Every year, we have a trip to Manila, Philippines to visit our family here. Even back home, we chat with our cousins to plan for a cousin’s trip. It’s decided that this year we’re going to El Nido, Palawan. The wonderful stretch of hidden beaches and karst islands. We fly in from Jakarta to Manila with transit in Singapore and then landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the afternoon.

We stayed in our grandmother’s house just a little outskirt of Manila. As usual, we have dinner with the family and hugs and kisses all around.

Early the next morning we fly from Manila to Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan. Weather is cloudy and drizzling humid. Since there are six of us, we opt to take a minivan taxi to take us all the way to El Nido for ₱500. That’s 6-7 hours of drive there. Prepare your stomach, coz it’s going to be a topsy turvy ride! To be fair, the road is not bad, it’s just the speedy driving and the curves along the country side make us feel like a sack of rice getting toss around in the back.

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Puerto Princesa Airport

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Speeding tricycle

After several restroom breaks and lunch on the way, we arrive at our lovely hostel, the Entalula Guesthouse, a family owned hostel. A standard room for ₱3500 per night for 3 people. We booked two rooms, one for the boys and the other one for us gurls!

Since we arrive in the afternoon, we walk along the Marimegmeg Beach for the sunset and a nice afternoon snack/dinner with drinks.

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The food is delicious. I forgot which cafe is this and how much per-person. The soup is like a bulalo but with a sweet sour taste with a lot of calamansi in it and pork adobo with calamansi and half cooked egg. Delicious!

Tomorrow we’re going to go islands hopping.

El Nido Trip:

 

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