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 – Geifsis Greek Grill

Geifsis greek grill, it is a greek inspired restobar located in San Juan, La Union and opened its doors last 2013. They serve authentic greek food with the perfect view of the beach. The place is greek themed as well, even the servers are dressed like the greeks.

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This place is the first stop of our gastronomical adventure in San Juan, I have to say as soon as I arrived here I was already impressed by the ambiance. I ordered their Pork Ribs, P300 and Alex ordered their Chicken Kebab, P220 (i think). Yup, the food is quite pricey but if you are into Greek flavors the price is definitely worth it.

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The place

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The food

So for those who like to experience the taste of Greece, come and visit Geifsis Greek Grill, It will be worth the price.

And the lakwatsa continues…

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Gastronomical San Juan – Choka

Finally, the last food joint we visited, CHOKA, it is one of the newest food joint in San Juan. It is an American themed food spot, that serves the all american comfort food, from ribs to fries, from hot wings to burgers, they have it all. So if you’re craving for American comfort food that’s flavorful and come in massive servings, this is the place to go.

Well, we were supposed to go to Surf Shack but the place is still closed, so we headed to Choka instead. What captured my attention aside from the food are the paintings on the wall, although I’m not an artsy kind of person, I was impressed with this simple paintings.

We ordered buffalo wings, ribs and cheese fries, also ordered drinks, lemon cucumber juice and brewed coffee, when the food came we were shocked with the amount of serving that was on the plate, it was huge. LOL! Flavors were great, super worth it. After all that food, I was super full, satisfied and ready to go.img_0451

And this is where the lakwatsa for this day ends, ’til the next lakwatsa.

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Bonding at San Juan and Tangadan Falls

Almost all my relatives from Guam came home for a vacation and since I’ve been to Tangadan Falls before they also wanted to see the famous falls in San Gabriel, La Union.

It was an early trip from Baguio City, Everybody wanted to go swimming so we headed to San Juan, La Union. My cousins and I wanted something more exciting and fun so we decided to leave the extremes of age (the kids and the elderly, LOL!) at the beach while the energetic bunch headed for the falls.

Unlike my first hike to the falls, it was the rainy season these time so the trail was more challenging. We would find ourselves submerged in water for almost half of the hike due to the weather condition a few days back. Although it was quite a long and tiring hike, everyone enjoyed each others company, helping each other cross rivers against strong currents.

After hours of walking we finally reached the famous Tangadan Falls, the water was not as clean as the first time I was here but the view was still as mesmerizing as before. My cousins, seeing it for the first time, were in awe and loved the one of a kind view.

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with the girls

We took pictures together and took a quick break before deciding to go swimming. We all rented life vests because most of us doesn’t know how to swim. LOL! we swam around and decided to hire a bamboo raft to go under the falls. We enjoyed a few hours just floating around the water.

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And under the falls we go

After some time we decided to go back to San Juan where the others stayed. There, we ate lunch, got on the beach and bonded with everyone else.

Here is a video from our trip:

‘Til the next lakwatsa!

Cool Off at Halo Halo de Iloko

Halo Halo de Iloko is a cafe-restaurant located near the town proper of San Fernando, La Union. A more than an hour drive away from the city of Baguio. Their dining area features photos, old artifacts, paintings and wood works. Each table is named with the different provinces of La Union. The place is famous for their one of a kind halo halo that is said to be the best in the province but also offers the local food of La Union.

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dining area

We arrived at the place around 9 am. the employees would be greeting you in ilokano, DEEP ILOKANO, lol! Found a table and ordered food and of course their famous halo halo. While waiting for our order we roamed around the area and took pictures.

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with my niece

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the background 🙂

Our order came, we started eating and the food is unique and delicious, definitely the taste of La Union. We had the halo halo as our desert, it was really delicious and has a lot of stuff in it. The halo halo had the perfect mix and taste.

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yum yum!

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before leaving

After eating and taking more pictures we headed home. LOL! That’s all we did in La Union. ’til the next lakwatsa!