Drinking Fun

鸿蒙初辟,一片混沌

It started from the 7 different Italian wine tasting night, and lucky enough, I found myself couple favorites there and ordered bottles for delivery in the next few days after the event… then was the Oktoberfest draft beer night, while pounding down pitchers and pitchers of the fresh taste ‘liquid bread’, I involved myself in conversations with locals for a good networking night

It proved an old Chinese saying of “酒逢知己千杯少”, i.e., thousands of cups would Not be enough if drinking with the right ones

So, here I am, after almost 8 years staying at Boracay, the Paradise under Sun, with alluring Happy Hour between 5-7pm ongoing daily during the Best Sunset Moment on the small tropical island, I learned to let myself carry away with pleasure… more often, opening bottle of wine while dining out for any excuse such as birthday, anniversary, holiday, or festival etc; and furthermore, even have adapted western culture of drinking at home, starting to collect more good wine/sparkling/aged or select cask of single malt scotch at the corner bar, with very recently some new additions of CHOYA plum wine and Hendrick’s Gin from travelling

Yes, I did get hangover couple times, luckily were at home… finally realized there is also a fine line between 微醺/a slightly tipsy/bubbling and drunk silly, i.e., totally sh*t-faced; acknowledged that anything/everything is merely the media to the true being – it opens a gate/different dimension, enhanced different level/status of ourselves to be encountered with, while view things in different perspectives; presenting who we indeed are, whether we are happy/upset, energized/depressed, behave/rude, kind/mean of that moment/at that life stage

P.S. I was annoyed with myself at beginning, for not able to control myself drinking less the night before the hangover happened… while recalling memories however, all was fun with happiness; until that particular moment showed up one day, I sensed a sudden clear voice among the chaos, felt like a light shining out of all darkness around and I understood that I am actually able to embrace more than I was sober; so yes, the whole is more than the sum of its parts and I enjoy the simple casual island lifestyle at Boracay more

Further to share and make up for the missing Sep issue…

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous… uploaded two slide shows with latest pictures at Boracay

Best at Boracay

Boracay Sunset

Enjoy, my friend… oh BTW, BOO! Happy Halloween

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Timing

Timing is Everything

Stuck by rain in the house for a while… walking out, I do Not even need an umbrella, everything is back perfect again – another bright day with blue sky, gorgeous ocean right in front of me

Having a freshly made summer salad as snack… surrounded by nature sounds of big waves, strong winds through coconut trees, together with the lively drumbeat Jamaican background music, watching clouds flying high, I lost myself playing hide and seek with the naughty sunlight peeking through the trees for a moment

There are people behind murmuring the unpredictable weather… caught my attention and wondered these went out for sunshine yet ended up in rain would certainly Not appreciate the on off on off pattern, those lucky ones however, slowly walking by on the white beach, hand in hand with smiles on their faces, are enjoying sun bathing like nothing ever happened

Life is fair or not… I only know time is precious, certainly there is No time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this

 

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Ultimate Freedom

When we grow old, at one point we start to have strong consciousness, knowing exactly what we want/prefer… big as a lifestyle we desire, small as daily routines we formed in habits with time

By then, the Best and the most Comfortable way we live an easy and happy life… whether with parents, friends, or the beloved ones aside, is that no one ever tried to raise a finger pointing out or make a fuss about what we should do/obey/follow with; i.e., they allow us being who we are

And that, is true love… I believe – based on sufficient confidences built in a relationship with 100% acceptance of who we are

In another way, I call that is the ultimate Freedom in life… being instead of to be

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Only Better

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment

Jun 30 (Friday)… yap, it is half way through the year

Yet I have to admit it is a pretty awesome month… good business, nice travelling in Hong Kong for a quick break (checked the rooftop CÉ LA VI for cocktails during visit at Lan Kwai Fong with my husband hand in hand years after his proposal there), then friends are around while we are back at Boracay, chatting, dining, and drinking with lots of fun – balanced lifestyle

Oh yes, I watched Super 8 last night and one line caught my eyes, besides the quiet genuine smart boy Joe in the movie… he says ‘I know bad things happen. Bad things happen. But you can still live. You can still live

Indeed… sometimes, bad things happen, and we have to live with it; trying our best to deal with it, then move on

So here is a goodbye to June, Hello July

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Professionalism or Magic

Nature itself is the BEST physician

Welcomed lots of people onboard, and it does not matter where they are from, how nervous/uneasy they were at the very beginning, after sailing for a while, MAHAL (our 42ft Cruising Catamaran means LOVE) can always calm down people somehow… by the moment we say goodbye, each of them always expressed how grateful/thankful they are, for us as owners’ great company and genuine hospitality they felt all the way, and what a wonderful/great/memorable/fantastic/peaceful/surreal sailing experience in a lifetime they have indulged on their vacation at Boracay

Such a complimentary always makes me happy… that realized each of them finally have relaxed, unwired from the crazy/hectic/noisy/crowded outside world was upon/around them, connecting with the nature, felt the wind, the wave, and the surroundings around them, started to appreciate how beautiful the whole world is

then to be continued…. here is the April Chapter I promised

Blessed April
Good Things Take Time

Lucky me… willfully visiting parents on Good Friday of Apr 14, finally unexpectedly joined in the Philippines Product Presentation organized by the Tourism Promotions Board on Apr 19, meeting old and new media, airline, and agent friends in the travel trade industry, owner and executive sales teams of different resort/hotels, and travel and tours companies from various regions including Boracay, besides attended reception/farewell party after the sales presentation event, hugging old tourist attaché friend to say goodbye meanwhile shaking hands with the new appointed attaché, welcoming him to my city Shanghai and sending my best regards in person

Accordingly, I dropped by the Philippines Booth at the very first trade day of the World Travel Fair held in Shanghai Exhibition Center, networking with more field people while promo Boracay in the next day

Foodie like me, certainly would not miss the golden opportunity to explore more gourmet dining experiences in Shanghai… encountered the open terrace Calypso in Jing An Shangri-La after the show, companied parents for their desired Yunnan cuisine at Yunhaiyao(云海肴), later indulged both my husband and I in the new tiffany blue MAURYA for its authentically numbing and spicy Sichuan cuisine, not mentioning more exotic taste buds for XiangXi(湘西), and LouLan(楼兰)cuisine in South China while  I joined my husband on his business trip after Shanghai

Life is full of so much pleasant surprises… and I enjoy it

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Happy Energy

Travelling to Manila for couple days… while arrived at Caticlan airport, the security guy recognized me and greeted me warmly, ‘mam, see you again’, even by then he was busy with a big family group there; oh wow, Boracay energy has spread far to Caticlan now

Found the new gate & put myself through the security routine check… saw the green fresh Starbucks sign waving me with both tails; at my immediate approach I heard a group shouting, ‘Lilyan, mam Lilyan, lady L’, who? Where? And then, I found the whole team of Starbucks staffs behind counter at airport was happily seeing me there instead of greeting me at Boracay branch with their professionalism as before

Wow, what a small world… and how genuine hospitality and sincerity from human being could bring a Bright day right in front of you and yes, at that moment standing right there, I knew it gonna be a good trip even just for a quick break in Manila

Did all city chaos including shopping, dining, and entertaining in the middle of Makati… even no more InterContinental with familiar faces calling both my husband and me by names there; sad, yet it does start a new page for us to check out the rest brand hotels around my favorite Greenbelt area

At the last day after supper with my husband at German brotzeit, we are ready to be back Boracay for our simple and easy island lifestyle… quietly avoided a huge group chattering at the entrance of the Peninsula, the moment we stepped in the lobby, ‘Lilyan’, no way, I saw my long time no see friend from one of the luxury travel companies was there, because of the crowds waiting through security door checking outside

Such happy, and vivid energy all around… as I always believe, people to meet each other, whenever the time is right

 

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February Reality

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)
Boracay Cup Regatta on Feb 21-24

Asean Summit was here… local, and national police/security forces everywhere; walking out on the main road where all traffics of motorcycle/tricycle/e-trike/car/van/trucks and people are, it was obviously more organized and I do appreciate the Decent/Proper way Boracay occasionally like that, but it is Not real Boracay

Sipping coffee in my favorite spot on the White Beach… the green Algae is back yet, ocean stretching further offshore is still stunning, impressively beautiful/gorgeous as always – clear water with green-blue shades shining/blinking under the sun and then, couple Regatta yachts sail by with full sails up, sliding along the coastline smoothly while create an even more elegant background and I did enjoy, but it is Not real Boracay

Casual, Leisure, and Easy… those are the words to indeed describe the true Boracay; Genuine, Warm, and Open-minded… it is the people/community on the small tropical island living in a daily life, whenever face up to a situation whether good or bad, still smile, full of faith, knowing the Best is yet to come, that is real Boracay

White Beach_Boracay

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