Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Day 2

Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Princesa Underground River, being one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, has proved to be one of the top destinations in the Philippines for local and foreign tourists. According to my research, it was known to be the longest underground river in the world until the discovery of a longer one somewhere in Mexico in 2007. Regardless, it has been enticing hundreds of tourists every day of the year!

If you're planning to visit PPUR, it is very much advisable to book your schedule at least one week in advance so that you will not ruin your prepared itinerary, like what happened to us. We were supposed to visit PPUR on our Day 1, but it turned out that all slots were fully booked for the day. It is because they only accept a maximum of 900 visitors per day so as not to disturb the bats and other life forms in the cave beyond their tolerable level. Although we did not get our expected schedule, we're still lucky enough to visit on our second day.

Visitors are expected to register first and secure a permit at the Booking Office (please see address at the end of this entry). They strictly follow a No Permit, No Entry rule. There are already lots of tour agencies which offer PPUR tour packages. They will guide you throughout the registration process, provide and arrange land and water transportation and settle park fees as well. All you've got to do is follow and enjoy yourselves. Less hassle! But you can still do all these stuff all by yourselves without availing services from tour agencies for a lesser price, of course.

We were fetched at around 7:00am by our guide. We had the whole van to ourselves. The ride to Sabang takes two hours from Puerto Princesa City proper.

Sabang Port.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Day 1

Before, whenever I was asked which place I would want to go to in Philipppines, I would always answer Palawan. It was just an automatic answer for me - if three minus two is one, the best place to go to is Palawan! Haha! I am not sure where did I get that idea but it had always been inside my head for years. So when I already started working and had enough resources to finance my own trip, I and my good college friends went there on November 2012.

Palawan is a province in Luzon and is composed of a long and narrow mainland and numerous other islands surrounding it. It is probably the only province I can quickly point out in the Philippine map. Yes, I am a geography noob like that. Haha! Puerto Princesa is its capital city - the home to Puerto Princesa Underground River, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. El Nido and Coron are also two of the most well-known tourist destinations in Palawan.

Since I visited Palawan almost two years ago already, my stories will just be based on fragments of my memories. I will try my very best to remember all the little details and our experiences, with the assistance of the pictures of course. And oh, speaking of pictures, I would like to thank my friend John Carl for almost all of the pictures here. I didn't have a DSLR back then so I was just using a digital camera. In addition, I wasn't the one who planned this trip so I might not be very informative about things such as our accommodation, from where or whom did we avail the services, etc.

The obligatory we've-just-landed picture!
(L-R) Yours truly, Cyhsi, John Carl.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Universal Studios Singapore

( Part II ) 

From Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt and The Lost World from my previous post, let's now head to the remaining zones in Universal Studios Singapore! The first three zones undoubtedly offer some exciting rides. However, the zones we've yet to explore - Far Far Away, Madagascar, Hollywood and New York - offer just relaxing and feel-good shows. Not only kids will enjoy but kids at heart as well! 

Far Far Away

Have you ever dreamed of living in a castle? Those we can see only from fairy tale books and movies where kings and queens, princes and princesses live? Well, you'll not be able to live in it but you can definitely see one in Far Far Away! This zone made me feel like I was in a far far away land in the magical world of fairy tales! I was definitely a happy princess!

Entrance to Far Far Away

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Universal Studios Singapore

( Part I )

Universal Studios Singapore is the place you wouldn't want to miss when you're in Singapore. Opened in March 2010, it has become one of the most popular tourist spots in Singapore and in South East Asia. It is one of the only four Universal Studios amusement parks around the world - with the other three located in Orlando and Hollywood (both in the US) and in Japan - making it the nearest to South East Asian countries like the Philippines. Universal Studios boasts of its advanced rides, shows and attractions based on blockbuster movies like Transformers, Shrek, Madagascar and Jurassic Park.
Of course, who would want to miss this place when it is just a bus away from home? Definitely not me! So we went here last November 2013!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

China Town

China Town
More often than not, you’ll always find China Towns whenever you travel to different countries. According to my research (please correct me if I’m wrong), there are 30 China Towns all over Asia, Europe and America! Of course, Singapore is not an exception. I haven’t been to Binondo in Manila yet, the oldest of all China Towns around the world, so I wanted to experience it here in Singapore. We went here on the third week of January to buy pasalubong before going back to Philippines for a short vacation. It was also just in time for the upcoming Chinese New Year so I was expecting a very lively China Town!

Supertree Grove

@Gardens By The Bay

Singapore is indeed a small city-state. But despite this, you will not run out of wonderful places that you’d surely like to visit. One of these is the Gardens By The Bay. It is one of the most famous places tourists usually visit when they come in Singapore. The concept is just pretty simple – gardens within the city. When we went here last September to practice photography (but it turned out that we’re really not yet good at it! Haha!), I didn’t do a research first so all I know was that it is a garden with those huge “trees” that I always see from the highway. Little did I know that there’s a lot more than that. Gardens By The Bay is comprised of several attractions: Flower Dome, Supertree Grove (where we went), Cloud ForestHeritage GardenDragonfly & Kingfisher LakesBay East Garden, World of Plants, Far East Organization Children’s Garden and Sun Pavilion. Some can be accessed free of charge but others have entrance fees.

Start of Something New!

Hooray for my first post! This only goes to show how bored I am to start blogging! Haha! 

So, this whole blogging thing is new to me and here come my dilemmas. First of all, I am not a good writer. For me, being a blogger means you should be a good writer. Back in the university days, I always had a hard time finishing essays, papers and the like. All my brain juices were squeezed out every single time! Thank goodness I took Engineering! Haha! But as they say, there’s no harm in trying. Although writing is not my forte, let’s give it a try! I have a lot of free time to think of what to write anyway! Second, I've been seeing blogs with specific topics on them, like beauty and fashion, photography, gadgets, travel and adventures, etc.  I am still not yet decided on what to blog about. But hey! Let’s see along the way. Let’s not close doors, shall we? Remember, there’s a lot of possibilities out there so just you wait!