ISDAAN FLOATING RESTAURANT

Over a year ago, during our vacation to the Philippines, We happened to check some of the nice Restaurants within Metro Manila area and near Nueva Ecija. Then, my Grandmother suggested that we should go and try the new branch of Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Talavera Nueva Ecija which is fortunately very near to Cabanatuan City. I had no idea as to when it was first opened in Talavera, but I guess it was sometime in 2017. I remember when we planned to go to the same branch somewhere in Tarlac a few years ago during my vacation as well but couldn’t able to.

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To refresh with, Isdaan Floating Restaurant is a Theme restaurant that offers homey Filipino food along with a good ambiance that is perfect for family gathering.

There is also “tacsiyapo” wall where you are able to throw mugs, plates, or bowls on a specific part of the wall while shouting “tacsyapo”, which is a great way to vent your emotions and a stress reliever for everyone but unfortunately, it isn’t available that time.

I forgot what we ordered but it is a meal set good for a family of 10  and we had a variety of chicken, fish, pork, vegetable, and dessert for something like PHP5,500++.

We chose the floating dining hut and after the meal, we had the chance to roam around the park and took photos from the sculptures everywhere and the small pond with a lot of fish that you could also feed. But since we went on dinner time, I couldn’t able to snap nice photos from my phone camera and how I wish again that I had a better cam, haha!

Anyways, here are some of our photos taken;

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METRO MANILA

Metropolitan Manila is the seat of government and one of the three defined metropolitan areas of the Philippines. It is officially known as the National Capital Region, and is commonly known as Metro Manila or simply Manila. It is made up of 16 cities namely: the City of Manila (the Philippine capital), Quezon City (the country’s most populous city and former capital, Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig and Valenzuela as well as the City of Pateros.

Although Metro Manila is not considered a province, it is included in the 81 provinces of the Philippines.

Since it is very near to my hometown, I guess I have traveled almost everywhere here since as a child. It is just strange that I couldn’t find a nice photo of mine anywhere else in the area or maybe I couldn’t think of snapping one when I’m around Metro Manila, haha.

 

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Science Discovery Center

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White Moon Bar, MOA

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Manila Ocean Park

 

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IFUGAO

RICE TERRACES

Info: Sometimes called by locals as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, the Ifugao Rice Terraces begin at the base of the mountain range and extend several thousand feet upwards. Two of the terrace clusters in Banaue, namely Bangaan and Batad, are part of the UNESCO World Heritage inscription.

 

The Banaue Rice Terraces (FilipinoHagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banawe) are terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by the ancestors of the indigenous people. The terraces are occasionally called the “Eighth Wonder of the World“. It is commonly thought that the terraces were built with minimal equipment, largely by hand. The terraces are located approximately 1,500 metres (4,900 feet) above sea level. These are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. It is said that if the steps were put end to end, it would encircle half of the globe.

It was in 2017 when RJ and I went to Banaue Rice Terraces which is about 3 to 4 hours drive on a steep mountain (in a very nice view along the way) from his place in Nueva Vizcaya.

We left his Town in Bayombong in the morning and reached there before lunch. Along the way, we passed by this beautiful tiny little restaurant to have a brunch, picture uploaded.

 

These amazing photos were taken from my cam phone only.

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Nice view.

And if you are a nature lover, you will definitely love the serenity of the place, the green fields, and the smell of the air.

Cute little restaurant along the way made of bamboo sticks.

BULACAN

During our trip to the Philippines, RJ and I went for some errands in Bulacan and at the same time, he took me to these beautiful Cathedrals within the area.

 

 Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in San Jose, Bulacan.

Address: Sta.Maria- Tungkong-Mangga Road, San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan, Philippines

Phone: +63 923 844 9247

 

The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is a famous religious and ecological tourist destination and attraction in Graceville, San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan. It is a replica of the Lourdes Grotto in France

 

And at the National Shrine of  Divine Mercy located in Marilao, Bulacan.

Address: M. Villarica Rd, Marilao, Bulacan, Philippines

Phone: +63 44 711 5393

The Adoration Chapel was the first structure built in the Divine Mercy National Shrine. It is constructed for the purpose of immortalizing the Last Vision of Fatima. 

AURORA

Baler is a town on the Philippine island of Luzon. In its center, Museo de Baler chronicles colonial history. On the coast, Cemento Beach is known for powerful surf, and Sabang Beach is lined with resorts. Nearby, Ermita Hill offers panoramic views. Inland, Baler Hanging Bridge crosses the mouth of the Tibag-Sabang River. To the east, the distinctive, angular Baler Lighthouse overlooks Dicasalarin Cove.
I’ve been here with my Family in 2013 during my Philippine vacation and it’s almost similar to the Surf capital of the Philippines in La Union, which is also equally progressive now.

 

There’s a lot of nice resorts to stay in. Although we went there during the month of August which is, unfortunately, a rainy season in the Philippines, we still get to enjoy the serenity of the place.
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And other photos as we explore the Province.
We have a lot of photos taken here as we explore a lot of places in Aurora along with my family but just enjoy these few snaps. This was actually one of the rare times I bonded with my elder sisters and it so happened that we were complete this time with all the piglets and pets, (less my other younger sister). We have rented a van from our City direct to Aurora (as it would be very hassled commuting with these raining and all) and the same van who toured us around the Baler area. Although it was a little bit rainy, it didn’t spoil our out of town at all.

LA UNION

La Union is a province in the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in the island of Luzon. Its capital is the city of San Fernando, which also serves as the regional center of the whole Ilocos Region.
I’ve been to La Union several times since childhood and later during my trips to the Philippines but the last time was in 2016 when I traveled to Vigan and passed by to La Union on our way back home with these kids on the photos. I remember how I used to visit my Uncle and cousins house every time I’m in the North and every time I was there, they would always refer me to the beautiful resorts/hotels by the beach.

Here are recent photos in 2016.
My chance to surf (tried) in one of Philippine’s surf capital.
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Enjoying the sun, the sand, the weather,  the sun-tan and me- San Juan, La Union.

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Some old photos a few years ago 

VIGAN


I have always wanted to visit Vigan, Ilocos Sur for a long long time! Fortunately, I only got the chance during my trip to the Philippines in 2016.
Vigan is somehow the remains of the Spanish era as you could see particularly in Calle Crisologo.
I like the view of this Asian/Spanish Architecture more than the modern ones, tbh.  I love the feeling of going back to old times where all the houses/buildings are made of mixed concrete and wood, the capiz windows, the big front doors, and the kalesa ( the two wheeled-horse drawn carriage).
Calle Crisologo at night is more amazing! We had dinner along the street with their specialty, I had langgonisa (sausage) and chicharon bulaklak ( fried pork intestine) dipped in vinegar with salt, onion, and pepper and bagnet (deep-fried pork) for dinner and later we had a few alcoholic drinks in a nearby restaurant with karaoke.
More so, aside from this spectacular view, if you go a little bit further away, you will see a huge line of street food stalls where you can enjoy affordable snacks while wandering along the park.
Here are some photos I have snapped during the trip.

 

The city is unique in the Philippines because it is one of many extensive surviving Philippine historic cities, dating back to the 16th century.
All in, I had fun and enjoyed the scenery in Ilocos Sur. I’ll definitely come back soon…

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