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Living In Palawan, Philippines

Known as the country's frontier, Palawan has managed to preserve its fascinatingly natural habitat through the years. Situated north of Mindoro and north of Malaysia's Sabah Island, Palawan is the country's largest province spanning 1.5 million hectares. An ideal breeding ground for tropical flora and fauna, Palawan has more than a thousand islands and islets where monekys, squirrels, bear cats, and zebras thrive with wild tropical palnts and corals.

Living In Badian, Barili, Philippines

Like most towns, Badian took its name from an abundant plant in the area called Badyang. But when Spaniards came, they found it difficult to pronounce the word changing it to Badian.

This third class municipality with 29 barangays houses one of the district hospitals in the south, the Badian District Hospital. They also have a rural health center and a fully equipped birthing center. Aside from the schools and hospitals, Badian also has a few interesting heritage houses.

Living In Naga City, Bicol Region, Philippines

By way of background I live with my wife in Naga City. I took an early retirement and moved here about a year after the embassy refused to interview my wife and denied her a visa. Prior to my move I made a number of trips, usually every four months or so to visit. I have traveled from Manila by plane, air-conditioned bus both during the day and at night and on one occasion took the bus that most locals use with wood and metal seats, no a/c, animals etc. (I'm not sure I would do that again but would not have missed the experience either.) Currently most of my travel to and from Naga is by a/c bus since I believe the cost of airline tickets are to high.

Living In Dapitan City, Philippines

Dapitan City is indeed a place to be. It's a serene and peaceful place. Note that a Western Grocery Store just recently opened. I can say that it has all the things that a westerner wants from a grocery store Valecer Grocery has it.

Dapitan is not an ordinary city. It is incomparable in terms of beauty, tranquility, historical significance and most of all far more distinct from the rest of the modern cities in the Philippines.

Living In Marinduque, Philippines (2005)

I am also not from Cebu. I have visited Cebu, but I spend most of my life on the Tropical Island of Marinduque. There are some very nice websites about the island on the internet. We are 100 miles for Manila, 60 or so by land and 40 by water. We have scheduled boat service in fair weather and during foul (weather) the service is often cancelled. Boats travel from the island to Lucena, and return to any of four ports on the island. There are boats large enough to accommodate you and some large enough to drive your car on. The larger boats are cheaper, but take longer. Travel time ranges from 1 3/4 hours to about 4 hours. The boats are reasonably clean and efficient. Seats can be obtained that are open air or air conditioned.



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