TWG does not equal Twinnings: Lessons in Observation

When I packed up and moved to Southeast Asia in July (still can't believe it's now nearly November!), I headed to Bangkok to meet Kevin. He'd already been there for about a month, but had recently transitioned over to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Of course, I'd already booked my flight to Bangkok by the time he…

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Part 4 of our Philippines Trip: Puerto Princesa and the Underground River

After leaving Nacpan Beach, we took a bus down to the Palawan capital of Puerto Princesa, where we were scheduled to catch a flight back to Manila. So, we boarded an air-conditioned van that took us on a 7 hour bus ride, despite telling us it would be 4.5 hours. But hey - rain, a…

Part 3 of our Philippines Trip: Nacpan Beach

Towards the end of our time in El Nido, we spent a day out at Nacpan Beach, a remote beach 45 minutes north of El Nido. We went to buy some coconuts, and the lady at the kiosk told us we should check out some rentable cottages further down the beach. So, coconuts in hand, we…

Part 2.3 of our Philippines Trip: Island Hopping Tour B and Selfie Sticks

A couple of days after Anne had left us for Manila, Kevin and I signed up for a big group tour through Art Cafe. This time, we embarked on Tour B. The food wasn't as good with the Art Cafe tour as it had been with the Golden Monkeys Tour, but the content of the…

Part 2.2 of our Philippines Trip: Island Hopping Tour A

One of the primary tourist attractions or activities in El Nido is the Island Hopping. There are 4 different versions of the Island Hopping Tour (A, B, C, D) and each tour is the same, and each is operated by a local. Each tour’s format is also the same - stop at 2 attractions, stop…

Part 2.1 of our Philippines Trip: the town of El Nido

There's a lot to say about El Nido, but wikitravel says it better, so I'll direct you there to begin. When we were planning our trip to the Philippines, my friend Anne suggested we go either to Boracay, with its beautiful beaches and big parties, or to El Nido, "Boracay for grownups". Hoping to avoid the throngs…

Part 2 of our Philippines Trip: El Nido, Palawan – Staying at the Golden Monkey Cottages

During our time in El Nido, we took so many darn pictures that I’m going to break our El Nido stay into several posts in order to keep things somewhat sensible and interesting. So, let’s start with where we stayed while there. Later I’ll be covering El Nido itself, as well as the tours we…