El Nido, Palawan is on my bucket list

I have been to Palawan last year and was able to visit the famous Underground River – one of the seven new wonders of the world, gone snorkeling and island hopping at Honda Bay and also did city tour. Went swimming at the very cool water of Estrella Falls in Narra a two to three hours drive from Puerto Princesa.

El Nido photo credit: www.ensogo.com.ph

El Nido
photo credit: www.ensogo.com.ph

Vacationing in Palawan for a week is not enough as there are more beautiful and fascinating places to explore and visit, one of them is El Nido.  A holiday for me to get away from bustle and hustle of the city life is going to a beach and enjoy the fine white sands (to write my name on than to print my logo on a tablecloth), crystal clear sea water which is what El Nido is all about. The enchanting surroundings plus the rich marine sanctuary for divers enthusiasts makes you want to stay there forever, to be close with nature and forget all the stresses and pressures from work.

Here are some of the activities that will make your stay in El Nido unforgettable which are all on my bucket list.  :)

  • Lagoon tours,
  • cave tours
  • mangrove river tours
  • bottom fishing
  • bird watching
  • hat making
  • picnic lunches
  • sunset cruising
  • kayaking, windsurfing
  • hobiecat sailing
  • snorkeling and diving.

Batangas Province tourist destination

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Taal Basilica Wikimedia.org

First day of September and I’m already hearing Christmas songs (musical instruments maybe from musiansfriends) in the airwave, signifying the start of a long holiday celebration. I’m also looking at a group-on site for promos for a possible trip to the beach near the city, without the need to travel by air and one of the choices I found is Batangas, a 3-4 hours travel from our place. Batangas province boosts of beautiful beaches and very popular among diving enthusiasts because of the diversity of the marine wildlife found there and according to the study of American Marine Biologist Dr. Kent Carpentier, Batangas’ Seas host more than half of the world’s species of coral.

Taal volcano

Taal volcano – wikimedia.org

Batangas is one of the most popular tourist destinations near Metro Manila. It is home to the famous Taal Volcano, one of the Decade Volcanoes, and Taal Heritage town, a small picturesque town that has ancestral houses and structures dating back to the 19th century. The province also has many excellent beaches and diving spots including Anilao in Mabini, Sombrero Island in Tingloy, Ligpo Island in Bauan, Matabungkay in Lian, Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Calatagan and Laiya in San Juan. source: Wikipedia

Portulano-Dive-Resort

Portulano-Dive-Resort photo credit: www.etravelpilipinas.com

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4v beach resort photo credit: http://batangasresorts.info

Vigan City – Ilocos Sur : Candidate for the New Seven Wonder Cities in the World the World

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Vigan City – Ilocos Sur

After winning one of the New Seven Wonders of the World title via the Underground River in Palawan, we have a new candidate for the Seven Wonder Cities in the World and this is Vigan city in Ilocos Sur. Vigan city is declared by UNESCO World Heritage Centre as historic because since it was established during the 16th century Spanish Era, it was able to preserved all the architectural elements from the time it was built up to the present.

Vigan city

Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.

As of this writing, Vigan City is now included in the 21 city finalists out of the 1,200 nominees. And will be shortlist to 14 , the voting will run for three months from July to October then the seven official winners will be declared. You can cast your vote here https://www.new7wonders.com/en/cities.

I always love old places, as it gives me insights on people’s way of living during those years, their homes, their lifestyles and how they celebrate special occasions like birthdays and weddings (if they also have Bridesmaid Tank Tops), the food they served during those events and the traditions they followed. When you visit Vigan, it feels like you are transported to another world in another time, far from the frenzy and fast lane life we have today. Truly a wonderful place to visit.

Disclosure: Photos not mine

 

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