Life in the Fast Lane


Water Baby

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Apologies for being an inconsistent blogger yet again. Life got in the way. By "Life", I mean family-related events, a lot of work, a TVC shoot, weekend bike rides and most recently, our office's trip to the beautiful island of Boracay.

I'm pretty sure that, by now, almost everyone in the world knows of Boracay. There may be people in far-flung places who don't know what Manila is, but they'd probably recognize the word "Boracay". Of course they would. After all, it was recently named the "second best beach in the world".

With its extremely fine white sand (seriously, walking on Boracay sand feels like walking on milk or cream powder; soft and cool to the touch even at 12 noon), aqua-colored water, a host of water sports activities to boast of and a nightlife that anyone would want to participate in, Boracay remains to be one of the favorite destinations of us locals and foreign tourists.

One of my first pictures when I set foot in that island. Paradise!

Boracay, however, holds a special place in my heart not only because of the aforementioned reasons. Decades ago, Aklan (Boracay is located in this province) was recognized as a separate province by my maternal grandfather, Godofredo P. Ramos. That's why the airport in Caticlan (the island right across Boracay) is named the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport. Trivia!

The airport back in 2009. Currently, it is undergoing renovation.

One of the things that I really enjoyed about this trip with my officemates was the fact that the water and I got to be reunited once more.

See, I'm such a water baby that I need to swim in a pool on a regular basis (I do laps in our neighborhood pool and whenever my best friend invites me over to her house, we always hang in her pool first). Regular beach trips aren't as feasible, though, since it's so hard to find people who are available to join me on given weekends. It was already the last week of April (our summer months are from March to May) and this was my first – and so far, only – beach trip.

Still, I made the most of it.

Firstly, I finally got to experience what helmet diving was all about. Basically, you gather a group of people and ride a bangka to the middle of the sea, get off at a makeshift dock where you get briefed on how to breathe inside these metal helmets, you're accompanied as you descend 16 feet, and you feed the fish and walk among corals for 30 minutes underwater.

Needless to say, I had a blast!

I felt like I was home, for some reason. Being all the way down there was incredibly natural to me.

Secondly, I snorkeled the morning away on our second day. A group of us went island hopping and there were opportunities to snorkel on specific islands. I was probably the one who stayed in the water the longest. It came to a point where my officemates had to shout for me to swim back because the bangka was already leaving.

A photo of me looking for my next underwater subject, taken by my boss.

Thanks to my abovementioned best friend, who's also a water baby, for letting me borrow her Olympus underwater camera. I hope to have my own someday (*cough*CanonD10*cough*).

Lastly, I didn't stop swimming, whether I was in open water or the hotel's swimming pool.

Swimming in Boracay's turquoise sea on the first day.

In the pool with fellow copywriter Nicole in the afternoon of the second day.

An obligatory handstand in the middle of nowhere on our third and last day.

As a bonus, Boracay's sunsets are some of the best I've ever seen.

I hope that I can still sneak in another beach trip before summer bids us farewell and the rains make an appearance. After all, there are so many beaches in this country that I've yet to set foot on.

'Til my next visit, Boracay. I had a blast!

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