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FOOD REVIEW: CATALINO’S RESTAURANT

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.

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Catalino’s Restaurant has two entries in Waze. One will take you here, and the other will take you to Jollibee. You’ve been warned! Haha! 

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CAGBALETE ISLAND: Reach for the Beach

Graduation month is here. Temperature outside is rising. You know what these mean. Summer is coming! And before the peak season officially begins, we decided to go and take our well deserved vacation.

We were just being spontaneous and we were thinking of going on a hassle free weekend getaway. Zambales was actually our original plan. Unfortunately, no slots were available in our preferred resort, even for campers. We were really desperate since we already fixed our schedule for the trip. Then I remembered Cagbalete Island which I’ve been in before. I thought it might be time to recolor a memory.

It was Saturday. The four of us decided to leave Manila at 4:00am. Laurence was assigned to be our driver despite the fact that he hated driving. It was a 4-5 hour drive, and as usual, Waze has been a good party member. We reached the town of Mauban by around 9:00am, just in time for us to buy food in the nearby public market and wait for the passenger boat.
The scheduled boat trips from Mauban Port to Cagbalete is 11:00am and 3:00pm. It is recommended to arrive earlier since seats are on a first come first served basis. The trip is approximately an hour.

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After 5 hours of driving on hills and zigzags!

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Food Review: Pangasinan’s CASA BELLA

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.

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Casa Bella is located just along the San Carlos-Calasiao Road. 

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Travel Review: Pangasinan’s ISLAND TROPIC HOTEL

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.

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Romeo and me. Mark and Laurence were sleeping already on their bed!

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The Joy that Bolinao Allows

Back when I was a naive little kid, all that I can visualize when I think of Pangasinan are the Hundred Islands of Alaminos. Well, now that I have grown up, it became clearer to me that our country is blessed with a lot of nature’s wonders, and it is almost impossible for a province to have just one tourist destination.

Kilometers away from the City of Alaminos, the town of Bolinao cradles a number of spots that will surely captivate the eyes of tourists. When our group decided to hit Bolinao, we were oriented that most of the activities that can be done here will include water. Oh yeah, I wonder when we will turn into sea creatures.

Before getting wet, our guide took the squad first to Bolinao’s famous landmarks.

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St. James the Great Parish Church. The marker states that its tower which measures 75 feet was the tallest in the whole Pangasinan if not in the entire Northern Luzon.

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Kindred Spirits at the Hundred Islands

Back when I was still in grade school, I have always been curious of the Hundred Islands of Pangasinan. Every time our Social Studies teacher require us to collate photos of the natural wonders of the Philippines, these mysterious landmasses were always included in my album. And now that I am somewhat capable of reaching my dream destinations, I know in my heart that it is impossible to skip these treasures of Pangasinan.

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The port where boats are waiting before sailing onto the islands. 

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Dining at The Port of the Galleons

Like any other tourist spots, Puerto Galera offers a lot of places where you can treat your tummy. Listed here are very few places where we ate during our stay in the island.

ELIZABETH’S HIDEAWAY SANDBAR (Boquete Island)

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The place has a nice ambience. It was so peaceful. Ideal for retreats.

They serve cuisines of different nationalities including Japanese, Korean, American and Filipino. A bit pricy and the taste was not that outstanding.

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