El Nido | Imorigue Island, Malapari Islet Hopping and Mangrove Sidetrip

Snorkeling at Imorigue Island

So you have done all the tours in El Nido Palawan from Tours A, B, C, D and E. The west side of El Nido, the Bacuit Bay in particular does have dramatic limestone karst islands and captivating beaches, but El Nido doesn’t end there. The other side, the El Nido east coast holds more islands to explore and stunning white sand beached to bum around. Sibaltan is the jump off point for these island adventures. I have written about some of the islands of Linapacan, now discover the limestone of Imorigue Island. From afar it looks daunting but the locals swear on how rich the marine life surrounding its waters are.

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Ironwulf En Route on Pinterest

As a photographer, I’m a very visual person when it comes to planning trips. I’d like to know what I would see in a destination I’m visiting, hence it would give me an idea what to expect from a trip in terms of sceneries I would shoot. That way I would know what to bring as well. Pinterest has been one of my platform for collecting travel inspirations and ideas and organizing them efficiently. It’s a visual bookmarking platform to discover and save creative ideas. The Philippines now has a growing community of Pinterest users from travel, lifestyle and food. So it’s a good time to Pin it Pinas!

San Vicente Stay | Ursula Long Beach Traveler’s Inn

View from my room at Ursula Long Beach

I have ran to the northern most part of the famous San Vicente Long Beach when I stayed at JuRiSu Inn situated in the central stretch of the beach. For another couple of nights I decided you stay at the southern end so I decided on booking at the only resort found on this side of the beach which is Ursula Long Beach Traveler’s Inn. An interesting family ran resort amidst a fishing village.

San Pascual | Balinsasayaw House: Home to 80,000 Swiftlets

Close up with a couple of swiftlets

At the towering limestone cliff walls in Palawan or high up the ceiling in the deep cave chambers in Cagayan, I have seen harvesters risk their lives climbing sharp walls or hanging by the ceiling supported only by a rope in order to gather the swiftlet bird’s nest. The swiftlets locally known as the Balinsasayaw uses their saliva to build their nest. When the nest is submerged in water, it becomes gelatinous and has been used as an exotic ingredient by the Chinese in their Bird’s Nest soup for over 400 years. People risk their lives for this as this lucrative nest cost about US$2000 per kilo. A house however in San Pascual, Burias Island in Masbate have another story. There is a Balinsasayaw House where an estimate of 80,000 swiftlets live right under their basement.

Manila | City of Dreams DreamPlay : Play, Create, Learn

Dreamplay at the City of Dreams

I got a couple of nieces from Guam having vacation in our house. With their parents still out of the country, it’s up to us on how to keep these hyper-active kids of 5 and 9yo busy. One way would be the occasional visits to amusement parks. One such newly opened park is the DreamPlay at the City of Dreams in Manila. If you (and your kids) are a fan of DreamWorks animation like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon to name a few. This would be really interesting to visit.