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Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron December 19th 2013

Typhoon Haiyan / Typhoon Yolanda When we were initially planning for our Philippines trip in Sep 2013, we had included Coron for its beautiful beaches and awesome diving reviews. We even had our connecting flights from Busuanga to Manila booked. Unfortunately, when Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda hit Philippines in Nov 2013. Coron was one of the islands that were hit. To make matter worse, I was not able to contact any of the dive resorts in Coron for weeks. Quickly, we came up with several contingency plans, such as going to Sipadan or some other parts of Indonesia instead. However, flying to and forth Philippines is not easy and there are many stop overs, mainly in Manila. After some time, we waited and monitored the news coming from Philippines, my fear for the worst seem to ... read more
Beautiful girls that shared my ride
Places in Coron
Wreck Diving

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron December 18th 2013

I have been sitting on this post for a week. I simply could not make up my mind on how I should go about writing it. I just realised that being a full time blogger is no joke. There are days where you get writing blocks or simply have nothing that you want to write about. Suddenly, I am glad that I have another job to occupy my brainless moments. However, it is very agonising too. As this is one of those moments, where I have so much to share about El Nido, but yet, I have no idea how to string all my experiences, feelings and thoughts together. For those who have been following my Philippines posts - I am so sorry for the long wait for this post. Hopefully, this post won't bore you ... read more
Group Pix @ Lucky Alofa (fm WS)
Group Pix @ ArtCafe (fm WS)
On the Overcomer

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido December 15th 2013

It's all about the company Despite all the shocks and last minutes changes, my love of El Nido continued to grow. I think that is what they say of all great love affairs. Haha :-D With each passing day, I started to enjoy the place, the food, the fun, and I think most importantly, the company of my friends (^_^) As mentioned, it is difficult to find friends of the same hobbies - diving, and they also have the same intensity and love for travel. I am very glad to have spread my love of the sea to my gf, SY, and she in turned spread her love of diving to me. It was under her influence and recommendation that I took up diving under Jean, who has now turned into one of my closest dive ... read more
Puffer Fish
Turtle on the run
Starfish

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido December 14th 2013

El Nido + Friends = Great Time I am extremely grateful to find this group of fun loving dive friends. On this trip, we were happy to see that our dive khakis are increasing too (khakis = malay for close friends). It is difficult to find people of the same hobby or even of the same personalities to come together to do something they enjoy. As this group of friends are die-hard divers, our trips are always filled with the maximum number of dives we can do, and thus we will constantly be out at sea. For those who were hopping to get more information about land activities in El Nido, I am so sorry I am not able to write much about it. Anyway, while on this trip, I realised I am kinda "amphibious" - ... read more
Calao Resort
Tricycles of El Nido
Small Alleyway

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido December 13th 2013

El Nido is located at the tip of the main Palawan Island. It is really difficult to get to this place, but the view and scenery was really worth the hassle. It was beautiful. Whenever I go on such trip. It would really be a pain and it's not as easy as it seemed. However, when I finally reach the destination, everything suddenly seemed worth it - the view, the dives, and the company of my friends. This post will mainly focused on how to travel to El Nido. It was really difficult to source for information as El Nido is not a location which is widely travelled to by many people. After reading so many travel blogs and reviews of the place, we were totally overwhelmed as well as confused at what options we have ... read more
Flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa
Just the plane and airstrip

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Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido December 12th 2013

The Start of Our Journey to El Nido I sure wasn't looking forward to this part of the trip. But I have come to realise that, for the sake of beautiful beaches and untouched scenery, the extremely difficult and long travel to the place is the price to pay. This leg of the trip started on Dec 11th at 2pm and we only finally reached El Nido on Dec 12th at about 4pm. This included several places - Batangas City, Manila, Puerto Princesa, etc. Puerto Galera to Manila As we are flying from Manila to Puerto Princesa, we needed at least 12 hours of break between our last dive and our flight. As usual, I chilled out my morning while Ed went for his last dive in Galera. After that, we went through the entire hassle ... read more
Puerto Princesa Airport
El Nido Beach
El Nido Beach

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido October 18th 2013

Palawan, officially the Province of Palawan, is an island province of the Philippines that is located in the MIMAROPA region or Region 4. Its capital is Puerto Princesa City, and it is the largest province in the country in terms of total area of jurisdiction. The islands of Palawan stretch from Mindoro in the northeast to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. The province is named after its largest island, Palawan Island (09°30′N 118°30′E), measuring 450 kilometres (280 mi) long, and 50 kilometres (31 mi) wide. Unlike most of the Philippines, Palawan is bio-geographically part of Sundaland, with a fauna and flora related to that found in Borneo. El Nido (officially the Municipality of El Nido) is a first class municipality and managed resource protected area in ... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Palawan October 11th 2013

Resumo: Apenas 11 dias; muitos lugares incríveis; encontrei a paz que eu precisava; Estou bem. Durante mais de 1 mês eu não sabia para onde ir depois do Timor Leste. Foi quando eu decidi ir para Filipinas. A viagem pela Indonésia não sairia barata, mas mesmo assim, resolvi ir. Não sei quando estaria nesta região novamente. Cheguei em Manila. A capital me impressionou. A cidade é moderna, limpa, de certa forma organizada .. Diferente de Bali que eu não conseguia passear com transporte público, em Manila foi bem fácil. =) Tinha um dia inteiro para conhecer a cidade. Foi o suficiente. Visitei os pontos turísticos e até um shopping center (refrescar no A/C). De noite peguei um night bus para Banaue, uma 'cidade' ao norte de Manila. Como todos avisaram o ônibus parecia um freezer. Era ... read more
Banaue People
Banaue - Rice Field Terraces
Batad - Rice Field Terraces

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron September 29th 2013

A l'Ouest, il y avait Coron !! Attention mesdames et Messieurs, ouvrez bien grand vos yeux et noyez vous dans ces quelques lignes. Je vais faire mon maximum pour vous faire partager ma dernière semaine qui fût... inoubliable ! Je sais, je commence à être redondant... mais c'est pas de ma faute si cette semaine était parmi les plus folle de mon périple ! Dès le début les Philippines m'ont vendu du rêve, mais là ça va au delà de tout ça... Je vais vous demander un peu de patience, comme toute belle histoire, il faut prendre son temps pour bien la raconter :) Revenons quelques jours, mois, années en arrière. D'une certaine manière tout commença en Seconde, quand j'ai rencontré Philippe (Philippe Riou pour les potes du lycée). Le temps d'une année, nous avons partagé ... read more
10 ans plus tard, retrouvailles sous l'eau !
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L'instructeur ;)

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Puerto Princesa August 26th 2013

For centuries, the native inhabitants of Puerto Princesa, the Tagbanuas, were already knowledgeable about the Underground River, but they did not pursue its exploration in the belief that a very powerful spirit reside in the innermost portion of the river and they do not want confront it. In the middle of the 1800s however, a researcher from the Michigan University, Professor Dean Worcester began his exploration of the Underground River and wrote a very extensive account on it. Soon, the academic and scientific world were introduced into the natural wonders of this river. Known in Palawan as the St. Paul Subterranean River, the Underground River of Puerto Princesa is a managed and protected area. It is located in the Midwest of Palawan and is 76 kilometers northwest of Puerto Princesa City, the capital of Palawan. It ... read more
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