Visiting the Philippines in July!

Now that we have tickets, I am getting more excited about our forthcoming trip to Manila, Palawan and a little side trip to Tokyo in July. The last time Francis was in Manila was when his Dad passed away and the last time I was there was when my Dad was diagnosed with cancer. This will be the first time that all 3 of us are going together for R&R. It will also be Francine’s first visit since we left when she was 5. I am looking forward to getting together with family and friends.

We plan to spend a few days in Palawan. It would be nice to stay at any of these beach front resorts in El Nido – Miniloc, Lagen, Las Cabanas, or El Nido Cove but they’re rather pricey! I think we can just stay in Puerto Princesa and go island hopping by banca for a day. I’m also looking forward to snorkelling in the clear waters. Tours include snorkelling gear but don’t people put them in their mouths???!!! I wonder how they sanitize them. I think we will bring our own gear. :) I’m also excited about the Underground River tour in Sabang. Imagine all the photo ops! I’ve already done research on how to protect my camera gear from the elements, especially at the beach and during the banca ride. I remember from previous banca rides how drenched one can get during the trip. We now have a short list of places to stay in Tokyo. It think it would be fun to stay at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, instead of a regular hotel room.

3 more months!!! I can’t wait.