February 12, 2014 10 Comments

POSTCARDS FROM PALAWAN, THE PHILIPPINES

There’s something about the island life that holds a big chunk of my heart. There’s no-fuss; it’s simple, carefree, idyllic, and if you find that perfect place to settle you’d be able to call home, well, paradise. Palawan Island in The Philippines is one of those places where I found it; unspoilt natural beauty and paradise on earth. The capital, Puerto Princesa, holds one of the new 7 wonders of nature in the world; The Underground River, and El Nido, oh boy when you discover El Nido you’ll forget that you’re human…

Play me first.

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Flying high > Manila to Puerto Princesa

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Packed lunch and had it here by the water, no one else but us.

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A tricycle ride up the island. The driver noticed me oo’ing and ahh’ing, I didn’t ask but he stopped so that I could take a photo while looking down from above. Glad he did that.

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A lookout to sea.

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Sunny walks through Cadlao ResortTopshop camiAsos shorts and Céline sunglasses.

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The drive from Puerto Princesa to El Nido. It’s around 5-6 hours but worth every minute.

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Always look up.

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Those smiles… J. Alfred and Ejay.

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The view from my cottage to his, watching the sunset and local fishermen set out as the high tide rolls in. 

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Hammocks scattered throughout our resort. Perfect days were spent here, reading a book and afternoon siestas.

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A stopover for lunch in the middle of the long drive to El Nido. MANGO playsuit (similar herehere)

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Stopping by and finding a secluded beach.

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Greenery as you head into The Underground River.

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The serene infinity pool facing the China Sea and Cadlao Island, at Cadlao Resort.

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Our first day in El Nido. We hired a scooter, set out on the open road and drove around exploring the many different corners. A couple of bumps and bruises but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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He ran up and down the dirt road barefoot with nothing but an old tire, rolling it with a stick. He was shy at first; looking at me from afar. I spoke to him with my unsteady tagalog and he smiled an awkward smile telling me his name was Merculio and he was nearly turning four. He waved at my camera for my video diary and when I showed it to him he smiled his real smile; warm and full of life.

After a couple of hours at the beach we scooted back to our temporary home, passing by kids in uniform that had just finished school. One little boy ran beside our bike, I was a little nervous he was trying to hop on not knowing who it was. When I looked to my left beside me he quickly kissed the palm of his hand and slapped it on my leg then stopped running. I looked back and it was Merculio… The cutest thing I’ll always remember.

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Soft and supple sand.

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Arriving at a place to spend the afternoon, Nacpan Beach. We ate a seafood lunch and soaked up in the sun.

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Underwater dreams. Coral deep in the ocean while snorkelling in-between island hopping.

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 Topshop camiAsos shortsCéline sunglasses, K Jacques sandals

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Swimming in this deep blue sea. Bliss.

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Finding peace and quiet. Asos shorts and bikini, straw hat from the island (similar here & here)

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Postcards and polaroids from Palawan.

There are so many more memories to share and of course to keep.
I hope you find your atlas hands and create some of your own… Safe and happy travels! 

Please share and let the world know about the beauty you can find here in The Philippines xx

 

Read more: Our stay at Cadlao Resort in El Nido, Palawan.

All Photos: Aubrey Daquinag and Paul Serra for The Love Assembly

Posted in: Travel
  • http://oliviaoyster.com/ Olivia Oyster

    Lovely photos, as always Aubrey. And I’m totally going to buy those Asos shorts!

    • TheLoveAssembly

      Thanks Olivia, that’s very kind :) Which ones – the black or white? I recommend both! That’s pretty much the only bottoms I packed + a couple of playsuits. very handy when you have limited luggage! Aubrey x

      • http://oliviaoyster.com/ Olivia Oyster

        Ohhh I like them both but I think I’ll get the black! Agreed, I’m loving the shorts and playsuits for summer xo

  • http://housetolaos.com/ Sergey and Jenia

    I love your blog so so much. It is beautiful. Lovely photos and lovely music choice. Looking forward to exploring more here ) Jenia

    • TheLoveAssembly

      Thanks for your comment and kind words Sergey and Jenia! Hope you stick alongside with us on this journey. :) Ax

  • warjulian

    Palawan looks great, I would love to visit. Have you been to the Visayan region? Some stunning scenery there too :)

    • TheLoveAssembly

      Thanks for your comment, Warjulian! You should definitely visit Palawan sometime. i haven’t visited the Visayan region yet but I would love to also! Any suggestions would be wonderful :) Ax

  • Cathy
    • TheLoveAssembly

      Hi Cathy, thanks for your comment! This wasn’t at a resort – it was a little lookout when we had a short stopover on the drive from Puerto Princesa to El Nido. Most drivers stop by here. I hope that helps! Ax

      • Cathy

        Thank you, your blog is beautiful. I’m a fan. :)