Showing posts from 2009

Sitio Remedios Currimao

If you want to be transported back in time, to a time when the Bahay na Bato was the most common Architectural Design of houses in the Philippines. Then you need to stay at Sitio Remedios in Currimao, Ilocos Norte. Service here is Top Notch, the staff are friendly and attentive to all the needs of their clients. This is a beachfront resort also, and a Pool is also there if you do not want to swim in the Beach.

Ilocos Norte December Trip

The House we rented at Sitio Remedios, Currimao, Ilocos Norte

The Bangui Windmills in Bangui, Ilocos Norte

Our room at APO Idon Beach Resort in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

The Famous Blue Lagoon at Pagudpud

The Patapat Viaduct in Ilocos Norte
My Nephew was in the Philippines for the Christmas Holidays so we decided to take him out of town. We decided on Ilocos Norte since it has been almost a decade since we were last here and I wanted to see Vigan again. Our Itinerary went like this:
Day 1: Left Manila around 3am. Then on the way we stopped at Vigan for Lunch, this was around 11am. We ate at Grandpa's Inn. The food was affordable and delicious!! Then we went around the Mestizo District and looked at the Old Buildings. After that we proceeded to Baluarte. Baluarte is Chavit Singson's private Zoo where he keeps his Animal Collection. Entrance is free here. 2:30PM we Checked In Sitio Remedios. Swimming in the Afternoon. Then we went to Paoay to buy some snacks. Then to Batac, and back to C…

Ugu Bigyan Birthday Sale

Stepping stone at Ugu Bigyan, made of Concrete and shaped like a leaf!

One of the Open Pavillions inside Ugu Bigyan
I thought I had missed the Annual Birthday Sale of Ugu Bigyan. Ondoy had wrecked havoc so I thought there would be no sale anymore. When we arrived at Ugu Bigyan's. The lady there (who looked like a relative of Ugu) told us that the Sale was extended!! What good news for me. I think it was Ugu's 44th Birthday so all items had a 44% Discount!!
I was in search for my a big bowl which I can turn into a sink. I found one bowl which I liked, but problem is how to put a hole in it. Then the lady said that they had sinks at their store room. There were around 3 designs to choose from. I just chose the simplest one with the sampaguita flowers. the sink was priced at 8000. I forgot the exact price but this is the discounted price.
Ugu Bigyan's Studio is located in Tiaong, Quezon Province. Their Contact Number is +63425459144.

Baguio Day Trip with Mrs Ang

My Lunch at Forest House

The View from the Forest House

The Forest House Bistro and Cafe, Voted one of the Philippines Top Restaurants by the Philippine Tatler.

Baguio Cathedral, were Mrs Ang met with A & P

Mrs Ang (My Boss) needed to meet her lawyer in Baguio (Atty PS) to discuss how she can settle the unpaid obligations of the heirs of her friend Mrs CC who died. Mrs CC bought 2 Properties from Mrs Ang which had remained unpaid.
So I accompanied Mrs Ang to Baguio. We met with A and P (distant Relatives of Mrs Ang's husband) at the Baguio Cathedral. They contacted Atty PS for Mrs Ang. Atty PS was not yet in his Office so we decided to have lunch since it was almost Lunchtime. Mrs Ang was asking where we can eat? I told her that there were a lot of Restaurants in Camp John Hay. P said that there was a good restaurant near Camp John Hay, though a Bit Pricey, the Forest House. Mrs Ang was unperturbed when she heard the word pricey. Mrs Ang is who you can call a Show Off, so she sai…

NYDC Diner (Singapore)


Sulyap Gallery

Batangas Altar Table with Lamps, Santos on top

A Four Poster Canopy Bed

An Antique Baby Crib
Facade of Sulyap Cafe

Yesterday we went to Sulyap Gallery and Cafe in San Pablo Laguna. I had been looking for this Gallery for months now. The last time I went to San Pablo, I asked the owner of Casa San Pablo if he knew where Sulyap Gallery is, he was dumbfounded, he admitted that he did not know where it was. So we just looked for it, but alas we had a hard time looking for it despite asking the people where it was. Finally, we found it, the sign going to it was so small that you will not notice it unless you were really paying attention to all the signs that you will pass by.

The Sulyap Cafe was housed in a small Bahay na Bato. From the looks of it, it was newly constructed but attention to detail was painstakingly observed. From the design, to the furnishings, to the windows it was all Antique style. After ordering our Lunch, we asked the waiter if we can look at the building in front, the hum…

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh Vacation

Ho Chi Minh's Airport is very modern and spacious. At par with other airports in the world.

Part of our Tour of the Mekong Delta.

Ho Chi Minh's very Impressive Hotel de Ville (City Hall) built by the French.

Mandarine Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh, Quite Pricey but worth it!

Ho Chi Minh's Streets full of Motorcyles and Bikes, with the New World Hotel in the Background.
Visiting another is always exciting. Last February 26-28 we decided to go to Ho Chi Minh (Formerly Saigon) Vietnam. Our Plane Tickets were free (Courtesy of HSBC and PAL Miles). The Miles I accumulated on my HSBC Credit Card were more than enough for 3 Round Trip Economy Class Tickets. So My Nanay and Sister (M) were the very willing beneficiaries of the free tickets. My Nanay was the one who paid for the Taxes and the Hotel (New World).
So here is what happened on our trip.
Day 1 - February 26,2009 Checked in at Airport for our Manila to Ho Chi Minh trip. Arrived at Ho Chi Minh before Lunchtime. While falling in line w…