Palawan will always be one of those places I wouldn’t have second thoughts visiting again. I first set foot on it when I went to Puerto Princesa a few years ago to see the Underground River, snorkel at Honda Bay, and impulse-scuba dived at Dos Palmas. The experience was so awesome that when Justine of The Redbackpacker said that she wanted to book a flight to anywhere and suggested Palawan (Justine: Let’s go to El Nido!), I immediately said yes. The subsequent events just came as pleasant surprises and miracles, I would say. :)
El Nido is indeed a paradise. I cannot find words that would give justice to how beautiful the place is. But, below are some pictures (barely edited because, uhm, I do not know how to edit haha) to speak for the beauty of this lovely spot in Palawan. :)
“Let’s go to the beach!” was how the conversation at Fred’s happened in December 2013. And, since all four on the table (Angge, Ros, Justine, and me) already had travel plans for the first two months of 2014, we all agreed to hold a weekend getaway to La Union on the first weekend of March. From the original four, the invitation extended to the rest of our travelling group. And, in the end, eight (8) of us pushed through with the trip: Angge, Raisa, Cecil, Peach, Ros, Chummy, Justine, and me.
If 2012 was about recreating myself and my life, 2013 was a year of taking things on. Despite and perhaps because of my commitment issues and fear of making mistakes, at the onset, I was intentional in making 2013 a banner year for my newly-recreated life. And, truth be told, I enjoyed every bit of it. :)
After a week of training on working with USAID, I was looking forward to a weekend getaway to Camiguin! Here’s our sort of itinerary. :)
I have been too preoccupied with work. And, for someone who’s been a pseudo-bum for a year and a half, a weekend getaway to wherever would definitely be welcome. So, when my friend, Angge, asked if I wanted to meet her in Cagayan de Oro for a three-day-two-night weekend getaway, I instantly said yes.
Exhausted from all the craziness the previous day (cramming papers, last-minute packing, braving the heavier than usual traffic in the metro) and with barely a couple of hours of sleep, I was just really looking forward to chillin’ in Bali for our first day in Indonesia. And, it was a good thing that we found a good resting spot for us, Bakung Beach Resort. It was sort of a last minute decision to book this hotel because we were all being so OC as to where we should stay, months prior. But, Angge found this place and, after checking the reviews, we decided to book it.
“So, where are we off to next, guys?” someone asked. We were on a backpacking trip in Cambodia and Vietnam. And, while we were enjoying the very chill vibe of Siem Reap, someone replied, “Bali!”
Our last stop for this trip Nagsasa Cove, where we would be spending the night. It was a good thing that we decided to stay here instead of in Anawangin as the latter was more crowded. We got to Nagsasa just before sunset and it turned out to be a blessing because we got to set up our tents near the water.