Gastronomical San Juan – El Union Coffee

El Union Coffee is a coffee place in San Juan, La Union, they offer their own blend of coffee and comfort food at its finest. Open from 7 a.m to 10 pm, you can smell the aroma of freshly brewed coffee from a far.

Their coffee is perfect for a surfer’s morning routine before hitting the waves at the beach. Their menu offers caffeine and non caffeine drinks with a couple of deserts to come with it. img_0123

Since I don’t love coffee as much as my companion, I ordered the Horchata, which is simply rice milk with vanilla, almond and cinnamon.We also ordered their grilled cheese and their indoor smores. The food was just incredible, perfect comfort food, with the cheese stretching  out with every bite and the marshmallow just melting in your mouth. LOL! #foodporn.


yup, #foodporn

Looking for a chill spot after a long day at the beach? This is the perfect place for you!

and yup, the lakwatsa continues…

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A Day at Tangadan Falls

The famous Tangadan Falls, a hidden gem located at San Gabriel, La Union, the town just after the famous surfing area of San Juan. A place for trekking, cliff diving and of course swimming.

It was a holiday and since my birthday is coming up we decided to go on a short trip to Tangadan Falls. We woke up early at around 3am and headed to San Gabriel La Union at 4 in the morning. From Baguio through Naguilian Road it is a 2-3 hour drive via private car.

We reached the parking area, well actually  front yards of the the people living near the starting point of the hike, at around 7am. It took us this long because we had a couple of stops, eating breakfast and buying water for our trek.  They charged us 50 pesos as parking fee. Also people around would be asking you if you already have a guide. We actually went with our 2nd cousin who lives near the area, so we didn’t need a guide. Not sure about how much they would charge people, but I think they charge per person. By the way they don’t require people to have tour guides, if you want to go and follow your heart, lol! go! But i recommend getting one since the river can be quite confusing. The route started with a short walk through the fields.


Just starting the hike

Then the long walk through and across the rivers started. It was a fun trek, going up and down large boulders, jumping from one rock to the other, crossing rivers and walking through very narrow paths (one wrong step and you’re in the water, LOL). It is a very hot place so if you’re planning to go here prepare your skin with a lot of sunblock and a lot of cover. hahaha!

After sometime walking you would reach a forest area, it has a couple of small trees more of bamboos and bushes.


Blurred, ’cause my dad’s eyes were getting wet with his own sweat. LOL!


One of a kind swing


Into the woods


Then you’ll reach the diving area, it’s quite breathtaking you’ll feel that the hike is worth it.


Tired and Hot

But then it is not yet the end of the long hike, Eventually you’ll find yourself near the river again.


A short rest for the breathless

A little bit more hike and you’ll reach the breathtaking Tangadan Falls. The hike would last  up to 1-2 hours depending on your group’s speed and also on how many stops you make just to take pictures. haha! Near the falls you would see a couple of bamboo huts, they will cost you 400 pesos if you get one, but just like us you can just place your bags in one place and it wouldn’t get lost. LOL! The waterfalls is really beautiful, I think it is 40 ft fall from the top. Tourists are not allowed to cliff dive in this area because it is quite dangerous. You can hire one of the bamboo rafts to go under the waterfalls and have a back massage, hehe! They charged us 200 pesos for an hour but I think it also depends on the number of people. Also for people like me who doesn’t know how to swim you can hire life vests for 50 pesos.


Taking it in


Bamboo Rafts floating around


To the Waterfalls!


with the siblings




and another..

By the way, the rocks submerged in the water are very slippery so be careful! We swam around the area for awhile before we decided to eat merienda. And then we swam some more and decided to leave.


Fooling around in our life vests 😀

I just wish that the local government would try to preserve the area, because people are already building a lot of bamboo huts near the falls and it defeats the purpose of hiking and being one with nature. haha! ano daw?!

But nevertheless the place was really worth the long hike, it was a breathtaking place to go to and I recommend that thrill seekers and nature lovers go there! It is a very beautiful place!

Here’s a short clip taken with Xiaomi Yi action camera:

That’s it guys! ‘Til the next lakwatsa…



Basilica of Our Lady of Charity at Night

We went to visit our grandparents at Sto. Tomas, La Union. On our way home we passed through Agoo, La Union and found this beauty.

The basilica of our lady of charity also known as Agoo basilica is found just in front of Agoo’s municipal hall. The original church was actually destroyed by a couple of earthquakes which paved the way for demolition and reconstruction of a new church which is the one standing at present day.

We decided to stop on our way to Baguio just to take pictures of the church. It was very eye catching because of its lights. At first I was only taking pictures near it, but since we were unable to capture the whole basilica we crossed the street for a better view.

Here are the photos:




at its entrance


favorite pic! photo overlay 😀

After taking pictures, we continued with our trip back to Baguio

’til the next lakwatsa 😀

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.


with boyfriend selfie


at the beach


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:


jump shot


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.


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.


What a view

Then it was time to go home, ’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.


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.


with my niece


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.


yum yum!


before leaving

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