Where to go in Palawan, Philippines

10 Places you should see in Palawan, the No. 1 Island.

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After 13 long years, I came back to the Palawan, where I spent my elementary days in the hot sun.

So after 13 long years, I was able to go to places I did not know existed! The difference, I can easily relate and commute around the city because I walked it my own when I was younger.

1. El Nido, Palawan

Obviously, El Nido has to be on the list. It’s one of the top tourist destinations worldwide. I say, it should definitely be.

With El Nido, Palawan, no amount of photos can equate to experiencing it firsthand.

The tour provider I hopped into was gracious enough to extend their discounts to those who I will refer (:

Please feel free to use the promo discount below if you’ll ever visit El Nido.

 

El Nido DIY Tours Promo Discount

Tours A B C D Promo code discount in El Nido. DIY promos as low as 800.

2. Underground River

Underground River in Palawan

A rock formation depicting a banana blossom (puso ng saging) inside Underground Subtarranean River in Palawan.

The Underground Subtarranean River in Palawan has made it to UNESCO’s Top 7 Natural Wonders of Nature.

This has become one of the primary reasons why foreign tourists have started flocking to Palawan even before Filipinos have visited it themselves.

The trip inside is an adventure.You get to traverse the dark with surprising rock formations along the tourist’s 2km safe zone. The remaining  Your tour guides only have a lone LED lamp that they point at featured rock formations. Other than this, there was

The bats were hospital. They simply let the guests visit them, although flash photography has to be discouraged as a guest courtesy.

Tourists at Underground River.

Tourists gaze at rock formations wile inside The Underground River in Palawan.

 

3. Iwahig Stargazing and Firefly Watching

It came as a surprise, but my elementary classmate’s mom brought us to Iwahig where we were able to stargaze and watch fireflies. If you are interested in visiting the place, I suggest you ask help from your travel provider since it’s a few miles from from the city, of which you can only enjoy at night.

For a Manileño like me, I seldom get to see the night sky so bright and glimmering.

I even got to see the milky way! I thought they were clouds clouding the starry view, to my dismay, they weren’t moving. Sadly, my skills for capturing milky ways aren’t just there yet.

4. Baker’s Hill

What more can I say, Baker’s Hill is a local lover’s park within Puerto Princesa City. It’s a tricycle away from the city center. Locals would once in a while drop a visit. As my local friend mentioned, “There’s always something new being added here.”

Still, if you’re a tourist, you’ll definitely go there for their food, some photos, and a way to snag some pastries and goodies before your trip home.

5. Robinson’s Palawan

Due to Puerto Princesa being just a small city, Robinson’s strategic location will make you drop by before going to El Nido, Underground River, or San Vicente. Here’s where you can drop by when you forgot bringing your sunscreen, or a flipflop, or just some snacks along the way.

By this time, there’s now two mega shopping centers competing for the local market in Puerto Princesa. The other one, which is SM Puerto Princesa, has opened more recently.

6. NCCC Palawan

If you’re in for a more historic stroll for groceries, NCCC Palawan is still the Palawanos choice for doing their groceries. Local goods and souvenirs may also be cheaper here than when purchasing them at Robinson’s or SM.

NCCC is the first shopping center back when Puerto Princesa was still undiscovered. NCCC was there even before any tall buildings got built in the city.

7. Cayulo Falls

This place is still out of the regular tourist’s radar. There wasn’t even any entrance fees during my visit last September 2017. It’s located near the town of Sabang, which is a mid point from Puerto Princesa City to The Underground River.

8. BM White Beach

 

9. Cape Tol

10. Ai World Resort

11. Honda Bay

10 Things to see in Bangkok

What’s in Bangkok for a Filipino traveler?

We hear about Bangkok. We hear about Thailand, but what’s to see when you’re from Manila or the Philippines? What’s to consider  when visiting Bangkok as a Filipino?

Clueless Commuter visits Thailand

I decided to join my parents during their trip in Thailand. It’s not everyday to you get to have a chance to.

Last July 2017, I stayed at Bangkok for four (4) days and three (3) nights. My parents attended a homecoming reunion hosted by one of my father’s college batchmates from Thailand.

I have a knack on going with loved ones and friends on trips. I do this so I can spend time with them and benefit from the discount you get with group travels. Alternatively, I do clueless commuting (like my solo Japan trip last November 2016).

1. Shopping

Fashion

Too bad I wasn’t geared for this. I don’t have words enough to explain how Bangkok is ‘THE’ place to be if you want to go for a wardrobe overhaul. Converted to Philippine Pesos, you can get fashion finds for as low as PhP 300.  All this already with the quality, fabric and style as what I see in Forever 21 stores.

Pastel dresses in Bangkok.

Flowing dresses priced somewhere around P2200 when converted to PhP.

Their fabric, cloth quality and cut are refined craftsmanship. They are comfortable to wear. They have the flair. They set the trends (you see in Manila). The clothes are flattering.

Bangkok printed skirt.

Exquisite prints and quality fabrics are used for Bangkok clothes.

If I get to visit Bangkok, Thailand again, I’ll make sure to save up and bring home an enormous amount of fashion finds with half the cost.

If you plan to shop in Thailand, You can check out Platinum Shopping Mall .Forget about shopping in Hong-Kong or Korea if you have been there. Bangkok. Is. The. Real. Thing. Continue reading

Kanto Freestyle in Makati Avenue

It’s a Filipino concept diner that brings you Pinoy local breakfasts, street style.

A few of my colleagues have repeatedly mentioned Kanto Freestyle.

I was only able to visit it this week when Ez and I needed a late dinner fix. Since Makati Avenue caters to night life and after party eats, Kanto Freestyle is also open until late. If I’m not mistaken it’s even open 24-hours.

Where is Kanto Freestyle in Makati?

Kanto Freestyle’s Makati  branch is located at the end of P. Burgos Avenue and Makati  Avenue, a few steps near J.P. Rizal Avenue. As far as I know they have a prior branch in Kapitolyo, Pasig City that actually started the buzz.

Kanto Freestyle location in Makati City

Kanto Freestyle in Makati is located at the end of P. Burgos and Makati Avenue. It’s already a few steps to J.P. Rizal Avenue.

People might get confused since Kanto is located at the corner of the two avenues.

P. Burgos and Makati Ave. meet twice: one near Jupiter Avenue and the other one near J.P. Rizal.

What’s special with Kanto Freestyle

I believe it’s positioned as a place to get meals after tipsy friends end the night out. That’s why, they’d be open until the wee hours in the morning.

But, more than that, their menu is designed so you can get a taste of Pinoy mix and match diner breakfast experience. You can get some bacon with a classic Pinoy Tinapa (smoked fish) topped with Herbed tomatoes, some eggs– name it and add it to your heart’s content.

… With which, I’ll make sure to take a photo of their custom menu when I go back, okay.

What we ordered

Ez was hungry. She decided to go for a rice meal. I was opting to be a bit more conservative, it was already late.I thought I needed something (subjectively) just enough for a midnight snack.

So my friend here orders crisped Kanto Freestyle Fried Pork Belly. What a Pinoy classic to stare at for a midnight snack.

Kanto Freestyle fried pork liempo

Ez orders Kanto Freestyle’s Fried Pork Belly (Php 110). It’s an everyday Pinoy street style classic.

After that, her Grilled Suman gets served. It’s a Filipino native snack dessert. It’s made of glutinous rice drizzled with chocolate and ube halaya (I missed the ube in the photo, sad).

Kanto Freestyle suman

She also decides on having a native grilled suman (Php 85) for dessert.  We shared them but boy, was that was h-e-a-v-y.

As I was saying, I was on the decoy to order something light. I didn’t want to drowse off while finishing off a website project when I get home. Apparently, it’s not what you go to Kanto Freestyle for.  Continue reading

Why are you Clueless Commuter?

Traveling without a specific destination seems to be in the genes.

For one, I just know that when I go to a place, there’s a lot to uncover. Then, you will know where to go.

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It’s nice hopping on a bus, and travelling a round trip ride.

There are also times when I’m faced with a difficult decision, I hop on a bus and wait for it to go for a roundtrip. By doing so, I find time to think; I learn a new route; and this assures me that in life, I will not easily get lost.

Also, Clueless Commuter does adventure traveling to relieve stress. Going to places one has never been to releases endorphins! I do it for the thrills, although, it could also be in the genes.

Maybe it started during childhood

I was raised to commute. We owned a car, but my father made sure we knew how to go about safely and independently. My father always told us that we’ll never get lost if we look for the main roadways. This was before Google Maps was up our fingertips.

Jeepney baby

Here, I’m Commuter chillin’ with my late grandma in a jeepney.

I grew up in Puerto Princesa City, in Palawan, Philippines. It’s a suburban city in a rural town. I wasn’t born there, it wasn’t my first home, but I finished elementary in Palawan.

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Pandan Island in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

Check out this snorkeling photo blog of Pandan Island, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

I visited Pandan Island last May 2016. We stayed there for one whole week. One thing I know, I should go back. Photos are courtesy of Sir Hanamel Viloria.

Pandan Island is a private owned island resort in the town of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines.

Clown fish at Pandan Island

Here’s a photo of Clown fishies near Pandan Island’s shoreline in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

Overnight stay at Pandan Island

If you plan on staying overnight, CALL PANDAN first. make sure to check Pandan Island‘s available Continue reading

Tokyo: Get Unlimited 24-hour Tokyo Metro Pass for 600¥

Unlimited Tokyo Metro pass costs only ¥600 = ₱300

If you’re on a Clueless Commuter tour in Tokyo, you should definitely purchase Tokyo Metro’s unlimited 24-hour Tokyo Metro pass. With the help of a tourist map or itinerary, you can hop on a subway, get lost, and explore your way around Tokyo.

How much does it cost

I used this unlimited pass during my Tokyo trip last November 2016. It only costs as low as ¥600 for adults and ¥300 for children. That’s less only around ₱300 for a Tokyo tour. (Persisting exchange is at .45₱/1¥).

Tokyo metro ticket.

Tokyo Metro 24-hr unlimited pass

Alternatively, Tokyo Combination passes are also available on Tokyo Metro stations. They cost at 1590¥ for adults, or 800¥ for children.

The Tokyo Combination pass includes other train and bus lines. As far as I know, this pass will include the JR lines within Tokyo metropolitan area. JR owns the lines that cut through Tokyo (JR Chuo-Sobu Line) and go around Tokyo (JR Yamanote Line).

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The main JR lines through and around Tokyo.

Where to buy your Tokyo Metro passes

Tokyo Metro station near Meiji Jingu.

You can spot Tokyo Metro stations around Tokyo.

You can purchase these passes at Tokyo Metro stations around Tokyo. You can learn about their other promo passes through their site.

Tokyo Metro logos are all around Tokyo’s main ward. You can recognize them through their blue cat ear-like logo. Check out the places I went to using only the Tokyo Metro Pass.

Tokyo Metro entrance in Shibuya

Sometimes, there’s more than one Tokyo Metro in a city ward.

If you can secure a Tokyo Metro tourist map from train stations, tourist spots can be found in which nearest respective station. If you’re just in for an exploratory stroll, you can get off at a station and walk around the block. Usually, you might find more than two or three Tokyo Metro stations around the area.

Underground a Tokyo Metro subway station.

What it looks like underground a Tokyo Metro substation.

Lastly, if you ever need help while you’re in Tokyo, you can always chat Clueless Commuter so you don’t have to get lost.

Top 10 Tokyo walk route

Clueless Commuter takes you to Tokyo (東京, Tōkyō)

This may still have minor errs. For the meantime, you can leave a comment below to keep this post going. Stay tuned!

Autumn trees along Meiji Jingu ouutskirts.

Autumn trees near Meiji Jingu outer garden.

Summary:

  1. Harajuku (原宿)
  2. Shibuya (渋谷)
  3. Shinjuku (新宿)
  4. Ichiran Ramen
  5. Ueno Zoo and Park
  6. Meiji Temple
  7. Asakusa Temple a.k.a. Sensōji Temple
  8. Roppongi Hills
  9. Tokyo Tower
  10. Tokyo Skytree
  11. Get lost in the Tokyo, walk.

“So you have some free time in Tokyo….”

A friend recently asked me for a list of possible free time go-to’s in Tokyo. So… Continue reading

Tien Ma’s at Makati Avenue

Tien Ma’s: Great Taiwanese food at Makati Avenue.

Tien Ma’s serves the usual Chinese oriental cuisine we love and know with quality more than what you pay for. It’s good, and the Xiao Long Bao experience was something that made us come back.

The restaurant is located across Union Bank, beside Angel’s Pizza. Just around Next Door North Park’s vicinity.

Tien Ma's opens its branch along Makati Avenue.

Tien Ma’s opens its branch along Makati Avenue.

We gambled on trying Tien Ma’s for the first time. We were usually North Park and Next Door North Park regulars but their quality and service have dropped through our visits. And Tien Ma’s: It did not disappoint. It’s a place worth going back to again.

More than dimsum and dumplings, they offer a fair variety of savoury oriental choices. So far we haven’t tried any rice meals yet.

So what’s our favourite at Tien Ma’s?

Tien Ma's Xiao Long Bao

Tien Ma’s Xiao Long Bao explodes inside your mouth.

Tien Ma’s Xiao Long Bao

Order their Xiao Long Bao. This dumpling is infused with pork broth soup inside. You have to eat it while it’s hot, otherwise you’re missing out the experience of the soup exploding inside your mouth. Also, don’t let it sit long, otherwise the soup gets absorbed by the flour.

It’s hot, be careful, but the infusing bite is worth the experience.

Tien Ma’s Xiao Long Bao comes in three flavors:

Mixed Xiao Long Bao

With the Mixed variant, you can try all of Tien Ma’s Xiao Long Bao variants.

Original – 8 pcs.; Php200; The most value for your buck.

Cheese – 8 pcs; Php240; We haven’t tried it personally, but our friends loved it and said it tasted great. So, we’re definitely going back for the cheese Xiao Long Bao.

Black Mushroom – 8 pcs; Php240; We didn’t taste much difference between the original and this variant. The mushroom bits were too tiny to infuse as strongly as the broth.

Mixed – 3pcs Cheese; 3pcs Black Mushroom; 2pcs Original; Php240

Oriental Offerings

More than dumplings, their Taiwanese offerings also include rice bowls, rice toppings, and savoury oriental recipes.

Their Three Cup Chicken caught my attention, but we haven’t tried it yet. That’s next on my to try list.

We have to go back to try them all.

No service charge

Since their fairly new on the Makati Avenue strip, I’m not sure if their price and no service charge policy will stay for long. As we have mentioned, their current quality is really good. We hope that it retains since right now, their really fairly new.

They have other branches across Manila, but bringing it near our Makati vicinity opens a new pool of regular customers. Not to mention, Makati Avenue is a nightlife strip where foreigners frequent.

Tien Ma's Makati Avenue branch.

Tien Ma’s Makati Avenue branch.

Operating Hours

Makati Avenue Branch is open from 8AM-2AM. They seem like they’re picking up popularity as the place usually gets 70% full.

We’ll definitely be back. This one’s for sure.

Millennials: What’s different with our parent’s generation?

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A group of ‘millennials’ stroll through a train station in downtown Nagoya, Japan.

Nothing much different, or is there?

This post is a deconstruction of the millennials and their critics. It is a perspective coming from a millennial myself, not an anchor of what is universally right and sound. It is an observation. 

Articles are filled with millennials (M’s) whining about life, how true are they? Debates fire up as to which birth years do millennials come from: To what extent does this question matter?

We hear countless  stories of millennials cluelessly dealing with life. We know because they post their problems in social media. They post what they want to become, the bills they need to pay. They post what’s on their mind.

It has become a hot potato game. The ‘millennial’ term becomes a word to demean. They use it to set themselves apart from disliked individuals who get to their nerves, or their social feed.

Amidst this, when I step back: All of these issues don’t seem to be an exclusive case only with the millennial generation.

Older and younger ones exhibit similar behaviours. Regardless of which years they come from, It could just be a case of you reading the current generation’s posts just now: because the internet has evolved into an acceptable media for our gripes.

Maybe it’s the technology

Technology has become an acceptable friend. The generation today converses heavily through smartphone on our fingertips. It was a luxury for generations before us to get a beeper message, and here we are, breathing each kilobyte even before we sleep.

Millennials and the economy

The Millennials: for all we now, could have been started as a marketing initiative. We should be aware that, it could be a strategy to target the economically able of our time.

As Millennials become the working and earning Continue reading

Kyoto 京都 Kyōto: Arinco Roll at Arashiyama 嵐山 Park, Japan

Arinco was a most delectable matcha experience I had to date during my Arashiyama (嵐山) Park visit in Kyoto, Japan

I visited Kyoto, Japan last November 2016. This was one of the fanciest things I have stumbled upon during my day trip at Arashiyama (嵐山) Park, in Kyoto, Japan.

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If you look closely, the chocolate was made of delectable refined milk, sugar, and matcha powder. For some reason, it was really an unforgettable treat. The sensation of how it melted as I took my bite has not been paralleled by anything I know, yet.

As you can see here: This matcha chocolate was hand crafted right there and then at Arino.jp branch in Arashiyama (嵐山) Park, Kyoto, Japan.

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The lady right on the photo above is seen crafting the Matcha chocolate by hand.

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I wasn’t able to try this Kyo Roll on the photo. I know I’ll have to try it when I go back. It’s one of those things you’ll need a friend to share it with. Since I went to Kyoto, Japan alone, I decided to skip it during my last visit.

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I’ll tell you a secret. This Matcha chocolate, actually, fell on the cement floor.

Yes. I ate it. It costed gold– and even if other tourists saw me, they’ll never remember who I was. Plus! It makes a great story now. Clueless Commuter's LOL smiley

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The set comes with hot matcha milk. The drink didn’t quite made as much impact compared to the matcha chocolate, but they definitely blended memorably as a pair. The drink also became memorable as it was warm during the chilly November autumn weather.

The matcha drink is actually available in a hot or cold variant.

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A few high school students seemed to have also been enjoying another local treat from Arashiyama (嵐山) on these photos.

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Try Arinco’s matcha chocolate and goodies if ever you get to visit Arashiyama Park in Kyoto, Japan. It’s just a delectable as how it looks. It was so refined and delectable, I can vividly recall how it the sensation of melting matcha felt inside my head.

Meanwhile, leave a comment below if you’ve got a similar matcha experience to share. Until next time!

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