Jeannie Mark (the Nomadic Chick) and I landed in Manila this morning (December 1st, 2011) at 2am and are now awaiting our room at the Where2Next hostel in the Malati district. We have spent the six weeks planning the trip and have managed to secure quite a few sponsors for the trip to provide us with accommodations and to take us on different adventures. If all goes well, in the next four weeks we’ll watch some midget boxing in Manila, hike the famous Banaue Rice Terraces on Luzon, swim with whale sharks on Leyte, play with little tarsier monkeys and visit a seldom-contacted hill tribe on Bohol, explore the underground river and visit a unique prison colony on Palawan, and, hopefully, learn to scuba dive, drink some rum, and check out a cock fight or two along the way. It should be quite a trip. This is our itinerary so far.
We haven’t finished booking sponsors for the end of the trip, so if you have a business and would like to be featured on our websites, please feel free to contact me for more information.
Days 1 and 2
Manila Midget Madness
We will spend our first two days getting acquainted with Manila, picking up a few items for the trip, making last-minute arrangements with sponsors, and, most importantly, visiting Manila’s finest cultural establishments: a restaurant called the Hobbit House, which is staffed entirely by midgets, and a bar where they have regular midget boxing matches.
Hobbit House Restaurant and Bar
Phone: +63 2-521-7604
Address: 1801 A Mabini St., Malate, Manila, Philippines
Phone: +63 2-899-7106
Address: 4853 Kalayaan at the corner of P. Burgos St., Makati City, Manila, Philippines
Days 3 -6
Banaue Rice Terraces Next we will move on to the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Banaue Rice Terraces, where we will spend a few days trekking among these thousands of year old rice farms that were hand-carved into the mountainsides. I’ve heard great things about this place, and am eager to see it!
Travel to Bohol
Days 8 and 9
Chilling on Bohol
with Anna Cleal of Flip Flop Tours We will be hanging out and staying with Anna Cleal, an acquaintance of Jeannie’s and the founder of Flip Flop tours. We also hope to find time to check out the very cute, very weird, very tiny, bug eyed, and rare tarsier monkey.
Days 10 – 15
Bohol Mountain Tribe My friend’s wife is from Bohol and her family once took a group of our friends to visit a remote hill tribe on the island. The trip sounded spectacular, so I asked if she could arrange for us to visit as well. I’m not sure what to expect.
Travel to Puerto Princessa, Palawan.
Days 17 – 19
Iwahig Penal Colony and Prison Farm
Iwahig is a unique prison colony in which prisoners are not physically detained, but stay primarily because the island makes escape difficult, and because they are allowed to work the land freely and even make money from their labor. It is said that some prisoners even bring their families to join them
Honda Bay Island Hopping
Honda Bay on Palawan is a classic island hopping spot with white sand beaches and lots of coral reefs and marine life for snorkeling.
Subterranean National Park
Recently named one of the Seven New Natural Wonders of the World, this park features the second longest underground river in the world, a full mountain-to-ocean ecosystem, and what are considered to be some of the most important forests in Asia.
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Phone: +63927 234 9293 or +63919-889-2851 or +63 (048) 723-3258
Address #18 Fernandez Street, Masangcay Building, Room 6, 2nd Floor Puerto Princesa City Palawan, Philippines
Travel to El Nido, Palawan.
Day 21 – 29
We haven’t decided yet.
We have no firm plans, but in El Nido we hope to snorkel and maybe learn to scuba dive, and go kayaking, island hopping and trekking.
We haven’t booked a tour operator to sponsor our trips in El Nido. If you’d like to be featured on our websites, please feel free to contact me.
We haven’t booked accommodations in El Nido yet. If you’d like to be featured on our websites, please feel free to contact me.
Days 30 – 31
Sadly return to Manila to catch our flight home.
Lead photo by chooyutshing on Flickr.