All posts tagged: El Nido

El Nido: Tours and Tips

El Nido town is not like Boracay where you can walk to Station 1 and swim, or dress up at night and go partying. It is a simple town with a very friendly neighborhood. The Town The beach, although clean and the sand is white, is not for swimming. All you can see on the shore are parked boats that do tours everyday. The town is so simple that it doesn’t have electricity from 6AM until 3PM. If you do not take a tour that day, you won’t be doing anything at all. You can’t stay at the hotel/inn because it is too hot, you can’t swim the whole day at the beach, or you can’t play with your phone because it will die before you know it. Globe 3G was good in that area, even in some of the islands that we visited during the tour. Tip: Charge all your gadgets before you go to sleep. Bring power banks if you have a lot of gadgets. Charge it at night as well, so your gadget won’t die on …

El Nido Part 3: Where to Eat in El Nido

I always look forward to eating whenever Jeff and I travel. Knowing that El Nido is surrounded with water, I expected to indulge myself with a lot of seafood. True enough, El Nido did not disappoint us. Here are our Top 5 favorite places to eat in town. 5. La Salangane La Salangane is along Serena Street. It has a hotel, bar, and restaurant. Jeff and I had breakfast here on our third day. I had longsilog and Jeff had tapsilog. Don’t ask me where it is. I forgot to take a photo of it because we were so hungry. I only got to take a photo of their very interesting coffee mug. We paid P460 for our breakfast. Quite pricey, I must say. The mug looks like a bowl with handle.  4. Squido’s Restaurant Before we left for Puerto Princesa on our fourth day, we made sure we visit Squido’s Restaurant for breakfast. It is located along Calle Hama corner Abdulla Street. It was the cheapest breakfast that we had in El Nido. And …

El Nido Part 2: Where to Stay in El Nido

El Nido, Palawan is a very small and simple town. With limestone walls everywhere, it was like a hidden paradise that only the most eager adventurers would find. Jeff and I went to El Nido last August 21. We booked our flights with Airphil Express (now PAL Express) last January 2013 which I think only costs about P4000 or so, two way, for the two of us. Great deal, yeah? We stayed in Barangay Buena Suerte, which literally means ‘good luck‘ in Spanish. El Nido, on the other hand, is a Spanish term which translates to ‘the nest‘. I am guessing it got it’s name from the local bird, balinsasayaw, that builds its nests in the caves. The balinsasayaw nest is the main ingredient of the famous Nido Soup.  We really had a ‘good luck in the nest‘ because when we left Manila in August 21, the monsoon rains were still so bad that so many flights were cancelled. Our plane was the last flight out of Manila. It was also gloomy on the day that …

El Nido Part 1: How To Get There

It all started with the then-Airphil-Express-now-PAL-Express seal sale in January 2013. It was the start of the year and the official holidays for 2013 are already out. I have my heart on booking a flight to Puerto Princesa because I learned that you can go to El Nido from there. So I booked. And I realized that I clicked July 4 to 8, 2013 which would fall under Jump and Lora’s wedding. And I paid for it. Damn credit card. I don’t know if Jeff got angry, but I’m pretty sure he’s upset. So I said I’m gonna pay for the fare. The next day, I booked another Puerto Princesa flight. This time I clicked the correct dates — August 21 to 27, 2013. Success! Actually, our flights were rescheduled two times after this booking, so I just opted for an August 26 fly back. Our friend Paula, already went to El Nido via Puerto Princesa. She told us she’s going to give us an itinerary to follow. I will be uploading a file here …

Bucketlist #27: Visit El Nido, Palawan

Antipolo, as we all know, is on top of the mountain located in the east of Manila. Growing up there, I only saw the beach twice when I was in gradeschool– during excursions in my mom’s company. She used to work for a textile factory and every year, they schedule trips to Matabungkay or Quezon beaches. My next few trips would be with my family in Pangasinan and Quezon. I’ve always loved the beach. The smell of salty water and the roughness of the sand under my feet are things that I’d kill to have every single day. Okay, no, not kill. Haha! In highschool, we studied about about geography and I was amazed on how beautiful El Nido and Tubbataha Reef. I then promised myself that I will one day see El Nido. I did.  Big Lagoon, El Nido, Palawan I will be writing about this one day at a time. I will be sharing photos that I took, tips, and our experience. Ready? Let’s go!