Photos from our family vacation last December 2012! It was also a celebration for my birthday, my parent’s anniversary, my dad’s birthday, and Christmas. It was my gift for them and my brother actually helped me with the expenses too, by partially paying for the airfare and for all the nomnoms.
While I am by no means a travel expert and cannot boast plenty of stamps in my passport, I am quite proud on how I was able to organize our family vacation without me spending excessively. It was smooooth (except for the part where I had to wake up very early for tours) and budget-friendly. Puerto Princesa is such a beautiful and tourist-friendly city and we were quite surprised how passionate they all are in preserving their wonderful “city in a forest”.
Day 0 – Arrival and Dinner at Ka Lui Restaurant.
What I like about Ka Lui restaurant is that they serve fresh seafood and the place is really homey. The place is well decorated but I had a hard time shooting photos because of the low-light condition inside. I wish I had a speedlite, lol. We stayed at a place called Corazon Tourist Inn which is just 5 minutes away from the airport and is easily accessible to most establishments like Ka Lui.
Day 1 – Underground River Tour
You cannot make a private tour of the Underground River, you would really have to join other tourists. We met a very cute couple from Taiwan who are fans of The Big Bang Theory. They told me so after seeing my Bazinga t-shirt! Also, make sure you book this tour in advance because the number of visitors are controlled and it can easily get fully-booked.
The entrance to the Underground river cave! No photos inside the cave because it was dark but I can assure you that it is a thing of beauty.
Right on the same building of Corazon Tourist Inn was this pizza place called Big Flat Bread. We ate there twice because my brother really loved their pizzas.
Mushroom and Garlic Pizza from Big Flat Bread. Perfect for Vegetarians
Day 2 – Honda Bay Tour and Souvenir Shopping
We have no underwater camera so we had to rent a crappy one. We did not join a group tour for this but we rather did rent our own boat, bought our own food (fresh crabs!) and had it cooked at Pandan Island. I think it is a better option compared to a group tour if you want to have full control of your time. But of course you have to do some research (which is easy on the internet) and preparations ahead of time.
Josh Goes Places. LOL.
Crappy underwater shots! With timestamps! Que horror~
And a mandatory I need-to-do-something-about-that-tummy shot.
Second part of the day included hanging out at some “art” cafe and buying souvenirs.
Bottom left photo is undeniably a person who is very hungry
Day 3 – City Tour
Part of the city tour was going to the place where they have these handlooms used in making different kinds of stuff. We were actually taught how use it and tried making some mats, I guess.
You have to excuse that strand of white hair
My brother tried the crocodile sisig
Mandatory sunset shot to end this post
Well what can I say, we fell in-love with the city and the people. My parents immediately recommended it to their friends! The experience was worth every penny, not only because of the beautiful city but because when you travel with people you care about the most and loves you, it makes the experience more memorable. D’awwww. Not to mention that my mom really packs well!
My Basti will be visiting 8 days from now I am excited to travel with him and take some more mediocre photos!