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Beach in the city

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IMG_2837[1]We plan to go out of town (more specifically to the beach) sana for Mei and Sally’s birthday. Puro fully booked ang mga resorts.

I suggested this Azure Beach Resort in Paranaque. Since di rin nagkakatugma mga schedules. At least nakapag beach na, ng hindi lalayo at madali makakabalik kung may papasok pa.

We booked 3 rooms. 1 for Sally and family, 1 for Glen and family, 1 for us (Lagula family and Jhen’s). The unit with 2 bedrooms cost P6500 (complete kitchen equipment, a/c, bathroom; no hot water though, veranda; Sally and Glen’s unit has beach view, ours eh city view) additional 20bucks per head for the bracelet to enter the beach/pool.

Sally’s family provided lunch and dinner. Nag-grocery din kame for few snacks. Sobrang busog kase ang sarap ng luto ni mader at parang hindi nauubos ang food. Lunch was relyenong bangus and inihaw na pusit. Nagpasarap pa ang coke! Yum

After eating nag-ready na iba para mag-beach.

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Kuya Yow, JD na tuwang tuwa kay Kuya, ever smiling Raya and naninibagong Ikay.

No Chloe in the picture kase sleeping pa ang bebe girl.

4ish, sumunod na rin kame sa baba. Pero di na rin kame nakapagbasa. Sinubukan naman namin si Chloe basain sa water.

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The gang and the kids


We didnt stay long, kaya umakyat na rin kame sa rooms namin. Nagkukwentuhan while waiting for dinner. Dumating din sila Thina and Terence, Ezi and Bong, saw Nona sa pool area.

Dinner was fried chicken and mechado. Grabe ang sarap. Di ata ako natunawan kase walang tigil ang kain. After kumain, nag shower na yun iba, may natulog, nagkwentuhan pa kame at nagluto si Sally ng nachos. Si Mei, nakapag open lang ng bottle ng mudshake pero nagpatulog ng bata hanggang nakatulog hahahaha

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The next day, woke up early. Nag coffee and breakfast and nag-ready na rin kame mag check out. Check out is 10:30am, kaaga. Hahaha

Dumiretso kame kila Thina, ate lunch there. Busog again, we had crispy pata and peking duck. OH and coke!

Dumating si Onin later on para sukatan kame for Sally’s wedding.

Went home after and nag-rest. Btw, happy birthday Sally and Mei (ala ka pic gelplen kase nakatulog ka na hehehe)

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[4th in 2015] Calaguas Island 2015

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Calaguas Island

Calaguas Island

It is my fourth visit to this Island (16-17 May 2015). And it is my first time to see A LOT of people on this Island. Akala ko nasa Puerto Galera or Boracay nako eh. But no, kase hindi kasing clear ng water ng Calaguas ang Boracay or Puerto Galera.

Last time I was here was in 2013. Oo, medyo matao na that time, may isang resort na rin na ginagawa. Pero fewer cottages/nipa huts, bathrooms, fewer people, no electricity and yeah may nagpa-party na rin. In 2012, mas lalo wala ang mga ito.

This time, malayo layo pa sa Island kitang kita na ang dami ng boats naka park, mga tents na nakatayo, cottages and there are now big nipa huts na pag mamay ari na ng resorts or sino man. 😉

May kuryente na, well of course gawa ng generator. They said lights out at 12, pero nagising ako ng past 2 am, may ilaw pa. Dumami na rin ang stores, pwede na nga rin magpa-charge ng gadgets. Halo halo, 25 bucks pa rin. I think yun 1.5L na coke nagmahal or siguro sa ibang store lang.

Meron nag-team building, and nag party nung gabi. Akala nila Boracay, kase di sila basta party lang. They wanted a naughty party. As in the MC or host or whoever he was, sumisigaw ng body shots, pero wala naman sumasali. They’re also screaming who want to have s*x or who’s having s*x that night. Stuffs like that. They stopped naman ng 12midnight. But there’s also this one big boat na nakapark lang don and didnt stop mag-videoke.

Oh well, they say some like the parties and pagbabago ng Island. Some dont, they want the quietness of the Island. Ano nga ba magagawa natin kung kilala na sya at gusto na sya i-develop. Just that, sana ingatan ang island. Nakakita na rin kase kame ng mga kalat. Some kalat I picked na rin and nilagay sa trash.

Anyway, syempre nag-enjoy mga friends ko sa first trip nila in Calaguas Island. Worth it daw ang 9 hours sa kalsada and 2 hours sa boat at ang 45mins delay sa port.

Salamat sa Yapak ni Jose Travel & Tours for taking care of us. On time sa meeting place, mas maaga pa kame nakarating sa Daet kesa sa nasa IT for breakfast. Mas maaga rin tuloy kame nakarating sa Island.

Very maasikaso, masarap ang pagkain and mabaet ang coordinators (Myke and Riden) also our driver. Comfortable kame sa van, coz bago bago pa (Toyota HiAce). And di nila kinalimutan ang request kong maraming ice and water. Thumbs up.

Na-miss ko rin tuloy ang RACE (Radical Adventure Concepts and Events), kase lahat ng package tour ko before sa kanila kame. And syempre, family na kame don. But di naman kame pinabayaan ng Yapak.

Sarap magbilad sa arawan at magpaitim. Yun lang, ang hapdi sa mata ng water. Hahaha project tan achieved!

Btw, tahimik ang water papunta (8:30am) til makarating kame (10:30am), pero nung pabalik sa Vinzons kinda may alon na (left the Island 10:30am). Di pa naman nakakatakot pero enough din para makabasa, lalo na sa mga nakaupo sa harapan :D.

The gang with Yapak's Sir Myke and Sir Riden.

The gang with Yapak’s Sir Myke and Sir Riden.

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South Bound

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Spent the weekend in South. Went to Quezon Province with my travel buddies.

Heard of this island called Borawan in Quezon. Sabi nila, pinaghalong Boracay and Palawan, because of the rock formation and fine white sand. I guess they havent been to any of this place. Yes, ok din ang beach nila. May rock formation, pero not so much na kahawig ng mga nasa Palawan. No, not really white sand like the sand in Boracay. Kinda creamy ang color, and masaket sa paa ang mga durog na shells sa shore. They have jelly fish on the three beaches na pinuntahan namin. Hindi naman marami, pero one of my friend got sting by a jelly fish sa Puting Buhangin. Hindi na namin pinasok yun kweba, tinamad na tuloy. And natakot na ring lumusong sa water.

Anyway, Ate Irma met with us pagbaba namin ng bus.  Bumaba kame in front of Vista Playa. Sobrang kilala si Ate Irma don. Di pa kame nakakatagal, hinainan na kame ng early lunch namin. Inihaw na tilapia, alimasag at ensaladang mangga.

Lunch

Lunch

Hinatid na kame sa bahay after eating. Nagpalit na kame ng swimsuits and went to Puting Buhangin. Kuya Hermie our boatman is Ate Irma’s brother, mabaet naman si kuya.

After sa Puting Buhangin, diretso na kame ng Borawan. Ang daming tao. They have signal, kaya tuwang tuwa naman kame. We had halo-halo (P 30), masarap naman. Mineral water costs 15 (500ml) at malamig naman. Ok rin sa Borawan kase they have cottages, bathroom, net for volleyball, security guard, water sports, sari sari store and carinderia. May net sa beach para di mapasukan ng jelly fish, pero merong nakakalusot. The water in Borawan isnt clear as Puting Buhangin and Dampalitan.

Puting Buhangin

Puting Buhangin

Kwubang Lampas in Puting Buhangin

Kwubang Lampas in Puting Buhangin

Borawan Island

Borawan Island

Borawan Island

Borawan Island

Walang sunset in Borawan, natatakpan ng bundok. Pero nung pabalik na kame sa house, wow ang ganda ng sky. Sunset, pero di na namin makita ang sun. 😀

Sunset

Sunset

Pagbalik ng house, nag-wash up and nag-dinner. Ate Irma prepared inihaw na liempo and adobong manok. Sarap! Busog na naman kame. (no pic ng food sa kagutuman at excited kumain). After eating, pahinga saglit then shower. Tapos Sally, Cris and I went to the store para bumili ng inumin. Tanduay Ice and that flavored beer binili namin. We were all tired kaya di naman kame nakarami.

I was the first to wake up the next day. Dumating na rin yun manang na nag-prep ng breakfast namin. Merong Longganisa, sunny side up egg, rice, coffee. Busog! Around 9am, we’re of to Dampalitan Island. Para syang Anawangin. Pero parang sya ang favorite ko sa tatlo naming napuntahan.

Dampalitan Island

Dampalitan Island

Water is clear, sand is creamy. With jelly fish pa rin. So no one even bothered to dip in the water. We just sat there, took pictures, ate halo halo. Chillax!

Mangroves

Mangroves

Dampalitan in Panorama

Dampalitan in Panorama

Around 12, we left Dampalitan and nag-ready pauwi. Super init lang no! Hahaha 1ish, we’re at Lucena na. Ate late lunch at Chowking. Dito na kame naghiwa-hiwalay. Sally and I rode the bus to Pasay. And it was traffic. Manila na kame around 8pm.

I had a great time.

Road trip to Dasol with my girlfriends

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Holy Week 2014, plan namin lang puntahan ay Tondol Beach in Anda. But 2 days before the Holy Week, nagbago kame ng plan. Instead of Tondol, we went to Dasol. Read on other blogs kase that low tide in Tondol, parang most of the time lalo na summer. Parang di naman kame mag-enjoy non kung di rin kame makakapaglublob sa water.

So, a day before the Holy Week, naghanap na kame ng mga matutuluyan. And ang mga sumagot kay Otchie ay mga puno na. Kaya we decided to leave early ng Holy Thursday para makahanap pa kame ng accommodation.

And so we left 3am. I drove from Manila to Mangatarem in Pangasinan. It was traffic sa NLEX, kala namin dahil na sa Holy Week kaya traffic. May accident pala. Isang oras din yon kaya I let them sleep muna. Makikipagpalitan kase dapat ako pag di ko na kaya.

In fairness kinaya ko nga. I asked Sally to drive na nung nasa Mangatarem kase nag-start nako masilaw, at teary eyed nako.

Stop over, inabot ata kame more than 10. Hahaha mga yosi break, wiwi break, at pagtatanong. We also dropped by sa bahay in Malindong, kase I told them meron masarap kainan sa may Binmaley. Nagpaturo lang kame ng way papuntang Lomboy. Nag-enjoy sila sa pabaon ni lola na mangga at bagoong.

We had lunch at Rudy-Jing Eatery, napakasaya lang. Sa pagkagutom at excitement kumain, di na nakunan ang food. But we ordered inihaw na hito, tortang talong, adobong talaba, ginisang sayote, 3 rice and 3 fresh buko, naka 500 pesos lang kame.

Rudy-Jing Eatery

Rudy-Jing Eatery

After eating, we left na rin at diretso nang Dasol. Took us 2 hours pa rin, kase niligaw na naman kame ng Google Maps. Nung Makarating kame ng Dasol, boy we were happy.

Yey

Yey

Hanap na ng tutuluyan at ang pumatok ay ang La Playa Beltran. Karamihan ng mga nadaanan namin ay puno, syempre Holy Week eh. Nung una, sabi samin puno na, we asked baka kahit maliit na room meron sila, since 3 lang kame. In-offer samin ay attic. Aba, patok na patok.

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Our room for 2 nights

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Store/Tambayan/Reception

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We checked the beach right away. Hmm low tide.

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Inihaw na bangus, fried tilapia and tanigue steak, ginataang gulay = YUMMY

Inihaw na bangus, fried tilapia and tanigue steak, ginataang gulay = YUMMY

Sobrang busog sa dinner. So, nagsimula na kame magkwentuhan at uminom. Syempre our fave Absolut. Around 11pm, we called it a night. Shower, and went to bed.

Woke up early the next day para sa aming island hopping. Nag-shower, at breakfast. Naku, napa rough road na naman kame, pero syempre wala pa ring sinabi ang dinaanan namin sa Baler.

Inis lang talaga si Google maps sa pinapadaanan nya samin. But, nakarating naman kame. We reached Tambobong White Beach after an hour or more ata. Almost lunch time na rin when we got there. Nag halo halo muna kame while waiting sa pinaluto naming lunch. Napag usapang sa island na lang kakain para masulit pa namin ang araw. Nagpaluto kame ng daing na bangus, with fresh tomatoes, bagoong and yun mangoes na galing pa sa bahay.

Dasol Route was kinda bumpy. So, kawawa naman si Grey. Better bring SUV na lang. Not bad naman, pero para lang wag kabahan like me. Pero pauwi, we accidentally took the Burgos Route, longer but much better. Mas ok yun road.

Nakakatuwa lang, kase sa Dasol Route, ang daming cows, horses, goats sa daan.

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Just beside the road ay ang beach na. Aliw much

Just beside the road ay ang beach na. Aliw much

Tambobong White Beach Resort

Tambobong White Beach Resort

Off to Cullebra Island (also known as Snake Island)

Off to Cullebra Island (also known as Snake Island)

Culebra Island (also known as Snake Island), Dasol, Pangasinan

Culebra Island (also known as Snake Island), Dasol, Pangasinan

Cabacungan Cove, Dasol, Pangasinan

Cabacungan Cove, Dasol, Pangasinan

Cabacungan Cave

Cabacungan Cave

Maganda sa Culebra Island, kaso bago kame dumaong parang lahat ng tao samin nakatingin, eh bawal ba mag swimsuit? Sabi namin kay kuya ibaba kame sa wala masyadong tao. Kaya inikot pa nya at sa likod kame nagpunta. Dito na kame nag-lunch, nagbilad sa araw at uminom na rin.

Sumunod ang Cabacungan Cave, natakot naman ako sa loob. Parang ang lalim at medyo malakas ang alon. Pero masaya pa rin.

Dinaanan din namin ang Balinmanok Shipwreck, sayang mataas ang tubig, hindi pwede bumaba. Kaso si kuya sabi namin tumigil kase kukunan namin, dedma.

Balinmanok Shipwreck

Balinmanok Shipwreck

Nakabalik kame ng Dasol medyo madilim na. Medyo iba dinaanan namin, mas mahaba pero mas maayos na road.

Pagbalik sa resort, di muna kame nagbanlaw. Nagkwentuhan lang kame, inubos yun vodka, nagtawanan… ng malakas. Napagtulungan ako nung dalawa. Hahaha hanggang sa napagod na rin, nag-shower na at nag-ready para matulog.

Nag-breakfast kame mga 8am. Naligo, nagligpit. Umalis kame lunch time na rin. Namalengke rin sila ng mga pasalubong.

I had a short but awesome holy week get-away with my Best Friends!

Thina’s Birthday [04.08-09.14]

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Reunion ulet to!! Thina celebrated her birthday in San Pablo. Umalis kme dito sa Manila after work na. Sinundo ko si Sally, then si Tin naman sa Columns. Met with others in Petron SLEX. Had fries and coke lang. We left na rin ng 9:30pm. I asked mag-convoy at igitna ako, di nangyari. Hahaha syempre ako pinaka mabagal mag-drive. Proud ako sa sarili ko ah, longgest drive ko to. Arrieved Manalo Farm 10ish. Tapos kumain na kame, then videoke, at uminom.

We had inihaw na bangus, tilapia, okra, talong with bagoong, spaghetti, rice, pork bbq and sodas.

Stop over at McDonald's Petron SLEX

Stop over at McDonald’s Petron SLEX

IMG_2460 02 DCIM100GOPRONatapos na ang videoke ng past 5am. Winner si Terence. First time namin nakita ang ganong side nya. Hahahaha nagligpit na, wash up and natulog.

Woke up ng 9ish. Karamihan ay gising na. Paglabas ko, inabutan ko ang Lagman kids sa pool. Nag ikot na rin at took some photos. Tapos si Oros nagsangag na, nagpainit na kame ng tubig for coffee. And decided to take a dip. Brrrr

Thank you for my bro's GoPro for our photos sa pool!!

Thank you for my bro’s GoPro for our photos sa pool!!

Had fun. Kulitan as ever. Picturan as ever!

We left for Manila ng almost 4 na rin. I asked Sally to drive kase di kaya ng mata ko yun liwanag. Mabuti at walang traffic. Kaya home na kame before 7pm.

LaUnionAdventures001

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March 14-16

It’s my second visit in La Union. Pero ngayon lang ako nakapasyal talaga in La Union. The first one kase, stayed lang in San Juan, surfing lang talaga ang pakay. Anyway, thanks to my Igers family and Herb, natuloy ang trip na to.

We left 9ish in the evening in Manila. And 4ish am, we’re at San Fernando, La Union na. We stayed at McDo and waited for Herb muna and nag-breakfast.

First stop: St. William Parish Church, photowalk lang saglit. On our way to PUGO Adveture, nadaanan ang Eagle Park, syempre di pwede walang picture.

At Pugo Adventure, I only tried Zipline 1, or Superman position. Its 400 meters long and 250 feet high. Kinda takot ako at first. Pero nung andon na ako, nawala ang takot ko. I enjoyed it big time. Some of them naman tried the Zipline 3, and wall climbing. Uber init lang. And not expensinve ang bottled water ha (syempre important to saken).

Stop over at Binalonan Pangasinan

Stop over at Binalonan Pangasinan

 

At McDo (Photo credit: Kieth)

At McDo (Photo credit: Kieth)

St. William Parish Church

St. William Parish Church

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St. William Parish Church

Eagle Park, Agoo

Eagle Park, Agoo

The gang at PUGO Adventure

The gang at PUGO Adventure

Zipline 1: Superman (P400.00)

Zipline 1: Superman. 400 meters, 250 feet high. (P400.00)

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We left PUGAD for lunch after ng activities namin. Diretso na kame ng Cafe Esperanza. Wow, solo namin buong second floor.  Lunch was delicious.

Cafe Esperanza

Cafe Esperanza

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Veggie Roll

Veggie Roll

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Sinigang

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Mini Halo-Halo

Mini Halo-Halo

After lunch, visited La Union Capitol. And Filipino-Chinese Friendship Pagoda near the Capitol lang.

La Union Provincial Capitol

La Union Provincial Capitol

La Union Capitol

La Union Capitol

Fil-Chinese Friendship Pagoda

Fil-Chinese Friendship Pagoda

Then, diretso na kame ng Thunderbird Resort. Ang ganda!!!

Groupie in Thunderbird

Groupie in Thunderbird

Globe logo? Nah!

Globe logo? Nah!

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Didnt stay long at Thunderbird. We went na rin agad at Urbiz Garden para mag-ready for surfing. No pictures of my friends surfing, syempre camphone lang, napakahirap. Puro blurred. Hahaha

Nag-shower na agad pagkabalik sa house. Kwentuhan, til nag-decide na to eat dinner. Ate the leftover from lunch, and bought pizza na lang don sa isang resto sa may resort katabi ng Urbiz Garden. La na naganap na inuman. Kase, napahaba ang kwentuhan about Kieth’s big bad news.

Surfing lesson 101 at Sebay

Surfing lesson 101 at Sebay

Sunset

Sunset

Woke up the next day around 7. Had breakfast, hmm sarap. Buffet style ng napakasarap na fil food from Urbiz Garden lang din. Kwentuhan again. And decided to surf na lang ulet than to go out pa.

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Group pic at Urbiz Garden Plage

Group pic at Urbiz Garden Plage

Urbiz Garden Plage

Urbiz Garden Plage

Back at Cafe Esperanza for lunch.

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Pinakbet

Pinakbet with Bagnet

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Vegetable Kare-Kare

Pork Adobo

Pork Adobo

Desserts

Desserts

Serious group pic

Serious group pic

And the wacky group pic

And the wacky group pic

Fun trip!!! Thank you Herb for making this trip possible. Thank you Kieth sa daredevil driver natin. Hahahaha Thank you Tinay sa sobrang laugh trip ng mga hirit mo. Salamat sa mga pictures. Awesomeness vacay!

Fourth in 2013: 4TheWinSummer

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April 6-7, 2013 | Maria Paz Royale Garden Resort, San Pabl Laguna [Fourth in 2013]

Had an awesome weekend with my 4thewin family!

Met up with Simon and Gem at Kingswood first. Diretso naman kame near kila Ikeng at tumuloy na kame agad sa SLEX to meet everyone.

Team Makati ;)

Team Makati 😉

Team Taguig

Team Taguig

Team Eastwood

Team Eastwood

We had late lunch at Pancake House. Di mahilig ang 4TheWin sa Pancake eh. Hahahaha. After kumain, diretso na kame San Pablo. Lumipat nako sa car ni Sarah, si Gem lumipat sa car ni Ikeng. Para may maingay sa bawat sasakyan. Hehe

Pagdating sa resort nila Iks, andon na sila Mame. Nag-settle na kame, nagpilian ng kama tapos nag-decide na kame mag Grocery.

Grocery shopping

Grocery shopping

Met doc Paul at SM na, don na namin sya pinadiretso. Tapos balik na sa resort. At nagluto si Ikeng ng ribs and mashed potato.

Ribs by Ikeng

Ribs by Ikeng

Mashed potato by Ikeng

Mashed potato by Ikeng

Adobo by Mame

Adobo by Mame

Sarap ng dinner namin. Medyo matigas lang yun ribs, sabi ni Ikeng luma na ata yun nabiling karne. 😉 Ang daming food. Di rin namin naubos. After eating, simula ang kwentuhan, inom at nag-swim kame. Sumunod din sila Jap and Mark na may dalang yelo, yey!

Umahon kame mga 3am na rin. Nagkulitan pa rin sa room bago matulog at hanggang umalis sila Jap. Nakatulog ata ako mga 5am na rin. Tapos istorbo ang alarm ni doc Paul, hindi tumigil. Hahahaha

Bumangon past 7. Sila Mame gising na rin at nag-swimming na mga bata. Tapos nag-prep na ng breakfast. Adobo rice ang ending ng tirang adobo at kanin namin. May longganisa, kamatis, kape, sandwich. Busog na naman kame. Hindi na kame nag-swimming pa ulet, nagkwentuhan na lang kame hanggang tanghali.

Adobo rice

Adobo rice

Tapos umalis na rin sila Mame at kame naman ay bumalik sa room. May nag-siesta, nanood ng tv, laro sa ipad at hanggang nagsipagligo na kame. Umabot pa kame sa Sampaloc Lake bago mag sunset.

Mount Cristobal and Mount Banahaw

Mount Cristobal and Mount Banahaw

We had buko juice, isaw and squid balls din. Later on we left na rin for Manila. But nag-dinner din kame in SLEX. At ang napili ni Iks ay Thai. Waley akong alam sa Thai food kungdi pad thai. Pero syempre nakiramay ako sa mga orders nila. At di ko nagustuhan. Hahahaha

Spring roll something

Spring roll something

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