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Revisiting Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro Philippines April 28, 2008

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Group picture in Tamaraw Falls

I spent the summer weekend of April 11-13, 2008 in Puerto Galera with my friends and our hubbies.  Our last visit was two years ago and we were thrilled to take this time off.  After my recent visit to Boracay, I think my standards are way, way higher. Hmm I’ll wait until I see Palawan too, maybe it’s a lot better?   

Anyway I don’t really enjoy crowds and the beach quality here but what I do enjoy is our trips to a little island we call “our secret island”.  It’s heaven to be in an island all to yourself with your closest friends. I also got to practice my photography (hobby all taken via my Canon digital-point-and-shoot-camera). Can’t wait to buy my Digital-SLR though. Maybe next month. Yey that’s just a few days away! 

Follow the leaderTook me a long time to upload the photos, click on the links to view:  

A few tips to set expectations of would be travelers to Puerto Galera:

1. Forget Boracay and visit Puerto Galera with a different eye. It’s like comparing apples with oranges.
2. Current cost updates for travel as of April 2008:  
    Bus                       P153.50
    Bancas                  P230.00
    Accommodation   P2000-3500/night (peak season)
3. Bests: When dining anything grilled with Ensalada is perfect! Ensalada contains tomatos, red egg (salted egg) and onions with either green mangoes or eggplant.
4. Warning: When in piers (boat docking area) or terminals (bus stations), never trust people who seem there to help you. At least be wary and cautious. Sometimes instead of helping you they just confuse you since they are out there to sell you something.     


Fort Santiago, a must-see for all Filipinos April 16, 2008

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My husband and I visited Fort Santiago in Intramuros recently. It was a very beautiful place and a great tourist attraction. We visited a nice and old chapel even had lunch in a small and simple restaurant called Patio de Conchita.  

We took lots of photos and I found myself in awe of the stories enveloped in each building and memoir. As I passed through the ruin and walked through the same path Rizal took, his last walk, I think to myself was his sacrifice worth it? Years after his death we still see suffering and poverty. 

retracing a hero\'s last walk

My feeling during my visit was a combination of sadness and pride. Pride because seeing Rizal’s writing reminded me of the potentials of a Filipino. Rizal was very intelligent and talented and I was enveloped with patriotic pride and amazement. 

That was until I saw the shanties that surrounded the river. Filipinos are surrounded with so much talent, blessings and natural riches. How come we continue to lag behind our Asian neighbors? After several EDSA revolutions and disputes, where are we now?  Left with a struggling economy and a beautiful but unopened airport.  

I pray for a miracle and for real change.  May we all awaken with much needed love for country and fellowmen.       

View photos. 


Honeymoon in Paradise: Boracay, Philippines April 10, 2008

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Boracay is paradise!

A very delayed entry.

Last February 19, I finally got to see Boracay! My next stops will be Palawan, Bohol and Batanes.   I’ve been to a few of our best destinations like Puerto Galera, Batangas, Tagaytay, Cebu, Ilocos Norte, Baguio and Dumaguete, but there’s still so much to see. 🙂

Back to Boracay. Thanks to my hubby who arranged everything, I had a great time in Boracay. Everything was perfect! The Boracay Regency service was impeccable. Here are some of the things I’ve learned about escapades in this island:  

1. It’s great to go during off-peak seasons (meaning don’t go in summer). Sounds crazy, I know but the best part about going during off-peak is you gate off-peak rates, same service and less crowd. With less crowd this means that you have more attention for you and less need for queuing. Best period is a few weeks before the peak season, Like the first few weeks of February.

2. I love station 1. Best part ever. Very quiet and secluded. If you are in this island to relax and unwind this is the station for you. If you are in Boracay to party, I recommend you stay in Station 2. Never got to see Station 3 though.

3. It’s true Jonas shakes rock! Try their banana choco peanut shake, mocha rhum and melon banana. Yummy!
4. Be prepared to have lots of extra money (small denominations are suggested). Very handy for extra fees like terminal and environmental fees.

Click here for Boracay photos.  

EXTRA: In our trip to Boracay, we met a local hunting for food. They call it “Kawing-Kawing” a wormlike animal that burrows itself in Boracay’s white sand.

how to catch a kawing-kawing

I asked him how they cook it and he said “Adobo”. For people not familiar with Adobo it’s a popular cooking style in the Philippines. Just saute pork or chicken (well kawing-kawing this instance) in garlic, pepper and onion then add soy sauce wait for it to boil. Looks very interesting and exotic!

See how they catch a Kawing-kawing.