Okay I'm starting to play catch up on last weeks events in the Philippines. It took us 17 hours to travel from Singapore to El Nido, a small rustic town in the north of the Palawan. This consisted of taking the MRT (the metro) an hour to the airport, catching a flight from Singapore to Manila (the capital of the Philippines) almost missing our next flight to Puerto Princesa and then catching a 5-6 (in reality 7) hour bus ride to El Nido. We arrived to our hostel after 1 am and, exhausted, went straight to bed.
The next morning we were awoken after a nice sleep in at about 6am to the abundant sounds of roosters crowing, and people walking around on the street RIGHT beside the window. The nicest surprise however was that because El Nido has a limited supply of power, the power shuts off between 6am and 2:30pm everyday. Therefore our fan room was HOT. We got up dripping with sweat and each immediately had to take a shower. On my way to the shower I found a cockroach on the floor. Since we had only booked for one night we decided that we would find a new hostel to stay at that day, but first we went upstairs for breakfast. Once we got upstairs we say the most incredible view and decided that the heat and the noise and the cockroach (which was luckily the only one we saw that week) weren't that bad if we could look out at that view each morning. And thus began an incredible week in the Philippines.