Posts Tagged ‘Coron’

Last summer, I was finally able to visit the Hundred Islands in Pangasinan. Along with six other friends from work, we boarded a bus bound for Alaminos and sat through a 5-hour long drive. After a simple silog breakfast at a restaurant near the Public Market, we jumped on a tricyle that would take us to our chosen accommodation – Maxine by The Sea.

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After changing into our swimming clothes, we walked to Lucap Wharf to rent out a boat for our whole day Island Hopping Tour. We chose a Medium Service Boat for Phph1,800 and paid Php20 per head at the Tourist Information Center. While waiting for our boatmen, we saw other boats and tourists getting ready to sail out.

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For this entry, I am not going to talk about our island stops just yet. Instead, I will just share with you some photos I took of the (unidentifiable) islands that we saw while in the middle of the sea.

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I noticed that some of the islets look like mini versions of Coron’s rock formations. Way smaller but beautiful, nonetheless.

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This island looks like a great place to just sunbathe and pass the time. Look at that mound of white, fine sand. It looks so soft and inviting!

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I was getting antsy seeing these islands from afar. I couldn’t wait to dock in one of them, and jump into the clear blue waters.

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I will share our first stop (Governor’s Island) in my next post. I could have condensed our Pangasinan trip into one long post but decided to chop it up into shorter separate posts so you could appreciate their individual beauty. A little anticipation never hurt anyone, right?

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Our second day in Phuket was solely for island hopping. After a filling breakfast, we shuffled over to the marina where we were to hop on a speed boat along with other tourists. Too bad my friends and I were not the first ones on board, I would have loved to sit in the front deck of the boat. The seats inside were still fine, just limited view of the surroundings.

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The ride was really fast and quite bumpy! In no time, we arrived at our first destination: Ko Phi Phi Leh (“ko” means an island in Thai). Ko Phi Phi Leh is the second largest island in the Phi Phi archipelago, the largest one being Ko Phi Phi Don. Phi Phi Leh houses Viking Cave, from which there is a thriving bird’s nest soup industry.

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The island consists of a ring of steep limestone hills surrounding two shallow bays, the Maya Bay and Loh Samah. Although we didn’t get to Maya Bay’s coast, it is essential to mention that this is where the Hollywood movie The Beach was shot. The cliff faces remind me so much of our very own Coron, Palawan.

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Since this island is just a small part of our whole day tour, we didn’t dock on its shores. Instead, our boat stopped near Viking Cave and our tour guide told us that we could swim around if we wanted to. We immediately strapped on our life vests and dove into the crystal blue waters.

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Shortly after, I fully abandoned my vest because it was becoming more of a nuisance for me. I swam Maya Bay’s deep waters and marveled at how calm the water is. I could easily carry on a conversation while treading, it was THAT calm.

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Some people on deck started throwing bread into the water and swarms of fish swam further up to get a nibble. The water was so clear, I didn’t even need goggles to see them (which was also a good thing because stupid me forgot to bring my snorkeling gear).

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After swimming around for almost an hour, our guide started calling us on board and we made our way to our next island destination. Come back here soon to read about it! 🙂

If you want to check out how we spent our first day in Phuket, click here –> Phuket, Thailand (Day 1)

 

 

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Hiked up more than 700 steps to reach this giant cross on top of Mount Tapyas a couple of weeks ago during my trip to Coron, Palawan. My calves hurt like a bitch the next 5 days rendering me almost useless in all physical activities. But all the pain was worth it. The view on top was nothing short of gorgeous. Took my breath away. And I am missing Coron everyday.

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Gosh! It’s been over two months since my last blog post. I feel bad for neglecting my tiny cyberspace. But I’m trying to get back on the wagon now. 😉

So what happened, some may ask? Well… Life happened. LOL.

I got busy with work. Ugh. But I was also able to squeeze in a lot of travels, so yay me! I adopted a cat, who I am deeply in love with. I also auditioned and got into our office chorale. We had our first performance last Friday and we received positive comments and we are advancing to the next round. Which also means that we will be rehearsing everyday this week as the next performance is this Friday already. I also got a new phone – iPhone4S; another thing that keeps me up at night. LOL.

So there! That happened. For now, pictures, yes?

Went on a road trip to Subic. Visited the Zoobic Safari and watched movies in our hotel.

Had a blast in Boracay. I cannot believe it took me this long to visit the island!

I’m a sucker for DIY projects. So I transformed this out-of-style Angry Bird iPhone case into a rasta-inspired one. Cool, right?

Took a 4-day vacation to Coron. Had a lovely time!

The infamous Kayangan Lake. Postcard perfect.

Still from Coron. We saw a double rainbow on our way to the open sea.

My baby Uno giving me kitty kisses ❤

She loves hanging out with me in my room 🙂

Stayed in last Saturday night to give my body a rest and spend some time with my kitty