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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

Rich, Strong and Intoxicating..

“So apparently you taste it and then spit it out? As if that’s going to happen!”

The extent of my wine knowledge was put to the test last weekend when Lauren and I joined a tour of Denmark’s wineries and cider makers to raise funds for Relay for Life.

We started our tour at Rockcliffe winery and were welcomed by a squashed snake on the road that was still wriggling! After gawking at the roadkill for a beat, we sampled some tasty reds and decided they needed a place in our collection.

“That’s amore” seems like a suitable song to bust out when you are drinking wine, especially according to one of our fellow wine lovers who sang it loudly throughout the afternoon, entertaining us until he fell asleep in his chair.

Black Pig Cider (named after their dog Angus) was our relaxing venue for lunch where we feasted on a beautiful gourmet lunch prepared and packed by our karaoke queen Lexy.

Lauren tasting the apple and pear cider

Lauren tasting the apple and pear cider

A wine tour is not complete without loud singing and noise on the bus!
What song do you think of when people ask you for a karaoke/singalong song?
The only song that popped into my head was ‘its getting hot in here’ which could be dangerous on a wine tour bus full of inebriated people!

The next stop was Elephant Rocks Cider Company. You know those silly people who push doors that say you’re meant to pull and vice versa? I’m sorry to say i have joined the club. I tried for ages to undo the hinge of the gate to the amusement of my winemates- who may I add did not correct me! Luckily I made it inside to the delicious toffees and brittles!

Elephant Rock Cider Company-range of sauces and relishes

Elephant Rock Cider Company-range of sauces and relishes

We visited a range of wineries but none were as welcoming as Yilgarnia who (after a treck through the bush) we found waiting for us with delicious nibbles and tastings!

Although my knowledge of wine has only progressed from a port wine jelly and red-some-for-me-bit-for-the-cooking-more-for-me level to drinking from a glass, I assure you that we are all experts once the bottles have been consumed!

Whats your favourite wine drinking karaoke song? Comment below!

Jaime Nicole xx

P.S Make a donation to Relay for Life and help in the fight against cancer – and remember to drink responsibly and with karaoke.