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to the airport!

Partners in crime: Jenney and Trina

I did everything last-minute, as usual. Went to some net station in the un-holy hour of the morning to print our itinerary, and had to call the girls to make sure they wake up on time. Got to the airport and had to wait for them for several minutes because they had the nerve to have breakfast first, whilst I had to skip mine so as not to be late for the flight. Bastardesses.

Flight went smoothly. Got myself a window seat, and had a good view of some well-known places like Taal Lake, Mindoro Island, etc. But the best view of all was the one of Calamian Archipelago, where Coron is located.
chillin at Twin Lagoons
If the view was that nice from above, then I can't wait to see what it looks like up-close.

Busuanga's airport is very basic but efficient, so no time was wasted getting our luggage and getting on the air-con van to Coron town (P150 fare). Travel takes no more than 30 minutes, unless your driver liked taking his time. Thank goodness ours didn't. He even dropped us off right in front of our guesthouse which is quite unknown in the area. The caretaker greeted us and showed us to our room. The owner (and my contact), Patrik, was still sleeping. It was rather early, and we didn't need any assistance whatsoever, so we let him be. He did wake, though, and personally welcomed us. Very nice of him.

Since our vacation was gonna be pretty short, we decided to embark on an island-hopping trip right away.
our beach
But first, I had to meet up with my friends and travel buds Mark and Shylla at their hotel (the girls went ahead to the marketplace to find us a boat for island-hopping). I was very glad to see them again after several months, but turned out all members of their group were ill from something, and their week-long vacation in Palawan was not as enjoyable as it should have been. I made a silent vow not to get ill on this trip. That means keeping my mouth closed to avoid accidentally swallowing anything with bacteria in it. So tough.

The girls made a deal with one of the boatmen who approached them at the supermarket, but on our way there, we were "intercepted" by another man who offered us something better.
group pic :)
So, we tip-toed our way to the dock (trying to hide from the first boatman) and safely made our way to our boat. Half an hour was wasted getting ice and snorkeling gear for us, but before noon, we were off to our first island. Wooohooo!

Our first stop is called Twin Lagoons (P100 per person) which, during low tide, can be accessed by kayak (passing through a hole on the surface of the rock). It was my first time "swimming" with life vests on, which was fun. The locals built a makeshift stair so you don't have to swim through the hole during high tide. How very thoughtful of them. On the other side, we've met a fun group of tourists who all made fun of my fear of water, which forced me to "swim" towards the girls in the middle of the lagoon to save face.
just like a painting...
Have I mentioned that the lagoon was very deep? Bastardesses. It was a fun experience, though, especially when you have a waterproof camera. Yeah, baby!

Next stop was Banol Beach which, from the internet, looked very nice and relaxing. However, in real life, especially during the afternoon, nice and relaxing becomes overcrowded and overrated. We wanted a beach where we could just lie down and chill, so we asked our boatman to take us somewhere else. Luckily, there was one not too far away, called Skeleton Beach (P100 per person), named after the small shipwrecked thingy under its waters. We didn't have to dive to see a shipwreck, yay! We were so pumped we didn't mind seeing a group or two already at the beach.
the rum-coke crew!
We found a spot for ourselves, and aside from checking out the fishes occasionally, we did what we came there to do - r.e.l.a.x.

Unfortunately, relaxation doesn't last forever, and soon we had to leave our beach. But not right away. We had to check out the shipwreck first, of course! Or better yet, the girls had to, so I let them take my camera since I didn't have the skills to check it out myself. Moreover, we were waiting for the sunset, and we left for the mainland just in time. Then, after a very un-satisfying dinner at an overrated and overpriced restaurant called Kawayanan (see review below), we went back to our guesthouse to drink the night away. Next thing we know, we were being entertained by our hosts, Patrik and Tezz, and we had overflowing rum-coke for free (plus free love advice from the couple)! Yes, nothing caps a day better than a nice sunset, except for 8 glasses of rum-coke. Nyahahaha!

P.S. Trina won a bet against Patrik on some UFC match, and as a result, we paid for our room for one night only. Wooot!

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to the airport!
to the airport!
chillin at Twin Lagoons
chillin at Twin Lagoons
our beach
our beach
group pic :)
group pic :)
just like a painting...
just like a painting...
the rum-coke crew!
the rum-coke crew!
jenney et moi
jenney et moi
waiting for take off... nah, posin…
waiting for take off... nah, posi…
morning mist
morning mist
taal lake and volcano
taal lake and volcano
taal lake and volcano
taal lake and volcano
taal lake and volcano
taal lake and volcano
approaching mindoro island
approaching mindoro island
mountains of mindoro
mountains of mindoro
leaving mindoro
leaving mindoro
some random island
some random island
uhm, mine? :D
uhm, mine? :D
mirrored
mirrored
approaching busuanga
approaching busuanga
approaching busuanga
approaching busuanga
approaching busuanga
approaching busuanga
approaching busuanga
approaching busuanga
approaching busuanga
approaching busuanga
approaching busuanga
approaching busuanga
at our guesthouse
at our guesthouse
trina et jenney
trina et jenney
some park in coron
some park in coron
our boat
our boat
ready for the trip!
ready for the trip!
mountains of coron
mountains of coron
lime and sea
lime and sea
lime and sea
lime and sea
lime and sea
lime and sea
lime and sea
lime and sea
lime and sea
lime and sea
trina
trina
approaching the twin lagoons
approaching the twin lagoons
approaching the twin lagoons
approaching the twin lagoons
lime and sea
lime and sea
lime and sea
lime and sea
jump in!
jump in!
the lagoon
the lagoon
some jellyfish
some jellyfish
some random fish
some random fish
some random fish
some random fish
jenney cornered
jenney cornered
yeah baby!
yeah baby!
group pic :)
group pic :)
mandatory pic
mandatory pic
more boats came
more boats came
shes not happy with her hair
she's not happy with her hair
trina
trina
moi
moi
lime and sea
lime and sea
lime and sea
lime and sea
searching for banol beach
searching for banol beach
lime and sea
lime and sea
searching for banol beach
searching for banol beach
searching for banol beach
searching for banol beach
searching for banol beach
searching for banol beach
found it! but its full...
found it! but it's full...
searching for an empty beach now
searching for an empty beach now
searching for an empty beach now
searching for an empty beach now
searching for an empty beach now
searching for an empty beach now
Coron
photo by: TravellinChic