It’s my 2nd time at Qi Palawan. My first time is way back 2014. This was where Apple and I had our honeymoon. It was a place that we would never forget. A place where we can hear the wind.
There are very few places like this on Earth. At least that’s what I think. I haven’t been to a lot of places honestly so I hold this place in a special place in my heart. Not only because it’s where I spent my honeymoon with my wife. But also because it is arguably the only place that made me feel like I was in paradise.
Entering the resort, you are greeted by a well tended garden that coves around you. I arrived around 1:30am in the morning but I had my torchlight on to see the surroundings and to light the path for my family.
We came from a 6 hour ride from Puerto Princesa to Qi Palawan. Yes I’m aware that there’s AirSwift for flights direct to El Nido so I won’t have to go through the gruelling land trip but I used up my Mabuhay Miles for this trip to try and cut costs. So I had to book PAL.
6 Hour Land Trip
I used a private transport with a guy named Neil. He was VERY GOOD with his driving and I have to give this special mention because I was travelling with 2 kids and with 2 helpers that gets motion sickness at times. We had literally no problems with Neil’s driving. I kept myself awake for 95% of the trip talking with him to keep him awake and alert so I noticed the road and how he overtakes other trucks and vans. The other 5% that I missed was because he had a companion we picked up as we neared Qi Palawan. That guy rode with us to the resort to help keep Neil awake.
When we arrived at the resort, we bunked in the villa and immediately started our sleep routine – putting ourselves and our kids to sleep in a matter of minutes.
Qi Palawan is quite unique in that the villas are very simple. They are merely big tropical huts with split-type air-conditioning units, cozy restrooms (without bidet), comfy beds and television to kill time when you have no activities.
I was fortunate enough to be able to book the beachfront villa (it’s quite difficult to book your desired dates as the resort is very privy with only a handful of villas) with a party of 6 people. That’s me, my wife, my 2 kids and 2 babysitters/helpers.
This trip is also to celebrate my 5th anniversary with my wife. So I communicated early on with Ananda and Peter (the managers of the resort) to ask them for ’something special’. I had no idea what could be arranged and I also had no idea on the limitations of the resort but they delighted us with wonderful roses on the beddings and a bottle of white wine.
My wife is a simple woman and she was already very happy about this trip – more so when she saw this arrangement.
One thing I noticed is that there were tons of foreigners staying at the place. Backtracking to 2014 I remember that there was only 1 other couple that stayed with us at the resort. This time around, there were people coming and going almost everyday and an overwhelming majority of them were foreigners.
That’s actually a good thing. It means that this small, remote resort is getting more and more known especially with people from abroad.
Food and Drinks
The food and the drinks were very different from the last time I was here. I mostly ordered the chicken with basil rice meal. Otherwise I went with the chicken breast sandwich and since I was feeling extra adventurous, I went with the Tenderloin burger for my last dinner. Surprisingly, the Tenderloin burger was the best value-for-money dish for me in the menu as it came with blue cheese and fried egg. It was very good.
My wife went mostly with the chicken curry which was also good. Actually a lot of food on the menu was good except for the beef salpicao – and only because I’m used to the one that’s cooked with garlic and olive oil. The one in Qi Palawan was cooked more like beef steak with onion rings and watery brown sauce that tasted a bit too sweet for me.
Breakfast was different. Qi Palawan used to have a limited menu but now the variety was plenty. It’s a buffet with a mix-and-match soul to it. I mostly ordered the fruit platter to being with, coupled with coffee. For my main meal, I had beef tapa, a healthy heap of scrambled eggs, crispy bacon strips and garlic rice.
To warp my breakfast up, I order crepe with Nutella as the filling. They do have coconut water at times to go with it. But sometimes they run out – which is funny because there’s coconut trees all over the place.
What I love about the management of Qi Palawan is they are so gracious to my kids. You see, my kids don’t usually finish their breakfast so whatever is left over is put back in the refrigerator and is allowed to be consumed for lunch and dinner later on. I do order lunch and dinner for me, my wife and the helpers but the fact that my kids could eat what they had left over for breakfast (and it was a LOT) helped cut some costs for me. I’m very thankful for that as it was definitely grace.
Dinner is a very romantic event as it is always through dim candlelight and some low-wattage lighting. The air is cool enough for the ceiling fans to be more than enough for us to enjoy the night air and consider the dinners a wonderful experience.
Before my dinners, I tried the dry martini and the negroni – both very strong cocktails. Just to alter my state briefly before I have my dinner. Both were satisfactory in my opinion. If you want to play it safe, just order double shot of Jack Daniels on the rocks.
I went scuba diving on my second day. This was after 7 years since my last dive. I am an advanced diver – thanks to my first SEO client making sure that I am a certified scuba diver before I did any work for them (they ran a scuba diving company).
The entire dive was an almost surreal experience for me. Very refreshing. I love scuba diving as it is a portal to another world very different from the land where we live and breathe. I wasn’t able to see a lot though. Mostly fishes and corals. I did see nudibranchs, a small eel and two small stingrays.
The first dive was fantastic. The second one was okay. I had a sinus attack which must have come from the pressure of diving. My body was obviously shocked as it has been a very long while since I last dove. I consumed more air for a shorter span of time than I was planning to.
Thankfully I finished the entire dive track and we all ascended together as a group. I was amazed that the scuba diving was relatively cheap – 2 dives with a delicious grilled lunch by the beach for 3,500 per head. This includes all the gear – tank, air, boots, finds, BCD, masks, wet-suits and even the speedboat rent!
I wasn’t able to bring my license or my dive log but they looked up my name in the PADI website and was able to pull it. I also had a fun group during the entire dive so that added to the experience.
Snorkeling and Island Hopping
I went snorkeling with my family on the last full day. That was very fun. Although the kids were quite scared and were crying when we entered the open water from the boat, everything got better from then on.
We went to two beautiful snorkeling spots and the island where we had lunch (PCAL island) is the same where I had lunch after the first dive. That island is also a snorkeling destination – which makes up 3 snorkeling destinations when you think about it. The kids had tons of fun just playing near the beach shoreline. I had tons of fun exploring the reefs and numerous aquatic creatures nearby.
When you’re bored in the resort, you may borrow some board games the have in store, or spend some time playing billiards with friends – otherwise you can always bring your own deck of cards.
The last resort to kill time is to rent USBs to watch movies – which I did for my kids. Otherwise this is the very last thing you’d want to do in a resort like this. Sometimes you just have to simply disconnect and relax.
No power outage so that’s a very big plus for me as Palawan is known for its on-and-off power supply.
Mobile Signal and Wifi
Signal is not so good. It depends on where you are. Wifi is jungle wifi – not too bad for a remote place but nothing too great either. You can do emails so that’s something to be very happy about already.
The pool has no tech – no filters whatsoever. I guess people might be using the pool to clean off the sand? I’m not sure. I did not use it though as there are tons of swimming pools already in Metro Manila that I’m happy about anyway.
Most of the hammocks have fire ants from time to time so my advice is to first check before you use it as falling asleep on the wrong hammock might give you a stinging surprise.
There was one occassion where my son’s slipper had bites and our biscuits in a zip bag went missing. Then we realized there were squirrels in the trees and they were the culprit behind it. It’s no big deal but I just thought you should know about it if you plan to stay there. Avoid leaving food right outside your villa.
I hope this honest, experiential review gave you some amazing insight on your potential stay over at Qi Palawan. I do enjoy staying there and I do highly recommend it.
There are very few things that pique my interest these days in the performance wear industry. Very few are cutting edge in my opinion. Until I was introduced to Virus.
Author’s Note: Get an exclusive discount coupon if you’re going to order from https://virusintl.com.au/ at the end of this post.
Virus is a bio ceramic nano-infused performance wear that helps with endurance and recovery. Two very important things when you are trying to hit a fitness goal.
As it happens, I’m preparing for a standard (olympic) triathlon this coming September so I have 2 very important goals:
- Lose a lot of weight – I’m overweight at 200bs and I’m just 5’7” tall
- Improve strength and endurance – to make sure I finish the triathlon within a specific time frame.
With that, I’m trying to muster tools that would help me get to where I need to be. One of them is investing in a fitness watch – so I got the Garmin Fenix 5. It’s been helping me get my butt out of bed and work out so far.
The other one is actually much more important – since my muscles tend to hurt a lot after a good work out – I need something to help me recover quickly and work out like a machine everyday.
Virus was introduced to me in an event where I spoke earlier this year. I read about it and how bioceramic helps with recovery. It turns out that bioceramic is one of the minerals that can take, hold and send back Far Infrared energy from our body.
Far Infrared was something that I didn’t know existed – that’s how naive I was before even considering Virus. So let me try to explain what Far Infrared is briefly:
Far Infrared is a form of wave energy that we naturally emit from our body – this energy gently heals, soothes, stimulates and detoxify’s the body over time. The usual sources of Far Infrared come from Far Infrared saunas – and that’s pretty much it.
The thing is, we naturally absorb it as well but we don’t absorb our own Far Infrared energy because we emit it outward.
Virus bio ceramic performance wear is able to take this outward Far Infrared energy and emit it back to our body. The performance wear is skin-tight which is not too flattering for me since I have tons of belly fat – and then some.
That said, the design of the apparel is very, very cool. I bought the X-Form series which has a huge ‘X’ marked at the back that pulls the fabric towards it – helping me maintain a good posture.
Of course, the skeptic in me couldn’t believe something that’s too good to be true. So there’s only one way to really know if this thing works – get myself a batch of Virus performance wear. And that’s exactly what I did.
I bought 4 X-Form long sleeves, 1 X-Form short sleeve and 3 bio ceramic pants. I made sure to work out throughout the week (it’s only been one week that the Virus performance wears as of this writing).
First, I did my chest routine in the gym – wrecking my chest muscles in the process and expecting it to hurt like hell in the next three days as it recovers. I wore the Virus X-Form to sleep. It did not hurt the next day and it actually did not hurt worse the next. This is my first instance of the bio ceramic magic.
Next is leg day. I made sure to put tons of weight in my hamstring pulls and pushes as well as stretching my legs’ resistance using a squat and lunges super set. I expected my legs to suffer for a week. The next day, there was no pain so I tried to climb up and down the stairs to work just to be sure. Zero. There was no pain at all. It seems as if my legs have fully recovered in a night instead of 7 days.
After that is wrecking my shoulders – 6 sets of 15 reps each for the shoulders with free weight dumbbells and then 3 sets of 15 reps of face-pulls. My shoulders felt rock hard but had the depressing strength of a jellyfish afterwards – so I knew it was about to hurt like hell for the next 2 to 3 days. Slept with the Virus wear that night – no pain at all the next day and the next, next day.
Lastly, I rode 26km on my road bike for the first time in a very long time so I expected my crotch area to hurt as well as my calf and hamstring muscles. The next day no pain in my legs but my butt still hurt from the ride. Though that’s expected since it’s a skin problem and I’m wearing underwear underneath the Virus bio ceramic compression pants.
You see bio ceramic wear work best when it’s skin-tight. Making sure the Far Infrared energy waves travel the shortest possible distance between the infused fabric and your skin.
All in all, I am now a huge believer of bio ceramic performance wear technology. It’s something very new to me even now but it has proven to work without a hint of doubt. Because of this, I wear the Virus X-Form to sleep every night – and upon waking up, I go straight to the gym to work out.
If you’re interested in knowing which ones I bought, here they are:
Pants – I tried 3 different pants:
- AU19 | RECOVERY GRAPPLING COMPRESSION SPATS | BLACK/GOLD
- AU18 | RECOVERY COMPRESSION PANTS 3/4 | BLACK/GOLD
- AU9 | RECOVERY COMPRESSION PANTS V2 | BLACK/GOLD
Top – I bought 4 pieces of the AU8X and one piece of AU7x
Of course, I won’t let you go without getting something from this post for your purchase. So you can use a discount code that has been given especially to readers of my blog:
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If you are serious about working out and you want to do it more often without the pain afterwards, I highly recommend that you get yourself a pair or two – even if it’s just for recovery.
- Small lobby,
- Waiting time in the elevators,
- Very narrow parking slopes,
- No house-water for room service (everything has to be bottled water – with not much water in it),
- Pool water was icy cold for summer season
- Really good food,
- Swimming pool is fantastic for laps,
- Rooms are spacious,
- Long-stay ready rooms,
- Pleasant view of Makati on the roof deck,
- Room service time-frame for room orders is on time,
- New furnitures, amenities, sheets,
- Front desk is pleasant,
- Lots of parking space,
- Very near A Venue mall and Century City Mall, and Rockwell,
- Starbucks right beside it,
- Mercury drug across the street,
- No waiting time for buffet breakfast,
- Youtube ready smart TV,
- Amazingly fast internet
My good friend Francis Simsim of Wheninmanila.com knew that I needed an IP cam for my baby boy. Being the awesome guy that he is, he made sure to send me a Fukuda FCM829-1FMS IP cam in exchange for my take on it.
So here’s my unboxing of the Fukuda IP cam.
The box is no taller than your average hard cover book. Nothing too special about the box either – just some specs of what to expect from the IP cam.
Here’s a closer look at it.
Specs are pretty straightforward.
Viewable from smartphones of course. I don’t think it would make sense for me if it wasn’t. We need it to monitor our baby of course.
The box contains a user manual, warranty description, an installation CD, lan cable, wire and adapter, the camera itself and its supposed stand.
Here’s a closer look.
What the back of the IP cam looks like. Basically, you’ll need the lan cable because you’ll need to connect it straight to your PC for some configurations. In my case, I changed the username and password.
I connected the ball-socketed stand to the back of the IP cam. Works perfectly fine.
It comes with a micro SD socket if you need to record the day’s happenings.
What I really like about the Fukuda IP cam is that it’s super easy to install. Given I had some difficulties because of PLDT’s low-grade fibr modem-router.
The Fukuda IP cam does not play well at all with PLDT’s fibr modem-router. In fact, because of PLDTs low-grade modem-router, I had to spend around 3 hours to figure out how to get it running. Since pretty much all PLDT services come with a modem-router, I assume this may be the case with most PLDT users now.
So here’s what I did to help you out:
I figured out how to get into the admin settings of the modem-router and switched it to a bridge.
You’d have to login using these credentials:
Then go to network -> internet settings and switch the connection type to Bridge as in the picture below:
Of course, you’d have to use your own router after that. So I connected an ASUS router to my PLDT fibr modem-router to act as my router. After I did that, the IP cam worked perfectly fine.
The video quality of the Fukuda IP cam is fair considering that it’s an easy-setup IP cam. Because of night-vision infrared technology, it’s able to still monitor our baby even if the lights are out.
In all, it’s really just what me and my wife needs.
Price: 4,500 php
If you’re happy or if you’re having problems with the Fukuda IP cam, please leave a comment below.
The clean, white-sanded beach. Dancing coconut trees with the fresh, strong wind. The peace and quiet of just 8 villas facing the ocean. There’s nothing quite like this place.
We stayed at Qi (read as “chi“) Palawan for our honeymoon. It’s located an hour away from El Nido’s bus terminal. Qi Palawan has really nice rooms made from a combination of bamboo, insulators and cement.
The owners of the place is a very hospitable couple named Bettina and Ishmael. It’s a place that makes you feel really homey because the facilities and provisions are quite modern – and yet so close to nature.
Me and my wife are bombarded with stress, work and problems on a daily basis. Coming to Qi Palawan really helped us relax and forget about work and what we had back home. We were really in a slice of paradise.
We got to relax, unwind, appreciate the craftsmanship of God with the view and the wind.
We got to read a lot and write and think – things which we love to do especially in the absence of work and business. We were given the 2-floor, beachfront villa which was simply amazing! I recommend you book that one.
The furnishings and appliances are really very nice. You know that the owners really invested in the things you are going to use. It’s a combination of nature and peaceful living with all your urban needs in tact.
Electricity is sourced through generators so power is turned off around three times a day – mostly when you don’t need to use it or when you’re not in the villa, or are asleep. It is advised to take a battery pack with you for your mobile just in case.
There’s 3g connection for Globe but not for Sun or Smart. So it’s quite perfect for honeymoon with no temptation to check your emails. It’s an excellent choice for people who are planning to have a peaceful, quiet, nature filled vacation.
Kite boarding is one of the main attractions of Qi Palawan. They even have a trainer who can teach you kite boarding for a full 10 hours. So you could learn the safeties and techniques. I personally haven’t tried it though because when Apple and I came, the wind died down the moment we decided to do Kite boarding.
Bettina and her husband Ishmael is a wonderful host. They really take care of you on the way even with the van accommodations going to their resort. They’re also very accommodating with your needs and requests.
Food is great – mainly because Ishmael is a chef and he loves to make sure that the meals are done right.
Things to Remember:
Make sure everything is charged on your way. Pack a sunblock because chances are, you are going to spend a lot of time under the sun.
You can book through their website. Bettina checks her emails but she has to go to the next town to get a consistent 3g so the replies may not be as prompt.
Some Improvements: No bidets or pail or tabo but you can request for one. I think they plan to install a bidet soon.
|May to October||6,500||5,500|
|November to April||7,000||6,000|
Verdict: Highly Recommended