Category Archives: Palawan

Chaolong

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When talking about examples of regional fastfood such as batchoy in Iloilo, lomi in Batangas, pancit cabagan in Isabela, ngo hiong in Cebu, satti in Zamboanga, inasal in Bacolod and so on, for Puerto Princesa it’s the chaolong. Chaolong is a Vietnamese influenced rice noodle soup with meat (e.g. pork, or beef) and basil. It’s the broth that tastes Vietnamese.

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From the inside of the chaolong eating house

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Chaolong with pork bones

Pre-measured Petrol

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El Nido, Palawan: A liter of petrol in Coca-Cola bottles

Tiny Rizal Monument

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Scaled down Rizal monument in the townhall grounds of El Nido

Throughout the Philippine islands, one can usually see Jose Rizal statue in schools, government buildings, and public plaza. So far, the monument in El Nido town is the tiniest one I’ve seen.

Generic Fiesta Ornamentation

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Banderitas in El Nido town for the upcoming Balinsasayaw Festival this March

The most visible generic sign of an approaching town fiesta is no other than the banderitas. These precursory colorful flying triangles effectively set the mood of the townsfolk for the festivities.

Beach Snapshots: El Nido Town & Caalan

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Life in the tropics (town beach)

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Somewhere at the right side of El Nido town beach

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Either walk or paddle to Caalan beach from the town

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One cannot resist self immersion in the clear waters of Caalan beach

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Famished? Paddle (or walk) to Gawad Kalinga restaurant somewhere in the stretch of Caalan beach that is nearer to the town. The atmosphere was tropically idyllic as you sip fresh buko juice and snack on calamari

Pleonasmic Signs in El Nido

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The word inn and its synonyms namely, hostel, pension, and rooms

Sometimes extra words were added unconciously so as to be absolutely clear, though some readers may find it unnecessary, at times funny, but oftentimes an effective way to reduce the probability of misinterpretation.

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Then the use of 'lodge' in another El Nido Inn sign

One example is the multiple signs of El Nido Inn where its redundancy gives one a  very clear message that it is indeed an accommodation, a very cheap one.

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Cottages in this one

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Cheap accommodation for global visitors

Other examples are a couple of dive shop signages wanting to emphasize diving in the water just in case you have different sort of diving in mind. Finally, a life vest to make you safe.

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Safety life vest

Corong Corong Sundown

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Balut Carrier

Different modes to carry fertilized duck eggs also known as balut.

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Temporarily stationary for the day at a selected spot if balut is in a drum

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Balut in a cart for easy mobility

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Balut in the basket strapped to the vendor for unimpeded mobility

Seafood by Plate/Tub

One can buy certain types of seafood at the palengke by plate or tub and not by weight.

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Bivalves and snails

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Aninikad

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Spider conch

Sorbetes Tourism

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An ice cream cart in Puerto Princesa with Underground River painting. Promoting Palawan's pride in its own sweet way.

Food Fish in Palawan

Selections of different types of food fish noted in the wet market of Puerto Princesa City.

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Yellow fin tuna

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Eel

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Isda sa bato

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Assorted food fish in different sizes and colors

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Alibangbang. Cook it by grilling said the fishmonger.

Animal Feeds by the Kilo

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Poultry feed

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Assortment of feeds for livestock, gamefowl, and pets

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For gamefowl and pets

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For swine

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For chickens

Balot Vendors

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Selling balot in Puerto Princesa's boulevard. I like the basket as balot receptacle

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Balot vendors usually have chicharon as side merchandise presumably since they're peddling in the streets at night so there's market for cheap beer accompaniment and chicharon has negligible mass to bring along

Bukid

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One can see fields like this in the highway between El Nido and Roxas City

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Palawan's bucolic scenery

Hand-drawn Map

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Lovely typography in the Bacuit Bay map

El Nido Poblacion

Tourism is the trade in this town center. Here are some photographs of the poblacion including its beach.

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Narrow town street

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Early morning clouds

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Sundown in El Nido beach

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Beach of the poblacion

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El Nido poblacion beach where the island hopping starts and ends

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More boats and that’s the pier on the leftmost side and the Coast Guard building

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Public market as seen from the bus terminal side

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I’d rather ride a bus than a van between El Nido and Puerto Princesa. It may take longer but each stop to pick or drop local passengers is something worth noting. Bus ride gives more stories and views than the point-to-point characterless vans

El Nido Waters

The surrounding islands and waters of El Nido in shades of green.

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Two guys served as ballast in this area of shallow waters

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This gal can’t help taking a self-portrait in this dreamy place

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Lagoon

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One of the many islands surrounding El Nido

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7 Commando beach

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Approaching El Nido poblacion

Taytay as Fishing Village

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Taytay signage as seen from the fish port

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Fishing boats

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Catch

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Food for the day

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Dragging the fish containers in the water instead of lugging it

Taytay Poblacion

A small town in Taytay Municipality. I could live here.

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Lovely fishing village

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Gas station

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Tricycle

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Police guard post

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Fuerza de Santa Isabel

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Fuerza de Santa Isabel and a boat

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Water district

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Humble post office and BIR

Typography: Banca Names

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Tongue twister in green in an appropriate font

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Cursive first name in red, capitalized second name in blue

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