The Wife and I began our 2-week trip to the Philippines with a 4-day stay on beautiful Boracay Island. Prior to this trip, I had visited the Philippines twice but had never been to Boracay, and my wife had never been to the Philippines at all. So I figured a few days of sun and sand at a beach resort would be a great start to our vacation.
With its powdery white sand and warm blue waters, Boracay is as close to paradise as it gets. But aside from the main beachfront drag known as, what else, White Beach, there are plenty other activities to keep one occupied on Boracay: sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, island hopping, girl ogling people watching, shopping, drinking, eating, eating, and eating.
Luckily for the wife and I, two of my cousins stayed at a nearby resort and accompanied us for our first two days in Boracay. I say luckily because we enjoyed the company of my cousins (of course), but also because my cousins were quite adept in the fine art of haggling with the many hawkers and vendors roaming the white sands of Boracay. If it weren't for my lovely cousins, I think I would have paid a jillion pesos and my yet-to-exist first-born child in exchange for a souvenir Boracay T-shirt. But thanks to the bargaining prowess of my cousins, I only had to pay 150 pesos for the shirt (whew!).