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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Puerto Princesa: Arrival, City Tour and Crocodile Sisig (Part 2)

See Part 1 here.


After the van picked up 2 more groups from other hotels, we went to our first stop: Palawan's Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center or also known as the Crocodile Farm.

1.) Palawan's Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (Crocodile Farm)




- This place is still known as Crocodile Farm, but it actually changed name since they also provide refuge to other animals in Palawan. We saw baby crocs and huge crocs! You can also see how crocodiles fight over food by feeding them raw chicken (around Php 50 per piece).



Crocodiles fighting over food

You can also have a photo taken with a baby croc and Palawan bear cat for an extra fee.

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What's the highlight of this trip? the Crocodile Sisig!


Crocodile Sisig

We shared a serving of Crocodile Sisig with 4 cups of rice for less than Php 200. As we were waiting for the rice, a guy (we assumed it was the resto owner) approached us, asking: "Guys, did you order rice? Try it with rice. It's daaaamn good!". That became our tagline for the whole trip. :P It was just like any other meat, but it was worth trying.

2.) Mitra Ranch




- This place is owned by former Senator Ramon Mitra, who is a Puerto Princesa native. This ranch serves as their rest house and is now open to public. Our group just stayed for a few minutes to have some photos taken, there wasn't much except for the view.

3.) Baker's Hill



- Known for their hopia, Baker's Hill is a sizable garden park that we enjoyed roaming around to take photos. We were welcomed by the lovely aroma coming from their kitchen, where they bake their hopia and other goodies. (While doing research for this post, I read somewhere that the owner of Baker's Hill is the son of the owner of Tipas Hopia). Hopia is around Php 40. People are actually hoarding the hopia, the shelves are almost empty.



Baker's Hill also have a restaurant, a pizza stand, and a meryenda stand. They also have a small stall that sells Tamilok or shipworm.





What did I enjoy the most? The Thai Iced Coffee!!! :)

dripping Thai Coffee

We also stopped by the pasalubong shop in front of Mercado de San Miguel. I bought 4 shirts for adults, 2 shirts for kids, 1 beach pants, 2 shawls and 1 small dream catcher for less than Php 1000. They also have food items like kasoy and dried seafood. I have a little tip for you: try to haggle. :)

Since we arrived late, we just had a running tour of the Sea Port Area, Plaza Cuartel and Immaculate Conception Church then we were dropped to our pension house. We rested a little before we went out again for dinner.

More of our Puerto Princesa trip soon!

Standard rate for Puerto Princesa City Tour: Php 600 / pax

36 comments:

  1. Omg michy, I don't think I could ever eat crocodile meat, kudos for being so adventurous! :) How's the food at Baker's Hill? I'm curious 'coz I've been wanting to visit Palawan just to try Baker's Hill.

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    1. I just tried the hopia and iced coffee. It was good naman. I wasn't able to try the pizza and the seafood buffet.

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  2. Crocodiles! That is frightening! :P Sisig looks interesting, the meat looks like ground pork, quite different from the sisig that I'm used to looking at.

    http://tastes-intentions.com

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    1. It was and the taste wasn't bad either. :)

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  3. Nice! Sounds fun! I'm not a fan of crocs but eating them is fine. We also have croc sisig here in Cebu in one new resto at Lahug. :D

    I loved the floating flowers, too. Pretty!


    Babe for Food - your BFF in Cebu dining! :)

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    1. Hi Justinne! Wow! Thanks for sharing!

      I love the floating flowers too. I think that's the main attraction of Baker's Hill for me (aside from the Thai Iced Coffee). :P

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  4. Haha you finally got to try it :P ! I bet if they never told you that it was croc meat, you won't know the difference :)

    Personally, I am a fan :D But then again, my wife did tell me I had weird taste in some cuisines :P

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    1. It tasted like chicken, but I couldn't say it was phenomenal. I guess I should give it another try. :P

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  5. I wonder if there is a resto in Coron that also offers crocodile meat. I would love to try it. Unfortunately Puerto Princesa must wait for its turn. My friends and I are going to Coron this summer.

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    1. Not sure about that. Will let you know after I do some research! I want to go to Coron next (or El Nido). Must save! :)

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  6. I'm not fond of crocodiles so I'm not going anywhere near that croc farm! hahaha! But Baker's Hill is definitely noted for a visit when I go to Palawan! That place looks so nice and that hopia sounds so appetizing :D

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    1. Hi Andrew! You must see the crocodiles! It's part of the trip! :)

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  7. ugh! i didn't get to try the iced coffee. :(

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  8. kaloka ang crocodile sisig!!! sana I'm daring enough to
    dare to eat something like that.. hehe..
    The Thai Iced Coffee sounds yummy :)

    lavinajampit.blogspot.com

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  9. Doubt if I'll ever have the guts to eat crocodile sisig. My skin's crawling now just thinking about it. =(

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    1. It wasn't so bad. I hope you'll try it. :)

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  10. Wow, you ate a crocodile, hehe! We just went to Island Cove last week and it also had a Crocodile Farm where they feed the crocs with chickens for P50 a piece, haha!

    I'd love to taste that Thai iced coffee!

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    1. Did you feed the crocs? Ang saya noh? :)

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  11. This is such an enviable trip! I love close encounters with animals and I'm so curious about the taste of the unusual sisig! =)

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    1. Hope you'll give Puerto Princesa a visit soon, Eunice! ;)

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  12. Waaah crocodile meat... looks normal but since I know it's crocodile I may not be able to eat it. XD

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  13. wow nice view at the ranch! im scared of crocodile though, I personally laearned how to swim and practise to swim fast in case i fall off a boat somwhere with the crocodile then maybe i can swim fast haha xx

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    1. They're not in the ocean or whatever, so you're safe. :)

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  14. That's one interesting trip. I want to take that bear cat home!

    About the croc sisig, LOL at "it was just like any other meat". Reminds me of "tastes like chicken" line.

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    1. Yeah, tastes like chicken daw, but I'm not sure, I can't remember eating chicken sisig kasi. :P

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  15. We also toured PPC in Decemeber for the 2nd time around but haven't blogged about it yet. Haha. So lazy here.

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    1. Hope you'll find time to blog about it soon. :)

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  16. Yay for that little croco out there! Scary haha pwede pa hawakana t kargahin! But you guys had fun for sure! :)

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    1. We really had fun! Thanks for dropping by Patricia! :)

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  17. Wow! It looks like you had a lot of fun out there :DD I'm not much of a croc fan but I find them amusing :)

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  18. I love the floating flowers. Nakakatakot pero seemed you had fun.Would love to go there someday.

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  19. Someday I'm gonna visit the crocodile farm! Thanks fopr sharing this Mich! :)

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  20. Can't wait to visit Puerto Princesa Palawan next summer. I already bought plane tickets to experience it's beauty and of course the food! :)

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