Final iPhone photos of the last days of my trip. We took the local transportation from El Nido to Port Barton (a van from World War II), a ride that I will never forget, the driver speeding up on what you could barely call roads, every now and then giving way to goats and buffalos. Driving to chocolate hills, which felt like stepping into a level of a childhood computer game. Driving then all the way to Anda, through tens of Filipino villages and getting a good sense of the local life. Our simple room with an ancient, not working TV. Lazy days spent at NutsHuts, the absolute highlight of days spent in Bohol. Kayaking to a huge waterfall and a natural spring. Our lovely hut, which was a perfect contrast to my next and final destination, flying back home to Hong Kong. Though Bohol did not get a permanent place in my heart, it is safe to say it was one of the richest experiences of my life in terms of witnessing local life, an experience that I would not give away.
After spending some time in Bangkok and Koh Tao, we were ready to escape the crowds. We decided to stick to our original plan and head to the Philippines. After a 6 hour bumpy jeepney ride from Puerto Princeca in Palawan, we arrived to the cutest seaside town ever, El Nido. It exceeded all expectations – not too crowded yet not too small either. El Nido is a perfect combination of a local village with just right amount of other travelers, few beach bars, restaurants and a beach. We stayed in a cute hostel right on the main road and had a huge balcony, perfect for people watching, sipping some white wine and occasional reading sessions. Jenny discovered a perfect book for me from Artcafe, our favorite breakfast spot. Reading the biography of Patti Smith made me miss New York as well as raised many thoughts and led me to the interesting world of artists – something very new.
Island hopping in El Nido is a must – we got to swim in lagoons, dive into a cave and stopped to lunch to an beach that felt like being the first one ever to visit there. . The boat drivers prepared us a super fresh lunch in front of our eyes, which was easily the best we got in Philippines.