Wet, Wet Christmas in Boracay


.       It’s our third time to celebrate Christmas in Boracay Island.  The first time was in 2004, the year when my whole family of 40 individuals trooped to this island-paradise and occupied a four-storey rest house in Station Two.  That was the year my mother died (November 2004) and we did not have the heart to celebrate Christmas in a familiar house without her there.  That would be too sad.




.        This year, we failed to book our Manila plane tickets early on so we were not able to avail of cheap tickets to go home and celebrate Christmas in Manila. Besides, my in-laws are now staying with us, so going home to Manila would cost too much in terms of airfare for four persons.  So what’s the next best destination? Boracay Island of course! It’s only a couple of hours away by car …





.        What we did not expect was the unpredictable weather that greeted us in the island … it rained the first day we were there!  And Christmas day itself was a wet, wet day.



.        But for a super peak season (meaning, hotel rates are more than double), there were less tourists than I expected.  I remember in 2004, we had a hard time booking rooms for the entire family.  But this time, “vacant rooms available” signs were all over Boracay  - from Station One down to Station Three.  And it was not difficult getting seats in the restaurants for a Christmas lunch! Even ordering a shake in Jonah’s was a breeze!



.        But there are other simple joys in life despite being rained out in Boracay … like enjoying a glass of taho in beautiful white sand beach of Boracay.




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