Monday, April 27

Boracay Island Once More

It has been more than two years since my last foray into the famous Boracay Island.  So much has changed since my last visit.  I got a bit sad upon seeing its once all-green landscape from above.  Just right before my plane landed in Caticlan airport. Over-development and incorrect planning were two words which jumped around inside my head.  But then, I was there to unwind with my friend after a three full months of no travel.  
Boracay's soft golden sunset
Boracay has changed so much.  From the type of visitors touring around, to the traffic jam that developed with the onslaught of tourism, I can't help but wistfully wish that Boracay be salvaged from total destruction and just go back to how it is twenty years ago.  
Boracay is postcard-perfect
Sure, posh resorts have sprouted like mushrooms and class A restaurants can accommodate the taste of leisure travelers. But upon seeing the crowd and heard the summer noise, I knew I still wanted to go back to Boracay, to see its quieter and slower side. And I am planning of biking around Boracay too. 

Boracay Island has a special place in my heart.  It was where I learned to love anew. And even though I am single right now, I knew that the love that I am giving will be returned by the right man for me.  I am very excited to meet him.  Perhaps, in Boracay too?  Or maybe in Baler?  Or in my Kingdom, Batanes! Who knows right.  : ))

Monday, April 20

Why I Fell in Love with Biking

Dear Readers,

My mom didn't let me outdoors when I was a little kid.  I guess she was more concerned of my safety then.  As the younger child and only girl, I was well taken care of as any daughter should be.

I was an introvert.  I hated talking to people and even disliked adults for noticing me.  I guess Don't-Notice-Me was my middle name. Haha! Paula Don't-Notice-Me O. I am laughing at my own joke now.

Kidding aside, my ever protective mother won't let me go where I am not supposed to be.  Sure, she'd let me have my vacation at my aunt's in Bulacan.  But my sense of adventure ended at their backyard.  Extreme play activities like biking was reserved for the boys like my kuya (older brother). Unfair, I know.

I vaguely remember my uncle started teaching me the basics of biking.  But for some reason or another, that event did not lead to another session.  I grew up quite sheltered. And never did I imagine that I would truly learn how to bike, two wheels and all.   

Some decades later, my sense of adventure broadened and the places I discover are now far and wide.  Last year, I was invited to visit Sandbox.  My regret for not knowing how to bike deepened when I discovered they have a bike trail! Determined, I know I need to learn to bike as it would be another way of traveling.
My first day biking at San Pablo, Laguna with Chie
Come August 2014, a week after my first scuba diving lesson, I asked my friend Ate Chie to teach me how to bike in San Pablo, Laguna.  After several tries, I was able to pedal a few feet. Soon, we were circling Sampaloc Lake together but in expense of a lot of bruises on my end. :D
Me and Sky in Nuvali
Last March, I purchased my first bike, an MTB for that matter.  I really did not have any idea what or where to start looking. I thank Angel for giving me ideas on what type
of bike to choose.  Soon I found myself in a bike shop in Quezon City. There were so many that I did not know where to start looking!

But then, out of nowhere this yellow bike stood out from the rest.  He was standing timidly in one corner.  Though I was keen on checking out the other bikes on sale, Kuya Doms, the one who assisted me, kept mentioning him. He was wearing a yellow paint and got just the right height for me. I am guessing it was love at first sight too. 
New born Sky : ))
I ended up going home with him.  Before having him, I was thinking of a name for my future new travel buddy.  I thought of Jaguar Paw since I also loved cats.  But Jaguar Paw did not seem appropriate for someone so cool and sleek-looking.  I searched for other names.  Since he was color yellow, I thought of words that would be related to something light, airy and even heavenly.  Thinking of the exhilirating feeling of biking with him in faraway lands, I finally decided on the name Flint Sky.
Me and Sky in Apayao
photo by Journeying Pinay
So Flint Sky and I's first adventure was biking in Cagayan Valley and in Ilocandia.  My dear friend Journeying Pinay shared with me the wonders of her homeland once more.  It was a different experience this time as we not only spared ourselves from commuting, but biking taught me a different way of traveling.  Biking is also an intimate way of knowing a place. : ))
Me and Sky by the river in Claveria, Cagayan
This is just the start of me and Sky's adventures and misadventures.  I am looking forward to being with him when I stumble on life's misgivings and I hope that he will also be there to support me in my lowest. 

Let's go biking! To the skies and beyond!

Pondering Paodaolei

Tuesday, April 14

Yes, I Miss You

Do you remember, the first time we met? You were unfamiliar to me as the planet Mars. But just like the sun, the moon smiled at me warmly. And I felt my heart skipped with excitement thinking of the days I could know you better.

Your smile was the sweetest. Your wind's soft gust welcomed me with open arms. Oh how I miss being enveloped in your strength! Your home. I might as well could hide into your chest.
I could only stare at you. In awe. In wonder. You are so beautiful. Your rawness and child-like beauty captured my heart. It tried to escape. My mind wanted to. But my heart was telling me another story.

When you move, the Earth, Wind and Fire stop all at once and bask under your glory. You are the prince in my kingdom. And I shall wait to see you again, to feel you again. To see your eyes shine like the ethereal clouds. And witness your charming smile.

Yes. I miss you.

Monday, April 13

Agos Boracay Resort

Our second night in the best beach in the world was spent in the nearly two year old Agos Boracay Resort.

This greeted us
Yummy Choc-nut and frozen towels to battle off the summer heat
Though not a beach front hotel, it has its advantages as it is accessible from the main road.  A five minute walk from D'mall and under ten minutes from White Beach, the hotel has a lovely staff which we find all very accommodating.  

A nice place to relax
Overlooking the garden area

Monday, April 6

G-Max Boracay: My Mind Said No But My Heart Said Go

I was not familiar with this thrill-a-minute ride until I saw a glimpse of its towers out from the sea after our island-hopping activity. 

My friend Marx was the mastermind. I admit, I was curious as how it would feel to be thrown into the skies and hurled down into the earth in a matter of seconds.  

We were given the opportunity to try it out and that was a big factor in making this life-changing decision which was as crazy as this stomach-churning ride.  It did lift up the mood of a rather lazy night.  

Marx, Marcos and me before our epic ride!
Photo grabbed from Marx's IG

I was a nervous wreck as we hesitantly approached the area.  After filling out the waiver, we were whisked to our seats.  Being lighter, me and Marx were assigned the outer ones while taller Marcos sat in the middle.  

The moment I was strapped in, I did not let go of the handle bars.  My heart pumped and thumped wildly in my chest.  I think it wanted to jump out of my body. :D

The waiting time was the most agonizing part of the ride as we were clueless when it would start.  Cue?  When there is smoke and the lights started dancing, prepare your loudest screams for you will be in one hell of a ride. : ))

Photo from G-Max Facebook Page

Not for the faint-hearted!  But for the most adventurous souls like me, trying G-max will definitely make your Boracay stay much more exciting!  I guess next time I will try it in the morning, that is if my stomach can take it. :D

G-Max Reverse Bungy Boracay
Station 2, Boracay Island
Sun-Mon | 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Php 1500 per head
Php 750 G-Max Video (USB bracelet with G-Max logo)