El Nido Diaries: Day 3; Roaming Around Town


I have less than a day to stay in El Nido so I wanted to make the most out of my stay. It was still rainy (not seen in pictures because, if you can remember, I broke my camera and phone on Day 1) but still what I can say about the rain in El Nido — it does not lessen the beauty the little town has. People are still out and about. I’m even surprised Art Cafe was almost full!


Yes, without the island hopping and other fun activities you can do in the islands, El Nido is pretty much boring. B U U U U U U T , I’ve come to appreciate the quiet in the town. In the mornings you can just walk along the beach, grab breakfast, stare at the beautiful, beautiful limestone cliffs. If you have a book, you may just sit anywhere and read. This dog (below) accompanied me while I ate breakfast at a nearby beachfront resort which I heard is a good choice to stay at, too. The day passed by really really slow and I really appreciated the town even more.


If maybe I stayed a bit longer in the town, I would’ve hanged out more in Spider, where I stayed at there. The people managing the place were nice, and I’ve really had good conversations with them. I’m known to be really picky with my coffee but instant coffee can’t do this town any bad. It makes everything right, even.


Or yes maybe, get my second tattoo. I still haven’t decided yet what to get. One day… and I hope it’ll be while facing the majestic limestones of El Nido.


It’s such a shame, that I only got to spend only a short amount of time (with little amount of photos, too!) I wish I’ll be back soon. Maybe alone again, even for the second time around. I’d really like to meet more people, and get to know more locals – and yes hang out with myself some more. After this, I haven’t been more comfortable being left alone with myself than I used to.


If there’s something the cliffs, the clear waters, and the misadventures taught me – it’s the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I am thrilled to go on a trip alone, but I never thought I don’t necessarily need to be lonely.


The Stranger Log:

  1. As I said, the weather wasn’t any better. Luckily, I brought with me an umbrella to at least walk to Art Cafe – a massive institution in El Nido. They really had nice breakfast sets, and I also learned that they grow their own crops. How cool is that? They also sell postcards, so it was kind of a one-stop shop for me. After my quick postcard-shopping, I sat down and smoked when this equally bored Dutch woman named Milou and I started having a conversation. I think it started with – how I really looked like her Indonesian father when he was young. This isn’t the first time I was mistaken for an Indonesian and wow even in my own country, eh? Then, I think a couple of hours later we were talking about her hometown, her friends back there, and a lot of things, really. I didn’t even thought I’d still meet anyone here anymore. 
  2. I did quite a hike after mailing the postcards in the Post Office. I reached a place called Hilltop and it was literally a restaurant on top of a hill! Since it was raining though, there weren’t much people. Luckily, Laurice and Leobi was this couple who were on a pitstop before they head to the falls in the town’s outskirts. Leobi lives in Paris (!!!!!!!) and was on her yearly vacation here in the Philippines. Laurice on the other hand is this girl who hails from Batanes (another !!!!!!!!!). I really had fun listening to their stories!


God, why do I even need to leave this wonderful place...

More El Nido: Day 1, Day 2

Look forward


I look forward to experiences. As I ride this plane tonight, I’m bringing all the uncertainties this year, or in a larger plane, my life, has brought me and leave it above the air. And as I land in a foreign land, as I anticipate to see a scarred kingdom of wonder and smiles – I will remember that my adversities are the least this world has to care about, that it has bigger problems, and it’s dying like any mortal walking the face of earth – and so should I. I expect to learn that no matter how life tosses and turns me, I’d be me and all these makes me human – even though I’m the least human that I know.

I look forward to memories – to making this the most memorable trip of my life so far. That before I turn quarter, I did this, and I would not regret anything – even if I almost regret half of my adult life so far. Decisions to be made need to wait for me make memories in a land where I know no one, where I am like a kid wandering the streets for the very first time. And this, I give to myself. ‘Cause I think I deserve this in a not selfish way, but in a self-loving way.

I look forward to fall in love. To scrape any callousness my heart has delved into. To breathe inside me love and hopefully to breathe it out and inspire and be inspired. With love, we inspire and to live, is to love. To become more than carnal, but to reach a certain point of demi-spiritual actualization. To tell myself that to love is to give way. To love is to be in peace and be one with the inner that I often neglected. To nurture what I have and to realise that these all I neglected.

I look forward to have fun. ‘Cause frankly after all these feels transpired, there’s nothing left to do.

But to have fun.

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