New Boracay

Oct 31, Wednesday… the last day of October; Happy Halloween my friend

Another year is almost passing by… glad the bonus of a half-year vacation happened earlier due to Boracay shutdown, allowing my husband and I both finally to take a deep breath, stop, and smell the roses again

After moving in a much more private place with gorgeous white beach view, we took our time settling in, then started travelling… both visited his families in USA and I have been back in Shanghai visiting my parents a couple times; we certainly appreciate each other more, while getting along well with each other – communications are picking up significantly and all those misunderstandings, and frustrations built up in the past are given enough time for detailed explanations while settled down

Also because of the unexpected pause in life, I finally figure out what I really want/desire… let go of MAHAL Sailing, for it is originally my husband’s dream, allowing him to take over while run his authentic American Style from the re-opening of Boracay; and I, focus on my favorite white beach, sharing real passion for a genuine Boracay Lifestyle with visitors from all over the world

Yes, it is the lifestyle, a true lifestyle… we chose Boracay, at the very beginning, from Shanghai all the way here; gave up promising careers, and hot money we are making, in exchange for fresh air, Caribbean like ocean, warm hospitality communities with friendship, and all-time simple happiness around the small tropical island

And thanks to a new era of Boracay, awaken and inspired me to launch Boracay Lifestyle Club for sincere congratulations on its Oct 26 re-opening… I can imagine myself greeting people on the soft gentle sand beach, entertaining them to personally customized venue from select wining and dining locations, sharing latest gourmet from my super picky yet honest foodie taste, while proudly presenting the Best of the Best from the Paradise under Sun, chit chatting and hopefully making friends in the background of unearthly beauty for their Dream Vacation in a Lifetime; how cool is that?

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Home Sweet Home

Another day waking up with No power… but the buzzing of the generator running in the background

We are lucky… left Boracay early this month to USA for family visit, while leisurely stayed in Makati for couple days on both ways back and forth; heard there was scheduled power off almost daily in the past 2 weeks

Could not imagine life with humming noises all day long… I remember how Peaceful the moment we are back home, staring at the sapphire crystal-clear ocean, greeted by the soft sound of the water from white beach and gentle wind whispering through the trees, then birds chirping occasionally for welcoming

The whole journey is eventful with love, care, friendship and kindness… yet still, east or west, home is the Best

P.S. walking on the Station 3 main road from home… the road is nicely widened, while troops of construction workers are climbing high for the installation of brand-new telegraph poles along the roadside; I have been witnessing any tiny bit of the improvements happening on the island since the Apr shutdown, and hopefully, you all have the faith that Boracay is getting Better with time even it is going slow

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Best of Boracay

Almost 4month shutdown… staffs at remaining restaurants appeared happier, grateful that constructions on the white beach path are quickly recovered after piles of pipes vanished beneath

Motorcycles showed up on the white beach path… thankfully they are temporary, as for the conveniences of locals back and forth doing daily chores due to ongoing widespread devastation on the main road

Every night I hear distant sound of heavy machines from the main street… knowing construction workers are still there hard working while most of us are resting – thumbs up for them, they are the ones in the progress of making Boracay a Better place each day

After all, locals are back in enjoying the simple and quiet island life belonged to them long before the booming tourist industry taking over… beach jogging, bicycling, dog walking, family playing, together with shoreline fishing, badminton, and chess etc, of those activities I barely saw here and there before

It is the Best moment to embrace Boracay now… all we have heard about the old charming Boracay back then, is unbelievably resurged here with great facility of a modern life needs

P.S. so used to the serenity on the island currently, we begin to wonder whether would easily adapt the crowded beach with tons of noises whenever Boracay re-opens… or we might worry too much, pros and cons as always, surely there would be more options for quality dining and wining, besides vibrant beach ambiance with lots of energy floating in the air for exchange by then; so, looking forward to it

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One Step Closer

Continual on and off weather recently, and the sound of the waves seemed getting extremely loud… the ocean is calling, so I ventured out in pouring rain

Weather does not bother me anymore… after living on a tropical island for almost 9 yrs, besides running the only luxury sailing business at Boracay which constantly, I need take care of guests from all over the world personally onboard, which made me much tougher/stronger with time

Considering ongoing constructions not only on main road but also on the white beach path, I chose walking along the shoreline this time… the moment I set my bare feet on the soft pure white sand, holding a big umbrella in my hand from the heavy rain (well, that is a first time), I am totally carried away by the gorgeous emerald green of the ocean color which changed once again, after days of dripping

No people in sight, but the stunning white beach completely private, stretching miles away in front of me… step by step, genuine happiness is bursting out, together with the vivid memory of why Boracay is Boracay, a magic island suited to everyone whether single, couple, family or group, rich or poor, kids, adults, or oldies, all equally enjoy and have a good time on the Paradise under Sun, is recalled

Now based on the official announcement of the re-opening of Boracay on Oct 26 (Friday), the whole island is on the countdown… with men team work lying pipes under and women on the other side, are sweeping the sand and cleaning the beach front, we know Boracay is Better day by day

P.S. with less and less dining and wining options available on the island, the bonding atmosphere however, at remaining few restaurant/bars between a handful of staffs and showed up guests who continued supporting local business like us, is getting warmer as a big family… it is a great time making new friends while understanding more with old friends, isn’t it?

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Beginning and the End

Jul 4, Independence Day of USA… married to an American almost 15years ago, it is for sure an excuse to get out and celebrate at beach front of Boracay

Unfortunately, my husband was busy that day morning… yet I did get inspiration from our small conversation and made my mind to support local American’s business and drink coffee at a different location at White Beach that day

Stepping out, and jumping into a tricycle… observing continued progresses made on the main road by those days and nights’ hard-working construction workers in the past couple days; walking towards white beach after the ride, passing by blocks and blocks of demolished/empty/locked down building/structures, I felt myself stepping into surreal movie sets which normally existed in sci-fi movie about future only

Visiting my parents in Shanghai meanwhile stuffing myself with all kinds of gourmet and the freshest fruits such as big juicy peaches in season… I came back to Boracay around the end of the month

More raining at nights and on off on off weather comparing before… when the sun is out however, it is still warm and the whole island is back in full color, refreshed with brightness and vividness and Boracay remains beautiful

Sometimes I wonder, whether the nature does not change after all and the only part changed, is the heart, personal feeling/sense attached to it?

Then one night I walked out for sunset after return… realizing lots of constructions are even on the white beach walking path; taking tricycle from D’ Mall after dinner, the main road in the dark became surprisingly strange with huge pipes, and left right ditches all over the places; my heart was sinking at that moment and for the first time ever I felt the pain, how much the small tropical island has been suffering from, for the tourist business of the future

But I do understand if there is no struggle, there is no progress… just because the process hurts, does not mean the results won’t be promising and as long as Boracay is getting better, I send my Best regards to its future, with unshakable faith

P.S. today is Jul 26, Thursday… 3months shutdown for now and serious construction works are spreading all over the island and fortunately, locals are adapting well with peace and their inherent primitive strength and easy-going attitude; all in all, it is a simple island lifestyle we have chosen from the very beginning and with fewer people and abundant nature around for these days, it is ultimately a precious life stage blessed unexpectedly

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Summer Vacation

No, I did not walk out of the house during the weekend of Jun 23… there was super loud music with groups’ cheers and DJ playing since that Saturday night, followed by very unusual beach crowds’ noises (especially for shutdown moment) with kids playing/screaming in the background of the whole Sunday, besides heavy bass boom boom music lasted till early morning of Monday of Jun 25

Recalling every time when a cruise ship arrived at Boracay, how overwhelming/chaos the main street and whole white beach front were… packed/buzzed by groups and groups of people on a once a week schedule and no, I was still not ready to face up with hustle from the blessing quiet/leisure/peaceful vacation time yet; over two months shutdown for now and my husband and I both are just settled in the new house, slowly getting familiar with the new neighborhood day by day

Found out it was San Juan Festival (celebrated with vigorous and boisterous street dancing, parades, and concerts) for local communities gathering together every Jun 24 in the entire Philippines… glad everyone out there had a good time over the weekend

Also, did you know… that Boracay itself is taking a break for vacation during this shutdown as well? So far with gentle wind and calm waves in most time, all of us have chosen staying on the small tropical island are lucky enough witnessing/embracing the miracle while half the year is gone

 

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Habagat is Here

Start wondering why I am out… few people around, and now only handful of restaurants and bars open for dining/snacking/drinking options; no eye candy but big waves running/racing to shore, pushing sand back to where they were belonged

Closer to nature, I guess… instead of admiring varieties of prettiness of ocean of white beach side from high above daily, I still need put feet in the water occasionally while listening to the infinite symphony of the wind wave bird chirping and tree dancing

‘Lonely’, it is a word surprisingly from a waitress at a white beach front coffee shop that day however, shocked me a bit… as I thought staffs working hard in the past would totally appreciate/embrace the golden opportunity, to finally indulge themselves in this super leisure moment/pace of the life, spending more time with beloved family

Guess I am wrong… too many suffered pay cut or lost job, or people nowadays only care about how much they can make, simply not used to cherish what they have at the moment

Oh BTW, Habagat (southwest monsoon) arrived at the night of Jun 1, and amazingly stayed since… Boracay was then thoroughly washed out with days of tail effect from a furious tropical storm, big waves and strong wind appeared and indeed helped accelerate the restoration of white beach coastline; and as you know, once the weather passed away, the stunning beauty of the island continues as a wow

P.S. FIFA world cup started at 11pm on Jun 14 and what a soundly 5-0 start the host Russian has set… perfect time to watch live game/matches with real time cheers for the goal/score 😉

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