Long road trips are undeniably fun. From the traffic-free roads, the proud and tall trees, and the clear view of the sky… Isn’t it nice to have a glimpse of the simple rural life?
Quezon is one good province if you want to go roadtripping. There are various attractions waiting for you. Beach or mountain, it’s up to you. As for our squad, we chose to go beach bumming in Cagbalete Island in Mauban. After a night, we were already going back to Manila. It was already past lunchtime and we haven’t eaten anything. I googled top restaurants in Quezon, and the top spot of almost every list goes to Catalino’s Restaurant.
If one day you find yourself roaming around Pangasinan and your stomach suddenly cries of hunger, you might want to pass by San Carlos City and treat yourself with savory baby back ribs. Casa Bella House of Ribs and Seafoods has tasty treats in store for random wanderers like you.
In comparison with our previous travels, I can say that our Pangasinan trip gave us less hassle. Kudos to Island Tropic Hotel for a comprehensive itinerary and good accommodation.
For the four of us, we were assigned in an airconditioned room with two single beds and one double deck bed. There was a restroom, a cabinet for our clothes, a television, a table, and a sink. They also handed us with towels and complimentary soap and shampoo.
In every trip out of town, one of the things that I look forward to are the places to eat at. Well actually, my tastebuds are not that sensitive to flavors. Just fill my stomach up and I’m happy. So when we visited Baler, our target places were buffet style restaurants. Yay!
Before anything else, I want to apologize for not taking enough pictures. It’s just that I forget everything when food is in front of me. Huhu. I suck at food blogging, sorry.
BAY’S INN (Sitio Labasin, Baler)
We had breakfast here buffet style. They had ham, hotdogs, eggs, pancakes, fried chicken, fried rice, pan de sal and a variety of spreads. I can actually live here for days.
They say people get emotional when their birthdays are coming near. Last year, it was proven to me. I was depressed. My goals were blurry. My people were busy. And I can’t seem to feel my worth. I hid it. Because I am supposed to be Mr. Optimistic and I should chase silver linings. Maybe it was about work. Maybe it was about relationship. Whatever it was, I needed to breathe.
It was November and my travel squad was planning to go on another adventure. No matter how busy my schedule was, and no matter how broke I was, I said go. That was exactly what I needed.
It was Mark who usually organize such trips. He contacted several travel agencies and looked for the best bidder. And it was 8 Wonders Travel which was picked. I left the negotiation to them since I am never good with bargaining. At least, what ever happens to us, it will be Mark’s burden. Haha.
Fast forward to the trip proper, we were picked up by a private service at Eastwood Libis since most of the travel buddies were working there. The road trip started at exactly 1:00 AM. Most of us just slept through the trip since we were all from office work.
It was 7:00 AM when we reached our first stop: the giant Balete Tree at Brgy. Quirino. My friends who have been here before told me that I should try going inside the tree. Unfortunately, it was raining when we arrived so the tree was wet and the land was muddy. So our first stop somehow just became a restroom break / merienda break.
It was minutes before 5:00 PM. You were at your office and you have already finished your tasks. You were just waiting for the minute hand to hit 12. You made yourself busy scrolling up and down your phone. Your newsfeed was as diverse as the Milky Way. But of all the entries, one post opened your eyes wide. Your childhood best friend just got engaged!
Of course, being the ultimate journalist that you are, you had this urge to hear the details of the story first hand immediately. You both reside in Valenzuela City but it was almost a decade since you last saw each other. The last thing you talked about was the entrance exams you took for college. With news this big, the killer question is: where will you meet and catch up?
Good thing is that new restaurants and cafes are starting to sprout around the vibrant city lately. One of the top destinations that my friends feature in their Instagram posts is Caffe La Tea in Brgy. Malinta. It is just several walks across San Isidro Labrador Parish Church and a few blocks adjacent to BIR Bldg. (RDO 24).