My favorite spot is… the white sand beach of Boracay.
My first trip to Boracay was during the 80’s. Having worked in an airline company, we’ve known about the island from the more adventurous friends of the mountaineering club. Boracay was virginal, exotic and serene. During that time, the only accommodation in the island were a few bahay-kubo or the nipa huts. Our bed is made of bamboo but we had clean and crispy bedsheets. There is no electricity as such only generators run the water pumps so we had enough supply of water especially in the bathroom. The sand is much more pristine that it glows and it is quite difficult to stare at it with naked eyes.
As the sun sets in, the caretaker will round all the huts and giving each one kerosene lamps for the night. We only hear the waves as we sleep. We buy our food which are freshly catched fishes from the local fishermen. The caretaker were gracious enough to cook the food for us for a small fee. There are no roads, instead only trails and pathways. We managed to take a hike in the island from end to end with just the locals as our guides. They are very hospitable and friendly. There are no jeepneys, no tricycles and no cars. Visitors in the island were mostly Europeans and at that time, we were the only Filipinos. Our playmates are the children of the locals as we frolic in the beach.
Fast forward… today, Boracay is crowded with tourists. There is a mall, ATM machines, electricity, hotels, resorts, roads, cars, jeepneys, tricycles, and internet cafe shops.
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