Day Trip Guide to Sabang, Palawan

If you ever feel like getting out of Puerto Princesa for a day, you may want to consider going on a day trip to Sabang, Palawan. This is a day trip guide to Sabang, Palawan if you feel like doing so.

Sabang, Palawan is most famous for the Subterranean River (aka Underground River), one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. Far away from the main attraction is Sabang’s best-kept secret: long, endless, secluded coastline!

How to get there:

A day trip to Sabang, Palawan is not so hard to do. You can hire a tricycle from anywhere in the city to the “New Market” terminal in San Jose.  I paid P60 for the trip from where I was staying (near Robinson’s Place) to the terminal. There are two ways to get to Sabang: by bus or by van (Lexxus Shuttle). See below. If you’re feeling adventurous, hire a motorbike from the rental shops along Rizal Avenue.

Schedule of vans to Sabang, Palawan

Tip: Reserve a return ticket to Puerto Princesa upon your arrival in Sabang

Tours in Sabang, Palawan

A stall offering tours to other parts of Palawan

 

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Day Trip to Wulai, Taipei

Welcome to Wulai!

Wulai is a very small district located in New Taipei City. It is about a 40-minute ride from Taipei City.

So, what’s in Wulai?  Wulai is known for its natural resources, several waterfalls, aboriginal culture, and odorless hot spring. Given that I’m not a (huge) fan of waterfalls and hot springs, it’s kind of weird having this included in my itinerary.

Unbeknownst to many, I just really wanted to see the cherry blossoms in Wulai; the closest to Taipei for flower viewing. The cherry blossoms here are believed to be best viewed between February – March every year.

One of the many bridges in Wulai

I am already aware that there’d be several waterfalls but I was really suprised at the number of bridges in Wulai.  I lost count of all the bridges that I crossed and they’re not even far from each other.

Wulai Old Town

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Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

The Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is dubbed as one of the best festivals in the world by the American Discovery Channel’s Program, ‘Fantastic Festivals of the World‘.  This had been on my bucketlist for quite some time now.

There is no exact schedule for this festival since it depends on the Chinese lunar calendar. This year, the festival was held on February 11, 14 and 22. I attended the festival on the 22nd.

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Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival Attendees

 

Every year, this festival is held in different locations in Pingxi, a small township nestled among the mountains in northeastern Taipei. The fastest way to get there is through the TRA express train going to Ruifang and then transfer to the local train going to Shifen Station via Pingxi Railway.  The cost depends on the train type based on the time of your desired departure and ranges from $49-$79 for the TRA and $20 for a one-way ticket from Ruifang to Shifen. Alternatively, you can also go there via train-bus combo. Allow a maximum of 2hours for your travel time (each way).

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Love and fun from Japan

The train ride by itself was a scenic one. We passed by rivers, mountains and waterfalls.  There was an option to explore the areas in Jiufen, too but we headed straight to Shifen.  The railway was also extraordinary.  It was the closest I could get to a moving train.  You see, the people on the railways had to move out of the way every single time a train passed by. It was very exciting!

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Scribbles. Writing my wishes on this lantern

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Tokyo Accommodation: Hotel Bellclassic Tokyo

Everything in Tokyo is expensive. Accommodation is not an exception.

I don’t believe in wasting money on accommodation.  Whenever I travel, I stay in hostels / dormitories.  But as much as possible, I choose to stay in a hotel for a couple of days just to get the sense on how different it could be from other countries.

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I usually book my accommodation through booking.com. This website allows me to make a reservation without paying anything. You just have to make sure to cancel it days before.

 

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Hotel Bellclassic Tokyo –  Single Room

 

During my recent visit to Tokyo, I stayed in three different hotels. I met up with friends later on and  shared a room with them in Hotel Gracery Tamachi and Ginza Capital Hotel.  Hotel Bellclassic Tokyo was my favorite for a variety of reasons.

One thing I noticed about Japanese hotels is that their beds and pillows aren’t as soft as the the usual pillows. They’re not big on pillows. I only had one instead of the usual 2.

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Hotel Bellclassic Tokyo – Bed

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Where My Feet Had Taken Me in 2015

I’m blogging from my phone again! I should start getting used to this. Ok, let’s start.

I had the most eventful and amazing year so far. I couldn’t be any more thankful. I endured lots of challenges that brought valuable lessons and shaped me who I am today.

I’m a sucker for anything that involves the ocean.  I don’t think I’ll ever tire of going to the beach. I went to Panglao and Anda a couple of times. I enjoyed my time in Plantation bay, spent my Valentine’s weekend in Bantayan and swam with the turtles in Apo Island. Of course, I had the most amazing time in Boracay, too.

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Bantayan    

 

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Australia

 

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Christmas Essense

December is that time of the year when you receive lots of gifts: from secret santas to Christmas parties and not to mention, my birthday. Here are the items I received last December.  Thank you, thank you!!!

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 Ate Nean also gave me a novel for my 30th birthday.  

 

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Starting 2016 With a Bang

Today is my first day back to work after a 2-week beach vacation.

I’m grateful that I survived today. It wasn’t easy.

On a brighter note, I just booked my first international travel for this year. Next month!!!

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I’m too ecstatic that I feel like crying. The destination is not very popular among Filipinos as it involves getting a visa (clue #1). Although short, this trip involves 2 items on my bucket list.

I cannot wait!!!

So I think I definitely started my year with a bang:
-survived first day back to work
-booked 1st international travel this year
-Im blogging from my phone for the first time!!!

Australia Budget in a Nutshell

 

1. Airfare

Keyword: PROMO FARE.

It is a habit of mine to regularly check for promo fares. I seldom (or never) travel with regular fares.  Thank goodness for promo fares. Travelling has never been this affordable.

Both flights were with Cebu Pacific, the low budget airline based in the Philippines.  I booked each flight separately since booking direct Cebu to Sydney would cost twice as much as Manila to Sydney.

These days, you can book Manila to Sydney and vice versa flights for half the cost of what I had paid for. Those were the days when there were still fees and surcharges added to your fare.  The last time I checked, you can fly to Sydney for as low as Php9,000 roundtrip. But if you think about it, Php18,000 for a roundtrip ticket to Australia is not that bad.

Tip: You can skip adding meals to your booking (each meal being Php500).  They’re not that good. Buy some food from the airport enough to last you the entire eight-hour trip. Don’t forget to prepay for your bag.  It is cheaper than paying for your bag upon checking in.

My Sydney-Melbourne flight, however, was bought out of impulse.  This was not included in my itinerary.  Upon checking for things to do in Australia, I saw that you can take the train from Sydney to Melbourne. Ecstatic, I sent a message to my childhood friend based in Melbourne.  He advised me to take the plane instead because it will save me the time and hassle.  And I did.

There are also lots of promo fares in Australia. The key there is planning it ahead. I heard that you can fly for AUD50. Please note that you can absolutely take the train to Melbourne or anywhere in Australia if you have all the time in the world.  And it’s quiet affordable, too.

My Sydney-Melbourne ticket may have been booked out of impulse, but so far, it’s the best decision I’ve ever taken.  I can see myself living permanently in Melbourne. The place is THAT great!

2. Visa

You may check the details of my Visa application here.

3. Terminal Fee

Terminal fees for domestic travels (Cebu and Manila, I think) are already included in your tickets. For international flights, however, you will have to pay for it separately.

I know, I know. I can probably write an entire novel full of rants regarding nonsense fees and taxes. But anyway...

4. Travel Tax

Oh yes, you have to shell out Php1,620 before you can get inside the airport itself. See rant on #3.

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The ShipWreck Coast, Victoria, Australia

A Little Bit Of History

Loch Ard, the ship under the command of Captain Gibbs, departed England for Melbourne in 1878 with 17 passengers, 37 crew and cargo when it collided with a rocky reef close to Mutton Bird Island, near Port Campbell. Tragically, only two of the people on board survived the accident: one of the ship’s apprentices named Tom Pearce and a young female passenger named Eva Carmichael, who lost all of her family in the tragedy.

The couple was the subject of intense public interest and romantic speculation.  Tom received a hero’s welcome in Melbourne and, after six weeks, Eva returned to Ireland.  They never saw each other again.

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Parilya, Cebu

Do you ever wonder where my feet take me on Saturdays?

Meet my good friends.  We call ourselves the “Saturday Night Foodies” group.  We enjoy stories and laughters over gastronomic experiences.

We tried Parilya, the newly-opened restaurant by the Laguna Group.  It’s the latest landmark along the South Road Properties (SRP) right by Filinvest’s Il Corso property. Parilya makes you feel at home. Its setup is very light to the touch and very laidback.  It lives by the truest meaning of al fresco dining.

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Crispy Crablets:

Baby crabs cooked in perfect crisp; a crunch in every bite. Oh, and it smelled really, really good.

This dish surprised me the most. Mind you, I don’t usually eat crablets because of its shell. But this one, though, I didn’t even notice the shell. It was that good. Just dip it in vinegar, and you’d have the perfect starter (abrigana).

Php 180.00 per order  

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