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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Malcapuya Island: Coron, Palawan


During our second day of island hopping in Coron, we went to Malcapuya Island about an hour and a half away from the port located near Coron market. We arrived there at about 10:00 AM enough to spend most of the day walking around the island which also has a viewing deck at the almost 50 feet hill wherein you’ll see the surrounding view from the island.


We briefly rested, while looking further towards the sea, it was the kind of place where one does not need the right set of eyes to easily see the beauty of our country. While the view from Malcapuya island only represent a part of the Philippines.


I know that this kind of place exists all over our archipelago, which in turn lights up my desire to do further travelling in the near future. But right there, I was thinking, while at Malcapuya, I’ve nothing else to worry but enjoy our stay there.


The place was inhabited by caretakers as I understand that it is a private island owned by some lucky bastard. If I win myself a huge lottery jackpot, I'd be buying myself my own island as well. 


How I wish we could set up camp and spend overnight in the place. I just made do with practicing my underwater swimming, using the snorkling gear I was able to see every shells, sand dunes below the crystal clear waters, I then wore my lifevest and I was able to see more corals further down the sea.


I can’t say anything bad about the place really, except maybe it has no wi-fi internet haha. Everything are just perfect.


Who said something about coming back to this place? I guess that would be me. As I write this back in the real world, the big city, traffic, going to work 5 days a week, the normal problems that I encounter every day, I am glad that knowing that in the near future I’d reward myself with something like an experience in this kind of place, nothing inspires me more.


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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Discover the Many Beautiful Beaches in the Philippines via This Expedia Interactive Tool


Planning a beach getaway to the Philippines could prove a little difficult not for the lack of choices but for the abundance of options as heaps of beautiful islands surrounds this archipelagic nation. A lot of travel apps and tools has been created but none come as easy-to-use and navigate as this cool travel guide from Expedia.


The Expedia Interactive map of Philippine beaches provides a one-stop engine for all types of travelers; solo backpacker, couple wanderers, a group of friends and even groovy retirees on the lookout for a chill weekend. 

Easy to use interface allows you to easily browse possible beach destinations

Kayangan Lake: Coron, Palawan

Kayangan Lake, which can be found in Coron Island north of Palawan is said to be among the cleanest lake in Asia. Surrounded by rocky mountains covered by green trees and plants it certainly evokes an image of a lagoon one was used to seeing only in postcards and movies. If you're expecting paradise, then you cannot be mistaken as the path towards Kayangan lake itself serve as a prelude of a satisfying visual feast and all indication points towards making a conclusion that indeed, it is paradise on Earth.


The first stop on our Day 1 of Island hopping around Coron and the Calamian group of islands is Kayangan lake, after about 30 minutes of boat ride we reached an entrance separated by two islands and up ahead one will see the island where the lake can be found. Other boats are neatly docked over a mixture of green and blue waters and some cool nipa huts stands quietly giving more apt setting for an island life.


Going to the lake, you’ll have to climb about 50 steps upward wherein you will be greeted by an opening to a small cave and opposite of the cave one will see this magnificent view of Coron
cove.


Then after walking down about 30 steps, you’ll see the lake, which then leaves you in awe and thinking “what the hell i’ve been doing before, and I’m just seeing this right now”, however glad that you’re there seeing it now (at last) with your own eyes. It was such a dream like setting staring back at you with delight and yelling “welcome to paradise”.



The lake water is deep, unless you’re Michael Phelps you need a life vest, a snorkel gear to be able to enjoy your swim as the crystal clear lake waters offers a 10 meter visibility, the lake water is a mixture of salt and fresh water.


I wanted to stay there for a day, couple of days or more. Our guide told us that further ahead of the lake lies a Japanese WWII submarine wreckage but one needs scuba equipment to be able to see it. Another reason to come back perhaps, but with or without submarine wreckage, the place itself is a huge reason for me to start planning on coming back.


Till next time Kayangan Lake. I will be back.