I am back from a six day holiday in Puerto Princesa, Palawan and I must say I had a wonderful time. Time was slow, food was good, company was great, air was clean, nature was in bloom. I could live there forever. We had so much time but we weren't able to do all the touristy things, we'll save some for the next time! Because we are returning, definitely. A lot of my friends have said that Puerto Princesa isn't anything special, that Coron is much better, that the underground river is nothing special. But the place blew me. If people did not think the cave was a wonder of nature, what is? The waves of Sabang were wonderful as well. It beats Boracay and hundred times over. What are people talking about?
I vacationed with my mom, my dad and my tita. It was perfect. My tita is also a doctor and had some ongoing projects in the area, we visited one morning. It was optional, but we wanted it, to see another side of palawan. We went to one of the high schools in San Rafael. The children were about to have elections for student council for the next school year, so it was time of campaigning and speeches. Some of the kids were afraid of needles while others assured them that it wasnt more than an ant bite. The kids all spoke tagalog -- not the local dialect. Afterward we went to one of the beaches in the San Rafael coast - waves were strong, the beach was coral-y, there were two trees in the water. The place we dropped by was a small hotel owned by a british married to a filipina. We then headed to Viet Ville which was a bit disappointing, in terms of food. Still okay nevertheless. Part of the overall experience. So that was the second day. I wont be doing this in chronological order by the way. Who cares about those things nowadays anyway, and especially since i havent written in ages anyway.
Food. Okay food was awesome. Seafood was fresh, cooking was back to basics - simple grilling and soups and vegetables. Food was also really cheap. I had a casoy coffee two times -- the casoy was in paste form, used as the coffee's sweetener, and it gave the coffee this wonderful nutty flavor. I had their banana chips and casoy nuts and both were just so good. The food in Badjao Seafront and Ka Lui as others have written about were very good. We also one time bought fish and shrimp and vegetables in the market and cooked it the house of a friend of my tita's --- it can't get better! We tried Neva's Witch Pizzas (or something of the sort) and invited the two girls working in the project -- good times. We also tried this little place, owned by a guy originally from Negros, worked for a while in Manila, and finally retired in Puerto Princessa -- the Chicken Ina-to was the specialty, so I tried it and it was wonderful. They mostly had Bisaya food. Simple cooking, no overpowering seasonings but the flavour was there, and the chicken was good. My dad had their Lomi, it was the small order but it was good for two!, and it too was very good.
We did some island touring - Starfish Island, Pandan Island and a reef that had a wonderful many fishes. I saw a squid catch a fish and start eating. By the time we were finish snorkling, the squid was still eating (it was in the deeper part of the sea - non-reef, near the boats). The sun cooperated. The winds were beautiful. All the people we met on the way - tourists, locals, boatmen, tricycle drivers, restaurant servers, people jogging and walking in the morning -- all of them were so friendly. The city filled everyones heart with its charm and beauty. I would go back. I miss it already. I miss it oh so very much.
Because of Palawan I am taking everything slowly. Why do we always rush? Where are we all going? Who is chasing us? Why be so stressed? Why frown? Why be pissed at everything and everyone? Why can't we smile and appreciate the morning? Why don't we eat a lot fruits and vegetables? Why so much fast food? Anyway, that was my trip, I loved it, I was charmed by it, I will never forget it. I've loved each place I've been to in the Philippines. We have a wonderful and beautiful country. I am lucky to have seen it, to be part of it, to be able to appreciate it.
- Puerto Princessa