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Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido November 22nd 2014

Pegamos um voo de Vietnam dia 22 de novembro a 1:00 da madrugada, fomos fazer o check-in e o que acontece? Precisava de uma passagem para sair das Filipinas e eu não tinha... Fui comprar uma passagem qualquer para poder ir para Filipinas, voltei correndo para o check-in, enfim, conseguimos entrar e embarcar. Chegamos a Manila e tivemos que pegar outro voo para Coron. Chegando em Coron, pegamos uma Van até o Porto onde tivemos que pegar outro barco para poder chegarmos a nossa expedição que tinha saído as 9:00 e nós chegamos no Porto as 12:00. Chegamos mais ou menos 13:30 no barco da expedição de Coron a El Nido, chamado Tao Philippines, fomos super bem recebidos, ainda tinham umas pessoas fazendo snorkeling mas nós estávamos morrendo de fome, sorte que o almoço estava quase ... read more
Acomodação primeira noite da expedição
Jantar primeira noite
Snorkeling

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Puerto Princesa August 20th 2014

Hello to all from Davao city in the Philippines! Davao is know for its Durian (for those of you who haven’t encountered this fruit it smells of rotten flesh!) my taxi driver back from the office described it perfectly ‘it tastes like heaven, but smells like hell!’ Maybe I am slowly going native but I actually quite like it now, in a strange way despite tasting like a cross between ripe brie and burnt onions it has a strangely moreish quality like picking a scab.. I have been out in the Philippines for 12 days, but somehow I have the sense that I have been out for months already! I spent a week in Clark near Angeles city which I mentioned in my last post and then flew over to the beautiful isle of Palawan. Overall ... read more
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Spicy Market

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Puerto Princesa May 13th 2014

Only one more weekend before I go home to Sydney. It actually feels like I'm just on a regular holiday now, given that I have so little time remaining, and since my condo lease expired and I started staying in hotels. I've just spent a week in El Nido which was great, and finally got my PADI diving certification. I'm not sure if there isn't a bit of a lull now, though. A week and a bit to go, and it feels like I've done everything I wanted to do. It doesn't help, either, that I've finally exhausted my budget that is my travel card. It's a bit sad to think this way, but it's time to start planning how I'm going to re-adjust to Sydney life. There was a time when the city of Sydney ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido » Miniloc May 3rd 2014

First day at El Nido Kayaking and hiking ( or shall I say rock climbing) I woke up to the sounds of trikes honking horns, dogs barking and roosters cock-a-doodle -do! I took a quick shower and got dressed to schedule tours for the day and he next day. I walked in the Art Caffe and talked to the ladies there and booked a kayaking-snorkeling-island hopping boat combo tour for Sunday. A hiking tour for the afternoon and a kayak for the morning. I walked around the main area where all the bars, restos, hostels, guesthouses and shops are and I bought a few small souvenirs. Then I wandered around the outside streets and walked into El Nido town. El Nido is in central Palawan it is a bay called Bacuit ( not sure spelling) it ... read more
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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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