Friday, June 6, 2014

A Post Card from El Nido

Finally! I was able to visit our very own “The Last Frontier” the island of Palawan. 

It has been declared as a nature sanctuary of the world. It is wrapped in a mantel of rainforests, outstanding dive sites, majestic mountains, primeval caves, and pristine beaches. It is surrounded by a coral shelf that abounds with varied and colorful marine life. 

El Nido, Palawan waters are among the best in the world, not only for diving but also for fishing. A diver's paradise, it has miles of sub-surface coral and rainbow reef walls which surround the coasts and coves teeming with rich marine life.

Words can’t do justice to how awesome the experience was. I traveled with my little bro to discover the paradise.

Puerto Princesa to El Nido


You have two options you may choose to take the bus or van (shuttle). San Jose Terminal is where buses and shuttles in Puerto Princesa leave from. To get here from the airport, it take a 15-minute trike ride fare is Php120.

But if you have the time, you may also take a trike to junction (Php8.00) and then ride a multi-cab to San Jose terminal (Php12.00). This is good if you are backpacker.

Van cost Php700 while bus aircon Php380 (cherry or Roro bus). The Van (shuttle) can pick you from your hotel so its less hassle.
source: google map

Travel time to El Nido is six hours. So mapapakanta ka ng The long and winding road by beatles so dapat memorize mo yan teh!

I’m one of those travelers who don’t follow a tight itinerary. so we decided to take the last trip schedule 10 pm and arrived exactly in El Nido 3:30 am in the morning. Viola!  so chika lang ang 6 hours..lol but really it depends on the bus driver.what happens to the almost 6 hours travel time?....zzsss….. Sleep…hahaha..special talent ko itey ang mag burlog:)

But if you have the moolah why not charter a plane:) it cost around 7K to 15K.

Arriving in El Nido

I did not book a hotel prior to our arrival. I asked help with the trike driver to bring us to a decent and cheapest room since will be out most of the time exploring the island. Trike from terminal cost Php50. There's a lot of hotels, backpackers lodge, bed and breakfast available. So no need to worry.

We stayed in D' Strong Tower Inn where most of the guests are backpackers. We rented a room for Php500 a day. Good for two or three persons it has its own bathroom. It was good deal after all, we were out most of the time exploring the island. 

Hindi ito keep calm and nganga moment sa hotel. Ano teh staycation! 

Island Hopping


To experience the best of El Nido you have to do the famous Island Hopping activity. There are 4 island hopping tour in El Nido, tour A, B, C and D. The most famous tour is A and C.

A lot of small shops scattered in every corner of the little town offer island and inland tour. The rate of the island hopping tours is standard. Tour A costs P700/pax and tour C costs P900/Pax. So kung bet nyo ang lahat prepare  gastos! Hahaha! A bigger budget.

Rates are per person but no minimum number of guests. The tour operator will be the one to look for joiners to fill in the required maximum number. Combination tours are also available but a bit expensive. 

I don’t want hassle and I made my own check list to what island to visit. So we rented our own boat. 

Combo Tour A and C


A week before, I contacted 4 island tour services and the best package deal I got is from Northern Hope Tours. Ate Neriza was really helpful, 3 people accompanied us, one tour guide, a boatman and assistance.  Akala ni ate foreigner akey hahahaha more English pa c ate sakin at hanapan ba ako ng passport..kalowka! sabi ko teh tagalog nalang tayo nose bleed akey!
Hello! El Nido:)

Helicopter Island

A beautiful and uniquely shaped island in Bacuit Bay. 
The waves were too high and the shore had deep trenches so it wasn't the swimming kind of beach.  It's good to relax and sunbathe:)
El Nido a promise of perfect gateway ( Helicopter Island).


front view of hidden beach...castle like rock formation
Hidden beach
On our way to Matinloc Shrine
View from the top of a limestone cliff at Matinloc Shrine

It's a good stopover for a glimpse of an "aerial" view of the bay. A 15 min climb up a ragged cliff (sad to say for adventurers: there's stairs). There's an abandoned nunnery for exploring. 

Urban legends say that this island holds a lot of mystery and were never proven. I would say it adds to the charm.  Dragon rock formations + a small chapel + awesome view at the top makes this stop worthwhile.
pag bigyan nyo ako..perfect for instagram post ito:)
ayan ayaw pa awat!...blog ko to noh..haller...lol
 #jumpshot with lil bro #Matinloc shrine
 we stop on this island to have our lunch. 
Lined with palm trees and  a perfect view.
  while waiting for the lunch..ayan instagram moment na at 
dapat na ka pose! take note mga teh!
 lunch on the boat. They served fresh grilled fish, 
squid, shirmp, cucumber salad and fruits. 
This is included on the package.

After some rest, we proceed with our tour around 1:00 pm..first stop
The Secret beach.
You need to pass through like a small tunnel of limestone 
but it was easy for us since anak kami ng dagat! lol   
We didn't wear the life jacket...warning!kung di ka MuroAmi!
We didn't wear the life jacket since we both 
know how to swim and it would be a hassle:)
little bro..under the sea:)
Be careful..alot of jellyfish...kong bet nyo maging
 Anne Curtis cge mga teh!
 dedmahin mo sila goodluck syo!
This is the entrance to the Secret Beach!
The Secret Beach photo via
The big lagoon
Iconic  karst rocks and blue water.
It was low tide and our boat cannot enter the lagoon. Good thing we have kayak:)
entrance to big lagoon
We were able to kayak around the lagoon without a hitch.
 Tip here is to arrive early to enjoy the tranquility of the place. 
entrance to The Small Lagoon
It has a green, blue green water.
perfect to swim in, kayak or just to chill:)
      At 4:50 pm we decided to stop at Papaya beach  
to relax and enjoy the beauty of El Nido.

As we go to one island to another island, it was serene. I loved how the summer heat envelope me, the sounds of waves, the smell of the salty air and clear skies. How I wish I could live like this forever:) 

 powdery sand of papaya beach

       With my best travel buddy. My little brother:)

Our Island hopping tour ended at 6:00pm so it was a full day. Both of us feeling absolutely famished and good thing a lot of  resto available fronting the beach. 

We had our dinner at  Trattoria Altrove who serve the best pizza in town but you have to leave your slippers at the entrance and enter barefoot. hahahaha! The floor and the wall are made of dark hardwood. The ceiling is lighter and high with ceiling fans ventilating the entire area. Ito ang perfect sa keep calm and more nganga mode! lol

 
their  pizza is to die for with amazing sunset view:)
 
so many pictures have been posted on the internet, books & magazine, blogs of the beauty of El Nido but the best thing to  experience is to visit and see it with your naked eye. #itsmorefuninthePhilippines.

El Nido is definitely a place to visit in the Philippines. A paradise, indeed.
 
Cheers to the best summer:)

Life is Good!


Note: without food and Kayak is for the whole day tour.

Northern Hope Tour
E-mail: northernhopetours@gmail.com
Mobile Numbers
    (+63) 939-902-2216 (Smart)
    (+63) 927-735-3221 (Globe)
    (+63) 942-375-2441 (Sun) 


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Let it go!

Yes, I went away for an extended holiday with my love…this blog with the full intention just to give more time for myself, to enjoy every moment of so called life and to straighten up some little issues.

I don’t know exactly what happened, except that I was literally in a different world and I was having a good relationship with my bed. It was soo beautiful.

To be honest, I did not feel like touching my laptop. I felt out of groove, out of touch with reality.  My depression wouldn't go away. I don’t want to simply post an excuse...“I just don’t have time” the lazy procrastination monster.  I knew there were things to be taken care of, I was even questioning if there was a purpose to it all.  

This post is probably really boring. I think its okay, it’s not like I have a professional blog right? I can choose to be a little self-indulgent:) I was scared to look at my blog. Fearing all the fellow bloggers have given up on me.  It’s no fun without having supportive, kind fellow bloggers who actually take the time out to read but comment. Hope you are reading this :)

Weeks after weeks, I tried to start something new, something that would bring back my sunny side. I started to eat fruits and vegetables. I even tried the motors diet. Yes, it was successful for only 2 dumb weeks! I’m not good in sanctioning my life! I’m just good in taking pictures and uploading it on my Instagram account.

I even set my foot inside a gym. Enrolled for one month, got my personal trainer and so far so good. I actually don’t consider myself to be in bad shape. Though it’s a joke among my close friends that having me along for a brisk walk is akin to walking poodle, I indulge in a poodle-like perambulation on an almost daily basis.

But there is one thing that I want to do. I want the heat envelope me as I walk outside, hear the sounds of waves, smell that salty air with clear skies, blazing sun, that gentle summer breeze, and  lazy afternoons.

I want to go to the beach!



Summer is kind of like the ultimate one-night stand: hot as hell, totally thrilling, and gone 
before you know it.”
~Cosmopolitan~

Life is good!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Run in a dome!

Oh my blog how I miss theee….I actually wanted to update it, a lot of things has happened that are worth sharing but I guess I was so lazy. Work still eats a big chunk of my time. I’m not complaining! I love my job:)  It pays my bills.

My sister was also in town and stayed with me for a whole month in my little box rented apartment. So I have to make sure I have food! So a trip to grocery every other day is a must.  She is such a monster, a morning person. She needs to have breakfast if not, she turn into dungeons. It was a test of physical, mental and emotional strength. She broke my monthly allowance.

For the month she stay with me, she though me one thing, to eat good food…healthy food. She knows that I’m living a not-so-exemplary lifestyle. If I have seen this coming, I could have just close my door. Leave a note. I’m on vacation. Go and find a place for yourself…lol

Well, I’m just human with a bigger heart than my mouth.  I’ve welcome her with boxes of Jco donuts. Her favorite! In response of what she has though me, I got crazy. I stopped smoking completely (lol). Now I’m eating breakfast religiously.  I went as far as shopping for vegetables, fruits, fish and cook. And boy did I cook.

And then I decided to do a Motors diet. A detox.

I want to recount my first day experience but for now I feel like watching my favorite TV series. 


Life is Good!


Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Real Deal

Things aren't always going to be fair in the real world, that’s just the way it is but for the most part you get what you give. Let me ask you all a question. What’s worse: not getting everything you wished for or getting it but finding out it’s not enough? The rest of your life is being shaped right now with the dreams you chase, the choices you make and the person you decide to be. The rest of your life is a long time and the rest of your life starts right now. — Haley James Scott, One Tree Hill

nobody can save you but yourself.
you will be put again and again
into nearly impossible situations.
they will attempt again and again
through subterfuge, guise and
force to make you submit, quit and/or die quietly
inside.

nobody can save you but yourself and it will be easy enough to fail
so very easily but don’t, don’t, don’t.just watch them.
listen to them.do you want to be like that?
a faceless, mindless, heartless being?
do you want to experience death before death?

nobody can save you but yourself and you’re worth saving.
it’s a war not easily won but if anything is worth winning then
this is it.

think about it.
think about saving your self.

-Charles Bukowski, nobody but you.




(Source: trendgraphy, via saintofsass)

Remember how far you've come, not just how far you have to go. 
You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be."
- Rick Warren

"What I want is to be needed. What I need is to be indispensable to somebody. 
Who I need is somebody that will eat up all my free time, my ego, my attention. 
Somebody addicted to me. A mutual addiction.
-Churck Palahniuk, Choke

(Source: adahaliel, via fornicating)

Life is Good!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Hello 2014!

How is it January 11 already? I haven’t written anything yet. Where did my last month of 2013 go?

All I've done so far was eliminate junk on my apartment. I've also been cleaning up my files in digital world and edit unnecessary things. This year, I would like to practice minimalism. I want to live frugally, sustainably and naturally.  Own less. live More-sticking to the essential.

Christmas is all about merry making but then it was hard for our family to celebrate it. Knowing that we've just lost our father. The one who love the season, who put up our simple tree and prepare the holiday dinner.

My family spent the days leading up to New Year with our family house. We planned to stay at my sister house fronting the beach but things change and weather was not good so we decided to stay home.

Dec 22 with my sister,  we decided to take a bus ride heading home since were bringing two big boxes and lots of stuffs. I no longer want to pay triple than my airfare so I have to suffer 24 hours exhausting long drive.

While on the road bound home, we make a promise to each other that no matter what, we still have to celebrate Christmas the best we can and we know Papa will be happy for it.

When we arrived home, it feels like ground zero. I can’t see any blinking lights.

So the next day we decided to put up our tree and Christmas ornaments around the house.  This year we decided to hang cute teddy bears and candy cane.
The next day, we went to do the grocery then plan what to cook for holiday dinner.
We celebrated the midnight mass with my nephew. Mom and my two sisters were too tired preparing
our holiday dinner so they were not able to come with us.
Then  we had our simple Christmas eve dinner.
 

Christmas morning, we had a quick family breakfast then visit our dear Papa.
Then went back home. The exciting part opening of gifts.
The kids were really good, their faces while opening the gifts was priceless but still we have moments in silence then look at each other. We still have that scab in our heart losing the one we love, who loved Christmas more than us our dear father:(



2013 was eccentric for our family, like many, I’m glad we bid goodbye so let’s be MORE positive with 2014! 

Let me share to you one thing my father taught me… that no one is perfect, that we all have our scars. We carry around personal demons that we struggle with from time to time. And that’s ok. We can’t expect ourselves, or anyone else for that matter, to be perfect. My father has its bad side and like all of us, its part of our lives, his imperfection made him who he was.  If he hadn't been through what he’d been through, he never would have been able to motivate us, his children and others who become part of his lives and motivate him somehow.

So for this 2014, I wish all my friends, relatives and readers to embrace the negative as a learning experience and take steps forward no matter how scary. Life is really good and really short. Embrace it! Dance with the rain.

I also pray that we find strength within ourselves and face the challenges of life with gratitude. I won’t stop praying for I know prayer is the only weapon I have. Let’s not also forget to give back, to share what we have. To make things better.

Life is Good!

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