Warning: Visual overload coming up.
Happy 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.
We had a quick lunch break at this highway restaurant and they had lots of cute puppies lying around, like this lil furball.
Of course I had to pick him up.
On our next break, we saw this guy selling dirty ice cream. The name says it all, but I still love it.
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.
Our resort balcony views
This is what I missed in the Philippines. Street barbeque, also called, turo-turo (point-point).
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.
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.
We took a tricycle ride to Corong Corong to start our journey.
The first island we stopped was Pinabuyutan Island, which was the biggest source of bird nest in the Philippines.
Our cute lil bangka (pumpboat)
My beautiful cousin soaking in the sun.
Then back on our boat again. Seriously can’t get over how blue the waters in El Nido.
Entering Cudognon cave. One wrong move, you’ll get grazes.
The lil view from inside the cave.
Inside the cave looking up.
Our grilled lunch.
Waiting for our lunch, they were preparing a feast 🙂
Teaching Emma how to eat with her hands (kamayan) or kinamot in my dialect.
Then it’s back on the boat again for more island hopping.
A quick swim at Snake Island, beautiful sandbar.
One of my favourite spots, the Secret Lagoon.
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.
The way inside (and out) the Secret Lagoon. It looked like the map of Australia.
Back to explore the Big Lagoons
Entrance to the Small Lagoon (another favourite)
This is how clear the water is, no filter.
Back in-land for dinner at Squidos
Emma loving Philippine local beer (Red Horse for the win)
Typical breakfast in Philippines
Back at our favourite hilltop restaurant, Squidos
Saying goodbye to the resort we were staying was pretty hard. Thank you Waterfront Resorts for looking after us.
Goodbye El Nido, hanggang sa muli xoxo
Be back soon!
Love and light,