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Philippines: The Plan

January 11, 2024 | 7 minutes

So, you already know I'm about to dive headfirst into an incredible month-long journey through the Philippines. But what does that actually mean? Where will I go, what will I see, and how am I feeling about all these upcoming adventures? Well, it's time to map it out and give you a rundown of the stops on this trip.


Getting there: Pasco to Manila

The journey starts with a trio of flights from Pasco to Seattle, Seoul, and finally Manila.

This isn't just about changing locations; it's about transitioning from my everyday life into a world disconnected from the comforts and responsibilities of home and work. I'll be navigating through airports, dealing with the inevitable layovers, and trying to snatch some moments of rest amidst the chaos. The anticipation is a mix of nerves and excitement, the kind that keeps you awake at night, imagining the moment the plane's wheels touch down in Manila. I'll be watching landscapes change below me, feeling the buzz of new beginnings, and probably triple-checking that my passport is still in my bag.



Manila promises to be an all-out assault on the senses. This city is a living, breathing organism that never sleeps. With Mika by my side, we'll dive in, exploring everything from the historic walls of Intramuros to the modern hustle of Bonifacio Global City. We plan to taste our way through the local culinary scene, from street food vendors to hidden gem restaurants, ensuring we experience the full spectrum of what Manila has to offer.

I'm also looking forward to simply wandering, letting the city's energy guide me, and finding those unexpected connections that often become cherished memories.


Palawan: Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa is more than just a stopover; it's a destination with its own tale to tell. Visiting the Subterranean River means embarking on a journey into the Earth's depths, marveling at what centuries have carved into the limestone.

But beyond the river, the city itself offers a blend of tranquility and local life that I'm eager to explore. We'll visit markets, talk to residents, and perhaps take a quiet evening stroll along the baywalk, watching as the sun sets and the city lights begin to twinkle. The moments of peace amidst the adventure will probably mean the most.


Palawan: El Nido

El Nido is where the real adventure kicks in. First up, we've got not one but two island-hopping tours on the agenda. I'm talking about getting on a boat and zipping from one jaw-droppingly beautiful island to the next, snorkeling in clear waters, and chilling on beaches straight out of a postcard. I'm particularly excited about kayaking through small inlets, discovering spots untouched by the typical crawl of city expansion. I can't wait to share this with Mika, as it will be her first time seeing it all as well, to see her face light up at the sight of hidden lagoons and secret beaches.

We'll also hit up Vanilla Beach. I hear it's a bit more laid back, a place where you can just lounge around, grab a bite or drink, and enjoy the vibe. And, of course, we'll be exploring El Nido town itself, wandering through its streets, checking out the local scene, and maybe finding a few unexpected treasures along the way.

We'll also make our way through the canopy walk. It's a chance to stroll among the treetops, see the jungle from a perspective few get to experience, and get some amazing views of the town of El Nido and the bay it rests on.



After all that excitement in El Nido, Boracay will be our chill zone . This leg of the trip is all about beaches and taking it easy. We'll spend our days soaking up the sun, maybe reading a book or just enjoying each other's company. I'm looking forward to lazy mornings, leisurely swims, and just the general feeling of having nowhere to be and all day to get there.

We'll probably explore a little, find some quiet spots away from the crowds, and really take the time to unwind. It's about recharging our batteries, spending quality time together, and enjoying the simple pleasures of beach life. Evenings might find us wandering along the shore, enjoying the cool breeze and the sound of the sea, or perhaps sampling the local nightlife, finding that perfect spot to dance or listen to music under the stars.



Singapore is going to be something else. It's a city that feels like stepping into the future. We'll be spending a day at Universal Studios. I'm a bit of a thrill-seeker, so I can't wait to hit up the rides and just let loose for a day. Then there's Gardens by the Bay, which I've seen pictures of and seen in the movies (the wedding reception scene in Crazy Rich Asians), but I'm sure they don't do it justice. We'll wander through the Cloud Forest, check out the Flower Dome, and just generally get lost in this futuristic nature park.

Dining at the top of Marina Bay Sands is also on the list. I'm expecting some killer views and, hopefully, food to match. And then there's the ArtScience Museum, which sounds like a mind-bending mix of technology and creativity. And if you know me, I'm all in for that.

We'll also check out the Changi Jewel at the airport, which I hear is like an attraction in itself, Clarke Quay for some evening vibes, and one of the only food stalls in the world to have a Michelin star. Honestly, Singapore is going to be packed but also relaxing, but it's a kind of busy I'm looking forward to. It's a chance to immerse ourselves in a completely different world, to experience the cutting-edge of city life, and to make some special memories in this unique place.



Tagaytay's going to be a welcome change of pace. A place away from Manila and the typical tourist destinations we've been. A little calmer. A little slower. But still, new experiences will be found.

This is where I'll spend a lot of time getting to know Mika's friends and family. Meeting the important people in her life is a big deal. It's an opportunity to connect with the people and stories that have shaped her life. We'll share meals, stories, and visit some of her favorite local spots. It's a time for building bonds and creating memories that extend beyond the usual tourist experience...and I'm both nervous and excited. And, of course, there'll be some quiet time for us too, just enjoying the view and the cooler air.


Back in Manila for a day

Coming back to Manila will carry a mix of emotions. It's like closing the loop, a chance to revisit places with a new understanding and to catch anything we might've missed. And yet, it also signals that my journey is nearing its conclusion, a time to reflect on the wild ride we've had, the incredible people we've encountered, and the shared experiences that have bonded us even closer.

I anticipate feeling profoundly thankful, engaging in conversations marveling at our experiences, and perhaps feeling a hint of nostalgia for the moments that have just slipped by. I also expect times of sitting in silence, just taking in the moments as we're in them. The return to Manila marks an inevitable moment, one that'll arrive all too quickly, and it's sure to be filled with reflection and a desire to savor every last minute.


Heading home: Manila to Pasco

The journey home will likely be a reflective one. I'll leave with far more than I brought: stories, memories, new friendships, and a deeper understanding of a place and its people. There will be exhaustion, but more than that, there will be a sense of fulfillment, of having ventured into unknown places and finding pieces of myself along the way. And as I share these stories with you, I hope to convey not just the sights and sounds of my journey but the feelings and revelations that came with it.

So, stay tuned as I embark on this epic adventure, and get ready for stories, insights, and probably a few laughs along the way. Here's to the Philippine adventure that awaits!

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