Settling in Puerto Princesa, Palawan as a Digital Nomad- What Made Me Decide?
Cheap monthly rental for P2,000 or $40
I paid this small place last October 8, 2017, and I just paid $40 without any advance payment. I asked my friend to check out the place for opinion. The next day, we went to Unitop and bought the basics of what I needed in my new place for less than $40. My place doesn’t have a kitchen but it’s okay because I prefer eating out. There’s a small carenderia or a local restaurant downstairs.
Last November 8, I just paid for my monthly rental. For my electricity bill, I just paid PhP84.00 or $1.68. Wow, can you imagine that?
It’s accessible to almost everything
The good thing about my place is that I’m near the airport. I’m in the city center and everything is just walking distance to the market, the new SM mall, to the highway, cafes, restaurants. Yes, I have no problem getting around. In case there is no electricity, I’ll just run to cafes.
The LTE connection is good
When I was in Cebu, I always had a rant about Globe and Smart’s connection. It really sucks. But now I’m here in Puerto Princesa, my connection is good. I’m using a portable LTE wifi router. My place has a good reception for LTE connection but sadly, no unlimited surfing. They should bring back the unlimited surfing.
Cheap food in a carenderia or a local restaurant
As mentioned before, the carenderia or the local restaurant is just downstairs. I can have brunch at P20. In a day, I could spend less than P100. But I spend more if I go to cafes.
Accessible cafes with wifi around
In case of no electricity, I’ll just walk to cafes near me. I can take a tricycle for P10 if I’m too lazy to walk. I’m so happy that I have several options now.
These are the cafes that have good wifi:
Location: 20 National Highway San Miguel, Puerto Princesa City
Facebook page: McCoy’s Pizza House
Mugs and Kisses
Location: Barangay San Miguel, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Facebook: Mugs & Kisses Cafe
VR’s Cafe Palawan
Location: Burgos St, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Find them on their Facebook page: VR’s Cafe – Palawan
Heideland Bar, Cafe and Kitchen
Alternative Cafes at SM Puerto Princesa:
Go to SM Puerto Princesa and enjoy the 1 hour SM Free Wifi. I go to coffee shops with outlets for me to charge my gadgets. They’re not yet offering wifi yet. So I bring my own wifi router.
The Coffee Bean Tea and Leaf
Right now, I’m just chill here in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. I really appreciate my time living here as it is not stressful as Manila and Cebu. I rented a place in Cebu City for 2-3 months. Although I have my friends there, everything feels so expensive and time-consuming. The traffic is getting worse. Got my own room but there was no natural light getting into my window.
Stayed in Manila as well for two weeks. I thought I would see myself staying there and maybe look for a job. But no. The heat made me irritable and I felt I was going to die. The reason why I booked a flight back to Taiwan and stayed for 26 days.
I learned to love walking around in cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, and Hong Kong. I would love to stay in a place where I have no problem getting around. Just so much in love of Taipei because of YouBike – all I need is just to rent a bike.
Fortunately, I found a place near the city center and is accessible to almost everything. I am learning to live a minimalistic life. Although I don’t have a kitchen here, the carenderia downstairs is to the rescue. The cafes are just walking distance.
All I know is I spent more money on food – eating outside but I am saving money. Guess what? I’m almost 5 months staying here.
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Roxanne is an aspiring digital nomad. A virtual assistant since October 2009. She is a hobbyist blogger, photographer and travels a lot.