Halloween Family Day at Work 2012

We had another Halloween Family Day at the office just like last year and it is my favorite because of the adorable kids coming in. A day open for kids and trick or treat. There are decorations, food, candies, colors, fun, and children's giggles.

This year's theme is Disney's Halloween. 

Balloons and Candies everywhere! 

Trick or Treat! 

Kids had fun with their treats!
The QA Team plus Sup Jhoy and cutee kulit Tilda (Roseann's niece)

Mommy Ysha with Kids (left); Pink Fairy is Cleah (right)

Docomo Peeps

Raven's pretty sister (left); Sir Rai's handsome son Brix (right)

Toy's Story
Little Mermaid Theme
The QA's with the Director, Sir JJ Arvisu
The cutest little Julie's twins - Miguel and Gabriel
Chinky eyes! 
Pretty twins of GJ - Faith and Heart
Posing with the princesses... 

And everybody squeezed in the photo booth!  

Another tiring Family day for the kids and parents, I wish bringing Yana (my niece) here but she haven’t started their sem-break during the event. And by the way, we won 1st place for the team decoration contest. 

Till tHe nExt TriCk oR TrEat!

Happy Halloween!

Palawan Escape: Puerto Princesa Underground River

It was not a very sunny day when we arrived but this is what I wanted. Personally I am all excited as ever because years back I thought it’s not very doable for me to go here.
Finally - @ Puerto Princesa Airport
Van was waiting for us and seeing my name outside made me more excited! From there, we immediately went to Sabang Port and had our buffet lunch. Sun was now cheering us more and we were feeling the heat already. Our guide took in charge of everything such as registering our names in the Tourist Information Center and getting us a good spot for lunch.

Upon arrival and upon seeing my name outside the airport :)
The buffet lunch - pics grabbed from Sol
And we will never forget a group shot. - pic grabbed from Sol
 After satisfying our craving stomach; we went to explore the Sabang beach. It was also a pretty site for me and maybe a night here is a good option too. Several resorts can be found here.

Another heaven for beach bummers
With fine sand too!
Mean girls exploring Sabang beach :p
And try to eat "Mr. Protein Rich" inside the "Tamilok 4 Sale" bucket.
We headed to the port where we waited to be transferred to the boat for the underground river tour. The view already says that there is lots of visitor’s everyday. We waited for our turn and had some dirty ice cream and halo-halo breaks until our tour guide advised us to get ready.

It's not very obvious in this picture but there are lots of boats waiting.
And us too...
The tour guide asked us to look for an image in the mountain
- a male face; did you see?
And it was big waves, scary boat ride
You can expect big waves on this part of the open sea that can be dangerous to small boats already. Summer period is really the best time. The beach front is like enclosed island from the big limestone cliffs on both sides. We had quick shots and headed to the trail going inside. A big sign was in front reminding us that we are already just minutes a way to see the underground river. Swimming here in the beachfront is not allowed.

While standing on the entrace...
Another, almost group shot. 
Seats for tired, waiting, picture taking, chatting, re-touching guests :p
And so we go... 
We registered before entering the cave, they also said that monkey’s and lizards can be spotted but I haven’t seen one. Park signs can be found educating you on what to see and what to expect making you to be more responsible Earth warrior. I would really love to stay and read more but our group walked fast and all excited. Pick your life jacket and helmet in the color of your choice and wait for your turn.

Even this is such an amazing sight already
Then they go... 
We didn't fit to 1 boat so we were divided into two

Almost  near. 
Then it was a bit creepy and dark already. It was an effort setting my camera up to get a good shot inside while I also struggle hearing the tour guide since he is at the end of the boat and Chiz and I is at the front. Chiz serves as a light-guide and he should listen carefully to the guide so we can locate what he was pointing out.

Our guide told us a lot of stories and will also sting your imagination to what image the stalactites and stalagmites resemble.

On our way inside...
Some of the equally "okay" shots inside.

Even without imagining what they are look like, the formations are beautiful already.

You can see below how dark inside the cave. There are lots of bats nesting here that produce a quite foul smell of their "poops" on your way inside but will be gone once your inside. And also you can see here the Balinsasayaw (Swiflets) - a kind of bird that you can only find here in El Nido. It was famous because their nest is made out of their own saliva and it is being used to create the famous but rare Nido soup. (And it is expensive!) Just a trivia: There are different species of Balinsasayaw but only 5 kinds of them can create nests out of their saliva - some called them edible-nest swiflet.

While waving to another boat and saying "Hi", the bats and the Balinsasayaw captured by the shot. 
Opening of the cave... - pic grabbed from Sol
Kuya caught an injured Balinsasayaw and promised to take care of it.  -pic grabbed from Sol
I will all let the stories be hidden until you go there and experience the tour. I am awed by its beauty and knowing that our tour inside is just part of the underground river and you need to get a special permit to be able to access or see the depth of the cave further. No wonder that the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park was included to the world’s “New 7 Wonders of Nature.” Aside from the government, it’s also our responsibility to help protecting and promoting our most precious gift. 

Visit their site for more information about the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park 

"We cannot command Nature except by obeying her."  
~Francis Bacon

Palawan Escape: Puerto Princesa - El Nido 3 Nights / 4 Days Itinerary

The most striking escape I’ve ever seen. 
Palawan is such a popular place for travelers, backpackers, tourist and vacationers. For those who live in the city or far from the beautiful island of Palawan, they thought that traveling to the place would cost much. Yes it could if you prefer a luxury resort but if you are good to a laid-back simple resort, then this tour is definitely for you.

Again, what I  normally suggest is book a promo fare and do your research. Initially it was my friend Cleah and I who wanted to go to Palawan until number surge to 11. Obviously much cheaper if you're in a group. We were unable to follow the complete itinerary as some of the islands are not safe to go and some are just too far that we do not have enough time to visit. I wish we left earlier and stick to the plan. Nevertheless, over-all trip is successful. We will get to the Itinerary later.

After a thorough checking via forums and internet, (Thanks to all backpackers, forum-ers and bloggers out there!), we chose Hadefe Tour over other packages.

The best spot for a morning coffee
The resort facilities 
And so we pull a chair
kill the time...
and get more emotional...

The good side: Easy to negotiate and hassle free communication with the owner Mr. Hanny, with very accommodating staffs. Good view in the resort. Obviously as shown above.  Best part of this is to wake up early and get your complimentary coffee and sit in a hammock facing the sea. Downside: A very basic resort, room is just plain and old, (they need to get a new sheets and matresses) water seems limited as there are times that water runs out (be patient because it will be back in a while ;p), do not expect a good AC since they just use generator for the electricity that runs only from 2:00pm to 6:00am daily (This applies to the majority of the resorts here so we do not mind). We skipped a DIY trip this time because being in a big group saves us a lot already and so we go for the safer, more hassle free side. Contact them here and negotiate to get a good deal.

It was located in Calaan Beach side, not along the nightlife and shops and it will take around 5 minutes walk to reach the other side of the beach (where restaurant and shops are to be found) and another 10minutes walk to get to the Town proper.

Palawan will never fail us of course. And here's the "escapers" from the urban world.   

From left - Jay, Chiz, Kate, 'Me', Ia, Gerald,
Sol, Jess, Bonna, Cleah and Rose

Here's our modified itinerary. Listed here are the islands that we were able to visit during the tour, what we do and where we went to maximize our stay:

09:00AM:Arrival at the airport.
Tourist van will take us from the airport to UNDERGROUND River
Lunch @ Taraw Restaurant
Explore Sabang Beach
03:00PM: Proceed to El Nido
08:00PM: Arrival in El Nido. Check-in at Hadefe Cottage

7:00AM: Breakfast at the Beach Cottage
9:00AM: Start of Island Tour
Visit the ff islands: Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Simizu Beach, Entalola Beach

4:00PM: Back at the accommodation. Free Time
7:00PM: Night out at Seaslugs

7:00AM: Breakfast at the Beach Cottage
9:00am: Start of Island Tour C
Visit the ff islands: Helicoper Island, Hidden Beach, Matinloc Beach, Cadlao Island
4:00PM: Back at the accommodation. Free Time
7:00PM: Explore Town of El Nido

6:00AM: Breakfast
Check out time at the Beach Cottage- Travel to PPC
12:00PM: ETA – PPC – Lunch is personal account
1:00PM: Buy Pasalubong @ Tiange Tiange
3:30: Flight Check-in

On my next post is the start of our Puerto Princesa - El Nido Trip. First stop is a true marvel of the New 7 wonders of the World; the Puerto Princesa Underground River.

“If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.” 
~ George Harrison