Thursday, November 22, 2012

honduras,a tiny bit of heaven...

this entry seems a little outdated but it is never too late. decided to put it in as it is one of my most memorable trips with my boy friend then. Honduras, Roatan is a small little island off the main island which is just five hours away from Phoenix,Arizona which makes it seem so enticing and even more so when you enter this part of Central America.

we stepped into the airport with our red singaporean passports and stood in line,and when it was our turn, the officer looked and seemed not to know where this little country was on the map. he went into his office,grabbed a thick book of listed countries, looked through the whole list and still, there was no singapore. he definitely had a puzzled look while he just stamped our booklets letting us into Honduras which i thought was quite comical. 

we were picked up by our driver to our hotel on half moon bay island. it is on the west side of the island and supposedly it is more beautiful and less commercialized than the other parts. turns out that, the apartment we rent in Morrocan style was nicely done up and comfortable. went by to say hi to baby c (the security officer) and the lady who rented us our room for only $700 for 7 nights.

the next day, we roamed around this little island and was filled with fresh air but many mosquitos. rule was never to leave home without being armed with repellent...the beach was nice and calm but the sand was not as perfect as i thought. nonetheless it was beautiful and great to waddle in. 

later, we took a quick boat ride costing about $3 per person one way to the other highly recommended island called the west bay. it was a much bigger and longer beach with high end apartments and hotels and of course more 
half moon bay beach
pubs and restaurants..must say i love love the beach here as it is well maintained with fine sand and clear calm crystal blue waters.

west bay beach

all i did was to waddle in the pool all day and looked at little fish swim by while my bf drank his life away at the beach bars trying out local beers and tropical cocktails. that is what we call life. 

food i must say is not fantastic by far and it 
                          encompasses alot of simple western 
                          cuisines like burgers,fish and some 
                          not so great seafood. many come here to 
experience diving and we met quite a few who
ended up setting up their own business to 
live this beach bummer life. sounds great to me..haha..why not?  
in the next few days, we visited the butterfly park nearby which was small but interesting to see many south american parrots and birds. also we were taken to the town center to explore and try out the famous Honduran coffee that was so good we had two in a row!

town area

view from the coffee place!

we also went fishing with Baby C's friend and had a great time fishing for barracuda as well as many bonitos which fought till their last breath.unfortunately bonitos are not as tasty as they look..haha

it was also my first ever sea snorkeling session which i was initially really afraid of the deep blue..but with a life jacket and poms (my bf) holding my hands, it turned into a most amazing and enriching experience! we saw many crazily colored fish and coral and even a sleeping shark! our guide was even diving for conch for us (erm yes it is illegal so shhhhh!!!) and conch sashimi i tell you, there are no words to even describe it! sweet sweet sweet!!!and even when you take it to the restaurants, they would cook it any style you want..grilled...yummmmmm..cant have enough!!

of course, Baby C is also a great cook and host and he did a wonderful dinner for us using all natural ingredients from coconut to was a cahttp://www.roatanisland.netribean pot called the mccoy. our first local meal and man, it was not just great, it was so awesome we had many helpings. 

baby c,shadow and poms

nights here were simple and chill with bar hopping and beer drinking. only on fridays you would see hoards of people dressed up and dancing to loud latino music which added a different feel to the island atmosphere. 

 our other highlight of the trip was zip
lining which is a part of my bucket list. now to do it with the love of my life zooming down the lines across lush green rain forests hitting bugs with your helmet was rather a fantastic idea. 

but the best part was still me going 
'wee wee weeeeeeee' like the pig on zipline in the advertisement we saw on tv every night. 
haha what a dream come true!

 the best food in all this trip was at the Lighthouse restaurant where at least the seafood was well prepared and they have the most amazing seafood choppino i ever tasted across the continent. good enough for me to have it twice in a day! situated on the beach and water, it is a great romantic place to dine casually in flip flops and still see starfish lying around...

Lighthouse Restaurant!

of course, all in all, Roatan is a wonderful little hideout filled with fun and activities for any age and people are kind and warm. i really did enjoy this trip but most of all, the place is nothing without my loving bf who took me here for our 1st anniversary. Thanks poms for all the love you blessed me with this year. i really felt like the happiest girl in the world as you complete me. Happy anniversary and Love Love u forever and ever!!(hand action)!!!!

poms enjoying his favorite empanadas!


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