The furthest west in the Philippines!!!
Trip Start Oct 18, 2007
51Trip End Aug 2008
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Where I stayed
Banwa Pensionne House
I woke up at 6am on Wednesday (jan 30) to catch a tricycle to San Jose Bus Terminal (30P from pensionne), then take the 2.5 hr jeepney ride to Sabang (110P) which leaves at 7am, then from there, pay the 150 P ("students" or Pinoys!) entrance fee (200P for "adults" or foreigners). On the jeepney ride to Sabang, I befriended Mel, her sister, Jasmine and her boyfriend Michael from Ottawa..
In the future, if I ever return to Puerto, I definitely want to make a point to check out Honda Bay. If anyone's thinking of heading to the Underground River, I would recommend renting one of the many lovely looking cottages in Sabang and staying there at least overnight to make the trip worthwhile. In hindsight, a 6hr-trip (a dusty and bumpy one at that) for a 45-min tour doesn't make much sense. Also, I would love to one day check out Port Barton, El Nido and a cool sounding spot called Coconut Grove that was recommended by Mark, the cool english dude who chilled there for 11 WEEKS..
I took it easy on Thursday as I knew I would be travelling on Feb 1 (friday) to Bangkok. And what an awesome decision!!! I had the great pleasure to meet the lovely Ashifa who was also staying at Banwa. We started chatting and hit it off instantaneously! Yup, another canadian to boot! =D We hung out and discovered Asiano, a funky jewelry/souvenir shop owned by Jojo and Fresh Cafe for yummy midafternoon snacks. From there, we made our way back to the pensionne house, chatted with Mark and Tess from Sweden, then made our way to KaLui for a sumptuous dinner in the prettiest restaurant I've eaten at to date. I love easy going days like that!
Cebu Pacific changed the
initial flight I booked which was suppose to only leave Puerto to
Manila at 4pm to 8 am that morning. BOOO. My flight from Manila to
Bangkok would only be leaving at 10pm (which got delayed to 11pm...)
BOOOOOOOO. I was worried that I'd be sitting, twiddling my thumbs while waiting for my flight in the evening, but lo and behold! Armand, the talented singer/songwriter from Boracay happened to be in Manila at the time... as well as Markki! These were the guys I'd met in Boracay! Markki was on his way back home as well and was killing time at the airport... and I was able to convince Armand to come out and chill with me too! What a happy reunion. It's awesome when things work out like that!