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La Union Surf Breakers

It was one of those long weekends during October when we decided to be surf breakers! This 3 (or is it 2?) years in the making La Union trip finally happened last October 26. In 2010, my friend, Baldo, invited us to their home in La Union and we agreed since the accommodation won’t be a problem. But there were hindrances during the first and second attempt of carrying our feet to the place of angry waves and of course, cutie surfer boys (with happy keme). The La Union surf break started on October 24 and ended on the 27th which is Sunday.

We left Manila on Friday night (25th) without any hassles on buying the the tickets. We bought it in an advance thinking that a lot of people will leave the city for the long weekend, for the surf break itself and we’re traveling with three kids (really cute kids). 11 adults and three kids. We chose the deluxe bus of Partas Trans Co (despite my protest because of accident-stories courtesy of our host). How’s that for a 7-hour comfy bus ride? 🙂

Almost two hours of the travel time was spent on the congested streets of Metro Manila. You know the picture of Metro Manila during Fridays and it’s horrible. We were able to reach San Juan, La Union at 4:30AM. Ang lamig! A 10-minute trike ride was next and placed myself at the back of the driver. Sobrang lamig ng madaling araw sa kanila. My stomach was aching because of that.

The suggested activities were bumming at beach for two days (Sea Park Beach Resort and the surfing area), listening to Soul Surf concert outside the wall (the tickets were pricey!), videoke, going to Pugo Adventure (which we didn’t pursue) and food trip.

The Gang

Our kulot host.

Our kulot host in front. Thanks, Paps!

We were lucky enough that the attic is really spacious. Sarap magpagulong-gulong. But there ARE creepy stories that we didn’t dare to hear more of it. Some of us were scared. Kailangan may kasama pang umakyat ‘pag may kukunin sa attic. Everyone’s enjoying their time on the garage ‘pag ganyan na eksena.

The Hacienda

Sunrise from the attic.

Sunrise from the attic.

HELLO from the sun.

HELLO from the sun.

Ang lupain ng aming host.

The green land.

The “Tamed” Beach

The need of the tent

The need of the tent

12 noon beach

12 noon beach

Sea Park Beach Resort

Sea Park Beach Resort

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Sunset meeting the waves

Sunset meeting the waves

Sunset

Sunset

See the waves?

See the waves?

The Videoke Day

Supposedly, we’ll visit the surf school specially the one that’s being managed by Luke Landrigan but… the videoke machine killed the idea. On the other hand, I enjoyed that day (without seeing Luke and other happy kemes of surfer boys) cause I was able to hear Onchie’s version of Reasons by Earth, Wind and Fire and Song for the Suspect by Franco. Thanks to Baldo for singing some of our favorite music from Parokya ni Edgar and Eheads. To Elren for singing The Scientist by Coldplay. To Buboy na sa wakas kumanta rin and he smoothly sang Never Let Her Slip Away.To Joselito for being a total performer. To Mira for being the tanggera and singer at the same time. To Roemart for singing Yellow of Coldplay before he left for Manila on Sunday noon. To Karen for being our Diva. And to Marj for her ever favorite Borderline of Madonna.

Started at 10AM

Started at 10AM and ended 10AM the next day. 24 Hours!

Hi Jose!

Hi Jose!

Guess the song.

Guess the song.

The Gusto-Mo-Ba-Ng-Halo-Halo-O-Hindi Portion

Hi Muchas Gracias!

Hi Muchas Gracias!

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Christmas-y

It's homey.

It’s homey.

This is my favorite thing here.

This is my favorite thing here.

Afternoon session

Afternoon session

Who wouldn't want to come inside.

Who wouldn’t want to come inside.

Halo-halo Pastillas w/ Ice Cream. The specialty.

Halo-halo Pastillas w/ Ice Cream. The specialty.

Since it’s only in La Union, Razon’s Halo-halo is still my number one favorite. But this one is definitely yummier. Try it when you’re in La Union.

Carbonara

Carbonara for Onchie

Onion rings of Elren

Onion rings for Elren

Grilled Tuna Sandwich for Buboy

Grilled Tuna Sandwich for Buboy

The mainit na matamis na Bibingka. Recommending this one along with their Halo-halo.

The mainit na matamis na Bibingka. Recommending this one along with their Halo-halo.

We're happy!

We’re happy!

Muchas Gracias is located at P. Burgos cor. Zandueta St., San Fernando City, La Union. Don’t miss this resto. 🙂

This La Union trip has been my most relaxing 3-day vacation so far. I had the chance to work on the kitchen despite the lack of culinary skills. Nakipagbuno pa ‘ko sa pagprito ng bangus. Washing the dishes was my favorite activity during our stay in Baldo’s house while hearing the singing talent of my friends. Surfing and hanging out in the beach on our second day would be great but I’m contented with talking and laughing out with these people. Next time na ‘yong surfing.

We are the surf breakers who did not surf at all. 🙂

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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Food Porn, Travel

 

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Balut at Penoy

Wala akong maisip na title eh. Anyway, medyo related naman ‘yan sa post ko. Last Thursday, first time ko makapunta sa municipality ng Pateros (hindi lang naman ako, pati ‘yong 2 ka-opisina ko pa) and I think, that’s an achievement. Kaya lang naman ako (kami) napadpad dun eh dahil may basketball game ‘yong mga boys ng aming department kasama ‘yong isang foreigner na bossing.

Actually, ang layo ng Pateros plus ang traffic pa nung mga panahon na nagbyahe kami. Sulit din naman kasi at least nakatapak kami sa lupain ng mga balut. Balut, according to wikipedia, is a Filipino delicacy that is fertilized duck embryo that is boiled and eaten in the shell. Kaya basta may foreigner na bisita ‘yong mga pamilyang Pinoy, hindi pwedeng hindi nila pakainin na balut ang bisita. Parang sumasali lang sa frat, may initiation.

Pinili ko na lang ‘to, mas presentable tignan. 🙂

 

Based on my observation, mukhang tahimik ‘yong lugar ng Pateros. Sabi ng officemate ko na taga roon, mababa raw ang crime rate ng lugar nila. Tsaka, in fairness, magaganda rin ‘yong mga bahay bahay dun. Para tuloy syang ideal community ko. Mukhang ok naman sya. ‘Yon nga lang hindi ko alam kung bahain ba sya.

Sayang nga lang kasi hindi na ‘ko nakabili na balut gaya nang unang plano ko bago magpunta dun. May next time pa naman eh. Game 2. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2013 in Food Porn, Rants and Raves, Travel

 

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My First Pasta

I don’t cook or should I say, I am not a fan of cooking. I always believe that cooking is not for me. I can cook rice (hindi sa rice cooker ha) or even Adobo and there’s also a viand (I forgot the name) that I have been cooking for a while. But two weeks ago, I decided to cook pasta, Tuna Pesto Pasta. I have been meaning to cook this before the start of December. This is something different. For the first time, I was willing to cook. No hesitation and walang reklamo.

Being the “first-timer” in the kitchen, nataranta ‘ko. I don’t know what to do first. Good thing, my brother and mother helped me to finish what I started. Nakakapagod pala magluto. Hahaha! But it was a good start, don’t you think? 🙂

So, why did I cook? 3 Reasons:

1. I want to do something else aside from doing from involving myself too much in front of the computer, sleeping, watching movies and doing nothing.

2. Staring to do this for my own survival and well, to make others happy (?)

3. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Anyway, here’s what I cooked..

PESTO

 

And if you want to cook this, here’s the recipe:

Tuna Pesto Pasta

You will need:

  • 250 grams penne pasta
  • 6 cups water for boiling
  • 3 tbsp rock salt
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 6 medium-sized ripe tomatoes
  • 1 can tuna flakes in oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pack Clara Ole Cheesy Pesto
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

How to prepare:

  1. Cook pasta using water and rock salt according to package direction.
  2. While cooking the pasta, blanch the tomatoes for one minute in the same boiling water. Remove the tomatoes and dip them in cold water to give them a “shock.” This way, it would be easier to peel off their skin. Once cold, peel off the skin, cut into cubes, and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet pan over medium to low heat, sauté garlic in olive oil. Avoid browning the garlic. Add the tuna. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about one minute.
  4. Add the Clara Ole Cheesy Pesto sauce and tomatoes. Add the cooked pasta and mix thoroughly. Cook for a few more minutes while stirring occasionally.
  5. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese. Serve with garlic bread or crackers.
 
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Posted by on December 22, 2012 in Food Porn

 

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Saturday Cravings

Last Saturday, I went to a friend’s house sa Balic Balic para dalhin ang CPU ko. My CPU’s power supply IS still busted. When I’m about to go home, sabi ng friend ko eh sumabay na lang ako sa kanya at ang kanyang way ay papuntang SM Megamall. Pwede rin ako ako sumakay dun pauwi taking a MIA bus.

While on the way to SM Megamall, nakita pa namin na nagre-rehearse ang production ng Bourne Legacy sa Ramon Magsaysay Blvd. sa Sampaloc ng car chase. Ang traffic na ‘don sa dinadaanan namin dahil naka-counter flow na ‘yong mga sasakyan mula sa kabilang linya. Nakakagutom ang traffic kaya bigla akong nag-crave sa fried noodles. Isa lang naman naisip ko, Hong Kong Style noodles. Kaya sabi ko bago ako sumakay ng bus sa EDSA, I’ll grab some fried noodles.

At  ‘yon nga, nakarating na kami sa sa SM Megamall. Ang daming pagkain na nagkalat sa tabi tabi. Ang simpleng craving sa fried noodles ay napunta rin sa pagbili ng Dunkin Donuts Dunkin ‘Yan. This is a new product from the donut store. Naisip ko rin bumili kasi gusto ko rin tikman. Masarap din naman sya pero medyo nakakasawa ang tamis. Mahal pa ‘yan nung binili ko. 55 Php samantalang sa normal store ng Dunkin Donuts, 45 Php lang.

Dunkin 'Yan

My friend and I parted ways sa main entrance ng mall. Hindi ko na nakuhang ubusin ‘yong pagkain ko at ginawa ko na lang na pasalubong kuno. Masyadong nababad sa matamis ang dila ko so I decided to grab some salty snack. I took the MRT hallway para makapunta sa Southbound ng EDSA. Then I saw Siomai House and ordered a Japanese siomai. Hindi ko alam kung authentic ba ‘yon basta ang alam ko masarap sya. At ang ka-partner nyan ay black gulaman. Gumastos din ako ng 35 Php para sa siomai at gulaman.

Japanese Siomai, Siomai House's Version

At pagbaba ko ng Shaw MRT Station tsaka ko pa lang nakita ‘yong Hong Kong Style Noodles. ‘Nong una ayoko na bumili eh, nagkuripot na ‘ko. Pero naisip ko, minsan ko lang naman i-indulge ang sarili ko sa pagkain na nagke-crave ako. So I gave in. I ordered fried noodles with beef siomai. Oo, siomai na naman. Oyster sauce lang nilalagay ko madalas pag nabili ako nyan. Sa bus ko na kinain ‘yong fried noodles kaya lang hindi na-satisfy ang craving ko for that particular food. May something na hindi masarap ‘don sa siomai. Medyo matigas na parang hindi luto. Ewan ko. ‘Yong noodles ay ok naman. Siguro ‘yong branch lang na ‘yon ang bumigo sa in-expect kong lasa ng friend noodles. Nga pala, 29 Php din ‘yon.

Hong Kong Style Noodle

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Food Porn

 

Fried Siopao


Alam ko hindi enticing ‘yong picture, but believe me, masarap ang FRIED SIOPAO!

Maliit lang ang Fried Siopao pero malaman at siksik. Kahit isa lang nito mabubusog ka. Fried Siopao is one of my comfort food. Actually, ‘di ko alam kung paano aging fried ang siopao na ito. Kaya kung gusto n’yo ng bagong food trip, just visit Binondo and have a taste of it 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2011 in Food Porn, Rants and Raves