You’re not-just-the-average-cool mom because you possess an extraordinary power which is the power of loving unconditionally. Thank you for every small and big sacrifices you have done for me. No other mother can be at par with you. You’re truly the best!
I know you’re still recovering at the moment. So my one and only wish is for you to regain your “superhealth.” I would do anything to see you back in shape.
You know I love you so much even if I have uncanny ways of showing it. I love you! :*
As the year ends, I fast track my mindset to SUMMER!
Woohoo! Where to go on summer of 2012? Hmmmn… :))
Need to get my summer bod back! Haha
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I’ll see you on summer of 2012. :D
1994. Kayangan Lake, Coron, Palawan, Philippines. Would be absolutely perfect for a swim with friends.
After we settled down, rested and sorted our luggage in our respective rooms. The pack (my mom and I, Tita Susan, Tita Myrna, Tito Rustom, Tito Rod, and Tito Delfin) decided to take the Underground River Tour since the first day was only assigned for registration. They chose the Daluyon’s Underground Tour since it only costs 350/pax compared to Sheridan’s 900/pax. Bonggels na mas mura pa ang offer ng hotel namin because the Sheridan was offered by a travel agency so with all the tax chu chu mas mahal talaga sila.
Fortunately our resort was proximal to the Underground River, so the boat ride took around 20 minutes. Before you are allowed to enter the site, a permit must be procured by your tour guide, boatsman, or whoever is responsible to take you there. They also follow a certain schedule in the entry of tourist. I think there schedules inlcude: 8.30, 1.00, 3.30 and 4.30 touring times. Ours was scheduled at 3.30 PM. We entered a bit later than the alloted time because the brief downpour. So we started the tour at around 4.00 PM. A short walk through the woods lead us to a small port where the paddle boats are decked. Since it’s an underground river, paddle boats are the means of transport to the cave. Puerto Princesa’s Subterranean River National Park or Underground River is about 8.2 km long however only 1.5 km is allowed to be navigated by tourists. We traversed through the cave for approximately 45 minutes. I forgot to mention that each paddle boat can accommodate 7-8 persons and is assigned with a tour guide. The cave’s mouth is simply enthralling and inviting. Upon entering, I was in awe of the cave’s humongous rock formations. According to our guide, it is home to 70,000 species of birds and bats. The smell of bat dung reeks heavily. Inside it, there is also a Bat Cave but tourists were not allowed to enter it due to the intolerable scent of bat dung. As we navigated the cave, our tour guide, Mang Angelo, narrated a brief history of the cave and it’s beginnings. He also injected humor and entertained us with the different images formed from the stalactites and stalagmites. A remarkable feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before directly flowing to the South China Sea. The lowest portion is also subjected to tidal influences. Because of this, it was included in the top 28 nominations for the New 7 Wonders of Natures. So please vote for it that it may earn a spot as in one of the world’s 7 Wonders of Nature. The pictures I have captured are not enough to justify the cave’s magnificence and beauty.
The boat ride to the underground river
(L-R) Tito Rustom, Tito Delfin, Tita Susan, Tita Myrna, Mom, and Tito Rod
Underground River entrance
Mama and Sab
Pathwalk to the cave
Mang Angelo, our entertaining cave guide/comedian
The different Underground River’s entrance photos
The Bat Cave that we weren’t permitted to navigate.
Inside the cave
Sabi ng guide this is called, “The Cathedral” kasi may image ni Virgin Mary, the baby Jesus, and Joseph, the Three Kings, and also a kneeling Virgin Mary.
The rock formations on the right side project the Virgin Mary and Joseph hovering over the baby Jesus lying on the manger
Enormous stalactites that resemble giant mushrooms
Look closely, the image looks like a bottom view of the fingers of a person whose hand is bound with a rope in an attempt to commit suicide.
A part of the underground river in shallow waters
Okay I can’t form an image out of these rock formations haha
A Jurassic-like image
A view of the cave’s ceiling with a captured fleeting bird
Closer images of the cave’s rock formations
You can even see inscriptions of the people who first explored the cave
Another interior view of the cave’s scape
Another photo op
NEED I SAY MORE? PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE VOTE FOR THE PUERTO PRINCESA UNDERGROUND RIVER THROUGH TEXTING PPUR TO 2861 OR VOTING ONLINE IN new7wonders.com
VOTE NOW!!! :))
As I have promised, I shall chronicle my brief escapade in Palawan from June 7-10. So here it goes.
Puerto Princesa City is a component city of Palawan. It is 45 minutes away from Manila by plane. My mom opted to fly through Philippine Airlines. We departed at 8.45 AM and arrived at around 9.40 AM. Upon landing at the Puerto Princesa Airport, the airplane’s pilot immediately warns us of the city’s strict fine for littering. I can attest to the cleanliness of Puerto Princesa. I can see, smell, and feel spic and span all over the place. Not a single trash like candy wrappers, cigarette butts, or bottles litter their streets and sidewalks except for a few pieces of dead leaves. The tricycle driver told us that the road shoulders are kept mud-free. San ka pa pati putik winawalis diba lol.
The PAL AirBus
The host hotel of my mom’s seminar training, Sheridan Hotel, transported us from the airport to their abode. The hotel is located in the town of Sabang, which is 2 hours drive away from the city. Even if I was sleepy from the all the traveling, my eyes feasted on the lush foliage, green landscapes, and towering mountains we passed by. When we arrived at the hotel, I was surprised that it was still under development. Despite that, President PNoy stayed in this hotel when he visited the Underground River. I wish we stayed in this hotel haha. But we have checked in a nearby resort that is Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort. We were transported there via a calesa pulled my a carabao. I was hesitant to ride because I pitied the poor animal. My heart was crushed while he carried us to the resort. :( I will never ride a calesa again. I am absolutely against animal cruelty.
Sheridan Hotel’s swimming pool area
View of the hotel from the beach area
Proof of Pres. PNoy’s stay. LOL
So we stayed in Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort whose rooms come in the forms of villas. I prefer the set-up of this resort over the Sheridan Hotel because the view of the beach is right outside our balcony. There is nothing more relaxing than to wake up to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore and to the sight of orange and yellow hues of sun rising over the aquamarine waters.
Daluyon Beach and Mountain resort
The villa where we stayed
The view from our balcony
The beach area (right side)
The left area of the beach
Swimming pool area
Wacky shot LOL
Me at the room’s balcony
At the beach area
Me again at the beach resort’s grounds, yes, it’s a monopoly of my pictures haha
Read my next post for the Underground River tour. :)
I am back in action after a week of hiatus. Last week, I have been on a business trip (actually the business part was my mom’s deal) mixed with pleasure in the beautiful city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Their company was obliged to attend a seminar training regarding the wheeling rates of electricity consumption. Btw, my mom works in an electric cooperative, where they mainly deal with the distribution of electricity in our province. Anyway, I don’t have to elaborate that.
Fortunately, the body responsible for the training decided to hold the training in Puerto Princesa City. FYI, Puerto Princesa City is known for it’s Underground River which is nominated as one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. I’ll post some pictures of it to convince you that it deserves to earn a spot in this prestigious title. Please vote for it too. I’ll also attach the link to the site where you can vote. :)
I have so much to tell about the place. The white beaches, vasts forests, long stretches of mangrove trees, rich wild life, and clean urban proper, these are not enough to justify the beauty and magnificence of the place. I feel that I have not captured the beauty of the place through my camera lens.
I will post some pictures of the places we have visited after I organize the piled up pictures. I’m so excited to show them all. :D