Monthly Archive: June, 2014

Food culture: Philippines

I gots a confession to make, y’all: I was a finicky filly when it came to eating in the Philippines. Local delicacies include: Balút: boiled duck egg with a partially developed embryo (bonus… Continue reading

Hooping in the Philippines

The people of the Philippines LOVE their basketball. In every village, no matter how small, there will be at least one basketball hoop. After a while I finally started to snap pictures of… Continue reading

Maomags and the Choco Hills of Bohol

So, we only had one full day to spend on the island of Bohol before we headed south on a ferry to the isle of Camiguin. What to do, what to do? A… Continue reading

Pawikans and Apo Island

Ah, Apo Island. Yet other place we fell in love with, and had to leave too soon. It’s not for the claustrophobic, since it’s only 3 km around and 120 m high. Neither… Continue reading

Motorcycle Diaries: Busuanga Island

A half-day’s ride, they said. A whole tank of gas just to get there, they said. Well, we heeded what they said. We left early, on a full tank of gas, prepared for… Continue reading

Island hopping: Coron Island tour B

See Island hopping: Coron Island tour A for a descriptive post about Busuanga and the two Corons. For this trip, we swam under karst rocks to get into the Twin Lagoon, snorkeled at… Continue reading

Island Hopping: Coron Island Tour A

Ok, let’s get the specifics out of the way. The Calamian group refers to the cluster of islands at the northern tip of the province of Palawan; Busuanga is the biggest and most… Continue reading

El Nido

It’s hard to size up the “best beach destination” that is El Nido. It’s garnered the attention of a few prestigious magazines, and has been high on the list of go-to destinations in… Continue reading

latest update

Om Swastiastu from Bali, Indonesia! As I am sure y’all know, I am totally behind on posting. We were in Palawan nearly a month ago, and have come a long way since then…… Continue reading

Port Barton

These days, Port Barton is not for those seeking luxury, but rather for travelers who revel in exploring remote, rural villages. The town isn’t as well developed as other destinations of Palawan, and… Continue reading

Snorkeling in Port Barton

A personal boat tour cost us only 1200 PHP (around 27 dollars) and we arranged it only 30 minutes before departure. Once the deal was struck, Xiker went to buy lunches for us,… Continue reading

The Subterranean river of Puerto Princesa

Though the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) has a lot to offer visitors, most people make the trip from Puerto Princesa only to see the underground river, which is heavily celebrated… Continue reading

A sliver of heaven in Sabang

A declaration: the beach of Sabang is grossly underrated in comparison to the other popular destinations of Palawan Island. We spent only one night here and wished we could’ve stayed longer… Too bad… Continue reading

Finding another side to Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa is the capital of the Palawan province, located smack dab in the center of Palawan Island. After a short and scenic flight from Manila, we arrived in Puerto early afternoon, excited… Continue reading

Sizzling Bacon Beach

Picked it out a whim, maybe because of the funny name, most likely because of its proximity to Legazpi. As soon as we got off the jeepney, it was obvious that we had… Continue reading

Smoking Mt. Mayon and Legazpi

There were several conquistadors in the 16th century, all who claimed the Philippines in the name of Spain, but Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, who arrived in 1565, was the one who cemented Spain’s… Continue reading