In transit: From Ilocos to Palawan

Typhoon Mina was heading towards Northern Philippines while some friends, my love and I were en route to Central Philippines – Puerto Princesa City – in the largest province of the Philippines, Palawan, known as  “Last Frontier” for its mega diversity.Beaming with pride at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 as I look towards the huge photo of paradisiacal Pagudpud, a part of my home province.

quick fix.

The trip from Laoag was wet and long. Grabbed a cup of coffee and a decent sandwich at CafeFrance, formerly Delifrance.

my smoked salmon on ciabatta.

Boarding time was several minutes early. The full Philippine Airlines Airbus 340 took off on time amidst drizzle in Manila. Yehey, the sun’s up in Palawan! Stoked to explore its world-class beauty. Lucky Palaweños for a tyhoon-free home (except for the northernmost part).

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The beach vacation checklist

Saud Beach Resort, Saud Cove, Pagudpud

Kapuluan Vista Resort, Sitio Banniaran, Balaoi, Pagudpud

Pagudpud is one of the best beach destinations in the Philippines. There’s Saud and Malingay Coves, both white sand beaches with crystal-clear blue waters. Surfers have to check out the point breaks right across the Kapuluan Vista Resort.

Summer Checklist


I’ve posted a beach essentials checklist before. You can print it for your coming beach holiday.

Don’t forget the camera! There are nifty cameras out in the market today. If you want instant photos, Fuji has brought back Polaroid-like cameras with the Instax and the Instax Mini. There’s also the Polaroid PoGo, a full-featured digital cam with integrated printer. If you want moderately-priced waterproof cams, either the Canon D10 or the Lumix TS1 look tough. I’ve tried disposable underwater cameras before. Kodak Max Sport produces great results. There’s also the Fujifilm Quick Snap Waterproof. If you want professional looking photos, I recommend a Nikon D90 which I’ve been using for almost 2 years now. I’m not a pro photographer, but, at least, it makes me look like one. When I need to be close to the water, I just put my D90 inside a DICAPac Waterproof SLR Case. It amazingly protects my cam while taking cool photos with vignetting like effects.

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