Saturday, July 15, 2017

Regrouping in Makati, the Philippines πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­

Our last stop in the Philippines πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ 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. 
Goodbye Philippines πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ and mouth watering mangoes πŸ˜‹...until next time!


A More Rustic Experience...Sunset Colors

Our second stop on Palawan required a three hour van ride and a short boat 🚣🏾 trip to Sunset πŸŒ… 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 πŸ’¦ swimming time. Snorkeling, searching for critters, and good πŸ₯˜ food filled our days. 
A πŸ’° money faux pas kept us to a $16/meal budget...And we didn't starveπŸ˜¬πŸ˜‚but we were limited to boku juice (fresh coconut 🌴 juice) and πŸ’¦ to 🍹 drink.  Every adventure has a story to tell.....😜


Doing what Makielskis love ❤️ to do...poking around for critters......

Friday, July 14, 2017

New Experiences in Daluyon

An opportunity to experience the new, the beautiful, and the different...

Zip lining over water

Paddle boarding

A visit to the Underground River, one of UNESCO's new 7 natural wonders of the world 

Many, many, many mangoes 

And lots of beach 🌊 time

Exploring the Island 🌴 of Palawan

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

Celebrating Literacy

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 πŸ“š from Rhode Island to share with the JRU students.   I wonder what great πŸ‘ things we will do together in the future. 

So glad to have met Miss Rosario!

Friday, July 7, 2017

(Backup) Food Meant to be Shared

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 ❤️