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A different kind of Airport

10 Jun
Welcome to El Nido Air-Pasture, euh Airport

Welcome to El Nido Air-Pasture, euh Airport

My days were counted – they had only given me 21 days visa at arrival in the Philippines, so I slowly but surely had to make my way back to Manila to take my return flight home… Sigh. Since the road between El Nido and Puerto Princesa was a bit challenging (as we could experience toppling over into the ditch), I decided not to backtrack and take a plane from El Nido, without knowing what to expect. But I certainly didn’t expect arriving in a scene of the ‘Flying Doctors’ TV series.

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El Nido sizzling sunset

9 Jun
Another sizzling sunset - El Nido

Another sizzling sunset - El Nido

Just when I thought that the rainy season wouldn’t allow for sunny days ever again, the sky turned blue on my last day in El Nido and the sun gently slid behind the islands at the horizon. (Pictures below) The sunsets are magic in Asia, or maybe it is just that in Brussels (or in cities) you don’t see the sunset because of buildings or smog and in Asia I was often overlooking the seas or lakes, with the sun sinking into the water and colouring the evening sky.

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Philippines is Water: 1st time Snorkeling

8 Jun
First time snorkeling -beautiful

First time snorkeling -beautiful

In my head the Philippines will always be associated with water. El Nido and the surrounding limestone rock islands dotting the sea invited for a day of island hopping – taking a boat out on the water, exploring the secret beaches and going for my first time snorkeling. That was superb, till we got stuck in a rainstorm.

Whether it is the sea, boats, beaches, rain, snorkeling, puddles on the road, rice fields on the mountains, lagoons amidst limestone rocks, swimming in the pool, or simply sweating and drinking,… there’s water everywhere.

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Indiana Tones on the bus to El Nido

7 Jun
The things that happen on Pilipino roads

The things that happen on Pilipino roads

After seeing what I wanted to see (the world’s longest Underground River) – and getting fed up with dorm style guesthouse – I wanted to spend my last few days on my travels in El Nido – supposedly a quiet relaxed village in a gorgeous landscape. But getting there was a bit of an adventure: dodging mudslides, crossing rivers, rescuing school children and even toppling over into the ditch. The foreseen 6 to 8 hours turned into 11, but all the excitement came at no extra cost (oh yes, and no one got injured).

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