Posted by: Oliver Lee | September 21, 2010

The “Coron, Palawan” Adventure – Day 3 + 4

Read Day 1 here.

Read Day 2 here.

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Actually, this is still a continuation of Day 2. I just opted to include it here since I’ll be mostly talking of food here since its more of a food trip on the succeeding days. Our skins were really, really dark and got really burnt so we can’t go on another island hopping adventure. ‘Sides, in any case we might be back, we would still have new destinations to go to.

CONTINUATION OF DAY 2

Dusk at Coron Pension House - view from the top

Dusk at Coron Pension House - view from the top.

So after having a shower and a quick rest, all of us went outside and just strolled around the city to experience the sights and sounds of festive Coron. Like I said on my previous post, they were celebrating their town fiesta that weekend.

We targeted to go to the plaza since most of the festivities are centered there. Also, we had a chat with a group of tourists at Twin/Blue Lagoon while swimming, whom one was a Coron local, and told us that there are programs and stuffs happening at the plaza that night. Imagine us floating around and talking to random strangers, hehe. Actually, they invited us for dinner at their place near the plaza, but we were too shy. They gave us their address but we didn’t go through with it.

While walking along the streets going to the plaza, I was joking that we ride a ferris wheel. Remember those lines in the old school Filipino textbooks “Halina sa plaza at tayo’y sumakay ng chubibo!”? True enough, in pure festive spirit, there was a chubibo, and a whole lot more.

The Color Game

The Color Game

power players

power players

Chubibo!

Chubibo!

So after walking and debating whether to play or not on one of the games at the local carny (btw, we didn’t play that day), hunger kicked in and we decided to eat at the nearest restaurant from where we were, Kawayanan Grill Station.

LAMON POWERS ON!

Kawayanan Grill Station Menu

Kawayanan Grill Station Menu

Kawayanan Grill Station is located just in front of the plaza. They house as a bar and restaurant at the same time. Also they have a souvenir shop beside their store.

We ordered sinigang na baboy, sisig and bicol express.  Again, I wasn’t able to take proper pictures of the food before we attacked it. Hunger took over.

Anyway, the bicol express that we ordered was good. Well, I think a dish cooked in coconut milk is good anyway. However, there was really no dish that stood out for us that I can give a proper comment about so I’ll just leave it at that. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t that-good-oh-my-god-I-want-to-eat-you-again kind of good.

Dinner aftermath

Dinner aftermath. These is the only picture that I was able to snap with food innit.

Dem lovers at the entrance

Dem lovers at the entrance

Anyway, we decided to roam the streets again and walk our way to the National Road to go back to the Pension House. But before we went home, we went to the nearest store, which was just a few steps away from the pension house to buy some booze to drink that night.

Pabili nga po ng JaBar

Pabili nga po ng JaBar

Coron streets at night

Coron at Night. Took in front of Ralph's. There's the store at the left.

Team Building na rin namin ni Apple. Langyang team building yan, sa sariling bulsa namin ang gastos, hehe

Team Building na rin namin ni Apple. Langyang team building yan, sa sariling bulsa namin ang gastos, hehe

Anyway, we stayed up to the wee hours of the morning drinking the shots concocted by Jan while watching Futurama courtesy of me, hehe.

END OF DAY 2

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START OF DAY 3

At Coron Village Lodge

At Coron Village Lodge

We all woke up at around 8-9AM and went out again to the streets to find a restaurant where we can have Brunch. We again followed the National Road, which was an uphill walk by the way, to find a restaurant where we can eat. We ended up having brunch at Coron Village Lodge Restuarant.

Coron Village Lodge, as per its name, also serves as a lodging/transient house for tourists. The place has a “touristy” feel on it as the restaurant is adorned with little souvenirs and stuff representing other parts of the world.

Anyway, when we arrived, they presented us with the menu and these are the dishes that we ordered.

Kare-kare

Kare-kare

Sizzling Tuna

Sizzling Tuna

Actually, we also ordered Bopis, but we weren’t able to take a picture of it because it wasn’t served together with the above dishes. More on that later.

Anyway, the kare-kare was ok and i think it was a little dry. The sizzling tuna, however, was a blast. And for someone who doesn’t really love eating fish, or eats fish with gusto, the dish was really delicious. See, I only eat fish like once in a blue moon. The dish was really juicy and it can stand on it own even without the sauce. If you’re going to eat here, you might wanna try this dish. Highly recommended.

On the downside, the bopis together with our (emphasis on the our) extra rice was served late. So we kind of lost our appetite and the momentum of our brunch that day. I can’t however give my opinion on the dish as I don’t eat Bopis. The kind ate’s however didn’t charge us for our extra rice so that brings balance to our worlds.

Coron Harvest

Coron Harvest

After our brunch at Coron Village Lodge, we hailed a tricycle and decided to head to Coron Harvest Cashew House as per plan. This is a famous cashew house in Coron that they were even featured by the local media and Living Asia Channel. There was like a wall montage of pictures of different celebrities and personalities that graced their store.

So when we arrived, we were invited inside the store and see how they work on their products. The smell of freshly roasted cashew was really very good and was hunger-inducing (or was it just me?) even though we just had brunch. There was like a drum of freshly roasted cashew that they were sifting and repacking so the smell was all-over. Also, they gave us a lot, and I mean a lot, of free cashews. I think, and per our estimate, they gave us each at most P200 worth of free Cashew nuts that day. I think that was quite helpful for us so we won’t open the cashews that we bought for home.

Freshly Roasted Cashew Nuts

Freshly Roasted Cashew Nuts

Sifting the newly roasted Cashew Nuts

Sifting the newly roasted Cashew Nuts

Cashews under the sun

Cashews under the sun

Lola painstakingly cleaning and cutting the cashew nuts by piece. Yep, one by one.

Lola painstakingly cleaning and cutting the cashew nuts by piece. Yep, one by one.

Eating our free (i think this is our second round) cashew nuts while ate's repacking

Eating our free (i think this is our second round) cashew nuts while ate's repacking

The kind people here also told us that we were lucky we were early as they were not opening their store that day as all their products are already sold out. They haven’t even opened their store and they were already sold out. Turns out, in order for you to buy their products, you have to place your orders the day before. Meaning, you have a 24 hour wait period before you can receive your order. That is how their products are sold. ‘Selling like pancakes’ would be a real understatement. The ate’s were so kind that they told us that we were the only walk-in customers that they will serve that day. True enough, while we were wandering around their house while eating cashew nuts, one of the ate’s went out to the front of the store to tell the new batch of customers that arrived that they were out of products to sell. She made her list down their orders so they can pick it up the next day. After that, another batch came and requested for the cashew nuts that they ordered yesterday, but they weren’t still ready and packed as the kind ate’s attended to us first.

So if you get here at Coron, make sure that you pass by Coron Harvest and sample their Cashew products. They have a wide variety (not just roasted) of cashew products to offer so make sure to visit the good folks here.

At the Market

At the Market

Our third day was our lazy day as we didn’t have the energy to go on another beach hopping adventure. After going to Coron Harvest, we just went to the nearby market and had some Zagu as it was very hot that day. We should have been on a trip to a new set of islands but we didn’t go through with it as our bodies were still burnt out with the activities we had on day 2, literally and figuratively. In fact, my skin hurts whenever it’s slapped or scratched (don’t get any ideas, i scratched and slapped myself) so I had to buy and apply lotion (again, don’t get any ideas) so my skin would heal and wouldn’t hurt that much. Hopefully, when we go back here, we will take this new island tour plus visit again those places that we weren’t able to take pictures of properly, like the underwater/blue lagoon, which was literally paradise.

Back at the pension house, while we were watching TV/Playing PSP(me)/Sleeping, one of Kuya Jhun’s staff went up to our room and gave us Banana Chocolate Cakes and 1.5 Coke as our merienda, all in the house. The cakes were home made and it was delicious. And since we still have leftover breads and sandwich spreads from our trip yesterday, we had a big grubfest on our room. Not to mention the free Cashew nuts that we still have on our bags. Sweet.

When dinner time came, we again checked on our research the best places to eat at Coron. We selected Out of Africa burgers, which again was just walking distance from Ralph’s.

We should have read that arrow

We should have read that arrow

The building where Out of Africa is located is on a two-storey building. Out of Africa Burgers was on the 2nd floor. We realized it when we tried to ask the assistant on the 1st floor restaurant, which was a different resto, what burgers do they have to offer. Good thing ate didn’t take it badly. We just told the ate that we would sample their food the next day, our departure day,  as we had a schedule to follow. That promise was Jan’s fault. Jan, how could you?!?

Anyway, when we went upstairs, it was your typical restaurant. It was relaxing, open-air, and no frills. There is a scuba suit hanging, dusted in the corner and a lot of diving related paraphernalia adorning the walls. Turns out, this is the hang-out for scuba divers here at Coron. We were lucky as we were their first customers that night so we didn’t have to wait that long for our food to be served.

Out of Africa Burgers Menu

Out of Africa Burgers Menu

Regular Burger

Regular Burger

Chicken Burger

Chicken Burger

Chili Burger

Chili Burger and fries - my order

Ok, you know I consider myself to have high standard on burgers (the nerve!). Anyway, these burgers are amazing. It is reasonably priced and it is very delicious. The chili burger is not that really chili, but it’s ok. It has some kick in it but not that strong. The patty is juicy and the taste was ok. The buns are your typical home made buns. The burger was really heavy on the stomach. Actually, we planned to buy some isaw and barbeque at the hawker stall in front of the building but we didn’t since we were really full after eating these burgers. I didn’t even manage to finish off my bread. I just ate the burger patties as I really enjoyed them. The fries that they serve are those regular fries that can be found on your local supermarket. Good siding still though. Anyway, Out of Africa burgers are a must try when you go to Coron. And make sure your stomach is empty before feasting on one of these goodies.

LAMON POWERS OFF!

After eating at Out of Africa burgers, we decided to walk again towards the plaza to digest what we just ate. Anyway, the local carnival was still present in the plaza so we decided to do what we stalled to do the other night: to play the number game.

I didn’t join in their number game. I’m a wuss when it comes to gambling. It is a stated fact that every game that involves money, I suck at it.

Anyway, after our little trip at the plaza, we decided to head home and again, drink some Jabar. Since it was our last night, Kuya Jhun went to the bar (the real bar) and asked if we need anything while we were lording over their magic sing. Needless to say, we invited him to our little booze party and we all belted out our songs. The whole island of Coron, I think, had trouble sleeping that night.

At the store with Bamboo-ni

At the store with Bamboo-ni

Group pic at the bar

Group pic at the bar

Group with Kuya Jhun. Alam na kugn sino nanghohoard ng magic sing, haha

Group with Kuya Jhun. Alam na kung sino nanghohoard ng magic sing, haha

END OF DAY 3

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DAY 4 – Departure Day.

We woke up early the next day so we can all arrange our things and have breakfast as well. We were asked last night what we wanted for our breakfast and it was served at the dining area in front of our room, which is right next to the bar. Since we finished breakfast early (I had tocino), we still had some time to lounge around our room, take pictures at the sofa at the reception before departing.

But before we left the pension house, we gave a little memento to Kuya Jhun. We bought last night an extra Jabar and wrote our message of thanks and appreciation to their hospitality and very welcome treatment that they gave us. What we gave might not be much but we really do sincerely thank him for the wonderful stay that we experienced at Coron.

I would like to thank.... Kuya Jhun and the graffitied Jabar

'I would like to thank' moment, hehe. Kuya Jhun and the graffitied Jabar

END OF TRIP

I’ll try to post later photos of our Day 3 on my Facebook. Internet at home has been crappy lately. And sorry for the delay. I kinda made sure that the costs we incurred for our trip was correct. And also the pictures, they were like all over so I had to sort them out first, hehe. =p

MY BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES

KAWAYANAN Total- P 720 (sorry I forgot to itemize) = P720/5 = P144
Day 2 Booze Party =
…..The Bar = P75 * 2 = P150
…..Sprite 1.5 = P45 * 2 = P90
…..Snacks = P200
TOTAL = P440 / 5 = P88
CORON VILLAGE LODGE
….. Bopis = P150
….. Sizzling Tuna = P150
….. Kare-Kare = P230
….. 5 Rice = P100
….. 2 Extra Rice = FREE
TOTAL = P630 / 5 = P126
Tricycle to Coron Harvest = P8
CORON HARVEST
….. Pasalubong (home) = P500
….. Pasalubong (office) = P400/2 (shared with Apple = P200
Tricycle to Plaza= P8
Zagu = P42
OUT OF AFRICA
…..Chili Burger w/ Fries = P150
…..Coke = P20
Day 3 Booze Party
…..The Bar = P75 * 3 = P225
…..Sprite/Coke 1.5 = P45 * 2 = P90
…..Snacks = P200
SML = P25 * 6 = P150
TOTAL = P665 / 5 = P133
Day 4 Breakfast = P100
Van from Pension House to Airport = P150 * 2 = P300 (forgot to include this on Day 1)

DAY 2(1/2), 3, and 4 TOTAL = P1819

TOTAL TRIP COST WITH ADJUSTMENTS ON ACTUAL EXPENSE FOR THE DAY

Day 1 Total = P2090*
Day 2 Total = P1328.8**
Day 3 Total = P1187
Day 4 Total = P250

GRAND TOTAL = P4855.8***

* Added the P150 van from airport to pension house
** Included day 2 dinner and booze costs
** Grand Total does not include Airfare, Terminal Fees, and other
snacks that I bought impulsively (e.g., candies, etc.).
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Responses

  1. SOBRANG enjoy ito brod! at ang highlight nito ay…… ang chubibo at ang color game!!!! 😛

    talagang sulit ang expenses ah. nice nice!

    • hindi kami sumakay dun sa chubibo, baka magkalas pag sumakay ako e, haha.
      actually, ung sa budget ko, sarado P5K ung nagastos ko. Nagmcdo pa kasi kami pagdating namin sa manila, hehe.

  2. ganon ba yun? hindi pala sila nasiyahan kung walang peryahan sa plaza haha

    • tama! hindi pyesta ang pyesta kung walang peryahan sa plaza….
      at dapat everpresent si number game at chubibo na pag binato mo e makakalas kagad.

      • hehe uu nga.. tsaka bakit parang ang bait naman ata ni kuya?

      • oo pramis ang bait nila. nung island tour nga namin, nagulat na lang kami nagpunta din sila dun, tapos nakipagkwentuhan pa samin. may cctv ata sila ng buong coron, haha.
        kidding aside, ok sila. mabait saka talagang ccheck nila kung ok ung stay nyo. may free cakes pa nga kami saka coke 1.5.
        kung ppunta kayo coron, advise ko dito kayo magstay. maganda ung location nila saka mababait ung staff.

  3. naks mukhang enjoy na enjoy k nga ah.. parang nakakapagod yan? wlang pahinga

    • meron naman. ung day 3, lazy day namin. =p
      ikaw nga, dumadavao na, nakakameet pa ng tsikababes, haha

  4. Pretty good full account of your Coron vacation. Well detailed amount ng nagastos lol Can I see your pix on fb? I am plannin’ on going to Coron kaya lang research and ipon-stage palang ako ngayon. I’ll send you a fb friend request, confirm it ok? ‘lamat

    • ok. sabihin mo lang na ikaw un, hehe.
      suplado kuno ako sa FB haha

      • i don’t normally do facebook (funny, ‘coz the rest of the humans in this plant seemed to be in it lol) pero sabi mo that’s the only way to see ur Coron photographs kaya i am sending a friend request.

  5. I’m also curious, ‘yung eroplano papuntang Coron, smooth ba ang lipad. Kabado kasi ‘ko kapag hindi PAL ang carrier. Also, what is the passenger capacity of the plane, ilang tao ang laman? ty again

    • smooth naman. kaso hindi pa sumasayaw ung mga FA ng CebPac nung nag Coron kami, un lang regrets namin, haha.
      hindi ko binilang kung ilan kaming pasahero, bow! =p

  6. lol i am a first-time poster onn here. how come i have a sad pink face? randomly assigned or can i choose? i feel like a dweeby dork! lol anyhooo, i am curious about Coron, i’m planning on visiting with my barkada. 🙂

    • random po. i have no idea how to set it. haha

  7. lol “po” ???? wow, that made me feel old. palagay ko malapit lang ang age natin. btw, i already sent you a fb friend request. madali lang malaman na aku ‘yon, pareho kasi ang pangalan. hahaha

  8. oh btw, i got your “salamat” message for subscribing. ur welcome 🙂

  9. i also like (2 thumbs up) ur binondo foodie adventure. will u guys venture to makati, greenbelt area also?

    • wala naman kaming makitang affordable na pwedeng pagfoodtripan sa greenbelt. poor lang kami.
      we went japanese food tripping somewhere in makati. my friend Ann did a post about it so i didnt bother doing one.
      Also, i lost the receipts so i forgot how much exactly we shelled out but its around P500 for 4 pax.

  10. random basa, team building uli! :p


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