Chinese New Year in El Nido

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

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Flag of Philippines  , MIMAROPA,
Sunday, February 10, 2013

For anyone who knows me, I'm quite obsessed when it comes to researching ahead of time.
When I read about about how impossible it will be to find accommodations during the Chinese New Year, I booked the accommodations in November. Even then, one place couldn't accommodate my entire 7-day stay - I had to split up the days between 2 guest houses.
When I got here, I checked in to the first hotel with no problem. Then I walked over to the second place to confirm my stay in a few days, but they told me they do not have my reservation!
How can that be!?! I was livid, since I had called them from the States using an international calling card. I personally called and spoke to a woman who took my name down. UGH. I was feeling despair, since I had already seen many signs in the streets that said "no vacancy" and many travelers with backpacks walking hopelessly without any luck. I called a few places anyway, but nothing was available. I gave up and decided to sleep off my frustration.

The next day, I ran into Gesa and Gerrit, an adorable German couple I befriended on Tao. They were also staying in El Nido for 7 days, and upon hearing my dilemma they generously offered me their floor in their guesthouse! They were happy to split the cost with me, and I was ecstatic to find a place to sleep for a few more nights. Whew! A crisis diverted.

Yesterday we decided to have a beach day - as if we didn't get enough beach and sun on Tao! We hired a boat and headed to a small island where we played cards and frisbee and just laughed the whole day. They are so much fun and I love them already!
I also realized that yesterday was my 1-month anniversary since I left NYC.
Can you believe it? Do you remember how scared I was to leave for this trip?
The last month has been absolutely incredible. I still have to pinch myself at times. This trip has been more than I could have imagined.
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Janel on

Absolutely beautiful.....
This is a priceless experience, and I am living vicariously through you!
Its like a t.v show for me, I can't wait to see your next episode, keep enjoying your paradise while those of us in the Norrheast shovel out from under 3 feet of snow this weekend ( I am no kidding) .
The Ohashi adventures, I love them.

oshioshi on

Thanks Janel! I heard about the blizzard in NYC! I am definitely not missing that weather. I'm glad I can offer you a virtual escape ;)

Phil on

You are sooo lucky to do this trip.
I'm glad for you
Love, Phil

tak on

the pics are so amazing!!

Oli on

Happy anniversary babe! May you have many more !

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