the sand sculptures
as expected, i did not sleep well on our first day in boracay. when i woke up the next morning, i was having some muscle pains in my arms and back. i was still sleepy but i willed myself to get out of bed. when i noticed that my cousin was already awake, i invited her to go with me outside, to check out if there are sand sculptures.(since, we did not see any sand sculptures on our first day there. mr. PA also mentioned that building sand sculpture is prohibited because it will ruin the sand. i don’t know if that is true.) good thing, we really woke up early. there was one sand sculpture left infront of la carmela. when we saw it, we got really excited so we really ran towards it. lol! if you want your picture to be taken together with the sand sculpture, you have to give a donation to the guys who made it.(any amount, but for foreigners, it will be 20pesos.)
piggin’ out early in the morning
when my cousin and i went back to our room, we immediately told my sister about the sand sculpture. we teased her that she must really be enjoying her vacation in boracay for all the exciting things that she did(sleeping). after freshening up and changing our clothes, we then went downstairs to eat our breakfast. since, la carmela only provided two breakfast buffet stubs, we decided to split the 220pesos payment for the extra person. when we arrived in the dining hall, there were no other people eating their breakfast. we were the last guest who haven’t taken their breakfast. we took as much food from the buffet table, never thinking if we could finish it or not. tsk…tsk…tsk… past 9am, one of the staff informed us that they will be cleaning the buffet table already so we should get some more food if we want to. so we did. hehehe! (kutob nato lunch nga kaon. lols! hahaha!)
after our piggin’ out session, we went back into our room to get some things then went to the beachfront to find mr. PA. on our way to the helmet diving booth, we reminded if of his promise with regards the henna tattoo. he told us a day before that, that he will do our henna tattoo for free but we will buy our own ink.(it will just cost 100pesos.) we told him that we want it to be done after the atv ride. he agreed to our request. (weeeehhh! loyal jud kaayo namo. hehehe! nadala sa among charm! lols!)
when we arrived at the helmet diving booth, we then payed the 700pesos fee and waited for awhile for the boat that will take us to the area where the helmet diving will be held.
upon arriving at the location, the first thing to be done is to listen to the guidelines to be discussed by one of the staff of shingley. while i was listening to all of the instructions that the manong was telling us. I got scared for myself. i was afraid of the pain that i will be feeling on my ear once i get down on the water. even though he gave us some instructions on how to stabilized the pressure, once we are under the water, i was still afraid. but nevertheless, i did not chickened out.
after choosing some footwear, it was time to go down. ate and i were the first two to go down. in the orientation, the manong told us that, upon putting on of the helmet, we should go down slowly so that we won’t be shock of the sudden change of the air pressure. but sad to say, once the helmet was put on us, the divers, under the water pulled us so fast. i was began to panic when i was already below because of the pain that i felt on my two ears. i kept signalling to the diver that i was not okay but he kept trying to straighten my legs so that i could stand. i tried standing up but i kept on wobbling because of the waves and because the helmet was so heavy. the diver helped me until i can finally stand and walk on my own. but the pain on my ears was still there. i kept on doing what the manong instructed us to do but to no avail. after a few times of trying, i noticed that i was doing it the wrong way. lols! instead of closing my mouth while blowing my nose, my mouth was open. hehehe! silly me! after doing it the right way, i was a little bit ok so i signaled the diver that i was already ok. but from time to time, i still did the blowing of nose thingy.
after a few minutes have passed and a few pictures was taken, i was beginning to feel nauseous and feel cold. i kept hoping for the activity to end soon. but i endured it. (sayang ang 700…hehehe!) so that i wouldn’t think of the cold and nauseous feeling, i busied myself in trying to hold the fishes that will swim infront of me. watching the fishes swimming, makes me think that i am watching a 3d film. even if the fishes looks like they are just near, when you try to hold them, you can’t hold them because they are still far. we were beginning to think that they aren’t real, not until the time that one of the divers gave us some piece of bread to feed to the fish. by that time, we really felt the fish munching the bread and our fingers. lols!
after the fish feeding, it was time to go up. again, the divers are in such of a hurry, they sent us back up so fast. tsk…tsk…tsk… i immediately, put on my cover up once i reached at the top. it was really so cold and the nauseous feeling worsened the situation plus the boat that will take us back to the shore took so long to arrive again. haiist!
by the time we got back to the shore, i kept thanking the Lord that i was okay regardless of the pains and uneasy feeling that i felt.
the atv ride experience
we promised, mr. PA that we will be doing the atv ride by 1pm. but because we were again leeching the wifi in mcdonald’s it was almost two when we got back to la carmela. hehehe!
after changing our clothes and putting on some sun block, we went back at the beachfront to look for mr. PA. he was still in the middle of finishing a henna tatto so he asked us to wait for a little bit. when he was already done, we then started to walk towards a corner to wait for the shuttle that will take us happy dreamland park.
happy dreamland park is an amusement park. they have lots of rides. but the rides were still close when we got there so we just took our pictures infront of the rides. hehehe! the atv ride is worth 400pesos but we payed for a total of 510pesos because we still have to pay for the entrance fee of the two places where we will be heading.
the first stop was the Everland Aviary Farm. i was a bit disappointed by what i saw in there because most of the birds were lovebirds which is very common. the only animals that i like in there were the parrots, peacock and peasant. i was also able to touch a big lizard. i forgot what kind of lizard it is. there was also an eagle wherein you can have your picture to be taken together with it.
after seeing all the animals in the farm we then headed to the Ocean Tower View Deck. Ocen Tower View Deck is just like the view deck of the chocolate hills where you have to climb a long stairs before reaching to the top. there, you can see the whole island of boracay and othere islands that is near boracay like romblon. we stayed there for about 20minutes then went back downstairs then head back to happy dreamland park.
i really enjoyed the entire atv ride to the extent that i want to own one. if only you are allowed to drive an atv in the road. well, maybe you could but you would look weird.
when we got back to happy dreamland park. i then asked mr. PA of the location of the trick museum. i so wanted to go there. i almost back out when i knew the price that you have to pay for you to enter inside. you have to shell out 160pesos for you to get inside. well, it was worth it. there were a lot of 3d pictures where you can have your picture to be taken. it took us an hour to tour around the whole museum.
after we were satisfied, we headed back to la carmela. on our way back, we finally asked mr. PA’s name. hehehe! well, i did not read his business card. there was no need for me to read his business card because he was always infront of la carmela hotel. hehehe!
henna tattoo, dinner and more
when we were already infront of la carmela, Ronnel then bought the ink for the henna tattoo. while waiting for him, ate bought some barbecue and rice to eat. when she went back on where we were sitting, she then told us to buy some too, it will be our dinner. my cousin and i were dumbfounded because earlier she mentioned that she wants us to eat our dinner in shakeys. she wants to eat there because she wants to eat carbonarra. she then began to laugh and said, “sagdi nalang gud. kani nalang atong dinner. palit namo kaw, samtang wala pato siya naabot.” haiist! pinaka wala juy klaro sa tanan. we willingly followed her instruction. we don’t really mind since it wasn’t really our plan at the first place to eat in shakeys.
by the time ronnel went back, we were in the middle of eating our dinner so my cousin offered him one of the barbecue she bought. then he told us this, “huwag kayong kung saan-saan lang bibili ng pagkain. baka malason kayo.” WHAT!? we almost finished our food and that’s the only time you’re doing to mention that to us? he just laughed!
after the henna session, we decided to go back to our hotel room to change, get a little rest before we will go swimming then go to a bar to party as we have agreed. but again, ate didn’t wake up. i told my cousin that we will just let her sleep. we left her there while we went out to go swimming. it was our last night in boracay and we haven’t gone swimming in la carmela’s swimming pool which is the very reason why we chose la carmela among the many hotels in boracay. the water and the wind was so cold. but after some time you will already get used to the cold. after a few minutes of swimming in the pool we decided to go to the shore. since, there were no other people swimming in the sea, we decided to do a pictorial with just our swimsuit. hehehe! after a few shots were taken, we decided to go back to our room to freshen up and try to wake up ate so that we can already go partying. but then she didn’t wake up. so again my cousin and i decided to just leave her there while we go strolling.(we took the key and left it at the front desk. so there was no electricity inside the room. hehehe!) we just went to a certain restaurant and ordered spaghetti and a shake while listening to the music being played from a nearby disco bar. after an hour, we decided to go back to our room and call it a day. we have to wake up early the next day because we have to leave early. on our way back, we saw some guys who were building some sand sculptures so we waited for them to finish their masterpiece and took some pictures before going back to the hotel.
by the way if you will go to boracay and you want to try the different water sports and other activities that they are offering you can contact ronnel francisco with this contact information.
cell #: 09195069674+FB:
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