Before this year end at last, I am in the mood to tell my 2013 adventure. It was 4th of July and most of U. S. based in the Philippines is of so we employees took the chance to unwind. I escaped to Palawan with friends. I had full of wanderings in researching the place since am working on the itinerary -- my dream job.
I want to start the story from the rushing to the airport. So we are scheduled to depart 5:15 and required to check-in 45min ahead. I was so relax to commute from Caloocan to the plane through LRT. I was in the train past 2 and expecting to arrive in EDSA station in 30 min. Okay, so it did not happen. I took the cab from Taft and hoping to get to the port before the allowed check-in time ends. I am in contact with a friend and we are not just excited fly, that moment what we care about is for me to beat the time. After all the discussions that the dispatchers made they let me in-I made it for the last minute. I run to the waiting area looking for a familiar face and finally just after the long wait we've learned that we we'll get delayed. I haven't missed the vacay yet so scroll and read for more. :-)
We arrived in Puerto Princesa before 8pm, had dinner somewhere then a van picked us from there. We reache our reserved cottage at 2am.. nap and up by 6am. Had a coffee while the cottage's owner is negotiating for the tour. We went to El Bacuit after breakfast and the dream began past 9.
The boat landed to helicopter island. The sand is comparable to puca beach of Boracay. We snorkled around and was amazed by the corals. Then we went to hidden beach where we have to pass by a small lagoon. Good thing the tide is low so we still can have our heads float above the salted water. The place is really good but you will enjoy it better if you have aqua shoes or at least slippers--the corals are not friendly. There are rock formations there and some tried to conquer (they have the guts). We were back in the water after a few moment. Some of us are injured already. We had the lunch near the star beach. The corals there are mad and they scratches my knees probably, that's the reason why we did not try to get to the shore-the sand is surrounded by stones. From there we went to the secret beach with a secret lagoon that you can take optionally but I highly suggest to try it. Lastly, we went to Matinloc shrine where you need to take formed ladder stones to be able to see the rock formation from a top. It's a stiff place where death is just around if you will miss a step. The shrine is abandoned for sometime but the altars and some statues remain just like the cross at the calvary and the sacred heart inside a cave. The tour ended around 4. We went back to the cottage and took a nap as we decided to have dinner around the town propper and for the rest of the group: to get drunk.
Due to lack of sleep my energy runs fast and fatigue occuppied me for the rest of the night. Sadly I missed the opportunity to enjoy the next tour as my body and mind are calling for a me time. I locked my place stayed all day in the cottage then back with friends for dinner and waited for 12 midnight to greet my friend who's celebrating her nacimiento.
The next day I packed up and went out ahead of my friends as my flight was scheduled day ahead of the group. What more did I miss? Pictures!