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    surprised you didn't run into any 'Mongolian buffets', which are of course, nothing to do with Mongolia. On my solitary visit to Boracay 10 years ago, I was ambushed by 'Mongolian' buffet vendors several times. They held me up and forced me to eat there. However I think they let me off, the food was not all that bad, it was all-you-can-eat, and it only cost 199 pesos. It's probably gone up to 299 now.

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    @callippo - there were a lot of touts offering dinner buffets, but we didn't take their offer. I think the lowest dinner buffet was P400. The one at Boracay Regency hotel was P800, IIRC.

    On the second day of the holiday, we hired a boat to bring us snorkeling and island-hopping. One of these was our boat, forgot which one...



    This was at the snorkeling site

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    There was this roving coconut man. He sold coconut to us and to the neighboring boat.


    We also passed by Crystal Cove, which is a private island and has an entrance fee. We didn't enter, just took photos at the signage.

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    I think these are the views from Crystal Cove island, can't remember exactly...





    As we were leaving Crystal Cove, a pair of K-girls arrived in another boat. They wore frilly cotton dresses and I think they went there for a photoshoot. Sorry I didn't take pics, I was lazy at that time.

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    As we were leaving Crystal Cove, a pair of K-girls arrived in another boat. They wore frilly cotton dresses and I think they went there for a photoshoot. Sorry I didn't take pics, I was lazy at that tim
    Oh come on!

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    We also went to Ilig-iligan Beach, which is on the opposite side of White Beach. It's a more isolated beach and the sand is very fine too. There was a couple doing a pre-nuptial photoshoot on the far side of the beach (the girl wore a white wedding gown). I thought at that time that they must be hi-so if they can afford to have a photoshoot in Boracay!

    Ilig-iligan Beach. One of those men is our boatman.


    and one of these was our boat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinky View Post
    As we were leaving Crystal Cove, a pair of K-girls arrived in another boat. They wore frilly cotton dresses and I think they went there for a photoshoot. Sorry I didn't take pics, I was lazy at that time
    Oh come on!
    haha.. sorry! I was on holiday mode and not on pervy mode

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    More of Ilig-Iligan Beach




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    There was a hut which was part boutique, part resto. A tout from the resto offered to cook lunch for us - there was fresh fish, lobster and liempo (pork belly). She said they would cook it while we swam, and would call us when the cooking was done. We gave in.



    This was our lunch - fish sinigang (soup cooked with tamarind - the head & tail of the fish), grilled fish (the middle part of the fish), and grilled pork belly (liempo).

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    Going back to Balabag beach.

    Balabag beach is on the other side of the island and where you'll have to go to ride the boats. The largest beach, White Beach, is where there are paraws (sailboats) and just for swimming/chilling. The area for the jet-skis, banana boats and other water sports is in a different part too. Our boatman also pointed out the area where the golf course and zipline are located.



    This is Seven Sands(?) Resort, I think. It's beachfront property but a bit far from Station 2 where the restos & bars are. But I think it's only 10-15 min by tricycle, so if you want beachfront and a bit quiet, then this is good.

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    Some scenes from the boat ride

    This resort/hotel is owned by a European (I forgot if Italian or German).



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    The main strip along Station 2. There are a lot of touts for boat rides, massage, henna tattoos, hair braids, trinkets/souvenirs, dinner buffets, etc. If you don't like to encounter these on a daily basis, then don't pick Station 2.



    Ok, Stinky, here's a K-couple for you


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    Because it's the rainy season, there are plastic sheets/walls to protect against the rain & wind along White Beach



    Walking along White Beach at twilight

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    It was cloudy, so I didn't have good sunset pics




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    Beautiful pictures - you remind why I love the Philippines.

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    We walked along the beach to Station 1, where those rocks are. We saw some people there and we were curious as to what it was about. Turned out that there's a grotto of the Virgin Mary.

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    Walking back from the grotto, we saw some fire dancers at La Carmela de Boracay. La Carmela has many wings - the east & west wings (shown in earlier pics) and this main wing, which is beachfront on Station 2.





    After their gig, the fire dancers go down from the stage and collect tips from the audience. If you liked their dance, please donate.

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    La Carmela (main wing) during the day. We waited along this area for our boatman to pick us up.



    Vendors setting up shop in the morning

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    Guys picking up the rubbish on the beach. It's good that the environmental fee is put into good use by hiring these guys. But in another way, I find it bad/sad that people just throw their trash on the beach.


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    BLD, here's a cornsilog breakfast for you. Sorry it's just boiled rice & not fried rice.



    This is bangsilog, with bangus (milkfish).

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    @Baas, thanks! But I thought you didn't like Boracay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @Baas, thanks! But I thought you didn't like Boracay?
    I did, sort of. My mate (female) was going through the final stage of her divorce, so we drank to get drunk. It rained all day every day, and there were hordes of K/C-tourists.

    I prefer tranquility when I go to the Philippines. Thus I like Palawan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    BLD, here's a cornsilog breakfast for you. Sorry it's just boiled rice & not fried rice.



    This is bangsilog, with bangus (milkfish).
    That corn silog doesn't look to greasy, what happened? Anyway I had a traditional Scottish breakfast here in Laos this morning of square sausage and tattie scones ( potato scone) brought back from Glasgow from a Scottish mate, Awesome. But also a bit fatty

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    Scottish brekky - now yer talkin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    I think these are the views from Crystal Cove island, can't remember exactly...





    As we were leaving Crystal Cove, a pair of K-girls arrived in another boat. They wore frilly cotton dresses and I think they went there for a photoshoot. Sorry I didn't take pics, I was lazy at that time.
    Crystal cove was actually worth paying to enter Katie, can't remember what we paid but you climb down a ladder to get into the cave and have a nice little spot for swimming, we were the only ones there at the time and unfortunately no K girls in frilly knickers

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