The Philippines

January 24, 2012

A few weeks ago I learned that I would be having extra days off which would give me an extra, extra long weekend for the Lunar New Year.

In Korea, the Lunar New Year is commonly called 설날 (Seollal) and is the biggest holiday in Korea. This year New Years day was on January 23. Families spend time with each other, eat 떡국 (tteokguk; soup with sliced rice cake), and turn one year older. Considering that Koreans are born being age 1, I think that makes me 26 in Korean age. Yikes.

Anyway, I found out about this time off pretty last minute but was able to find a sweet deal on a flight to the Philippines! Flight was booked on Monday, and our flight left Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, we left Mokpo at around 10:30pm and arrived at the airport at around 2am. We planned to stay at a 찜질방 (jimjilbang; a bath house/sauna that has sleeping rooms) at the airport but it was all booked up! We had no choice but to find a bench and get some sleep before our 9am flight.

When we left Incheon, the temperature was just above freezing; When we landed in Kalibo, the temperature was somewhere around 30. 

From the airport in Kalibo, we took a scenic bus route to Caticlan which was driven by the Filipino Steve-O.

From Caticlan, we took a boat over to Boracay.

We made it to Boracay just in time to settle into our place (Blue Bayou) then head to the beach for dinner and drinks at a place called Jony's.

Our first day began with an amazing breakfast on the patio of our bungalow before heading to Bulabog Beach. Bulabog Beach is on the east coast of Boracay and is mainly used for kiteboarding and other water sports.

White Beach, on the other hand, is a beach on the west coast of Boracay that is ranked as one of the top beaches in the world. We spent much of the day on the beach; soaked up the sun and even got a massage on the beach.

We went to a Greek restaurant called Cyma for lunch.

Delicious gyros and roasted potatoes.

Afternoon drinks on the beach.

Oh the places you'll go...

This is where we were served dinner by the Filipino Edward Cullen.

Yummy chicken parm~

Day two...

We decided to head to Puka Beach which was a 20-minutes ride up from White Beach.

This beach is where many shells are found to make the local souvenirs.

No sooner did we get to the beach that it started to rain! 
We took shelter in a little shop for some fruit smoothies.

Lunch at 'Backyard BBQ' where Patti accidentally ordered pure pork fat - yummay...

Spent the rest of day two reading on the beach!

Dinner at a suave buffet on the beach.

Time to go home...

We were up and out of Boracay early on Sunday morning to catch our flight in the afternoon.

Although short-lived, our trip was amazingly spontaneous! Had the chance to enjoy some sunshine and amazing food.

In a few days I'll be heading to the airport to meet Matt! :) I'll have a week of classes to finish before he and I head off to Gyeongju and other places around Korea.

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