A Year in Travels April 2013 | Back in Coron, Singapore Supertrees and Aliwan Fiesta

Singapore Supertrees
Singapore Supertrees

The little city with big developments, Singapore, is always an interesting to visit. I’m always looking forward too new sites and structures I would see whenever I’m there. But last April’s visit was more of a job since for the first time I was able to talk about Photography and the Philippines to a foreign audience. It was an enriching experience to say the least. We did allot a day to explore what’s new in Singapore since my last visit like the Supertrees at the Gardens by the Bay and the Helix Bridge.

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At Lele Beach Culion, As Strangers We Came

Serene twilight at Lele Beach Culion Island
Serene twilight at Lele Beach Culion Island

Curious eyes stare as we step down the motorcycle. Kids who were playing around suddenly stopped and proceeded in caution to look who came. Fishermen by the shore securing their boat gave a quick glance. It seems the people here at Lele Beach in Culion Island don’t to see many visitors donning cameras and tripods that often. Thanks to our guide Hermie, there was a familiar face they can get comfortable with. He informed the small community that we’ll be hanging around their beach for the sunset.

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Coron Island Hopping: A Splendid Way to Enjoy the Sun, Sea and Sights

The crystal clear waters of Banol Beach
The crystal clear waters of Banol Beach

Coron Palawan can speak for itself in terms of its natural beauty. I’ve seen the wonders of Halong Bay, while I admired its thousands of karst wonder, it can’t really compare to how clear and spectacular our Palawan turquoise waters is. The best way to see the islands which is through day tours offered in town. Like El Nido, Coron have also grouped the sites to several island tours. We’re doing the Coron Island Hopping tour (offered by Coron EcoLodge) and has just visited Kayangan Lake. The only need in these tours is a comfortable swimwear (expect to be wet throughout), an open sense of wonder and fun.

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Chasing Sunset at Mt Tapyas Coron

Coron Twilight over the Islands
Coron Twilight over the Islands

It seems I’ve been going back to a lot of places lately. At least 6 years after, and more air traffic lately in NAIA (our flight was delayed for more than an hour) I found myself bound for Francisco Reyes Airport in Busuanga. A new airport, wide paved road (and watch our for passing cattle) and a more bustling little Coron Town were some of the notable changes. We checked in at Coron Eco Lodge found at the quiet side of Calle Real (check my review here). With our time cut short because of the flight delay, we chose to forego the regular “City Tour” and head directly Mt Tapyas for the sunset I was looking forward to shoot again.

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Coron: Tranquil Barracuda Lake

Barracuda Lake Rock Clinger

Barracuda Lake Rock Clinger

There is another lake in Coron, Palawan aside from Kayangan Lake that is worthy a visit. With just a few minutes boat ride from Kayangan, you’ll soon find yourself at the entrance of Barracuda Lake. There is an entrance fee of 75 pesos per person to access the lake.

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Coron: Scenic Kayangan Lake

Kayangan Towering Lime Stones

Kayangan Towering Lime Stones

Dubbed as the Cleanest Lake in Asia, Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan is one of those must visit sites in the area. It’s a true gem if you ask me. It’s hard not to know this place since DOT has plastered most of it’s familiar Kayangan Bay shots on its Philippines promotional materials. Turquoise ocean waters, towering scenic lime stones and crystal clear blue lake. What more adjectives can I describe this place on what many may considers a slice of island paradise.

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Coron: Banol Beach Beauty

Transparency in blue

Transparency in blue. Banol Beach Coron.

I’m tempted not to write anything here but let the pictures speak for themselves. One thing is for sure. Coron has beautiful beaches. Aside form the towering lime stones and a number of islands its easy to just lay around on one corner of the islands with fine white sand, crystal blue waters and the sun. On our island hopping trip, we told our boatman to go opposite where the crowd is. At that time, we heard there were several groups touring in Coron. So our first stop was the Skeleton Wreck Site and Banol Beach.

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