Inaladelan Island, Palawan

Dear Pong Pagong,

I had so much fun swimming after you that you took me far away from my boat. I was so exhausted going back because I didn’t realize the distance I swam, with NO flippers to boot. I was so enamored chasing after you, jelly fish and plankton stings be damned! Now my legs are full of whips, lashes and battle scars that it will take months and several gluta IV shots to remove the marks.

Will I do it again? A definite YES as I rarely catch a glimpse of you. May the ocean be good to you, may humans take better care of you.

So long, Pong Pagong! We shall see each other soon. [photos courtesy of @nomadic_mike ]

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Pawikan sighting: one of the giant turtles we spotted during our trip to Inaladelan Island in Palawan, Philippines

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Pawikan lounging underwater in Inaladelan Island

 

Pisang-Pisang: Goin’ Bananas Over Healthy Food in Nusa Lembongan

NL_pisang7_wmI’m an advocate of healthy and clean eating. Although I can’t claim to be fully vegan, I prefer a plant-based diet. My quest for organic, plant-based food was very much satisfied by Pisang-Pisang (literally translated as Banana-Banana), a small healthy food restaurant attached to Rama Garden Retreat in Nusa Lembongan, Bali.

Pisang-Pisang serves meat, vegetarian and vegan options. Their menu has an extensive option for vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan choices. Best of all, most of the ingredients are organic. They have an impressive menu of smoothie and fresh juices, and you shouldn’t leave the restaurant without trying one!

Since I stayed at Rama Retreat in Nusa Lembongan, my package came with not just free breakfast, but also lunch!

For breakfast, I defaulted to wheat toast, fried eggs with onions and tomatoes with a side of fruits and honey.  Breakfast isn’t complete, of course, without my ever-reliable black coffee.

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Pisang-Pisang’s breakfast of wheat toast, fried eggs with onions and tomatoes with a side of fruits and honey, paired of course with black coffee

My next favorite (of which I ordered twice) is their soft taco, with a blend of sweet potatoes, red and green bell peppers, onions, corn, carrots and beans. This became my default lunch while I was in Nusa Lembongan. It was filling enough for me that I can’t eat anything else after!

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For a lighter fare and as energy extender after surfing, their pan fried tofu with onions, peppers and sriracha sauce is recommended. It’s tasty and the serving is just enough to tide you over the next meal.

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During our stay in Rama Retreat, I was really out on a mission to try most of Pisang-Pisang’s vegetarian dishes in the menu. I would also highly recommend their vegetarian stir-fried noodles with a generous portion of vegetables and their Japanese vegetarian handroll with edamame on the side.

Finally, to complete Pisang-Pisang’s healthy fare, the menu boasts of an extensive list of juice and smoothies and I suggest you try EVERYTHING. Since it is also marketed as a juice bar, they practically have all kinds of juices and smoothies you can ever think of.

My go-to fare included Wake Me Up and Spicy Jet Lag, which contained my favorite fruits: papaya, local lime and watermelon.

Pisang-Pisang’s products and ingredients are carefully selected from organic agriculture. The menu is reasonably priced so healthy eating won’t break your budget while you are in the island.

It also helped that they had super-friendly staff and the restaurant has WIFI access.

Pisang-Pisang is open daily from 7:00am until 9:00pm.

For more details, you can reach them through:  +62-81238441996

Location:

Jalan Jungutbatu, Banjar Kaja, Nusa Lembongan, Desa Jungutbatu, Bali, Indonesia, 0366