While everyone was preoccupied for Valentine’s, I was busying myself for our short trip to Dumaguete or also known as “The City of Gentle People.” And I must say, they truly live up to that name. It was probably one of the most peaceful and calmest cities I’ve been to.
Fresh off the plane, we went to Apo Island where we swam with the pawikans.
Second day was for Manjuyod! Really excited for this, but we weren’t able to see the sand bar ’cause it was raining. *I crie*
Dumaguete has their own Rizal Park that turns into a food street market by night. We got to taste their local “tempura” and it tasted like kikiam. 🙂
It was a short stay but you really got us, Dumaguete! I wouldn’t mind going back. 😉
Hello to my first lakwacha of 2018! So this trip started on the wrong foot with my phone being stolen on our first whole day in Iloilo but, I didn’t let it stop me from enjoying! 😀
God bless ate girl who got my phone, lol.
We really enjoy DIY adventures but this time, I booked our Isla Gigantes tour via Gigantes Island Tours and Services ’cause Carles is a 3-hour drive from Iloilo City. They offer van services from your hotel to Carles Port but please be cautious… This was where my phone got stolen (while I’m sleeping huhu) ’cause there were passengers that weren’t part of the tour.
But overall, Gigantes Island Tours and Services was a great host! They served a sumptuous lunch at one of the islands and they were very accommodating! 🙂
We transferred the next day to Guimaras! Much love here ’cause their tourism office controls all activities. You’re guaranteed with fair prices, from driver/jeep rental to island hopping. 🙂
Back in Iloilo for the city tour! Luckily, the hotel we stayed in, Urban Inn Iloilo, offered a tour with a reasonable price. Look for the coolest Kuya Kenneth, he was the best driver and tour guide in one! 😉
We got to spend this year’s Christmas in the Summer Capital of the Philippines. 🎄 It was also the first time for the fam to be out of town for the Yuletide season (in case our inaanaks were looking for us, haha!).
Take a look at these photos from our short trip!
Chow time with these Baguio staples…
We found this aesthetically nice and not to mention, an Instagram-worthy resto that serves affordable and huge-serving meals. 50’s Diner is definitely a must try!
Here is the second installment of the Spotting South Treats series because I’ve discovered a few more places to chill. Also, a lot more restos and cafes are sprouting in the area.
The Pork Chop Factory – As their name says, they serve all things pork chop – from their signature grilled pork chop to Filipino dishes with pork infusion. You can also choose from their selection of sauces that can go with your favorite chop.
2. Peri Peri Charcoal Chicken – This African-style chicken has stepped into the south in their newest branch in Solenad 2. I personally loved their El Fuego, moist brownie with vanilla ice cream on top and covered in toasted marshmallow. It’s like a step higher S’mores. Yuuum.
3. Yellow Sweets Cafe – Deeper down Pacita lies this little nook that serves your usual cafe, frappes and sweets. It was okay but, hard to find if you’re not from the vicinity.
4. Fig Tree Cafe and Events – A quaint cafe in Southwoods that has really good food. The Pork Binagoongan was a runaway favorite. Their other entrees were filling, too. You can also rent the place for your special events. They have cutesy interiors by the way
5. Java’s Music Cafe – Java’s pride in their fusion of music and food. Their walls are filled with music decor and, you can feel at peace in the cozy ambiance of this cafe. Must try are their monster milkshakes and CakeShakes!
6. Luna Kapihan – This famous Specialty Coffee place in BGC has now opened in Alabang. Known for their distinctly crafted beverages, they also serve rice meals, pastries and, cakes. Because I’m not a ~fan of coffee~, I got a slice of Rainbow Cake (the icing was made of marshmallow!) and Tapsilog which were both delicious. Kudos to their accommodating staff who gave us a free cupcake. 🙂
I’m pretty sure there is a round three of my food crawl. But for now, got to hit the gym and burn all these. Haha!
We went to Pangasinan last weekend for a family matter but, we were able to find a new place for a quick R&R. It’s a little resort in the town of Bugallon, Pangasinan – the Buddha Resort. The landmark? A noticeably huge Buddha! 🙂
Buddha Resort boasts its newly renovated facilities. It just reopened this September so no wonder the place looks beautiful. And, it’s clean! Kudos to their warm people, too. 😉
Their rates range from a 3-hour stay for the on-the-go backpackers, 12-hour stay and 24-hour stay for families and groups who want to bask in the peacefulness of the town.
Other facilities include conference room for meetings and celebrations, KTV, kiddie and adult pools and, cabanas for day tour guests. Main attraction, of course, is the large Buddha statue in the resort facade.
Leap into the road less traveled and you’ll see that there is a lot more to Pangasinan than being the home of Hundred Islands and Bolinao. 😉