ELYU x Baler x Zamba

Everyone’s on Holiday feels already, but still and will always be on a tropical state of mind. 😀 So here’s a roundup of this year’s summer trips.

La Union Tangadan Falls – San Juan Beach

 

Baler Balete Tree – Dipaculao, Aurora – Caunayan Falls – Baler Beach – Museo  Baler

 

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Surf skillzzzz 😀

Zambales Lubong-Nangoloan Falls – Liwaliwa Beach

 

It’s too early but Summer 2018, I’m ready! 🙂

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KL Shenanigans

From our few kalokohans back then to #KLokohan now, I was more than ecstatic for this trip because it was the first time I flew out of the country with my friends. 🙂

Legoland Malaysia

Petronas Twin Towers – Merdeka Square – Central Market – Menara KL Tower

Batu Caves

It’s definitely just the start of a handful adventures with my favorites.  ❤

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Spotting South Treats II

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.

  1. 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.Processed with VSCO with c9 preset

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.

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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!

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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. 🙂

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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!

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Labay Ko Buddha Resort

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. 😉

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And here’s a #HugotBuddha.

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Buddha Resort

Address: Polong Highway, Bugallon, Pangasinan

Tel. No.: (075) 529-7579

Spotting South Treats

In a world where social media  is flooded with food, no wonder every new restos and cafes never go unnoticed. We are all guilty of the #foodporn #foodstagram #InstaFood sin (Jail me for this! 😀 ) so, here are some places you can use these hashtags with. 😉

1.  Early Bird Breakfast Club – This resto ain’t new to the game but, it recently opened its only branch in the south in Solenad 3, Nuvali. Their Yin & Yang Champorado sure is Instagram-worthy.

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2.  Wagamama Cafe – The newest cafe in the blossoming food street of Pacita that serves a fusion of Japanese, sweets and staple cafe drinks. Don’t forget to check out their hugot crib!

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3. Cafegraphy – Probably the first photography-themed cafe in Binan. Plus points on their camera lens mugs that you can add to your feed goals.

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4. Milkbox Coffee – If you are a fan of desserts, waffles or you just want to find comfort in sweets, this place is heaven. And, their plating is on point!

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5. Foxtrot and Echo – Nothing says chill like sitting in a roof deck with your comfort food while gazing at Sta. Rosa’s night sky. (Ultimate foodie no-no: crappy food shot, sorry 😦 )

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6. Gelé Milkshake Cafe – Bring all the boys to the Pacita yard with their over the top milkshakes.

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Aren’t you craving yet? 😀 Can’t wait to try mooooore food finds!

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Fluffy Pwets x Team Kramer

This was my last event before I officially said bye to Bizu so I’m photo dumping it here! 😉  It was the launch of Team Kramer’s bedding collection in Aruga by Rockwell.

Food heaven by Bizu Catering Studio

Cheers!

Kendra and Gavin, adorable as ever!!! ❤

‘Til then, Bizu! xx

Can’t Go Wrong, Morong!

This was the last leg of my summer shenanigans. We hopped on to a weekend up north at Morong, Bataan together with Dad’s colleagues.

We stayed in Coralview Beach Resort. It’s along the row of beach resorts in Morong, you won’t get lost. You’ll be welcomed by the locals selling key chains, fresh fishes and pasalubongs.

Though it wasn’t white sand, thumbs up on how everything looked so clean despite it being a commercialized shoreline. (And hi there, doggie!)

Island Hopping.

We did island hopping the next day. There are bangkeros around offering their services, go nego with them. 🙂

 First stop was the Pawikan Island, with barely pawikans honestly. But the municipality is working on growing their family by culturing pawikan eggs. (Oh, look how cute is that baby pawikan! 🙂 )

Next was the White Sand Island and indeed, it had white sand! 😉 Noticeable were the rocks  covered in moss thus, not making it a swimming friendly island. (Tip: Go to the farthest part of the island and have a glimpse of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.)

The finale of the island hopping was at the middle of the sea (really!) for snorkeling. This sealed the deal! There were no fishes around (we didn’t found Nemo or Dory 😦 ) but the water was so pristine and how many times can you float literally in the middle of nowhere.

Being a south kid, it was refreshing that we didn’t went with the usual suspects like Subic, Clark, etc. Can’t wait to be surprised yet again by  the north!

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I Fell for Hulugan

Just a few hours from Manila lies a serene gem waiting to be uncovered. Hulugan Falls, located in Luisana, Laguna, is the newest spot for adventurers seeking for a quick weekend escapade.

We started the day in Kagawad’s House where we paid the entrance fee (P 20.00 each) and met our designated guide. (Tip: It’s best that you bring your own food as there aren’t much choices here.  Also, pay for the guide depends on you – just please give those Kuyas enough. 😉 )

We continued trekking for almost an hour. It was a struggle (newbie trekkers, I guess. Haha), the path was muddy (it was raining the night before), the summer heat killed us but hey, we made it! 😉

Tadaaa, Hulugan Falls! 🙂 There are actually three falls you can go to: Hulugan-Talay-Aliw Falls but, we decided to stay in Hulugan because of the rain. 😦 You can kill time here for as long as you want though it’s safer to be back to the starting point before the dark kicks in.

Glad that places like this are just towns away from home. It’s perfect for an easy  getaway from the cityscape. Go pack your bags and drive to Laguna now!

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