After the wedding coincidentally lined up with my Mom and sister going on vacation to Europe. We met up with Auntie Marites and our first stop on this mini eurotrip was to the island of Crete! We stayed in the cutest airbnb with the most beautiful views of the Cretan Sea.
Siargao holds a special place in my heart. It’s not quite on the map yet. Everyone I met including myself had only heard about this place from word of mouth. It’s a bit tricky to get on the island. There are only a few flights a week on super tiny planes that fly direct. The other way to get there is by ferry. I flew from Manila > Cebu > Surigao then took a ferry to Siargao. Surigao is not to be confused with Siargao, yes super confusing. I’ve never felt unsafe on my solo travels, except while in the Philippines. First experience was in Surigao where this guy I met in the airport shuttle added me on Facebook. How he found out my last name I will never know. I guess there’s no privacy if you ask front desk? C r e e p y.
From Saigon we flew to Manila for one night then off to the island of Boracay. Not going to lie, Boracay was all about relaxing: drinking way too much wine and indulging in super cheap massages! It was sad to see how much Boracay has changed. I remember going 14 years ago and it wasn’t as crowded. I mean, there’s a Starbucks on the beach now!!