Over the weekend, our family went to Boracay Island for a brief breather. It was also the first family get together since the death of our grandmother and grandfather earlier this year.
FRIDAY – November 09, 2012
Our flight is supposed to be at 6:00 p.m. But due to air traffic congestion, unavailability of airplane parking and many more hiatus at NAIA Terminal Three, we were able to board the aircraft at 7:00 p.m.
Upon arrival at Kalibo, we were met with rain showers and a wet, pseudo-flooded airport. Surely, Kalibo International Airport is an international airport. The government ought to improve its facilities and services.
Since it’s late already, we went home. My parents hailed from Makato, Aklan and they were there to met us. Upon arriving home, dinner was gobled, “pasalubong” were distributed and while some of us immediately dozed off to dream land, I had a long chat with a little cousin and by 12:00 midnight was asleep.
Saturday – November 10, 2012
Wake up time was at 4:00 a.m. since the van will be picking us up at 5:00 a.m. As usual, I woke up ten minutes before 5:00 so i just freshen up and rode on the bus.
The ride from home to Caticlan Jetty Port was already a bonding moment for the family, with the two youngest kids making the most of the noise.
Upon arrival at the Jetty Port, my temper started to rise up. We are being obliged to pay the Terminal Fee of Php 100.00. We told the ladies in charge that we are local Aklanons but they won’t believe us because some of my cousins, though they know how to speak Aklanon has that “tagalog accent.” To make things fast, we paid the required terminal fee.
In Boracay, we stayed in Quenns Beach Resort, in Station III. The resort has good services and facilities, it’s literally beach front and the staff are accomodating. They even have the tolerance to answer all the “whys?” my three year old cousins can think of.
The only thing that almost ruined that stay in the island is the very expensive terminal fee. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind paying it, if only I can see where it is being used. But seeing all the waste scattered in the island, seriously, a hundred pesos terminal fee??!
We were also able to experience (again!) the Banana Boat Ride. And since my tita is such a good haggler, we were able to get it for Php 200.00/head. It was a treat.
At night, my cousins decided to party at Summers Place while I dozed off to dreamland.
Sunday – November 11, 2012
I woke up early and decided to take a stroll at the sea shore with my little cousin, who is in a hot pursuit for a taho vendor.
We left the island at 12:00 noon. By 2:30 p.m., we are at Kalibo International Airport already. It was such a hassle to check in and proceed at the pre-departure area since the airport catered to more than four airline but it’s check in area is so small.
And then again, our flight back to Manila is delayed.