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Hibiscus Garden Inn, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Palawan By October 24, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

Hibiscus Garden Inn is ranked #1 out of 29 hotels in Puerto Princesa on Trip Advisor and #1 out of 32 hotels in Puerto Princesa in popularity on Virtual Tourist. I went through the various reviews, blogs and photos and saw how Hibiscus Garden Inn looked like when it was new and had just opened. It’s looking a bit different now because the trees, the grass, the plants have all grown lush and the garden is looking so much more beautiful.

Hibiscus Garden Inn, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

I wanted to stay there primarily because it is owned by the Blasselle family, three of which were my students from six years ago, and I wanted to visit them. On the day I was to leave El Nido bound for Puerto Princesa though, I could not get in touch with the kids and I ended up staying at the newly-opened Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn, as recommended by my friend Andy who had stayed there a few weeks before. You may want to read the blog here. As it turns out, the two inns are a few meters away from each other on the same road – Manalo Extension. It was gloomy and rainy the entire time we were at Puerto Princesa and I never did see the sun even for a bit but even in the gloomy weather, Hibiscus Garden Inn looked beautiful.

Hibiscus Garden Inn opened to guests in the last quarter of 2008 in Manalo Extension, a few minutes away from the airport and accessible to restaurants, shopping and commercial centers and/or government offices in Puerto Princesa, either by tricycle (minimum fare of Php8) or by foot, depending on your inclinations.

The single-storey 14-room Mediterranean-inspired building sits in a spacious garden accented by local furniture, native arts and handicrafts. The tropical, relaxing and laid-back ambiance as well as clean, quiet, cozy and modern accommodations make the stay and the price of the rooms well worth it.

Hibiscus Garden Inn, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Hibiscus Garden Inn, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Hibiscus Garden Inn, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

The front building with its reception, lobby and souvenir shop:

Hibiscus Garden Inn, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

The restaurant:

Hibiscus Garden Inn, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

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Casa Rosa, Taytay, Palawan

Palawan By October 23, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

I have just finished going over the photos from my quick visit to Hibiscus Garden Inn and was about to write a blog on it when I realized that Hibiscus Garden was just like Casa Rosa.

I always told myself I was going to go over all of my old photos when I had the time, just to review the colors, because there was a time when I was crazy over contrast and saturation, added to the fact that my monitor was uncalibrated, so I would sometimes go through some of my old photos and I feel like hitting my head against the wall. Thankfully, I was in my right mind when I was processing the photos taken in Taytay from six years ago. I nevertheless replaced my old watermark that had my full nickname and my hyphenated name with one that just bears my website – this website, because I have had so many in the past years.

Back then I had a Pentax Optio WP point-and-shoot camera and I had it on default at a setting that the camera called “Shade” but was in effect a warming filter that made all of my shots look more orangey than they really were in reality.

If you are here on my site reading this blog hoping to find something recent about Casa Rosa, no, this is not what you are looking for. All the photos here were taken six years ago, and I’m just on a reminiscent mood because I will be posting about the Hibiscus Garden Inn shortly after this.

I was on my way back to Manila from El Nido via Puerto Princesa in April 2006 and I decided dropping by Taytay was a good idea. Casa Rosa was owned by the Blasselle family back then, three of which were my students at the school. Taytay is also a very small town and it wasn’t too difficult to find Casa Rosa.

Casa Rosa, Taytay, Palawan

Casa Rosa, Taytay, Palawan

Casa Rosa, Taytay, Palawan

Casa Rosa is located up a hill that provided a good view of the town, the port as well as the old fort.

View of Fort Isabel from Casa Rosa, Taytay, Palawan

View of Taytay Port from Casa Rosa, El Nido

The cottages are spaced widely apart in a well-maintained garden. Some of the cottages are even higher up the hill.

Casa Rosa, Taytay, Palawan

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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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