To celebrate the end our visit to the Philippines, we decided to spend a few days in Boracay — one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. In 2012, Travel and Leisure named the Boracay the top overall island. There are some parts of the island that are super-developed and take away a bit from the beauty of the place. We ended up staying at the quieter part of the island where we felt removed from the bustle of Manila from the previous week. Getting to Boracay was not easy. We had to take an hour-long flight from Manila to Kalibo and a bus ride to the ferry. However, once we were there, we felt slowly recharged with the beauty that surrounds us. Our hotel provided tons of activities for the kids so the girls were able to create their own postcards, bake cookies, learn basket weaving, snorkel and dive. My oldest daughter, Chiara, is already planning her next trip back to the island to get her junior diving certification. Overall, we got lucky with the weather during this trip since it is already the wet/rainy season in the Philippines yet we got only one day of rain.