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It briefly crossed my mind that my title was stupid (except for the Puerto Galera part) but, as usual, I figured I’d stick with it anyway, even if, by my estimates, only 25% of people get the movie reference. I also figure that another 25% will think it sounds familiar even if they aren’t able to place it, another 25% will not get it and will simply think my grammar is awful, and a final 25% don’t know what the hell I’m going on about since it sounds fine to them. Hint: who would have imagined the voice of Professor Frink on the Simpsons would have a chest like that? Anyway, sandwiched around our Tao boat trip were two separate visits to the lovely, charming and tranquil city of Manila, along with some time in Palawan, lots of showering in Coron, snorkelling with whale sharks (finally!) in Donsol, chicken and…

From Australia it was off to the Philippines, yet another place we’ve often discussed yet never actually managed to visit. After taking just a couple days to decompress slightly after our hectic schedule of eating and driving and eating in Australia, we found ourselves in El Nido, Palawan. Considered one of the best honeymoon destinations in Asia and actually named the “Best Island in the World” by Conde Nast, we can only speak to a tiny corner of it, (and I have my doubts if the judges even bothered with the difficult trip out to Big Island near Waskesiu, or the famous Lawson Heights sandbar which appears toward the end of June) but I have to admit that the part of Palawan we saw was pretty amazing, surrounded by a massive array of small, idyllic islands with dramatic limestone karsts, beautiful white sand beaches fringed with prototypical swaying palm trees.…

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