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Traveling with Cheng Oct 31-Nov 8, 2016

Traveling with Cheng

GPS waypoint: 7°03'51.7"N 125°36'27.8"E
Location: Coron, Busuanga, Philippines

Good Samaritan
Since we met in July 2013 in Siargao, I have waited a long time to see Cheng again. She's a Singaporean surfer dudette, a Good Samaritan who offered to store my stuff and use her hotel washroom while I slept on my hammock on Cloud 9. We kept our friendship by email through the years. I tried hooking-up with her while I was traveling Southeast Asia but she was either in India or China. Now, we both had free time so I suggested we meet in Coron. Luckily, she said yes.

Matching flights and getting cheap air fare wasn't easy. She'd be flying to Manila from Beijing as I was flying to Manila from Davao. But good fortune prevailed. We met in Manila as planned and took our flight to Coron where Lerma and Tom (managers of Palawan SandCastles) provided airport pick-up. Thanks guys!

Palawan SandCastles
My good 'ol Aussie friend, Outback Greg, came to the rescue by offering his resort in Cheey, Palawan SandCastles. SandCastles is an unpretentious rustic beach resort isolated on the other side of Busuanga Island, about 1.5 hours from Coron Town. It's a remote section where Dugongs are occasionally spotted. It has a house reef for accessible snorkeling, single-tracks through the local villages for mountain bike rides and nearby islands accessible by kayaks. SandCastle is the perfect vacation getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Therapist Cheng
Since we last met, Cheng learned many things while traveling to India and China. She's now a registered therapist, performing accupuncture, ayurveda treatment, pulse reading, ear cleaning and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Moreover, she is a registered 200-RYT (yoga teacher) and an 8-time Vipassana meditator. We had many things in common and shared equally as much.

Traveling with Cheng
boat ride to Culion

At SandCastles in Cheey, Cheng and I spent time hanging out with Greg, Melissa (another resort guest) and the Malaysian crew, who we bonded with. Through Tribal Adventures Tours, we went for boat rides and mountain biking. I would enjoin the other guests for yoga. The isolation and serenity of SandCastles was perfect in stilling the mind.

While I have been to Coron many times, I haven't been to Culion. With the Malaysians docking in Culion for a lunch stop-over, Cheng and I hitched a ride and left ourselves to explore the place. Contrary to popular notion, Culion is no longer a leper colony because there are no longer lepers in Culion. Leprosy is already treatable. However, the people who live in Culion are mostly those who survived leprosy. Culion is their home free from the stigma of the dreaded disease. Here is where they re-established themselves as normal functioning members of society and are joined by their offsprings, extending now to the 4th generation.

Ending Thoughts
Upon arrival in Coron from Culion, Cheng took the flight back to Singapore. It was short and sweet spending time with Cheng again. I don't know if there will be a next time. We don't get to choose who we meet. As travelers, friendships can have a 48-hour shelf life - we are just grateful for the chance to reunite when our paths cross. Safe travels Cheng.

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Cheng Blogs

  1. Nong Khai with Cheng Mar 18 - Apr ???, 2020
  2. Traveling with Cheng Oct 31-Nov 8, 2016
  3. Sex in Singapore? Oct 20, 2013
  4. Singapore Girl July 21, 2013
  5. Exploring Siargao's Cloud 9 July 18-20, 2013

Next stop: back to Palawan SandCastles

at SandCastles doing Tri Dosha yoga by Gino sea breeze by the beach at Palawan SandCastles dining with the Malaysian crew....they were awesome! hitting the mountain bike trails with Outback Greg and the Malaysian crew
across rice paddies beach yoga with Cheng and Melissa, a resort guest with Melissa and Cheng, three is company Cheng in her favorite swim spot in Culion
clear waters watching the Pacquiao fight vs Vargas at Safari Lodge visiting the Culion Church visiting Culion Museum and Archives
swimming with the fishes outdoor cafe with a view wrinkle removal thru accupuncture ear cleaning...didn't know there was so much garbage inside my ear!
lunch time at SandCastles with Greg, Melissa and Lerma chancing on Boboy Francisco, founder of the UP Mountaineers boatride with the Malaysians tipping the scales
at the, you won't get is now treatable and contained Culion tour with our tour guide, Pastor at the Aguila peak overlooking Culion town  


Pastor Hermie Villanueva

tour guide

Location: Culion Town Proper tour guide Culion
Tel: 0921.394.7106 | 0995.660.6070
Tour Fee: P500

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