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

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