Anyway here I am writing once again! Recently I managed to head to Philippines once again, and my destination was PALAWAN! Palawan is known as one of the clearest beaches in the Philippines, and also there's really interesting Nature Stuff there! But as for this post, Imma be sharing about my experience around Palawan City!
For those who do not know, This trip was entirely sponsored by Cebu Pacific Air, Agoda & Visa! I won the Cebu Pacific Juan Blogger Contest last year, and managed to become the FIRST EVER Cebu Pacific Airlines Blogger Ambassador! I get to head to philippines with flights sponsored by Cebu Pacific Air, Accommodation sponsored by Agoda & of course, SHOPPING MONEY sponsored by Visa!
If you have no idea what Agoda is about, Agoda Company Pte Ltd (Agoda.com) is a leading Asia-based, online hotel reservations company, which specializes in securing the lowest discount hotel prices. Agoda.com is part of priceline.com (Nasdaq:PCLN). Agoda.com's network includes more than 360,000 hotels worldwide. The multinational staff of more than 1,400 professionals, located throughout the world, provides a first-rate reservation service that uniquely combines local knowledge and local connections to provide the best hotel deals to both business and leisure travellers.
First up, I wanna thank Michelle Eve De Guzman for organizing my trip & of course Mary Joy Rosete for telling me the awesome things to do at Palawan.
I brought Eileen along for this trip, headed on an early flight at 12am to Manila, and guess what? When we were at the airport waiting to be transferred to Puerto Princessa (Palawan), I bumped into Joy there! its been a good 9 months since I saw her the first time at Manila. She was on her way to head to another Island for a weekend vacation, we managed to catch up and of course it was great to see her!
After getting on board our next flight to Palawan, it took us about an hour to reach the island. As for this time, Agoda has hooked us up with Hotel Centro, Palawan! Its located about 5 minutes from the city, and provided us with great service!
Water provided in the van! Yes we were thirsty!
They arranged airport transfers for us, so a van came over to pick us up. The driver, Faisal, was such a comedian as he gave us a nice on the way 10 minute tour of the city before reaching the hotel. He cracked up pretty good jokes on the way too!
You can check out Hotel Centro here: http://www.agoda.com/hotel-centro-palawan/hotel/puerto-princesa-city-ph.html
As we reached the hotel, it was nice to see that the Guest Services Manager, Martin S. Aguilar was waiting by the door to greet us. Tell me when would you get such great service? Check-in was smooth and of course Martin told us of the things we had to do in Palawan! Believe me, trying to choose places to go based on the things people say online is hard!
Now check out the Superior room we got:
The Dresser, TV & Fridge area
Flowers for us? =D
My favourite place
Plenty of Amenities Supplied!
another part of the Washroom
So after we settled down, we headed over to Robinson's Mall which is located about 500m away from the hotel to get some Brekkie! We went to one of our favourite restaurant which we tried out at Boracay the past trip, which was Mang Inasal. They have really great chicken, pork and fish there!
A random sign-age otw to Robinsons
Skewered Pork with Rice
Being a dumb nut
Finally she has "Sepet" eyes (small chinese eyes)
We also bought some Special Otap (something like sugared rice crackers)
While we were walking back to the hotel, we thought that the first day should be light & easy, so we decided to rent a tricycle to bring us for a city tour. He charged us 500 pesos (about RM37) for the whole trip which we thought was a fair price since he was bringing us all around the city
so first stop, The famous tourist attraction: The Crocodile Farm
A tour around the farm started every 30 minutes, so Eileen & I joined in with other tourists to check out the farm and also the wild life park at the back of it. Entrance fees is 40 Pesos per person (about RM3) so there's no reason you should be stingy on this as its a sanctuary!
Myself at the entrance
The Skin & Bones of the largest crocodile which lived at the park
Baby crocs in the tank
The adult crocs in a bigger place
Of course you're able to take a pic with a baby croc too! [Fee is 35 Pesos (RM2.50) for a single person & 50 pesos (RM4.50) for 2 people]
A hornbill at the sanctuary
Eileen & I
Yeaps and she went nuts!
Lots of Greens & Landscaping!
Plenty of photo opportunities
Eileen with her OOTD
and of course I'm a lil cheeky with this one Grabbing her boobies! her skirts too short too =P
After Bakers Hill, we headed over to the Butterfly Farm & Tribal Village, plenty of butterflies are roaming around the place, and of course the Tribal Village close by where we can see how the natives go around their daily life there. Got to see how they made fire with flint stones, shoot with the blowpipe, play with their musical instruments and more!
Eileen & I at the Butterfly park
Who's a pretty lil butterfly
Entrance to the tribal village
A small music performance by the natives
and of course a photo op!
The last part of our tour was to the harbour area, where the boats come and go, and the locals love to hang out at this place. The view is pretty amazing too so don't get me wrong if I can just stay there and feel the breeze
As night came, We headed out to hunt for food! Our first stop? Kinabuch! Kinabuch is one of the most famous restaurants at Palawan, and it serves really great food too! You can order seafood from the grill, or just have good western food & Filipino food there! here's some of the delicious food we ate!
Crocodile meat in gravy
We had breaded Tamilok as we were abit afraid of eating the raw Tamilok. (Tamilok is one of the most famous delicacies of Palawan, which is basically a woodworm, coated in vinegar, it tastes like oysters btw, and definitely is an aphrodisiac! *hint hint)
After Kinabuch's we headed for street food at the main city area (opposite Tiki Bar)! Tell me what is better than tasting the local food over there? I can say its quite clean, as we didn't get food poisoning whatsoever by eating all those delicious local food there, and its definitely CHEAP, you can eat to your hearts delight with just 140 pesos (RM10)!
One of the hawkers selling his fried stuff
Fried Squid & Calamari
More fried stuff!
A sign that say: please dip only once in the sauces
One of the grillers there! Satay Style!...oooh but its Pork!
All those pork to be grilled!
Simple soup noodles which is tasty!
And to end our night, we headed over to Tiki Bar, which is the most famous bar in Palawan. Plenty of people head there for drinks while listening to the live band playing on stage! and the food is great there too!
The band playing on stage
Seafood Platter (yes you're wondering how we ate so much lol!)
I had a San Miguel while she had a cocktail
Pretty much thats all for this post! Crazy long just for a day in the city yeah? I'll be updating soon on the natural wonders of Palawan! Stay tuned!
Photos taken using Nikon D90 & Samsung S4