Thursday, May 22, 2014

Tong-Yang at Centris Station (Revisted on Mother's Day)

Favorite namin dito. Halata ba?  :))

First visit link: here.
Second visit link: here.
Third visit link: here.

We were thinking of a restaurant to eat at last Mother's day and Tong-Yang was our unanimous choice. Tong-Yang has that ability to top our buffet choices all the time. Dito kasi kahit umulit kang bumalik, iba pa rin sigurado 'yung luto mo the next time you're there. Since everything's up to you, may ganitong factor: "Ah, ganito gagawin ko sa susunod." "Sayang, hindi ako nagluto ng..." Ayan, gusto raw nila sa susunod ng grilled duck.

At kailangan ko pa bang sabihin na kaya gusto nila dito kasi merong crab? ahahaha. Ang abangers lang namin.

Plain soup and Sinigang soup

Eating at Tong-Yang is like being a "masterchef". Naka-depende sa'yo kung anong soup, grilled and sawsawan creation mo. Perfect for those who love to cook and even for those who have no background in cooking. Medyo what you get is what you grill ang peg, pwede naman 'yan.


For my dips, I made kalamansi with toyo, suka na maraming maraming bawang, at pinatabang na Filipino style suka nila kasi ayoko ng sobrang anghang. It's a plus that all needed ingredients for my d.i.y dips are in there. Mahilig talaga ko magsawsaw ehh lalo na sa suka.
Laki, noh? Kaw ba naman i-pwesto malapit sa kuhaan ng crab. Talagang abangers for life ng bagong lagay kami. 
I'm not a soup person but all my  family members are. The only food I cooked there was my corn cobs which I dipped in melted butter with iodized salt before eating. Aside from corns, all I ate were grilled- grilled beef, pork, squid, intestine etc. Bet din ng beef strips cooked in BBQ sauce.

My family members made their own versions of ramen, sinigang na hipon, nilagang baka at kung anuano. 'Yung totoo, ampon kaya ako? Ibang iba talaga taste ko sakanila. hahaha.
Chocolate and Vanilla ice cream for dessert.


P.S. Even if the restaurant was filled that day, the service wasn't compromised.  'Yung assigned waiter sa amin was very attentive. Pag nagsstart na mapuno 'yung table namin ng gamit na plates, inaalis na niya agad. Pag nauubos 'yung drinks, tinatanong niya agad kung gusto pa namin kasi siya na kukuha. Nung nakita niyang medyo madami ng sauce and butter 'yung  grill namin, pinalitan niya agad. I appreciated that he was initiative kahit di lang naman kami 'yung mga taong inaasikaso niya. I even asked for crab claw cracker, hot tea, butter and many more. Dami ko lang inutos because I thought iba iba 'yung mga nauutusan ko. Hahahaha. 'Yun pala isang waiter lang siya. Saka lang sinabi sa'kin nung mga kasama ko when I used my credit card to pay for our bill dahil walang change 'yun, diba. Parang sila, "Hindi mo man lang bibigyan ng tip? Naka isang daang utos ka ata." Hahahahaha. Hindi ko talaga na-realize na isang tao lang 'yun. Thank you! At nagbigay naman ako kahit papaano. :))

Friday, May 16, 2014

Kyochon Korean-Style Fried Chicken is now in Manila!

I brought my sister and my cousin once removed ('yun daw English translation ng anak ng pinsan eh.) to Megamall to try ice skating. When we all got hungry, we went out of the rink to find a restaurant and then we passed by KyoChon (Building B, Ground Floor of SM Megamall). 

Well, actually a friend of mine already informed me that KyoChon has opened last April but I totally forgot about that until we passed by the resto. 

Since other Korean Style fried chicken restaurants have been around for years now, I was having second thoughts because I just didn't feel that they had something new to offer and my two companions prefer the safe fastfood chains over trying out a new restaurant. But being the oldest (and the one who is to pay our meal), they had no choice but to follow. Thanks to the picture of Lee Min Ho Oppa for luring me in. Lee Min Ho was actually the deciding factor. He's my Korean crush (link: here) and since Kyochon is marketed as "Lee Min Ho's favorite chicken." - ALAMNADIZ. :))

Menu was handed to us as we reached our table. Yes, it is a sit-down restaurant unlike its competitors that usually have a fastfood set-up. 

I was unsure what to order so I got the "basic". 
I ordered Combo 1 + additional rice.
Combo 1 has 10 wings, salad, 2 rice and 2 drinks.

The waiter asked us if we wanted to make this a combination of the four available chicken variants but I told him that we'll stick with the original flavor - soy garlic.

After eating, I asked my companions if they enjoyed and they said yes. We all agreed that KyoChon's is the tastiest of all the Korean Style fried chicken we've had (Even superior to my own version. Imagine that! haha!) . The batter is more flavorful and the meat was tender. It was also not oily even if chicken cooked this way are all fried two times. My cousin once removed (ang awkward lang sabihin nito talaga) even told me that he wants to celebrate his birthday there. That coming from a boy who would pick his favorite KFC fried chicken over any food no matter how delicious looking it is; he must have really liked Kyochon's chicken.

Disclaimer: I'm not saying these because of Lee Min Ho ha. Although he was the reason why we entered, we stayed and enjoyed not because of him but because of our food.  미안해요, 민호 오빠. :))

When I asked for the bill, a Korean lady approached us and asked us if we enjoyed our meal and it was an obvious yes. She told us to come back and try the rest of the variants too which is also an obvious yes.


잘 먹었어. 다시 올게.

All these cost: P 620.00




P.S. I hope that they offer thigh parts as well. :)

Vikings Buffet at SM Marikina Revisited

Weekday lunch is priced P 688.00/person + 5% S.C.
Weekday dinner and weekend lunch or dinner is priced P 888.00/person + 5% S.C.

I told my family that I'll treat them here so I did. Grabe talaga, hahahaha. Kala mo sinong mayaman pa-vikings vikings na lang. :))) Eversince I ate there January of 2013, I have always wanted them to experience eating there too so when I realized that we have a graduate and a birthday celebrant. Go na! Take advantage of the promos kaya kahit medyo alanganin ang timing kasi ang dami kong na out-of-town ay okay lang kasi  babalik naman 'yang pera na nagastos ko. Tiwala lungzz. The more you give, the more you receive.

Anyway, enough for that.

I have no pictures of the buffet since the "feast" was already starting when we entered. Ang bilis nauubos nung mga nilabas na food kaya ang hirap din mag-picture. Refer to my previous posts na lang. 

1st time at SM Marikina link: here
2nd time at SM North EDSA link: here.

Here's what I got for my first plate.

Lechon Kawali and Chicken Bulgogi (Basta that chicken was from the Korean station) were my favorites from this plate.
No more huge fish in the sushi station. Still good though.
Another plate of sushi and milo shake.
They now have their make-your-own pizza and pasta station. In there you have crusts and toppings. You'll be the one to assemble your pizza. Give your pizza to the assigned staff for him to bake, give your table number and he'll deliver the pizza to you once cooked.
Here's the pesto pasta of my sister. According to her, this tasted okay.
Little salad with many bacon bits doesn't sound bad.

And
The reason why I prefer Vikings buffet than the rest is because of their dessert choices. Of all the buffet restaurants I've been to (link: here), Vikings has the widest and most delicious desserts.

Hello, unli chocolate from the chocolate fountain, blueberry cheesecake and frozen yogurt. 
And of course, avocado ice cream!
Just disappointed they didn't have dark chocolate ice cream for that day. I remember eating a scoop of that before.
Tipid ng 2. Thanks for their birthday and graduation promos that I only paid a bill for four persons. The two ate for free and that's almost P 1,400.00 worth of discount. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

FORGOT (AGAIN) HOW TO MAKE TIPID. YELP! :(

I'm/we're currently preparing for my/our Singapore and Malaysia tour last week of this month. (Tips! Guides! Everything Malaysia and Singapore related, I need you now pls.)

By preparing I meant, searching for the must-see places, paying expenses in advance and listing things to buy if there are any. 

And what do they have in common? GASTOS. 

I've spent on:

Airfare - paid last December pa
Universal Studios Singapore Ticket
Round Trip Bus fare (Malaysia to Singapore)
Accommodation in Malaysia

Saka ko na sasabihin how much exactly ang mga itey.

A friend of mine was generous enough to offer his house so that we can save on accommodation expenses (an overnight hostel would have cost us more than 3,000php) in Singapore. Huhuhu. I was a little bit shy at first to grab that offer since we haven't talked to each other for years and now, what? Makikitira pa 'ko ng isang gabi. Over, diba? Pero grabe, ang hirap tumanggi. So okay na 'yan, pakapalan na lang ng mukha. Basta, thank you, thank you, thank you. 

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Anyway, this was what I was telling my financial adviser who's currently based in Los Angeles, California (Sosyal lang ng financial adviser ko. haha) last night. I told him that I think I overspent this summer and now on the verge of going back to ZERO on savings when this month ends. Then, I remembered that this was also my situation last year (link: here) and yet I was able to make it through until now. To be honest, money is not that much of a worrisome thing for me. I don't really stress over experiencing shortage 'cause deep down inside, I believe that it'll find its way to me when I'm in need. Anong klaseng mentality 'yan? Paki-explain. Hahahahahaha. Seriously speaking, it's because I know that I have saved enough over the past 6 months but when I looked and examined my bank account it felt that I don't have enough for the future. And that is where this started, I worried for the money I don't own that I'll be spending for the expenses I don't have yet. Ayyy, ayoko na nga isipin at baka dumating pa sila. :))

Then my FA told me three things, "The more you chase money, the harder it is to catch it." Quoted from someone he doesn't remember. And something like, "Just do what you do best - spend. You're helping the economy."  and  "If it's something you really want to do, anong problema? Money comes and goes." 
Yes, yes, kayang i-justify ng out-of-the-country experience na mawala ang inipon ko kagaya kung paano na-justify ng out-of-town ko ang lahat ng mga nagastos ko na. Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, hindi ako sinabihan ng FA ko na, "I told you to spend less eh." (Ang improving lang ng FA ko. hihihi. Hindi na nagger o baka nagsawa na.)

I'm really lucky to have found someone who has the same values as me. WAHAHAHAHA. Joke lang. Kung meron mang naturuan dito, ako 'yun kaya sinusulat ko 'to para maturuan rin kita. Akin lang ang LA-based FA ko kaya bibigyan na lang kita ng hints tuwing bibigyan niya ko kasi hindi pwede dumirekta sa kanya.

As for me, saving, like dieting, is an everyday struggle. I learn. I forget. I relearn - and there's totally nothing wrong with that. Live life at your own phase ang peg. :) It is a cycle until you reach your "nirvana". Or that time when saving and healthy eating/exercise is already your lifestyle. Ang mahalaga lang naman is to continue.

Another thing why I decided to post this here (aside from the miracle when a Singaporean, Malaysian, Singapore-based, or Malaysia-based person reads this and offers to tour us when we get there), is to tell you not to worry just in case you also have money woes of your own. Instead, channel all those worries in thinking of plans/ways on how to increase your income etc. Pagkatapos nito, I'll start saving again and find more (income-generating) raket because my rakets and my current source of funds are not enough to sustain my lifestyle and plans of saving more (para pamasahe papuntang LA ganyan. hahahaha).

Habang sinusulat ko 'to. Nare-realize ko na sobrang blessed ko. Lalo ngayon kasi may pagkakataon na kong problemahin 'to at hindi lang nanatiling pangarap ang makita ko ang Petronas Towers ng personal (Hello, John Lloyd - Bea). Sana habang nagre-reflect ka rin ng mga nagyayari sa'yo, ma-realize mong you're also blessed. :)))

On another note, I looked at my Google+ account and the views caught my attention.

1 million + views (pano 'yan na-generate? kailan 'yan sinimulang bilangin?) E pagtingin ko sa all-time history ng pageviews ko dito sa blogger, nasa 130K pa lang.

I don't understand how but that number may be the total views this blog had for its more than two years of existence in cyberspace. Teka, pano kaya kung isang araw e biglang may ganyan kalaking pera ang mapunta sa SA ko? Dahil dyan, in two years time, meron na rin akong more than 1M php sa bank account ko. Impossible? Psssssh. Keriboomboom 'yan. Claim lang ng claim! :))))))


At dahil dyan, energized na naman ako. hahahaha. Kanina mej wala akong gana eh.



P.S. Regarding sa FA ko, sorry mej magulo siguro 'yung part na 'yun. Ang assumera ko kasing mababasa niya 'to. :))


P.P.S Hindi ko sinasabing mag-ipon para gumastos lang pang-lakwatsa. Save for longterm if you must or if you have other priorities but always remember to treat money as means, not an end in itself. 

Anong gagawin mo sa naipon mo kung hindi mo man lang mae-enjoy?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Wa Poise Pico de Loro (First mountain climbing experience)

Pico de Loro / Mt. Palay-Palay climb kahit na wa poise is love. :))

Is Pico de Loro a mountain for first timers? Suuuuure. Why not! :)

Last April when I posted my Anawangin Cove and Capones Island blog entry link: here. I wrote there that I also want to try mountain climbing. Fast forward to April 24, I saw a sponsored facebook post of Arcobaleno Trailout Tours which said that they have a scheduled climb on May 1, 2014 (Labor Day).

Thursday: Saw the advertisement on Facebook
Saturday: Paid the fee at BDO (P 1,380/person all-in)
Thursday: Climbed Mt. Palay-Palay

That's how impulsive we can get.

Thank you, Louise for going with me at hindi na talaga ko uulit na ayain ka sa mga ganitong bagay if ever. Magswimming na lang. Ooops, unless ma-tripan mong mamundok ulit. :)))

My first summit!
Same trail but definitely different personal experiences and hardships.
'Yung nasa likod ko ay ang summit ng Mt. Palay-Palay. 

Here's my side of the story:

Since this, once again, is a group tour. I don't know the prices of the fees nor where should you pay them.
Meet-up was in McDonald's at Aseana City in Pasay.
I was asleep the whole travel from Pasay to Cavite (Uhm, may bago ba dyan? Lagi naman ako tulog sa byahe. hahaha)
DENR
We prepared for the climb, did some briefing and stretching here.

Even if I googled some blogs regarding their Pico de Loro experiences and I also asked someone regarding his, I still didn't know what to expect for mine. Kahit pareho naman kasi ng trail, magkakaiba kami ng kakayanan umakyat. 
We started trekking at around 7 AM.

Good morning, sunshine! 
Arrived at the base camp.
I wasn't that haggard and dirty looking yet. 
Listened to another mountain climbing orientation.
That guy explained the do's and the don'ts of mountaineering.


TAKE NOTHING BUT PICTURES. LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS.
I enjoyed every step, every view, every breath. Yezz, may ganyang drama. Hahaha.

I can do this over and over again. I found another thing worth all the body pain I felt the next day.
This is just a glimpse of the trail.
The whole thing is for you to find out.
And then we reached the camp again.

We ate our lunch, took pictures and rested for a while before ascending Mt. Palay-Palay's Summit. 
Picture pa!

Still oblivious of the challenge she is yet to face.
In the summit, you'll see the different coves of Batangas.
Ang ganda ganda ganda pls.

Those persons are forming their line waiting for their turn to climb the monolith that is named Pico de Loro or Parrot's beak.
The Parrot beak's at my back. 
At this point, only my hands and my shoes were covered in dirt.
One of the many coves you'll see in the summit of My. Palay-Palay.
I only reached the summit. I forwent ascending the Parrot's beak simply because I had no confidence in my upper body strength. 

Some people say that the Pico de Loro hike isn't complete without going to the Parrot's beak, ah okay sila na lang. Lelz, I consider going/climbing this summit an accomplishment itself. But since this is my mother mountain, I might come back someday and by then climb the monolith.

Sige, i-feel mo na ang kalinisan. :))
And this is how you descend the summit. It is so steep.

I thought I was doing fine and I'll be able to go through everything without any complains and shouts until I had to descend.

Grabe, takot na takot akong bumaba dahil baka pag nagkamali ako ng tapak e gumulong na lang ako bigla.

I won't be able to go down there on my own. As in, baka mag-overnight at tumanda na lang ako sa summit kung hindi ako kukunin ng chopper. hahahaha. But I was able to face my fears with the help of our guide (Thanks, Dan!) and another guide (whose name IDK). They taught me where to step and what to do and thankfully, I was able to go down alive.

This was obviously the hardest part for me. Your experience would definitely be different though. Maybe you'd find the ascend more difficult or you'll find both easy as pie. 
Wow, ang long-legged naman ng babaeng 'yan.

Halfway the descend, I thought that I can't make it down alive should I continue descending the "normal" way kaya ayan, umupo na lang habang bumababa. Yes, poise? Iniwan mo ko nung nag bundok ako!!!


Friends, in the battle of your poise and survival, the latter always wins.


I held onto stones, bamboos, to whatever is there just to be able to climb and go down safely.

'Yung lupa ng summit, naging putik na sa katawan ko dahil nahalo na sa pawis. Imagine?! Hindi naman ako maarteng tao pero hindi ko pa talaga na-experience 'yan kahit kailan. 


This is the dirtiest state I have ever been in my whole life and I didn't even have enough water to wash my arms well! Hahahahahaha. Maybe it's true that mountain changes you (rhyming pa 'yan). Nawala 'yung arte kasi mas gusto mo pang mabuhay or in preparation to my tree planting wish ko 'to?
And the documentation ended when we reached the base camp again.

The last 30 minutes - 1 hour trek after passing this kubo/store was the toughest part of the trail naman for me kahit nadaanan naman na 'yun nung umaga nang walang problema. Andun 'yung anticipation na "WALA PA BA TAYO SA HIGHWAY?" at nandun na 'yung pagod at 'yung kagustuhang makainom ng tubig. Nga pala, dito sa Manila ay ayoko nakakarinig ng tricycle na maingay pero dun, music to the ears ang bawat ingay ng tricycle na narinig ko dahil ibig sabihin nun ay malapit na kami makabalik sa DENR. :))

At, dun ko lang din na-experience 'yung sa bawat dikit ng sapatos ko sa lupa ay may kasabay pawis na bumabagsak. Kinulang nga 3 panyo ko eh. Grabe, ang saya lang.
First Mountain Climbing Experience?

Check na check!!

At dahil na-inlove ako, NAMAN!!! Marami pang beses 'yan sigurado. Samahan mo akez pls! :))



REMINDERS:

1. Pack light! Leave all your unnecessary things. Ours started at 7 AM and ended at 7PM. Baka gustuhin mo nalang itapon 'yung mga gamit na hindi mo naman gagamitin pero kailangan mong bitbitin.

2. There's a store in the mountain but make sure to bring enough water to keep you hydrated and trail food (ours was provided by arco) to keep you energized. I brought 2,500ml of water but it was still not enough. If possible, freeze your water before leaving home so that you'd have cold water to enjoy.

3. Greet other mountaineers. This felt awkward for me at first. Sinabi kasi 'to nung guide sa DENR na bumati ng good morning, good afternoon ganyan. But when it's the "normal" thing to do when you're there, okay lang pala. Ikaw pa ang maa-out-of-place kapag hindi ka namansin. Nakibati rin ako ng, "Good morning. Good afternoon. Ingat po." Kaso hindi ako nauna kahit kailan, sumasagot lang ako pag binabati ako. hahahaha. Hindi naman sa isnabera, hindi lang ako sanay na bigla na lang mamansin.

- Pagbaba ko galing summit, meron akong nakasulubong na dalawang lalake.

Parang sila, "Good afternoon, Ms.!"
Ako, *tingin lang. May ngiting hinaluan ng ngiwi. Dahil sa pagod at dahil sa linis ko siguro.*
Sabi nung isa, "Uyy, pagod na pagod si Ate. Hindi na makasalita."
Ako, *ngiti ulit* Nga eh... Sige po.

Kung nababasa niyo po 'to, Hello!!! Sorry.

P.S. 'Yung ngiti ko, hindi ko rin alam kung nakangiti ako sa paningin nila o mukha lang akong mamamatay-tao. :))

4. Although it is supposed to make you feel fresher than other colors, refrain from wearing white colored shirt. Halatang halata 'yung dumi eh. Pero alam mo 'yun, ako lang 'to. Baka hindi naman kayo maging ganyan kadumi pagbaba.

5. I won't say that the hike was easy nor would I say it was hard. Thing here is, no matter what happens to you or no matter what you feel the moment you're there, continue. Even if you're the last person to reach the summit, it won't matter- it does not matter. :)


Doing this tour yourself could be cheaper than joining a group tour. You also won't get lost since there are guides in DENR (yata) and the trail is easy to follow but we preferred the convenience of being in a group and paying a fixed price for everything. First, dalawa lang kami. Second, hindi namin alam kung paano pumunta dun at kung anong gagawin dun. Third, mas convenient at mas sure na makakarating.




Tinanong ako ng Nanay ko bago ko uamlis ng bahay, 
"Nagbayad ka para pahirapan ang sarili mo at delikado pa yan, ah?"

I guess, it's something that not all people will understand. As for me, the moment I started trekking and especially that moment when I set foot on the summit of Mt. Palay-Palay, I knew that it won't be my first and last. Hindi ko naman inaambisyon umakyat ng Mt. Everest pero para sa mga mas madadaling mountains na meron dito sa 'Pinas, gusto ko rin maakyat 'yung iba na meron tayo. Iba lang kasi 'yung feeling ng nakaabot ka dun sa taas pagkatapos ng hirap. 



Thank you, Arco for making my first climb possible! See you next time, other mountains!



Check out Arcobaleno Trailoutours Schedules link: here. Tara, Mt. Manalmon saka Mt. Pulag tayo! :))

Sunday, May 11, 2014

S&R New York Style Pepperoni Pizza

I've eaten S&R pizzas before and knowing that S&R (grocery) is a membership shopping, it felt like I won't be able to eat this anymore unless a member treats me. Okay, exagge. Pwede naman magpa-member e, diba? But anyway, let me tell you one of the best pizzas in Quezon City.

*drumroll*

None other that S&R's pizza. S&R Pizza has a branch in Puregold, Cubao and no membership whatsoever is required.


A huge slice with drink costs P 99.00. (Combo)


Best dahil hindi lang mura, malaki pa at masarap!


Try the pizza yourself.

I say it's good and even the long lines and always full restaurant will say so too. 



Branches are in: (no membership required)

2nd Floor of Puregold, Cubao
and
1st Floor of Puregold Duty Free, Subic


Masarap 'yung sa Cubao pero mas masarap talaga 'yung nasa Subic. Mas malayo 'yan eh. :))

Friday, May 9, 2014

Eat-All-You-Can at Don-day Korean Restaurant

Already my fifth time in this Korean Grill at Malingap St. in Teacher's Village, Quezon City. 

Yep, just when I thought it couldn't get any better, it could. And, it did.

Now with an air conditioned room and more buffet food choices, Don-Day has managed to remain a budget friendly Korean restaurant priced at P 299.00/person for an unlimited pork slices and P 399.00/person for an unlimited pork and beef slices. How's that? Sounds like, "I have to go there ASAP." Right?

By the way, here are my previous visits at Don-Day:

1. May 2012 link: here.
2. June 2012 link: here.
3. September 2012 link: here.
4. July 2013 link: here. 

I accidentally lowered the pictures' resolution when I added the watermarks so...
They used to have this "carinderia" feels to it last 2012 and they've managed to make the interior more of that "restaurant" feel. I believe that this place was already renovated last July 2013. I just didn't notice it that much then.
Buffet area now have more choices.
And it shall begin again... my love for samgyeopsal!
They didn't have sesame oil that night so duenjang or soybean was enough.
Some of the choices in their buffet. No kimbap for that night but that rice cube with seaweed wrap was jjang (best). Kimchi rice, on the other hand, was obviously hot. I noticed that everything colored in orange was spicier than how I remembered them to be. Kimchi was intense! I got some for my samgyeopsal but I couldn't even bring myself to bite it. I don't know if I'm just not used to the spiciness of Korean food anymore or it was just way too spicy.
Sana may kamote. hehehe.


So this has been it.

Someone send me to Korea pls. :)))))) Send talaga. Hahaha.
Another Korean Eat-All-You can at Quezon City is Hwaroro Korean Grill at Scout Tobias link: here.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Laguna Hot Spring (since 1946) at Pansol, Calamba, Laguna



NOTE: WAG MASYADO SERYOSOHIN LALO 'YUNG MGA LINES NA MAY POTENTIAL MAKA-OFFEND. MEDYO KINAILANGAN KO KASI NG COPING MECHANISM NUNG UMPISA. ANTICIPATION GANYAN. :)))

We knew that we were going to a hot spring resort in Pansol and since there are a lot of resorts with "hot springs" in the area, we thought that we were heading to one of the "new" resorts. By the way, Pansol in Calamba, Laguna is considered the "Hot Spring Capital of the Philippines" The hot spring water is from Mt. Makiling. 

Laguna Hot Spring
Mineral Spring Water since 1946.

Mas mashonda pa sa Mudra ko. Sabi niya pa nga, dito raw sila dinadala ng mga Lola't Lolo ko nung bata pa sila pero lumilipat daw sila ng tita ko sa ibang resort na malapit kasi puro masho-shonda 'yung naliligo dito at hindi nga ko binigo ng Laguna Hot Spring. :)))) Halos puro masho-shonda nga.

Pero 'yun nga, someone's gotta do it. Bridge the generation gap. :))
'Yung mga pool kasi na mae-enjoy namin, hindi naman nila mae-enjoy at vice versa.
Pagkakita ko ng pool...

"ANMERON? LIPAT NA TAYO PLEASE. NOW NA. "

Basag na 'yung ibang tiles tapos pag titignan mo pa na ganyan 'yung nililiguan... Ugh sige, matutulog na lang ako.  Buti na lang may aircon 'yung ni-rent namin na room. Bawi bawi din sa tulog.
Mapapaatras ka KAPAG HINDI MO ALAM. :)) Wag tayong manatiling walang alam, guys. 


Habang kumakain kami ng agahan, nagsisimula na ko mag-"cope". Sabi ko sa sarili ko na hindi ako uuwing hindi ko nasusubukang maligo dyan at gusto ko malaman 'yung dahilan kung bakit dyan nila piniling mapunta kahit medyo marami samin ang nagp-protesta hehe.

"Mama, 1946? taon ng Philippine Indepence 'yun at medyo kakatapos lang ng World War II. Baka nga mamaya, may naliligo dito tas may bombahan saka barilan pa sa ibang lugar eh. Imagine ko na lang na bumalik ako sa 1946 para exciting."

"OMG. Para nga tayong bumalik sa World War II. I'm so excited. Ligo na tayooooo."

At nagbihis na nga ako panligo kasi "excited" ako. Please lang ha, wag kayong mag-OA kagaya ko. Hahahaha. 

Ayan naaaa.
Sabi ko pa nga, "Lublub for experience."

Bakit may bato? May isda pa. Huhuhuhu. Nakakaiyak.

Pero pagkatapos lang ng halos 10 minutes na pag-iinarte at nang makarating na ko sa gitna banda.

"OMG! HEAVEN."
hahahahahahaha

Naging masarap na sa paa pag inaapakan 'yung mga bato.
Naging masarap na liguan 'yung tubig kasi fresh.
Galing sa yuck naging ayoko na umahon pls. :)))


'Yung experience dito sa Laguna Hot Spring ay pinaghalong Ace Water Spa link: here at Fish Spa ng Manila Ocean Park link: here. Whole body na fish spa na nga, mas mura at siguradong mas malinis pa dahil flowing water. 'Yun nga lang, hindi kasi aesthetically appealing/pleasing 'yung pool lalo pag nasanay sa magandang resort na may maayos na tiles at hindi mukhang brown/putik 'yung tubig sa malayo. Pero aanhin mo 'yun, give love a chance. ANORAW?! 


At para sa masho-shonda (Sorry pooooooo), okay lang naman, hindi nakakailang na maki-stay dun kasama nila. (Sorry po ulit! Ang judgmental ko.)

Pwede din siguro ipa-renovate ng management 'yun kahit papaano. Maganda naman ang rooms saka shower at dressing areas nila, pool lang talaga ang deal breaker sa umpisa.
Note: HINDI PO SILA TILAPIA. Baka lang may bumili e kasalanan ko pa kapag kinain kayo ng tilapia. 

'Yan 'yung stones then mga doctor fishes na hindi ako pinansin ng madalas. Alam mo kung bakit sila snobber? Kasi wala ko masyadong dead skin cells. Imsoproudopmyselp.

Then dun sa isang part ng pool, merong bukal. As in, bet na bet 'yung init ng tubig na umaagos mula dun. Then sa isang part din sa bandang area na 'yun, biglang lalamig 'yung tubig. Uyy, healthy rin daw ang alternate init at lamig pagka ganyan eh.


Nung pinaahon na nga kami habang nakaupo ako dun sa area na 'yun at feel na feel ang kainitan ng tubig, "HA? UWI NA?"


Ayan, so for documentation purposes:
They have a canteen inside the resort should you opt not to bring food.
Here's the description posted near the entrance.

They claim that they're the only natural hot spring with volcanic cinder flooring.

Sabi nila na therapeutic 'to diba, makiki-oo lang ako dun kasi nawala nga 'yung sakit ng katawan ko tas na-relax pa. Kaya 'to pinupuntahan lalo ng mga senior citizens dahil sa therapeutic properties nung hot water saka ng stones. Sabi daw nakaka-lessen talaga ng pain lalo na 'yung mga may arthritis na.
Opposite nung bukal, merong massage and scrubbing area. Dun lumalabas 'yung tubig kaya okay lang na may naliligo dun kahit may sabon at shampoo pa ha.
We rented Kamagong Room for P 2,600.00
RATES!
Para makita mo ang itsura ng reklamadora. :)))

Uyy, na-rosy cheeks kaya ako pagkatapos ko mag swimming.


This made me realize na we should give chances even to those things we never thought of doing. Kasi pag gagawin mo lang 'yung mga bagay na gusto mo, you'll never experience how is it like to enjoy the things other people consider "pleasurable". Hindi kasi natin alam kung ano 'yung mga "gems" at "learnings" na meron dun sa places beyond our comfort zones. Kung ako kasi, hindi talaga. Walang wala 'to sa choices ko pero nung nandun na ko at ngayon na tinatype ko na 'to, "Round two please." 



Saka ano, don't judge the book by its cover. Yun eh. :)




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