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My 2012 Birthday Travel Celebration

I didn’t expect I could travel on my 2012 birthday celebration. As I have mentioned in my previous post, it is very difficult for me to steal even an hour off from my chosen career. However, even how puzzling it is to think of, everything is still possible and really happened on my birthday.

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I woke up this morning as early as 3:30 AM to pack up my things; just those personal handy stuff for a day-long birthday escape with friends. We immediately rushed to the NAIA terminal 3 for our early flight to Palawan. Yes! You heard it, our destination was in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Not too long after 6:00 in the morning, we were welcomed by a morning by-the-seashore breakfast with a mountainous white rice towered with a big white lit candle. The view was really breath-taking, the morning dew and the rising sun were really exhilarating.

After that sumptuous breakfast we had, since it was just a quick escape, we didn’t waste any minute so we hurriedly take off for an Underground River Cruise. It took us more than 4 hours to experience and enjoy being inside a big cave and bodies of water which I could only see on images in books and on the internet before. But the feeling of getting there and being there is enormous and expounding.

Our flight back here in my place was at 6:00 in the afternoon. While we were heading to the Palawan Airport, we passed by at several shopping stalls to have us “pasalubong” for our friends waiting for the exciting and adventurous experiences we could share. We bought stuff that could only be bought in Palawan as well as food delicacies from the place but just enough for our “pasalubong” budget. While sporting for Palawan souvenir shirts for myself, M called, greeted and woke me up from my deepest sleep. Just then I realized, I was totally in my most-relaxing sleep and those were just my dreams. He called me at 3:30 AM to wake me up and reminded me that I need to study for an exam at 8:00 AM.

Whew! But at least, even in my dreams, I was able to travel for my 2012 birthday celebration. :)


Best Places To Spend A Birthday

Many said, it is best to travel places to spend a birthday celebration. For those who has extra travel budget, it might be the best idea for a birthday but for those who has a very tight budget, like me, traveling on my birthday is not yet a priority but a wishlist still today.

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My birthday is coming. Counting to it, it’s just days lesser than the number of your either right or left fingers in your hand. A lot of my friends has been inviting me and planning to have the coming bash to spend here and there, but because of my schedule as well and the fact that I really gotten broke, I couldn’t say a “yes” for them yet. And they knew that fact, of course.

But as a young lass like me, I still can’t deny that I am really itching to go travel and visit places on my birthday. Some of the best places for me ideal to spend birthday are:

  1. Ilocos Norte – Any places and spots in Ilocos Norte, is for me relaxing treat on my birthday. I have never been there, so I guess, it’s more memorable to spend my first tour in Ilocos Norte on my birthday. Isn’t it?
  2. Puerto Princesa, Palawan – I’ve been longing to explore myself one of the seven (7) wonders of the world which is also the Philippine pride, the Underground River in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. And as mentioned earlier, “first times” are always the most memorable much even more when it happened on my birthday.
  3. Boracay Island – Sounding a cliche, but pardon me, I am just one of those who hasn’t stepped on the sands of Boracay Island who really wished to not just step on it, but feel and experience the so-called “Boracay Fever” on my birthday. Cool idea, isn’t it?

The above mentioned best places to spend a birthday are yet and sure to be just a wishlist for me as of now. I don’t know when these be visited, tomorrow, the next month, the next year or so. But what I am certain is that, I am very thankful for the Lord for giving me opportunities, blessings and guidance and good health, not to mention, for the past travels I had and the more travels to come that are especially free.


Visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River

It is just very recently that the Philippines’ pride underground river — Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan province has made it to be one of the newest seven (7) wonders of nature in the world.

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Where is Puerto Princesa Underground River located?

According to the PPUR official website:

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) is found in the Midwest coast of Palawan approximately 365 nautical miles south of Manila. It is located some 76 km northwest of Puerto Princesa City, facing the South China sea. It lies within portions of Bgys. Cabayugan, Marufinas, and Tagabinet, Its geographic coordinates are 10? 10 north, 118? 55 south.


General Entrance Fee
P 75.00 and P 50.00


Cave Entrance Fee*

21 – 59 yr. Old (P  200.00)

18 – 20 yr. Old (P  100.00)

13 – 17 yr. Old ( P    75.00)

6 – 12  yr. Old (P    50.00)

Commercial Video Fee  (P 3,000.00)

*Filipino Senior Citizens 60 yr. old and above, Children 5 years old and below, and the handicapped are exempted from paying entrance for the Underground River Tour.

Management strictly enforces a “No permit, No entrance policy”. Visitor Entry Permits can be obtained at the Underground River Booking Office located at the center of the City.


Other Fees

Van Rental from the City Proper
P 3,500.00 – two way (average van rental price)

Boat to Underground River Beach
P700.00 for 6 persons – two way


Rates are according to the PPUR official website.

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