Bye bye Malapascua, Hello Palawan!

Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
Trip End Jan 22, 2013

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Flag of Philippines  , MIMAROPA,
Thursday, January 31, 2013

All good things must eventually come to an end. After spending 6 days on a dreamy island of Malapascua, yesterday we said goodbyes to our new friends and headed to the mainland.
But the good thing about traveling in the Philippines is that the country is made up of islands so you are always headed to a new island :D

Travel days are exhausting. Even though we do nothing but sit around, it's just draining. Yesterday we spent over an hour waiting for a boat to get us off the island. Then we spent an hour on the boat. Then we waited for the bus. Then we sat 4 hours on the bus getting back to the city. We practically spent the whole day traveling.
Oh wait, we did make a dash to the bus when it started taking off without us during a break stop! I guess we also got an unexpected exercise in as well!

Last night in Cebu City, we stayed with another local couch surfer host. Hazel was just the perfect host you can ever ask for. She was so nice, considerate, intelligent, driven, progressive and open minded, and just so sweet. We connected instantly and stayed up late talking about our cultures and our life experiences. We felt so lucky to have found her as our host and were sad to have had only one night to spend with her.
Strangers crossing paths for a moment of our lives across the globe. I find that to be so beautiful and priceless.

We also made some other friends (aka cockroaches) that we had not yet encountered in the Philippines. It's true what they say about the roaches in the tropics - they are ginormous!

Today we flew into an island of Palawan, to a place called Coron. We will spend 2 days here then Luis will return to NYC and I will continue on with my journey. We landed at Busuanga airport which is in the middle if nowhere. As we stepped off the plane we saw green mountains 360 degrees all around us. We drove through cow pastures for about 20 minutes before we arrived at Coron Town. The town is quite small. It consists of a few blocks and it can be walked within an hour.

I booked us a stay at a guesthouse for 500php per night ($12.5). Let's just say we are getting what we pay for. The place has 9 small rooms with 2 shared toilets and 2 showers. I don't mind the sharing, but this place is built over some water that smells like sewer and the walls are suuuuuuper thin. Right behind our room are several huts where locals live, and we can hear them like they live inside our room. We can hear the kids taking a bath, families making dinner and all kinds of social interactions. Oh let me not forget to mention that power in the town went out at 6pm! It is not expected to return till 10pm. I had to take a cold bucket shower in a candle light.
At the moment, I am typing this blog entry in a pitch dark room while Luis is passed out next to me. I can do without the power but the lack of a fan is starting to feel suffocating!! I got 2 more hours before the power returns. Ugh. This is no fun.
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