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El Nido Palawan January Fiesta

Palawan will always be my happy place. Last year I was in El Nido and had a chance to experience the Santo Niño Festival.  Known as Sinulog (Cebu) or Ati-atihan (Aklan), it is celebrated every third Sunday of January in … Continue reading

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Fresh catch of the day

It was dawn when I woke up to the noises of fishermen. They were drawing-in their net to shore. I ran down from my room to join them. I have always wanted to experience this with the locals. It was a modest catch … Continue reading

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Dumaguete to Apo Island

The dive boat docks at sea near Apo Island. We swim to shore and later snorkel with the giant turtles that nest in shallow waters. The turtles are huge, old and are larger than me!!! I counted five big ones! … Continue reading

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The faith healers of the paradise island of Siquijor

Black Saturday on the  eve of the blood moon, we went to Bandilaan to attend a potion brewing festival on top of the mountain. Every Good Friday local and international healers, herbalist, witches and warlocks convene to make concoctions in … Continue reading

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El Nido Palawan food trip blogs : Island hopping tours and restaurants

It is summer time in the Philippines. I’m here in El Nido Palawan, a group of paradise islands known as “the last frontier”. I’m staying in town and the people are just so friendly. I think I’ve been here quite … Continue reading

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Follow the light

It is total darkness inside one of the cabins of the Japanese shipwreck Taiei Maru. Exploring this Coron Palawan wreck at 16 meters, I swim through a narrow passageway when my tank hits a snag. I can not move…I am … Continue reading

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Culion Palawan a side trip

Like a ritual, I have been in the same place and always during the same time for several years now. Coron island in Palawan Philippines is my paradise and happy place. This trip I requested the dive boat to take … Continue reading

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Boracay and Solana’s Sunset

Even if I live in the city… I always feel blessed to be a hop and skip away from paradise. So this February I had a chance to sneak off to Boracay. Boracay is rated as one of the best … Continue reading

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Diving Puerto Galera

The dive boat leaves the secluded cove of Encenada beach where I am staying and sails off to Sabang. We pass through a beautiful sea of blue with lush green mountains filled with coconut tress on the back drop. It … Continue reading

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The barracuda and the whale shark

For the long weekend I returned to my happy place Coron… a group of paradise islands found in Busuanga Palawan north of the Philippines. I originally planned this to be a personal retreat, do a few dives, and spend a … Continue reading

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