The World of Ukay-ukay

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“What is that strange sound you are making? Ukay-ukay?”

This is probably one of the comments you will receive if you say, “ukay-ukay” out loud.

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Isla de Gigantes – Part II

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After traveling to some beautiful places around the Philippines since our trip to Isla de Gigantes, I still can’t help comparing everything to it. Perhaps it was fact that we had no expectations for the trip, or the fact that we had beautiful beaches all to ourselves or the fact it was actually sunny (!!)…I’m not sure.

But while looking through our photos, I realized that I only gave you a small taste of Isla de Gigantes in my previous post. Here are some more photos to help you understand why I can’t get this place out of my head.

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Bustling Boracay

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This photo is a bit of a lie. No it’s not photo shopped, but we had to take advantage of the moment it started raining, as that was when the beach cleared of all the people.

Boracay was PACKED. I have never seen so many people on a stretch of beach, especially as there was no special occasion such as New Years Eve. In some ways, lucky it rained one day so we could have the beach all to ourselves. And swimming in the rain is always a beautiful experience.

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We took it easy during our weekend in Boracay, and I guess the rain helped make that happen. Massages on the beach, stand-up paddling boarding, swimming, eating good food and a little visit up to Mt. Luho. If you strip away all the people, all the bright lights and the selfie-stick wielding tourists, White Beach really is a beautiful beach.

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I never hesitated to go to Boracay because it was “so amazing” and “the best island in the world” they all said, so I guess I can now say that I’ve been there, but not sure if I am rushing to go back. My friend suggested to go just after summer as the rates are cheaper and the beach is empty (emptier). I’ll have to take his advice!

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Must dos that we did:

  • Lemoni Cafe – great food and great price. Reminds me of the amazing breakfasts we have in Australia – located in D’Mall at Station 2.
  • Jonah’s Fruit Shake bar – fresh shakes with unique combinations. You can get them with or without milk – located on the beach at Station 1 and is the perfect place to watch the sunset!
  • Mt Luho – Boracay’s highest point which has great views over both sides of the island. You can catch a tricycle or jump on an ATV.
  • Stand-up Paddle boarding – which can turn into surfing when some waves whip up in the afternoon.
  • Island-hopping – which actually didn’t eventuate for us because of the rain. Although, we bargained a php2000 private tour for a whole morning which we thought was pretty good.