There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.

This post is all about me, so I suggest you better click that pretty little ‘back’ button once you get too umay, okay? Hehe 😉

First day:

White sheer top with black sheer detail (Venom)
Black sheer skirt with white lace lining (Venom)
Bayo bag
Red flats
Band aid. Lol. Unfortunately, I had a burn on my right foot days before our vacation!

Second day:

God is cool shirt (Ukay-ukay)
White denim shorts
Havaianas
Pink bikini

Beach outfit:

 Floral straw hat (Palawan)
White lace top (Bazaar)
Mullet skirt (tailored)
Red bangle (Palawan)
Pink bikini

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Ph 4:13

Favorite Bible verse!

Last Day:

It’s More Fun in Palawan shirt!

Unfortunately, this will be my last post about our trip. So goodbye for now, Palawan, and hello reality! 🙂

❤ Cae

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Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.

Some random shots that I thought you’d like to see! 🙂

I have gorgeous friends. ❤ First time posting beach photos, so have fun browsing!

Where did I get my genes from? Gorgeous parents! ❤

Me and Cito being romantic at the beach. It’s like a scene in the movies! Ha ha ha. ❤

 Hey, uh, God? You forget to make them my sisters. 🙂 Sisters for life!!!

You can almost see my Deathly Hallows tattoo here. 🙂

Crabs by the shore!

Saw a monkey by the Underground River forest! I swear, Cito spazzed out. He just kept staring at his long-lost “brother” with his mouth open. 😀

Yes, he is, indeed, a monkey. I love you!

Me eating Korean Spicy Ramen at the airport.

Bags ang bags and bags and bags of dried fish! Tuyo, danggit, and dried pusit! I swear, Palawan has the best dried fish ever!

We saw a rainbow! Because the beach was a huge disappointment, it was God’s way of saying that things will get better. 🙂

Gorgeous, gorgeous sunset! Beats Manila Bay any damn time! Thank You Lord, for everything! For life, for the animals, for the wonderful creations You brought upon us that has never been touched by man. You’re the only Creator that deserves that title. Thank you for Your glory!

Outfit post soon!

❤ Cae

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.

So for our third and last day in Palawan, we toured Puerto Princesa and visited the major tourists attractions such as the Crocodile Farm and the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. Sharing these blessings with my favorite people in the world made my vacation all the more fulfilling!

Our first stop was Plaza Cuartel, where they used to hold American prisoners during the World War II. There’s a monument stating the names of the prisoners, and the prisoners who were able to escape and lived to tell the tale. War makes me sad. 😦

After the plaza, we swung by Immaculate Conception church, and thanked God for being able to experience the wonder of His creations. Thank you, Lord!

 Our next stop:  Palawan Wildlife Rescue And Conservation Center or also known as the Crocodile Farm. 🙂

What greeted us at the main entrance was this big, genuine crocodile skeleton and skin!!! They told us that this certain crocodile died due to old age (he was like 65 years old) and stress. He accidentally killed a person, and the humans captured him. His skin has no commercial value anymore, because as crocs grow older, it’s skin grows thicker. I later learned that baby crocodiles were captured and killed for their precious skin!!! Vowed never to buy anything made from any skin. 😐

Caught in the act: Cito and Shae touching the thick skin! It felt.. thick. Lol!

I have never seen so many crocodiles in my life! This certain room (Hatchling House) has rows and rows and rows of crocodile-filled bathtubs! Cito was shitting gold by the time we exited. “If there’s anything I’ll love as much as I love monkeys, it will be crocodiles.” – Cito

We never really understood why he’s “our future”. Maybe he’s being romantic? Or telling us that the future of the world depends on crocodiles? Lol, we never listen to tour guides. Tsk tsk.

It’s a biiiiiiig one!!!

With a baby croc! ❤ Cito’s face = epic!

And a bearcat named Ella!

Before leaving the farm, we saw an open cage!!! Eeeeeeeekkkk

Next stop: Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm! Probably one of my favorite stops in the whole tour! We loved this quote. Prisoners are still human after all, and if God can forgive them, why can’t you? Everyone deserves another chance. It’s a complete community here! There’s a church, a post office, and various buildings where they hold events.

In this prison, the prisoners were separated by their crimes. They wear blue if it was a “minor” crime, and orange if they had a “major” crime. But regardless of their crime, they weren’t placed in jail cells nor are they behind bars. They were free to roam around the entire place! They were rehabilitated and were given a choice to “serve sentence” by farming, fishing, forestry, carpentry and making souvenirs! All the souvenirs found there are made by their hands!

The Iwahig dancing inmates. They were really entertaining to watch! They were all smiles, and watching them made my heart soar! I was really proud at how they managed to turn their life around, unlike people at urban cities, where even politicians are the bad guys. If I were to become President someday (hopefully), I would make all prison cells like this, instead of criminals who were abused and rotting inside jail cells.

Sooo.. what do you think? Think I’d fit right in? 😉

A cross in the middle of the farm! A quote can also be found here, “Life began in a garden.” referring to the Creation of Man in the Bible. It goes to show that no matter what your sins are, God will always be there to accept and forgive you, once you show full repentance. We all have to ability to start anew, live a new life, and strengthen our faith in God.

Next stop: Baker’s Hill! The smell of fresh bread in the morning, sigh. One of the best smells ever! We had a mini shopping spree here, because everywhere we look, we see DELISH!

Ham and Cheese Pandesal. HANDS. DOWN. The best thing I have ever eaten!! I can still remember my first bite, when the cheese just oozed into my mouth. Gaaaah, why are you only in Palawan!!!! 😦

Cheese bread!!! I looove everything cheese!

Tuna pandesal!

Some treats we bought! Brownies all around!!!

Would you like to have a bite on one of these scrumptious cakes?…

Oh well, too bad!! Ha ha ha ha. They look so pretty and realistic, I just want to take them home and let my Barbie dolls play with it! ❤

After satisfying our fill, our next stop: Binuatan Creations! One of Palawan’s proud makers of anything weaved!

Aww, look at me weaving! It probably takes me about 5 seconds to get to weave a piece of straw while for the more practiced ones, they take about 30 minutes to weave a whole bag!!! Mindfuck. It’s fun to watch them weave! It’s like magic! Lol. 🙂

Their shop, where you can buy all sorts of pretty bags and knickknacks! These were all handmade. I could never make such pretty things! I wish I were a little more creative. 😦

And yes, you have to go barefoot to get inside! Don’t worry, it’s squeaky clean!

Had lunch, halo-halo and mais con yelo at Noki Nocs after! It was a pretty hot day.. only to be raining at around 2 PM. So we slept the whole afternoon at the hotel until it’s time for our flight back to Manila. 🙂

Good bye Palawan!!! Every photo taken is taken from Gold Arcilla and Inna Olarte. ❤

❤ Cae

McCoy’s Brick Oven Pizza

For our second night in Palawan, we saw this restaurant that sells “brick oven pizzas” and it immediately caught our eye, not to mention our appetites.

Stepping inside the restaurant, the smell already got to us. It smells so amazing!! Fresh bread baking, and different kinds of herbs lingers in the air. We were so hungry that we could have ordered everything off the menu!! It was a pretty tiring day, after all.

Cute and cozy interiors!! Feels like hooome. ❤ Each table is different, by the way! 🙂

Even the plates are cute!! I swear I spazzed out when I saw these and immediately called dibs on the pink one with two flowers. Each one of us has a unique plate! ❤

Three pitchers of iced tea for the 12 of us! This was actually insufficient, and we had to order another pitcher.

Mojos for our appetizer! Perfectly crisp, though the gravy was forgettable. 🙂

Seafood Marinara! Too salty, blech. :p

Creamy Beef and Mushroom pasta!! This was heaven on a plate!!

What amazed me most was their pizzas!!! Their pizza sizes are THE SAME as Yellow Cab, but half the price! Their most expensive 18″ pizza is priced at P490 php only! Gaaah, can I live at Palawan now?

Hands. Down. The. Best. Pizza. I. Have. Ever. Eaten.
Their McCoy’s Special! Craaving for this! ❤

Had blueberry cheesecake for dessert, though we were too excited to eat to take a picture. 😦

Downsides: SERVICE WAS TERRIBLE. They just placed the plates of food on one side of the table, and just waited for us to move it to a free space. When we also asked for an additional pitcher of iced tea, there was no room on the table. She just stared at us while we moved the empty dishes that they were supposed to remove already. We had to call a waitress about 4 times before she got to our table. 😐

Last night in Palawan!

❤ Cae

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.

My friends and I (minus Cito, just because he’s a pussy) together with my dad went on a caving and zip lining activity after our Underground River escapade. The locals call it “cazing” (caving and zip lining combined) because you enter a huge forest where there are rock formations with caves that used to be a hide-out during World War II, then you have to ride a zip line measuring 350 meters downwards when you reach the top. 🙂

Ugong Rock is a community based sustainable tourism project initiated/funded by UNESCO.  Protect an environment and support a community by taking an adventure at Ugong Rock! Trust me, they really need that extra boost because they seriously need profits! Their gloves are torn and has holes and their helmets are limited. Hey, you get to have fun, exercise, and help save Mother Nature in the process!

We’re all set! I love my pink helmet. ❤

Huge forest with branches that the early settlers used as ropes! Like Tarzan, eh?

A short prayer for guidance and protection before entering the caves.  That’s our tour guide by the way. 🙂

Huuuuuge 7-layered rock formations!

I can’t remember what we’re looking at, but we look so funny in this picture! Lol. 😀

Our favorite point, the “Humility Point”. It has small hole in the bottom and narrow space on the side of the rock. It’s called the “Humility Point” because in order to get across, you have to “humble” yourself  in nature and crawl under the rocks. If not, then you should “love” nature and hug it by slipping through that narrow space. We all did both! 🙂

Wonder what’s the story behind the name? Ugong Rock is named after the  hollow rocks found inside the caves that makes a gong sound! The rocks behind us are like those.

The rocks get steeper as we get deeper inside. We had to do a little bit of climbing. Yes, I wore white shorts, and no, I didn’t regret getting it dirty. Angas nga ng dating eh. 😉

See that small hole up there? Yes, we had to squeeze through THAT. We  jokingly call it the “sexy point” because it’s a test to determine whether you’re sexy or not. Are you wondering if I passed?

Needless to say, we all passed with flying colors! (Yes, we are indeed making the letters “S E X Y”.)

After the sexy point, there’s the “Crawling Point”. It’s also a challenge because it’s a small hole!

We made it safely out the caves! Thank you, Lord. ♥ Next challenge: the zip line!

The view!!! Yes, the Eiffel Tower or Times Square or the Statue of Liberty may be beautiful, but nothing beats the natural beauty of nature!

Game face, on! This is my first time, actually. And I’m glad it did not disappoint! ❤

That’s my dad being cute. :p

Thank you Lord for letting us experience your wonderful creations. 🙂

❤ Cae

Balinsasayaw Chicken Grill and Restaurant

For our first night in Palawan, we were craving for fresh seafood! After asking the hotel’s caretaker, we went to Balinsasayaw Chicken Grill, just a few minutes away from our hotel.

My initial reaction upon entering the restaurant was amazement. The ambiance was so romantic! The restaurant was a huge fairy-lighted garden with nipa huts that ranges from small (two people pax) and large (it can house about 8 people). Since we had a large company (we were 12 in all), we settled for a large table instead of the cute nipa huts.

With Cito and Gold!

Look at my baby brother looking all adorable! That shirt he was wearing was one of my favorites! The baseball was exactly on top of his biiiiig tummy (which I think was the point of the design)! ❤

Shakes all around! The names of the shakes were actually pretty funny. There was Macorn, which was a combination of mango and corn. It’s weird, but good!

Their specialty shake – Balinsasayaw Shake.

Bird’s Nest soup, or Nido Soup. The green and red pieces there were actually bell peppers, not carrots and chives.


Two big bilaos which consisted of heaven on banana leaves! Seafood galore!!! There’s lumpia, grilled chicken, and liempo for non-seafood eaters (like my dad. Boooo!) and grilled squid, crab, and shrimp for the seafood lovers (like everyone else on the planet). Seafood is, and always will be, my ultimate weakness. Dieting was long forgotten after this has been served!!

Fresh fruit for dessert! 🙂

The whole crew with big, happy tummies! 🙂

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

Hello everyone! So I’ve failed to write for like, 5 days I think? Well, it’s because I’ve gone on vacay at Puerto Princesa, Palawan!

Palawan is actually one of the many summer destinations here in the Philippines. Tourism is at it’s highest in beaches and pools. Anywhere cooler, just because Manila is at it’s hottest weather! Who else here feels like they’re in a big oven and you just want to crawl inside your refrigerators? 😦

But don’t let it’s sands and waves get to you. Palawan is more than what meets the eye. Beaches and hotels are superficial. Subic, Boracay, and Batangas? They’re all the same. What we want to do is something new, something different. Anything NOT popular and superficial. You’ll soon get to see what we experienced in Palawan in the upcoming posts. 🙂

We got to airport at around 2 in the afternoon. Our flight was at 3:40 so we still have a lot of time to spare.

Me and my craaaazy friends! You already know Gold and Inna, and the one on the farthest right is Shae, who has been my friend for 13 years! When my parents asked who I want to bring on this trip, they were the first ones on my mind!

Sharing this experience with him made my vacation all the more fantastic! This trip is already looking up, just by the sight of him.

Meet my cousin, Meg! She’s my bestest friend ever!

The flight was delayed for an hour, and we had nothing to do to pass the time! 😦

Ha ha ha, look at Gold looking adorable!

When the flight pushed through, we were nothing but excited! You should be there when we scream, “Palawan, woooo!” People around us think we’re insane. Who knows? Maybe we are! 🙂

Once inside the plane! It was Shae’s first time.

It was also my baby brother’s first time! He’s so cute and quiet during the flight. 🙂

Just look at that sea! It’s soooo clear and blue, safe from pollution! Sigh. It’s like I’m nostalgic for places that I’ve never even seen. I want the old times back, back when we’re all neanderthals and there are no buildings!!! Ha ha. 😀

With my gorgeous mom. Touchdown: Palawan! It feels sooo good to breathe fresh air! ❤

Where we stayed for 3 days! Sotera’s Mansion!

Check out their Facebook page here.

The living room and kitchen.

Huge bedroom!

 More next time!

❤ Cae