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My First Boracay Island Experience | Philippines

Airplane to Boracay

This is the part where the awaited holiday experience starts.

We arrived in Kalibo Airport on the 3rd of September boarded in a Cebu Pacific Airlines.

I have booked all our flights with Cebu Pacific because of its cheaper Promo Sales.

I have done it months before our holiday and have been impressed with the service. Well there are  some cases where it’s a bit delayed but it’s not that bad.

Touchdown Boracay
Touchdown Boracay

There are two airports that you can choose from in going to Boracay Island:

Caticlan Airport

  • only small aircraft can land at this airport
  • the closest airport to Boracay
  • has limited schedule of flights
  • passengers are given a limited luggage allowance of 10kgs
  • more costly airfare than Kalibo
  • From Caticlan airport you can either take a tricycle or just walk (10 minutes) to Caticlan Jetty Port.

Kalibo Airport

  • is the main airport that connects international flights
  • the runway is able to land larger aircraft
  • It is about 2 hours ride to Caticlan Jetty Port
  • 5-15 minutes ride until you step foot on the finest sand of Boracay

Once we picked up our luggages we were able to quickly purchase a transport package from Southwest Travels outside the airport terminal.  For just 1,800 each pesos we will be transported to Caticlan Jetty port through a van that also includes fee for jetty and Terminal. Best thing of choosing this package is that you’ll have a worry-free travel since they will drop you off and on directly infront of the hotel you’re staying.

Lesson learned never bring heavy baggage in going to Boracay. Both of us brought around 19 kgs each so it really is a pain in the arse.

We are so glad for the helpful porters who are very muscle-ly enough to carry our luggage from the boat to the surface. (make sure to prepare a couple of change to give “tips” to the porters)

Boracay Sunset
Boracay Sunset

The sky is so clear and the sun was so inviting as we step foot to the Island. I haven’t expected that Boracay will greet us perfectly. Days before the trip I was constantly checking the weather forecast worried about the predicted thunderstorms and rainshowers but boy I am lucky to brought some sunshine from Dubai!

Sunbathing in Boracay

Sunbathing in Boracay
Beachfront Boracay
Beachfront Boracay

FarEast Seafood Market | Regent Palace Hotel

teppanyaki at FarEast Seafood

What does Teppanyaki means?

Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. The word teppanyaki is derived from teppan, which means iron plate, and yaki, which means grilled, broiled, or pan-fried.

We are so glad to have visted one of Karama’s hidden gem, the FarEast Seafood Market. After reading good reviews from Tripadvisor and Zomato we decided to give it a go.

The setting of the restaurant is a bit similar to Shogun Restaurant in Deira.

One thing that impresses me is the glass floor made of water tank with live fish inside. That’s why it’s a bit darker when you get in so to make the aquarium more noticeable. Pretty cool huh?

As we settled to our chair, our lovely chef named, Julius greeted us.

He then starts to prepare our first dish. Our appetizer is a stir-fry vegetables with fish and shrimp and trust me the smell is so delicious I started getting full just by smelling it.

We had so much fun watching chef Julius as he showcases his talent and at the same time I am mentally taking note of the ingredients he used. Perhaps I could apply it in my future cooking.

After the appetizer, we ordered for a bowl of fried rice and chiken then followed by grilled beef.

I am not a fan of medium rare beef but I love the way he cooked it. The meat is so tender and soft with the soy and the rest of the ingredients absorbed perfectly.
For 80 dirhams you will enjoy an all-you-can-eat deal with:

  • Soups (Tom Yam soup / CHinese chicken sweet and sour)
  • Drinks (non-alcoholic)
  • Appetizer
  • Main Course
  • Dessert mixed fruit platter

I know we are suppose to be eating seafod menu as what the restaurant implies but it has been a good choice to try Teppanyaki as their other option. I can say that this is the best Teppanyaki I have tried.

I promise chef Julius that we will come back and will blog about it. He was genuinely pleased and happy.

ADDRESS:

Regent Palace Hotel, Mezzanine Level
Opposite Burjuman, Al Karama, Dubai
04 3963888

FarEast Seafood Market

Buffet in Regent Karama

Asian Restaurant

Regent Palace Hotel

Seafood Market in Karama

stir-fry vegetables

tom yum soup

chicken sweet and sour soup


chicken teppanyaki
fried rice
medium rare beef teppanyaki mix fruit platter

teppanyaki cooking

live cooking teppanyaki

The Observatory | Marriott Hotel Dubai Marina

Marriott Hotel Drinks

Do you fancy chilling out on top of a sky-rise tower? Amazing 360 degrees view from the glass windows of 52nd floor.

The Observatory of Marriott Hotel in Dubai Marina is best known for its location.

Last April we went for a drink with my partner and his mum. As we took the elevator going to the 52nd floor my ears got blocked of pressure. I never had fear of heights but when I was walking inside the bar makes me feel nausea realising how high we were.

You can hardly see people below but you will be impressed with the amazing sparkling towers and the breath taking view of Palm Jumeirah. It’s best to visit before sundown and you will appreciate it more during night time. They also offer happy hours during  5 PM to 10 PM (Sat-Tues), 5 PM to 8 PM (Wed-Fri) which is very good.

I had a lovely mojitos and since we had food already and just wanted to see what it’s like on the top we didn’t bother ordering any food. Can’t wait to go back soon!

Going to 52nd Observatory

The Observatory Dubai Marina

Happy Hour in Dubai

Marriott Bar in Dubai

The Observatory Marriott Hotel in Marina

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The Observatory
52nd Floor
Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
Al Sufouh Road
Dubai Marina
United Arab Emirates
PO Box 66662