Ze Creamery in Baguio

It was my brother’s birthday so we decided to try this new place called “Ze Creamery”. It is located in Bukaneg St. Legarda Road, Baguio City. The place is quite different to find but it is worth the try. What caught my attention when I heard about this place is their gigantic servings! The main reason why we actually wanted to try the place.

The first thing that came to mind as I entered the restaurant was the lack of space. The place is small and a bit crowded for a small number of customers, walk way was also a problem. Although besides the space everything was on point, the food, the service, and the price.

We ordered their best sellers, their Monster Burger (P328), Pizza Pullover (P288), Sriracha wings (P180), Fries (P108), and Monster Mugs (P250-P280).

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I enjoyed their fries, it has a flavorful powder on it. I can’t pinpoint the exact flavor but it tastes like a sweet bbq/ sour cream powder.

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Their Monster Burger is made of Half a kilo of pure beef patty, melted cheese and caramelized onions in an 8-inch thick bun, with fries on the side.

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Their Sriracha Wings, one of the best wings I have ever tasted in town. It just feels like an explosion on your taste buds.

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The Monster Mugs, they have quite a selection of flavors and all of them are gigantic plus it will definitely give you a sugar rush. The presentation is great definitely social media worthy.img_0577

 

The Pizza pullover is also delicious it is more on the tomato sauce flavored side, it come with vegetables and potato chips plus salsa sauce, I guess.

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Ready to chow!

Over all the place is awesome for food lovers out there despite the lack in space. The food is definitely worth the price and you will definitely leave the place with a satisfied and full stomach.

That’s all for this blog, ’til the next lakwatsa…

Baguio Girl Takes on Manila

Manila, the concrete jungle of the Philippines, approximately 250 km away from Baguio (via North Luzon Expressway).

Since I’ve been working 6 days a week for 6 months now, I’ve decided to have a mini getaway from all my usual daily routine. I got on the bus, alone for the first time, at around 10 p.m and since it was a deluxe bus ride I arrived in Cubao at around 2 a.m. My boyfriend fetched me from the bus station and we went directly to the condo unit in Makati for a quick rest before taking on Manila.

First stop, Manila Ocean Park, we woke up at around 6 a.m to prepare  and have breakfast.  After breakfast, I had my first ever MRT and LRT ride, it was not crowded at that time because it was a Saturday and it wasn’t rush hour.

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Obligatory Photo at the Entrance

We arrived at Manila Ocean Park around 9:30 a.m and since we purchased vouchers from Metrodeal, we had to wait in line to have the vouchers redeemed. It was quite a deal, P899 instead of P3000 for 7 attractions plus their liquid buffet. Here is the list of the attractions we went to:

  • Oceanarium
  • Trails to Antartica (Penguin Exhibit and Christmas Village)
  • Jellies Exhibit
  • Birds of Prey Kingdom
  • Fish Spa
  • Sharks and Rays Dry Encounter
  • Amazing Stories of Yexel’s Museum

I have to say I enjoyed most of the attractions, especially the encounter with the sting rays and Yexel’s museum, but I didn’t enjoy one attraction namely the Birds of Prey Kingdom. It wasn’t very fun because you wouldn’t see a lot of species of birds.

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Gotta Love this Minions

The liquid buffet was okay as well, the food was not quite what I expected. The food was delicious but there were a few to choose from and the food isn’t out of the ordinary, not very special.

Manila Ocean park made me feel like a  kid again, I had fun and I enjoyed the place. I would definitely be coming back here again.

The following day was spent at Ace Water Spa, It was the most relaxing place I’ve been to. Again we bought vouchers from Metrodeal, It was a 4-hour pass for P385 instead of P550.  We spent hours just relaxing and enjoying the water massage therapy, jumping from one massage to the other, one pool to the other. The place has hot herbal pools, lap pools, steam and sauna, and hydrotherapies. Although no pictures were taken at this place because cameras and phones are prohibited for privacy purposes.

We had lunch at “The Vikings”, it was the best buffet I’ve been to, they have a lot of selections from seafood, to meat, drinks and deserts. I wanted to try everything but my body wouldn’t let me. LOL!

The rest of the day was spent roaming around the city, divisoria and other malls. It was walking all around until we were tired and decided to go home. LOL!

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Here’s a clip of the entire trip to Manila:

‘Til the next lakwatsa!

Back in Time: Trip to Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Christmas vacation is almost over so the family decided to have our last hoorah at Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

Vigan is a fourth class city located at the western coast of the Philippines. The Chinese used to call the place “Bee Gan” which mean beautiful shore, the Spaniards during that time interchanged the”b” and “v” sounds thus calling the place “Vigan”. Vigan is place full of history and is known for having a couple of old buildings around it.

At around 12 am we left Baguio through Naguilian Road. It was a smooth ride, no traffic, no trucks and whatsoever. After more than 4 hours we arrived at Candon City, we decided to stop at the town proper and rest for a while.

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Candon Cathedral

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buying pasalubong

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the sister

of course we took some pictures and decided to continue with our trip, after an hour we arrived at the town proper of Vigan, it was almost 5 am and it was drizzling so we went to McDonald’s to have our early breakfast.

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Vigan! finally

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at McDonald’s

After breakfast we went to visit Vigan’s cathedral and said our prayer and of course our wishes since it is our first time visiting the church.

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the cathedral

and our lakwatsa continues…

Read more on our Ilocos Sur trip:

Back in Time: Baluarte ni Chavit

A 10-15 minute ride away from Calle Crisologo is a zoo that is located inside the house property of Gov. Chavit Singson. The place has no entrance fee as the governor’s  tribute to the people. The entrance had a big baluarte sign, a big man-made lake with fishes and statues of dinosaurs.

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happy faces

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smiling for the camera

It has a couple of animals roaming around and some were in cages, of course.

At the very top you would see the Safari Gallery where you would see the animals that were hunted and mummified by the governor.

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mom and dad

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mummified elephant

that was basically what we did in Baluarte, our lakwatsa continues..

Read more on our Ilocos Sur trip:

Back in Time: Bantay Bell Tower

Lastly, Bantay bell tower. Bantay Bell Tower is a watch tower that was built in 1592. It was built to guard the region from pirate attacks during the Spanish colonial era, also the reason why it was called “Bantay” (to guard). It is a 3-storey tower made of red brick walls and has a couple of bells at the top floor.

It is 5 minute ride away from Calle Crisologo just across the highway. We arrived there and looked for a parking spot. Just at the entrance tourist should register their name and they would ask for some donations.

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picture picture

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going up!

The tower was amazing, it was well preserved. Tourists would often take pictures at its grounds and some would prefer to climb to the top. It was an easy way up to the second floor with its cemented stairs but to climb the 3rd floor you would be walking through a wooden, steep staircase. At the 3rd floor are a couple of bells and amazingly its wooden floors. It was a good view at the top, seeing parts of Ilocos region.

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at the entrance

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enjoying the view

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one more

The descent was a little harder but not a big problem. My sister got cramps after walking down the tower’s staircases. LOL! Again, We took pictures and enjoyed the view.

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before we go, one last glance

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yep!

After visiting the place we headed home. ‘Til the next Lakwatsa!

Read more on our Ilocos Sur trip:

Faces of Panagbenga 2015

As a girl who grew up in Baguio I never showed interest in going to parades in the city, not even the famous Panagbenga parade. I never liked crowded places but last 2013 I decided to go and take pictures and I definitely enjoyed it.

Here’s the link for Panagbenga 2013: Street Dance Parade  Float Parade

So this year I decided to go again but only for the street dancing parade. As usual the crowd is big and if I decide to go in front i’ll just have a hard time moving and getting the shot I like. So I went looking for a good place at the back. Found a post and decided to climb and sit on top of it.

If you are a photographer and want to take pictures of the event but you don’t have a badge, I suggest getting a place away from the crowd like I did. Bring your long lenses!

Here are some of the photos:

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She surely enjoyed performing

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getting her groove on

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drummer boy

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the cute majorette

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she smiles for the camera

It was a good day, good lighting from the sun and great performers!

yep! ’til the next lakwatsa! 😀