In those years, we lived inside the mining compound of Palawan Quicksilver Mines, Inc. (PQMI) that was around 14 kilometers from the heart of Puerto Princesa. The roads then were dirt roads with some gravel. They were lined on both sides with thick vegetation, shrubs and trees. On our way to school and back, we often encountered monitor lizards and roadrunner birds crossing the streets.
The areas within 15 kilometers radius from the center of Puerto Princesa has been developed and much of the trees and plants were saved. The existence of many trees and dense vegetation makes the weather cooler than any other place in the Philippines that is near the seas.