Today is my lucky day!
I boarded the 9am boat from Coron to El Nido. The boat was new, very clean and freshly painted. As it turned out, I was only one of two passengers out of a 21-pax capacity.
It was like ‘playing house’ in my very own boat with a nice deck and six crew members. I enjoyed watching the peaceful sea, verdant islands, and the occasional stingray that swam alongside the boat.
When I arrived in El Nido, I went to a hotel perched on a hill with amazing views. I didn’t have a reservation and was told that they were fully booked, except for one room – their most expensive one. It wasn’t within my budget.
But the view from the room is so beautiful! I wasn’t going to give up so I simply, honestly told the owners, “It’s a bit out of my budget but I would really love to stay here tonight.”
They must have sensed how much I wanted to stay there (or they pitied my tired state after a 7-hour boat ride), so they gave the room to me at almost half price!
Tomorrow, I will wake up and enjoy breakfast from my very own balcony overlooking the bay, limestone cliffs and El Nido town.
Life is good. Thank you.
Travel: Boat ride from Coron to El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. March 7, 2014.