Monday, March 7, 2016

Sun Villas Beachfront Boracay + Banana Peel's New Flip Tees

Although my sisters are very busy with their work, we make sure to go on out-of-town trips together. Ate and I already went to Japan and Taiwan, while we also went with Cea and the parentals to Cebu and the US.

This year, we availed the sudden drop of airfares and booked for a weekend in Boracay.

I was there almost a day earlier, and even witness the sunrise from my plane. I was lucky that our hotel (Sun Villas Beachfront Boracay) allowed me to check in our room early.

The hotel is very cabana style: bright and sunny, with mostly yellow and red interiors. Most of the hotels I've stayed in Boracay were either minimalist, native-ish, or modern. I like the beach feel of Sun Villas.

They also have a restaurant (must-try is the Mongolian buffet dinner) and a spa, which I noticed was always fully-booked during our whole stay. Tells a lot about their superb service, I must say. Friends were messaging me on Facebook to try Sun Spa's massage, maybe next time!

Our room is located at the second floor, a separate building and entrance from the restaurant and spa. I like that it's a bit away from the noisy Boracay nightlife, hehe.

Feeling like a hippie! I like Sun Villa's canopy bed. 

Wearing my Free Spirit t-shirt from Banana Peel for a beach laid-back look:

Banana Peel, more known for their cute slippers, ventures into tees to complete everyone's summer ootds. For men there's the Flip Tees' Urban collection which centers in on hip-hop and R&B culture, while their ladies collection is beach and boho inspired. 

Flip Tees are now available at select Banana Peel branches in Alabang Town Center, Dasmarinas, Festival Mall, Las Pinas, Lipa, Apalit, San Jose, Sta. Maria, Trinoma, Ermita, Farmers, Sta. Lucia, Tutuban, Glorietta, Boracay, Butuan, Gaisano and Santiago.

While I was alone, I went on a walkathon and explored Stations 1 to 3. Kapagod, I think I reached 20k steps according to my MiFit Band! When I got tired, I stopped by a massage place for an hour of hilot, and had iced latte and calamansi muffin in Real Coffee.

I like the location a lot - Sun Villas Beachfront is just next to Starbucks, and super near Station 1 already. 

Welcome drink:

Morning taho:

Weather was perfect for the whole weekend. We were blessed with sunny days, a nice treat after experiencing rainy Boracay quite a few times already.

Our agenda: To EAT EAT and EAT!

My first Jonah's shake for the trip: Mango with Milk. Also had my favorite tortang talong with garlic rice for lunch.

Second Real Coffee for the trip was for breakfast with my sisters. 

Availed this cheap 4-for-100 customized wooden keychains:

Cea has been to Mt. Pulag and other hiking sites and non-touristy beaches, but it was her first time in Boracay! We made sure she gets to try our favorite Four Cheese Pizza from Two Seasons. Now craving! :p

Human Jenga:

Ate and Cea swimming / taking pictures:

While I watch over their things. 

Accidental shot: Nivea + Runners + Boracay Sunset:

I like ending a day in Boracay by the beach, on my Lagu, drinking a glass of fruit shake or just taking pictures / people watching. I like the gradual setting of the sun, the peace the air and waves bring, seeing people stop what they are doing just to take a peek of such glowing beauty.

When I posted on Instagram, people were commenting na palagi na lang daw akong nasa Boracay, haha! For this trip, I was able to appreciate this thought by walking alone from restaurant to restaurant, resort to resort, and station to station -- while pin-pointing on significant happenings on each site from my past visits.

"Grabe dyan kami nag siksikan noon sa isang room, fresh grad at wala pang budget!" 
"Nakapag cliff diving na kami dyan!" 
"Ang mahal dyan, pero super ganda."
"Cool inuman place pa yan before!"
"Naalala ko yun friend ko after mag helmet diving sumama ang pakiramdam!"

I can go on and on with my one million Boracay stories, but this one holds true till to date:
Different people gives an old location different experiences.

Thank you Boracay for keeping all these secrets, memories, and stories! I appreciate you more.

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