Saturday, February 9, 2013

One Valenzuela bound to Palawan: Day 3 on a City Tour

Every travel has an end. On the third day, the group pursued the City Tour where in they visited various places in the city. But before they ride the van, they took photos at Balay Inato.
One more tour to go!
 Tiangge Tiangge
Go to Cora Palawan Pearl and Souvenir Shop for cheap cultured pearls(freshwater pearls-small pearl earrings: 3 sets for Php20), South Sea pearls (pricy, One Valenzuela asked for brown colored ones and the pair costs around two thousand pesos, but well worth it), kasuy (Php45-390, depends on weight), dried fish, and shirts (range from Php90 and up).

One Valenzuela also bought a few boxes of Love Pearls at Php80.00 each. Here, the one who receives the box will have to make a wish and then get the pearl directly from a clam! The color of the pearl were given meaning (i.e. white for health, cream for happiness, peach for love, lavender for wisdom, and gold for wealth). After that, the pearl is then placed inside a pendant necklace. Great gift idea.

Yeah, One Valenzuela bought one ref magnet.

Sets of pearl earrings and necklaces
Strings of pearls will delight your eyes

The Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center
Previously known as the Crocodile Farm. Learn more about crocodiles. Take a photo op with a baby crocodile. Check out other animals such as porcupines and birds.

Smile like a a crocodile! ^_^

The biggest so far in the center is Mac mac.

Learn more about crocodiles with this guy as your guide.

Baker’s Hill
Buy Hopia (Php40-45 a box). Their cheese bread is also very soft and of course, cheesy. Take fun photos in their mini park.
One Valenzuela likes the hopia mongo better. But better buy the two flavors for pasalubong.

Baker's Hill statues are fun to take photos with

A staff told us that they put fresh flowers here daily.

Sit and say "oh"!

Small monkey decorations are all over Baker's Hill

Hopia, hopia

Mitra’s Ranch
See the islands of Honda Bay. Zipline and other activities available.
Activities at Mitra's Ranch

View the islands of Honda Bay.

Mitra was fond of roosters that is why this structure
looks like a cockpit.
Great location for photo shoots. :)

Binuatan Weaving
Learn how to weave. Buy weaved bags, wallets, etc.
Aya trying her hand on weaving.

Beautifully colored bags adorn the Binuatan Creations shop.

Plaza Cuartel
Here a statue is erected to commemorate slain American soldiers.

Relax and feel the breeze among trees. Visit the cathedral across the street.
The trees give ample shade in the plaza.

Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral beside Plaza Cuartel

The group also passed by Ka Lui, Palawan City Hall, and Palawan's Baywalk. The van later on dropped the group near the airport terminal. From there, they ate and waited for their flight back home.
Baywalk at Puerto Princesa
Trying on bracelets at a store near the Puerto Princesa airport
And we hope to be back soon Palawan!

Appreciation Box:
This trip is heaven sent, thank you Tita Neneng for making this trip happen. The whole group had fun (under the sun) and it is an experience which will always be remembered. Thank you for your tips regarding airport conduct, funny stories, life enriching moments, and a lot more.

Thank you for being a great Tita to us all. Hoping for more adventures with you and Aya in the near future. Domo arigato gozaimasu!

Tita Neneng and Aya: Ride to Palawan.
 Thank you so much!
To Aya, Feb, Tita Merdel, Tito Nonoth, my sister, Little One Valenzuela: One Valenzuela had a great time bonding with you guys. Sa uulitin!

To Tito Vic, salamat po sa sundo at hatid sa airport.

To Rebecca Arbolado of Marianne Home Inn, salamat sa asikaso. Kuya Bodjie and the van drivers, thank you for the great tours. To our boatmen, thank you for sailing and swimming with us.

Thank God for being with us in the whole trip. ^_^

Salamat Palawan. It is indeed more fun in the Philippines!
Valenzuelanos, One Valenzuela hopes that you get to visit Palawan soon. Here are some of her suggestions on your future Palawan trip:
  • What to bring for the Palawan trip: light shirts, shorts, slippers, sunblock,swimwear, extra stash of cash for pasalubong, ziplock. Wide brimmed hats are for sale at several areas in the docks and pasalubong center so you may just buy there. Start saving for a waterproof, shockproof, freeze proof camera (note again and again to self)--hehe. When bringing your camera, always have your charger with you since you will surely be taking a lot of photos.
  • For a comfortable trip, go with tour packages. But if you are working on a tight budget, a DIY tour is for you. Make sure that you get permits for the Underground River on your first day since there are times when it is fully booked.
  • Environmental fees (Php40 at the time of writing) and snorkeling gears (Php150) are not included in tour packages.
  • There are more activities in store for everyone other than the Underground River, Honda Bay, and City tour. Someday, One Valenzuela hopes to go firefly watching at night, visit the museum, try out scuba diving, and eat at some of the local restaurants.
  • Tricycle transportation here is fairly easy. As of this writing, a ride in the city will cost you Php 10.00 per person.
  • The group never had an issue on missing belongings on their stay here in Palawan. Yet it is advised that you bring a sling bag so you can put your important belongings in front of you.
  • When buying in Tiangge Tiangge, go to Cora's. It is cheaper to buy here than in non-air conditioned stalls.
  • Useful websites (The ones One Valenzuela used which are reliable. You may check out other sites too.):
    Marianne Home Inn
    Balay Inato
    Airphil Express (under Philippine Airlines)

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