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We arrived after the hour long flight to the smallest little airport - one good thing they seem to do in the Philippines is they check that you have only taken your luggage when leaving the airport, it's always amazes me that more bags don't get nicked. We didn't have any accommodation booked and nearly headed straight to El Nido with 8 other …
... at a hotel that's away from Rizal Avenue but very conveniently located across from a new mall, so today we decided to head south to see Puerto town itself, and also check out the waterfront. Imagine an upside down letter "T": we are north on the long vertical "National Highway", and Rizal Ave is the bottom horizontal bar. The airport is at the bottom right. Beyond the bottom horizontal bar is the sea.
We chose the Immaculate Conception Cathedral as ...
... those names who booked but confirmed that they wouldn't come. We're just an undercover agents having different identities. Me and my wife having names of Mr. and Mrs. Narciso Lopez with matching identification card. Very clever!
The underground river is in Sabang, two hours away from Puerto Princesa. As we traveled, we passed those roads categorized on how its name implied. The zig zag road, roller coaster road, massage road, and the rocky road. Ernie ...
... quickly weaved through the family and monkey areas and reached the main falls. Certainly smaller than expected but the cool clear water was just what the doctor ordered after the bus/trike combo.
Simon caused a bit of a stir by swimming into the "OFF LIMIT" section and rather than a relaxing soak in the crisp fresh water I ended up in a bit of a mini waterfall myself.
The bus ride back was ...
... stank of burnt flesh.
when we couldn't bear the anticipation any more, Big Deal landed on
stage. They were a motley crew of eight, including a guitarist with a
face (and forehead) only a mother could love, three hot girls and the
highlight - a Bruno Mars/ Nani look-a-like. 'Bruno' was decked out in
a stylish ensemble of Bowler hat, shiny fleather jacket, and jeans
rolled up to his knees, completed with a pair of DMs. The girls were