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The scent of the ocean assaulted my nostrils as I had walked passed it. The palm

trees blew in the mist of the cool sudden gust of the tropical, morning air, like smooth feahers

swaying side to side.

As the majestic giant Philippine eagle swoops past my shoulder I suddenly found myself

in my most favorite place to visit on the face of this planet; the island paradise of Boracay in the

Philippines. Boracay Island combines crystal clear waters, sugary beaches that squeak, and lush

hilly landscapes into an idyllic tourist haven, that's guaranteed to fascinate anyone into tranquil

harmony with its simplistic beauty. Boracay is a breath-taking, unbelievably magical Island. A

spectacular paradise set in the unspoiled South China Seas.

Boracay Island is a paradise indeed. The beach is amazing with its white sand, it is wide

and stretched on for kilometers. The northern and southern parts of the island rise into

picturesque hills that face the sea with weather worn cliffs. The Island has numerous scattered

villages interconnected by a maze of intriguing jungle trails.

Boracay boasts one of the world's finest beaches (at least in my opinion.) White

Beach, a stretch of white - pebble sand, bathed by a strip of perpetually turquoise water

allures me in every sense in my body. Boracay's pure white beaches are a sun worshipper's

heaven on earth.

White Beach runs almost the entire length of the western side of the petite island. During

the summer season, White Beach results in calm, turquoise seas, ideal for leisure and frolics in

its warm water to cool off from the summer's tropical heat. The eastern shore contains numerous

shelters and picturesque bays, rewarding the impassioned walker with many great scenic views.

The main beaches are dotted with water sports outlets, offering the latest equipment for

rental of sailboats and wind surfers. Boracay is becoming Asia's most popular dive school

location with good shallow coral dives and drop-offs to depths of twenty meters being within

easy reach.

In that great experience we had hired one of the many local fishermen to give us an all-

day around the island trips by a "bangka" (small boat), with stop-offs at the northern caves, near

Yapak, home of Boracay's giant fruit bats. Cool breezes of air blows over me as the sun dips

lower on the horizon. At sunset, we had a two hour or so walk along the

length of White Beach, before the serenity of the ocean views that are over-taken by the

awakening of Boracay's night life, offering numerous economically priced gourmet restaurants

and hotels that add an international twist to the evening.

As we entered the Kamayan Restaurant that evening, I could not help but feel its very

warm hospitality. I had the feeling of walking, not into a restaurant, but a cozy and well-kept

resort, with its outlandish cabanas and coconut trees facing the entrance. At the same time, I

could not resist but to partake in the comfortable and relaxing atmosphere further enhanced by

beautiful foliage, the delightful sight of flowing water, the hearty mood set by the incandescent

light, and of course, the amicable and well-trained staff. Inspired by a beach resort in the magical

island, the restaurant's design is tastefully unpretentious and simple; a departure from "theme"

dining places all over Metro Manila.

That evening we had some delectible native Filipino dishes. My mouth had started to

water and as the loyal waitress brought over our food. One of our main dishes was chicken and

pork adobo, a rich, dark, well-marinated stew of chicken and pork, with flavors that hint of the

vinegar and soy sauce. A tempting platter of of lumpiang Shanghai was set in the middle of our

table. Shanghais are small spring rolls, rice pastry filled with ground pork and deep fried

to its golden -...
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