A July 2004 trip
to Puerto Princesa by cytiev
Quote: My Palawan travel journal will describe my personal experience as I explore Puerto Princesa City, described as the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines.
Our table was brimming with food when the waiter started to serve us. The Sinigang na Hipon soup (shrimp in tamarind broth) was brought in for starters as well as the local seaweed salad marinated in vinegar, which were really appetizing. Hot steaming rice came next, followed by grilled blue marlin (fish) and stuffed grilled squid. We filled our stomachs to our hearts content and everyone declined to take some of the sweets they were offering for dessert. We finished our meal with hot tea and coffee and went back to the hotel for the evening
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2004
Puerto Princesa , Philippines
A 5-minute video presentation at the lecture room gave us a background on how crocodiles are born, nurtured, and kept at the farm. We were amazed by how long a crocodile can grow during its life span and actually saw a skeleton of a crocodile, which was about 17 feet long.
The crocodile nursery area houses newly hatched crocodiles until they are strong enough to be with the older ones in open-air cages. Pictures can be taken while holding baby crocodiles for a small fee. It was really weird to hold a baby crocodile, especially when it wriggles. The scales feel like broken egg shells laid side by side and the mouth is held tight by several rubber bands to prevent it from biting anyone who holds it.
Our group went there and sampled the beef stew noodles, oven-fresh garlic French bread, and the best ripe mango shake I’ve ever tasted. You can also sample other varieties of their noodle soup as well as other popular Vietnamese food. Behind the restaurant is a souvenir shop where you can find quaint Vietnamese crafts, coffee drips made out of tin, souvenir items, and some Vietnamese preserved fruits.
Our driver took us for a drive around the village after eating snacks, and there we saw a Vietnamese bakery that sells French bread, a rice noodle factory, and several homes of local Vietnamese who chose to stay and live in Palawan.
Three of my companions bought rainmakers, a laminated bamboo the length of the arm that has several small stones inside that make a sound like that of the rain when it’s turned upside down. It is a Filipino belief that when it rains, blessings come forth, and when someone makes rain, he is blessed.
My group spent almost an hour at the store admiring and choosing the best souvenir item to take home in Manila. I purchased a Yakal, wood-carved fruit bowl and two ref magnets in the shape of a turtle.