El Nido Adventure- Tour C (Palawan Day 4)

and  Before we jump into the last day our Palawan Adventure, here’s our Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

Hidden Beach

Off to our first destination is the Hidden Beach. Our journey going there made me realized why it was named this way. We have to swim, make our way through curves and giant rocks to reach this place. Actually we “cheated” the swimming part. The tour guides just instructed us to float and he pulled our life-jackets while swimming. If they didn’t drag us through the waves, we might have spent full hour swimming to reach the place.

.Just like before, a short time in the boat going to this island made me instantly hungry. The first thing,  search for food or drinks. Here is a short clip of me ordering a coconut for P60.00 from the boat vendor.

Finally, this is me with my “buko”. Take note of the crystal clear water. Too bad we only brought mobile phone here. I did not dare to bring my camera anymore due to the damage it had from yesterday’s adventure. Also, it was kind of stressful to bring a full-blown camera. I was lucky that I had a reliable waterproof bag. If not, I would go home with a dysfunctional one.

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SHIMIZU ISLAND

This island was named after a a Japanese diver who died while exploring the El Nido and eventually was found in the shore of this island. His surname is Shimizu.

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The source of it’s name could be born out of tragedy but hey look at this! With its pristine water and white sand, being here is far from being tragic.

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Of course, pardon me for having my photoshoot again. I travel for pictures with me in it.

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Lunchtime in Shimizu Island

We spent longer hours here in Shimizu that any other island because this was the place where we had our lunch. This photo is an evidence on how my friends guarded our table. Their eyes fixated on the food. With the spoon and fork in their hands, they were so ready to attack.

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What do we have here? Crabs, fish, liempo, eggplant salad, cucumber, banana , pineapple, coke and rice.

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Snorkeling Area

Here’s one thing I hate about myself. I don’t like underwater activities. Snorkeling , Scuba Diving, and any other activities I might not know that involves a lot swimming and going into the deep. I’m not scared. It’s more like I easily get tired. The “I-am-going-to-die-tired” kind of way. But one thing I like about myself, I do it anyway. Who would like to miss the sight of the corals? I only lasted less than 10 minutes though.

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SECRET BEACH…NOT!

What disappointed me in this trip is we have to skip Secret Beach due to large waves. A local said it should have been the highlight of tour C since it the most adventurous to reach. We have to swim through a small crevice in a cave before to enter this mysterious place. It also known as the real inspiration for a bestselling novel ” The Beach” written by Alex Garland. Although the novel was set in Thailand, Alex Garland derived the geography of the setting from Secret Beach during the time he spent vacation here in Palawan. So that’s we have missed. But safety first, right? And we can always go back.

Helicopter Island

This island was named this way because it is truly shaped like a helicopter in a distance. It is not the only thing that sets this apart from the other destinations we toured. The sand of this island is golden! A fresh sight from all the whites we have seen.

Here’s a short clip of our arrival in this island.

And yes, photoshoot again and again!

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Here’s a short clip of me just enjoying the waves and fooling around. I just let my action camera stood by a tripod. Enjoy the sound of waves that will surely calm any restless heart.

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TIP: When you feel stressed, one of the things you can do is to listen to the sounds of nature. One of them is the sound of beach waves. Of course we are not always in the beach. But we can always search online, plug our ears with earphones and close our eyes. Here is me contributing to the #soundOfWaves available online. This is captured while we are chilling in the Helicopter Island, the last beach from Tour C and our last stop overall for our El Nido Palawan Tour. It is unique among the beaches we visited because its sand is more golden than white. And that's why it is special. I'm glad I took some time to capture this moment. I miss the beach already. #goldenbeach #elnidopalawan #travelph #travelclips #xiaomiyi #yicamera #yiactioncam #bloggersofinstagram #Travelph #travelgram #itsmorefuninthephilippines #travel #palawan #helicopterisland #beachplease #vitaminsea #dagat #beachph #beach #gztravels #stressreliever #stress #dealingwithstress

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ENJOYING THE SUNSET AT THE PORT

Helicopter marked the end of our Palawan Adventure. But we couldn’t get enough. So even if we were tired, we went back to the port to watch the beautiful sunset. What a sight to behold.

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But before I truly end this blog entry, I will share the awesome and affordable accommodation we had in El Nido Palawan.

St. John Island Pensionne House, Truly Affordable!

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My friend booked the room thru Agoda. It has no fixed priced and is according to season.

But I just checked in Agoda now that I’m typing this and it is still around this price. You can also visit their official facebook page.

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As of this writing, its P1,768 per night, 4 persons, inclusive of breakfast.

What I like about this place. It is spacious. It has t.v, aircon and clean bathroom. They also have towels for four. They also provided hot water and coffee. The free breakfast is satisfying enough. They also have other meal offering just in case you are too tired to dine outside. It is also just walking distance away from the tour ports which is convenient. And its really affordable. If you split the price per night to 4, it would only cost P442.00 person per night. However, please take note that we went there off-season. The prices may subject to change.

What I don’t like about this place is they don’t have free water. They do sell water but it was too expensive. A bottle of mineral water costs P40.00 which would normally costs around P25.00 at Manila 7-eleven. Generally, the price of groceries n El Nido Palawan was really steep. But it’s understandable considering we had super affordable accommodation here.

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This is the dining area.

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You can see the shore from this area.

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They also have a mini-bar here which I had my self-portrait shoot. I have another blog entry for that. Their mini-bar was really cute. And it was completely empty! Here’s one of my photo. Check out more on my self-portrait indulgence on my other blog: Alone at The Bar (Photoshoot)

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Finally! I finished my backlog from last year. It’s hard to pick my favorite part of the trip but I got to choose Shimizu Island because that’s where we got to eat. Haha!

I hope this Palawan blog series would help you decide to go on a Palawan adventure specially in picking your accommodation. If you are not from the Philippines and you are interested to go here, you must not really skip Palawan. This is truly a paradise.

 

Remember, it’s not too late for everything,

Gurezu ❤

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El Nido Tour A (Palawan Day 3)

Our real Palawan adventure began on our Day 3 in the island. We barely have enough sleep from the wedding event and the hours of traveling but we managed to wake up early. I mean we have to.

In El Nido, Palawan, tours are usually divided in to groups most commonly known as Tour A, B, C, and D. Each tour has its destinations. We only got two days left to explore the El Nido beaches so we couldn’t take all tours. When we asked the locals at the tour port, they recommended combination of tour A and C.

So for our day 3, we proceeded with tour A. The highlight of this tour was definitely the Kayaking Experience in Big and Small Lagoon. I didn’t help my team to row the boat because I was busy taking the video on how we entered the small lagoon through a narrow rock opening. It was specially hard because you have to wait for your turn and it took a while with a large number of tourist lining up also to enter the lagoon. But the hassle was all worth it. The water was perfect and the view was just magnificent. Below is the short clip of our Kayaking experience. The rest are some of the photos from each Tour A destination.

Big Lagoon

Our tour barely started and yet I am already hungry.
Our tour barely started and yet I am already hungry.
The boatmen were cooking our lunch already and I can;t help but to feel awfully hungry.
The boatmen were cooking our lunch already and I can’t help but to feel awfully hungry. We haven’t reached the first destination yet.

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A Girl in a Red Bikini Manning the Ship
A Girl in a Red Bikini Manning the Ship. Well I have to divert my attention from the food. So it’s time to strut that red bikini I specifically bought for this trip.
A Lady in Red Bikini in Big Lagoon
We are already in Big Lagoon. I made it seem like its a stolen pic but it’s obviously not.
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Awrahan in Big Lagoon. My beach shoes did not go well with my Bikini. But I have to wear this to avoid sharp rocks and corals.
Buko Vendor in Big Lagoon.
He’s a Buko (Coconut) Vendor sailing while selling fresh Buko to the thirsty tourists. And also some softdrinks. 
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Selfie with my travel buddies. We still have the curls from the yesterday’s wedding.
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I spotted a hot looking foreigner couple kayaking over there. Damn, they got the beach bodies.
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Ahhh Vitamin Sea
Ahh this is life.
Ahh this is life! Fresh Air! Sparkling Sea. Good weather.

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Small Lagoon

Waiting for Small Lagoon
Waiting to enter Small Lagoon with other tourists. Obviously a box-office.
Looking back to Big Lagoon while we are still waiting.
Looking back to Big Lagoon while we we were still waiting.
Finally here in Small Lagoon
Finally here in Small Lagoon. We barely have photos here because I was afraid our boat will turn upside down if I move a lot. But hey, we didn’t come here for photos anyway. Just enjoy the ride.

Secret Lagoon

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This is the small opening for the Secret Lagoon which is not a secret anymore because we were already here.
I found this lagoon not so special actually.
This lagoon not so special actually.
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Maybe what made secret lagoon special is the difficulty of getting here. Our other two travel buddies did not make it due to strong waves. I was actually in the waters when I thought of backing out and swimming back to the boat. But the tour guide did not let me. Instead he pulled me into the waters until we reached the shore. It was hell of a journey.
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Our tour guide which is also our photographer. He’s the one who did not let me go back to the boat when I freaked out. At least he proved that everything will be alright. And we managed to get here safely.
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One of the reasons I freaked out was I did not trust my waterproof bag. My precious and expensive cameras were in there and I jumped into the water for the first time with it. Thankfully, it was reliable indeed. It also became my salbabida (floater).
A girl in the red bikini.
The shore outside the secret lagoon looks more awesome. It’s time for more red bikini action.

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A Girl in a Red Bikini Standing Beside Big Stones
A Girl in a Red Bikini Standing Beside Big Stones

Lunch Time on the Boat.

Damn those boatmen are excellent cook!

Enseladang Talong
Eggplant Salad or Ensaladang Talong is a simple Filipino Salad composed of grilled eggplant, tomatoes, and onions. This is eaten as a side dish and is best if partnered with grilled fish and meat; it can also be eaten along with fried dishes such as crispy pata and lechon kawali. –from panlasangpinoy.com
Boat Food
Oh my God! These food were all cooked while we were sailing on the boat. Imagine the agony.
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It looks like I was just taking photos but I’m actually guarding the food. Waiting for the go signal to attack!
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The presentation is awesome.
Grilled Pork!
Grilled Pork! It’s no time for diet today.

7 Commando Beach

7 Commando Beach
Rumor says it was called 7 Commando Beach because 7 soldiers used to live here. But other than that, there’s no more in-depth story about those soldiers. And if they are true,
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The tour guide got this photoshoot idea.

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7 Commando Beach
Rare photo of four out of seven soldiers who are said to live in this island.

That ends Day 3 of our Palawan Adventure. My favorite in tour A was the the 7 commando beach because it was really beautiful even from the distance.   El Nido Palawan is truly a paradise and I totally recommend to all the foreigners who would want to visit the Philippines to never miss this place. But of course, we Filipinos should not miss this one too.

Tune in for our Day 4. There, I will talk about the affordable accommodation we took here in El Nido,Palawan.

Remember, it’s Not Too Late for Everything!

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My Favorite Self-Portrait Photos for 2018

This will be just a gallery of my favorite personal photos of 2018.  I would also like to give thanks to my friends, families, colleagues  and strangers who took these wonderful photos of mine. Thank you for sharing the journey of the year with me.

Cheers to more photos and memories this year 2019!

A Girl Smelling the Flowers
A Girl Illuminated with Leaves
A Girl Illuminated with Leaves
A Girl Illuminated with Leaves
A Girl in a Red Bikini Standing Beside Big Stones
A Girl in a Red Bikini Standing Beside Big Stones
A Girl in a Red Bikini Manning the Ship
A Girl in a Red Bikini Manning the Ship
A Girl in A Pink Dress in  a Low-Tide Shore of Astoria Palawan
A Girl in A Pink Dress in a Low-Tide Shore of Astoria Palawan
A Girl in A Pink Dress in  a Low-Tide Shore of Astoria Palawan
A Girl in A Pink Dress in a Low-Tide Shore of Astoria Palawan
A Girl with a Fake Car
A Girl with a Fake Car
A Girl in An Empty Bar
A Girl in An Empty Bar
A Girl in An Empty Bar
A Girl in An Empty Bar

A Girl On Top of The City

A Girl On Top of the Mountains
A Girl On Top of the Mountains

A Girl Praising the Lord for All These Beautiful CreationsA Girl in An Overly Saturated Mountain

 

A Girl Sitting On A Couch
A Girl Sitting On A Couch
A Girl Standing by the Veranda
A Girl Standing by the Veranda
A Girl In Shutter Drag Motion
A Girl In Shutter Drag Motion
A Girl In Shutter Drag Motion
A Girl In Shutter Drag Motion
A Girl Summoning the Sun
A Girl Summoning the Sun

A Girl Lost in the Mountains

A Girl Smiling Through the Clouds
A Girl Lost in the Mountains
A Girl Daydreaming of A Bright Future
A Girl Daydreaming of A Bright Future
A Girl Walking Through a Yellow Flower Field
A Girl Walking Through a Yellow Flower Field
A Girl Dressed in Lolita Eating Chocolates in Dessert Museum
A Girl Dressed in Lolita Eating Chocolates in Dessert Museum

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A Girl Carrying a Heavy Stone
A Girl Carrying a Heavy Stone
A Girl Reaching Mount Maynuba Summit
A Girl Reaching Mount Maynuba Summit
A Girl with Fat Legs
A Girl with Fat Legs

A Girl In A Black Dress

A Girl with Pearly Shells
A Girl with Pearly Shells
A Girl Chilling Beside The Sea
A Girl Chilling Beside The Sea
A Girl Modelling A Classic Lolita Ensemble
A Girl Modelling A Classic Lolita Ensemble

A Girl with A Butterfly Touching Her EyeA Girl Sitting in A Cottage

But at last, this is by far my most favorite of 2018. Location was Northern Blossom. Photography by my sister Mary Ann.

A Girl Basking Under the Sun In the Middle of a Snapdragon Field
A Girl Basking Under the Sun In the Middle of a Snapdragon Field

Mary, Marry Me Movie Review (Tagalog)

I posted the following thoughts through my facebook page “Gurezu Blog” and just re-posting it here.  This is no way a formal movie review. I just wrote my train of thoughts while I’m watching it inside the theater. WARNING: This will contain spoilers so watch out!

🤔Plot: Matagal nang hindi nagkikita ang magkapatid na Mary Jane (Toni) at Mary Anne (Alex) simula pagkabata.  Ngunit komplikado ang kanilang pagtatagpong muli. Ikakasal na si Mary Anne sa ex-boyfriend ni Mary Jane. At kahit mahirap, pumayag si Mary Jane maging wedding coordinator. Promising premise sana. 

🤔 10-20 minutes watching this film. “Ang boring. Parang mas nakakaaliw pa Jack Em Popoy which I thought I don’t like that much.”

🤔Napaka unnecessary ng role ni Melai Cantiveros dito. She is supposed to be the best friend of Alex character. Pero parang nandito lang siya to be mocked and hurt physically for the sake of being “FUNNY”. Pero lumabas na napakakorni at hindi nakakatawa. Sayang naman sa part ni Melai Cantiveros.

🤔 I liked Alex Gonzaga here. Siya lang ang funny sa pelikulang ‘to. Na-realized ko may “K” rin siya maging kontrabida and pwede rin siya sa drama. I thought she’s just loud and maharot which sells in vlogging stint niya. Pero okay pala talaga siya umarte if given a chance. But still, it’s not enough to save the whole movie.

🤔 Ang exciting scene lang dito is the confrontation scene. And after noon, gusto ko na lang matapos na iyong movie.

🤔 Bakit hindi naglilinis ng tainga si Mary Anne (Alex Gonzaga)? Kasi mahirap daw ang buhay sa abroad. Ang dami niyang pinagdaanan… Say what??

🤔Non-sense iyong pag bi-break ni Toni G and Sam Milby sa flashback. I’m not convinced. Parang dapat lang talaga silang mag break para may conflict ang movie.

🤔 ENDING: Again I warned you. This is a major spoiler so if you plan to watch the movie, better skip this altogether. So eto na nga ang ending.  Hindi natuloy ang wedding ni Alex at Sam dahil mas mahal pa ni guy si ate. Pero hindi rin itinuloy ni Toni ang pakikipagrelasyon kay Sam. Umalis na lang si Sam para magpakalayo-layo. Nag reconcile ang magkapatid. 

VERDICT: 5/10. Buti na lang nakakaaliw si Alex G kung hindi mas mababa pa sana ito.

 

Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles Movie Review (Tagalog)

This is originally posted in my Facebook Page Gurezu Blog and just reposting it here for redundancy. This is not a formal movie review. This is sort of  my train of thoughts while watching it in the theater. Also, this will contain major spoilers. You have been warned.

🤔 May bagong pulis sa istasyon. Mayabang pero pogi na si Jack (Coco Martin). Siya ang bagong ka-partner ni Popoy ( Vic Sotto).   Kailangan nilang patumbahin ang isang drug syndicate na matagal nang iniimbestiigahan ni Popoy dahil sangkot ito sa pagkamatay ng dati niyang kaibigan at kapartner (Lito Lapid). And wait there’s more, nandito rin si Emily (Maine Mendoza) , anak ni Popoy at isa ring pulis. You know, para may love interest naman. 

🤔 In fairness sa dami ng gag and filler jokes, may tumatama rin naman. Mga 5 out of 20 jokes in comparison.

🤔 Grabe si Coco Martin, hindi nga talaga siya namamatay. Parang isang episode ng “Ang Probinsiyano”. May part dito iyong nag zip line siya. He’s very out in the open-air at ang daming bumabaril sa kaniya. Ni isa walang tumama! Amazing!!!

🤔Ang hot ni Arjo Atayde. Malalim din ang dimples. Iyan yata talaga mga type ni Maine Mendoza.

🤔 Ang ganda ni Coco Martin in drag! Pwede ba magkaroon siya ng film na magbihis babae siya the whole time?

🤔 May drama and twist ang story. Akalain niyo iyon?!

🤔 Noong huli, ginusto ni Vic na siya na lang sumugod sa kuta ng napakaraming kalaban ala Bourne Legacy upang hindi na mapahamak si Coco. Noong kasama nga niya si Coco Martin na hindi namamatay, pumapalpak sila e. Naisip pa niyang mag-isa ?  Na walang naiisip na strategy or plano aside sa pagdadala ng maraming armas. What kind of pulis is this? Hindi nag-iisip! (Gigil ako!!!)

🤔 So-so action scenes. Pinaka-nagustuhan ko iyong kay Maine vs. Ryza . Exciting iyong isang iyon in-fairness.

🤔 Nakakatawa si Coco Martin sa bloopers at the end of the movie. Mas nakakatawa siya dun.

VERDICT: 6/10. Nakakaaliw na rin basta forget your utak muna in a while.