Boracay Budget Accommodations


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I’m sure most of you are irritated with this unbearable heat we’re experiencing right now. If only this heat can melt away our body fats, we’d all be bikini models by now. LOL
 
And speaking of bikini, our natural resort (pun intended) would be to head to the nearest pool or beach, so inevitably, most people will be heading to Boracay…as if it’s the only world-class beach we have in the country.
 
But just before you book your tickets, I’d like you to read about the current situation of the Ati community (original inhabitants of the island) first. If after reading you still want to go, then scroll down to check two Boracay budget accommodations I stayed at during my last visit.

 

Beautiful Boracay…sans the crowd

From the main road, pass through D’Mall and turn left until you reach Pascual Store. Here, you’ll find an alley dotted with budget accommodations.Villa Simprosa

This is just a few steps from the store — who also happens to own this place — and just across the more popular Taj Guesthouse. We stayed here on our first night. FIRST because we had a miscommunication when I made a last minute reservation via SMS. They were only able to reserve us for a night instead of two. I couldn’t really complain especially when they didn’t require a downpayment.

We were assigned the Jeo room located at the end of the ground floor corridor. For Php1,500.00* per night, you get a no-frills room but with a personal refrigerator, full-sized closet and wall-mounted flat screen TV. And oh, WiFi’s good too.

If you need bigger/family rooms, you might get the ones in the annex which is a few minutes walk from the beachfront.

Villa Simprosa
Station 2 Balabag, Boracay Island
5608 Malay, Aklan Philippines
Tel: (036) 288-3139
Mobile: 09173274076
Yahoo Messenger: villasimprosa

*This is a lean season rate. Expect rate to be significantly higher if you are going this summer.

The following day, I had to scout for a new accommodation which was like a blessing in disguise. Not only did I find a bigger and nicer room, it was cheaper too. They originally quoted me Php1,500.00 but I was able to haggle it down to Php1,000.00*. I told them we’ll be leaving very early the next day anyway. 😉

We got a double room on the third floor, which is a bit of a hassle especially if you have lots of things. But at least it has a veranda and a drying rack for your wet swimsuits plus a view of Le Soleil’s pool area to boot.Eriko’s is located in what locals refer to as ‘annex’. You can get here by taking the alley (refer to third picture in this post). Alternatively, you can also pass by the alley beside Sea World Dive Center which is actually closer.

 
Eriko’s House
Station 2 Boracay Island
Balabag, Malay, Aklan Philippines
 
*This is a lean season rate. Expect rate to be significantly higher if you are going this summer.

2012 Year in Travel: Of New Destinations and Familiar Places


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In just a few days we’ll be saying goodbye to 2012, so here’s a roundup of my year in travel plus snippets of my un-blogged trips; four trips with two destinations each (you gotta maximize the travel tax and/or terminal fee, you know) with different travel buddies.  



The year started with a trip to the Philippines’ last frontier: Palawan. Together with my college BFF, we explored ‘hidden’ and ‘secret’ beaches (don’t ask what’s the difference), and visited the newly-proclaimed New 7 Wonders of Nature: Puerto Princesa Underground River

Aside from a missed van trip back to Puerto Princesa and some boo-boos along the way, I’d like to believe that the whole trip went well. :p El Nido remains at the top of the most beautiful places I’ve been to.

  


Second quarter of this year, another close friend and I explored Malaysia for a week. We started our journey in Kuala Lumpur, went north to the island of Penang, then headed south to Melaka before crossing the border to Singapore.

Our goal? To eat, pray, and shop our way through Malaysia (and Singapore) and boy did we do some damage. lol We sampled Penang’s dishes, visited temples/places of worship, and shopped ’til our bodies ache. No stall was spared in Berjaya Times Square as well as Jonker Street in Melaka. I swear, my bags were multiplying like gremlins. Mind you, I was able to sneak everything as ‘hand carry’ *evil laugh*


But if there’s one thing that will be forever etched on my mind about this trip, it’s got to be when we got bumped off the bus twice: from KL to Penang then from Penang to Melaka! Good thing the border crossing was uneventful.

Iloilo – Boracay 


Together with my cousin, three of my colleagues, and a fellow Girl Talker and her hubby, we went to Islas de Gigantes in Iloilo two days after my birthday.

We visited different islands, a sand bar, a saltwater lagoon — which could pass as a doppelganger of one of Palawan’s several lagoons/lakes — and did some climbing. And even though we had a traumatic caving experience, I know everyone still had a lot of fun.


But what I find amusing with this trip was that we took different flights (heck, my cousin and I weren’t even seated together on the plane), just met at the port the following day for island hopping, then went to different destinations on the third day. lol Two of my colleagues went to their respective homes in Iloilo, and my other colleague and the couple went to Bacolod. 


Me and my cousin? Well, we were actually torn whether we should stay and explore Iloilo, do a day trip to Guimaras, go to Bacolod for Masskara Festival, or just beach bum in Boracay. We eventually decided we’d go with the latter because our bodies were still aching from hiking and spelunking that we just wanted to lay on the beach and do nothing. Well, it took us three van rides (Iloilo to Roxas; Roxas to Kalibo; and Kalibo to Caticlan), a boat ride, and a tricycle ride (a total of 6 hours) to get there. So much for relaxation, huh?  

Singapore with LEGOLAND side trip 



And just this month, my mom and I, and — wait for it — our neighbors went to Singapore. Blame it on seat sales. So yes, within a span of four months, I was back in Singapore — and unexpectedly — in Malaysia too since we went on a side trip to LEGOLAND (which by the way was not part of the original plan).

Even though I wasn’t able to make as many trips as I wanted this year, I’m still thankful I got the chance to visit new destinations and familiar places. Always go for quality over quantity, right? 


So here’s hoping I’d be able to tick off more destinations on my (ever-growing) bucket list for 2013. Oh yes Laos and Myanmar, I have my eyes on you!



K


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This is my contribution to Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival’s yearender:

2012 Year in Travel  


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Complete compilation of previous Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival here.