Simple Trip – Bigtime Fun in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

My husband and I had an appointment in Manila, but due to circumstances beyond our control, the date was adjusted. So instead of waiting in the noisy capital, we decided to get a side trip to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

To start with, we searched online for an affordable garden inn and we found Deep Forest Garden Inn. This place was fun with a childish and crazy touch. Here are some of our pictures:

Welcome, said the giant birds at the entrance area.

Welcome, said the giant birds at the entrance area.

 

My husband seemed OK with the bugs, haha.

My husband seemed OK with the bugs, haha.

 

Filipino breakfast - egg, banana, dried fish, bulad yes! and garlic rice with different type of plants everywhere and a just-woken-up crocodile at the background LOL.

Filipino breakfast – egg, banana, dried fish, bulad yes! and garlic rice with different type of plants everywhere and a just-woken-up crocodile at the background LOL.

 

Admit it, a handwashing area like this doesn´t show up every day.

Admit it, a handwashing area like this doesn´t show up every day.

 

Looks like I found my way inside an aquarium….and then…

Looks like I found my way inside an aquarium….and then…

 

…tried to swim in the pool but never figured out how to float.

…tried to swim in the pool but never figured out how to float.

 

Near the pool is a good Jacuzzi.

Near the pool is a good Jacuzzi.

 

The locals told us that we should also explore the famous attractions like the Underground River, Honda Bay, El Nido, Dos Palmas and other public beaches but we didn´t have enough time.  We just contented ourselves with a fast plan to visit nearby historic places and a few restaurants.

 

First stop is to a historical church, the Immaculate Conception Cathedral along Rizal Avenue. From what I have heard, this church dates back to the Spanish era and it was just a chapel. Improvements have been done, obviously. The blue and white edifice really commanded attention with its magnificent arches.

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Next on our trip was the nearby Plaza Cuartel. As per the info placed at the gate, the area was an American military base during the World War II. It was where almost 150 prisoners of war were burned by the Japanese forces. The escapees swam all the way to Iwahig. The plaza has a marker in memory of those who perished, and also with the names of the survivors. What a terrible moment in history!

 

We also stopped at the Palawan Special Batallion World War II Memorial Museum. This place has displays of war memorabilia in honor of the bravery of the Palawan guerillas and American soldiers who fought together and risked their lives for the country. Here are my picture souvenirs:

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Then, off we went to Palawan Butterfly Eco Garden and Tribal Village.

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I thought this one was sleeping but I wasn´t sure.

I thought this one was sleeping but I was not sure.

 

My husband soon got a friend that followed him for a while..

My husband soon got a friend that followed him for a while..

 

..and protected him from the snake. We also made friends with members of a tribe living in the village, but we were told not to take pictures of them because they believe that their souls will be captured by the camera (or something like that :-)

..and protected him from the snake. We also made friends with members of a tribe living in the village, but we were told not to take pictures of them because they believed that their souls will be captured by the camera (or something like that 🙂

 

We were also at Baker´s Hill. It is a mini park with restaurant and bakery. The place was very nice and we had fun walking around.

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And then…

At Badjao Seafront Restaurant just after sunset.

At Badjao Seafront Restaurant just after sunset.

 

La Terrasse, another nice resto in Puerto Princesa.

La Terrasse, another nice resto in Puerto Princesa.

 

Rene´s Saigon Vietnamese Specialties. Our cravings for pho took us here.

Rene´s Saigon Vietnamese Specialties. Our search for pho took us here.

 

Our limited time did not allow us to go to so many places but hopefully we will be back someday and visit the other tourist attractions in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

 

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

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