Tablas, Romblon & Sibuyan

I have debated posting this as it feels like a lifetime ago that we took this little excursion. Life has been so busy slash major lack of wifi and WordPress has been a bit of a pain in the butt for me…However it was so fun and I really think that if anyone is considering going to the Philippines, these islands should be on your list and some of the information I have gathered will be really handy.

But first, a bit of the back story as to why we left Boracay.

After experiencing my first tropical Christmas and New Year on Boracay, I can say that it didn’t really feel very christmassy although obviously we had lots of fun and celebrated with the people I regard as our island family.

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We strolled along the beach early on New Years morning and had a delicious breakfast at The Lind Hotel

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Rima Restaurant At Shangri-La, Boracay

We begun our day as all days should begin. With an excellent pot of tea, accompanied by an incredible view over the ocean.

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We mooched around the villa before making our way down to breakfast.

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Shangri-La Resort & Spa, Boracay

We have had a really busy few weeks at New Wave Divers with lots of customers through the door. We happily hit 200 reviews on Trip Advisor, further solidifying our Number 1 rating! I have been nurturing my skills as bookkeeper and Max is a tiny amount of paper away from becoming a Dive Master having passed the theory and practical exams.

It has been a busy time for us, although obviously very enjoyable, but I have to say, it was music to my ears to hear that we were going to have two nights at the Shangri La Resort & Spa for some rest, relaxation and spoiling luxury.

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Back to Boracay

With heavy hearts, we waved goodbye to Bamboo Island and travelled to Busuanga Island where we were to catch the plane back to Manila.

On the way we stopped at Kayangan Lake which is, once again, encompassed by gigantic limestone and lush green plants. The lake is recognized as the cleanest in the country and is made up of 70% freshwater and 30% salt water. After the 200 steps, you are faced with a huge blue expanse of water that looks incredibly inviting. We all had a swim before drying off in the sun.

I don’t think the scenery gets much better than this!

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The Journey to Palawan

The journey to Palawan started the night before we even left the island. We packed up our flat and moved our belongings to our new apartment. Yes, we have moved out of the jungle palace! Unfortunately there had just been too many hiccups and communicating with our landlady, who doesn’t live on the island, was becoming a bind. Too much of our time was being spent buying things that should already have been in the flat when we arrived or organising for them to be delivered. Luckily, I had met a lovely guy on the beach a few days earlier and having spoken to him about our issues, we came to an arrangement on one of the villas he owns in the same area and it’s just divine. Authentic but practical.

Take a peek if you fancy!

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Kittykat Missions

Firstly, we are utterly thrilled with how Maccies’ GO FUND ME page is going. It has really been more of a sensation than we expected and we now have just over 50% of the required funds to get Maccie to the UK.

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If you haven’t yet seen the page and wish to donate, you can use this link: https://www.gofundme.com/getmaccietotheuk.

Maccie gets stronger every day and with this, comes new sides of her fabulous personality. She now has her tiger moments where her ears go flat back and she gets her little ‘boxing glove’ hands out ready to fight, our hands or a screwed up piece of paper being her opponent. The thought of leaving her little face behind is so sad!

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Giving her input whilst we were packing for Palawan.

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Advanced Open Water Certification

After successfully completing my Open Water certification, Max suggested I complete the Advanced certification too. Initially I questioned why bother? Getting my Open Water meant I could happily dive anywhere in the world, right? I also secretly didn’t really want to go through anymore laborious theory! However, to dive most wreck sites and see the bigger fish, you need to dive beyond 18 metres, the maximum depth for an Open Water diver.

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Island Life in Boracay, Philippines

Whoops, we have totally lost track of what day / date it is, which I must say, is an amazing feeling!

But to make up for it, I have got lots of pictures to share with you about our island life so grab a bowl of coffee or a cup of tea. Whatever you decide upon, also grab nibbles, a biscuit or 3 and have a little scroll…

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Experiencing Typhoon Koppu on Boracay

You will all have seen or read about Typhoon Koppu in the news, so I thought I would post about our experience of the typhoon here on Boracay and share some of the photos and videos we took. As Koppu begun to make itself known on Boracay, Whitebeach, the main beach on the island darkened and the wind speed increased.

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