24 Jul 2012 3 Comments
Every time I pass by El Nido Corner on my way to Caalan, this sign always gets me:
No, not the “Kayak for Rent, Included Safety Best” but the “Sunset Offers from 16:00-18:30“! I have to give it to the resto because these colors are very enticing, at least to me, on whom advertising really works all the time, being the kind of person who would want to buy the cheeseburger that was shown during a commercial break or the Laing on the billboard right outside the airport so on and so forth.
When my Travel Factor friends were in El Nido, they talked about El Nido Corner, and I kept asking them where that is. El Nido Corner Restaurant did not exist when I was living in El Nido in 2005, and I didn’t see it either when I was there in 2010. I found some old photos of that corner in my old picture folders. These photos were taken December 2005, using a point-and-shoot Pentax Optio WP. I’m unable to find the original copies of some of them. I have been through 3 laptop changes since then, and have moved files from cd to dvd, to laptop 1, to laptop 2, and then to external hard disk, that has made it hard to keep track.
In between El Nido Corner Beach Bar and Restaurant and El Nido Beach Garden Hotel, there is another restaurant. It used to be just an empty lot, but this how it looks now:
They’ve built a stronger breakwater on this corner because the waves can get really high and heavy during the month of December.
That’s Kuya Mesach, our trusted boatman, and this boat is The Geographic. Some people call it the banana boat, but it has a name. The one on the photo above looks like the one in this photo below, but its actually a different boat.
The one on the old photo is the old, smaller boat. It was replaced with the bigger Geographic, built in 2006.
The weather in El Nido during the months of July and August is basically crazy, because some days its just really rainy and some days are sunny. On this particular afternoon, it was really sunny and we took that as the opportunity to go out and hang out at El Nido Corner. The sun was really bright and hot even at this time of the afternoon!
I went with Teacher Rej and Lia and we had a nice time just hanging out.
Lia took these photos of Teacher Rej:
I took these photos of Lia who was having fun with the dogs outside. Lia is an absolute dog lover. She thinks all the dogs she sees are friends.
So much so that when the dog left, Lia was also left with this for a face:
Rej had this sandwich and a mango rhum for Php50 while I had two “cold Baileys” for Php80. In this town where prices can border towards the exorbitant, especially with “basic necessities” such as sunblock lotion and mosquito-repellent lotions or sprays, that’s already a steal!
The beach in this part of town is generally not good for swimming. It is rocky and has only a patch of sand, if at all. It is used as some sort of parking lot for boats.
When the waitresses started taking out the candles, I said, “Who ordered the mojitos?!”
Lia had a grand time pretending it was her birthday and blew out as many candles as possible.
As the sun was setting and Lia and I were out on a little walk, Rej took these photos:
This place is a good place to hang out because of the view though the food taste can be inconsistent. While my Travel Factor friends miss the spicy food they had at this restaurant Rej’s experience with the sandwich was not as remarkable. As for me, aside from the nice staff, I hang out in here for the Php50 Shirley Temple and the Php80 Baileys. Oh, there is also free wi-fi that is relatively fast enough…. And the password is….
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