Bora Bora Boracay

Bora Bora Boracay!

Are you a beach lover? Your idea of a perfect romantic getaway is to be sipping champagne while surrounded by crystal clear waters and white glistening sands? For all the tropical honeymooners out there, be informed that nothing could be more perfect than waking up on a bright, sunny morning in the charming Philippines. Boracay is one of the last undiscovered Asian beach escapes. A small island at 4.5 miles long, Boracay is small enough to navigate by rented bicycle or bike!

The Beaches

Even with it’s small expanse, Boracay has several world famous beaches to boast. White Beach, among these, is Boracay Island’s longest, most iconic and commercial strip. This place is a very important one on the Boracay bucket list. Voted one of the best beaches in the world, White Beach truly is a self-sufficient paradise, with 4 kilometres of white, pristine sand speckled with resorts, shops, and restaurants.

Yapak Beach, also known as Puka Beach, is famous for its numerous puka shells. The beach is known for its seafood, swarmed with restaurants serving the catch of the day. One great feature about Yapak Beach is that it’s not as commercial as White Beach, so it’s less crowded and leaves more opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the island. There are several other less commercial beaches around the place, ideal for the offbeat souls who like to steer away from the crowd.

Things to do

Boracay is an adventure-lover’s dream come true. Reef walking, scuba diving, parasailing, skimboarding, stand-up paddling and many more beach sports can be explored in abundance. Apart from that, you can do cliff diving, zorbing and ziplining, ATV rides, mermaid swimming, and loads more to satiate your appetite for adventure.

However, if you’re the kind who wants a vacation in the literal sense of the word and just wants to take it easy, then pick a less strenuous activity like swimming, golfing, or sailing or just recline by the beach and indulge in a glorious massage. There’s something for every type on this wondrous piece of land.

D’ Talipapa

The seafood paradise of Boracay, D’ Talipapa is a wet market that is surrounded by restaurants that offer cooking services for the fresh catches that you’ll find here. For those of you who don’t know the fast growing trend of “paluto” (meaning, “cooking service”) in the Philippines, you’re in for an experience you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Just seeing the range of seafood and fresh produce this market boasts will make your eyes pop out and mouth drool. And the best part? You get to have it tailored to your exact taste. So, get your tricycle ready and make your way to this food fantasy land.

Boracay will steal your heart in more ways than one. The breathtaking sunsets, the carefree sailing, the crazy nightlife, the sweetest locals, the happy-go-lucky tourists, the delectable food, the romantic setting, the natural beauty… the list goes on and on. However, the most striking quality about this wonderland is that you can create your own adventure and enjoy your stay in your own customized way no matter what your preferences are.

Are you convinced yet? Then come on over lovebirds, to the Philippines’ best kept secret.

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Revamping the Trend at Every Bend!

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Wedding trends are an ever-changing phenomenon. What was trending in 2013 was probably obsolete by 2014 and is blasphemous this 2015. The only constant trend of the century has been to reinvent what already exists.

Here’s what’s in store this year:

Themes and colours

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This year wedding themes and colours schemes get even bolder than last year; the palette primarily constitutes muted tones paired with vibrant colours. You can couple luscious red with sober taupe, pair vivacious orange with mouth-watering mint, or combine royal purple with sterling silver to adorn your wedding day. And that’s just the beginning of the list; there are a host of other quirky ideas you can choose from.

Un-Hotel Wedding Venues

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This season to-be-weds are looking to make a statement by picking the wackiest location for their special event and give the wedding party a true experience to remember. The benefit of an offbeat, unique wedding venue is that you won’t need to fuss over the decor too much as the natural state of the location is bound to be striking. Palaces, historical monuments/ruins, boats, botanical gardens and film cities make for stunning, unlikely wedding venues that’ll surely remain in the memory of your audiences for years to come.

Stunning Entries

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Gone is the age of horses and horse-drawn carriages. New-age grooms are discovering innovative ways to make stunning, awe-inspiring entries to make a solid statement of style on the D-day. Vintage cars, decorated bicycles, custom bikes and helicopters are some popular means of transport among these modern-days knights. Well, all that seems to be missing is a 50-foot tower and fire-breathing dragon to get to the bride!

After Parties

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A few years ago, it was all about the cocktail parties and sangeets. However, wedding couples these days have taken the celebrations up a notch, with post-reception parties being the flavour of the season. After parties are a great idea to break away from the formality of the wedding reception and provides opportunity for easy interaction between the wedding guests and the newly weds. They’re also a great opportunity for the bride and groom to get to know their partner’s family. Besides, these parties need not be extravagant, so they’re easy on the pocket. Opt for something low key like karaoke and drinks, relax at a lounge, go bowling or to a videogame arcade or just unwind with a house party. Post-wedding trends are the best thing since cupcakes!

Wedding Media

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Media has played a significant role in weddings for the longest time, but social media and other new elements have completely revamped the look and feel of weddings and made this a multi-billion industry. Wedding pairs are increasingly opting for pre-wedding photo shoots, wedding films, wedsites, wedding mobile apps and Twitter hashtags to spread their bliss. However, though the trend has been to make the wedding famous through social networking, several couples are opting for unplugged weddings so their guests can truly be present in mind and spirit to enjoy the festivities on their wedding day.

Ultimately, trends are what appeal to a mass of people, which is why they gain popularity. They’re encouraged and appreciated, but never an obligation and can most certainly be reinvented. Don’t shy away from doing something completely out of the box and wowing your wedding party. Start your own trend!

Bacchanals in Barbados

Bacchanals in Barbados

Barbados, the land of islands, is synonymous with terms such as ‘party’, ‘fun’, ‘beaches’ and anything else you can think of that brings joy to the heart. It doesn’t need to be said that the Caribbean Islands would be the perfect love nest for newlyweds, and Barbados, among these, is probably king. Let’s explore this wonderland of the ‘bearded ones’ some and talk about interesting things that make up the ideal honeymoon.

The Beaches

It would be inappropriate to begin this ode to Barbados without a discussion on its bedazzling beaches first. This eastern haven’s different coasts offer beaches that range from fine-grained sand and sapphire waters to the perfect waves of the Atlantic coast. Silver Sands beach on the south coast is great for water sports, and the trade winds in the winter months make it the most ideal spot in the world for windsurfing. Crane Beach, known for its beauty, was originally a harbor and is popular with surfers for its magnificent waves. Be sure to check this one out!

Silver Sands Beach

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Bottom Bay has been rated one of the best beaches in the world, and for good reason. It’s picture-perfect, its wide, bright white beach and rolling waves framed by tall coral cliffs. Walk up to the top of the coral cliffs to enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the coastline or enjoy a lazy picnic by the beach, but resist that urge to take a dip in its suspicious waters as the strong currents aren’t really ideal for swimming.

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There is such a wealth of beaches to choose from, such as Dover Beach, Mullins Bay, Rockley, Folkestone Beach and many more. There’s really something for everyone on these sandy treasures, so don’t forget to do your holiday research!

Stavronikita

This underwater art project is a must visit for all budding and professional explorers. The SS Stavronikita lies at the bottom of the ocean just off Barbados. One of the best diving spots in the world, “stavro” will transport you to the land of corals, shells, sponges and other wondrous surprises in the Caribbean Sea. Deliberately sunk after it got burnt in a fire, this humongous Greek freighter was then transformed into the lovely artificial reef it is now. So get on your diving gear and head on to explore this beautiful piece of history!

Stavronikita Project

Harrison’s Cave

The naturally phenomenal Harrison’s Cave is a striking underground cave stream system with splendid caverns and crystallized formations. The caves are naturally formed by water erosion through limestone rocks, and the wealth of calcium deposits that runs through the caves has caused unusual stalactites and stalagmites to form here. You can travel through the caves by tram and even alight from the tram at certain spots to view the formations up close. Worth a visit!

Harrison's Cave

Black Pearl Party Cruises

If you wish to experience the true essence of Barbados, pay a visit to the Jolly Roger 1 Pirate Ship and be transported back to 300 years ago to the time when pirates roamed the Caribbean Sea. Black Pearl Party Cruises provide the ultimate partying experience! These amazing floating carnivals combine the scenic beauty of the sea’s crystal-clear waters, tropical sunshine and cooling Caribbean breezes with pulsating calypso music, great food and barrels and barrels of the captain’s ‘Pirate Rum Punch’. If that’s not a party, then I don’t know what is! You can also indulge in snorkeling and swimming with the sea turtles (and pirates) or simply bronze on the top deck. Adventurous ones can rope-swing from the boat or walk the plank blindfolded. All in all, you’re bound to create lifelong memories in this most ultimate party cruise ever!

Black Pearl Party Cruise

The Oistins Fish Festival

Held in the historic town of Oistins, this festival is a celebration of the contribution made by the local fishermen to this wondrous island. Much like the kohli festivals held in India, this festival is a fun-filled combination of music, art and gorgeous food. Every Friday, enjoy the sweet sounds of calypso and reggae as you stroll past the sidewalk stalls. Work up an appetite as you groove to the music and then enjoy traditional Bajan fare such as fish cakes, fried fish and pudding and souse with a chilled local Banks Beer. You will also see a horde of crafts on display by local craftsmen that you can choose from. What’s more, the fish-boning competition is a huge attraction for both locals and visitors, as is the grease-pole competition. The Oistins Fish Festival is the ultimate entertainment destination!

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Barbados cannot be described in so many words. There is so much more to experience and explore that it’ll leave your head spinning long after. The Barbados Wildlife Reserve in all its natural glory, the Barbados Crop Festival—the experience of a lifetime, the nightlife (you’re in the Caribbean; need I say more?), ah! We could write a book and it still wouldn’t do justice. Barbados is all and much more than you can imagine. And, a special mention must be made about the Bajans, the warm and friendly local people of Barbados. They’re so charming that you’ll instantly want to adopt Barbados as a home away from home. For all the flushing newbies in the marriage world, what better than to start your wonderful journey with a visit to paradise. Cheers!

Barbados Wildlife Reserve