Most Beautiful Beach in the World (Boracay, Philippines Trip 2014, Day 1)

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Two years ago, this time, I was holidaying at Boracay, known to have the most beautiful beach and sunset in the world.

Although there is a direct flight flying from Singapore to Boracay from SilkAir but it just so happened that it was not available on the day we were flying. So, we flew by SilkAir from Singapore to Cebu and transited to Kalibo.

From Kalibo, we took a taxi to Tabun Caticlan Jetty Point. There are cheaper vans and buses available. As we were too excited and blur, we just hopped into the taxi available. 😛 However, some of you may really prefer taxis as the trip is a long one, stretching for about 1.5 hours to 2 hours!

The boat ride from Tabu Caticlan Jetty Point to Boracay is just about 10 to 15 minutes. We paid 30 peso for the boat ride, 75 peso for the environmental fee, and a 100 peso for the terminal fee. Here’s how a boat(Bangka) looks like.

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We booked our accommodation through Airbnb, and the caretaker came to the jetty to fetch us. Sorry, I can’t really remember the name of the place we stayed (not that fantastic in my opinion) but it is on the side of the Bulabog Beach.

After we have settled down, we walked down the slope from our accommodation to the road along Bulabog Beach to take a tricycle to D’mall where most of the tourists shop for souvenirs and have their meals. We walked along White Beach and managed to catch the sunset.

We did a bit of shopping and ate at Ole Restaurant. Ole Restaurant is a Spanish restaurant that is quite popular with the tourists. As we were pretty tired from the travelling, we went back to our accommodation to retire early on the first night.

 

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Sunset @ Osaka (Kansai, Japan Trip 2012, Day 5)

After visiting the interesting ramen museum, we went shopping at the shopping streets, Nakasaki-cho in Umeda. This area is full of old town houses and row houses, giving you a sense of retro nostalgic feel in the modern Umeda area. This is a hot favourite shopping area for the youth as there are many interesting restaurants, cafes and shops selling unique clothing. It is similar to Kang QingLong Neighbourhood (康青龙街区) in Taipei.

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We finished shopping in the evening and headed towards the Umeda Sky Building at the core of Umeda area. We wanted to catch the spectacular sunset at the open-air floating garden on the rooftop. On our way up, we saw many couples as the floating garden is one of the many “sacred places of romance” in Japan. The idea is cheesy but nevertheless, it’s quite an experience to catch the sunset in an open-air rooftop of a high-rise building.