Zipline Flight Across the Blue Lagoon

Zipline

Yesterday, we took the kids to scud across the Blue Lagoon on Hannah’s zipline in Balaoi.

RoadsidePasaleng BayInto the SkyFlightSamahang Ilocano

{Samahang Ilocano. Taga-Bacarra! Below are Maricris and Wilrey, balikbayans from Virginia, USA.}

Maricris and WilreySkyfallBlue Lagoon, PagudpudDone

I don’t want to sound airy, but if you’ve already tried falling from a trembling chopper in the sky, you will delight more in photographing the splendid seascape. Martine and Travis almost changed their minds. All of them were actually more thrilled for the pig out at Berblick in Burayoc Point. Coming from Travis — he didn’t feel the so-called adrenaline rush. Martine’s two words: cheesy, overpriced. She paid 1200 for the two of them. It might be a lot different to other people, however.

Less than perfectBarbedMangga't Alamang

{Mouth-watering mangga’t alamang (mangoes and shrimp paste)!!}

Face-BukBergblick Dinner

Over at Bergblick… tolles essen! The German Restaurant is not in the Blue Lagoon area. It is along the highway going to Saud Cove from Balaoi.

Potato skins are Alexa’s favorite. They got another serving ‘coz she won’t have any of our favorites. Fantastic fish carpaccio, omg!

Bergblick Deutsches Restaurant specialties

{Top row: Tomato Soup, Steamed Salmon with Tarragon and Vegetables in Cream Sauce, Seafood Soup
Bottom row: Sauerkraut Platter, Mango Crepe, Creme Brulee}

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Irawan Eco Park

There are numerous zipline parks in Puerto Princesa. We got to Irawan Eco Park in an unprintable hilarious way. Only two month-old, Irawan Eco Park is the latest, with a couple of functioning ziplines, and soon launching the longest zipline in Asia, a 1.2 kilometer zipline canopy adventure. Jordan, the friendly Costa Rican guide, reveals that ziplining originated in Monteverde, Costa Rica, in Central America. Zipline started out as a research facility. Today, it is a thrilling and convenient way to appreciate forests and promote conservation awareness. The first zipline park is found in Puerto Viejo in the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.
The Irawan Arts Café and Gallery of the Irawan Eco Park showcases artworks of Jerome Ray Miano, the resident artist, and other local artists with the Aborlan Arts Program, the only active program in Palawan addressing the dire needs of the out-of-school youth through arts development. What were once 3,000 hectares of bald hills are now rehabilitated forests of a protected area. Aiming to sustain the Irawan Watershed, the Irawan Eco Park project is a tie-up between the government of Puerto Princesa and the Forest Canopy Zipline and Eco-Parks Corp..

David and Jordan of the Forest Canopy Zipline and Eco-Parks Corp..

Kiam Peng, our guest and travel buddy from Fujian Province, China, enjoying a zipline adventure in the Philippines for the first time.

The hubby seemingly enjoying Palawan immensely.

Bird watching, hiking the river trail and carabao cart ride are also offered at the park. We stayed long in Irawan, we almost forgot our reservation for dinner at Ka Lui.

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School Break

Yesterday, all the trainees from all across the country, including myself, formed the first ecoguiding association in the Philippines. We named it PEGA for the Philippine Eco Guides Association. We’re done with a set of officers and unbelievably, a real cool logo; thanks to the creativity of Babbu Wenceslao of Dumaguete City.

As part of our ecoguiding training at the ISST, today, we were brought to the fine  eco-adventure sites in Subic — Pamulaklakin, Triboa Mangrove, JEST Camp, El Kabayo Falls and Zoobic Safari.

Not exactly in the outline, Tree Top Adventure was a treat. A bonus and a breather actually. No nerve-wracking classroom atmosphere.

The Philippine Eco Guides with Roslan and  Suhaimi from Teman Negara and Langkawi in Malaysia.

If we were a tree, we’d be a Christmas tree…

The most fun people I know.

We’re the tourists this time. Love.

My seatmate, Eires, a biodiversity expert. I call her Melai sometimes.

One hella Superman Ride! Awesome view!!

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