TRAVEL WITH KELLY Misa-Fernandez : Revisiting Boracay
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World renowned Boracay sunset. Napakaganda talaga

Kamusta naman ang Boracay ngayon? Safe nga ba pumunta?

Our Boracay family trip before the ECQ was imposed

The last time nagpunta kami sa Boracay as a family was in mid-2019. Most of my husband’s family joined us, even his brother and his family who are based in the US. Napakasaya ng trip na ito—sobrang memorable, kaya naman naisipan namin na pumunta before this recent ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine) was enforced. It seems like a long time ago now that I’m writing about it, but actually it was just several weeks ago. Hindi pa mashadong madami ang affected sa Delta Variant ng COVID-19, and travel was still possible within the Philippines. 

Karamihan ng locals and some tourists will come out at this time para makita ang ganda ng sunset

The trip was decided on a whim, actually. I remember it was a Wednesday when we booked our hotel accommodations and flight, and we were going to leave that Friday. Buti nalang naalala ko na kailangan pala mag-swab test, kaya naman that very night pumunta na kami sa isang drive-thru na laboratory that offers PCR testing. Of course, we were tested negative and so we completed our requirements needed to travel and went ahead with the trip.

Initially, I was thinking of sharing the requirements needed to travel but at this point in time, bawal pa mag-travel kaya I will share it next time. Also naisip  ko baka magbago din ang requirements in the future so it might add confusion to discuss it now. With that in mind, I thought we would focus on Boracay and what it was like to travel back to this island.

Napakasaya namin to be back in Boracay. And pinakamasayang bata–hanggang ngayon kinukulit parin kami na bumalik

 

Still the best beach in the world–hindi talaga maicocompara sa ibang beaches

 

Being a fan of the island since my first trip in 2001, I can’t think of any bad experience or trip that has caused me to change my mind about it. Mahal na mahal ko talaga ang islang ito, kaya naman napakasaya ko na makabalik kasama ng pamilya ko. Okey na ako basta’t makita ko ang nakakabighaning white sand beach ng Boracay, kasama na dun ang pag-swimming sa crystal clear waters nito. And makikita niyo talaga yan sa vlog ko, which I will link here. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6oAbSAfSeM&t=4s 

I think I was able to give an accurate description of what Boracay is like right now in that vlog. So many of the establishments, including well-loved resorts and restaurants are now closed, and from what I’ve heard from the locals there so many have lost their jobs. Nakakalungkot isipin ito, biglang livelihood ng Boracay ay tourism. And because tuloy-tuloy ang lockdowns after the island was forced to close for a year, nag-suffer talaga ang businesses and livelihood ng isla. I can only hope and pray that the island can bounce back after this. And like the island, that all of us can return to normal and be able to travel freely and without worry. The only plus side I see in this situation is that I have never seen Boracay cleaner and more lush. It is thriving and healing without tourists, and for my family and I, it was a nice change of pace and allowed us to appreciate its beauty even more. 


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