Goodbye Philippines 🇵🇭 and mouth watering mangoes 😋...until next time!
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Our last stop in the Philippines 🇵🇭 included a night in Makati, the financial district of metro Manila. We had the honor of staying at the Peninsula Hotel, the same hotel where I stayed two years earlier. We ate a delicious meal totaling $9 at the Dipping Dumplings, did some last minute shopping at SM, and swam in the gorgeous 🏊🏽 pool. A breakfast 🍳 buffet feast wrapped up our visit.
Our second stop on Palawan required a three hour van ride and a short boat 🚣🏾 trip to Sunset 🌅 Colors-- a collection of bungalows on a strip of sand. We slept over the "restaurant "/kitchen and ate the most delicious foods. This accommodation took us off the grid with no hot water, a couple of hours of electricity each day and LOTS of 💦 swimming time. Snorkeling, searching for critters, and good 🥘 food filled our days.
A 💰 money faux pas kept us to a $16/meal budget...And we didn't starve😬😂but we were limited to boku juice (fresh coconut 🌴 juice) and 💦 to 🍹 drink. Every adventure has a story to tell.....😜
Doing what Makielskis love ❤️ to do...poking around for critters......
Friday, July 14, 2017
After a sad goodbye to our friends at JRU, we hopped a flight to the Island 🌴 of Palawan. The flight took just over one hour but transported us to an island paradise. The 🌴 island is about 400 miles in length but it would take more than 12 hours to drive. We arrived in Pureta Princessa (located in the middle of the island), hopped a small van, and drove to Sabang (4 hours north). This resort, Daluyon, was located next to the Underground River and is an environmentally conscious hotel--a compost bin in every room and each bungalow had solar powered lights.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
So excited to meet with the Jose Rizal University's High School's librarian, Miss Rosario Campo Camarines, again. Like the students of Davisville Middle School, JRU students love ❤️ to read, too. I was excited 😊 to bring a collection of books 📚 from Rhode Island to share with the JRU students. I wonder what great 👍 things we will do together in the future.
So glad to have met Miss Rosario!
Friday, July 7, 2017
One aspect of the Filipino culture that I have fallen in love with is how many food items you order off the menu are NOT for individuals but to be shared with 2-3 people-- you can't order for just one! This must create s strong sense of community ❤️