Saturday, July 31, 2010

Royal Oberoi- Off the beaten track

Pool with the Villa Suites in background
We recently stumbled upon the Royal Oberoi Hotel. Off the National Highway going sout in Puerto Princesa.  It is off the Highway enough to not hear the traffic, but close enough to town to make it fairly convinient.  It has a huge pool, which they claim is the largest in the area. The grounds are neat and clean.  It looks like you can even book online, which makes it handy.  We didn't get a chance to look at the rooms, but if you click that link it will take you to photos of the rooms on their own website.

The rates are pretty good considering the breakfast for 2 comes with the rooms and also City Tour, visit to the Underground river with Van! They even have WiFi!

Just a small portion of the pool.

Here's an example of a package rate:
"TOUR PACKAGES: FROM PHP 7,586.30 (DELUXE) NET PER PAX TO PHP 8,286.30 (SUITE VILLA) NET PER PAX. Inclusive of the ff: 4 days & 3 nights Room Accommodation in De Luxe/Suite Villa. Full Board Meals. City Tour; Butterfly Garden; Underground River with van, boat, lunch and entrance fees; Honda Bay with boat rental, lunch, and van inclusions; Crocodile Farm; Iwahig Penal Farm; Mitra Ranch;

2 kids below 5 years old free on meals, bed sharing with parents/guardians. Above rates are subject to 10% service charge "

Here is their contact information:
Palawan Booking Office:

South National Highway,
Esteban Road, Santa Monica, Puerto Princesa City 5300,



Traffic in Puerto Princesa

It seems like since we started going to Puerto Princesa last May 2009, and have since moved here, that the traffic in the City has gone from bad to worse.

We live outside of the main traffic areas, and lately I have been trying to avoid driving through City Center just to avoid the traffic. It's bad all day long now...then it gets worse at the end of the day when people get off work.  I keep trying to remind myself why we moved here. With two car dealerships now open, I guess more people are buying cars, but the preponderance of the gas tricycle seems to have gone up as well.

The brown outs are not adding the the general enjoyment. There's a brownout just about every day. With the amount of business opening up, semingly every day, it leaves me wondering how this problem is going to get resolved. Yesterday we had a brown out at the office for 6 hours!

We have purchased two hectares in Luzviminda and I can't wait to build our home and move out of the city entirely! Dave brought out two of his electric motorbikes so he can drive around the area and not pollute the pristine air there.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Stop Mining Palawan Forest (Philippines) Petition

It's not like there aren't more sustainable ways to create jobs for Palawe├▒os. In fact tourism is certainly more sustainable.

Please sign the petition and pass on.
Watch this video if you are not sure

Stop Mining Palawan Forest (Philippines) Petition