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Tao Philippines Sailing Expedition: The Palawan Adventure to End All Adventures

Posted on July 14, 2017

The portentous weather of a passing storm delayed our departure from El Nido in northern Palawan, the pencil-thin Philippine province repeatedly lauded by glossy travel magazines as the #1 best island in the world. The clouds finally surrendered to the midday sun, spotlighting a scenery that I thought only belonged to the realm of dream sequences or desktop wallpapers. A deserted islet lay before us, fringed with coconut trees sprouting from talcum-white sand and embraced by water that glimmered inRead More

El Nido, Palawan: Paradise Found

Posted on January 4, 2012

This unedited article is for a commissioned travel featurein Travel 3Sixty magazine of AirAsia, January 2012. The map was beautifully colored in… Then on one of a cluster of small islands I noticed a black mark. An X mark. I looked closer. Written underneath in tiny letters was the word ‘Beach’.                – Alex Garland, The Beach“Slow and steady,” I muttered to myself, drawing perseverance from the small brown snail beside me inching itsRead More