding, henna tattoo and massage. While walking along the beach, you’ll stumble upon a lot of people offering you these activities and services. Remember to haggle!
At night, Boracay is vibrant with lights and music. You can listen to live bands, chill with your friends over an ice cold beer or dance until dawn. :)
We, on the other hand, weren’t fortunate enough to do any of the water activities. We did drink after the wedding, along with Khat and the newly weds. I also got myself a blowjob (the cocktail shot, ok!) /sad

What To Eat?
I think it’s safe to say that you’ll never get hungry in Boracay. There’s a wide variety of places to eat, fit to satisfy all of your cravings. We had dinner at Epic and their steak was fantastic. Lemon Cafe is quite popular but we never had a chance to try their food. D’Talipapa is the place to go to for fresh seafood. Shakey’s, Army Navy, Starbucks and McDonald’s are also available on the island.
When To Go?
Boracay is awfully crowded and expensive during Holy Week, April and December. If you’re on a budget, it’s better to visit during off-peak seasons (June to November).
The algae, that makes the sea greenish rather than crystal blue, is also seasonal. My friend said that they’re usually not that prominent during August and October. 

Although our trip was very brief, I’d like to thank my boyfriend for handling everything: our flight, airport transfers, hotel bookings, and so on. What I love the most was the way he gave his anniversary gift. He knows I love surprises. We were swimming in the beach and while I was busy complaining at algae that were surrounding us, he took my hand and put this wonderful ring (not an engagement ring, ok!) on my finger. He is the sweetest. <3
Anyway, I hope this guide of mine gave you an idea what to expect or do when you visit Boracay. If you’ve been to Boracay before, hope you can share your own insights in the comment box.
For more photos, don’t forget to check out my Boracay Photo Diary here. :)

Visiting Boracay: Tips and Itinerary

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Boracay two weeks ago. My boyfriend’s friends, Greg and Jhanice, decided to tie the knot and appointed us to be their best man and maid of honor, respectively. :)

Boracay is a small island in the Philippines that has received numerous awards from travel publications and agencies. The place is a favorite among tourists for its white sands and crystal clear waters. :) I’m so happy that in my 24 years of existence, I finally got to visit this world-renowned beach. <3

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I’d rather book a night at Ritz Carlton Millenia

A few weeks ago, I had the wonderful chance to catch up with my former colleague and good friend, Shara. Shara was my closest friend at HSBC. I remember how much crying and life sessions we have at the office, talking about the people who doesn’t love us (We’ve moved on) and that officemate who is constantly giving me the evil eye (We all assumed she’s into the guy I like and she’s just jealous). 

Marina Bay Sands

One of the things we talked about was the hotels in Singapore, particularly Marina Bay Sands. Aside from the Merlion and Flyer, this hotel is one of the latest trademark of the country. We exchanged dreams of checking in at Marina Bay for even a night (Discounted Rate: Deluxe Room for USD 298/night, from Agoda).

I then confessed that I’m not really interested in checking in at Marina Bay. I’d rather stay at Ritz Carlton Millenia. Why, you ask?

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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Bits &amp; Pieces: Travel With Love
99% of the time, I don&#8217;t like Valentine&#8217;s Day because of the traffic and nauseating public display of attention. The remaining 1% is the fact that I will spend the day with my boyfriend. Oftentimes, we&#8217;ll just stay at home or go to the nearest mall to eat at my favorite restaurants. Sadly, we can&#8217;t go on a quick lunch date anymore because we live at least a thousand miles away from each other (Hopefully, this will all change next year or so!). :(
But thanks to Chinese New Year, we were able to make that a reality. We had a wonderful food adventure. Not just for one day, but for one really long weekend! :)
Check out the things we&#8217;ve done throughout this mini-vacation under the cut. [[MORE]]
First stop: Boomerang Bistro and Bar

Boomerang is an Australian bar and bistro located at Roberston Walk near Studio M Hotel and DBS Arts Centre. I ate at Boomerang after watching Potted Potter a few months ago and I instantly fell in love with the place. The ambiance is very chill and it is overlooking the Singapore River. It&#8217;s a perfect place to unwind after work and celebrate small parties with office mates and friends.
Boyfriend ordered the Peppered Kangaroo Loin. As you can see on the photo, the serving was pretty small but it was pretty heavy. He was really full. I, on the other hand, ordered a Rib Eye steak because I craved for their steak for so long. 
My boyfriend wanted to walk after eating at Boomerang. So we&#8217;ve decided to go around the area, with no particular destination. We ended up arriving at Clark Quay. Personally, I think Clark Quay is like Philippine&#8217;s version of Eastwood City. At least, the look and feel of the place. This is the place you want to be if you want to party or eat different cuisines. We went to The Central, the mall on top of the Clark Quay MRT station and just went around and see what they have to offer. 
Second stop: Bliss House Theme Restaurant

Bliss House Theme Restaurant is an Italian restaurant located at The Central, Clark Quay. You won&#8217;t see the indoors of the restaurant unless you really go in. The exterior, to be honest, reminds me of a nail spa because of the white walls and pink accents. We&#8217;ve decided to check out the menu and see if there&#8217;s anything we like so we can go back. The waitress asked us if we want to see the interior of the restaurant and OMG. &lt;3
I know, I know, the photo is too dim. Sorry about that, but that was the point. The place was very intimate and romantic. The walls were covered with white roses and vines. And the funny part was, there was a firework display a few blocks away. ROMANTIC! &lt;3 Because we were already full from our heavy dinner, we&#8217;ve decided to just go for desserts. The waitress recommended their homemade Tiramisu, so we ordered that and I have to say it was the yummiest we&#8217;ve tasted so far! &lt;3 
Boyfriend got sick the day after, which was sad. So we just stayed in all day. Ordered pizza and/or ate Beef Baconator from Wendy&#8217;s. Bacon is not really popular with Singaporeans. :(
When boyfriend started to feel better, he said he wanted to eat Japanese. We&#8217;ve decided to go to Bugis and see if there are any Japanese restaurants open. It was Chinese New Year so selected stores and restaurants were closed. 
Third stop: Itacho Sushi

It was the only Japanese restaurant we could find in Bugis Junction. 
We ordered Tonkatsu (my favorite), Sashimi and 2 steamed rice. When you&#8217;re in a Japanese restaurant, you expect them to serve you with Japanese rice. But no, the rice that they gave us was like a typical Filipino rice. Weird.
Overall, the food and the experience weren&#8217;t that great yet the restaurant was busy as a bee.
Fourth stop: Nando&#8217;s

My boyfriend is into science. So I figured that he will enjoy Science Centre as much as I did the first time I visited that place. But before we went there, we&#8217;ve decided to check out JCube, a mall near Jurong MRT/Bus Interchange. 
Nando&#8217;s is a South African cuisine with a Portuguese/Mozambiquan. Their specialty is the Peri-Peri chicken. We&#8217;ve decided to order their Valentine&#8217;s promotion, The Peri-Peri of my Eye. You get 2 chicken breasts, with 2 sides and 2 designer drinks, and 2 single scoops of Ben &amp; Jerry&#8217;s for $42 (w/o GST, methinks). 
They had different levels of spiciness and although I&#8217;m not a big fan of spicy food, I thought I could handle their &#8220;mild&#8221; flavor. I was wrong, the &#8220;mild&#8221; mix/flavor was still too spicy for me. I&#8217;m just thankful and lucky that my boyfriend ordered the &#8220;herbs&#8221; mix and I was able to enjoy the chicken. For their designer drinks, we both ordered Citra, a mix of Citra syrup and Sprite. Honestly, we didn&#8217;t like the drink that much. My boyfriend said it tasted like a bathroom cleaner LOL. I wonder if the Apple-like juice is a much better choice?
And that concludes my foodie trip with my boyfriend here in Singapore. :) We&#8217;ve tried at least, four cuisines in one weekend (I&#8217;m certain we had five but I can&#8217;t remember the last one, perhaps Western?), and I obviously gained a lot of weight. 
For the record, this is the third &#8220;out of the country&#8221; trip we had as a couple. Technically, I wouldn&#8217;t count it as an out of the country trip since I do live in Singapore but I am still from the Phlippines. So go figure. I just find this info funny because we never had any local out of town, of just the two of us, trips yet. Hopefully, that will change next month for our anniversary. I am stoked! :) 

Since I don&#8217;t know how to properly end this entry, let me share with you my first successful film with my Polaroid OneStep camera. :) It&#8217;s a real Polaroid shot! :) 

Bits & Pieces: Travel With Love

99% of the time, I don’t like Valentine’s Day because of the traffic and nauseating public display of attention. The remaining 1% is the fact that I will spend the day with my boyfriend. Oftentimes, we’ll just stay at home or go to the nearest mall to eat at my favorite restaurants. Sadly, we can’t go on a quick lunch date anymore because we live at least a thousand miles away from each other (Hopefully, this will all change next year or so!). :(

But thanks to Chinese New Year, we were able to make that a reality. We had a wonderful food adventure. Not just for one day, but for one really long weekend! :)

Check out the things we’ve done throughout this mini-vacation under the cut. 

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