It’s been more than 24 hours since I last used a computer. For me, that’s quite a feat. Though frankly, I think I ran up quite a bill on mobile Internet charges. It feels good to be on a holiday during a trip. Since I started travel blogging, each one of my trip started feeling like a great piece for the blog, not a vacation. I needed to take it slow and just sit back, relax and take in the beauty of the world around me. El Nido is the perfect place for that.
El Nido, Palawan is in most Filipino’s dream destination. It was also part of mine, and I never really thought I would one day be here. Of course, Seair played a big part to make it happen — we were given return tickets to the island for free. Seair offers seasonal flights to El Nido, twice a week. We took the Wednesday flight out of Manila, and we’re taking the Sunday flight back.
We have almost five full days here in El Nido. We landed at 9am yesterday morning, and on Sunday, we’re leaving at 5pm. There are plenty of things to keep you occupied in El Nido: you can take a dip in the cool waters around the island when it gets too hot, you can snorkel and marvel at the marine life around the archipelago, you can sunbathe at the beach until your skin turns a very alarming shade of red, or you can just lounge and listen to the gentle lapping of the waves on the shore as you enjoy the feel of the sand between your toes.
It was here in El Nido that I finally find out what “small sleepy town” means. The island and its people are so laid back, it’s hard to resist the urge to go and do everything to do since you don’t know if or when you’re going back this way. There is no need to rush, and you find yourself slowing down to match the pace. I could get used to this.
On the way back from island hopping earlier, with my legs on the side of the boat, waves tickling my feet as we cut through the water, I feel so blessed to be born in the Philippines. My country isn’t perfect in many ways, but it’s certainly one of the most beautiful places in the world. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.