9 April 2009
Puerto Princesa Wet Market
We arrived Puerto early evening of the 8th and immediately after checking in, were whisked away by our friend Angelique Songco, boss woman of Tubbataha Marine Park, to dinner at Ka Lui’s. Our host for the evening was Rolando “Boy” Bonoan, the Palawan Provincial Government’s Information Officer. What a welcome he gave us. Upon sitting, our food magically appeared starting with clam soup and seaweed salad. Then the rest arrived soon after – tuna steak, crispy tuna tail, sizzling seafood platter (or seafood sisig), another fish dish in coconut milk, eggplant and finally fresh tropical fruit salad in young coconut. The thought occurred to all of us that we have to protect the Coral Triangle so we can continue eating like this!
I tried my best to concentrate between mouthfuls. Palawan was going to be a busy month and a half for us and Boy was there to help with information and logistics. Also with us were RJ dela Calzada of WWF Philippines, El Nido project manager. After fruitful discussions and arrangements of what we wanted to accomplish, I suddenly felt silly having had sleepless nights in Australia worrying about our Palawan leg. Filipinos can fix seemingly complicated arrangements with style and ease and always with so much laughter and smiles. I love being back home!