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Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

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    • Day19

      Tag 19: Puerto Princesa

      January 27, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      9:40 Uhr Flug von Manila nach Puerto Princesa, der Hauptstadt von Palawan, einer schmalen Insel im Südluzon.
      Sind in süßer Pension mit vielen amerikanischen Backpackern. 🙈

      17:30 Uhr erkunden die Stadt: Cathedral, Plaza Cuartel, den Hafen und den berühmten Baywalk am Ufer entlang, der mit mehreren einzigartigen Fischstatuen zu begeistern versucht. 🐟🐟🐟

      "Plaza Cuartel": ein Denkmal, das an die amerikanischen Soldaten erinnert, welche 1944 im WW2 von den Japanern in Puerto Princesa lebendig verbrannt wurden.
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      torsten rapsch

      Grausig... So etwas dann vor Ort zu erfahren..

      1/28/17Reply
      jutta lehle

      toll seht ihr aus mädels

      1/28/17Reply
      jutta lehle

      gibts bestimmt auch was leckeres ;-)

      1/28/17Reply
       
    • Day28

      Tag 28: Puerto Princesa

      February 5, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Auf den Geschmack gekommen mieteten wir uns nochmal drei Roller und fuhren einmal quer über die Insel zu einem vergleichsweise sehr bevölkerten Strand.🌴🏖
      Per Zufall fanden wir dann den "Baker's Hill", ein Highlight für alle Einheimischen. Hier gibt es eine Gartenanlage, hunderte Fotomotive und eine Bäckerei😍
      An unser schmerzlich vermisstes deutsches Brot kam die aber nicht ran..😜
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      torsten rapsch

      Schönes Teil... 😁

      2/6/17Reply
      Heike Röder

      das sieht alles gut aus da, vor allem das Frühstück, mit soviel Obst, soooo gesund :-)

      2/7/17Reply
       
    • Feb28

      Rounding off the Philippines

      February 28, 2019 on the Philippines ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Last post I made we were in El Nido. We have had a pretty cruisy, relaxing time since then so I haven't got that much to say. We spent a day diving in El Nido and had 3 varied dives. The second was beautiful, we saw huge schools of yellow fish above a field of cabbage coral. We also saw sea turtle, although not such close encounters as previously, and some really cool pipe fish that. Pipe fish are in the sea horse family and these ones looked much like sea horses, they were cleverly camouflaged to look just like the coral they were floating next to. And we saw a huge crocodile fish, which I have never seen before. So all in all a pretty good days diving, although I didn't feel as comfortable as usual-the equipment wasn't as comfortable as I had on the live aboard.

      After that we took a bus to an apartment 40km north of Puerto Princessa. Marla had it booked as a birthday treat from her parents, and it certainly was a treat. We each had our own double bed, it had air conditioning and hot high pressure water. The water in El Nido smelt disgusting and was a dribble and we have never had hot water, so this felt like heaven! The place had a swimming pool and was within the countryside in a peaceful spot that tourists don't usually stay in. We spent a day relaxing, it was bliss. Every now and again when traveling you just need to stop and recharge, because it can become exhausting have fun packed days every day!

      Then the next day we took a tour to the world's longest navigatable underground river. Thankfully our accommodation was quite near to it, because the tours normally leave Puerto Princessa and take a whole day because of the journey. There was a lot of waiting around and being queued up with hundreds of other tourists,because it is the main attraction of the area. The tour of the river itself lasted about 45 minutes and was on a small boat, rowed by a local. It was meant to be a silent tour, we each had an audioguide to listen to as we passed through the caves so that they could preserve the natural environment as much as possible. However our boat guide decided to talk through a lot of it, so the peace was distorted and it was quite frustrating. The river is under a limestone mountain and meets the sea. As we traveled through we saw hundreds of bats and birds and heard about the marine life that lives there. There were also many stalagmite and stalatmites that had formed over years and the commentary pointed out how some of them resembled biblical scenes, animals, fruits and vegetables and other various things. It was quite a beautiful journey and the commentary made it more interesting.

      We enjoyed our last evening relaxing at the pool in our accommodation and then the next day began the journey to Jakarta, Indonesia-Marlas final destination with me.

      We have spent a whole month in the Philippines and were sad to leave, but also had some things to look forward to. The music in the Philippines is absolutely atrocious- offensively cheesy and romantic, high pitched and poorly written. Yet the locals seem to enjoy it so much that they sing along or perform karaoke throughout the day,making it even more painful to hear. I can honestly say I have never been less inspired by music ever. And we were leaving to form to Jakarta Jazz Festival, so we had good music to look forward to at last. Also the local food has been less than tempting and we have hardly eaten any philipino cuisine because it is all meat based deep fried rubbish served with a mountain of rice. Although we have seen a lot of evidence of vegetables growing we are left wondering for that purpose, because the Philippine diet ommits anything of any colour or nutritional value. So we were looking forward to arriving in Indonesia where it is easy to be vegetarian and possible to eat things that aren't deep fried. Finally the airport's within the country are an absolute joke and have the most ridiculous system that would test Mother Theresa's patience. I don't want to do into detail, because I would rather forget my time spent in airports than relive the torture.....but it was another reason to be glad to leave.

      Otherwise the country has been a treat, naturally incredible beautiful and the locals care about their environment and the wider world's environmental issues. Therefore it was clean, recycling was highly encouraged, food waste discouraged,, water was always available to fill bottles to reduce plastic use and many areas were protected with restrictions to maintain their natural state. It is a really refreshing experience to travel in Asia and feel that the environment is a priority, this is the first place I have been that seems to care as much as the more developed world does. This is a country that should remain beautiful for years to come. We have seen just a few of the 7000+ islands that make up the Philippines and they were all incredibly beautiful and had unique features within their landscape. The waters here are pristine with an array of beautiful colours and the marine life is addictive. So despite the negative aspects of the country I would return time and again and recommend the country for a visit.
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    • Day14

      Prelet na Palawan - Sabang

      November 5, 2018 on the Philippines ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

      Podle rady Fredyho z 1peace vy nechávám cele Cebu a mam v planu doletet na Palawan, dopravit se do vesnicky Sabang na prohlidku podzemni reky, a druhy den pokracovat do mestecka Port Barton, kde je to pry moc hezke misto. Tam chci stravit dva dny, a dal se uvidi - budto do San Vicente, nebo El Nido. Rad bych take videl Coron, ostrov severne od Palawanu. Dny rozvrhnu podle atmosfery mist a chuti cestovat.

      Cely den od rana mne tedy ceka cestovani, spousta časových prostoju... Z hotelu na molo, fast boat do Cebu city. Na letiste. Letadlem na Palawan. Venku cekani na van do Sabangu. Transfer na terminal vanu. Cekani na odjezd. Odmenuji se značkovým cokodonutem, nic moc. Dve hodiny drncani ve vanu na nerovne ceste. Vybirani ubytka za jizdy pri stejně nerovnem signálu.

      10minutova prochazka pri pobrezi, tusenem jen diky zvuku priboje. Zahrada s bungalowy a romantickym osvetlenim. Hledam recepci. V restauraci/recepci sleduji divoke prase, hledajici dva metry ode mne neco na zub. Spagety s omackou za 200 p a mango shake me povzbuzuji. Desne vedro. Komari. Vtirava kocka, snazici se mi krast jidlo. Vzpominky na Limusku a jeji trpelive loudeni u jidla. Je tu oprqvdu prijemne. Jake to bude za svetla?

      Beru pokoj za 1200 na noc, ma klimosku, coz fakt potrebuju. Aha, funguje jen od 21 do 06 hodin. Tak musim pulhodku pockat. Protahnout, zacvicit. Sprcha. Sakra! Malem slapu na zabu, trunici na prahu koupelny. Odmita se hnout. Hazim na ni rucnik, obaluji, vynasim ven. Tvari se urazene. Klimoska nefunguje. Oblekam a jdu do recepce. Pani vola pana, oba jdou nekam za roh. Klimoska se rozdrnci. Skoro prehlusuje i rachot diesel generatoru...

      Zkousim usnout. Tralalaaa... Spim. Nespim. Pa pa ram paaa... Ted?

      Na 1 noc takovou dalku do Sabangu kvuli podzemni rece, chranene UNESCO - doufam, ze bude stat za to...
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    • Day58

      Cebu - Palawan (Puerto Princessa)

      November 30, 2018 on the Philippines ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Morgens früh um 6:30 gings mit dem Flieger auf ins neue Abendteuer. Die Insel Palawan lockte mit Stränden wo das Auge hinschaut und vielen kleinen Inseln drum herum, die jeweils ihre eigene und ganz unterschiedliche Schönheit darauf wartet erkundet zu werden. In der Mitte der Insel liegt Puerto Princessa, wo es außer dem Flughafen nicht wirklich viel zu sehen gibt. Ein normaler philippinischer Stattkern. Zufällig lief ich an einer Kirche vorbei, wo gerade das Auto der Braut vorfuhr. Die Kirche war riesig und somit war es auch externen Gästen möglich einmal rein zu schauen und das Kleid der Braut zu bewundern.
      Nach dem Essen zweier sehr leckerer, aber auch kleiner Hauptgänge im vegetarischen Restaurant ging es zu meiner allerersten Massage auf der Tour. Nach all den Strapazen auf der Radtour gönnte ich mir ein wenig Entspannung.
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