Playing with locals

On our way from Puerto Princesa to El Nido, we had a walk by the sea. I followed some kids who were playing on a fishing boat, they were on their way back to their village next by. on the village main square (only square should I say), some of their fellows where playing basketball. I joined them !

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Of course, playing basketball with boys when it’s 30° outside is quite demanding and I was dead….

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… But so happy !

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So, a few days afterwards, when I saw kids playing marbles in the mangrove village, I didn’t hesitate in joining them, and together with Guy we tried to understand the rules…

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D124 . Jan 2 . A camp on a survivors’ island

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After a night on the shore, we decided to spend a night on the beach of a inhibited island.
Actually, many reality shows – such as Survivors or Kho Lanta – have taken place somewhere in the Bacuit archipelago.

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I didn’t really take part into the settlement – I was down with throat pain and a fever difficult to stand when it is more than thirty degrees outside… Meanwhile, my companions prepared everything.

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And we had a fish and pork barbecue, sit around a surf board, the best table ever !

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The night was tough though. Heavy wind, suffocating atmosphere inside the tent, sand fleas everywhere… But when we finally opened our “doors” in the early morning we all felt rewarded by the amazing view that was offered to our eyes…

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We were ready for our last boat day !

D122 . Dec 31 . We slept on the beach with turtles

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We’ve spent the night camping on the shore, on a beach located a few kilometers from Bucana, the mangrove village where we had seen the roasters fight.


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A quiet location for farniente, beach ball, coconut juice… and sight seeing.
You wake up, and that’s what you see…

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Though, the highlight of our night was a turtle, who had laid eggs under the sand and was going back to the sea…

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Apparently, people can wait hours and hours, staring at the sand, before seeing a a turtle poping up from nowhere, so we’ve been very lucky. It was just there.

The most difficult was for the turtle to get out of the hole she had diggen. But then, she found her way to the sea immediately. It was moving to watch her disappear into the ebbs & flows…

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D121 . Dec 30 . Island Hopping in Northern Palawan

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Around New year’s Eve,we’ve spent a couple of days exploring the Bacuit islands, in El Nido’s Bay. Only four places in the world have such karstic peaks : the Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Guilin in China, some place in Brazil, and here…

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Snorkeling in those transparent waters was great and I followed fishes every time I could…

Anyway, all of us felt like big fishes : )

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D119 . Dec 28 . Introducing Palawan

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Those boats are called Bangkas in Tagalog, the Philippino language. There are 1 billion and a half bangkas in the Philippines !!! Though, they are essentially of Balinese origin, and Indonesians call it Jukung. You can even find them in Polynesia.

On Saturday, we had a ride from Puerto Princesa to El Nido, far north Palawan. On our way, we stopped by a village were kids were fishing from a bridge, only using a nylon rope and a microscopic hook…

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In another village, people were gathering seagrass and drying it, before selling it as a fertilizer.

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Palawan has one of the richest fishing grounds in the country. About 45% of Manila’s supply of fish comes from here.

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After six hours of ride, I finally got to feel like a fish of my own invention…

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