Back to work and got swamped with so much paper works that piled up while I am away and more paper works brought home for our latest steering committee meeting, not to mention my study related papers and case studies. Before I lose my self in the chaos of work and everything else that needs my attention. I would like to stay still for a moment and remember what a beautiful paradise Puerto Princesa is. I promised that I will chronicle my stay there and the best time to do is now, when it is still fresh in my mind.
It was a business trip with leisure on the side. The 10th ERDT Conference was co-located with an international conference and the venue was at the Hotel Centro in Puerto Princesa, Palawan where we were also billeted. We arrived at the Puerto Princesa Airport at around 11:30 am and went straight to the hotel .
I got high expectations with the hotel and was a bit disappointed but eventually got used to it and it was not really that bad it just that last year we stayed in a five star hotel and I can’t help but compare. The staff are nice and accommodating so that’s a plus. On our first day we ate lunch at Max’s restaurant at the nearest mall, I was kind of disappointed cause I was hoping to dine in a local restaurant but we are so hungry so we settled.
The first day was spent travelling and shopping at nearby souvenir shops. This a typical Filipino trait, buying “pasalubong” for family and friends. You’ll notice that almost everyone’s first question once they get to their destination is “where are the pasalubong center/souvenir shops”. I bought some freshwater pearls earrings and bracelets for my mom, sisters and bffs. I also bought cashew nuts (my favorite) and some danggit (dried fish) and dried squid (another favorite). The hotel has a pool so we took advantage of it and went for a swim
The second day was all business. I was at the registration area in the morning and assisting participants. In the afternoon, I attended the Steering Committee Meeting that lasted for almost 5 hours. My head was about to explode when the meeting ended. There’s so much to do and just thinking about it makes me dizzy. We rest for a while and went out for a dinner. We went to Badjao Seafood Restaurant which is probably 30-40 minutes drive from the hotel but it was worth the time and effort.
The food was amazing, everything’s fresh and tastes great. I loved the crabs, shrimps, fishes, everything. I was so full that I felt like I have to carry my stomach while walking back to the car. There’s also a guy who played the piano and he is really good, he played the most romantic songs in the world. The ambiance is also fantastic, very rustic but with a touch of elegance. The restaurant is surrounded by mangroves and the air’s fresh. The view would must have been great during day time. I loved that place and my wish to eat in a local restaurant was granted.