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Day 4 means we are heading back to our normal life. Vacation is over. We woke up early again and this time greeted by brown out. For the past three days we stayed in Coron we experienced scheduled brown out. I read about this on the forum on the internet and I thought it was just a problem with a specific lodge. But it’s an island wide problem. Because they have a shortage of crude oil so they need to schedule the brownout. It’s a big blessing that the hotel has a generator which I can asked them to turned on every time the little girl is awake. If you don’t request it then there won’t be electricity.
The finale of our island tour. But it’s the grandest stop. It is where the husband enjoyed a lot. He was able to swim in the deepest part first with a life vest and then when he was confident, he just used his snorkel and then swim without the vest. It’s nice that the one who manned the vote swim also plus the tourist guide so he knows that someone will help him just in case something untoward happens. The highlight of our visit on the Skeletal Wreck was not me going down and snorkel even just for a few minutes. I was still not confident in the water. When I went down and I can’t step on anything, I always panic. haha. When I saw my little girl enjoying the water, I felt so proud. She was so brave and was enjoying herself. Of course, I owe it to the two hotel staff. Because of them I don’t need any anti aging products for our vacation.
We just passed by Siete Picados because at the time we went there the little girl was sleeping. The husband was able to dive and see a lot of fish but since we have a toddler who is dozing off we decided to cut the tour short and head back. But here are the pictures.
See the brown rectangle there. That’s the sign of Siete Picados, the marine park. hehe. I wonder how they put it up.
Because of the activity of Day 2 we were able to sleep soundly at night. Still the little girl woke up early. This time I gave her a shower after feeding her some oatmeal. She was not able to take a shower the other day because she was still sleeping when we arrived the hotel.
Again, we left land by 10am. And spend the day in the waters. Our first stop for the day is Atwayan Beach. This time the husband was alert enough to bring empty container of ice cream which the little girl can used in the sand.
Our last stop for Day 2. And it’s a pity that I was not able to visit it because the little girl is sound asleep as we reach our destination.
I decided to let her sleep while chatting with the hotel staff. The husband at first was hesitant to leave us but I told him that it would a waste if he did not go. And when he came back he was all smile because according to him the view was really nice. Here are some of the shots he took.
After the Twin Lagoon we headed to Banol Beach for some swimming ( good thing I did not forget to put on my wrinkle cream and sunblock) and for our lunch also. The hotel provided pack lunch which the two staff preparing it on the beach. This is the first time I saw a beach where there is no gate, no rest room, only two to three nipa huts where you can put your things. At the time we went there the beach was not crowded. And we left the little girl on the shore while the husband and I took a dip on the waters. The two hotel staff served also a baby sitter for us. lol. I am so thankful to the two because they accompany the little girl and we were able to enjoy the beach.
We woke up early the next day. The little girl slept pitifully and she was crying from time to time. Maybe because she is unfamiliar with the place. At around 10am we were ushered to the dock and we met our ride for the day — a boat. Yeah, our tour consist of visits to different island. Coron’s tourist spot are all on water and you have to experienced 10 to 20 minutes of boat ride to go from one place to another. I don’t mind though because it was a pleasant experience. The view is really breathtaking.
It’s our first time to set foot at the NAIA Terminal 3. Our flight was scheduled at 1:35PM and so the moment the little girl came from school, I dressed her and off we went to the airport. Every time the husband go to the airport we always call Basic Taxi and asked them to fetch him. We also did this for our flight. Basic Taxi charged us Php 500, that’s for Marikina to Airport.
To say it simply if you want to buy human growth hormone, you won’t be able to. Because the island is still a work in progress. It’s not fully developed yet and their are luxuries that we are used in the city that are non existent here. For instance, Jollibee. haha. On our second day, the little girl was asking for french fries since our meal always is seafood and she isn’t used to those stuff. lol. And then there still a concern on the drinking water. If in Manila, you have a refilling stations all around and mineral water can be bought in small store, in Coron, there’s only one refilling station near the hotel. And they don’t sell mineral water in stores. I am not sure where they get the Absolute water which was given to us during the island hopping.
Okay, just a tip. If you wanted to know which best place to stay when you are planning on going on a vacation try using TripAdvisor.com. That’s where I found out about KokusNuss Resort and Coron Gateway Hotel.
I was already on panic mode when a week before the year ends I still don’t have any bookings for a hotel in Coron. I told the husband about my fears but he told me to just search some more and pray. And so after Christmas when work has started I called almost every phone numbers of lodges around Coron. But it’s really frustrating because most of the time they don’t answer. I can’t believe it when finally after numerous times of calling 7107 to inquire about Coron Gateway Hotel, they have answered. And the account executive how received my call was enthusiastic enough and was able to give me a quotation.