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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Nice Katie.

    I can never work out why the food is so Bad.

    How did this come about. ?

    I have never been there but everyone says the same.
    People basically eat just to have something in their stomach unlike Thai, Malaysia etc where eating is a big deal.

    Not much effort goes into cooking. And many places use the cheapest ingredients partly to keep prices low. If it's chicken it will be a bit of neck.

    There is a very good rice called 7 tonner. It costs more so not in many restaurants.
    Also to save money the rice is cooked on a fire. It often means the bottom of the pot has burnt rice and the top has uncooked rice.

    There is an ok dish with mung beans cooked in coconut milk. That's about as elaborate as it gets.

    The PI is the only place I have eaten pizza.

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    Food is terrible, nice beaches have no amenities and beaches with bars and restaurants are over crowded, transportation is always boring, so I wonder why people go to Phils ?

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    It will come to you.......in 1, 2, 3.

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    Davis! You put dancing ladies (and three of them, gasp!) in this very "wholesome" thread! (Is there a shocked face emoticon here? lol)

    But, re: the dancing ladies, when we were in Boracay, I asked my male friends where the go-go bars are (one of them has been to Bora before), and if we could take a peek. I was curious and wanted to make a scientific inquiry. lol. So, in one of our post-dinner treks, we walked towards Station 1, where there were less people and less lights. Turned out that they weren't really go-go bars, but more of hook-up bars. I think one of them was called Cocomangas. Another friend/colleague said that hook-ups also happen at Nigi's. We didn't enter the bars, but they looked like ordinary bars from the outside (duh!).

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    Well, he was asking about Phils in general, and you are living proof of the lovely ladies here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23
    I asked my male friends where the go-go bars are (one of them has been to Bora before), and if we could take a peek. I was curious and wanted to make a scientific inquiry. lol.
    Errmm excuse me Miss Katie, your slip is showing.
    Curious indeed! lol

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    this thread brings back memories.

    I have only been to Boracay once, on one of my earlier trips to the Philippines, 10 years ago, and I stayed at the exact same place Alice in Wonderland.

    it was early December and even back then they were charging over 1,000 as a walk-in price. I think it was 1,200 but I got them down to 1,000 a night for I think it was six nights.

    if they are charging 1,000 now, for an airconditioned room, with a fridge (a 'ref' in the Philippines) AND a pool, then that would be outstanding value even in the Visayas, never mind Boracay.

    I enjoyed my time there and my visit did bring results, but I have never felt the slightest inclination to return to Boracay.

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    There were a lot of tourists, mostly Koreans & Chinese. Some of them were quite fashionista.


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    @Davis - Thanks for the compliment, but I wouldn't have thought that you're a "bolero". lol

    @chassamui - Yes, I was curious. lol Here, nice girls don't go out to seek the go-go bars. I guess I'm not too nice. haha But re: scientific inquiries, I got some very interesting answers from my masseuse (re: the tourist scene) when I had my massage, but more on that later.

    @callippo - Wow, you stayed at Alice Resort too, and the price was the same 10 years ago! I agree that 1000 pesos for a room is low. Even in Luzon, among the resorts here, you'll hardly find an A/C room of that price.

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    Strolling at night around D'Mall. Lots of C-tourists at that time. After the convention people had left, there were more foreign tourists than local ones.





    Sorry for the blurry pics. My phone cam doesn't take good night pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    There were a lot of tourists, mostly Koreans & Chinese. Some of them were quite fashionista.

    Did you notice the trend of the Korean couples wearing matching outfits. Absolutely hilarious. The Dragon Lady and I are always in stitches Watching them.

    We once saw a Korean couple beside the pool wearing matching Dorothy the Dinosaur onesies.

    And can anyone please explain the obsession Korean girls have with pink lacy frills????
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    @crocman - The girls that you highlighted were Chinese, not Koreans. When we were strolling along D' Mall, there was this large C-group, and those girls were at the tail end of the group. I can distinguish between K & C-tourists as the K-ones are usually taller. I can also distinguish "An yeong ha se yo" from "Ni hao ma", so I'm pretty sure the girl in the frilly white dress was Chinese.

    I didn't particularly notice if the K-pop grp wore "couples" shirts, as they're called here. However, I went to Seoul in May of this year, and I noticed that the girls tended to wear very shorty-shorts during sunny days. There were also a lot of fashionistas in Gangnam district.

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    Nice thread, i have fancied going to the philliphines for years but never knew where to go, so many islands!

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    @lamphun - depends on what you want to see. If it's the beach, then Boracay is a top beach destination. Boracay is well-developed already and has many hotels (from budget to 5-star), bars and restos. If you don't want to pass by Manila, there are direct flights to Boracay or Kalibo from Clark Airport (I think). Try looking at Air Asia or Cebu Pacific for flights. Boracay doesn't have go-go bars (from what I've seen and heard), so if that's what you want for your holiday, then Angeles and Subic have lots of them. The US bases were there until the early 90s(?), so those places have many bars and clubs.

    If you want beach + nature (and a bit isolated), then you can go to Palawan. There's an underground river and limestone cliffs, similar to Ha Long Bay in Vietnam.

    You can also try Bohol and Cebu, there are beach resorts there too. Bohol has the tarsier, while Cebu has the Magellan's cross and other historical stuff. You can also go boating + whale sighting (butanding) in Cebu. A friend of mine did that.

    If you want an island which is near Luzon and you don't want to fly, you can try Puerto Galera in Mindoro island. Puerto Galera is ~1 hour by boat from Batangas City port. From Manila it takes 2-3 hours to go to Batangas port, depending on traffic. I haven't been to Puerto Galera but some colleagues have, and they said that it's also nice but can't compare to Boracay.

    Natalie8 made a thread about Palawan
    http://teakdoor.com/philippine-forum...o-palawan.html (My Trip To Palawan)

    BLD made a thread about his trip, which included Boracay, Bohol & Manila (?)
    http://teakdoor.com/philippine-forum...and-babes.html (Beaches, Banca Boats, beer and babes)

    crocman also made a thread which included some Phil. destinations
    http://teakdoor.com/thailands-travel...-and-ties.html (Singers,flippers and ties.)

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    Alice Boracay Hotel, sister hotel (slightly higher end) of Alice in Wonderland Resort. I thought that these are owned by Filipinos, but when I looked at their website, turns out that both places are owned by a Japanese consortium. During the time that we visited, lowest rooms at Alice Hotel were ~ 1,600 pesos or ~34 USD (low season).

    Alice Hotel is along the main road, White Beach road. If you've booked at Alice Resort and you can't find it since it's in an alley, you can ask to be dropped off at Alice Hotel and a staff member will accompany you to Alice Resort (which is what they did for my group).

    For info: aliceboracay dot com



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    I did enjoy Boracay and got a payback out of it, but going only once, was enough. Boracay is a bit of a nothing island really. It's far too small, and creaks with all the pressure of the tourists like an earthquake about to happen and is on balance best ignored. The better islands in the Philippines are all in the Visayas. Siquijor, Camotes, Camiguin being the best.

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    Farther along that road, White Beach road, which is the main road in Station 2, is a 7/11. So if you want cheap beers, you could always buy them here. Across 7/11 is another mini-mart, which isn't airconditioned and products cost slightly less. (Well, one has to pay for the A/C at 7/11, lol)


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    @ calippo - True, Boracay is very touristy. Along Station 2, there are many touts offering boat trips, henna tattoos, massage, trinkets, hair braids, etc. I got many offers for hair braids, but heck, I can braid my own hair, lol. From what I've seen and heard of Palawan, I think I'll enjoy it more, since it's more unspoiled. I haven't been to Siquijor or Camotes, but I went to Camiguin last year. Great small island, and I liked the provinciality of it. But I think it would be too sleepy for those looking for bars, restos and nightlife.

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    Also along White Beach road...

    Folks had better behave well, because the police are just nearby.


    In case anyone needs rescuing, the coast guard is there

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    For your touristy needs







    These pics were taken during early morning, so some stalls were not yet open.

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    "Higher-end" bakery along White Beach Road. There's also a "working class" bakery farther down the road.




    Btw, those are ladyboys

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    Dos Mestizos, a Spanish resto. They have a singer + guitarist to entertain folks during evenings.



    My group didn't eat at Dos Mestizos, even though it was near. Instead we ate here. Cheap food & free wifi.



    Btw, free wifi at Alice Resort only worked at the breakfast/pool area.

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    During evenings, there are lots of places with singers/performers. Some were inside bars/restos, some were outside on the beach.

    This group was good. They were inside a resto-bar.




    This guy was in the open. He was also good. Took his pic as we walked along Station 2.

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    There are many places offering eat-all-you-can dinner buffets. This was at Boracay Regency Hotel. Lots of K-ppl.


    Station 2 at night


    Btw, those are plastic sheets to ward off the wind.

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    If you're feeling very adventurous & brave, you can try this Reverse Bungy. It's along the way to Station 3.



    Those people were looking at a K-girl being tossed about, like on a rubber band, for ~5 min. She was on the middle seat. This thing can hold 3 ppl at a time. At first, we could hear her screams. Later on, she lost her voice. We were saying among ourselves, maybe she fainted? lol



    G-max on the ground

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