And Then Came the Rain...

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rain, rain, go away

I woke up to the sound of big tidal waves hitting the shores of El Nido. I checked my watch, and it was 7AM, just in time to prepare for our trip to the lagoons and have breakfast before going. So, I got out of our room, went out to the balcony, and...

...whoa! It was raining like crazy! It seemed like the heavens decided to 'rain on our parade' by sending the tail-end of a typhoon (that was devastating Manila then) our way. No wonder the waves were pretty big, and from our bedroom, it sounded like the waves would crash right against the guesthouse. But I wasn't giving up yet. The weather could still get better in a couple of hours, and we could still go on with the tour.
ugh!


After a while, Seb and I went to Ralf's to see if touring was still possible. Ralf and Regina assured us that there wasn't any typhoon heading our way, and that it's only the tail-end of the one in Manila. That's encouraging. However, they also told us that some of the tourists who went island-hopping early on in the day decided to just go back to El Nido due to strong waves, cold rain, and poor visibility. Well, that sounded like a NO to me, so with heavy hearts, we called off the tour. Since they already prepared the lunch that we pre-ordered the previous night, we just decided to eat it. When feeling sad and disappointed, food always does the trick.

So, what to do for the rest of the day? I don't know about them, but for me, it's off to the net cafe! I think I spent half of the day in front of the computer, trying to suppress the bitterness that was eating out my mood.
our brunch
It was my last day in El Nido, and my only chance to see the famous lagoons. I should be drowning in their beauty instead of sulking in front of the computer, wishing for the rain to stop. But, like what always happens when I'm surfing the net, I eventually lost myself in it and completely forgot why I was there in the first place - because I wasn't able to do something else, something infinitely better.

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Fast-forward to late afternoon. Seb and I went to the girls' place to pick them up for dinner. It was still quite early, so we just hang out for a while because their place was so much better than ours. The only problem was that their rooms didn't have doors.

Anyway, after twilight, we went to this Italian-owned restaurant (or was it German) to have our last dinner together (sob sob sob).
dancing while sitting. the best.
There, we saw Timo and Lina halfway through with their dinner, and Lina introduced me to the very wonderful world of goulash soup. Needless to say, I fell inlove with it. Of course, I ordered a big meal alongside it, and ate it with gusto (my last meal before that was the one at Ralf's).

Then, after the couple left, the 4 of us ordered some drinks and Tessa took over the music player by putting on some groovy music that we all danced to. Of course, our favorite was Can't Take My Eyes Off You and Kung Fu Fighting. Jen also had a go at the Irish national anthem - Nothing Compares by Sinead O'Connor. Other people stared at us, but there really wasn't anything they could do about it. Even the restaurant staff had to take the back seat. Fun night.

After midnight, the girls and I decided to do more internet time, while Sebastian opted going to the next bar. After about an hour, I had to say goodbye to the girls, because I had to go back to Puerto Princesa in a few hours and won't be able to see them again. Hope the damn rain would stop.

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rain, rain, go away
rain, rain, go away
ugh!
ugh!
our brunch
our brunch
dancing while sitting. the best.
dancing while sitting. the best.
the cute guesthouse next door (so …
the cute guesthouse next door (so…
the cute guesthouse next door (so …
the cute guesthouse next door (so…
party party
party party
Jen
Jen
Tessas unstoppable!
Tessa's unstoppable!
thats our reaction to the rain
that's our reaction to the rain
whats funny?
what's funny?
striking a pose - and failing mise…
striking a pose - and failing mis…
sad? drink this! :D
sad? drink this! :D
all eyes on muh
all eyes on muh
Jen looks tired
Jen looks tired
uhm, maybe not
uhm, maybe not
Tessa
Tessa
moi
moi
even Buddha couldnt resist
even Buddha couldn't resist
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