What is Ampersand?
Ampersand is a symbol for "&", the symbol serves as a logogram for the place. It stands for the dining concepts that Chandra Mercado had in mind - a restaurant, a deli, and a bar all rolled into one. The place progressively transforms within the day, from a restaurant... read more
Happy Easter, everyone! How was your Holy Week? My social media pages are brimming with beach photos, etc. which made me go reminiscing my fun trip with iSTORYAns at Palawan. I have already shared with you Part 1 of our adventure. In case you missed it, click here--> PART 1 PALAWAN TRIP!
For those of you who have plans in going to Palawan this summer or in the near future, may this adventure share be of help! To continue, there are really so many things to do in Puerto Princesa City.
Let me take you to some of its must- visit places:
Are you a fan of butterflies? Head out to Butterfly Garden, a small garden with various flora and butterflies located just fifteen minutes drive away from Crocodile Farm. Lose your fear of scorpions, stick insects, beetles and lizards by holding them in your hands. If you're a photo hobbyist, the place is best for macro photography. Entrance fee is 20php per person only.
Wait, there's more. You can do horseback riding, zip line and trampolines for a price. Or just simply sit down and feel the cool breeze, take pictures, walk hand in hand and enjoy the scenic view of beautiful islands near the city.
The princess is really full of surprises. Get ready to breathe and smell the hmmm aroma of freshly baked pastries and sweet treats at Baker's Hill Bakery located in Sta. Monica Heights just a minute drive away from Mitra's -- a garden on top of a hill. Get your dose of Ube/monggo hopia, brownies, chocolate crinkles and a whole lot more that will surely make you "nomnomnom" at reasonable cost. The Ube hopia is the best seller, yes, tastier and better than those in Chinatown. If you're a foodie, don't miss this.
Fall in love with the Princess more as she offers you a romantic getaway by experiencing the magical and superb 45-minute boat ride (with hunky boat men. Wink) down the river of Iwahig. Your evening will surely be romantic in a surreal way with your loved ones and friends feeling like in a movie while watching thousands of fireflies light up the Mangrove trees on both sides of the river. Flash a red light to the group of fireflies, and they will glimmer all at once just like a Christmas tree and seems like they are joining the stars in the sky. You are forbid to take pictures because that would disturb them. Each boat costs 600php good for 3 pax. Indeed, Iwahig Firefly Watching is a perfect ambiance of love and romance. Who knows, it could be the perfect setting for your own love story while watching the world go by. We all wanna soak up the sun! We all dream of the perfect day on a beach. We rented a boat for only 1500php for our Honda Bay island hopping. Saturday morning looks pretty good with partly sunny skies. Yet heavy rains and strong winds have been a welcome change from the heat we experienced earlier in the morning. Whoa, those enormous waves smashed and rocked our boat yet it was so much fun!
Cebu Pacific, an aerial view of the island and promised myself, I will go back. Palawan tagged at my heart. I want to experience something more. Something more extra-ordinary that the princess has to offer. I am in love, obviously bewitched. I have now more reason to come back. It's crazier and sweeter the second time around. And if I'll have enough money for another destination, El Nido or Coron, perhaps? Truly, Palawan is the best destination to appreciate the wonders of nature. Indeed, a benchmark of what paradise is. Once again, hands down to the princess, Puerto Princesa!
By: Maan B. Cajipe
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