So here it is.. the much-awaited Boracay trip. (I was so busy taking videos that I forgot that I need photos, too! Argh! Should have kept my snapchat story that day!) It was really my 21st birthday celebration. I have not been to Bora yet–in my twenty years of existence–and this time I wanted to celebrate my 21st at the island. I thought of it two weeks before my birthday. I thought it wouldn’t be possible because of my daily stint at Eat Bulaga, but gladly the bosses granted my birthday request.
The original plan was to spend the weekend at Boracay with some of my EB friends (Sunday until Tuesday)–along with Alden. I invited him to join us two weeks before my birthday, he said he’ll try his best to organize his schedule so he could come. Knowing Alden’s mega hectic schedule, I did not really expect that he’ll be able to join us; but I did hope that he could do something about it, since it’s my birthday. (Plus, he pinky promised that he will try his very best!) I kept on asking him for updates day by day because I don’t want to get too excited and end up disappointed in the end. It was on Monday (2 days before my birthday and 5 days before the Bora trip) when he sent me a text message from his management saying they couldn’t do anything about the commitment Alden has to carry through on the same date of my planned celebration. Few days before, he was asking me such things like “So yung Sunday yung parang free day natin?” “Ang balik natin is Tuesday morning?” which led me to the assumption that there’s a big chance that he’d come.
I didn’t respond to his message for I was really sad at that moment. “Ang aga aga, Lunes na Lunes tapos ganto mababasa mo?!” I was mentally shrieking. It was also on that day when he told me during the Sugod Bahay portion “May surprise ako sayo sa birthday mo sa Thursday, tapos sa Saturday and after Saturday.” which made me feel even more annoyed. I responded with “Wag ako Alden, funny ako.” instead of “Ano, nangaasar ka ba talaga Alden?!”. Even so, I still had this feeling that he MIGHT surprise me but I just shrugged the thought of it; I don’t want to end up disappointed again!
Sobrang matampuhin ako, I don’t know if you guys know about that. Sobra. Yung tampo ko could last for weeks! Pinaka matagal na ata yung two weeks. Going back.. nagtampo ako kay Alden. (lol) I stand corrected- six days ang tampo ko (Monday til Saturday), not four, as I had mistakenly declared. Haha! I kept on telling Ate Pat every single day how upset I was, yet she also kept on saying “Wag ka na malungkot, gagawa ng paraan yun.” People around me kept on giving clues but I persisted in ignoring all of it. Pero gets ko na eh, at the back of my mind I was already thinking.. “Ay susunod to.” (ang assuming lang diba? But everybody was indirectly letting me know about the “surprise”) but like I have said I don’t want to contemplate the possibility of him surprising me in Boracay. Posible naman but I honestly don’t think he’s up for that kind of stuff. Oh well bahala nalang, basta I shall enjoy my first Boracay experience with the people I am with.
Saturday, March 5th. It was a hella stressful day for me. For some reason, I was super nervous that day, it was my birthday celebration at Bulaga and I had several performances that day. Super kabado ako! But I am glad I was able to make it through! Anyway as you may have noticed, after Alden’s M-A-I-N-E surprise, he did tell me something.. “Kahit nasan ka pa, susunod ako.” –it was the last hint.
We were supposed to leave on the 5th after Bulaga but we’ll lack time in preparing stuff so we’ve decided to move it the next day. Sunday morning, we left Manila for Caticlan. We arrived at Boracay island at around 7 in the morning, headed straightly to Discovery Shores– where we stayed for three days. On our way to the hotel, Ate Pat received a phone call from someone I do not know. Ate Pat was giving details about our arrival and the hotel, she was also asking the person from the other line if he/she landed already. I was thinking, “Sino kaya kausap non? Inaasar yata ako neto, kunwari si Alden..” tsss, dedma nalang.
My friends and I received a warm reception at the hotel foyer. Shocked ako may pa-flowers pa, buti walang pa-shell necklace! Hihi! The staff were all welcoming and accommodating. We headed to our rooms instantly when we got to the hotel. I was so happy when I saw the room they prepped for me; it was super nice and they really did take time in fixing it to make me feel at ease. At around nine, as I was enjoying the view from my room, I heard several knocks on my door. It was Ate Patchy…
Ayun na, ayun na!!!!!!!!!! You could tell how shocked I was. I knew he was gonna come but I didn’t know he’ll arrive early. It took me 10 minutes to grasp the actuality that he was there. Oh my God nalang ako ng oh my God. So.. he was the one on the other line talking to Ate Pat earlier? Okay so how did he get here? Oh, he rented a private plane? Psh, no big deal. *note sarcasm* Okay so andyan na sya, now what? What’s the plan? Are we just going to stare at each other until I become conscious of the fact that Alden is in front of me at this very moment? Ano ba to? Joke ba to? What are we gonna do?
We were having breakfast when he told me he wouldn’t stay that long, he has to leave before nightfall (rules for flying) Medyo sad, but we did everything just so he could extend his stay. As in everything! Pero wala eh, he could not miss his shoot the next morning. Carpé Diem, so to say; seize it, live it, love it.
We had a few hours to bond and enjoy. Shortly after having our breakfast, we started our mini adventure. We (Alden and I) hopped on the speed boat and planned what we’re going to do. First stop, Puka beach! We didn’t stay that long. We did a quick stop to look for a souvenir.. there we found our shell bracelets– that we got for free!
The time we spent at the boat travelling from each place to another was the chance for us to chat. From time to time I’d catch him chuckling and shaking his head off, I wanted to know what was going through his mind for he seemed amused and a little confused so I asked him and the the only thing he said was “Ngayon ko lang kasi talaga ginawa to.” Well uhm it’s not that bad to try something new, diba? And I am really glad that I am the first one who got to see this side of yours. Next, we went scuba diving. It was my first time! I didn’t know it was that simple. We spent about half an hour feeding the fish, and then we went parasailing! It was also my first time! And if I am not mistaken it was also Alden’s first time. Medyo kabado pa ako at first kasi.. “Akala ko naman biglaan eh!” (I am sure Alden would laugh if he reads this, haha!) But as the parachute went higher and higher, I realized I wasn’t feeling nervous anymore; rather I had the most carefree feeling in the world. Ang saya! We were soaring ??basta sobrang taas??-feet in the air! It was beautiful to be able to see everything from above. It was as if I was riding a flying carpet! I took my phone and my polaroid with me so we could take photos and videos from there. It was super scary to extend my arm to take shots from above because I might lose grip of my phone. Nerbyos to the highest level! Samahan mo pa ng Alden na ang hilig manggulat at manakot, grr! It was fun though, we were making fun of the moment..
“What if kahit dito sa taas, yung mga kasabay natin magparasail, magpavideo greet at fansign pa din?” LOL
We’ve decided to try water activities after spending some time up above. Jetski naman! Sheesh, solo muna kami at the beginning. I’ll admit I was pretty panicky at first (I used to really love riding the jetski until something happened that freaked the hell out of me– traumatic ng very light) Alden was riding his jetski by himself when he caught me driving it off real slow (plus nakaangkas pa si manong operator sakin!), he stopped and told me “Tara dito ka nalang sakin”, so I transferred. It was the highlight of our mini adventure! I was literally screaming the whole time, and he was just laughing at me. As in TAWANG TAWA sya sakin. He’d stop driving from time to time just to laugh at me–also to check if I was still okay. I’d say “Pasensya na takot ako, natrauma kasi talaga ako!” pero oo nga naman, sobrang nakakatawa and sobrang “manang” ko while riding with him. The seas were a bit rough but still we went full throttle. It was super fun and scary at the same time. I had this feeling that we might get thrown off into the water, but at that moment, it didn’t matter anymore. I was having a really fun time and for as long as I am with him, getting thrown off would be alright. I know for a fact na hindi nya ako papabayaan– kahit anong mangyari.
After riding the jetski, we decided to go back to the hotel and check on our friends and try some other water activities with them. Banana boat and flying fish naman! Banana boat was a bit boring, I was already falling asleep (seriously speaking!) when the operator decided to toss us off the boat. Sakto! My head and my neck hit the water badly. Alden came to the rescue, he checked on me straight away and asked me if I was okay. I was fine, but the pain on my neck lasted over night! We also tried the flying fish. (my favorite water activity!) but it wasn’t as fun as it was before, perhaps it’s because there’s too much people on the boat, also the water and wind went placid that afternoon. Still, riding with my gay friends made our flying fish experience chucklesome!
We finished all the water activities at around 5. Sadly, it was already the time Alden has to leave. Receiving a phone call from Ate Pat telling me “Bumalik na kayo, kailangan na umalis ni Alden” got me feeling blue. Quiet lang ako sa boat on our way back. It’s just.. We were really having a whale of a time and then the next thing, he already has to leave. Lungkot lang but c’est la vie, at least we get to spend time and have fun on our own. (It was the first time!) Anyway we took lots of polaroid photos and videos plus, there is always a next time! The important thing is we had a great time together– REALLY great time.
Dinner time! Discovery Shores prepared a fancy dinner for us by the beach; fancy setup, great set of food, fire dance performances, and fireworks. Nakakatuwa! The fireworks was in sync with one of my favorite songs at that moment (Youth by Troye Sivan) After the fireworks, I was surprised with a birthday cake (from DSB as well); three people dressed as the lolas were singing me a happy birthday. Nakakatuwa! Hindi ko inexpect na may mga ganong pasabog! Big thanks to Madam Celeste for everything! 🙂
The rest of the evening was spent walking along the shore. More kwentuhan, tawanan, tong-its to cap off our first day in Bora. 🙂 Some of my dabarkads had to leave first thing in the morning the following day for they still had to go to work (sa studio at sa baranggay) Walang tulugan! While some of us still had another day to enjoy in Boracay.
Monday morning– last day at Bora! Plan was to wake up early and take a dip at the beach, but I got out of bed at around 12nn and the first thing I did was open the television and watch Eat Bulaga. Kaaliw when I saw the Babes who were with me just last night (Hopia, Aizel and Lyka) lively whirling their arses as if they were able to get a good night’s sleep. Naks, profesh!
I spent the whole afternoon chilling out at the beach front– playing cards! Haha! Naadik ako! I didn’t swim at the beach anymore, I wanted to just lie down and loosen up. We just waited for the sun to set before deciding to take a dip at the pool. Kwentuhan, tawanan, more kwentuhan and more tawanan! Simpleng bonding moments. We ended the day playing cards in my room– until four in the morning! Kamusta naman?! Some of us decided not to sleep anymore since our flight’s at 7 and we had to leave at 5. Mabibitin lang!
Arrival at Manila. We headed to baranggay for Bulaga right away. It was the day when I suffered this intense pain on the side of my abdomen, and Alden’s last day in KS before leaving for Dubai. Thoughts while lying inside the ambulance: “Kailangan talagang magambulance?!” “Bakit ba sumakit ng ganto to?!” “Sus, wala lang to!” “Ano kayang gimmick sa KS?” “Di manlang kami nagabot ni Alden..”
So there, the Bora trip you’ve all been waiting for. All in all, it was a really fun Bora experience slash birthday celebration. Everything was well-planned (kahit last minute) and all of us had a really fun time! Thank you to those who helped and to those who joined me. Sa susunod ulit, ha!
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Here’s a confession about having to spend an afternoon in Boracay with Alden Richards.. nope, scratch that, with Richard Faulkerson Jr. Not even a second, have I ever felt like I was with “THE PAMBANSANG BAE”. (You know what I mean..) From the moment we hopped inside the boat until his goodbye hug, not even once did I catch a glimpse of the Alden Richards we normally see on TV. He was different; he was his normal-self. He was like a normal guy– more like a kid– having fun. He was enjoying every moment and you could see it in his gleaming eyes. Gleaming eyes that nobody gets to see regularly. He needed this time off; he needed to take a break from everything even just for a little while. And aside from being oh-so happy that he surprised me, the fact that he got to take a day off to unwind and have REAL fun meant so much more. You deserved the short break,
Alden RJ. I am so happy you had fun. 🙂