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


Surf skillzzzz 😀

Zambales Lubong-Nangoloan Falls – Liwaliwa Beach


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



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.  ❤


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.


Buddha Resort

Address: Polong Highway, Bugallon, Pangasinan

Tel. No.: (075) 529-7579

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!


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!


Summer in Sagada

This has got to be one of those trips I’ll post a throwback picture soon because it was that great. Aside from it being the farthest, it was also the most amazing and coolest place (way to beat the hell of a heat that was) I’ve been this year.

Not in this post though was the Sumaging Cave adventure we did on day 1. I didn’t brought my camera inside. 😦  It was a fun caving experience that lasted for almost two hours. And you won’t feel eerie inside as there were other tourists as well.

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Banaue Rice Terraces View Point was the first on the list.
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Kiltepan Sunrise or a.k.a the Sea of Clouds, so majestic! This alone made the trip so worth it.

We went to Church of St. Mary the Virgin before going to Echo Valley. The church was all draped for a wedding happening later that afternoon.

The way through the Echo cho cho cho Valley.

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The famous Hanging Coffins of Sagada

We also dropped by the Sagada Pottery House.

This was probably the most challenging part of the tour, the more than 4-hour trek and at least a thousand steps to see the Bomod-Ok Falls! Thanks to the lush terraces and the wonderful view that made the trek less tiring. But I’ll never, ever, as in ever forget this place because it made a mark on me… Literally. A mark on my knees. #LampaProblems

Sagada Food Tour! 

If there’s one thing I’d truly enjoyed, it’s the eating part. 😀

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Etag – Igorot smoked meat

This Peppered Porkchop (which btw, stayed true to its name of being peppered. I’ve never tasted anything as peppered as this!) and Cookie Crumble Yogurt from Salt & Pepper were the first Sagada food that went in my tummy.

Never leave this place without having the Sagada Lemon Pie. I paired it with their Mountain Tea Milk as it was raining that night. Good combo to end a chilly night.
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And they’re selling this Wheat Bread with Cheese in Kiltepan. Grabbed one because I got hungry waiting for the sunrise, haha.
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The Banana Yogurt from Sagada Yogurt House hit the spot! It was tangy in a good way. Although I wasn’t able to finish it because we just had lunch.
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Who says no to (Dirty) Ice Cream?
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Loved this yummy Baby Back Ribs with Red Rice. I forgot where was this. 😦

We also tried Bana’s Cafe and Sagada Brew which were okay as well. There was also a newly opened French Crepe store. We got the Nutella Crepe and I say you can never go wrong with Nutella. Too bad we weren’t able to eat at the Strawberry House, it was closed by the time we went there. But one thing I noticed, the serving size of the food here was a lot bigger than what we’re used to and that’s a plus for me!

Also passed by the Highest Point of Philippine National Hi-Way on the way home. Greens, greens everywhere!

Before going back, we passed by Baguio for a strawberry overload ending to what has been a wonderful journey up north.


Booked our Sagada tour through Viajero Gabrielle Travel and Tour. 🙂

HK ’13: Disneyland

As promised, the second part of our Hong Kong trip. ☺

Our second day was solely dedicated for HK Disneyland and I realized that a day isn’t enough. Or maybe the rain slowed us down. (I know, I’ve been ranting about the rain too much haha)

Disneyland had their own MTR which was accentuated with Mickeys such as this cutesy handle.


Upon entering the theme park…


Mickey surfs up and down!


Main Street.


My dream university, Monsters U! ☺


The Sleeping Beauty Castle (we can’t took a beauty shot cos of the people and their umbrellas)


We had lunch at The Banquet which had the Disney Princesses theme. Here’s Sleeping Beauty and her Prince.


One of the newest surprises in the the park, Toy Story Land. It was my favorite cos I’ll always be bias for Toy Story and it had the coolest rides.


See that U thing on the lower right picture, it’s like a ginormous Anchor’s Away. I rode in it and t’was the best decision I made! I also tried the Parachute ride with sister and we equally enjoyed it (not in the picture tho).

The rain preempted the grandiose Parade of Characters ☹ so we settled for the Rainy Mickey Express.


How could we eat these fancy Mickey-shaped foods!


What’s Disneyland without Mickey! Also, this was on Mom’s priority list so we can’t leave without this. We endured our achy feet just for you, Mick!


The Mickey statue made with pure gold. I would love to take this home. Ka-ching! Ka-ching!


The relaxing Tea Cup ride.


As the sun went down, Disneyland sparkled with shiny and playful lights. This is the It’s a Small World and inside these beautiful array of lights are thousands of dancing and singing puppets that represent different races.


We waited ‘til 9:00pm for the celebrated Disneyland fireworks which was magical indeed. I’ll not spoil you how fantastic it was so better see for yourselves. ☺

One last, I’ve been eyeing on this Stitch cap even before we flew to HK but it was pricey (and as much as I forced Dad, he won’t buy me this ☹) so a picture will do haha.


However tiring it was, I still had fun, fun, fun at Disneyland. Had a blast rekindling old, childhood memories as well as creating new ones at the happiest place on Earth. I am certainly a kid at heart.

Truly, no one is too old for Disney! °o°