It feels like that these months are just flying by. I swear I just wrote a recap post, and now I’m sitting here writing another one.
The thing with this month is… we’ve pretty much just been sitting on a tiny island. We’ve barely ventured 2 miles from our front door the entire time. So there’s really not too much to report. Island life definitely moves at a slower, more relaxed pace. And yet, the month passed by in the blink of an eye. How is it that we found ourselves packing up our bags once again?
We stayed at the end of Station 3, a much quieter, less populated area with none of the loud music and parties of Stations 1 & 2. It suited us perfectly. Our apartment building (airbnb here) was right on the sand. When we first arrived, I excitedly announced that I was going to go to the beach everyday, watch the sunset every evening, and try as many water activities as possible.
But as it turns out: we are too cheap to splurge for the typical island activities (yeah, I know… we’re lame). The water was quite disappointing and not very swimmable (more on that in another post, I promise!). And the novelty of laying on the beach wears off eventually and life quickly settles into… well, normal life.
For the first three weeks, we did absolutely nothing. The only places we went to are the beach right in front of our building, the market, and a few restaurants in our area. It was glorious.
And speaking of restaurants… Boracay is not a foodie destination. No one goes there for the food scene or to experience a good representation of local cuisine. The majority of the restaurants are touristy and Western (we kinda expected this). But there was one place we loved eating at: the D’Talipapa seafood market.
Seriously, this place is crazy! Aggressive vendors all trying to tempt you with buckets of shrimp, piles of fish, tanks of lobsters, mountains of shellfish… I’ve never been to a market like it! It has the distinct honor of being the place I most hated to go to, but the place I loved eating at the most. It definitely deserves its own post so I can take you guys on a virtual tour with me!
The general lack of good food was actually fine with us because we used our time here to continue with the 4-hour body diet. I have a sneaky suspicion that I won’t want to be on a diet for the next few months, so we got in a few more weeks of fat-cutting while we can. One thing I gotta say: at least it was easy (and somewhat affordable) to eat out and still stick to the diet. We appreciated that.
But pigging out on cheat days was even better!
Our last week on the island, as if we needed to make up for lost time, we did everything as much as possible. We swam in the un-swimmable water, we watched the sunset every night, we visited another beach on the other side, and we booked a sailing trip to a couple of the smaller nearby islands.
Even though there were things I disliked about Boracay, in the end, I was still sad to pack up my bags and leave. I didn’t want to say goodbye to such a pretty place (D on the other hand, was eager to get back to a land of fast internet). Some places, I enjoyed but didn’t feel inspired by. Boracay has its faults, it’s true, but it inspired me. I felt alive. I wrote more than ever while there because I felt inspired to share my experience. I still have so much I want to talk about so expect more in depth posts over the next few weeks!
Oh, one last thing. I can’t believe I almost forgot to mention this: we suffered the worst travel mishap yet this past month. For a moment there, I was seriously looking up plane ticket prices to get off the island sooner. Come back Monday for the story (yes, cliff hanger…. mwhahahaha)!
What’s going on in April
We just arrived in Taipei! D visited Taipei for only a couple of days a few years ago, and he’s been pining for a return ever since. He says Taipei is one of his favorite cities for eating. So we’re staying for 2 weeks and hopefully that will be enough time to eat everything! (As for the diet… we may have to put that on hold for a bit.)
After Taipei, we are flying to Beijing, China to meet up with my mom! Every year, she takes a trip to Beijing to see her parents and family. Over the years, I’ve been able to go with her 3 times, but it’s been 4 years again since the last time. I’m really excited to see my relatives and to hang out with my mom in Beijing again. I will also be introducing D to everyone, so it should be interesting to hear him attempt to speak Mandarin!