It’s been a while since my last family vacation, so this trip to Puerto Princesa, Palawan was such a treat.
Four days, three nights with my funny family?
Where do I sign up?
Best family trip to date in my book.
Puerto Princesa is known as the City in a Forest, and our temporary home during the trip felt like an Inn in a Garden. Relaxation haven. Look at all those hammocks!
We did too many tours, and all of them I liked, but my favorite was the Firefly Tour.
So this is basically what goes down in a Firefly Tour: You’ll get on a big motor boat (along with about 10 other people) and sail away from the shoreline. You’ll find out, thanks to your tour guide, that all the fireflies in the Philippines are of the yellow variant and only inhabit trees called “Pagatpat” trees. Then, smaller boats will come to take you to the mangroves, where the fireflies will be. Dinner will be served, and it will be delicious.
By this time, you’ll be holding your breath. There are three things that will be forever etched in your memory:
(1) The night sky – teaming with stars.
(2) The firefly-lighted trees!
(3) Glowing plankton!
You may also see a shooting star, but that’s not guaranteed.
I finished this book while on a hammock (I know, right?), and upon reading this paragraph, I was once again reminded that God knows exactly where I am in my life, and He’s going to take me where He wants me to be — I just have to obey.
“That’s why travel is so important, among other reasons: to get far enough away from our everyday lives to see those lives with new clarity. When you’re literally on the other side of the world, when you’re under the silent sea, watching a bright, silent world of fish and coral, when you’re staring up at a sky so bright and dense with stars it makes you gasp, it’s in those moments that you begin to see the fullness of your life, the possibility that still prevails, that always prevails.” – Bittersweet, page 79
So what’re you waiting for? Be an adventurer!
Take that trip (and don’t forget to bring a book!)
Have a happy day! ♥
Bittersweet is currently not being sold in local bookstores, but I would be more than happy to lend it to you if we know each other. =)