Last month, we joined in-laws in a road trip to Olongapo City. I’m sure you’ve seen my NLEX post before here and this is where we went after that.
Olongapo is a city located in the province of Zambales, Philippines.
This image welcomed us as we enter Olongapo City proper.
Taken inside a moving vehicle, with a part of the window blocking our view.
What I love about Olongapo is this view:
So many trees!
I know I sound like an ignorant but imagine having that as your backyard view.
Olongapo City Hall located at Rizal Avenue. Taken inside a moving vehicle.
Ulo ng Apo
The second celebration of my 25th birthday was a day spent with my dear friend Ada. To refresh your memories, I first celebrated my birthday with DK by having lunch in Pen-Pen Restaurant.
Anyway, Ada impulsively decided that she wanted to go on a road trip to Tagaytay. Being a lakwatsera myself, I said yes. Just so you know, we both don’t know how to go to Tagaytay by bus. We have the general idea of where to ride a bus and that’s it. So we went to Baclaran and asked around. We left her place in Makati in the afternoon and reached Tagaytay in time for dinner. The servings in Leslie’s Restaurant are made for families. We decided to order something that we thought we could finish, a serving of Grilled Spareribs with unlimited Bulalo soup.
We didn’t have time to do anything else in Tagaytay since it’s already late and we didn’t get to reserve a place to stay there. With crossed fingers, we waited outside Leslie’s, hoping that the outgoing bus to Manila didn’t leave us. We were lucky to say the least. Had we stayed a bit longer in the restroom, we would have missed the last trip to Manila.
When I celebrated my 25th birthday in 2008, I had a couple of mini celebrations. The whole day was spent with then boyfriend DK. We visited this small restaurant in Scout Castor called Pen-Pen Restaurant. It is owned by Pen Medina’s son Ping Medina. If you are familiar with the local independent films, they are both actors. They are also seen in some mainstream movies and TV series.
I was craving for something spicy so we ordered Bicol Express. It was so good and I fell in love with it.
DK doesn’t eat anything spicy so he opt to try Cordon Bleu. It looked like nuggets but trust me, it did taste like Cordon Bleu.
Hubby and I celebrated our 4th year anniversary as a couple (not yet married at that time) in Tagaytay in 2007. It’s our first time visiting the city and we only based our directions on a map we bought in a bookstore the day before. With numb behinds after two hours of traveling with his motorcycle, we finally reached Tagaytay proper and it was all worth it!
The first thing we did when we arrived Tagaytay was eat. We decided to eat at Leslie’s Restaurant and they didn’t disappoint. We shared a bowl of Sinigang na Sugpo (prawn), green mango with shrimp paste (bagoong) and fresh buko juice. It was so good!
My entry for Tuesday Travels are old photographs found in my mailbox.
I love the beach. But I seldom get to visit it. Our visit to La Luz Beach Resort is quite memorable.
For one, it’s the first time I went to the beach without my family.
Two, we planned our vacation before a typhoon. We already made the reservations and we didn’t want to backout and I’m glad we did. It was a fun experience despite the huge waves, gray skies and occasional rain.
Three, I got sick on the first night. And got worse when we were on our way home. It sucks but it’s still fun. I still get to wear my bikini (with shorts) and had fun bonding with friends.
I miss that feeling of chilling out and thinking of nothing else. I miss the sun burning my skin and the sand under my toes. The salty sea water and the strong ocean wind.
I miss the beach. So much.
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