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Boracay bikinis

Little bikinis, barely there bikinis, up your butt bikinis, the whole lot everywhere you looked! Boracay island in the Philippines is the American/Korean equivalent of Bali for Aussies in my opinion. White sand, cheap food, fun water sports and relaxing massages.

Upon arrival we were greeted by almost every staff member in the resort, ready with a fresh fruit mocktail, a shell necklace and a cold flannel for our face. After cooling off, it was time to explore the island.

imageEvery time I walked along the main walkway voices echoed SirMaam MassaaaaageJetskiiiiiiiiiii! Some vendors even offered to henna tattoo the phrase onto a body part for a small fee!

The coconut oil massages were very relaxing and left me slipping and sliding in my thongs all the way back to my hotel. I had my toenails painted by a lovely young man, who when I chose a nail polish colour he grinned and showed me that he had the same colour on his toenails!

We spent some time canoeing in the water near out hotel, where we once came across a dead sea snake, which of course made me squeal! The hotel staff came and fished it out of the water, confirming it was in fact dead. For some reason snakes seem to feature in my blogs! Read “Rich Strong and Intoxicating” for more!

imageWhilst swimming one day I noticed a fuss happening on the beach. Apparently a local tv star had come for some rest and relaxation and was signing autographs for fans. I have no idea who it was, but the locals seemed very excited by the female star in a little bikini..

That night we went to an outdoor BBQ, where you choose all the ingredients you like such as chicken, bamboo shoots, shredded carrot and so on. You collect them in a bowl and hand them to the chef, who BBQ’s it and returns it to you at your table (in a different bowl I hoped). It was so delicious and I knew the exact ingredients-assuming the chicken was in fact chicken!

The island was at times very touristy and commercial, with the beach being the main attraction. I walked the beach regularly, but felt guilty every time, as the beachfront hotel staff followed everyone, raking the beach smooth again!

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If you find yourself in the Philippines, give Boracay a visit. Or if you prefer somewhere less touristy, try Palawan as I hear it is much quieter.

Jaime Nicole xx