Warning: Visual overload coming up.

IMG_0510Happy New Year everyone!!!

I just got back from a short, but adventure packed holiday in the Philippines, spending my new year’s in the picturesque El Nido in Palawan, with my best friend Emma and my adorable cousin Chei.

Anyho, my trip to El Nido reminds me of a summer fling.  Short, sweet and not long enough.  Already we’re thinking of going back next year, hopefully staying much longer but for now, I want to share with you some of the many happy snaps we took from that paradise.

Since I am posting gazillion pictures, I will not be boring you with long details/captions.  I will just let the pictures do most of the talking.

Our flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa took less than an hour


From Puerto Princesa we rode a private van, sharing it with 11 other people (14 people altogether).  We rode inside this cramped van for 6 long hours. It was hot and uncomfortable but better than taking a roro (public) bus. IMG_0301

We had a quick lunch break at this highway restaurant and they had lots of cute puppies lying around, like this lil furball.IMG_0304

Of course I had to pick him up.IMG_0308

On our next break, we saw this guy selling dirty ice cream.  The name says it all, but I still love it. IMG_0315

After 6 long hours, we got dropped at El Nido main market and had to ride a tricyle to reach the resort we are staying. IMG_0324


Our resort balcony viewsIMG_0356

This is what I missed in the Philippines.  Street barbeque, also called, turo-turo (point-point).    IMG_0382

And we greeted the new years at the beach along with locals and tourists (mostly Europeans). Fireworks lit up the skies and firecrackers were exploding everywhere. IMG_0427

Managed to get Emma to light her very first firework 🙂

The next day, we got ready for our island hopping tour and the weather looked promising. IMG_0466

We took a tricycle ride to Corong Corong to start our journey.IMG_0483

The first island we stopped was Pinabuyutan Island, which was the biggest source of bird nest in the Philippines.IMG_0509


Our cute lil bangka (pumpboat)IMG_0515

My beautiful cousin soaking in the sun.

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Then back on our boat again. Seriously can’t get over how blue the waters in El Nido.IMG_0572

Cathedral CaveIMG_0588



Entering Cudognon cave. One wrong move, you’ll get grazes.IMG_0644

The lil view from inside the cave.IMG_0642

Inside the cave looking up.IMG_0617


Our grilled lunch.IMG_0656

Waiting for our lunch, they were preparing a feast 🙂IMG_0673

Teaching Emma how to eat with her hands (kamayan) or kinamot in my dialect. IMG_0682

Then it’s back on the boat again for more island hopping.IMG_0687

A quick swim at Snake Island, beautiful sandbar.DSC00759


One of my favourite spots, the Secret Lagoon.DSC00840

Inside the Secret Lagoon, where it feels like you have your own lil paradise.  And for like 15 minutes we had the place to our selves. We didn’t want to leave. DSC00845



The way inside (and out) the Secret Lagoon.  It looked like the map of Australia. DSC00851

Back to explore the Big LagoonsDSC00910

Entrance to the Small Lagoon (another favourite)DSC00931

This is how clear the water is, no filter.DSC00938



Back in-land for dinner at Squidos


 Emma loving Philippine local beer (Red Horse for the win)IMG_0736

Typical breakfast in PhilippinesIMG_3528

Back at our favourite hilltop restaurant, SquidosIMG_3587

IMG_0744Saying goodbye to the resort we were staying was pretty hard. Thank you Waterfront Resorts for looking after us.


Goodbye El Nido, hanggang sa muli  xoxoIMG_3569

Be back soon!

Love and light,