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6 New Places to Eat & Drink in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Posted on June 29, 2022

The city of Puerto Princesa is the capital of Palawan, the largest province in the Philippines best known for its unspoiled natural wonders. Among its most popular attractions are the gorgeous limestone islands of El Nido and Coron, and the World Heritage-listed Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. It’s no wonder Palawan has repeatedly topped “World’s Best Island” lists! While the best destinations are far from the city center, the downtown area is worth exploring for a day for itsRead More

Balay Tuko Garden Inn: Homey Stay in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Posted on June 27, 2022

The last decade has seen tourism boom in Palawan, including the provincial capital of Puerto Princesa City. Large and modern concrete hotels have popped up around the city. But if you’re looking for a place to stay that’s quiet and relaxed, check out Balay Tuko Garden Inn, located in the northern leafy suburb of Brgy. San Manuel. The nature-inspired accommodation’s name means “gecko house”, referring to the tokay gecko (Gekko gecko), a native species of the Philippines. While I’ve encounteredRead More

Romblon Island Hopping: Touring the Beautiful Isles of Romblon Bay

Posted on May 11, 2022

On my third and last day on Romblon island, I visited the beautiful islands fronting Romblon town, the capital of Romblon province best known for its hilltop fortress and other unique heritage sites. I already visited two white-sand beaches on Romblon island itself – Bonbon and Talipasak – on my self-guided round-the-island scooter tour the day before. But island hopping around Romblon Bay offered even more beaches to visit! The morning island-hopping tour was arranged by the Romblon Provincial Tourism Office.Read More

Romblon Island: Exciting DIY Scooter Tour from Marble Quarries to Sunset Sandbars

Posted on May 5, 2022

On my first day on Romblon island, I visited the unique heritage sites of Romblon town, before checking in at Dream Paradise Mountain Resort, the accommodation arranged by Romblon Provincial Tourism. I had already rented a Yamaha Mio Soul scooter and was raring to see the rest of the island the following day. With a total land area of only 87 sq km, Romblon island can be easily explored on two wheels along its circumferential highway. Circling the island nonstopRead More

Romblon Island: Remarkable Heritage Tour of Romblon Town

Posted on April 19, 2022

As soon as I got off the ferry, I spent my first morning on Romblon island attending the local festivities at the capitol grounds. Romblon town is the geopolitical heart of the archipelagic province of Romblon, which includes the larger islands of Tablas and Sibuyan. Serendipitously, my arrival last March 16 coincided with the province’s 121st Foundation and 77th World War II Liberation Anniversaries. A scaled-down edition of the Marble Festival, usually held in January, was also held. The RomblonRead More

Endless Summer Hotel: Midtown Boutique Stay with 360-Degree Rooftop Views of Baler, Aurora

Posted on February 9, 2019

They say home is where the heart is. Then I might as well declare that I left my heart in this unassuming accommodation in Baler, Aurora. While our two-night stay was brief, I quickly fell for the small-town charm of Endless Summer Hotel, which, contrary to its name, feels more like a family-run guesthouse or homestay than a run-of-the-mill hotel. I immediately felt right at home upon arriving, our check-in smoothly administered by the friendly and efficient receptionists at theirRead More