There’s a special place in the cockles of my heart for Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan. IĀ first visited the place in 1995 just before graduating from college and have since called it my escape, my island oasis, my second home. Those who’ve visited the island have similar things to say, calling it an island paradise, the last frontier, an ecological sanctuary. The seafood is fresh and tasty, the beaches are gorgeous (even though you DO have to go out of the city to get to the best spots), and the folks are friendly. Prices aren’t bad either. I haven’t been back in a few years, so these shots from Gay Somera really hit the spot, making me feel nostalgic, envious and beach-bum-lazy at the same time.

Enjoy these as I have.