EARLY SUMMER ESCAPADE AT BOSAY RESORT

10th January: T’was Saturday afternoon about 4ish when we got up and prepared for a night swimming celebrating my cousin RJ’s 23rd birthday. Not because we have much time and money to spend, but it was his wish on his day aside from just having a typical food trip and drinking session at home. My cousin is fond of outdoor adventures. And because it’s his day, about 6 of us decided to come with him. Himself prepared pork adobo, shanghai, pansit, fried chicken, fruit salad for our desert and a lot more.

We took a cab from Eastwood to Antipolo. Since we were not familiar with the route, my friend Kaye had turned her GPS on to serve as our guide along the way. Surprisingly, the GPS had misled us on the wrong path. Haha! Credits to Kaye Beltran for the hard work on the GPS. 😀 Then we just decided to ride a tricylce bound to the resort, which is luckily just few minutes away from where we were (on the cab).

This is just one of the attractive numerous pools I was able to take a photo of other than the disco pool as the battery cam went drained haha!
This is just one of the attractive numerous pools I was able to take a photo of other than the disco pool as the battery cam went drained haha! They call it turtle pool.

At the resort, Pauleen (RJ’s friend) has been waiting for us, already arrived there ahead of us since he just reside just nearby. Had a funny experience along the way as he (Pauleen) is a gay person and is fun to be with. What a fun-filled experience it is to be with them. After few minutes of resting in the resort, Other friends also came (Sam and Angel) with the drinking session and all that.

Our group photo to start the night while waiting for Sam & Angel. :)
Our group photo to start the night while waiting for Sam & Angel. 🙂

We also experienced the disco pool. Never had a chance to stay long as it’s a bit cold and I had cough then so I just decided to join the drinkers’ session. Had a taste of wine but not much though. Half of the group decided to spend much on the pool but some had to drink or stay at the room to take rest.

My friends at the disco pool (from right to left) Henry, Ate Mitch, Pauleen,  Kaye, with the birthday boy at the middle. :)
My friends at the disco pool (from right to left) Henry, Ate Mitch, Pauleen, Kaye, with the birthday boy at the middle. 🙂
There random guys I took a photo of at the disco pool. The disco lights should've had a better effect without the camera flash but it's kinda blurry so I decided not to put one 'ere.
These random guys I took a photo of at the disco pool. The disco lights could’ve had a better effect without the camera flash but it’s kinda blurry so I decided not to put one ‘ere.
At the disco pool with the disco music accompaniment.
At the disco pool with the disco music accompaniment. That funny ones with his mouth wide open is Pauleen. 😀
That birthday boy needs to be at the front. :)
That birthday boy needs to be at the front. 🙂

But the most fun part is, when someone fell off from the huge dinosaur statue after the disco pool session. Everyone was already drunk when some of us went to the pool. We had so much fun that night but that moment was the highlight among all. 😀

That giant statue where someone fell off from it. :D (That very moment of the photo shoot!)
That giant statue where someone fell off from it. 😀
That very moment of the photo shoot for the awkward moment! Haha!
That very moment of the photo shoot for the awkward moment! Haha! 😀

What an exciting night indeed. For adventurers within Manila, this is one of the best recommended place I can give since it’s affordable. Our entrance costs 180php each, cottage of 2,100php & the room where we secured our things is costing about 2000php overnight. It took us just about 45 minutes or so to reach the resort. Not bad! About 7ish in the morning when we left the resort after a nap. Thanks again Jenefer Belarmino for lending me your beautiful DSLR cam. But of course, not too late. Happy birthday to my gorgeous cousin, Stay nice and humble. Mabuhay everyone! 😀

 

 

BATIL PATONG OBSESSION

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Photo grabbed from Kuya Roy’s (my blogger friend) page http://pinakbetrepublic.blogspot.com/

Many times I really crave for food after a long and tiring day, But I really wanted something to satisfy my taste buds and that, I often think of our local delicacy in Cagayan Valley specifically in Tuguegaro City. Guest what? It’s pansit! Nyam nyam! Since I am here in Manila, where the hell would I find it! I’ve been wondering why Pansit Batil Patong is always been an obsession for any Cagayanos! Yes it is! In Tuguegarao, every single eatery has their own Batil Patong menu so you would have an option where to go.

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Sorry for the presentation, the pansit was already mixed before I thought of taking a photo of it taken in Tuguegaro.

If you reside in the northern part of the Philippines, literally the top most part of the Philippines, (if you glance at the Map! :D), You would definitely get fascinated to our most liked/mentioned Pansit Batil Patong. Batil Patong as literally breaking the egg to be on top of the warm noodles, with sauteed  minced carabeef, liver  and veggies as it’s prime ingredient. In some versions, they would also consider mixing sliced hot dogs or crashed chicharon atop of it. It’s usually served with a soup cooked with scrambled egg (known as  caldo in the local dialect), and a saucer of raw sliced onions with calamansi and soy sauce, which serves as an appetizer specially for older people. 😀 What made it distinct is the egg on top of it. A must try recipe if you visit Cagayan especially the hottest spot, TUGUEGARAO CITY, where every corners in the City has panciteria all over! Woooohhooooo!!! I freakin’ miss this so much! Estaba delicioso mucho!

This is another version of Pansit. The egg is hard boiled.
This is another version of Pansit. The egg is hard boiled taken At AHAI PANCITERIA, Roxas Isabela.

Ingredients:

250 g. Fresh noodles
100 g. Pork Belly
100 g. Carabao beef or carabeef, minced
50 g. bean sprouts
½ onion, chopped
¼ cup soy sauce
2 cups of chicken stock
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 eggs
Black pepper
Calamansi
Chicharon, crushed
Cabbage
Oil

Procedure

Pancit

1. On a hot pan, pour oil. Add the minced carabeef and stir fry until brown. Set aside.
2. On high heat, add the pork pieces into the pan and cook until all sides are brown. Once all sides are brown, lower the heat to medium.
3. Add half of the chopped garlic and onion. Sauté for one minute.
4. Add the fresh noodles followed by a cup of of chicken stock.
5. Add soy sauce and stir well.
5. Slowly add the remaining chicken stock and continue to stir for five more minutes.
6. Add fish sauce if necessary.
7. Stir in the bean sprouts.
8. After two to three minutes, remove the noodles from the pan and place on a serving plate.
9. On the same pan, sauté the remaining garlic and onions.
10. Add the cabbage and stir fry for two minutes. Season with fish sauce and pepper if necessary.
11. Remove from pan and then place on top of the noodles.
12. Top the noodles with the minced beef cooked earlier.
13. Spread the crushed chicharon on top of the beef

Batil

1. Beat an egg with fork, just enough to blend the egg white and yolk.
2. On low heat, add one cup of the pancit’s soup on a pan and add half of the beaten egg. Stir well.
3. Remove the egg drop soup or Batil from the pan and serve with pancit.

Now it’s still a question for me where to go here in Manila. :/ Can someone please loop me in if you know where we can have it here? Gracias Everyone! 🙂

UNWINDING AT NANGARAMOAN BEACH

During  summer time, what comes into our mind is automatically a beach adventure, or probably visiting some resorts near our places. It’s a bit boring if you think of the other way around like staying at home sleeping, or so. Some would also think of outdoor activities or sports like volleyball, badminton or soccer. And again, the best venue for that, is what I’m talking about right now. It has to be in beach. Yes! A beach! 😀

My cousin RJ who was once upon a time, at Nangaramoan beach. 🙂

One of the best experience that I have was when we visited Nangaramoan Beach in Sta Ana Cagayan Valley. There is no  fee at all. If you visit the place, I suggest you’ll be there for a day for you to witness low tide in the morning till late in the afternoon, and high tide at night time. Low tide is perfect for collecting shells whereas for high tide, it will be perfect for swimming. Unfortunately when we went there with my fellow bloggers, it was already late in the afternoon. So what I enjoyed was the food trip session instead. One of the highlights why I went there with them hahaha!  😀

Photographs below  are some shots  late in the afternoon. People would really enjoy volleyball, picking shells and weird species, and some would roam around taking photographs.

I actually witnessed some kids picking up some shells and some species which at first I was so scared to look at but it was pretty amazing when I took photos of it. Those kids were camera shy so they didn’t allow me to take photos of them. Here are some of the species they got. 🙂


One of the most amazing thing about this is the rock formation– huge rocks are being formed everywhere. These guys  really enjoyed walking on the beach while it’s low tide taking photographs and some stuffs.

My mentors in blogging, Kuya Roy and Kuya Diboy. 🙂

And again, like what I’ve said earlier, the highlight of my story. 😀  Drinking and food trip session with my co-bloggers! 😀 We did not take the responsibility to cook our food though. It so happened that Kuya Germain has a friend who resides nearby. Thank you Ate and Kuya who took care of everything for us. 🙂

Kuya Germain is the ones munching the yummy yellow watermelon. 😀

My blogging buddies…I miss you all. 🙂

Plus, before we headed off Sta Ana, we took a glimpse of San Vicente Port or what they call pier. If you look at map of the Philippines, this is the endmost part of the Philippines at the top right wing! Literally!  😀  If you wish to see Palaui Island, Cape Engano, or Anguib beach, those small vessels that you see in the photo is the best transportation for you to get there. Thank you Kuya Germain and Ate Karen for our transportation visiting those wonderful places I’ve seen ever!

A floating restaurant in the pier.

This is the ending of my story. 🙂 For adventurous people, I suggest you try those places. A credit to Aris Pasaraba Aczon and to my cousin Ricky James Babaran Guiyab for  some other photos which satisfied my complete story. Till next time. 🙂 Thank you for visiting my page. For questions, suggestions or comments, don’t hesitate to place it right at the comment field below. 🙂