16 Nov 2012
in Life in El Nido, Palawan Tags: Corong-corong, El Nido, El Nido Art Cafe and Boutique, El Nido Boutique and Art Cafe, Palawan
Our last few days in El Nido last September were spent hanging out at the beach in the afternoons….
A friend of ours has a cottage in Corong-corong and we would swing by sometimes to hang out.
The beach in this part of Corong-corong is not known for being clean because there are a lot of trees and leaves fall on the beach.
04 Aug 2012
in Life in El Nido, Palawan, Restaurants Tags: Art Cafe, beach, El Nido, El Nido Boutique and Art Cafe, Lia, Palawan, travel
One of the restaurants I frequent in El Nido is the El Nido Boutique and Art Cafe. The primary reason being, it is owned by our friends Tani and Judith Distal. In 2005, we frequented the shop because we rented our snorkels, masks and fins there, as well as mountain bikes; and bought supplies, like sunblock lotion, swimsuits, slippers, sandals, board shorts, and even accessories like beautiful bracelets made by a local artist. They also played live music every now and then because Kuya Tani is a musician. Our friends Armie, Cecil and Melona hung out a lot here, and Likha used to work here too. The food is good. I would recommend this place to groups. Most of all, I loved the over-all vibe of the place back then. It was so… artsy.
Sometime between 2005 and this year, Tani and Judith had a bigger building built to house the cafe, boutique and travel center. My first time to see the cafe in its new home was when I arrived a month ago. Judith, Tani, Cecil and I had a great time catching up over wine while Sikap band played (click here for that blog).
When Lia arrived, I took her to the cafe too to hang out. I also took that as an opportunity to take a lot of photos.
I took a lot of photos because at this point it still wasn’t as clear as I wanted it to be to me how my wide angle converter works. It’s still not that clear even up to now, so I still take photos of the same thing with and without the converter.
This is a normal shot of my kit lens, 18-135mm.
This is a shot of the same thing with my Vitacon .5x wide angle converter with macro lens.
08 Jul 2012
in Life in El Nido, Palawan Tags: Art Cafe, Balay Tubay, El Nido, El Nido Boutique and Art Cafe, home, Palawan, Seaslugs Bar and Resto, travel
I arrived on a rainy Wednesday afternoon at the Lio airport, and after dropping off my things, went straight to town to buy some supplies, met up with my friend Macy, and her co-worker Kring, both Environmental Officers at El Nido Resorts, at the ‘White House’ and then off to dinner at our favorite place in town – Sea Slugs Bar and Resto.
I have always esteemed Sea Slugs Bar and Resto as my favorite restaurant for its fish steak in lemon butter sauce. Every restaurant I go to, I’d order the fish in lemon butter sauce if it’s in the menu just to see if it can best the one in Seaslugs, and so far, there has been none. Sea Slugs still has the best fish steak in lemon butter sauce there is, at least according to Macy and me.
Yesterday, I was in town again to hang out with some old friends. The first place I went to was Sea Slugs of course. At six in the evening, live music was playing and the place was already full of diners. I wanted a table by the beach so I took one in the resto next door, Og’s Bar and Resto.
I bought a wide angle lens converter a day before I flew to Palawan and decided to try it on. I wasn’t really into taking photos because my mind was into other things, so this night comes down as the night the lazy photographer was in town. I’d just sit wherever I was, find some little thing to put the camera on top of to give it more leverage and stability, yes, a makeshift tripod, and click once or twice.
Here is a shot of Sea Slugs, with my 18-135mm kit lens.