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When Dong Ho and I met at Puerto Princesa airport we only had one plan in mind and that was to go as far south of Palawan as possible and back in 3 days. No concrete itineraries, just plain passion to see personally what is there.
We were targetting the island municipality of Balabac, unfortunately, the boat going there already left 2 hours before we arrived at the pier of Rio Tuba. Though the accommodations at the pier was really tempting as I have not experienced sleeping on a house on stilts, but it was still 3 o’clock in the afternoon and we could still cover more ground. That’s when we decided that we would go back to Brooke’s Point and stay there for the night to get an early start to go around the next day.
At the stopover of Roro Bus in Brooke’s Point we were asking around on where we could stay for the night when one of the staff in the cafeteria told us that the establishment beside was in fact a lodging. We went there, asked for the price of their fan room (300 pesos/room/night) and decided to stay there for the night as the room was okay with our standards.
It was only the next morning that we found out the name of the lodge, Glabs Lodge. They had a sari-sari store, a restaurant and a computer shop inside the establishment. There are only 2 problems that we had with the lodge, (1) it was noisy outside the room and (2) the water from the faucet seems to have strong water pressure but it takes time to fill up the bucket.
When we were about to go on a tour of Brooke’s Point, we were thinking of leaving our things at the lodge but we had no fix itinerary and we may find another place to go on a whim so it would be better for us to bring our stuff. Though I understand the convenience of having a fixed itinerary where we could just book rooms online for a fix number of nights but for an adventure like this, I do not think we have that luxury.
At the end of the tour we find ourselves racing to the municipality of Narra where we were asking around where to stay again. We rode a tricycle to be sent to their town proper where lodgings can be found. In the middle of the ride we asked the driver on how we could get to Rasa Island where the Cuckatoo can be found. When he said that we should go to Panacan Port we quickly made the tricycle turn around to Panacan Port as it was already getting dark and we may not be able to find information to get to Rasa Island.
On the way we kept our eyes open for lodgings nearby that’s when we saw AR Pensione, the closest lodging we saw from Panacan Port. Somehow I knew that this is where we would lodge as we knew that we should be staying near the port.
The room we got has a private CR and is cheaper than Glabs Pensione in Brooke’s Point (260 Pesos/room/night). They had a dining area inside the compound but there was nothing to order so we went outside and ate at a nearby family restaurant for dinner.
In the morning we left our things at the lodging, went to Borbon Beach to look for the Katala and visited an old port then went back to the lodging. Then we went back to Puerto Princesa to finish our trip.