Working in Palawan Paradise: Pangulasian Island

Approaching Pangulasian Island

Approaching Pangulasian Island

I am sitting at the departure area of Lio Airport. It’s 8:40 in the morning, in twenty minutes, I will be going back to Manila. Pangulasian Island has been my home for the past two months. It’s hard to find words to describe how my experience has been. Two months went by too fast.

Snorkeling at 6am waiting for the sharks

Snorkeling at 6am waiting for the sharks

Early morning kayak sessions

Early morning kayak sessions

Living in a beautiful island surrounded by nature’s bounty is an inexplicable thing. Waking up to the sounds of chirping birds in the morning, going for a run at 6:00 AM surrounded by lush greenery and all you can hear is your breath and nature’s sounds. Hiking to the top of the island to see the moon set and the sun rise with a 360 view of the stunning Bacuit Bay. There is no shortage of majestic, painting-like sunsets.

Pangulasian Sunset

Pangulasian Sunset

Digging my feet into the fine white sand and looking out into the azure waters. Witnessing turtle hatchlings, swimming with the sharks, monitor lizards gallivanting around the island, monkeys in the smoking area, kayaking under the moonlight. These are just some of the things I have experienced for the past two months.

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Pangulasian Panorama

Turtle hatchlings on the island

Turtle hatchlings on the island

Going to the island, I did not know what to expect. I have always lived in the city and living on an island with the beach a few steps from where I sleep has always been a dream. So when I got an opportunity to work in El Nido Resorts’ Pangulasian Island, I grabbed it. And I am so glad I did. In working there, I have met the loveliest and most genuine people. Thank you for the friendship and the random adventures I will always remember with fondness. It does claim to be “The most beautiful place in the world” and it lives up to that title. Through the real gem of the island – its people.

-Tanya

Evening class with the staff

Evening class with the staff

Last night in Pangulasian Island with the Marine Sports boys

Last night in Pangulasian Island with the Marine Sports boys

Saying our goodbyes on my last day

Saying our goodbyes on my last day

Goodbye, Pangulasian! I will be back!

Goodbye, Pangulasian! I will be back!

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Countdown to Freedom!

30 days until our South East Asian experience as of posting! Crunch time to gather for funds and trip planning! Our dream has finally been planted and there’s no stopping now. So when did this all start? Well, we’ve been doing little trips locally and abroad for years now but it only lasted for days and weeks. We were inspired by travellers and friends whom we’ve met along the way who’s been doing it for months, for some, even years and how it was so life changing for them. There are risks along the way in terms of leaving our careers and not enough funds to go on with it. But somehow we just booked our tickets early this year armed with the gusto to really do it this time. First stop on our backpacking trip would be Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, a vibrant modern city with the mix of the old charm. We can’t wait for the enthralling adventures and endless craziness along the way! So follow Kat and Tanya’s experience as we write our stories on the road. We’re on a shoestring budget and we’ll be posting tips for your future travels and we’ll be adding tabs for specific countries along the way. So as for you readers, just go and explore because in the end it doesn’t really matter how long and where you travel, it’s the people and moments you experience along the way. As Mark Twain had once written, “Explore, Dream and Discover”. 🙂

– Kat and Tanya