Posts Tagged ‘Palawan’

I had to call in sick for work today because I woke up with an upset stomach. By afternoon, I felt better and got bored so I started playing with a video editor Cris just downloaded for me.

I just want to share with you my first shot at editing a video. I am CRAP at this. I swear I have all these ideas in my head but I just don’t know how to edit stuff to form a clip acceptable enough to share. But with this new app, things just got better. Even a dummy like me was able to do it! Somehow, this is beginning to sound like an ad for that app LOL.

Anyway, after all that yada yada, here it is! Please check it out and let me know your feedback. I would love some constructive criticism 🙂

 

Thanks guys! 🙂

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Borawan is a play on two words – Boracay and Palawan. It’s an island named so because, as some people claim, it has white sand reminiscent of Boracay and rock formations the same as Palawan’s limestone cliffs. If one gets the chance to have the Boracay and Palawan experience in one at a measly price, one grabs it.

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My friends and I boarded a bus bound to Lucena, got off at the Grand Terminal. Got on a mini bus and alighted at the town of Padre Burgos where we got on tricycles that brought us to the port. From there, we rented a boat that would take us to Borawan Beach. Someone gave us a tip that people usually do the Borawan to Dampalitan route so we decided to go against the flow of people and camp out at Dampalitan Island instead.

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Upon arrival to the island, we pitched our tents and settled down for the day.

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In all fairness, Dampalitan Island’s sand could pass up as Boracay’s shores from afar. While the sun is shining its brightest, the white sand seems to glow it almost hurts the eyes.

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After lunch and a quick nap, the water level went down low enough to reveal a little sandbar. We walked on the sandbar and took photos farther out into the sea. That entertained us for about 30 minutes until it got too hot to be enjoyable. We went back under the shade and napped some more while waiting for the sun to go down. When it got a little cooler, we explored the opposite side of the shore and came across some sea friends.

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We watched the sun set and it was beautiful. It was made better by the absence of a big crowd. Guess going against the norm paid off, after all.

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When it got dark, we cooked and had our dinner. We built a fire and drank and danced around it. We also roasted marshmallows for our s’mores. It was a great night. 🙂

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The next day, our boat came by and brought us to Borawan Beach.

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I had to agree that the cliffs do resemble the limestone formations in Palawan albeit being miniature compared to the real thing. When we got to the island, there was a group of rock climbers uhmmmmm climbing the rocks LOLOLOL. We contented ourselves in climbing on top the less intimidating ones and swimming around the clear waters. We didn’t really do much at Borawan Island and I have to say that I liked Dampalitan better.

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Borawan is being marketed better than what it actually is. But if you’re looking for a new beach to explore this summer, it is still worth the try.

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?

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