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Paradise beaches of El Nido – Postcard

Posted by on July 12th, 2013 in Asia, Destinations, Feature, Philippines, Postcards | 6 comments

Islands and beaches of El Nido are about as close to a paradise you can find on this planet. Little havens of tranquility hidden between the towering rocks sheltering them from the wind. Crystal clear waters full of colourful fish and life. All you need is a cold beer or a coconut.

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Learning from the wise waterfall in Sabang

Posted by on March 19th, 2012 in Asia, Philippines, Photos | 18 comments

It’s not the destination usually but the journey that teaches us. Welcome to Waterfall, "The Teachings of Buddha" And this seemed to be the case with the waterfall I was heading to in Sabang. Armed with only vague instructions of walking along the beach for maybe 20 minutes, I set on my guest. I didn’t even quite know what to except of the waterfall. I had heard a local describing it as 100 meters high, but I was taking this with a pinch of salt, a rather large pinch. I walked past a Chinese temple, which as Chinese temples goes, wasn’t particularly impressive. However I did afterwards come to few signs set by them. There was also a guest book, which when I looked at, well, there wasn’t many people going this way. The Chinese temple that had set...

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Island Hopping at El Nido

Posted by on January 19th, 2012 in Asia, Philippines, Photos | 36 comments

Welcome to El Nido So I actually did reach El Nido against all odds. And next day I was ready to explore the place, but why was I here? I hadn’t gone to all that effort just to enjoy the beach by town; I was here to do some island hopping on the famous archipelago. Well, I had hoped to also do some scuba diving, but I just didn’t have time for it anymore. You’ll have no problem finding a tour operator to sell you an island hopping tour, there are dozens of tour operators. It seems that everybody and their cat can sell you an island hopping tour here. All the tours are also standardized, so it’s easy to shop around. The tours offered are *cue the suspense music*: Tour A Tour B Tour C Tour D I...

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Could I make it to El Nido?

Posted by on January 11th, 2012 in Asia, Philippines | 10 comments

Kids playing in Sabang It was one of those days. A day when nothing goes as planned and everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. A day when I felt like it was destiny itself that was trying to keep me away from El Nido. The day had started in Sabang at six in the morning. Waking up at that ridiculous hour was a bad start for the day already, but I really had no choice if I was to make it to El Nido in a day. I had already spent longer in Sabang than I had planned; without a good reason really. So I didn’t have that much time left in Palawan anymore. I had got sick a few days ago and there really wasn’t a pharmacy that I could get supplies from. There was a...

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The Quest for the Puerto Princesa Underground River

Posted by on January 5th, 2012 in Asia, Philippines, Photos | 12 comments

Puerto Princesa Underground River It was a sunny morning in Sabang as I dropped to the ticket office to buy myself a ticket for the Puerto Princesa Underground River. I then continued to loiter around, watching other people to come buy tickets. This wasn’t just to be creepy, I needed to share a boat with someone; I wasn’t going to rent a whole boat just for myself. That would be expensive and boring. Quickly a couple came up, so I hit a conversation with them and they were happy to have me in their boat to share some of the cost. That’s the thing; the boats that you can hire to go to the Puerto Princesa Underground River from Sabang fit six people, so you are better off sharing. Heading to the Puerto Princesa underground river Amazing views on...

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The Surprising Balut Experiment

Posted by on December 16th, 2011 in Asia, Food, Philippines | 23 comments

Disclaimer: if you are a vegan, squeamish about weird foods and/or just eating your breakfast, you might want to reconsider reading this article! The Great (and Surprising) Balut Experiment When I arrived to Philippines, I knew that sooner or later I would have to face balut, that infamous delicacy known to make travellers squeamish. Now, I pride myself in eating pretty much anything the locals do. On this trip I have tried fried crunchy grasshoppers in Mexico, live shrimps in Thailand that kept jumping out of the bowl and snake with the famous snake blood shot in Vietnam. With all those foods, I haven’t really had any problems, but balut is a whole different ball game, or I suppose it should be egg game in this case. I was in Moalboal doing some diving and had made friends in...

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