Backpack Blues – Summer Edition

So what’s in your beach bag?

This post is inspired by thoughts of our boss basking in the sun along the white stretch of Boracay.

(Apology for not having even a single photo of Boracay. My first trip there was during uni days and that time didn’t have any camera maski digicam o phone cam. Awts. Pramis sa December I’d take photos as much as I can and insert one here.) 

Our boss is currently on a two week business+leisure trip to Nepal and my home country, the Philippines. He’s now in his second week and actually called me <via Viber> to announce, Liya, I am now in your country! 27 degrees very sunny and mafi rain! We arrived in Cebu yesterday and now enroute to Boracay, blah blah blah, some office updates, blah blah blah…”

When he mentioned Boracay, I was like, aaaaahhhhh I am sooooo green with envy arbab! He was laughing and I was reminded of about two months more to endure and I’d eventually have my turn to be back at this island paradise.

Haist. Patience Leandra, patience. = p

So boss, if you happen to read this while sipping a fruit shake in a free Wi-fi café along Station 2, please don’t forget these essentials prior to hitting the beach:

Beach Bag Essentials

Yes, because a beach towel is not enough.

1.)    Flip flops – your leather sandals will only attract sand and will be ruined when it gets soaked in water hehehe. So leave them at the hotel and don a pair of flip flops instead while strolling along the beach.

2.)    Bull cap or straw hat or any head gear to protect you from the sun.

3.)    Sunglasses – Ok, I know u won’t forget this coz u wear it here daily. It’s more of a reminder to me.

4.)    Sunblock lotion – else you risk to come back like burnt barbecue. Yes the wind may be blowing and you feel cool but still the sun’s rays are out there to toast you, swear! Remember last year I looked like a plum when I came back? = p

5.)    Moisturising lotion – after rinsing, to avoid uber dryness, restore skin’s moisture.

6.)    Mosquito Repellant lotion – unlike in sunny Bahrain where we rarely see mosquitoes, these tiny, annoying insects love the Philippines as it’s always raining there and they can be dangerous (re: dengue carriers) I am not scaring you boss. Better safe than sorry lah. Look for OFF! or other similar brands in a local drugstore, only 1-2 dinars per tube.

7.)    Hair Clamp – ok that’s not for you. It’s for me to keep my long hair off my face during swimming hehe.

And to tide me over until I get to Boracay or the nearest beach for swimming, I’m gonna use the health club vouchers you gave me. ^_^

K Hotel Health Club vouchers

Not only to check out the fitness gym – Hey boss, I am now semi-regularly walking/jogging along Al Fateh + Adliya loop lah. I swear to lose some weight before I hit home for the Holidays. 🙂

(I think my boss is really serious about health and fitness. And it’s a good thing! He always reminds us to stop eating junk food, go jogging and/or join a health club. Well, I was a member of another club/gym before but I stopped going…it’s another story. If I’d like K’s facilities then maybe I’d join.)

But I’m more keen on checking out their steam + sauna rooms, jacuzzi and outdoor pool for swimming, hehehe.

Until then, Boracay… 71 days to go! Aja! 🙂

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