Filipino Food Guide

Food in the Philippines is in our opinion, not great compared to other asian countries we have visited.. They say the reason for this is the Spanish colonisation of the Philippines which was then taken over by the Americans.  You would also think there would be great options for vegetarians and vegan but again there isn’t unless you want to spend more money and head to the western style restaurants. Having said that, there is tones of Spanish and American influence within their food.

 

Foodie Words worth knowing

Ginataan means cooked in coconut milk.

Kilawimn means raw or vinegared seafood.

Inihaw means grilled meat or fish.

Maanghang means spicy.

 

Types of food

 

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Adobo – National dish which is either chicken or pork or sometimes both. It is marinated in vinegar and garlic and stewed till tender.

 

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Adobong Pusit – Squid or cuttlefish cooked adobo style.

 

Arróz caldo

Arróz caldo – Spanish style thick rice soup with chicken, garlic, ginger and onions.

 

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Aso – Dog….Normally eaten by the North Luzon hill tribes. I hope this photo makes you feel sad for all the stray puppies in the Philippines.

 

Batchoy

Batchoy – Broth containing onion, rice noodles, beef, pork and liver.

 

duck egg

Balút – Boiled duck egg containing a partially formed embryo.

 

Bibingka

Bibingka – Sweet coconut cake.

 

Biko

Biko– Sweet sticky rice.

 

Chicharon

Calamares/Chicharon – Crispy fried squid.

 

Crispy Pata

Crispy Pata – Deep fried pork hock or knuckles.

 

Dessert Lumpia

Dessert Lumpia- sweetened bananas baked in lumpia wrappers, then drizzled with caramel and chocolate.

Goto

Goto – Rice porridge made with pork or beef innards.

 

Halo Halo

Halo-Halo – Fruit Preserves served in shaved ice and milk.

 

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Kaldereta- Hearty meat stew with potatoes, peppers and liver sauce.

 

KARE KARE

Kare-Kare – Oxtail Stew.

 

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Leche Flan – Caramel Custard.

 

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Lechón – Spit roast whole pig served with liver sauce.

 

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Lechón Kawali – Crispy fried pork.

 

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Longganisa – Filipino sausage.

 

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Lomi- Noodle dish.

 

Spring Rolls

Lumpia – Spring rolls filled with either meat or vegetables.

 

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Mami- Noodle soup

 

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Menudo – Pork bits sautéed with garlic and onion and usually garnished with sliced hot dog.

 

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Pansit Bihon – Thick or thin noodle soup

 

Pinakbét

Pinakbét – Mixed veg stew

 

Rellenong Bangus

Pochero – Hotpot of beef. chicken, pork, Spanish sausage and vegetables, principally cabbage.

 

Rellenong Bangus

Rellenong Bangus – Fried stuffed milkfish.

 

Pork Sisig

Pork Sisig – Pork parts (often: head, liver, cheeks) mixed with onions, chiles, citrus, and egg.

 

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Tapsilog – A modern compound combining three words: Tapa (dried beef), Sinangag (Garlic fried rice), and itlog (Fried Egg) usually eaten for breakfast.

 

Tocino

Tocino – sweetened Cured pork 

 

Sinigang

Sinigang – Hot and sour soup.

 

Ukoy

Ukoy- Crispy shrimp fritters with tangy vinegar dipping sauce.

Fast Food

Filipinos love fast food and sometimes that is the only air-conditioned place around. Jollibee is their version of McDonald’s and the locals favourite. Many tourists opt for the traditional Mcdonalds/Subway or Greenwich Pizza.

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Street Food 

The cheapest option to eat in the Philippines is to try out street food. Many cities have BBQ stands down little streets with hundreds of meat on skewers for you to choose from. These can be as cheap as £0.040 a stick. We tried out many different types of chicken which were all delicious.

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Philippine Visas

In the Philippines you have 30 days in the country without having to obtain a visa. If you want to extend this there are a few ways in which you can do this.

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Visa extensions add an extra 30 days onto your passport.

Immigration offices are located all over the country with the main ones being in Manila and Cebu. The only issue with these offices are that they are very busy and it takes a few days for your visa to be extended. We got our visa extended in 20 minutes in the Bohol office.

In Bohol immigration office we purchased the express visa extension, which cost us 3130 peso per person (£45). We had to wait 15 minutes and it was all processed and we continued on with our day.

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Here are some addresses of Immigration Offices

 

MAKATI IMMIGRATION EXTENSION OFFICE

Acting Chief: ATTY. MARICEL U. SALCEDO-SULIT
Direct Line(s): (632) 899-3831
Facsimile Numbers(s): (632) 899-3831
E-mail Addresses: attorneymus@yahoo.com
Office Address: 3/F, 805 Lasala Bldg. J.P. Rizal Avenue, Makati City

 

CEBU IMMIGRATION DISTRICT OFFICE

ACO: ALNAZIB A. DECAMPONG
Direct Line(s): (032) 345-6441
Facsimile Numbers(s): (032) 345- 6441
E-mail Addresses: bimandauecebu@yahoo.com
Office Address 2nd Level J Centre Mall, A.S. Fortuna Street
Bakilid, Mandaue City, Cebu 6014

TAGBILARAN (BOHOL) IMMIGRATION FIELD OFFICE

ACO: CASIMIRO P. MADARANG III
Office Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Cut-off Time 4:45 pm)
Direct Line(s): (038) 235-6084
Facsimile Numbers(s): (038) 235-6084
E-mail Addresses: bi_bohol@yahoo.com
Office Address: 2nd Floor Sarabia Co Torralba Bldg.,
CPG Ave., Tagbilaran City 6300

The link to all the Immigration offices can be found here.

 

Bondi – The Travel Guide

We loved Bondi so much that we felt it needed its own blog post! The famous Bondi beach is one of those places you’ve either heard of or seen on TV, mainly for Bondi Rescue! It is a beautiful beach not too far from Sydney with lots to see and do! If we can tell you to visit anywhere in Sydney its Bondi! The whole area is very relaxed and Bondi & Brunch go hand in hand.

Bondi The Guide

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Bondi Backpackers The best ocean views at Sydney’s most iconic beach – Bondi Backpackers is the perfect place to live the Australian beach lifestyle. Experience the culture of Bondi and its surrounds at its waterfront location, mere seconds from the sand. This is one of the best hostels we have stayed at in Australia! It is by far one of the cleanest hostels and every single person cleans up after them selves which is unheard of in hostel life. The people here are really nice and super chill. The hostel offers free morning yoga, free personal training and free surfboard hire.

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Bondi Backpackers - Bondi The Guide

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Bondi Beach…Durr

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Bondi to Coogee walk – Highly recommended!! Whale season is between June – November and along this walk you are able to see Whales if you are very lucky! The areas along the walk are Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and Coogee. Many of these areas have salt water baths/swimming pools which you can swim in as well as many cafes and toilets. The distance is 6km which roughly takes around 2 hours, this walk can take as long as you want if you stop as much as we did to take photos..it took us 6. We highly recommend stopping at Bare Naked Bowls along the way for a healthy smoothie or snack in Bronte! 

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All below pictures are from each locations website., unless stated otherwise.

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Depot 

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Location: 286 Campbell Parade, North Bondi

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Speedos 

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Location: 126 Ramsgate Ave, North BondiSpeedos - Bondi The Guide

Lox Stock And Barrel

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Location: 140 Glenayr Ave. Bondi Beach.

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 Porch and parlour

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Location: 17-18/110 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi.

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The Nine

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Location: 163 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach  

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Bare Naked Bowls 

The menu is a dream! Check it out here <<

Location: 145 Macpherson St, Bronte NSW 2024

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Raw

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Sushi! Location: 1/136 Warners Ave, BondiRaw - Bondi The Guide

 

Marceleria 

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Steak! Location: G09/180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

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China Diner

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Location: 75 – 79 HALL STREET, BONDI

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Brown Sugar

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Location: 106 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach

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Bavarian Bier

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Location: 108 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

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The above photo is our own.

Gelato Messina 

Ice Cream!

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Coogee Pavilion 

Great pizza! Menu <<

Location: 169 Dolphin Street, Coogee

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Icebergs 

Looking out over the whole beach!

Location: 1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

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Bondi Fish

Location: 120 Ramsgate Avenue North Bondi 2026

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Bucketlist

Location: Bondi Pavilion, Shop 1, Queen Elizabeth Drive

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Coogee Pavilion

Location: 169 Dolphin Street, Coogee

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This blog post would not have been possible without Becky’s help & recommendations! 

 

Sydney – The Travel Guide

 

Sit down, this may shock you…Sydney is not the capital of Australia, Canberra is.

Things to know

Sydney is an amazing city with lots of things to do. There are different parts to Sydney which are all worth checking out. All the tourist spots are located near Circular Quay which is also where you will find the area called ‘The Rocks’ which has great bars and restaurants. The nightlife centre is an area called Kings Cross..enter at your own risk! If you want more of a chilled out day then head over to Surrey Hills. You also can find Bondi beach, Coogee and Manly beach (which is a short ferry away) all within this city. 

 

Lock out laws apply in Sydney which is basically an objective to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence. This law requires 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks at bars, pubs and clubs in the Sydney CBD.

 

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Getting from the airport to the city is very quick and easy. Australia’s public transport is like no other, double-decker trains which are clean reliable, its shocking coming from using the London Underground my whole life.
From the airport you can find the train station located to the left, once you come out of the arrival gate. You will have to purchase a Opal Card, which is Sydney’s version of an Oyster Card. There is also an Opal card app which is super handy to have. You can top up on the go and also it will insure your money if you ever lose your card. Unlike Oyster cards, you have to tap off on buses with these cards. 
You can get the train straight to Central Station which will cost you roughly $16, this is the most expensive journey you can make so don’t panic, travel isn’t extortionate like in London. 
All travel on Sunday’s is $2.50 so I would make the most of it and explore as much as you can. You can go on a 30 minute ferry with your Opal and visit Manly which I would highly recommend. In order to get to Manly you will have to go to ‘Whalf 3’ right outside the train station.
The closest station to The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Oprea House is Circular Quay.
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Backpacker only..I cant afford to try out anything else!

Wake up! – Huge hostel with a night club underneath. It’s really clean and I met loads of people here. Like everywhere in Sydney, lock out laws apply here and you are not allowed your own alcohol in this hostel. Dorms from $41, private rooms from $114

Mad Monkey Coogee Beach Dorms from $30, Private room from $99

The Village Surrey HillsDorms from $22, Private rooms from $84

The Village Kings Cross – Located in the night life part of town – Dorms from $21, Private rooms from $85.

Places to Eat

The Grounds of Alexandria 

 They roast their own beans, the ingredients on the menu are sourced from their own organic kitchen garden and the cafe is encased in a rustic, industrial and heritage-listed warehouse in Sydney’s west.

Location: 2 Huntley Street, Shop 7a Alexandria NSW 2015

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The Grounds of Alexandria 

Three Williams 

Just have a look at their instagram and tell me it doesn’t look amazing.

Location: 613a Elizabeth Street, Redfern.

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The Three Williams 

The Fine Food Store

Amazing coffee and brunch!!  Tucked away on Kendall lane in The Rocks, The FFS offers lip smacking coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch + specially selected local wine & beer! (Picture stolen from their instagram as we ate all of ours before we could take a photo!)

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The Fine Food Store

More info on places to eat and drink in Sydney can be found here <<

Places to visit

Bondi Beach 

The famous Iceberg swimming pools can be found here! Such a chilled out place it is our favourite place in the whole of Sydney! 

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Bondi Icebergs

Coogee Beach 

Beautiful beach only 1 bus ride away from the centre of Sydney.

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Coogee Town

Manly Beach 

This has a whole other vibe here! Everyone skate boarding or sunbathing, very relaxed area.

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Manly Beach

Blue mountains 

A day trip here is 100% worth it. These beautiful mountains are just outside of Sydney and is the perfect place to explore and take photos. There is a YHA Hostel here if you wanted to spend more than one day exploring everything the Blue Mountains has to offer.

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The Blue mountains 

Luna Park 

Located the other side of the Sydney Harbour bridge, at night it is all lit up and worth checking out. The views from the other side are something you don’t often see either. 

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Luna Park

Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden

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Botanical Gardens 

Want to know more about Bondi and Coogee? Click here ! 

Coron – The Travel Guide

Things to knowCoron is located in the North of Palawan, just above El Nido on the map.

Coron, simular to El Nido, can get very busy very quickly. Book your accommodation as far in advance as possible. We had to change hotels three times just to be able to stay here for a week. My cousin also had issues with accommodation and had to move around a lot. 

There isn’t much to do on land, everything involves boat trips. There isn’t a sun bathing worthy beach on land either.

There are 2 ATMs 🙂

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Getting to Coron

The fast ferry from El Nido is the best way to get to Coron if you are travelling north from Puerto Princesa. The Phimal Ferry takes 5 hours and costs around 1700 peso each. You can buy tickets from the Art Cafe in El Nido town. This boat isn’t huge so I would recommend booking a few days before you intend on leaving. The first boat is at 8am, so make sure you get to the port with enough time to sign in, pay terminal fee 15 peso and get your bags on the boat.

Coron also has an airport which you can fly into. I am not sure how frequent these are as I did not fly in or out of Coron.

 

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Backpacker- Hop hostel –  A really nice place to stay, imagine Santorini colours!

Hop Hostel, Coron, Palalwan

 

BudgetDivine Castle Travellers Inn It was a nice hotel with breakfast included. They will also help you with trips and pick ups.

Divine Castle Travellers Inn, Coron Palawan

 

Luxury-  Asia Grand View hotel. This hotel was incredible! The rooms were huge, clean and very peaceful. With a pool and restaurant there isn’t too much of a reason to leave the grounds. 1000 Peso to use the pool if you are not a guest.

Asia Grand View hotel, Coron, Palawan

 

 

Places to Eat

Unfortunately I caught food poisoning here so I didn’t actually eat many places, Olly on the other hand did.

Breakfast and Coffee

Coffee Kong 

Buzz Express – Great coffee and western food. This place takes card!!

Dinner & Drinks

Altrove This place is insanely good! Italian restaurant which is the same owner as Altrove in El Nido. It has the best pizzas and pastas in town! We would recommend the pizza though, the dough was extremely fresh!

La Sirenetta – This place is right over the water, beautiful setting but slightly hard to find. Just look up for this photo (Mermaid photo below) and you will find it at the bottom of the alley way off the Main Street.

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Hangover Bar seems to be the bar open till the latest in the whole town.

Places to visit

Boat trips 

We did one trip as a group with 20 other people which cost 1500. 

Super Ultimate tour is the most popular one to do as you see the most amount places. This normally costs 1500 peso per person, this was the cheapest we found at a shop called Timothy Travel and Tours. All you need is your self, a camera and maybe some cash to buy some beer when you stop for lunch.

Private Boats 

The next day we hired a private boat for 2700 for 4 of us, plus the entrance fees to each location and we went to a market and picked all of our own lunch. 

Kayangan Lake – This is the most popular spot so get here around 8am to beat the crowds. There is a a moderate amount of steps up to the look out and then a walk down to the other side to access the lake. As it is fresh water, you have to wear a life jacket and there is a marshal on guard who will not let you pass without one. The water is crystal clear and worth the hike. Swim around the sides to see the hidden caves!

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Kayangan Lake

Coral Garden & Siete Pecados – Grab a snorkel and go enjoy this incredible reef.

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Coral Garden 

 

Twin Lagoon – Life jackets must be warn here too. Short swim around as the boats do not enter, to some stairs which shows you the other side. You can also swim under the stairs but it is crowded.

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Twin Lagoon

 

Skeleton Wreck  – WW2 Japanese ships are in an abundance in Coron. Most of the wrecks here are only visible from scuba diving, but there is one which you can see from the surface.

Barracuda Lake – Another Life jacket destination. Fresh water lake is the clearest water I have ever seen. You can see straight down to the bottom as it is 70% fresh water, 30% salt. If you are lucky you will spot the famous instagram rock which is very popular for photos!

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Barracuda Lake

Beach/Reef & Wreck tour – If you want to check out a few beaches and snorkel some ship wrecks then this trip is the one for you. 

 

On Land 

Mt Tapyas – Hike to the Coron Sign! Imagine the ‘Hollywood’ sign..but a Filipino version. Lots of stairs for a beautiful look out over the whole island.

 

Leaving Coron

 Go2Travel Ferry to Manila – 2500 Peso Each (Non Aircon)

This is the only company which has a ferry to Manila, this also sells out very quickly. There is 2 boats a week, Thursdays and Sundays and I suggest booking this as early as possible. Air con accommodation sells out and we had to book the open air accommodation which was hell, it was boiling! There is about 200 of you on one floor (see photo below) You do get linen with your ticket which is worth collecting from the first class section. Bring snacks and water as there isn’t much on board. This ferry leaves at 4pm and gets to Manila around 7am.

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Flights were sold out for 2 weeks in advance leaving Coron to Manila. If you are planning ahead, make sure there is an affordable flight if you would rather fly out of here.

Click below for the Manila Guide!

Manila Guide

El Nido – The Travel Guide

Things to knowThere is 1 main ATM in El Nido but we did manage to find 2 smaller ones but these ones don’t always work.

Everything is more expensive in El Nido. After travelling this country for 6 weeks, El Nido is by far the most expensive.

El Nido has blown up in the past few years so make sure to book accommodation as far in advance as possible. Everything has been sold out for a few weeks and we had to change hotels twice due to double booking or no availability.

Wifi is limited but you can find it in lots of restaurants.

Screen Shot 2018-08-03 at 19.20.31There is an airport in El Nido now which is the easiest way of getting here.

You can get a van from Puerto Princesa airport which takes roughly 6 hours. The last van leaving is around 1am so if you land at an awkward time, I suggest staying a night in Puerto Princesa. 

The drive is rough, take travel sickness tablets if you can and prepare for the worst.

Standard van 14-16 people –700 peso

Private Van –6000 peso*highly recommended*

Accommodation

 

BackpackerThe Outpost Hostel

The Outpost Hostel, El Nido, Palawan

 

Budget– Den’Gi Inn

Den'Gi Inn, El Nido, Palawan

 

Slightly more luxury– Sea Cocoon Hotel 

Sea Cocoon Hotel, El Nido, Palawan

 

Places to Eat

Breakfast and Coffee

Botanica– Great Coffee

Glow Juice Box( near Peak Gym) – if Smoothie bowls are your thing, then you will love this place!

Lunch/Dinner

Happiness– When I first went here it had just opened and was a small cute bar with some swings. Fast forward a year and a half and it has expanded and become the number 1 restaurant in El Nido!

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Happiness 2018

 

Big Bad Thai– Beautiful Pai Thai!

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Art Cafe– Great food and wifi, they will also help you book trips, ferry to Coron and flights.

Art cafe

 

Outpost– This has some great western food with a great atmosphere. 

Lucky Alofa– BEST BURGER IN TOWN! 

Altrove– The best Italian in town but there is always a queue it is that good! Worth it though

Drinks

Sava Bar– Right on the beach of El Nido

Outpost Hostel– Down near Las Cabanas beach but not visible from the road. This is a party hostel which is very new and cool.

 

Beaches

Las Cabanas Beach– 10 minute tricycle ride from town, shouldn’t be more than 50-100 peso. Lovely beach to relax on, zipline from one island to another, grab some lunch and drinks and watch the sunset. 

Las Cabanas Beach

Nacpan Beach– 40 minute tricyle ride but its worth it. An extremely long stretch of beach you will be able to find a quite spot to take the perfect instagram photos and relax. Accomadation near Nacpan Beach is Mad Monkey Hostel is one of the best hostels around the beach with great reviews.

Places to visit

Island Hopping

If you are short of time I would recommend combining tour A & C as they are the best tours El Nido offers.

Tour A (the most popular)-Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu island and 7 commando beach. Roughly 1200 peso per person. 

Tour B– Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Entalula Beach and Cudugnon Cave. 1300 peso per person.

Tour C-Helicopter Island, Matinloc Shrine. Secret Beach, Star Beach and Hidden Beach. 1400 peso per person. 

Tour D-Ipil Beach, Cadlao Lagoon, Paradise Beach, Pasandigan Beach, Natnat Beach and Bukal Beach. 1200 Peso per person.

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Manila – The Travel Guide

Manila

Manilla doesn’t come across as the safest place in the Philippines. Just like any main city, there is a lot more crime here. As long as you are not an idiot, you will be fine!

On the plane or airport they are likely to give you a free SIM card. This can be extremely handy as you can load your phone with 90 peso worth of credit (£1.30) and get 2gb of data a week which can help with getting around and booking accommodation. 

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You are a pale newbie to the Philippines and the taxi drivers know it. This is where people get ripped off the most as they know you are unfamiliar with the currency and how much things should cost.

Walk out of the arrivals, turn right, cross the road to the taxi rank. The taxi’s are white and on a meter and there is a marshal who will help you. We were quoted 3000 peso for a 5 minute journey right outside the airport doors. A metered taxi cost us 300 peso.

Failing that, download Grab – the Asian equivalent to Uber.

 

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Makati is the main area which is good for tourists to stay and eat out.

Lub D Hostel – Huge rooms, great beds and clean rooms. Showers are very clean with straighteners and hair dryers for ladies. Wifi is great and they have a Netflix chill room if you just want to chill. We equally have been here to just chill every time we are in Manila if we have time to kill before a flight.

Lub d Hostel, Manils

 

Z Hostel  – Every single person we have met in the Philippines has stayed here

Z Hostel, Manila

 

Knightsbridge Residence – Why not rent an apartment in a fancy residential building ? At £22 a night for two of us you can’t go wrong. It also has a pool, gym, sauna and steam room for you to use.

Knightsbridge Residence, Manila

 

 

Night Life in Manila

The Penthouse

1920’S themed bar over looking the whole of Manila.

Location : 8747 Paseo de Roxas, Makati, Luzon 1223, Philippines

SECRET BARS IN MANILA 

 

The Bunk

This is a secret bar hidden in a storage of a 7/11 store . You just find the secret door the with bouncer, he looks you up and down and decided whether you’re let in or not! Dress code is pretty strict, no open toes or flip-flops.

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Location: Ground Floor, RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 26th and 25th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

 

ABV

ABV stands for Alcohol by Volume and is an underground bar inspired by the infamous speakeasies of America’s 1920’s. The venue is located behind a large wooden door inside the hole-in-the-wall fast food restaurant Lazy Bastard, and the entrance looks like an antique elevator shaft. You’ll only get in if you know the password (we won’t tell you, of course), but once you’re inside, a warm and cozy set up with moody interiors awaits you. With classic and signature craft cocktails and music from the 1920’s – this place brings you back to the golden era of Prohibition. ABV got voted #14 of Asia’s 50 Best Bars

 

ABV

Location:  Basement Floor, 22 Jupiter Corner Galaxy Street, Bel-Air, Makati City.

The Curator

Hidden in the backdoor of Cyrano Wine Bar in Legazpi Village, The Curator serves delicious handcrafted coffee during the day and high quality cocktails during the night. The interior design is kept quite minimalistic–concrete walls with warm lights, artworks, wooden furniture and a few plants, as The Curator focuses on the quality of drinks rather than a pompous design. Definitely a great place to visit, and the service is excellent as well! The Curator got voted #16 of Asia’s 50 Best Bars

The Curator

Location: 134 Legazpi St. corner C. Palanca St., Makati, 1229

 

Ocean’s Telephone Company

This place can only be entered by an old British phone booth, which is located on the upper floor of the American-Italian restaurant Frank & Dean in the Forbes Town Center area of BGC. Once you’re inside, you’ll find a cozy and dimly lit set up, with leather seats and red lights. Imported beers, wine and spirits, and a small selection of food including Frank & Dean’s Pizza.

Ocean's Telephone Company

 

Location: Inside Frank & Dean, Forbestown Rd. cor 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

 

Exit Bar

This bar lies behind an exit door of the Plaza Cafe in the Corinthian Plaza building. Cozy set up with quilted leather couches, dark interiors and dim lights, Exit Bar creates a perfect mysterious and speakeasy atmosphere. The menu offers a wide selection of imported beers and whiskies, and a few selected signature cocktails.

EXIT BAR

Location: Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo De Roxas, Legaspi Village, Makati.

 

Blind Pig

One of the very first speakeasy bars in Manila, Blind Pig opened its doors for the first time in 2011 and has kept its secret vibe ever since. Once you’ll spot the small braille sign that marks the entrance of Blind Pig, you’ll have to knock on the door for a sliding peephole to open up, and a staff will allow you to enter (or not). The place bursts with a romantic, dark and intimate ambiance–luxurious interiors, dark wood furniture, a dimly lit chandelier and scores of fantastic cocktails. If you are not sure what to drink, just share your current mood with one of the bartenders and he will prepare the perfect drink for you! FYI, flash photos and loud conversations are not allowed in this place!

 

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Location: 227 Salcedo St., Legazpi Village, Makati