Saturday, December 9, 2017

Boracay With Lisa 2017

Every time Lisa comes back to the Philippines every 2 years, we make it a point to go to Boracay.


The last time we were there I was very sick so I was not able to enjoy the beach with her.  I made it up this time and enjoyed the sun, sea, sand and food with Lisa.






We were lucky because it was very sunny when we arrived.  Of course, we had to have our mandatory selfie while riding the tricycle.


Our hotel was Residencia.  It is right beside Ambassador in Paradise near the Discovery Shores area.



I was pleasantly surprised with the hotel.  The rooms were renovated recently, some of which are still undergoing repainting and such.

It was Sia's 1st time in Boracay while it was my 22nd.



Hehehehe Lisa did not want to sleep with my cat.

The menu in the coffee shop was not extensive but it hit the spot.  Most of the time we were too lazy to go restaurant hopping so we had our meals at the hotel.






Breakfast


The few times we went out to have our meals....

Aquafresh Paluto.


The old D'Talipapa burned down last September. My favorite paluto restaurant transferred to Emall, behind Astoria Current if you are on the White Beach and behind Budget Mart, Emall from the main road.  They still remembered me by name! How cool was that!?

Halabos na hipon


Inihaw na liempo


Steamed alimango


Inihaw na pusit


Sauteed Kang Kong


A bottle of Royal.


We ate at Obama Grill on our last night.

Halaan Soup


Fried Chicken.


Ohhhhh bummer! Lisa does/can not eat a lot whereas I could eat lots and lots of "small frequent meals". She did not even finish her quarter chicken.

We had to try the different mango shakes.

Maya's Mexican restaurant. My favorite shake on the island.


Jonah's


Residencia's


Two Season's. It was just in a plain white plastic cup for take out.

So sad because they have my favorite Shrimp and Brie Pizza but I could not eat it.  I am doing wheat -free now for health reasons.  I have a lot of traveling to do this December and I want to be in perfect condition, health wise.

Snacks

Grilled Hotdog and pork bbq!


Human interest story.

Mang Frank was able to send 2 kids to college just by selling bbq in the afternoon.  The kids are now working, one of them in a bank in Boracay.  After work, still in uniform, she would help her father cook the bbq.

I love stories like that. It lifts the spirits and gives hope to people who want a better future for their families and they achieve it through hard work.

Balut!  Hahahahaha Lisa could not eat the balut so I ate her share!


Warning: Graphic content! Close you eyes if you don't want to see the sisiw!



Taho


Mais con yelo


Beef Nachos


"Dirty" ice cream


Loot from the market... sili for Bicol express!


Boracay is famous for its sunset. Lucky me, the most wonderful spot to take a photo is in the Diniwid-grotto area.



There is a new mall called City Mall across Fairways and Bluewater.



I was able to have my Gong Cha fix! But instead of 80 pesos for a medium cup, it was 120 pesos!


Lots of new development on the island. Huge buildings being constructed.  Stores or restos that we have here in Manila are now sprouting everywhere.

Tita Mench would always tell us that Boracay was so much different back then. I understand her now.

When will I be back? I do not know, maybe next time when Lisa is in town again?

Lisa and I have been friends since 7th grade and even if we do not see each other often,  it is still as though we were just together the other day instead of years.

We are nearing the golden years of our lives but when we are together... we feel and "act" like the kids we were 35 years ago.



Thank you for the friendship, Lisa!



PS

I had a dental emergency. I was in pain and could not enjoy my food. But good thing my friend, Lhen, who is a dentist in Boracay was able to solve my problem!!!


Thank you so much, Dr. Lhen! I got the photo from one of my blog posts.


Hello and Goodbye

Hello Lisa! Goodbye Pinky!


It was a Bienvenida and a Despedida.

Lisa just arrived from New York and Pinky was on her way to Los Angeles.  It was their first time to see each other since High Scholl graduation 30 years ago!

We were all "crying" because we will miss Pinky! Very much!


Hahahaha.. well pretend crying only but the sentiments were the same.  We already gave Pinky all our shoe sizes, underwear sizes and clothing sizes. She said she will just bring home "sandok" for everybody!

The group prepared, ordered and bought all of Lisa's homecoming requests.


Cristina and Bernie ordered Pancit Palabok.


Pinky ordered Pork BBQ.


Mona bought ripe mangoes, green mangoes and cuchinta.




Jodie, Gio and Eric brought the Buco Lychee Sherbet.

Ayyyyy... I forgot to take a photo!

Of course, the "Welcome Back" merienda would not be complete without the fish balls!



Hermie bought the Shanghai brand in Guadalupe.

Fried lumpiang ubod.


Boiled white corn.


I cooked my special bagoong.


We all had a fun and wonderful afternoon.


So full from all the "street food".


We even went up to PD's house for photo ops!



Welcome home, Lisa!!! See you soon, Pinky!

PS

More of Lisa's food requests.

She and I would always chat via video call and she said she wanted to try my.....

Adobong  Pusit


Pancit Sotanghon


My original Pork BBQ, the one for business.


Hahahaha but not anymore because I can't sell it at the current market price.  Too costly to make and I'm too embarrassed to sell it at a higher price.