One of the things i was really looking forward to this summer was our (Baihana) gig in Boracay for 2nd Avenue. I really needed to get out of the kitchen, get out of the city, and just relax. Though it was a work trip.. it was a "work" trip. I can hardly call singing with Baihana work. Even if it was just an overnight stay (which is tiring), it was such a great mini vacation.
To those who don't know Baihana yet, we are an all-femal vocal harmony group. We sing a lot of jazz, but also do pop :) "Baihana" is Bisaya for "that girl"/"'yang babaeng 'yan". The two lovely girls i sing with are Krina Cayabyab and Mel Torre. Mel is our Alto, and for me she really has one of the best voices in this country! She also sings with the Blue Rats (Catch them at Martini bar, Mandarin hotel every Thursday) and the Brat Pack. Krina is a musical genius! She does all of our awesome arrangements (Vocals, band, even arrangements for orchestra!). She teaches voice at the Ryan Cayabyab School of Music, as well as Art Studies at UP Diliman. Needless to say, these two ladies are extremely talented, beautiful inside and out :)
We all really needed this mini vacation. Upon arrival, Krina and i headed out to get a massage. Everything was still closed though (down side of having an early flight), so we decided to get a few drinks. Rum cokes at 9:00am. Yup. And it was awesome. The massage we had after was also really good!
We then met up with Mel and Tim (Tim Cada, our guitarist) for lunch at Mango Ray, where we had the most delicious Garlic & Cheese Pizza. You should eat there the next time you head to Boracay!
After lunch, Krina, Mel and i walked around, and decided to go Parasailing. First time for all of us! It was so much fun! And yes, we sang as we were up in the air. We just had to!
It was only my second time in Boracay, but it was my first time to try Jonah's Banana Choco Peanut shake which is just the best thing you can drink at the beach! Three of the most awesome flavors in one bottle!! I am definitely going back just for that drink!
But of course it wasn't just all play. We performed for 2nd Avenue's Summer event at around 10:30pm. It was an outdoor event, and it was HOT. But we were so happy that there was a good number of people who came to watch us! Thank you so much again, 2nd Avenue, for flying us to Boracay!
We ended the night with a few drinks at The Sand Bar, Rum Cokes (again) and burgers from Jammers, which we enjoyed on the sand, under the full moon. It was such a great day, and i just feel so lucky that we got to fly to Boracay for free!