Sunday, January 25, 2015

6D/5N Puerto Princesa + El Nido Palawan Itinerary


Palawan is 2014's best island based from the survey conducted by Condè Nast Traveler magazine to 76, 659 respondents, it emerged as No. 1 in the Top 30 islands in the world. Every island in the province offers different adventures from snorkelling, diving, fish feeding, beach bumming and island hopping. With it's enchanting lagoons, pristine and long strips of white sand beaches, secret and hidden beaches, amazing rock/limestone formations and world famous underground river, Palawan is a must visit for every traveler and tourist.


DAY 01
07:25AM     ETD from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3
09:00AM     ETA to Puerto Princesa Airport
10:00AM     Early check-in at Acacia Tree Garden Hotel
11:00AM     ETA to Sta. Lourdes Wharf
12:00NN     Honda Bay Tour - Cowrie Island with Buffet Lunch
02:00PM     Honda Bay Tour - Pandan Island - Snorkelling and Fish Feeding        04:00PM     Honda Bay Tour - Luli Island - Snorkelling and Fish Feeding        06:00PM     ETA to Iwahig Firefly Watching
07:00PM     Start of Firefly Watching Tour
08:30PM     Dinner at Kinabuchs Grill and Bar
10:00PM     ETA to Acacia Garden Tree Hotel


DAY 02
06:00AM     Hotel Complimentary Breakfast
07:00AM     Check-out at Acacia Garden Tree Hotel
07:30AM     Hotel Pick-up for Day 2 Activities
10:00AM     ETA to Ugong Rock Adventure
10:00AM     Caving, Spelunking at Zipline at Ugong Rock
12:00NN     Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour
02:00PM     Buffet Lunch
05:00PM     ETA to Acacia Tree Garden Hotel and Early Dinner
06:00PM     ETD from Puerto Princesa
12:00MN     ETA to El Nido
12:00MN     Check-in at Swiftlets Inn


DAY 03
07:00AM     Inn Complimentary Breakfast
09:00AM     El Nido Island Hopping Tour A - Big Lagoon
11:00AM     El Nido Island Hopping Tour A - Simizu Island (Buffet Lunch)         
01:00PM     El Nido Island Hopping Tour A - Small Lagoon
03:00PM     El Nido Island Hopping Tour A - Secret Lagoon
05:00PM     El Nido Island Hopping Tour A - Seven Commando Beach
07:00PM     Dinner at Art Cafe Restaurant


DAY 04
07:00AM     Inn Complimentary Breakfast
09:00AM     El Nido Inland Tour - Nacpan and Calitang Twin Beach
11:00AM     El Nido Inland Tour - Lunch at Nacpan Beach                      
03:00PM     El Nido Inland Tour - Las Cabanas Beach                        
07:00PM     Dinner at Sea Slug Restaurant


DAY 05
07:00AM     Inn Complimentary Breakfast
09:00AM     El Nido Island Hopping Tour C - Matinloc Shrine
11:00AM     El Nido Island Hopping Tour C - Star Beach (Buffet Lunch)
01:00PM     El Nido Island Hopping Tour C - Hidden Beach
03:00PM     El Nido Island Hopping Tour C - Secret Beach
05:00PM     El Nido Island Hopping Tour C - Helicopter Island              
07:00PM     Dinner at Silog and Ihaw Restaurant


DAY 05
06:00AM     Inn Complimentary Breakfast
07:00AM     ETD from El Nido
01:00PM     ETA to Puerto Princesa
01:00PM     Lunch at Ka Lui's Restaurant
02:00PM     Puerto Princesa City Tour - Palawan Rescue and Wildlife Centre
03:00PM     Puerto Princesa City Tour - Mitra's Ranch (Rancho Sta. Monica)
04:00PM     Puerto Princesa City Tour - Baker's Hill
05:00PM     Puerto Princesa City Tour - Butterfly Eco Garden and Tribal Village    06:00PM     Dinner at Lou Chao Long Hauz
07:25PM     ETD from Puerto Princesa Airport
09:00PM     ETA to Domestic Airport Terminal 4

Note: 
          Due to bad weather condition, Secret Beach was changed to Cadlao Lagoon which is originally part of Tour D to complete the five island itinerary of Tour C. 
          Buffet lunch was served at Talisay Beach for the island hopping Tour C to avoid the volume of tourists at Star Beach.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Ang Pinaka Yummy in Bulacan

Bulacan is more popularly known for its great contribution to the historical and cultural heritage of the Philippines. Aside from its famous noble heroes, celebrities, century old and historical churches and festivals, Bulacan is also home to different sumptuous and delicious dishes. Last March 2014, Ang Pinaka, a local tv magazine show in GMA News TV Channel 11 listed down the yummiest food destinations in the province. They presented 10 of the best home-grown restaurant that showcases the rich culinary heritage of Bulacan.


What are the top home-grown restaurants that you should not missed in your next visit to Bulacan? Who among them made it to Ang Pinaka Yummy in Bulacan.



10. CITANG's EATERY


Opened in 1970, Citang's eatery started in selling puto, kutsinta and other kakanin (rice cake). They soon became an eatery selling their trademark goto (porridge) and tokwa't baboy (pork and tofu).

Must Try:

Goto with laman loob (innards) of carabao - Php 25.00

Tokwa at Baboy (Pork and Tofu): tender boiled and fried pork with vinegar of Paombong (sukang Paombong) - Php 40.00

Dinuguan made from carabao meat - Php 40.00

Putong Puti with cheese and salted egg - Php 30.00
Sapin-sapin with gabok - Php 60.00

Address: 620 Kuatro Kantos, Sta Isabel, City of Malolos, Bulacan (besides Sta. Isabel Parish Church)
Contact Number: (044) 796-0678
Social Media: Facebook Page

9. NINA'S FRIED ITIK RESTAURANT


Nina's is a floating restaurant type and your go to place for various itik recipes, it first opened in 1997 as a fishpond of hito (catfish). Aside from itik dishes, there are other must try food in their menu.



Must Try:


Fried Itik with special sauce: process of cooking includes 3 hours of boiling in hot water and 5 minutes deep frying using its own oil - Php 170.00 

Adobong Itik with plenty of garlic - Php 170.00

Sinampalukang Manok - Php 195.00

Fried Hito with bagoong and sampalok sauce - Php 160.00
Adobong Igat sa Gata - Php 150.00

Address: 358 Santan Street, San Jose, Plaridel, Bulacan 
Contact Number: 0916-557-6543

8. KALYE MABINI


Opened in 2012 and serves a fusion of Italian, American and Filipino Cuisine, Kalye Maibni offers mouth watering lomo or pork baby back ribs at a very reasonable prices.


Must Try:



Lomo Ribs: marinade ribs and baked in minutes before grilling - Php 325.00

Mama's Salad: baby back ribs in greens with garlic mayo dressing - Php 150.00

Garlic ala Pasta: herbed grilled chicken breast fillet with garlic butter and calamansi sauce - Php 150.00

Rib Burger or Kuya's Burger in pandesal bun - Php 90.00
Turon Squares with vanilla ice cream - Php 55.00

Address: 214 A. Mabini Street, Mojon, City of Malolos, Bulacan 

Contact Number: 0932-868-4242

Social Media: Facebook Page



7. OUR KITCHEN - WHERE EAST MEETS WEST

Opened in 2011, Our Kitchen specializes in Asian fusion cuisine and menu consists of French, Italian, Japanese and Thai inspired dishes


Must Try:


Pork Baby Back Ribs: slowly roasted baby back ribs - Php 130.00

Carbonara Linguine: with bacon, ham and linguine pasta in Alfredo sauce - Php 110.00

White Pizza: with 100% mozzarella cheese, white sauce and egg yolk in the middle - Php 170.00
Crispy Dinuguan with crispy bagnet - Php 140.00
Blueberry Cheesecake: no extenders and all natural ingredients was used - Php 110.00

Address: Robinson's Supermarket, El Camino Road, Sto. Niño, Camalig, City of Meycauayan, Bulacan 

Contact Numbers: 0917-636-2479, 0939-939-4626, 0923-737-5591

Social Media: Facebook Page



6. LEE FOO PANCITERIA


Lee Foo is the home of the affordable and delicious Chinese food in the north. After retiring from work in one of the hotels in Manila in 1983, Chinese cook Lee Foo moved to Bulacan and started his own panciteria.



Must Try:


Lee Foo Chicken: deep fried chicken with special sauce, crispy in the outside tender juicy in the inside - Php 300.00

Lumpiang Shanghai: with meat and fish inside - Php 95.00

Pancit Canton: canton used was made exclusively for Lee Foo restaurant - Php 300.00

Egg Fooyong: consists of ground pork, cabbage, ham and egg - Php 150.00
Patchin: more like Chopsuey but with lots of seafood - Php 150.00
Pata Tim: with lots of Chinese herbs and spices - Php 395.00


Address: 159 National Road, Cutcot, Pulilan, Bulacan 
Contact Number: (044) 815-0402

Social Media: Facebook Page 



5. LA FAMILIA SIZZLERS AND RESTAURANT 

La Familia started as a humble roadside canteen selling merienda to drivers. The restaurant opened in 1985 and now serving delectable Pinoy lutong bahay dishes.

Must Try: 


Beef Serkele - Php 195.00 
Chicken Roll: chicken breast with ham, carrots, cucumber and cheese - Php 85.00

Okay na Okoy (crispy pumpkin) - Php 20.00

Pork Dinuguan with tamarind leaves - Php 85.00 

Beef Kare-kare with oxtail - Php 135.00


Address: 280 Dona Remedios Trinidad Highway, Bagong Nayon, Baliuag, Bulacan 
Contact Numbers: (044) 766-2037, 0917-858-1748, 0923-732-8059


4. PEPPER'S GRILL



They are known for their great food and great ambience of the restaurant. Pepper's Grill opened in 2006 and serves Filipino and Spanish cuisine. 


Must Try:



Sinugba (seafood inihaw): gindara fish, shrimps and pusit - Php 300.00

Bagoong Rice 120: sauté rice in homemade bagoong - Php 120.00

Seafood Paella - Php 250.00 

Chopsuey Macao - Php 120.00
Sizzling Bulalo - Php 350.00


Address: 780 Bagbaguin, Sta Maria, Bulacan 
Contact Number: 0917-867-1111

Social Media: Facebook Page



3. KABISERA

Opened in 2011, Kabisera, which means head of the table, exudes a homey ambience with wooden furniture and antique fixtures. The restaurant serves delicious meals at affordable prices. 


Must Try:

Kabiserang Manok: marinade and fried chicken with teriyaki sauce - Php 195.00

Binusog na Pusit: stuffed pusit with cheese, onion, garlic and tomato - Php 195.00

Pinakbet : mixed vegetables with their homemade bagoong - Php 110.00

Steamed Pla-pla - Php 205.00 
Crispy Sisig - Php 180.00


Address: 139 Dahlia Street, Alido Heights Subdivision, City of Malolos, Bulacan 
Contact Number: 0915-311-1248


2. BISTRO MALOLEÑO



Opened last April 2013, Bistro Maloleño was born after the owners saw a tv segment featuring the last cuisine of Malolos. The casual dining restaurant is the home of authentic Bulacan heritage cuisine. 


Must Try:

Nilagang Manok na Puti with Asparagus: Emilio Aguinaldo's favorite dish - Php 235.00

Pochero ni Plaridel with pork and beef: Marcelo H. del Pilar's favorite dish - Php 350.00

Hamon Bulakenya - Php 380.00

Seafoods Fiesta: with tahong, pusit, talaba, tempura, alimango, alimasag, sugpo and ulang - Php 695.00
Gurgurya: heritage dish from the women of Malolos - Php 150.00
Pinaso - Php 49.00


Address: Capitol View Park, City of Malolos, Bulacan 
Contact Numbers: (044) 305-0645, 0942-824-7876

Social Media: Facebook Page 



1. HAPAG


Hapag is a Filipino restaurant which also serves as an events place for special family get together and occasions.  It was opened in 2013 and started as a catering business and school canteen before it evolves as a restaurant.

Must Try:
Lechon Kawali Kare-kare - Php 178.00

Nachos de Longganisa Calumpit - Php 178.00

Greens in Mango Dressing (vegetable salad) - Php 98.00 

3 in 1 Sinigang: with pork, beef and shrimp - Php 268.00
Hapag Rice: fried rice with bacon, egg and kangkong - Php 108.00
Pastillas con Hielo: pastillas made from San Miguel, Bulacan with dulce de leche, ice cream and pinipig - Php 158.00


Address: Hiyas ng Bulacan, Capitol Compound, Guinhawa, City of Malolos, Bulacan 
Contact Numbers: 0922-848-2761, 0917-516-6943

Social Media: Facebook Page 



*** Prices as of February 2014

Thursday, January 15, 2015

January 2015: Bulacan Festivals

January marks the start of countless celebration of devotion and pageantry in the Philippines. For this month alone, three major festivities will be held in three different provinces to honour the Child Jesus or the Sto. Niño. Cebu and Kalibo in Aklan will stage Sinulog and Ati-Atihan respectively on the third weekend of January, while Iloilo will celebrate Dinagyang on the last weekend of the month. If you we're not able to book you flight ticket to join the festivals in the Visayas region, there is one province that will give you four different reasons to visit, experience and enjoy their activities and events offering for this month.

Bulacan is just an hour away from Manila via the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) or the McArthur highway, it is the first province north of Metro Manila. This January, four festivals will be happening to celebrate religion and devotion (Sto. Niño de Malolos Fiesta), food product (Minasa Festival of Bustos), livelihood (Halamanan Festival of Guiguinto) and history (Fiesta Republica of Malolos). This article will provide you the complete list of activities for each festival to serve as your guide and reference to fully enjoy the Bulacan experience.


1. BUSTOS: MINASA FESTIVAL

Quick Overview:


Minasa cookies is an original food delicacy of Bustos Bulacan made from cassava flour, egg yolk, coconut milk and margarine. The name Minasa came from the actual hand mixing of the ingredients to create the cookies. After mixing, they will put it in a wooden mold and bake it in the oven. The Minasa Festival will showcase this locally made food product in their week long celebration.

Calendar of Events:



2. GUIGUINTO: HALAMANAN FESTIVAL

Quick Overview:


Guiguinto, the Garden Capital of the Philippines celebrate Halamanan festival coinciding with the municipal founding anniversary and the feast day of their patron saint, San Ildefonso every January 23. It is an exhibition of their famous landscaping and gardening services. The highlight of the 3-day event is their colourful street dancing competition.

Calendar of Events:



3. MALOLOS CITY: FIESTA REPUBLICA

Quick Overview:


Malolos City, the capital of the historical province of Bulacan celebrates the Fiesta Republica as part of the anniversary of the Malolos Congress, the First Philippine Republic, the first in Asia. One of the highlights of the week-long celebration is the street dance drama competition Dunsalangan (Dula sa Sanlangan) showcasing the role of Malolos and other provinces in different historical events in pursuit of Philippine independence.

Calendar of Events:



4. MALOLOS CITY: STO. NIÑO de MALOLOS FIESTA

Quick Overview:


Happening every last Sunday of January is the feast day of the Sto. Niño de Malolos, the patron saint of the Kamestisuhan street. It is said to be the most celebrated Sto. Niño procession in Luzon with the participation of almost two hundred different images of Sto. Niño from different places in the Philippines. You may click this link for the Sto. Niño de Malolos 2014 Fiesta gallery.

Calendar of Events: