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The Before-and-After Photo-documentation Project – Hama Street

Life in El Nido, Palawan, Photography By October 21, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Calle Hama begins where Balinsasayaw Road, a road that starts off at Rizal Street, meets the road that goes to the northernmost baranggays of the town of El Nido, at the corner where Lally & Abet Beach Cottages is found. This is the street that we take all the time because we lived a kilometer or so north of town but the entire time I was there, I kept thinking I was going to devote just one day to taking photos of the town, that in the end, I did not manage to. In my last two weeks in El Nido, it kept raining and some of the establishments were in the process of  renovating and/or building more cottages.

Most of the originals of my old El Nido photos are lost. The ones I repost are mostly from a folder that I found that has a title “El Nido Town Reduced”, so the files have been reduced. But recently, I found a folder that says “El Nido Town 3” with photos taken from April 2006 and these were original files and have not been reduced. I found these two photos:

LALLY & ABET BEACH COTTAGES, 2006

2006 Lally and Abet Cottages copy

ROSANNA’S COTTAGES, 2006

2006 Rosanna's Cottages copy

My photos of Calle Hama begin at Lonesome Carabao Lounge and end right before Marina Garden Beach Cottages. Calle Hama is the busiest street in El Nido town and has the most number of establishments, accommodations and restaurants. In order, from the intersection, one can find the following accommodations: Lally & Abet Beach Cottages, El Nido Beach Hotel, Inngo Tourist Inn, Devayn’s Inn, and Rosanna’s Cottages.

LONESOME CARABAO LOUNGE

Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

Lonesome Carabao Lounge sits at a location that I remember used to be a rice store… if not a poultry supply store. The building right next to it used to be where the El Nido Public Market was “supposed” to be. The local government has tried to move the public market many times. The public market now has been successfully moved and operating at a big complex in Corong-Corong, where the bus stations are also found. This has done wonders in the vehicle and foot traffic in the narrow streets of the little town and El Nido – something that I truly appreciate.

Hama St., El Nido, Palawan

When I was living in El Nido in 2006, my favorite store was Kuya Loy’s store in front of the waiting shed. We hung out a lot there with Kuya Loy and his wife, Ate Mavic. We borrowed his paddle boat a lot too. Kuya Loy, a musician, played at Balay Tubay and Ricson’s Bar and Restaurant. One of my co-teachers and also my best buddy at that time, Eric, played bass guitar for his band every now and then. (Photo below: Top, 2006; bottom, 2012)

Kuya Loys Store, El Nido, Palawan

In the photo below, on the leftmost end is Lonesome Carabao Lounge, and on the rightmost end is where El Nido Plaza Inn is.

Hama St., El Nido, Palawan

In between Kuya Loy’s store and Baracalan is a parking lot and El Nido Plaza Inn. El Nido Plaza Inn has been there ever since, one of the oldest and cheapest accommodations in El Nido, but I have never seen it. I don’t know what it looks like inside or where exactly is the building. I just know it’s there.

EL NIDO PLAZA INN

Hama St., El Nido, Palawan

Across the street is a row of beachfront cottages, also with entrances through Hama Street.

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Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

Life in El Nido, Palawan, Restaurants By October 6, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

One of the newer establishments in El Nido town, Lonesome Carabao Lounge, is located in Hama Street, and we passed by it every time we went to town. (We lived a few kilometers outside of town, in the direction of the Lio airport.) I heard about how good the tacos and burritos are but never actually went in. On this one time I decided to try it, I found it overflowing with people so I had to go somewhere else. In addition, my predisposition for beachfront places did not really help.

Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

One rainy August afternoon though, I saw it empty, save for a few guests all on their laptops, so we went in.

Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

My daughter, Lia, and I took this little table by the wall near the door.

Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

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