Food · Travel

Cebu travelog

Ya girl needed some sanity time so one day when my friend and I had a rough day, we had an impulsive decision to book a ticket going to the queen city of the South, Cebu.

Before anything else, shout out to Ven for going to Cebu with me despite me being crazy and to T. Tinie for touring us around. 😘

Our ticket costed around less than 4000 for ven and I. I can’t remember the exact price but I think we got it on a seat sale.

First day.

Our flight was 10:00am and we landed in cebu around 11 or 11:30. I noticed that in Cebu, they have mybus, their version of p2p but we weren’t able to try it. T. Tinie picked us up and we went straight to 10 000 roses cafe.

It’s 30-45 minutes away from the airport (lapu lapu city). We paid 20 pesos as the entrance fee.

So this is what it looks like, however, instagram photos are deceiving. It is very small and I don’t think it’s worth the long travel to get here.

They also had a cafe where they served meals but it was a bit pricey. I was expecting rose inspired menu but it was just some regular cafe menu. The food was good though.

(in the photo: bacon rice meal)

After that we settled in our place and called it a night.

Second day.

Second day was our city tour day. Our first stop was Temple of Leah.

Leah is the grandmother of an actress here in the Philippines, Ellen Adarna. They have multiple businesses in Cebu.

This temple was built (and is still being built) as a sign of her husband’s love for her. This temple will house all of their pieces from around the world. I was joking that Leah had a bit of hoarding problem.

At present, only the plaza and the main entrance are opened to the public but you can peek through the windows to see some of her antiques.

(sneaky photo of the inside)

The area was build with lots of statues. It had a view of Cebu City.

By the way, there is a 50 pesos entrance fee and 20 pesos parking fee.

After that we dropped by house of lechon for our lechon takeout.

The famous Cebu lechon . In house of lechon (which has a lot of branches around cebu), a kilo costs 700 pesos. They have it in regular and spicy variants.

This one has a sauce to have the distinct cebu lechon taste. I was kinda disappointed with the lechon skin though because it wasn’t as crispy anymore but the meat tasted good.

This ice candy tree also caught our attention.

After our lunch and siesta time, we went around the city to check the famous Magellan’s cross and Sto. Nino.

(photo above: magellan’s cross)

At night we also tried their food park: sugbo mercado.

Sugbo mercado is a night weekend food park located in Cebu IT park.

There were lots of food choices from grilled seafood to ramen to desserts.

They also had live music to serenade you while you eat and bond with your friends and family.

The Pyramid also caught our attention.

It’s actually a cafe that’s shaped like a pyramid. In all fairness, they serve good food and drinks. We didn’t drink there but their cocktails and local beers look interesting.

(photo above: cheesecake and coffee)

Third day.

My favorite day! This is the day that we went to the beach.

We rented a boat for 1500, plus we gave the bankeros 200 as tip. We went island hopping around mactan.

The water wasn’t as calm but it wasn’t scary as well. I was just nervous that my phone might get wet from the splash of water.

We finally went to Sulpa island and decided not to transfer anymore. There was a 200 peso entrance and we paid 400 for the cottage.

We were welcomed with seashells to eat. We bought uni for 300 (8pcs)

They grilled some for us and it’s actually good.

We chilled and talked here for a couple of hours.

I suggest you bring snacks or meals when you go island hopping. The locals can grill food for you for a price (I think).

But please be mindful of your trash. If you can, please bring reusable items and avoid using single use utensils.

Fourth day.

This was our last hurrah and our friend brought us to a complete game changer.

We woke up early and drove for about an hour and a half or two to get to Carcar. (Riding a bus going there is also an option)

Carcar is famous for their lechon and chicharon. I never understood why cebu lechon is special…

That is until I ate carcar lechon.

It was a wet market for lechon. You might think, meh it’s just that lechon but boy oh boy.

It was seasoned and marinated well. The skin was crispy. It didn’t even need sauce! I even brought some home to manila because I wanted my family to taste it.

I bet my mom will love it had she been here.

Lechon in carcar costs 400 pesos per kilo.

After that we bought chicharon from luis and matmat. 1/4 kilo costs 150 pesos.

After that we drove back to the city to buy the famous danggit and cebu chorizo.

We went to tabo-an market to buy the perishable pasalubongs.

Cebu chorizo has sweet and spicy variety. I forgot how much it costs but it is less than 300 pesos a kilo.

We bought dried fish (danggit) for about 280 pesos for 1/4 kilo.

You can also buy the famous dried mangoes and otap here in tabo-an market.

Just be prepared to smell after shopping here. Hehehe.

And that concludes our Cebu trip. It was a much needed detox from work and people and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Again special thanks to Ven, t. Tinie, tita and tito for accomodating us and being with me on this trip.

Where to next? Hmmm.

Food · Travel

Aguirre Foodtrip (this comes with a vlog)

Vlog link here

My friends and I went around Aguirre to try out different restaurants. I wasn’t able to take photos (mostly because I was busy eating) but I was able to make a short video about it. Excuse the low quality editing and my unpleasant voice.

For those who prefers to be saved from that shenanigans, here’s a written review.

Just a heads up that this won’t be containing as much photos as my usual posts would, everything will be shown on the link below.

Aguirre is a long street in BF Homes Paranaque which is popular to food enthusiasts. Restaurants are walking distance from each other. It has a wide variety of everything you might be looking for: different cuisines, different ambiance, affordable choices, expensive choices and a whole lot more.

For this particular food trip, I guess my friend just picked his favorites and let us try the best on the menu. Credits to Jeremy (please if you’re reading this, comment below) for arranging this.

1st STOP: Mensakaba Geishu

Address: Southland Apartelle, Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 5469302

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:30AM to 2:00PM, 5:00PM to 10:00PM

We ordered chashu ramen, tantanmen black and 2 servings of gyoza. This is actually the best ramen that I’ve tried so far. I can’t say if it’s comparable to those in Japan but this is the one that I can most tolerate since I am not a fan of ramen.

Tantanmen ramen was a bit spicy but it’s the kind of spice that you’d crave for. I’m actually craving for ramen at this very moment, something that hasn’t happened before.

For our total that is 800 pesos, we got 2 bowls of ramen and 2 servings of gyoza, I can say that it’s a reasonable amount.

4 out of 5 stars for mensakaba geishu

2nd STOP: Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub

Address: 98 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 5195162

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:30AM to 2:00AM

Uncle Moe’s specializes in Middle Eastern dishes which is dear to my heart. The place isn’t loaded up with fancy decoration. It feels raw and simple. No frills just like their menu.

We ordered Moussaka Melt, keema with pita bread and special beef shawarma. Among the three, the simplest is my favorite: Keema with pita bread. It had the right amount of everything for me which isn’t too complicated.

You also have to try their kebabs!

4 out of 5 stars

3rd STOP: La Chinesca

Address: 248 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 7380724

Opening Hours: Tuesday 5:00PM to 10:00PM

Wednesday to Sunday 11:00AM to 2:00PM, 5:00PM to 10:00PM

La chinesca is a little, unseen restaurant in BF that is starting to make a name for itself. Their tacos serve as their own advertisement. No huge banners, no sales no anything, just a little taco shop along Aguirre.

Down side is that they have a small shop, a little too crowded for my own liking but their food makes up for it. You might need to wait a little to get a good spot but It’s worth it.

MUST TRY: TUNA TOSTADA (and check out their daily menu, you might find something interesting)

4 out of 5 stars

4th (and last) STOP: Larcy’s Cupcakery Cafe

Address: 178 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 4782849

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00AM to 11:00PM

Of course, the last stop should be dessert. Larcy’s cupcakery cafe is one of those feel good cafes because of the light and well decorated ambiance. It’s bright and the decorations aren’t over the top.

I can’t recommend anything since all their cupcakes are good. Coffee is also okay but it’s not the best. I have yet to try their meals.

3.5 out of 5 stars

OVERALL THOUGHTS:

With a 2,500 Peso budget, I can say we were able to make the most out of it. I can’t pick a favorite among the three main restaurants (mensakaba, la chinesca and uncle moe’s) because they have a unique thing which sets them apart.

Mensakaba is the go to ramen place. Something to hug your insides on a stressful day. Uncle Moe’s is when you want to chill with your friends over food. Easy, light but still filling. La Chinesca is for your intimate dates (or taco bonding) and tuna tostada cravings.

thumbs up for everything.

VLOG POST HEREEEEEE:

Aguirre Foodtrip Vlog

Travel

Baler travelog

I was able to find a quick breather before I tackle 2018 when I went to Baler with my friends. Same with my La Union post, I will be breaking down fees and activities that we did on our 3-day vacation.

But first, Baler.

Baler is a town on the Philippine island of Luzon. In its center, Museo de Baler chronicles colonial history. On the coast, Cemento Beach is known for powerful surf, and Sabang Beach is lined with resorts. Nearby, Ermita Hill offers panoramic views. Inland, Baler Hanging Bridge crosses the mouth of the Tibag-Sabang River. To the east, the distinctive, angular Baler Lighthouse overlooks Dicasalarin Cove.

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(photo from Google images)

We rented a van for 12,000 Php which includes gas while toll fees are separate (I apologize since I wasn’t able to take not of how much the toll was).

We stayed in Aliya Surf Camp & Resort which is cheaper than costa pacifica but is okay if you would spend the day outside. We got a family deluxe room for around 6,000 Php.

Unfortunately when we stayed, they did not have wifi so we had to resort to using our mobile data when we wanted internet and the free breakfast was reduced to two instead of five because of their new policies. Another downside was that since we were 8 and the room was only for 7, we paid 300 Php per night but they did not provide extra bedding, we just squeezed in the bunk bed and two twin beds. Other than that, Aliya offers surf lessons and they have in house restaurant, bar and souvenir shop. The comfort room was also okay since it was a private room.

What I enjoyed about Aliya was that it was walking distance to restaurants.

DAY 1

On to the trip, for the first day, we started travelling from Quezon City around 3:30 am with only one stop over we got to Baler by 9:30 am. For breakfast, we ate at Good Food.

Good food served affordable yet delicious food.

Pork chop for 100 Php

Mahi mahi for 130 Php

Burrito for 110 Php

Potato fries for 50 Php

After breakfast, we started our historical walk around the plaza. What’s interesting and good about Baler is that since it’s small, everything is walking distance so this historical walk can be done quickly if you’re pressed for time.

First stop is Museo De Baler which hosts memorabilia and items from Baler’s history.

This includes clothes, pins, medals and letters from the past government of Baler, Manuel Quezon and his wife

As well as props from the movie Baler starring Anne Curtis and Jericho Rosales. There were also interesting paintings done by locals on the second floor.

After that, we walked towards the city hall which leads to Baler’s church then Aurora Quezon’s house. I wasn’t able to take photos of the inside of the church but it was what you’d expect of an old provincial church.

Aurora Quezon’s ancestral home was a few steps away from the church. It was an old wooden house with a silong. It looks as if it’s a two-story building but the first floor, usually called the silong, is used as a place for animals that are being taken cared for or storage.

The house was not as extravagant as you’d expect, it has wooden floors and walls but had at least 3 main rooms, the library, a sala or living room and the dining area/kitchen. I am amazed that Aurora Quezon had a library since in the olden days, women were not allowed to study. My feminist side was happy because of this and hey old books. 🙂

Fee for the museum and aurora quezon’s ancestral home was 30Php per head.

It was after we finished the tour when we realized that there were footsteps that you can follow to guide you through the tour. We finished just in time for lunch then a quick chill time before our room is ready (check in time is at 2:00 pm).

For the first day, I think my friends surfed in the afternoon while another friend, my boyfriend and I chilled around the beach before heading out to dinner.

Surf costs 350 Php in aliya with the instructor and board rental. I didn’t have the best experience in LU since I’m not the best with balancing then so I opted not to go this time. The waves weren’t as friendly as well so I’d rather chill at the beach.

For dinner, we ate at Charlie Does. Locals and tourists (even google) recommends this place. They are known for being the vegetarian/vegan restaurant near the beach. They also offer surf lessons and yoga lessons (when instructors are available). They also have a hotel where you can stay.

For dinner, my boyfriend and I had tofu sisig and fries while my other friends had their rice meals and pasta.

We had to wait 45 minutes for the rice to cook and most of the items on the menu were unavailable.

I have to say, the food was not as good as I expected it to be. For a place highly recommended by people, this was a fail for me. Whatever Charlie does, please just don’t.

FOOD/DRINK TO TRY: their Baler brew (beer) I enjoyed it even if I’m not much of a beer drinker. However, I think hard-core beer lovers won’t enjoy it as much

DAY 2

We didn’t go out to have breakfast since we were still sleepy. We had breakfast in Aliya and it was okay. Serving was Filipino size, enough to keep you full for a 1-2 hours.

This was our only full day in baler, We were debating whether we’d go to the mother falls or balete tree or Ermita hill (those recommended by google)

but since we wanted to chill on the beach, we decided Dicasalarin cove was the best option (and PS. it was).

Luckily since we had a van, we just had to use Waze to find it. It was 30-40 minutes away from Sabang beach (where Aliya was) and the roads were steep but once you get to the place, it was worth it.

Along the way, you’d see the rock formations that the locals recommend seeing but I don’t think those places are good for swimming.

Dicasalarin cove, in my opinion and experience when I was there had the most relaxed waves and you can have leisure swimming rather than surfing.

If you could bring snacks, that would be great since dicasalarin cove is not that developed and there is no restaurants around. We spent our morning here to chill and take photos.

For lunch, we ate at Yellow fin.

Coming from the disappointment from Charlie Does we loved our food here. Yellow fin is known for grilled food and Filipino food.

Sinigang na hipon

Inihaw na pusit

Pork bbq

I wasn’t able to take photos of the rest of our order since we were hungry.

FOOD TO TRY: Pork BBQ

My friends took a nap before they surfed again while I took a dip in the pool before I took a nap. While I was napping, they went to Dialyn’s which is a popular bakeshop in Baler.

They were nice to bring us kiwi cupcakes which I must say is a MUST TRY in baler. We went back here before heading back to Manila for pasalubong.

Once everyone was settled and showered, we had dinner in Aliya. I do not recommend their grill area since it took a long time and my order was served cold. I was annoyed and didn’t enjoy my meal that night.

We capped of the night in the bar while my friend sang in the open mic. It was a chill way to end our full day in baler.

Third day was hectic since we were about to check out. I opted not to swim anymore so after eating breakfast in Aliya, I walked around to buy pasalubong for my brothers.

BEST PASALUBONG: Aling Pacing’s Peanut butter and/or Dialyn’s Kiwi cupcakes

Check out time was at 12:00 noon and we headed out to Manila around that time.

We dropped by the balete tree on the way to manila.

Stop over was at NLEX around 3:oo or 4:00pm for lunch and we arrived in Manila around 8:00 or 9:00pm (Quezon City)

It’s a good place to chill and surf with your friends although I find that the food choices and activities were limited. 🙂

until next trip 🙂

Travel · Yoga

Geca does yoga ep12 (la union edition)

As seen in my previous post, my friends and I went to la union for some salt water and relaxation. It happened that I saw that there were yoga classes and I attended one just to see the difference with what I am currently practicing.


I reserved a slot a day before with the number provided on the posters and went  few minutes before my class to be familiar with the place. My yoga teacher was named teacher lala and we had our aqua firma session that day.

What is aqua firma?

This class is like doing yoga on a Stand Up Paddleboard but without the water! Take your practice to a whole new level of core power and balance as we incorporate Yoga postures with Pilates movements. This class is set to music with deep beats and rhythmic groove while we move through a sequence of postures designed to lengthen, strengthen and tone the body as well as improve balance, coordination, reaction time, and stability. Appropriate for all levels, anyone can enjoy this practice and feel successful.

From aquanimous yoga site

So basically it’s a mix of pilates and yoga and this was evident with the moves. Unlike my yoga practice, pulses instead of holding the pose are more prominent.


This class was performed on top of a stand up paddleboard but you always have the option to move to the mat as you please. This works on balance and core.

I noticed that in this setup, you realize what side of your body you rely more on. You tend to lean on one side of your body and for me that’s the right side. Lo and behold when I first fell of the board it was on my right side. Since then, I have been mindful of working on my left side in all aspects such as balance, strength and flexibility.

This felt nice since the ambience was great and you can hear the sound of the waves from afar. It was a good activity to cap off my vacation.

Namaste.

Food · Travel

let me tEL YU all about it (la union blog)

My friends and I decided to go to La union for the long weekend (September 1-4). 

Itinerary:

Day1

  • 4am meet up at shell sucat
  • 6am breakfast at NLEX
  • 11:45am arrival at san juan surf resort
  • 12noon lunch at coast call
  • 2pm – 5pm siesta time
  • 5pm dinner at tagpuan
  • 7pm coffee at the coffee library

Day2

  • 7am surfing
  • 9:30am breakfast at coast call
  • 11am ate smoothie bowls at makai bowls at flotsam and jetsam
  • 1pm tried out el union coffee
  • 2pm-5pm siesta
  • 6pm dinner at surf shack

Day3

  • 9am breakfast at coast call
  • 9:30-11:00am chill at the beach and taking photos
  • 12:00noon lunch at seawadeeka
  • 1pm pasalubong shopping
  • 2-4:30pm siesta time
  • 5:15pm mass at st. William
  • 7pm dinner at magellan’s restaurant and lounge
  • 8pm merienda snack at mad monkeys and tagpuan

Day4

  • 8am Aqua firma (yoga)  at beach hub (2nd floor el union coffee)
  • 10:00am brunch at coast call
  • 12noon checkout
  • 8:30pm arrival in paranaque

Pre-planning:

We scanned for a nice cozy place with the following criteria: 

  • Nice bathroom 
  • Windows
  • Wifi
  • Breakfast

We picked San Juan Surf Resort because it had all of the criteria.

We had to call them because they do not have online booking and they take time in replying to email.

The room costed around 4600+ pesos. 50% down payment was given and they responded with an email. Remaining balance will be paid upon arrival at the hotel.

Hotel:

San Juan Surf Resort


Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union,

Philippines 2514

 

Resort Contact Details:

Email – sanjuansurf@yahoo.com.ph

Facebook Page – San Juan Surf Resort

Call us to book:

(+63) 917-887-5470

(+63) (072) 687-9990

What to do upon arrival:

Check in, pay remaining balance and settle down.

The staff are accomodating and are very helpful. They suggested restaurants for us to try and were very courteous and polite.

Travel

We were lucky enough to have a car. We started traveling at around 4am (from sucat, paranaque). You can pick wherever route you want to take but we took c5 and was in NLEX at around 5:30am to 6am. 

We had breakfast there before continuing the trip. We arrived at the hotel around 11:30am.
Total travel time (with breakfast and one stop over): 7 hours

Total breakdown of fees:

  • Gas: 1580 pesos (back and forth)
  • Toll (total): 1114 pesos

Day 1

We ate in the in house restaurant: coastal call since it was raining. Here’s a copy of the menu.


They had big servings and it tasted good. I personally tried their beef tapa.


It tasted pretty standard. It had the sweet salty taste of the marinated beef, the onions weren’t as sweet but still blended well with the beef. It needed a little work to chew. The eggs were organic and tasted good. The serving was enough for one person.

My friend also ordered cheeseburger, tomato & basil pasta and quesadillas 



Although I wasn’t able to take photos of the pasta, I highly recommend them. They have big servings and they did not skimp on the ingredients. Their carbonara was creamy and the garlic bread was crunchy. 


Their mexican pizza is also a must try! It looks pretty simple, pizza topped with cheese, beef and onions. It could be a little spicy at the end but nothing you can’t handle. 

We rested a little bit before looking for a restaurant for dinner.


Our place was strategically placed along the street with lots of food (even the ones recommended in other food articles) olas banditos looked promising with affordable mexican food.


Mad monkeys, also raved about in the internet looked nice but had very limited seats and since it rained, the tables are wet and it was a little pricey.


We wanted to try giefsis but it already closed down so we decided to head to Tagpuan for dinner.


This self-service Filipino food place serves comfort food in large servings enough to fill those endless pits we call stomach.


The price is affordable. However, there are only limited tables and chairs and there’s a lot of mosquitoes so don’t forget to put on insect repellent.

This place boasts in having self service with witty signs to remind you to clean as you go.


Here’s a snap of what we ate:


Bagnet, chix adobo and pares they are all good in their own way. The classic “lutong bahay” which makes your tummy happy.

We chilled and rested for a little bit in coffee library.


It was a cute chill place where people stay to rest and bond with friends. Their coffee is one of a kind and is worth the try. 


Here are some of what we tried


I tried their chocolate affogato. The coffee was too strong for me but it worked well with the ice cream. It lessened the bitterness of the coffee.


Caphe sua chua (coffee with yoghurt)


Caphe sua da (iced milk coffee)


Iced mocha


It’s a good place to hangout. I wish they had board games to pass the time but I recommend this place for your down time in Elyu.

Day 2

Woke up around 6am to check the waves and one of the instructors told me that the waves were good (although it’s big for beginners, figured that out after trying).

Fee: since our hotel also offered lessons, we opted to surf there. It was 400 pesos for an hour lesson with an instructor and equipment. If you want the board only, it’s for 200 pesos.

For me, being a wobbly, far from athletic person, I decided that surfing is not for me but it was fun while it lasted. Patience is key for everything and never panic.


The instructors were helpful and fun to work with. They really know what they’re doing and they are licensed. If anything, go surf in san juan surf resort, in my opinion they have the most trusted surf instructors.
After that we had breakfast at the hotel. Then freshened up and walked around to explore.
We went to flotsam & jetsam next to try out the famous makai bowls.



The place, again, needed more chairs than what they have. It was cozy and chill and a good place to pass the time.


We tried their famous makai bowls in all the flavors. For 200-220 pesos it was worth the bowl. It looked small but it was a good and filling snack.

They have a place to chill with hammocks and I recommend you bring a book when you go here unless you want to sleep, which is also a good idea


They also serve rice meals for lunch and alcoholic drinks if you want to unwind with friends.

We also went to el union coffee to try the infamous smores and grilled cheese sandwich.



The menu consisted of few items but all are well crafted and appetizing that you won’t have regrets whatever your order is.


I tried the grilled cheese with bacon jam which has gooey cheese and is probably one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches that I’ve tried. The bacon jam was sweet and salty enough to blend but not overpower the cheese.


When you first look at the smores you’ll think that it’s small but it’s actually too sweet that you’ll need less than what was served. It’s still A+. If you can, bring your own graham crackers.


We also tried their dirty white iced coffee. It’s too bitter for my liking even with syrup but this is best paired with the smores.

We went to surf shack for dinner and late night drinking while listening to live music.


It was a chill, nice to hangout place with surf/beach-themed decorations. They had photos of la union’s famous places and people.


We tried their burgers and sandwiches.

The sloppy joe had good caramelized onions but it’s messy to eat. 
I ordered their surf shack burger. It’s an off the grill burger with tomato, cheese, lettuce and egg. To be honest, this was disappointing. When it was served to me, I tried to take a few bites but I couldn’t stand it because it felt raw so we had to send it back to the kitchen. When it returned, I felt that it was overcooked and dry already.


What saved the day was their taba ng talangka pasta. It was a little tangy due to the lime but was still creamy and fresh. 


After that we stayed a little longer to listen to the live music. 


The songs were good and you can request songs but if you want a better set list and higher energy I suggest you go to barkadahan (the pub next door).

Day 3
This was our last full day and we opted to be chill. We had breakfast at the hotel (recommend you try their daing na bangus 👍🏻) then head to the beach to pass the time while the boys went surfing.

We had a little photoshoot on the part of the beach with smaller waves. 

Here’s what it looks like at sunset. Unfortunately, I don’t have sunrise photos.

Afterwards we headed to seawadeeka and this small, quaint place serving thai food. This gets a two thumbs up from me.



Again, this place has limited seats so better go here on off peak times. They serve thai food in minimalist but enough servings.

We tried their pad thai and pork satay.


Glass noodles with bits of either pork, chicken or shrimp in their signature thai sauce. This has a manageable spicy-sweet taste to it. The serving is enough for one person.


Pork satay. Two sticks with rice or 3 sticks without rice. The peanut sauce was bomb! I recommend you just order the 3 sticks then pair it with pad thai.

They also serve thai iced tea which was really good as well. 

Then we headed to the gift shop to buy pasalubong before we had our siesta time.

After our nap time, we went to mass at St. William’s 


Unfortunately the hotel told us the wrong schedule and we were a few minutes late but at least we blessed our trip and thanked the Lord for it.

After that we headed to dinner at Magellan’s restaurant & lounge.


This is underrated for the food they are serving. They have good pasta and meals with rice or fries options. However, they do not serve pork.



We tried their pastas, chicken wrap and tuna steak. All ranging from 150-230 pesos. This is a gem for those who want a nice scrumptious meal. (Recommended for dinner)


Alfredo pasta was good! Creamy and you’ll know that they did not skimp on the sauce and ingredients.


The chicken wrap was big.  The sauce was garlicky and creamy and blended well with the wrap and the fries.


The tuna steak was perfectly done. No condiments needed, it was fresh and soft and easy to chew. You can have this with fries or rice 👍🏻


After that my friend tried mad monkeys’ le bleuger. Here he is with the burger.


It had their signature bleu cheese sauce and caramelized onions. I recommend this over surf shack’s burger.

We also had tokwa’t baboy from tagpuan


And capped off the day with ice cream at coast call (it was just selecta ice cream, nothing fancy).

Day 4

For day 4, we decided to have alone time and this is what I did.

I reserved a class beforehand with aquanimous yoga and headed to beach hub (2nd floor el union coffee) before 8am.


I will do a separate blog on this for my geca does yoga series.

After that we just freshened up and had brunch before heading back to manila.

Overall, the weekend refreshed us and it was a great trip. Top recommendations are el union coffee, seawadeeka and tagpuan. Don’t expect too much from flotsam and jetsam other than the makai bowls. You can also try the carenderia part which is cheap and has huge servings but the meals on the restaurant themselves are too pricey in my opinion. 

I wish there was a lot of seats and an ice cream shop around. Would I go back? Yes, definitely.