Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Coron: Waddling at CYC Beach

The Coron Youth Club (CYC) beach can be found in a very small islet, still a part of the larger Coron Island. We went here on our second day in Coron. It was our first stop and it did not disappoint.

CYC Beach

As we approached the island, it surprised me that there was this woman already far from the beach, and yet, the water reached only up to her waist. I realized, as we got nearer, that most of the beach is actually under shallow water. Which was amazing.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Baguio: The Secret Garden

It was only the second time I went to Baguio. The first time I went I was still in high school. Literally, my high school sent me to Baguio to participate in some inter-school event. No, we were not able to explore much that first time. We did explore but as expected, we followed the tourist trail. This time was different. We had a local among us.

One of the places she took us to was the Secret Garden. It's a small garden adjacent to the Bell Amphitheater, just behind the Bell House, in Camp John Hay. Two trails on either side of the house will lead you to the garden. The entrace to the trails are hidden and nondescript enough that on a good day, you'll have the garden all to yourself, like we did.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Coron: Lusong and Sangat

We were in Coron, Palawan for four days and three nights. As I mentioned in my previous post, the town has a bay, not a beach. You have to arrange for an island-hopping tour of the whole archipelago to get to these beaches, and to all other snorkel sites, lakes, etc. that Coron island also offers tourists.

Lusong Reef

On our second day, we went to Lusong. There they have a coral garden and a wreck of a WWII Japanese vessel. It's underwater, of course. It was the first time I or any of my travel companions ever saw a shipwreck. It was scary and creepy, yet exciting. Unfortunately, nobody had an underwater camera. So boo to us. I, though, was able to take a photo of the coral garden, from above the water, of course. It still amazes me how crystal clear the waters are there. Amazing.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Coron: Exploring the Town

Coron is a municipality located in an island north of Palawan. I first heard of it when I was working for (would you believe it) the town's congressman who was based in Manila. I didn't know much about it then. I just knew it was a popular tourist spot, mostly to foreigners, which to me meant big bucks for you to get there. I was wrong.

Coron Church

From the airport at Busuanga, an adjacent municipality, we took a van transfer to get there. It's a 40-minute ride through unfinished roads from the airport to the town, costing 100 to 150 PHP, depending on how good you bargain. There are many vans waiting for tourists right outside the small airport. If you've arranged to be picked up by your resort/hotel/lodge/tour agency, however, then this won't be a problem.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

What Traveler?

And I call myself a traveler. Blech. See below my Lakbayan grade. It. Is. Pathetic!

My Lakbayan grade is C-!

Cutting myself some slack, though, I think my map would've been more pathetic two or three years ago.