Borabiba | 2017

Let’s open summer!

My friend who was celebrating her birthday and at the same time her and her husband’s 5th wedding anniversary, one random night, was looking through old pictures of our laboracay trip 2 years ago. Nostalgia got the best of her so 26 of us decided to celebrate in Boracay and it was one helluva trip!

Day 1

We rented a bus to accommodate all 30 of us (lol).

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And the party started waaaay too early.

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Pit stop at Ramboys! Mouthwatering-melts-in-your-mouth liempo for lunch. Yum!

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Off to the island!

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Checked in, lazed around for a while and met everyone around sunset. We stayed at Beachcomber in Station 1.

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The only thing pretty about this place. Boracay sunsets are the best.

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Epic party. Happy birthday Michelle!

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Day 2

Party day. Everybody’s complete!

Body clock woke me up pretty early so went down, had breakfast and did a little sunbathing. I think I overcooked myself. Waited for the rest to arrive from Cebu, Capiz and Iloilo and call time was 5:30pm.

Sunset sesh about to start!

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All set for the party!

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DJ Melvin Baridiano

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This view would never get old.

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Beer and beach = perfect mix

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Dig!

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DJ Slippy

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All out party. I leave all the memories and juicy stories in our Viber group (hahaha)!

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Day 3

Chill Sunday. Beach was clearest this day so we did a bit of paddle boarding and took lots of pictures.

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Sunset sesh at Spider house.

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Chilled by the pool till late evening and talked about GYM and WORKING OUT (lol).

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Day 4

Time to go home!

But first one last photo shoot.

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Stopped over at Rosa’s for that famous longganisa.

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Thank you Raymond and Michelle for the awesome weekend! Thank you Boracay for the great memories and thank you friends for the super fun time!

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xx

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Photo credits: BORAbiba Viber group

31st

The initial plan was to climb Mt. Pulag for the weekend but then the weather did not permit us to do so. Was devastated, maybe a bit. Thank you so much Hanna! Will have to reschedule this one some other time I guess.

So what went down…

Since we already had tickets, Pam and I flew out to meet the other half in Manila.

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This was the closest we got to that sea of clouds we were supposed to see that weekend.

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So it was Friday and when we arrived everyone was still at work. Dropped off our stuff at Joby’s place since we were crashing there. Was famished, roamed around BGC to find somewhere to eat that’s just near. This was late lunch at Persia Grill, the interior was very pretty, food was good.

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Had coffee and chilled for a bit at the nearest Coffee Bean before we went back to Joby’s condo. I finished my book while Pam caught up with work before we met up with everyone else.

Friday night tip: should make reservations waaaaaaaay ahead if you want to get a table. Had ours at Barcino. Wine and Spanish food. Complete attendance!

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I can’t quite remember what food we ordered but I believe it was good. What I remember though was having two bottles of really good Shiraz at 13%. Though this may be normal for wine, it’s actually below average for a Shiraz, I’m a lightweight so 13% is pretty strong for me. Don’t judge.

Not sure what was going on here but yeah, blaming it on the wine.

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That’s my very pretty friend right there. She and her team made the most recent Nestle Chuckie tv commercial and I’m hella proud of her!

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Passed by Reserve and Tipsy Pig but was on wait list. Ended up at Burgers and Brewskies. No more wine for me, just my ever reliable Jack D. (On a much sober note, their burgers are really good, like really really good. Big, fat, juicy, generous, delicious, gaaahd.)

Ended our night with Ministop chicken and fried wantons and sharksfin for takeout. I miss! I think this was the highlight of my night (hahaha).

Road trip the next day, off to Tagaytay for lunch.

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Played heads up to kill time. Traffic was not that heavy. Passed by a number of lambos on the way, might have been 6 or 8 of them, not sure if they were from a show. Twas cool to watch as they drove by really fast, one after the other, in different colors. It was really foggy when we arrived, but then again there’s a storm so, yeah. No view, all we saw was fog. I think everyone’s fog lamps were on. Sky Ranch was off the list, what a bummer.

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BUT! lunch at Breakfast at Antonio’s made up for it.

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Blueberry Heaven! I die.

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Had coffee at Starbucks after, the one on Calamba Road beside Country Suites, where it’s supposed to have an incredible view of the Taal lake and volcano. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good photos because 1. It was packed and we didn’t have a decent spot for a view and 2. It was really foggy.

It cleared when we were homebound, round 5pm-ish I think.

The mandatory Taal volcano picture. That’s an active volcano right there.

Went straight to Draft when we arrived in Makati. That’s a liter of beer for each of us. Or was it just me and Joby?

On Sunday, after having lunch at JT’s, I met up with Mary Rose at Market Market to buy some stuff for the kids. We got stranded in High Street, it was raining really hard and found a bit of an excuse to have coffee and catch up on the latest gossip, though I was running late for dinner.

This was dinner at Miel’s Tita Chiqui’s pad. Yellow Cab and four bottles of wine. Was trying really hard to get my senses intact.

Though what we initially planned, due to unforseen (raaaar) circumstances, didn’t push through (no Mt. Pulag, no manghuhula), I had an awesome birthday weekend because what really mattered was getting together with the other parts of me.

I had five cakes on my birthday!

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And celebrated with those closest to my heart ❤️

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xx

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The Big 3-0

I’ve lived three decades and survived!

No, it wasn’t a lavish celebration, considering the fact that I don’t really celebrate my birthday.

But I thank God for giving me the wonderful gift of loving Family and really great Friends. All these unplanned events made me feel extra special.

Day 1:

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Bananas from Dane, lunch date with my sister, pizza party from the office and dinner with the family, what a pleasant surprise.

Day 2:

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Mahjong party with these beauties. My raccoon eyes were worth it! (lol)

Day 3:

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Fancy dinner with this bunch. It was an interesting night indeed! (aka ang ita)

These people, these moments…I don’t need much, they are enough.

xx

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…and that concludes my big 3-0. Thank you so much for cheering me up, for always remembering me and staying by me through whatever. We might not always agree on things but I am confident that you truly care. I love you all so much! Cheers!