Thursday, September 22, 2011

Puerto Princesa Part 6 of 6: 3D2N Complete Itinerary in Puerto Princesa

Let me share you our Puerto Princesa 3D2N Itinerary. This has been one of the best vacations we've had... I'll let you know why in my next post :) 

This will not be possible without the help of Ensogo and SMY Travel & Tours. 

Day 1:
9:00AM     Airport Pick-up 

10:00AM   Check in at A & A Hotel
11:30AM    Lunch (pax account)
01:00PM   City Tour
05:00PM   End of tour 
07:30PM   Proceed to Iwahig for FireFly Watching Tour 
11:00pm    End of tour/ back to City proper

Day 2:
7:00AM      Breakfast
7:30AM      Underground River Tour
12:30PM    Lunch at Taraw Restaurant
5:00PM      End of Tour
7:00PM      Dinner at Ka Lui
Day 3:
12:00 NN  Check out

361 Malvar Street, PP City
434-1429 // 0917553-2884 // 0920-924-0763


Hotel A&A Plaza Hotel via Ensogo                 699php x 2 Nights = 1398php
Tour Package via SMY with souvenirs          2950php x 2 pax =   5900php
TOTAL                                                              7298php

Pasalubong (shirts, pearls, food, etc)             3000php
Dinner at Ka Lui                                                1100php (round off)

Puerto Princesa Part 5 of 6: Dinner at Ka Lui

After the Underground River Tour, we rested for 2 hours then off we go again :) This time for food hunt... Where to? Where else? Ka Lui of course! :) 
Ka Lui is the place to be when you're in Puerto Princesa. Food haven for food lovers like us :)  
This is a family owned business and became the top food establishment of the city. 
Upon entering the place, you will be asked to remove your shoes/slippers and they will place it inside these cute little boxes at the front. I think this simple rule (rocks!) made me even more curious of how well they run this restaurant :)
I was amazed on how cute and homey the interior looks like :) Too bad we don't have any prior reservation that we ended up having the table at the front... :( 

But that didn't ruined the night.. We're even thankful because even when we didn't have any reservation, they were kind enough to still accommodate us. The only difficult part of the night was the food...their food choices, I can't even choose.. I don't know what to order.. I like them all :) 

On the table: 
Shake for Hubby
 Mango Shake for Me
Ka Lui Special of the Day
Clockwise: Veggies of the Day, Fish Steak,  Chili Crabs, Prawns, rice (not in the picture) starters Set à la family, pwede for two. 395php + Vat
 Side Order: Crispy Fish tail 350php +vat 
This came as a surprise... the outer covering taste like lechon.. promise!
 Complimentary fruit platter 
"bon appétit"

Food: guaranteed fresh... 
Place: romantic ambiance... 
Worth every penny... 

KaLui Restaurant 
369 Rizal Avenue Puerto Princesa City Palawan
( Opens Daily Save Sundays Lunch 11-2pm; Dinner 6:00-10:30pm )
(048) 433 2580
+63 928 753 9621

Puerto Princesa Part 4 of 6: Underground River Tour

On our second day in Puerto Princesa, we visited our very own UNESCO World Heritage Site, the "St. Paul Subterranean River National Park" aka "Puerto Princesa Underground River".  

After breakfast, we were fetched by Kuya Ramon at around 730am. We're about to start a 2hr drive to Sabang. Of course, we didn't actually drove for 2 straight hours. We had a few stops. First stop was in Viet Ville then to Buenavista Viewing Deck. 
On the second stop is where we had our pictures taken and we also took some souvenir photos and items (bought) with us. 
 Great view :) 

Then while on the road, we stopped again and this time in this magnificent rock formation just like in the movie Avatar. Our pictures didn't give justice to the beauty of the place... :( too bad.. The place, by the way, is called "tagabinet". 
At last, we reached the port. We waited for about 15 minutes before we were led to our respective boats that would bring us to Sabang. 
Ta-da! here's our boat :) 
Boat ride (approximately 15-20 minutes) 
almost there... :) 
short trek going to the registration area
Finally... :) 
We had poor quality photos inside because it's too dark. They only have one flashlight for the entire boat and the privileged one was the one sitting at the very front :) 

That's okay, we still have the memories and the experience, right? :) 
After exploring the underground river, we're now bound to Taraw Restaurant to eat lunch :)
And here's what my plate looked like
After lunch, we were given enough time to explore the island and swim at our own risk :) 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Puerto Princesa Part 3 of 6: Iwahig Firefly Watching

Iwahig Firefly Watching is the newest attraction in Puerto Princesa. It started only last Oct 2008 and now named as one of the Top Eco Tourism Spot (Gold). This project's being funded by the city government, ABS-CBN foundation Inc and Department of Tourism. 

Our tour came with a dinner for 2. Choices were: Ka Lui, Leslie's and Asturias. Since it was a Sunday night, Ka Lui's closed and their Leslie's is the same Leslie's that can be found both in Tanza & Tagaytay. Ending? Buffet dinner in Percados, Asturias Hotel's restaurant. Nice :) 
Upon entering the place, we were awed because it bursts with elegance. With it's grand staircase to it's inviting pool at the back. Too bad, we're only there to eat :( 
 Us, about to have our dinner.. so hungry! :) 
 Wide array of food.. yum!

After the sumptuous meal, we went back to the van and drove for about 15-30mins. We're now bound to Iwahig River to do some firefly watching. I was hesitant at first in including this tour in our itinerary because it didn't intrigue me that much. Good thing I didn't pass on the chance to experience this because it's one of the highlights of our trip! A very big surprise indeed! 
Before we boarded the paddle boat (yep! they don't use motor boats to preserve the river, free from any pollutants), we were given life vest and a cute Vietnamese hat :)
It was a 45 minute ride in the river.. The boat men are volunteers and very knowledgeable. They even joke once in a while :) I learned a lot about fireflies, that they are good indicators of how healthy the place is, that fireflies are winged beatles and light come from their lower abdomen. Male glows more and bigger than female fireflies. 

They not only discuss fireflies but different species of mangroves, plankton and even did stargazing.. It was amazing when I saw formation of stars in the sky like the scorpion and pathway of milky way.. Wow! 

It took my breath away.. 
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Puerto Princesa Part 2 of 6: City Tour

One of the Tours we availed was PP City Tour. At 1pm, our tour guide texted me, together with a couple of other guests (around 7 persons) we explored the city of Puerto Princesa. 
Our first destination was the baywalk but we didn't actually get out of the van. Then we proceeded in visiting one of the churches in the city. We just stayed inside the van for personal reason :) 
Tiangge Tiangge is a pasalubong & food haven for tourists. They have kasoy, banana chips, t-shirts, fresh water pearls, hats, just to name a few. Tip: if you're already at the counter, make sure to ask for the last price of the items you're about to buy. What happened to us is that they listed down all the items with their corresponding amount less 5-10%. Not bad! :) 
Crocodile Farm was the second place that we've visited. This is a home of numerous crocodiles, obviously =p. It was quite educational because we were given a chance to know how crocodiles grow. I'm still nervous whenever I see one because it might swallow me whole.. scary.. :) 
I lost my notes somewhere and tried to remember the name of this crocodile (above photo). However, this is where the tour started then from the hatchery to the den we went. 
Baker's Hill was the next stop. It's supposed to be Iwahig Penal Farm but according to our tour guide Fidz, there's still an ongoing issue with the place. The shop where they used to bring tourists to buy items made by the Iwahig detainees was burned. So they no longer have a reason to visit the place. 
Baker's Hill is the home of the best hopia in PP. Their hopia choices: monggo, baboy and ube. My personal favorite? Ube Hopia :) This place is also good for photo op because the Hernandez's (owner) convert the place into a mini park. 
Mitra's Farm reminded me of Tagaytay in Cavite. Owned by one of the powerful politicians in the country, the Mitra's. Nothing much to do here but photo op because there's a great view  of the rest of Puerto Princesa City and you get the chance to see horses :) 
Binuatan Creations was the last stop for the city tour. Puerto Princesa, known for woven products, transforms local fibers such as mangrove grass into world class products. According to our tour guide, they now export these woven items like placemats to a world renowned brand such as Calvin Klein and local store Kultura of SM. 
My attempt to weave :) Looks easy but it's not..

Puerto Princesa City is very promising. There are places worth visiting and talents worth bragging. To my fellow Filipinos in PP, I salute you! Mabuhay ang Pinoy! 
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Puerto Princesa Part 1 of 6: A&A Plaza Hotel

Planning a trip was never a breeze. You have to join forums, check reviews online and ask friends that already went there before you could finalize the itinerary that you will follow. For the almost complete list of Puerto Princesa, kindly click here. I've been eyeing on booking a room in A&A. Luckily, Ensogo offered a deal that cannot be resisted.  

Trivium:  A&A Plaza Hotel according to our tour guide, was originally planned to be purely a commercial establishment/plaza. Since Tourism in Puerto Princesa's starting to boom, they requested the owners to convert it into a plaza hotel instead. 
I had a few difficulties at first because of whether the 699php was a per night/per person basis or per night/per room basis. The vouchers we purchased were for the latter one. Me, being an OC, emailed the hotel and asked for confirmation letter stating that our vouchers were indeed per night per room charge and not per person. 
The 3D2N stay comes with buffet breakfast, welcome drinks and RT hotel transfers. Not bad!  When we arrived in Puerto Princesa airport, we were greeted by the hotel's driver. 
I presented the printed vouchers and confirmation letter to the frontdesk. I received a confused look at the guy who tried to check us in but good thing the lady immediately snatched the papers and said that she'll do it and gave us our room key card. Their check in time is at 2PM but we were given a go signal at around 10 or 11am. Nice :)  
When we went on the third floor and looked at our room, it was a mess. So I asked the housekeeping team who are currently at the hallway to prioritize our room and they obliged. They even offered us to stay in an already cleaned room while waiting for them. awww.. how sweet! :) But we decided to stay in the mini sala on the third floor. 

After a few minutes, this is what welcomed us: 
Clockwise: TV/Cabinet/Mirror, Cabinet with safety deposit box, sink, small but clean bathroom

Is faux-draped window (refer to picture #3) means having no window at all? Because the one we got does not have any window but it was not a super big deal for us since the aircon's working and they placed an exhaust fan. A not-so good service was the fact that on our 2nd day, we were not given another set of shampoo, soap and bottled water that were present on the 1st day. I contacted frontdesk and even if the one I spoke with sounded very apologetic but ending was, we were no longer entitled of those "complimentary" things because we were voucher users. Ouch! 

Let's move on to the good part, shall we? When we went down for our city tour, we saw this :) 
Nice! I'm on top of the list :) 

Our accommodation comes with buffet breakfast in MJ Cafe at the ground floor. Here's what my plate looked like: 
fried rice, eggs, danggit, bacon and beef tapa with mango juice

A&A Plaza Hotel
National Hwy Corner Wescom Rd., Puerto Princesa City 5300
(06348) 434-AAPH (2274)
(06348) 434-1368 to 71

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