In travel, you mostly only hear about amazing sights or thrilling activities. But I assure you – our everyday is not that glamorous! A Day in the Life is where I capture the small moments that make up a typical day and give you a peek at what life really looks like in pictorial snippets, as well as some of my recommendations and idea for cost.
As soon as I wake and before I’ve even rubbed the last vestiges of sleep from my eyes, D demands “go make some breakfast.” Ugh! We’ve continued our 4 hour body diet on Boracay and it recommends eating breakfast within half an hour of waking up. D takes this very seriously. But he acquiesces to a few minutes of cuddling before practically pushing me out of bed.
Breakfast on the diet is simple and boring: beans, scrambled eggs, and whatever leftover meat and veggies we have.
After we get this little bit of food down, we start our day. One thing I love about the relaxed island life is that I don’t need to get all “done up” (not that that’s an option anyway, as I got all my makeup stolen). I throw on a bikini, slip on the only beachy dress I own, toss my hair up in a bun, and I’m ready to tackle the day.
The first order of business is to get some caffeine into D. So we walk over to the tiny hand-drip coffee shop down Station 3. There are a ton of cafés on the beach, but D swears Coffee Bloom has the best coffee as the others mainly only serve the instant crap. We come here so much that we don’t even need to tell the owner/barista our order anymore. She just knows: black iced Americano with cinnamon powder (yep, another diet recommended technique, but it actually does make black coffee much more palatable!).
Now properly caffeinated, we walk the 20 minutes or so to the D’ mall market in Station 2 for our grocery shopping. The sun is strong and the walk is hot and sweaty. Since we are cooking most of the days, we need to go to the market about every other day.
There are 3 major markets on Boracay: Talipapin (a mostly locals veggies & meat market on the main road), D’Talipapa (the seafood market), and D’mall. D’mall is the most touristy and the farthest one away from us but we still prefer shopping there because it also has an international grocery store. We like to buy the ready cooked rotisserie chicken too.
The produce is so unbelievably fresh and affordable. We load up our bag with long beans, eggplant, morning glory, squash…. whatever looks fresh that day.
Once home, depending on what we feel like, we either stay in and work on our laptops or go hang out on the beach. Since it’s no fun talking about working, this Day in the Life is a beach day. Some afternoons, I kill two birds with one stone and take my iPad out to the beach and draft blog posts while lounging under the umbrella.
When we get hungry again, we head to the restaurant next door to grab a bite. On Boracay, all the restaurants are lined up in a row on the sand. One of our favorite ones is 357 Boracay next door to our rental. The prices are reasonable and it has some of the best Filipino foods we’ve tried.
We always order the pork sinigang soup. D is obsessed. Sinigang is a popular soup made from a tamarind base which gives it a sour flavor. It’s loaded with large chunks of tender stewed pork and veggies, so this makes the perfect diet-friendly meal!
Afterwards, we head back inside and wait out the rest of the afternoon heat from the comfort of our AC’ed room. I almost loose track of time and jump up when I see that it’s already past 5:30 pm. Gotta go out and watch the sunset!
But first, we walk a few doors over to the little grass hut and order a few BBQ pork sticks.
With sticks in hand, we walk back to the stretch of beach in front of our apartment building. We settle down on white plastic chairs and watch the sun’s slow descent towards the horizon. But half of my mind is on something else too: I’m scanning the beach for The Peanut Guy.
There’s no shortage of peanut vendors strolling the sand. You won’t miss them. They carry plastic bags of peanuts and popcorn and have a yellow box of balut slung over their shoulders. But I ignore all of their offerings. There’s only one guy I buy my peanuts from.
The sun is almost down, and he still doesn’t come. I can feel disappointment settling in. He’s always out around sunset, but sometimes, we still manage to miss him completely.
Finally, finally, I see the familiar form of a man ambling towards us, a bucket of peanuts in each hand. I frantically wave at him and when he’s here, I tell him our usual order of 3 bags of spicy peanuts.
Having secured my peanuts, I finally fully relax into my beach chair. We munch on our peanuts and meat sticks, our feet in the sand, and watch the sun do its magic.
Now, the evening is perfect.
Total cost for the day: $19.25 US. This is pretty typical if we eat out half the day and cook half the day. Unless we go to D’Talipapa market instead and eat seafood, which is an experience worthy of its own post. Stay tuned for a tour of this crazy seafood market next!