TWO SIDES OF WHITE BEACH

Every coin has its two sides and so has White Beach.

White Beach had shown its best side on calm, sunny conditions, just when I returned from Europe. it changed dramaticaly when the southwest monsoon (Habagat) introduced itself.

White Beach, Chinese women couple, selfie

 

First stirrings of a change in the weather pattern.

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White Beach, Boracay

 

Wind is comming up; first driftwood washed ashore.

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Boracay White Beach. Such a massive root is always good for something.

 

But there is more to come. A moderate southwest monsoon changes the face of the ‘White Beach’. Floating things, like plastic, debris but mostly driftwood or coconuts etc, gets washed ashore in large quantities and leaves behind a wild mess on the beach.

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Stay Over Manila

My international flight arrived late at Manila airport, Terminal 1. I had also an early flight in the next morning, so I booked a hotel  close to the airport. After checking some reviews I decided for ‘Go Hotels Manila Airport’. I put imortance on cleanliness an quiet. Booking via Agoda: 42 Euro. There are of course also cheaper hotels close by.

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The hotel is only a 7 min drive with the taxi. I did not know it was so close. The taxidrivers – as usual – try alway to take advantage of you, even if it is a yellow metered taxi. I had to ask him to turn the meter on. Anyway, it didn’t work and I didn’t care, because I was just too tired. Usually such a distance is about 100 peso with the yellow taxi (the meter in this taxis usally is preset on 70 peso already). I paid 150.

The Hotel

Check in no problem. It was also not busy at the time. My room was very small but most important clean! Toilett and shower is sperated. Especially the toilett with the sink is small, but clean and quite new. There is a good aircon, two beds, a TV and a deep shelf to put some things or clothing. More or less, that’s it.

Despite the room, the hotel offers nothing. Almost nothing! There is a massage service and a little shop. I was hungry a thursty. The shop however had not even a bottle of water so sell. That’s poor. The only shop outside the hotel is a 7 Eleven store across the street (at least!!).

Check out

At 11 pm at the latest. My domestic flight went from Terminal 3. This terminal is about 15 min from the hotel. The hotel offers a taxi service. They want to charge you 400 peso for that. That’s far to expensive. After a little negotiation talk they offered me the service for just 180 peso. That’s more reasonable.

After all, the hotel met my most important demands – cleanliness and quiet!

For a stay over, just right!

 

Before and After Party

Before Party. Beachfront Epic. The beach smells terrible. The sand is not white, but grey. But maybe authorities will tell us it was always like that…?

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April 30, 2017, Beachfront Epic.
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April 30, Beachfront Epic

The day after. White Beach?

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May 1, 2017, Beachfront Epic, after party. But never mind. What the staff will not clean up, the ocean will do, as it always does. Out of sight, out of mind!! But there is still this foul scent in the air.

Two Beaches – One Day

Bolabog Beach and White Beach are opposite of each other. At the narrowest point these beaches are not even 500 meters apart. Bolabog facing toward east, White Beach facing toward west. However, it seems, as if both beaches were located on two different islands.

Impressions from today, April 26, 2017

Bolagob Beach

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It’s very hot today (35 °C). Even if a gentle breeze today offers a nice relief at Bolabog Beach, an umbrella is not a bad idea!
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The light breeze from east is still enough to keep a kite in the air.
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Aissatou Beach Resort (Habagat Kiteboarding) has the best location at Bolabog. They even have a nice garden inside where you can relax.

White Beach (today)

Because the White Beach lies lee side, there is hardly to feel any wind today. The south part of the beach is quiet free from algeas now. A lot of algeas are still in the middle part just at the height of the Regency Resort. But here at the south it is almost a perfect beach day, and look at these colors!

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Crystal blue (White Beach, South, Angol)
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What a background for a selfie!
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Enjoy a dive…
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Enjoy scrubbing your skin with the fine sands of White Beach (fine and white at least partially!!)

 

MAD SNAIL DISEASE

What is wrong with this snails?mad snail, gary

Why do they come ashore,

where they decease dreadful,

dried out by the merciless sun

by the thousands?

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Snails stranded
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Snail

We don’t want to blame the algeas, do we? Although it is a fact that this phenomenon occures with the algeabloom on its peak. It is also known, that these kind of algeas divest oxygen from the water. So, is it maybe the lack of oxygen that drives these animals out of their habitat.

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Snail in it’s natural habitat under water