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Luk Foo

It’s my dad’s birthday today and it being Election Day, it’s a holiday! No work! Hahaha! We went out for lunch together with my aunt at Luk Foo, which is located at Puregold Price Club Bldg. Ninoy Aquino Ave. Sto. Niño, Paranaque City.

My dad loves Chinese food so it’s no surprise this is where he drove to directly. The place is nice and it’s packed with families. We had to be seated at the second floor which was a little warm since they only turned on the air conditioning when we arrived. And because we were so hungry (we failed to eat breakfast for wanting to vote early) and exhausted with the voting hell we went through, we didn’t notice that we ordered a little too much. Hahaha! First to arrive on the table was the Ho To Tay Soup. It’s a little bland for my taste. But it was really filling since it had a lot of ingredients like mushrooms, dumplings, fish fillet, liver, singcamas, carrots, and a lot more.

Ho To Tay Soup (of course this is just my bowl), Php 230

Then came the Hot Prawns Salad. This is always a winner wherever we order it. I’m not a fan of fruit salads so I only ate the prawns. Hahaha! Too bad it didn’t stay hot for long. It was already a little cold when we got down to tasting it.

Hot Prawns Salad, Php 350

The Crispy Noodles with Assorted Seafood was laid out next. Lo and behold, the noodles was not crispy at all. It looked like your regular pancit canton. The assorted seafood consisted of fish fillet, shrimps, and cuttlefish. It had other vegetables too like mushrooms, carrots, etc. I’ve had better pancit canton, in terms of taste and the amount of toppings.

Crispy Noodles with Assorted Seafood, Php 200

The XO Assorted Mushroom Shrimp Cake with Asparagus I was really happy about. It was really delicious. Though the shrimp cakes lacked some flavor but the dish as a whole was good. But they could have added more Asparagus.

XO Assorted Mushroom Shrimp Cakes with Asparagus, Php 310

According to our server, the Yang Chow Fried Rice was good for 3-4 people. But I think the serving’s small. If we didn’t have the noodles I think we would have ordered another plate. But I can’t complain about the taste. This is a must try. It’s a bit oily though unlike most other versions that I’ve tried.

Yang Chow Fried Rice, Php 190

Our Chinese food trip is not complete without my favorite Salt and Pepper Squid. Of course I’d say it’s good. I’m already partial to this dish so my opinion is biased. Hahaha!I’m not sure what the brown bits are, but I think they enhance the taste of the squid. Or should I say cuttlefish? Looks like it.

Salt and Pepper Squid, Php 230

Last to arrive was the Steam Garlic Fish Fillet with Eggplant. It was served in a cute fish shaped container. It had noodles (sotanghon, I think?) at the bottom then the fish fillet were alternated with eggplant slices. The fish was also topped with garlic bits. The fish slices were thicker than what we were used to. It still tasted good but I’d still go for Mr. Choi’s Steamed Garlic Fish Fillet.

Steam Garlic Fish Fillet with Eggplant, Php 270

Me and mom also ordered Avocado shake. It had absolutely no trace of crushed ice, really smooth with a similar consistency to a milkshake. And it wasn’t too sweet. We both loved it.

Avocado Shake, Php 65

All in all, it was still a good meal. The price was reasonable enough. Our bill amounted to Php 1, 910 which if you divide by 7 (viands, soup, and rice) only amount to less than Php 2oo per dish. Oh, not to mention the shakes. Not bad. I think we have a new favorite place. 😀

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Coron

I went to Coron last April 25-28 with some of my office friends. It’s our second out of town trip together and as expected, I had a blast. The beauty of Coron is totally spellbinding that it almost moved me to tears. Seriously. See some photos below:

view while goin’ up Mt. Tapyas

view from halfway through the trek to Kayangan Lake (this is the view usually seen on postcards)

Barracuda Lake

Banol Beach

goin’ to the Twin Lagoon

Calumboyan Island (for snorkeling)

Black Island

Here’s our itinerary for our 4D/3N trip (not necessarily in order):

Day 1:

Arrival / Check-in at Darayonan Lodge

Town Tour:

Municipal Hall and Park (nothing special, just an opportunity for picture taking with the CORON signage)

Souvenir Shop (lots of items for pasalubong like shirts, magnets, keychains, etc

Cashew Harvest (the best cashew nuts I have tasted so far; cooked adobo style with garlic chips)

Mabentangan Forest Park (don’t go here anymore; it’s just like a dam with stagnant and rather dirty water although a lot of locals   swim in it)

Mt. Tapyas (700+ steps to get to the viewing deck at the top; very much worth it)

Maquinit Hot Spring (super hot water so you must dip carefully; soothes sore muscles)

Day 2:

Siete Pecados (lots of fishes so snorkeling was really fun; you have to bring crackers or bread so you can feed them and they come to you in droves)

Kayangan Lake (you have to trek up then stop for pictures at the peak then descend to the lake)

Barracuda Lake (you have to go up a flight of stairs then alight at the other side of the boulders to get to the lake; the water’s cool and calm and the view is breathtaking)

Twin Lagoon (the pathway going to the second lagoon is only accessible during low tide; you’d have to be a really good swimmer to cross over during high tide)

Banol Beach (white sand, with cottages where you could eat or just chill; you just gotta be careful about going too far out in the water since there are sea urchins)

Day 3:

Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary (took us 4 hours by boat to get here but it was fun feeding the giraffes and calamian deers)

Black Island (there’s a cave on the island too and it has a sort of pool inside where you can take a dip; the water’s really cold though)

Calumboyan Island (for snorkeling)

Coral Garden (lots of beautiful corals and fishes too)

Lusong Wreck (a part of the ship is visible above the water; our boatman said the wreck dates back to maybe WW II and the whole body of the ship is already covered in corals.

Day 4:

Free day (just went to the market to buy pusit and danggit)

Manila bound

Our package already includes accommodations, daily breakfast, lunch for the first 3 days, all entrance fees, boat fees, etc.  for Php 6,700 per head. Our tour package was courtesy of  Leidy de Ocampo. You can contact her at 09154435633 or 09199406554, or send an email to coron_tours@yahoo.com for inquiries.

If there is one thing I can advice when going to Coron, you have to bring aqua shoes. Or if you don’t want that, you have to be very careful. The rocks are very sharp especially in Kayangan Lake.

I hope you enjoy your trip as much as I enjoyed mine. 😀

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Lakbayan

Currently, my Lakbayan grade is C. But I’m sure it will upgrade after all the trips I have lined up for this year. Hahahaha! I’m so excited already! 😀


My Lakbayan grade is C!

How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out at Lakbayan!

Created by Eugene Villar.

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Confusion

I’m in love with someone. Or so I think. I’ve had this thing for him for almost a year now. Don’t ask me why. He’s not really the tall, dark, and handsome type. Though he’s not totally lacking in the looks department. He’s just my height so I shun heels when in his presence.  He’s not even Mr. Smartypants. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not dumb. He’s just not the intellectual type. He’s not my knight in shining armor either. But he makes me happy, and smile for no reason. He can make my day without really doing anything. And I like him a LOT. Woot! It is indeed true that attraction is not a choice. I never intended for me to fall for him. It just happened. As it always does. So why am I writing about this? Because it’s confusing that even though I like this person very much, I still cannot say that he is the one I want to be with. That he is my ideal man. There is someone else that’s been swimming along in my mind recently. He is the ideal one. He’s the perfect gentleman, the one who’s always there and never leaves my side. He’s like my perfect other half if only we’re in a relationship. But we’re not. We’re just really really good friends. A lot of people say we look good together and we are good together so why not just be together. And I think that’s where the confusion started. I started to re-evaluate my feelings and found out that I kind of like him too. But then I know we don’t have a future. Why? Just because. I don’t want to go into detail but I just know. It’s really frustrating. I know there’s no point in this entry. I know what I should do. But I just can’t help but feel confused because I thought if I really liked “the guy”, I shouldn’t have been fazed by this friend of mine, right? So maybe I’m not really in love with him. I’m just in like. Hahahaha. I’m making less and less sense here. Here goes another random rambling…