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Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Outventure, Palawan By January 10, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

2014 saw me last post on the 30th of October, something about the sunsets in front of our resort, which we called The Last Beach Cottages, at the very end of Caalan Beach. Shortly thereafter, we encountered numerous issues with the resort, the property owner, and the owner of Hippocampe Beach Cottages, that made us decide that it was better to just let the resort go, live a peaceful life, and move back to the other side of town, back in Corong-Corong Beach. The month of November saw us working on putting together the sunset bar that we called 1209 Sunset Beach Bar in Corong-Corong Beach and opening in December 15th. I will post on that some other time as, believe it or not, I haven’t gone around to taking any proper photos of the bar.

What I have been busy with though is island hopping. I finally went on Tour B! After nearly 8 years! And have been fortunate enough to have some pretty pictures of our favorite island in Bacuit Bay – Pinagbuyutan Island.

I wasn’t supposed to post these photos but, on Facebook, there are a lot of photos of me taking photos.

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This is Tour A, El Nido, Palawan by Outventure

Outventure, Palawan, Travel By May 17, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 7 Comments

On the first day that we went out on Tour C with a group of four, another group composed of nine English and Spanish guests, went out at a later time on a different boat, also on Tour C. On the second day, we combined the two groups in one big boat, the Kryzel Jane, that is good for 2o pax, and went out on Tour A.

Guests on Tour, El Nido, Palawan

Our first stop was the Small Lagoon in Miniloc Island where the girls did some kayaking outside. I took this panorama shot using my phone.

Tour A, El Nido, Palawan

Tour A, El Nido, Palawan

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This is Tour C, El Nido, Palawan by Outventure

Outventure, Palawan, Travel By May 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

The last time I was on a tour boat was years ago so on one particular sunny day, when my resident tour guide was on day off, I decided to go with my tour guide in training instead. We only had 4 guests from Brazil and Austria and it was a rather relaxed and fun day! We did a stop at Cadlao Lagoon, which is actually part of Tour D, in place of Hidden Beach because the tide was too low to go there, before heading for the area covered by Tour C.

Our second stop was Culasa Beach in Tapiutan Island for lunch. While the tour guides prepared grilled pork, chicken, fish, squid, and eggplants because we had a vegetarian on the tour, our guests went snorkeling and swimming, and took some nice photos on and around the beach. Culasa Beach is also one of the stops of Tao Philippines.

Tour C, El Nido, Palawan

Tour C, El Nido, Palawan

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Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By October 3, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

We arrived from San Vicente, Palawan late night and found all our friends having a good time at Balay Tubay. There, we met Andy Alford for the very first time. The next day, we were out on his boat sailing in Bacuit Bay. And what a day it turned out to be!

Tired as we were, we were game for another day in the sun! We all met up at Sea Slugs Beach Bar, went on Andy’s dinghy, and geared ourselves up for a bit of a good time.

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Sailing to Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

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Entalula Island, El Nido, Palawan

Life in El Nido, Palawan By September 21, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

It was a 4-day-long weekend and we planned on going to San Vicente, Palawan to check out the long beach BUT we were told we were going island hopping that Saturday, and we never say no to that.

It turned out to be a very beautiful sunny day!

Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan

Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

The sea was calm and I took photos of Pinagbuyutan Island (also known as Ellis Island, above) and Miniloc Island (below) as we were passing by.

Miniloc Island, El Nido, Palawan

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Matinloc Island with Faculty and Staff

Life in El Nido, Palawan By July 26, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

One of our regular activities for the faculty and staff at school, at least when we are not busy with meetings and school programs, is island hopping on the Geographic with Kuya Mesach, our ever-reliable and trusted boatman.

We were in front of El Nido Corner Beach Bar and Restaurant early in the morning, armed with lots of food and water, as well as good spirits.

Island Hopping, Matinloc Island, El Nido, Palawan

Island Hopping, Matinloc Island, El Nido, Palawan

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Chronicles: Climbing the Taraw of El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By April 2, 2012 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Climbing the towering limestone cliffs, called taraw by the locals, of El Nido town was something we viewed as an activity we did when we were bored. And at that time, we we’re bored a lot. Yes, we climbed often enough that the 45-minute climb, considered as half-truth by tourists who climb the taraw for the magnificent view of El Nido town and Bacuit Bay, was sometimes only 30 minutes to us, depending on who was climbing with us.

H was over for a visit and we we’re all off for semestral break. H, having come over from Manila through Puerto Princesa and endured the grueling 10-hour trip by non-aircon bus on half-paved dirt roads, couldn’t possibly leave El Nido without going up the cliffs. So we did.

The best time to go up the cliffs is early in the morning, the earlier the better. Any later and the sun would be scorching hot. It’s hard to appreciate the view when you are exposed under the harsh sun with no shade whatsoever at the top. Not being actual morning persons, we started the ascent at 9am and was at the top before ten. We stopped often to take photos.

Just a warning, this climb is not your usual climb. When my brother was in El Nido for a visit in 2003, he declined to go up the cliffs because he did not want his expensive Nikes to be damaged.

I found some really good accounts of their own climb up the cliffs and let me quote some of them:

From TheKillerFillersdotcom: “Mountaineering experience won’t prepare you for climbing Taraw. It was serious rock climbing from the first assault. And when I say serious, I meant serious like 80-degree-5-storey-high-limestone-piercing-death-drop serious. I wrote many climb stories and talk about death cliffs all the time and I want to take that back for if death cliffs have a picture in the dictionary, the cliffs in Taraw should be it. There were times you will need to pull yourself up with the strength of your arms just to get to the next stepping stone and I am not the leanest person you’ve seen, so go figure.”

From IronWulfdotnet: “I thought this was gonna be easy. Like walking on regular mountain trails and winding roads… My mountain climbing experience didn’t prepare me for this. We were traversing the sharp and jagged limestone trails and pulling ourselves up along almost vertical walls… A few more climbs to the peak, the trail became more challenging and dangerous that one step could send me plummeting down to the sharp rocks.”

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Photo Memories: El Nido 2005-2006

Palawan By November 26, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

I went to… wait for it, my Friendster account, and saw a lot of photos there that had me going through my old folders and files, looking at photos. I love looking at my photos from the year that I spent living in El Nido. It was the happiest times in my life, I suppose. Life was simple. We went to work everyday, went out island hopping, taraw-climbing, trekking to waterfalls, visiting inner baranggays on weekends. Work was light, so we had time to go out at night to hang out at Balay Tubay Bistro and have long talks over coffee at restaurants by the beach, read books and watch movies we had not time to read and watch. We ate six times a day! I was, I suppose, at my best there. Weight-wise at least. 😉

On our way to diving and snorkeling at Twin Rocks

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