My Boracay Summer 2018 6-Day Itinerary

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Probably you are wondering why of all the places to go this summer, why did I choose Boracay despite of the negative issues? Well, I already planned this trip as early as August and I already have booked our roundtrip flights and transfers via BPHT.  Boracay is one of my favorite summer destinations– the primary reason why I decided to have the our 6-day summer vacation there is the awesome powdery white sand beach.  There is something enigmatic with this paradise– something unexplainable that makes me keep coming back.

Supposedly, I have an important even scheduled on the 30th of April, but it was rescheduled due to some problems.  Since the trip was already prepared, all I need is to enjoy this long vacation before I finally face work this summer.

I would like to take advantage of our long stay, that is why 3 different hotels were lined up for my hotel review.  Here is the 6-day itenerary for my summer vacation.

April 29, 2018

-Depart from Manila to Caticlan

I chose to have a morning flight to enjoy the rest of the day.  This time, not only hubby and I will travel, but my family members as well.  They will be in another plane via Kalibo in the afternoon.

boracay airport

-Check in to Fairways & Blue Water.


-Tour of Fairways & Blue Water for my hotel review.  I alloted the whole day just to roam around the place and see their different pools, restaurants, and other facilities.  I will also check their spa for my Spa Detective Series.

– Night stroll @ White Beach (take out of dinner and buying of grocery                                      supplies).


April 30, 2018-

-Restaurant Review

– Morning walk @ White Beach

– Private island Hopping @ 1pm


-Dinner and review of Mama’s Fish House

May 1, 2018       –

-Horseback Riding

– Transfer to Azalea Residences and hotel review

– LABORACAY celebration and feature

-family dinner and restaurant review

May 2, 2018 

-breakfast and restaurant review

– Parasailing

-Tirta Spa Review (for my Spa Detective Series)

treatment preparation

-dinner and restaurant review

May 3, 2018          –  Transfer to Estacio Uno

estacio uno seaside

-Terra Wellness Spa Review  (for my Spa Detective Series)

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-dinner and Restaurant Review

May 4, 2018 

-Last stroll in the island

-Depart from Caticlan to Manila

NOTE:  This is not yet final and could be updated for changes.  For suggestions of activities or place that you would like me to review, OR for collaborations, please contact me @




TBIP’s Relaunch @ 2018

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Happy New Year, everybody!  Let us welcome 2018 with GOOD VIBES and with that, I would like to share with you some achievements I had in 2017 and updates for TBIP’s relaunch on April 30, 2018.



Since I started blogging 11 years ago, I’ve been using different websites and different names, but in 2017, I finally decided to stick with WordPress and change MY BARBIE WORLD to THE TRAVEL BLOGGER IN PINK.


With my stressful work as an educator and blogger, I was able to establish my beauty routine.  Thanks to Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge Marcos Highway and Nailaholics Spa & Nail Salon Metroeast Branch.

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TBIP continues to share various contents to our followers and readers.  Though, there were changes with my original Baguio itinerary, it was still successful.  Big thanks to the following:

  1.  Belfrei Spa (CJH Branch)
  2.  JIC Baguio English Academy
  3.  Baguio Red Station
  4.  Le Vain Bakery
  5.  Cafe Lusso
  6.  Samgyeop Pocha Korean Restaurant
  7.  Sage Cafe
  8.  Route 55



On October 30, 2018, TBIP will have its formal relaunch @ Mama’s Fish House (beachfront) in Diniwid Beach, Boracay Island.  We will have live IG and FB coverage and exclusive posts about this event.

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To celebrate this, PRASHANT SPA (A Tirta Spa Brand) offers 40% of their rates to the spectators since that will be open to everyone as this will be held in the beachfront of Diniwid beach (Laboracay week).  We will distribute the brochures on the said event.  You may also send a message to jasmine@thetravelbloggerinpink so I can send you the coupon and brochure.

We hope to see you there on our special event.  For collaborations or if you would like to take part in our event, please shoot me a quick email.


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Boracay Activities with BPHT (The Island Hopping Experience)

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Our Boracay 2017 Getaway is the best that I had ever because I carefully planned about it.  I  scheduled the Boracay activities on our 3rd day because I wanted to have all the time for ourselves and to feel relaxed on our last day.   We started with the zipline at 10am then we headed to Station 2 with Armel (our Guide from BPHT) and waited for our private boat. 

the view zipline

Island hopping is really recommended for those who would like to explore and enjoy Boracay.  Before, I didn’t want to engage in this activity- I felt like this is a waste of time but thanks to BPHT my perspective has changed.   

You can opt to book this by group (with other tourists) — or you can have a private boat.  I prefer having a private boat so you can control your time.  You can even  tell the boatman which places would you like to visit and you don’t have to wait for the other passengers.    You can bring your own lunch because the free lunch buffet is only for group island hopping.  We bought lunch in Andok’s and just had lunch when the boat stopped by Crocodile Island.

before the island hopping

At Station 2 while waiting for our private boat

The sight of the tranquil sea made me forget all my troubles even for just a while.  I felt like a kid again– amazed to see the different attractions.

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group of tourists

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Turtle Island

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Aqua Fun

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Crystal Cove

I chose not to stop by Crystal Cove anymore because it will consume our time (but I promise that I will be back!) ; instead, we just had a tour enjoyed the different places.

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Aron’s Magic Island


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We were amazed to see vendors in the sea:  first one was the coconut vendor.  We bought 3 pieces of coconuts for P100.

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Buko for sale

The second one that we saw was the ice cream vendor.

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When we were near Crocodile Island, we stopped by to snorkel.  At first, I was hesitant to jump into the water but the boatmen assured me that I will be safe.   I saw the amazing view under the sea- the coral reefs and the colorful fishes.   






Our last destination was the Puka Beach- it is smaller than the White Beach but the sand is not as fine as what they have there.

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in Puka Beach

We lined up just to take photos here- a proof that we have been in Puka Beach!

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After that, we had a 15 minute swim before we finally go back to the boat.

shane puka beach


Thanks to our boatmen who were with us for 2 to 3 hours  (who also served as our tour guide and photographer) 

private island hopping

To book Boracay’s activities like island hopping, zipline, parasailing, etc. you may contact BPHT directly.


Manggayad Main Road, Talipapa Bukid

Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan

Phone Number:  (036) 272- 1226

Mobile Numbers:  Smart (0920) 126 0307

 Globe:  (0977) 173 8552


Disclosure:  This activity was complimentary; however, alll the opinions in this blog post are my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.


My Boracay 2017 Getaway (Day 2)

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Of all our Boracay trips, we felt that our last Boracay trip was the best.  Our first day in Boracay went well- we were able to explore DSB, rest, swim, walk, have dinner and have our night swimming 🙂  For day 2, of course, we knew that we had to be productive also.  As early as 4am, I was up and we prepared, sorted, and packed the clothes back in the luggages for our early check out at 11am.


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at the veranda


The pool was inviting me to have my morning swim but we decided to have our breakfast first before having our planned activities.  It’s a good thing that Discovery Shores offer their breakfast buffet for their guests at 6am.  

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breakfast @ The Sand’s Bar

After breakfast, we headed to the beachbeds in the beachfront to relax for a while and to have a quick morning swim. 

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ready for the morning swim

After the morning swim, we headed back to the room to get ready for our Mermaid Photo Op.

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Our scheduled meet-up was 9 am and we were advised to go there 30 minutes before.  I thought it was just a short walk , but I was wrong.   Shane was feeling lazy at that time to walk and was irritated at the same time because of the heat.  While we were walking along White Beach, we passed by Estacio Uno.  I really missed the seaside suite that we have stayed in last summer and I promised myself that we will definitely go back.


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Estacio Uno

Finally, we reached Fisheye Divers beside Starbucks Coffee to meet the mermaid swimming instructor.  After signing the agreement, choosing and fitting our tails, we had our photoshoot.  


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with the mermaid instructor 

mermaid by the seashore

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After the photoshoot, we fixed our things and checked out of DSB.  The concierge service arranged for our private tricycle going to Tirta Spa for my Anti-time treatment.



The Tirta Spa entrance

foot ritual ginger tea

the traditional foot wash

treatment preparation

my Anti-time facial and body treatment

After the treatment, I felt rejuvenated and because I just wanted to have that unique glow in my skin for the rest of the day, I decided not to take a shower or have an afternoon and midnight swim.   We went back to DSB and they dropped us to True Home Hotel for free.  (The only trouble we had was waiting for almost an hour because the DSB staff brought our luggages in the airport by mistake).


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the smooth check-in process with True Home Hotel

After checking in, we just decided to put our luggages in the room,  let our daughter have her afternoon swim and catch the beautiful sunset in the beachfront.


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beautiful sunset


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shane's afternoon swim


Because it was getting dark, we walked from Station 1 to the D’Mall to find an inexpensive restaurant. Luckily, there was a vacant table and chairs for us in SMOKE Restaurant!   (This is one of my favorite restaurants in Boracay because the foods are reasonably priced and best of all– delicious!)

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Shane’s Burger Steak

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Hubby’s Spicy Chicken

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My chicken Barbecue 🙂


After dinner, we bought some “pasalubongs”  like ref magnets, pair of earrings and bracelets.  We also went to the grocery store to buy coffee and chips.


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Hubby shopping for ref magnets

After the long walk back to True Home Hotel, we decided to sleep early for another set of activities the following day.   We joined Shane in the living room because the aircon in our bedroom wasn’t working 😦


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We had a lot of activities, but we were not exhausted– it was indeed a PRODUCTIVE DAY!



Discovery Shores: Is it Worth Every Penny? (Part 2)

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In my previous blog post, I have shown some  photos of our Junior Suite room and the amenities in DSB.  If you are paying for a fortune per day, you should be satisfied with your room and you should get the BEST service.  In this article, I will share about my experience and observations in my 3 days and 2 nights stay in DSB.  

Compared to other hotels, you can’t ask for anything more in DSB— everything that you need is almost there (the cafes, the library/business center, kid’s room, spa, fitness center, etc.)  Best of all, I like the swimming pool with lounge chairs and the beach beds in the beachfront.   

view of the pool


pool lounge chairs


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 The junior suite room was OKAY, but I was never delighted like the way we felt when we saw our seaside room in Estacio Uno.  I think the room is not worth the price 😦

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In our second day, I requested the staff to keep our luggages after checking out because we had to go to Tirta Spa at 12 noon.  (We had to check out because we booked True Home in our second day, but we will be back in DSB the following day).  I have explained that to the front desk and we were expecting that when we came back from Tirta Spa, we will just head to True Home Hotel.    When we got back to DSB and we were asking for our luggages and service to True Home Hotel, we were informed that the staff were able to put our luggages in the van and they were already in the airport.  We waited for almost one hour for our luggages to arrive 😦   We couldn’t afford to get mad because they were apologetic and we couldn’t do anything that time but to wait. 


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after checking out and before we go to Tirta Spa


When we checked in again to DSB the following day,  everything went well.  I sent a text message to them to pick up our luggages in True Home Hotel while we were out for our island hopping activity.  I also asked the front desk officer to send the driver to True Home Hotel to pick us up after our activity and we were able to check in without any problem.  We were welcomed by Patricia and she informed us that we are still going to stay in the same room.  


Patricia, the front desk officer who welcomed us


So when we got back to our room, I can say I missed their welcome treats, freebies and amenities.

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their free palitaw


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Shane’s kiddie towel

Shane attended the activity for Kids @ 4pm – that day, they played dodge ball.  While she was playing with the other kids, we went to the library to check in online and print our board passes for our flight the following day.

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the toys in the Kids’ Room



What we like about DSB is that they are offering the complimentary breakfast for their guests as early as 6am.  There are various foods to choose from and we didn’t have any complain with the taste.  Their pineapple juice is made from real pineapple 🙂


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breakfast in the Sand’s Bar

During our stay in DSB, we were able to unwind– we just ask the staff to bring us water.  We felt secured because we knew that even when we go for a swim and leave our valuables on the beach bed, we won’t lose those.  Also, the staff only allow guests to occupy their beach beds in the beachfront– you have some sort of privacy.  We also appreciated the hassle-free transfers from the hotel to the airport.  



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What else should be improved?  Every time we go down or go back to our room,  we couldn’t figure out where the foul smell comes from.



So, are we going to come back?  Honestly, I’m NOT sure.  Estacio Uno is less expensive but the suite is damn better;  however, roundtrip transfers are not included and there are no lounge chairs in the pool area.  

Will I recommend DSB to travelers?  YES (if you can afford) but if you are considering your budget, there are still other options 🙂

A Day As a Mermaid

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One of my childhood fantasies is to become a mermaid– and I was ecstatic when I was given a chance to fulfill that fantasy.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I can never forget and it was made possible by the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy.    

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I booked for a Mermaid Photo Op for me and my daughter Shane (total of P2,100 ) through Go Discover Travel’s website.  The package includes tail rental for 30 minutes with a guide who will assist you in the photoshoot.   (You have to bring your own camera).   I was instructed to proceed to fisheye Divers in Station 1 beside Starbuck’s Cafe for the meet-up. 

with the mermaid instructor

Upon arrival, we were welcomed by the Mermaid swimming instructor and she asked me to sign the agreement/waiver.  Basically it was just about taking care of the mermaid tails– if you were able to damage those, you have to pay P1,000 per tail.


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I signed the agreement 

After signing the agreement, I was asked to choose the color of the tails.  Luckily, I had the pink one 🙂

choosing the tails

choosing the tails

getting ready for the mermaid experience

Getting ready for the photoshoot 

We started with the two of us  followed by the individual photoshoot.   There were two photographers at that time (hubby used the camera and the mermaid instructor used my phone).  The instructor was the one who directed the poses (She was really patient in teaching us and dealing with Shane’s tantrums at that time).


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mermaids sideways




mermaid sunbathing


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shane front


mermaid by the seashore


It was an unforgettable experience because you can keep the photos and show those to your grandchildren that once you have experienced to become a mermaid.  Another thing that made it memorable was that the photoshoot was done in the crowded area of the beach.  We felt uncomfortable at first because we were watched by people (locals and foreigners) and they even took pictures of us.  


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A Korean asked to have a photo taken with me 🙂

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If you are interested to have this kind of experience, you may book directly to their website: .  





Tirta Spa Homestay: A Hidden Haven In Boracay

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If you are in Boracay to unwind and you need a serene place to stay— away from the loud noise and distractions, Tirta Spa Homestay is exactly the one that you are looking for!   Tirta Spa is known as the best spa in Boracay but only few people know that inside the property lies a hidden haven for tourists.  15-20 minutes from the main road, you can easily access the place by hiring a private tricycle.   In my recent visit to Tirta Spa, I was given a chance to have a tour here.  

The house is located atop Prashant Spa.  When the glass door was opened, we were openmouthed-  this is even more luxurious than what we saw in other hotels and the best part is it is even more affordable.   During the tour, we really couldn’t help but to admire everything–

        Here in Tirta Homestay, guests may use the living room, kitchen and dining area;  however, they are expected to maintain the cleanliness of the place.



the living room


the dining area



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view from the veranda (in the second floor)

There are two rooms to choose from: the Deluxe room-Queen and the Premium loft-King.



This is perfect for couples and probably one kid


the daybed

de luxe toilet

the toilet

Room rates (room only for 2 people)

P2,980 + Non Peak Season  (June 15- Sept. 30)

Extra person- P1,200

P3,500 + – Peak Season (Oct 1- June 15)

Extra person, P1,500

P4,000 + HIgh Peak Season (Dec 20- Jan 20 & Chinese New Year

P6500 +Super High Peak (Dec 30- Jan. 5)

Extra person:  P2,500

to the loft room

to the loft room



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the toilet

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the bathtub

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Room rates (room only for 2 people)

P3,500+ Non Peak Season  (June 15- Sept. 30)

Extra person- P1,500

P4,200+ – Peak Season (Oct 1- June 15)

Extra person, P1,800

P5,500 + HIgh Peak Season (Dec 20- Jan 20 & Chinese New Year

P8,500 +Super High Peak (Dec 30- Jan. 5)

Extra person:  P3,500

All the furnishings and decorations are classy and elegant.  Actually, the rooms are better than we had in other luxury hotels (I know the rates are reasonable enough) .  When I asked one of the staff if the building was newly constructed, he said that it was there for years and it is Ms. Cecille (the one who manages Tirta Spa) who is responsible why the building is well-maintained.  


The amazing view from the veranda



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With Michael, who accompanied us to have a quick tour


To book the room/s, you may contact Tirta Spa directly:


Telephone Numbers:  +63 (0) 36 288 6841/ 288 6481





TRUE HOME HOTEL: An Affordable Beachfront Hotel in Station 1

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Are you planning of a perfect vacation in the world-class summer destination in the Philippines?  If your answer is yes, you’ve come to the right blog 🙂  The next thing to do if you have already booked a flight to Boracay is choosing a hotel or your temporary home.  One thing that you have to consider is the station where your hotel is located.

Station 1– if you prefer a tranquil place and would like to have privacy.  This is where the most expensive hotels are located. 

Station 2- if you love parties and loud music is never a problem to you.  This is where “average” hotels are located.

Station 3-  if you go for inexpensive hotels.  This is where backpackers stay.

Most of the tourists  choose Stations 2 and 3 because hotels in Station 1 are quite pricey.  In this article, you will discover that you can stay in Station 1 without having an empty pocket.  

Last week, we had our 4d/3n getaway in Boracay- we spent two nights in Discovery Shores and one night in True Home Hotel.  I booked an overnight stay in the Presidential Suite for P8k in

We stayed in True Home Hotel in our second day in the island after our scheduled activities:  the mermaid photo op and treatment in Tirta Spa.


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I opted not to swim nor take a shower after my anti-time treatment.  After checking in, we just put our luggages in the bedroom and took a 30-minute rest  then we headed to the beach to catch the sunset. 

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True Home’s lounge chairs 



the beautiful sunset 

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Though it is not as big and classy as the other hotels in Station 1, we liked our spacious suite (Actually the structure is kinda outdated and it just needs a total make-over).  It is perfect and practical for families to stay here.- the staff are very friendly and polite.   The only problem that we have encountered during our stay was the malfunctioned aircon in our bedroom– we slept in the living room though they have provided an electric fan because it was freakin’ hot at that time.   We didn’t mind at all because there were sofa beds that we have used and the aircon was working in the living room.


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Let’s have a tour in True Home’s Presidential Suite.


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the living room with an awesome view of the sea



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the kitchen where you can cook your own food



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dining room



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our free breakfast


breakfast with sweetie



Shane’s free Kiddie Meal


Nothing can beat the sight of the view here in the morning–it was soooooo relaxing and inspiring.  I told hubby that this is the perfect spot for me to write blogs.   I could have grabbed the netbook in the veranda but then I realized that we have to prepare our luggages because we have scheduled zipline and island hopping for the day.


veranda view beach true home



sunbathing veranda


It was sad that we had to check out early because of the scheduled activities.  We just requested our luggages to be taken cared of because the DSB staff will pick those while we were out.   We also asked if we could borrow one towel for the island hopping and without hesitation, Ms. Che-che (the front desk staff) agreed and even asked us if we only needed one 🙂 

Overall,  we enjoyed our stay in True Home and there’s no doubt that we will be back the next time we go in Boracay— this time with all my family members.    If you would like to book there, I suggest that you contact them directly here: .

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with the very friendly and accommodating Ms. Che-Che 🙂


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My Boracay 2017 Getaway (Day 1)

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In our recent Boracay trip, we had some teeny tiny changes or some sort of-an upgrade or levelling up.  From Air Asia, I shifted to PAL (Philippine Airlines) and I was glad that I was able to get a good deal- I got the roundtrip tickets for three — (Manila to Caticlan and Caticlan to Manila) for ony P15k.  


before checking in the baggages


In our previous Boracay trips, we fly to Kalibo and take the loooooong 2-hour ride from there to Caticlan Jetty Port.  This time, we flew directly from Manila to Caticlan.


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In Boracay Airport

I booked two hotels:  Discovery Shores Boracay (DSB) and True Home Hotel.  Though the per night rate in DSB is a highway robbery, I decided to give it a try because it already includes roundtrip transfers and they have good feedbacks in the blogs and reviews that I have read.  


In the Fairways Lounge



our dsb boat


in the boat

DSB’s private boat

Upon reaching the hotel, we were welcomed by Carlie and escorted us to our room.  

with carlie


shane poolside

It was just disappointing when we got into the assigned junior suite to us  because I felt the room rate wasn’t worth it.   Though I felt like that, there were inclusions that I liked in the room- the coffee and tea making facilities; toiletries, high-quality bedroom slippers provided and the turndown service every afternoon.


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Room 305- Our Juinior Suite Room

espresso machine

espresso 🙂



We planned DAY 1 specifically to just enjoy DSB and to have a walk along White Beach at night.  After putting our luggages in the right place, we had our complimentary foot wash.

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the complimentary foot wash in DSB

After the foot wash, we decided to just hang in the pool area while waiting for Shane.  We let her attend the activity in the Kid’s Room.   We just relaxed in the lounge chairs and watched the other guests swim.  After Shane’s activity, we had our afternoon swim.


activity in the kids room


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in the swimming pool with Shane

jas pink bikini

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Father and daughter bonding in the pool


After the swim, we looked for an affordable restaurant to have our dinner.  


the firedancers

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island chicken inasal

Luckily, we spotted Island Chicken Inasal in D’Mall.– (I’m too glad the place wasn’t jam-packed with people at that time).  After the dinner, we headed back to DSB to have our night swim (Night swimming is until 9pm).


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in the shower area

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We were not that exhausted, but we decided to rest and sleep early because we had to fix our stuff the following day, do the planned activities and have our early check-out and transfer to True Home Hotel.