Where in the hell is the beach!
Trip Start Feb 19, 2012
8Trip End Mar 22, 2012
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Where I stayed
Oro Bonito Hotel
Sun, Feb 26, 2012
Today we left the hotel around noon to go to the Domestic airport to catch a plane on Zest Air for a 3:30pm departure. When we got to the airport, we found that the plane had been delayed until 4:20 pm. Then they delayed it to 4:40pm then delayed it again to 6:00pm. It finally showed up at 6:30pm. We were starting to worry that they were going to cancel the flight but, we finally took off and it was only about 40 minutes to get to Puerto Princesa airport. It's kind of frustrating when you think about how long we waited for the plane for the short amount of time it took to actually get to the island of Palawan.
We decided to stay here for at least two nights while we figure out logistics. We also needed to apply for a visa extension while we are in Puerto Princesa and do laundry. You automatically get a
twenty-one day visa but, if you want to stay longer, you have to apply for an extension. We could do that while we are in Puerto Princesa as long as we have proof that we have a return airline ticket.
We ate at a great little restaurant called Ima's Vegetarian Restaurant. I ordered a stir fry with tofu,
green beans, nappa cabbage, and black beans with garlic rice. Boy was that good. The black beans gave it a little punch that really made the stir fry. Dave ordered a rice and bean burrito and he said it was probably the best burrito he's ever had. They also made me a no-milk tropical fruit shake, very good.
Mon, Feb 27, 2012
road name signs anywhere. It's also pretty hot here, I would say in the mid-90's and very humid. Halfway through the day we decided we had enough of walking around and it was time to start using the tricycles...they are everywhere.
discovered that all the travel agents have booked up the Subterranean River Tour for the rest of February. So, we will have to wait until the first of March to do this tour. The other tour we would like to do is called the Ugong Rock trail, which includes a 7K walk along a trail, and then some scrambling through tunnels and up ladders to get to the top of a large karst rock...then you zip-line down...FUN! We are going to try to arrange this trip tomorrow as well as get our visa extension. We are going to stay one more night so we have time to get this all worked out. We also found that they now have a van service that will take you up to El Nido in about 5 hours vs. 9 hours that was quoted in the guide book. So our hope is to spend a couple of days up at Sabang to do the Subterranean tour and the Ugong Rock tour and then head to El Nido.
town a little and take us to a good restaurant that serves fresh
Daniel took us to the Badjao Seafront Restaurant...a gorgeous
restaurant right on the edge of a mangrove forest. There were some fantastic cloud formations in the sky making for a beautiful sunset. The grilled tuna was delicious, the atmosphere was serene though a little buggy with mosquitoes. If I had known we were going to eat there, I would have put on some bug juice.
Tue, Feb 28, 2012
Today Daniel showed up in the morning before we called him to take us around. I think he wanted to make sure we used his services and he had some time because there was a delay in the arrival for the morning airplane...Daniel also has a job working the airport for trike taxi service...he has to wear a uniform shirt when he is working the airport. Anyway,
we hadn't had breakfast yet but, since
he was ready, we decided to go ahead and get our errands completed.
When we finally got all our errands completed...it took us perhaps 1 ½ hours to do all this...really quite efficient compared to the amount of time it took us to get things done in Manila...we had Daniel take us to the little coffee shop close by our hotel so we could have breakfast and some good coffee.
the town right outside the airport where there are a number of little stalls with handmade art, jewelry, and souvenirs...some really nice things...I ended up buying a handmade bracelet woven from reeds and includes a chunk of turquoise, somes shells, wood beads and python vertebrae disks...a really unique piece. Dave hand a shop make him a bracelet made with a variety of beads and python vertebrae. What a perfect souvenir to remind us of our trip to the Philippines.
Dave also found a beautiful coffee table book on Palawan that he wanted to buy and it turned out that we had to buy it through the Philippine Information Office in the Provincial Center where the tourist office also resides. We had to pay for it at the Treasury office...we experienced Philippine
Government red tape just to buy a coffee table book...that was kind of different. We had the ISBN number so we tried to go online to buy it but, the only places we could find it available for purchase were in Singapore or Australia for $90. We got it from the government office for $58. Now Dave has to decide if he wants to carry it around with him the rest of our trip or mail it to himself. I suggested he mail it but, he's a little concerned about the cost to mail something that heavy to the U.S.
I tried to take pictures but, they didn't come out that great. Surrounding the tree were a number of ponds some that had some giant carp.
Tomorrow, we are off for some adventure and hopefully, some beach time...FINALLY!