Career and Advocacy, Sights and Sounds

Digital Nomad Life: Coworking in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

While here in Palawan, I have to work like usual. It’s been almost four years of telecommuting for me, and I can say I’ve become pretty flexible when it comes to workspaces. I’ve worked at home, in coffee shops, coworking spaces, hostels, cottages, even in moving vehicles.

While telecommuting doesn’t exactly provide a conventional and more structured work environment, for me, the pros outweigh the cons. Among the things I love about working remotely are:

  • avoiding city traffic and pollution
  • working in my jim-jams
  • having a more flexible schedule
  • getting to check out cool and unconventional workspaces

One cool coworking space I recently got to try is Heideland in Puerto Princesa.

Heideland

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Heideland is on a quieter area of the city. Located at 41 Abad Santos Street in Puerto Princesa City, it is also a bar, cafe, and kitchen on some days.

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Coworking for a day (8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.) only costs PHP150 – so much cheaper than the day rates in Manila! You get free coffee, too. If you’ll be working at night (5:01 p.m. to 12 midnight) and during ungodly hours (12:01 a.m. to 7:59 a.m.), the rates go up to PHP200 and PHP250, respectively. They also have monthly rates if you plan to cowork longer.

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The property looks like a house that was converted to a coworking space and cafe. The vibe is very laidback. There is a garden area with hammocks where you can chill or work.

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You’ll have to take off your footwear before entering the main coworking area. Inside, you’ll find hip, bohemian-inspired decor. The space is limited, and they have a few wooden tables where you can set up your temporary office.

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The internet speed is pretty fast in Heideland, and plugging in for power is no problem. It’s not the traditional workspace, but this should not be a problem for digital nomads. If you’re a traveler looking to cowork while in Puerto Princesa, I suggest you pay Heideland a visit.

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They have furry friends in Heideland.
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C playing with the Heideland puppy

Apart from Heideland, I’ve also tried the following coffices:

Mugs & Kisses Cafe

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Look for this cozy space at the corner of Carandang and Lacao Streets when you’re in Puerto Princesa City.

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Mugs & Kisses is a humble neighborhood coffee shop that serves coffee and non-coffee drinks, snacks, pastas, rice meals, and desserts. It has a homey interior filled with dainty decor, inspirational signs, plants, books, and pops of color.

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You can cowork here or just eat, drink, read a book, and hang out with friends. Buy yourself a drink and ask for the Wi-Fi password.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in SM City Puerto Princesa

The mall opens at 10 a.m., but you can enter CBTL as early as 9:00 a.m. They usually ask for a Swirl Card, so they can give you Wi-Fi access. It may be worth getting the card since you can swipe it every purchase to earn points. There are power sockets located in different areas, too. The internet speed is decent, and the noise level is just the usual for coffee shops.

Bo’s Coffee in Robinsons Puerto Princesa

This Bo’s Coffee branch has a few seats inside the cafe and some more in the open area of the mall. There are plenty of power sockets, although the noise might be a problem if you prefer a quiet setup. After you make your purchase, just ask for Wi-Fi access. The access is usually limited to a couple of hours, so you’ll have to ask for a new username and password if you’ll be working longer.

 

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