On our way back to Manila from El Nido, the option of flying out straight of El Nido to Manila was unavailable, due to the fact that the Lio airport was in the middle of renovating, expanding, and basically building a concrete runway, and operations were suspended for the time being. Lia and I had to take the RORO bus from El Nido to Puerto Princesa – a trip that was supposed to last 6 hours, but became 10 hours because we we’re stuck somewhere in the middle of Taytay and Roxas for 4 hours because of some problems with the engine and the brakes, so on and so forth. We left El Nido at ten in the evening and arrived in Puerto Princesa at some time past 8 in the morning. By then, I was already nearing the end of my patience with the trip because Lia had already woken up and was starting to feel the toll of such a long trip and kept on saying, “Mama, I’m dizzy. My head is ouchy… hold me… stroke my head…,” looking very pale. I could see she was fighting the urge to throw up.
I chose Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn upon the recommendation of my friend Andy, who had stayed there a few weeks before, saying that I would like it because its new and quite nice. I primarily chose it because they provided free pick up from the bus terminal, as well as free transport to the airport. With my 4 bags, 38-kg baggage, 14-kg carry-on, and 16-kg toddler, I really needed that. I was eyeing the Hibiscus Garden Inn as a place to stay for the night because my students’ family owned it but I could not get in touch with them at first.
Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn in Puerto Princesa is owned by the same family that owns the Marina Garden Inn in El Nido. I liked the fact that they responded very well to customer inquiries, called back for updates promptly, and texted back right away when messaged on the phone. I must say that they have very good customer service.
It was rainy in Palawan that entire week so we didn’t get to see the sun at all. From the street, the inn could easily be missed.
The Toyota Avanza that was used to pick us up from the bus terminal brought us into the driveway and straight at the doorstep of the reception area.