26 Jan2011

Off to the Islands…

by Marketman


Left dreary Manila for a couple of days to take care of some business. Not actually on a leisure trip per se, but I do hope I manage to get an hour or so of sunny beach time somewhere along the way. It’s my fourth trip to this part of the country in as many years and I look forward to the clean air, clear seas and hopefully abundant seafood… If you are new to the site, and have left a comment for the first time and got a “awaiting moderation” notice — that means I have to review the comment and let it in. But since I am away without my laptop or internet access, I probably won’t be checking on the site for a couple of days and those new comments will start to pile up. Your patience is requested, I will get to the moderated comments when I return to my desk. Ditto for emails. I did leave a few posts to keep you all amused. I will probably be back before my current poll on the right -> registers 700 620 votes or so… :)




  1. millet says:

    coron! coron!

    Jan 26, 2011 | 2:04 pm


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  3. RobKSA says:

    i love this place!

    Jan 26, 2011 | 2:10 pm

  4. eden claire says:

    coron it is! Banol beach i think..

    Jan 26, 2011 | 2:43 pm

  5. Anne :-) says:

    Wow, Coron Palawan!

    Jan 26, 2011 | 2:52 pm

  6. bearhug0127 says:

    Enjoy your time out, MM!

    Btw, is that Daniel Craig, 007?

    Jan 26, 2011 | 3:15 pm

  7. sonny sj says:

    hoping to go back to coron this year.

    Jan 26, 2011 | 3:17 pm

  8. Tin says:

    I just visited this site when I had the chance to watch it on Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho and I’m very impressed with your works! You’re doing a very fantastic job! Keep it up! :)

    Jan 26, 2011 | 3:38 pm

  9. Jake Speed says:

    it’s our Filipino James Bond. ;)

    Jan 26, 2011 | 4:19 pm

  10. bijin says:

    In Maui right now and your beach looks better than mine! I must go there!

    Jan 26, 2011 | 4:26 pm

  11. scramoodles says:

    Coron! Can’t mistake those limestone cliffs for anything else. Hope you enjoy the trip!

    Jan 26, 2011 | 4:51 pm

  12. crispyron says:

    we filipinos are so damn lucky as we have the best beaches in the world…have fun MM..

    Jan 26, 2011 | 7:51 pm

  13. deirdregurl says:

    i haven’t seen you wearing the vilebrequin you got as birthday present or have you? it would’ve looked good with the surroundings…. ;)

    Jan 26, 2011 | 8:20 pm

  14. marilen says:

    Enjoy the R and R!!

    Jan 26, 2011 | 8:27 pm

  15. tonceq says:

    WOW! MM in Coron once again! or rather, james bond in Coron pala! is there a new movie coming out? :)

    Jan 26, 2011 | 8:50 pm

  16. Pecorino1 says:

    I didn’t know there was such a thing as washboard back…! Begs the question about your abs no? :-P

    Jan 26, 2011 | 9:24 pm

  17. dhay says:

    i had to stop for a second and think whether this beautiful piece of land and water is in the philippines or not…it’s just breathtaking, i hope to get to visit coron in my lifetime :)
    enjoy your time off!

    the second photo reminds me of James Bond’s movies… hehehe

    Jan 26, 2011 | 9:33 pm

  18. Tricia says:

    WOW, sexy! :)

    Jan 26, 2011 | 9:59 pm

  19. satomi says:

    OMG!!! I want to go there!!! Especially in this kind of weather in NYC!! There’s snow everywhere. And we’ve been getting a lot this year, more than 30″ of snow in 3 weeks. What a bummer! Anyway, have fun MM!!

    Jan 26, 2011 | 10:23 pm

  20. dodi says:

    Yep, it’s definitely Coron! And I have to be a little selfish when I say that I’m hoping that not a lot of tourists come this way. I hate to think it going the way of Boracay. Palawan is truly the last frontier of the Philippines.

    Jan 26, 2011 | 11:09 pm

  21. teacupmoments says:

    wow, i was just looking for beach photos from my own files last night to cheer me up in this dreary winter weather! this photo just made my day.thank you! i’ve never been to Coron although I’ve been to El Nido. our beaches are just awesome.

    Jan 26, 2011 | 11:17 pm

  22. natie says:

    and here we are in our 7th snowstorm—sigh—enjoy, MM and family!!

    Jan 26, 2011 | 11:38 pm

  23. Alex says:

    love this place. can you provide me the details of this place? Living in dubai provides such little destinations and I miss the Manila friendliness.

    Jan 27, 2011 | 12:55 am

  24. betty q. says:

    Ms Connie C…I am geographically challenged when it comes to our islands there. Is Coron close to where Hacienda Kudyapi is? If it is, luuuuucky!

    Jan 27, 2011 | 1:20 am

  25. lenn says:

    First time commenter…but have been enjoying your blog for a few months now. Thanks for posting and sharing! This makes me feel like i’m taking a 5 minute mini-vacation with you while stuck at work and can’t get away. I appreciate what you do by showing off the many beautiful and breath-taking places in the Philippines!

    Jan 27, 2011 | 3:53 am

  26. linda says:

    I have just got myself back off the floor as my knees went all wobbly from this apparition! hehehehe!!! Isn’t the scenery absolutely gorgeous? :)

    Enjoy your R&R!

    Jan 27, 2011 | 5:45 am

  27. Connie C says:

    bettyQ; Wish it were. Tell you the truth am still hoping to go there but to get there is a round about way, via Manila or by those low flying 6-8 seater planes (from Puerto Princesa where I am) which were suspended for a while due to a crash. T. People at the airport tell me they don’t even call out their flights when ready to leave at the airport. Perhaps with few passengers they know their departure time. Coron is way up north from Puerto Princesa which is halfway the length of the province.

    I will send you pics whenever I get there, but there are still pristene beautiful beaches you can have all to yourself outside the city

    Jan 27, 2011 | 9:49 am

  28. edel says:

    very nice place! have fun in the beach, MM :)

    Jan 27, 2011 | 10:13 am

  29. Libay says:

    Six-pack abs ba yan MM ? Ay sorry, likod mo pala. :) Have fun.

    Jan 27, 2011 | 10:38 am

  30. ms hopeful says:

    awesome place, hope i can get there too.

    and nice back

    Jan 27, 2011 | 10:56 am

  31. MiMac says:

    Coron again! Wow, enjoy the sun and the sea(food), MM!

    Jan 27, 2011 | 11:20 am

  32. Nina says:

    MM I thought you blogged this particular article already? It looked very familiar!

    Jan 28, 2011 | 9:48 am

  33. jorene says:

    w0w…..what a beautiful place….h0pe t0 g0 there someday…

    Jan 28, 2011 | 10:16 am

  34. Marketman says:

    HAHAHAHA! OMG, I was definitely in stitches with some of your comments. Perhaps it is simply the power of suggestion or mind control, but the Bond comments are too rich. And the washboard back? I had to remove my glasses and closely inspect an enlarged copy of the photo in question and I can assure you, the “bumps” are not muscular in the least, more like folds of fat on by back that should have indicated to you FAT DEPOSITS, FAT DEPOSITS… :) I kid you not, not only should you read blogs with a grain of salt, but take all photos of MM with half a grain of salt! :) Nina, I have posted several photos of Bañol Beach in Coron before… Alex, the place is in Coron/Busuanga/Culion, Palawan… I have done dozens of posts before on the area… please check the archives. dodi, I agree with you completely. However, with no big single beach and lots of spread out islands, I think the area has a slightly better chance of less atrocious development than Boracay… dierdregurl, if I used the villbrequins, some octopi might come and wrap their tentacles around my leg… :) Didn’t I guess I would make it back by the time there were 620 votes or so on the poll? I actually turned on my desktop when the poll numbers registered 626, pretty good huh? :)

    Jan 28, 2011 | 7:15 pm

  35. Cyrus says:

    Sir you have an amazing blog, it makes me homesick sometimes surfing on it, but looking at the photos, the food and all of those stuff makes me happy. Thanks for the effort to always share. God bless you and you have a great! great! great! blog.

    Jan 29, 2011 | 6:53 pm

  36. jannah says:

    wow a big WOW MM. Sexy ;-p

    Jan 29, 2011 | 11:42 pm


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