Gastronomical San Juan – At the Beach!

Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union, the surfing capital of the Northern Philippines. It is known for its quality waves suitable for surfing as well as swimming. For non-surfers Urbiztondo is also known for its food strip and night life.

It was weekend so I went to San Juan with my bestfriend/ “kambal”, Alex, and my boyfriend, Prince. San Juan is a 1 1/2 to 2 hour- drive away from Baguio via bus. It was a weekend  so almost all the resort were fully booked, good thing we found this place called “The Little Surfmaid Resort”, It is quite a decent beach front hotel in Urbiztondo. Their single room with balcony is priced at P2900, it has 2 couches, a bed, a cable TV, a cabinet, a fridge, and a balcony.

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The resort

The main attraction is the beach, we walked around from one place to the other and took pictures, of course. The wind was calming and the view was spectacular despite the scorching heat from the sun.

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Walking around

After walking around, we just had to see the sunset, before heading back to the resort and changing into our swim suits.

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with love

With all the stress at work, this place would really give you the break you’ve been longing for. It’s  a place that would remind you to have fun and enjoy life.

Of course aside from the beach, food is one reason for this trip, So the lakwatsa continues..

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Gastronomical San Juan – Flotsam and Jetsam

Flotsam and Jetsam, a hostel and food place at one end of the beach. It is a family owned hostel that serves as a chill spot for all kinds of tourists. It offers accommodation and a kitchen bar that is open for all. The place is heavily decorated with random colorful objects giving off a hippie vibe to the place.IMG_0318.JPG

The moment I stepped in to the place, it gave off a very relaxing ambiance. The place offered good music as well as good food. You can choose to eat at the kitchen bar seats, or chill on an open bed or even better, sit on bean bags on the sandy beachfront.

The place offered Macai bowls, cold drinks and many more. We ordered a macai bowl and fruit shakes and decided to sit on the bean bags while talking with each other, listening to music and staring at the beach. The food is quite pricey but the ambiance paid it all off.IMG_0282.JPG

Would definitely come back again, hopefully we would be able to book a room before it’s all sold out.

the lakwatsa continues..

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Gastronomical San Juan – Mad Monkeys

Mad Monkeys is a small burger stall located in Urbiztondo, San Juan. It is famous for its different takes on burger. The place offers good food, open space, and good music as well. img_0346img_0347

We ordered the S.O.S burger and the Smoked BBQ burger, both of the burgers are flavored differently. The S.O.S burger is on the onion flavored side, it has regular patty, onion sauce and onion rings. The Smoked BBQ burger has bacon, special BBQ sauce and a regular patty.

The food may not be the most photogenic food and it may be the messiest thing to eat but the taste is a party in you mouth. With regards to pricing, it maybe on the pricier side but again with the flavors and the chill vibes, it is definitely worth the money.

 

And once again, the lakwatsa continues…

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Beachin’ Around La Union

La Union has always been popular because of its resorts and beaches. We decided to go with friends, it was originally the 6 of us but only 4 made it because the other 2 had classes at that time.

We left Baguio early in the morning and arrived in La Union after more than an hour of driving. We were suppose to go to this one resort but it was closed, so we transferred to another. As soon as we fixed our stuff we went swimming at the pool. The whole time we were swimming around.

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with boyfriend selfie

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at the beach

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with awesome friends

We waited for the sun to set to take good pictures, and we ended up jumping around to take the perfect shot. LOL! here are the photos we got:

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jump shot

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arte lang!

After a lot of swimming and chatting at the pool, we decided to leave the resort and look for a place to eat since everyone is hungry. Almost all the restaurants are closed at that time but “Kubong Sawali” is still open so we decided to eat there.

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before we eat selfie

Went ahead to my friend’s place since he leaves in San Fernando, La Union, spent the night there. The next morning we had breakfast and headed back to Baguio via Naguilian Rd. Since we would be passing through a chinese temple we decided to visit it as well.

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What a view

Then it was time to go home, ’til the next lakwatsa! 😀

Morning Seven, Luna, La Union

Just finished my board exam and my sibling’s vacation just started so we had our family vacation at Luna, La Union. After seeing a couple of resorts in the internet, we decided to go to this resort because of it’s uniqueness. Entrance fee of P100 for adults and P50 for children.

It was an early morning drive, i think we left at 5am and arrived at Luna, La Union after almost 3 hours of travel. We headed to town to buy food and stuff. On our way we stopped to visit “Our Lady of Namacpacan”, prayed and went ahead to buy supplies. Since we were near Barangay Victoria, we decided to visit Luna’s Baluarte or watch tower.

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Ruins of the watch tower

It was quite a good view, I was very amazed with it’s structure since it has a very thick wall.

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inside the tower

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with boyfriend<3

We then headed to the resort itself and started swimming as soon as we reached the place. It was an eat and swim kind of day.

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Morning seven pool

Also, we walked on the rocky beach, it was a very clean, you can actually see through the water. Although tourists were not allowed to go swimming because it was high tide and the waves were strong that day.

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seaside

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watching the waves

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my dad walking around

Again it was an awesome day with the family, ’til the next lakwatsa 😀

Logos Hope

I was scanning tumblr when I saw that Logos Hope was in Poro Point, San Fernando, La Union. I got super excited and told my sister. After learning about it we told our parents and started telling stories about it. After a few minutes my mom decided that we go to the said place then.

The MV Logos Hope is the largest floating library in the world, the crew was consisted of 400 volunteers from around the world. The ship visits different ports for 2 weeks and transfers from one port to another for the entire year, offering the public a tour inside the ship and a book fair with an entrance fee of only P40.

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The view from the outside

We reached the place after more than an hour drive from Baguio City. It was scorching hot at that time and there was a long line of tourists waiting for their turn. As you step into the ship, you would be greeted by the volunteers and you would hear a recording about the history of the ship. After the area you would reach the book fair , this is where you could roam around freely and look at the books that is for sale.

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books everywhere

My sister was an ultimate Belieber and found a sticker book of Justin Beiber. LOL! The boys got there own toys and we also got a stuff toy for my niece. For me, I didn’t buy anything all I had were the pictures I took. haha! Then comes a walk through picture book on “The Journey of Life”

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Striking a pose

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with the gang

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3D picture

Then lastly there’s a cafe inside the ship, we didn’t eat there since it was very crowded at that time. So we headed for the exit and took pictures outside before leaving.

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Logos Hope Van

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One last pose…

And that’s our day, ’til the next lakwatsa 🙂

Pugo Adventure

It was the birthday of my nephew so the family decided to head to Pugo Adventure (PUGAD) to celebrate. PUGAD is located in Sito Pagaling, Barangay Palina, Pugo, La union. An outdoor adventure and resort with a mini zoo type of place. It is 45 minute drive away from Baguio City through Marcos, Highway. It is definitely a place for family celebrations. Entrance fee is 150 for adults and 100 for kids **prices are subject to change** and the place is open from 8am to 7pm.

So we left Baguio at around 7am and reached the place at 7:45 am. Unloaded our food and bags and waited in line. When we arrived there were already a couple of groups lined up at the entrance.

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waiting at the entrance

As you enter the place you will immediately see a restaurant, don’t know about the food and prices though, also you will see pools and cross hanging bridges to your villa or hut.

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2-storey hut we rented

Before we decided to swim, we decided to roam around the area first and explore.

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rock mountain near the river

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carousel

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mini playground for the kids

then eventually we reached the mini zoo, the zoo had a couple of animals including a snake named cheesecake, parrots, birds, chickens, spiders, fishes, peacocks, a small alligator and more. You can take picture with some of the animals and I decided to go with the snake. LOL

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with cheesecake

After sometime we headed to the zip lines, there are actually three but we opted to try just one. I chose to do the highest and the longest zipline in a superman position. LOL! It was very terrifying when i reached the starting point of the zipline, with all the straps on my body and my head was facing the ground. It was quite a view from the top, then the person in charge told me that he would let go of me in 3 counts, and just like that I went flying across the fields. I was in a heart racing scare but at the same time amusement.

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Posing, coz it’s finally over

and of course, swimming.

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with the boys

 

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just chillin’

and then were off back to Baguio City after one fun day

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Before going home with the gang

 

and that’s how the day went, until the next lakwatsa 😀