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…

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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…

Part 1 of our Philippines trip: Manila

We've been in the Philippines for 2 weeks now, and while the main purpose of our trip was to see my friend Anne and also to visit El Nido, we began (and are now finishing) our trip in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Luckily for us, a colleague of Kevin's graciously offered her condo…

Birthday surprises with old and new friends.

I've already written a bit about my birthday, but it's my birthday and I'll double post about it if I want to. Unfortunately I was unable to bite into the delicious cake that Rebecca made me, but I was given a second cake surprise in El Nido (and before that, an adventure). Like many of…