When it rains it pours, and the skies where not shy about it. Why hello there El Nido, Palawan, I do not recognize you without the blue skies above your turquoise waters, and dark jagged rock formations jutting skyward.
Tabon Cave Complex is 2-3 hours away from Puerto Princesa, Palawan. It is a set of caves located on Lipuun Point, north of Quezon municipality, in the south western part of the province of Palawan, Philippines. It's one of the first historical sites Filipinos read from their early school years, dubbed as the Philippines' Cradle of Civilization.
En Route Narratives Sunday, August 16, 2015
NOT REALLY A BIRTHDAY TRAVEL --- AFTER ALL.
August has always been good to me, a month late birthday treat is not too bad either. Until, ofcourse, you start planning just a month before the trip. I admit, I was never the plan-by-the-minute traveller. So technically, the Palawan trip was my birthday travel treat for myself from the year younger me. I booked the trip a year before its actualization, and it nearly was not realized.
This has been the most steady you've been for years this travel blog existed. Every year, you've been telling yourself to go slow with travel, and focus on something more settled. Because though travel feeds the passion that drives you to "live life" as what the outside world portrays, you may have then realized that it has placed some of your non-travel dreams on hold, and somehow those dreams started hunting you. How have you forgotten that you had them too?
Every 2 hour travel to Cagayan de Oro can get pretty exhausting when you're doing some leg work on projects. The other week we went to CDO, and decided to look for an accommodation that is clean, comfortable, and conveniently located. We chanced upon Travelers Pod online which has been operating for quiet some time now, but we have yet to try.
Travelers Pod is a specialty lodging located at the Gateway Tower Building of the Lim Ket Kai Complex. It's just along the National Highway, and right across M.U.S.T University formerly known as Don Mariano School. If you're not familiar where that is, it is one of the buildings that is connected to Lim Ket Kai Mall, and the same one near Luxe Hotel.
What I liked about Travelers Pod is Pay-For-Use concept that the traveler in me rejoiced. What this meant is that if you're a traveler with just a few hours to spare, and you want a decent bedspace to sleep in, a quick shower, or a secure place to leave your bags, you can do just that, and pay just for those services. So if you have a function/event to go to in a few hours, you can actually take a shower if you want, or check-in for a few hours.
We stayed in one of the 2 Premium Pods they have which is fully air-conditioned, and comes with private toilet and bathroom. The room rate is a bit expensive compared to the pension houses/inns for a room good for 3 pax at Php 2,000 additional Php 350/head for extra bed/s. But for a room with hot and cold shower, cable TV, free wifi, and telephone --- I find the rate is actually a steal. The room is clean and comfortable, and is well-maintained. The staff are very accommodating to your needs, and questions. And I find that the place gives off this relax, and homey feel to it.
Travelling from Iligan City to Davao City by bus always takes the energy out of me. On one of my trips to Davao City for a bloggers award, I went to Cagayan de Oro a bit early. I headed to Agora Bus Terminal and decided to get a few hours of sleep at WinMin Transient Inn. Last time I travelled via Agora Bus Terminal, I wondered if it was okay for a female traveller to get a room there for herself without testing the waters of decency, and security. And so I did.
The sleek, and clean Red Planet Hotels, the rebranded Tune Hotels, had made it to Cagayan de Oro City! Perfect for travelers who wants the reasonable priced range with clean rooms, and excellent staff hotels. The white and red lines dominating the skyline of CDO is as good as making an impression to the already month-long-on-the-road travellers in us.
It was a weekend of errands if memory served me right. My sister, Audrey, and I were doing some errands at Cagayan de Oro for our older sister Honeylou. Cagayan de Oro is the provincial capital of Region X to which Iligan City belongs. We needed to visit some provincial government offices, and we decided to stay for the night so we can rest our weary feet. Okay. We actually did plan to bring clothes should we stay overnight. Iligan City is just 2 hours away but the thought of commuting after a long day was reason enough to stay.
The ZEMgear 360 Ninja Split was my first minimalist shoes thanks to Zem Gear Philippines. Its a feather-light star of ZEMs barefoot collection, and I tried and tested this adventure lifestyle shoes and used it during the travel advocacy, and adventures around Mindanao -- #TravelMindanao.
Have I told you that I visited Guimaras Island for a day during the week long Iloilo trip I did? I probably haven't. I'm bad at sharing travel stories fresh, and hot from the oven. By the time I have this published. the dark shades of brown I got from being sun burnt from that trip has faded, or darken more from the following travels I had after that, and barely visible hints of rashes from too much sun exposure.