Tuesday, December 30, 2008

DAYS 3-6 Philippines Trip, Dec. 19-28, 2008

Saturday early morning, we headed to my parents' house in Caba, La Union - a 4 hour drive north of Manila. We were going to spend 1 night in La Union and 2 nights in Baguio.

By the time we arrived in Caba, it was breakfast time. We got there around 7.30 in the morning.

My parents' beach house

I miss this kind of pinoy breakfast - eggs, "tuyo" (dried fish) and pork longganiza (sausage)

Later that afternoon was my parents' annual charity gift-giving to the less fortunate people of Caba. My mom used to be the President of the Rotary Club in her district and she continues to participate in charitable events.

My stepdad, Bob

Ham Dinner

I made those burrito wraps from scratch!! (with the help of Mom haha)

Booze time!!!

One of the most favorite filipino pasttimes - Karaoke!

(From L-R) Johann, Victor (Brett's friend based in New Zealand), Brett, Mike, Alvin and Q.

Angelo, the spoiled dog


Mom and her dogs

Longboarding in Camp John Hay

Figaro with my twin bro, Johann

My aunt's log house in Baguio, super quaint and cute!!!

They rent out this 3 bedroom house for 12k (est S$400) a night, quite reasonable I think.

More booze in Nevada Square

Good Shepherd goodies (near Mines View Park)

Alfajor rules!!!

Gerry's Grill, SM Baguio - spectacular view!

Spicy Sashimi (P200, around S$6.45)

Moldy chopsticks, GROSS!!!

"Tinomok" (P160, around S$ 5.16) - this is like "laing", a filipino dish made of taro leaves & coconut milk, stuffed with pork

"Crispy Pata" (P415, around S$13.39) - Crispy Pork Knuckles, very crispy and yummy! A great way to neglect your diet haha!

Adobo Seafood Rice (P135, around S$4.35) - black paella sauteed in squid ink. This was bland. Not recommended.

Garlic Adobo Shreds (P185, around S$ 5.99) - crispy pork adobo flakes. Very nice!

"Chicharon Bulaklak" (P180, around S$5.81) - deep-fried crispy pork intestines. We returned it because it tasted a little to burnt. Besides, its really bad for you!

Another round of Booze

"Kinilaw Tanguige" (forgot the price) - tanguige fish cooked in onions and vinegar.
"Sizzling Bangus Sisig" (P165, around S$5.32) - milk fish on sizzling plate. Really good and healthy!

View of the mountains. Reminds me of Genting in Malaysia.

Baguio is the summer capital of the Philippines. The city is at an altitude of approximately 1500 meters (5100 ft) in a moist tropical pine forest.

On our way back to Manila, we stopped over for a quick bite at one of the gas stations.

One of the lousiest philly cheese steak sandwiches I have ever eaten. Waste of money and saliva.

This was suprisingly good. It tasted like homemade burger with real beef and wheat bread. Highly recommended!

Read the next entries for more on my Philippines trip...

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