It’s summer time! If you’ll be ask for a summer vacation, I’m sure Palawan is on your top! Well, no doubt cause of it’s endless beauty. Palawan is known as the ‘Last Frontier’. A paradise of beaches, greenly surroundings, turquoise water and limestone cliffs. This place is best for nature lovers and those who are looking for peaceful set and relaxation.Click here to Read more . . .
Samgyupsal hunting! Who can’t resist to SAMGYUPSAL? For me, I’d rather go to Samgyup than other buffet resto. We frequently eat at Samgupsal Restaurant in Makati city and nothing beats to the taste of Korean foods! it’s SUPERB! DELCIOSO!!!Click here to Read more . . .
Finding quiet, peaceful and a place for some relaxation? We’ve been searching where we can spend our 1 day off, then lucky us, we found this place. There’s a lot of day tours/activities offered thru Facebook and also via Travel agency, but no need to go far to find serene. This place has a simple yet unique accommodation, and exciting outdoor activities. I know all of us are familiar with the Kawa Hot Bath and I believed it was started in Aklan and they have the biggest kawa! But no need to fly to Aklan for Kawa Hot Bath, this place has this fun activity that will surely give you refreshment with the overlooking of Taal. Exciting right?Click here to Read more . . .
La Union is known for the beach town of San Juan, the surfing capital on this side of North Luzon.
It’s summer time and for sure you have your plans for your summer vacation. Maybe La Union is in your list. Well, we all know that La Union is known for beautiful beach and great place for surfing. I’ve been planning to write this short blog from my previous visit there and I tell you, the place is just simply awesome, there’s a lot of places you can visit aside from the beach.
If you are a first timer or having this plan to visit La Union, then you are in the right blog site. Let me share you my experiences and travel tips! Happy reading!
BEST TIME TO VISIT LA UNION
Many tourists main reason why to go to La Union is surfing.
JUL-OCT: The South Swell is caused by the southwest monsoon, known locally as habagat. It produces ideal waves though this is the height of rainy season. This is a good time to go if you don’t mind surfing in bad weather.
NOV-MAR: The North Swell is caused by northeast trade winds known locally as amihan. This is the best time to go surfing because the waves are ideal and there’s less chance of rain.
The North and South Swell seasons are the best waves for long time surfer but if you’re a beginner, think twice before you go.
HOW TO GET TO LA UNION FROM MANILA
You can get to San Juan by driving or taking the bus.
BY BUS: There are several bus companies that can take you to La Union from Manila. There are various companies operating the bus from Manila to La Union, with the most popular being Partas and Dominion (both departing from Cubao and Pasay Terminal) and Viron (Cubao and Sampaloc terminals). Fare range from 400 – 800 depends on bus type.
• Cubao, Bus Terminal
816 Aurora Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
+63 (2) 7278278
• San Fernando, La Union, Bus Mid-Way Station
Quezon Avenue, San Fernando, La Union, Philippines
+63 (74) 2420464
+63 (74) 2420923
WHERE TO STAY IN LA UNION
Most tourists traveling to La Union pick either San Juan or San Fernando as a base. Well, both of it is beautiful but I will go for San Juan. I stayed with my friend’s house. We chose San Juan La Union since most of the budget and our target places are concentrated here. Not to mention its proximity to the surfing beach – Urbiztondo Beach. But San Fernando also offers good options for travelers who are willing to spend more for comfort.
There’s a lot of affordable hotels and and accommodation near to beach. This place isn’t that big so there aren’t as many resorts compared to more established destinations. But if you are budget traveler, then good thing there is already AIRBNB to book your stay.
Since I stayed with my friend’s house, here are my suggestions if you opt to travel in La Union for overnight.
Flotsam & Jetsam Artist Hostel
Flotsam & Jetsam is one of the best places to stay in San Juan. I’ve been hearing about this place even before I had any real desire of visiting San Juan. This is not a hostel but also a perfect place for beach party.
THINGS TO DO IN LA UNION
1.San Juan Beach
This is one of the best place to go for surfing, bonding, watch sunset and good thing it has nearby food stores and accommodations like Flotsam and Jetsam, the famous Makai bowls and lot more!
2. Poro Point Lighthouse
Time for escape and travel to La Union, step out of the shadow of its more popular neighbors. Its day in the sun has come, and the beacon that shines on it arising from Poro Point, whilom American base on a peninsula within San Fernando City. The Poro Point Lighthouse serves as a favorite spot and this is great place for jogs, sprints, cycling, working out, or an early morning walk. The Poro Point Lighthouse is just 10-15 minutes away from San Fernando’s central district, and you can get there either by car or by riding public transportation. No entrance fee needed, this is open for public, tourists or locals may freely walk around and take in the scenery.
3. Flotsam & Jetsam
Looking for a party in San Juan? Then this place is for you. Right after beach surfing or long drive from tours, have some drinks and get the party started. Flotsam & Jetsam is a trendy hostel with a restaurant and full bar. This place has fun and lively environment so most people visiting in San Juan will be here getting drinks every night, of course this is also near to the beach just 1-3 minutes walk!
4. Halo Halo de Iloko – Zandueta Street
La Union has so much more to offer also for foods! Here’s one that you should put on your list! Halo Halo de Iloko, home of Ilokano cuisine in San Fernando City, offers not only the dessert but also Ilokano blend dishes. This place is known for their HALO HALO, I’ve tasted all kinds of halo halo but here, it’s different! There’s something in their ingredients that you can’t describe! It’s delicioso! Perfecto! Pasalubong, goodies are available here as well.
How to go — from Urbiztondo, ride a jeep to San Fernando (PHP11 fare per person). Drop off at the city center and ride a tricycle to Halo Halo de Iloko. Locals are very familiar with it.
5. Ma Cho Temple
No need to go to China. Ma Cho temple can be found in La Union! The Ma-Cho, Mazu or Ma Cho Temple is a Taoist temple to the Chinese sea-goddess Mazu located on Quezon Avenue in Barangay II, San Fernando, La Union in the Philippines.
Things to take note and observe
1. Ma-Cho temple is open every day between 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
2. There is no entrance fee. Hence, you could explore the temple for free.
3. There are holding areas found around the temple. Dating is prohibited in these areas.
How to go — From Halo Halo de Iloko, ride a tricycle to Ma-Cho Temple (PHP8 fare per person).
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Friends! I know all of you are writing down your plans where beach to go, resto to eat, hang out with barkadas, and a place to chill. Well, let me share you this place that surely all of you will love it! This is bar/cafe/resto and open 24 hours. If you are looking for sweets, liquors, and other dishes, then this is the right place for you! Time to write down to your list for this year! I’m sure you’ll not regret it. Taste the Filipino American style!
Filling Station Bar and Cafe operates 24 hours and it is located in Padre Burgos st., Makati City. You can dine for breakfast in the morning or it can be your chill out bar at night.
This place in Manila that never gets old. Here’s my reason why.Click here to Read more . . .
Treat yourself! Time to unwind and feel luxuriate, release your stress, tensions and ready for a great weekend! All of us need to relax, find stillness and serenity to escape the stress of city life. If you’re looking for weekend getaway then you’ll get answers of beach diving in Batangas, Zambales, Surfing in La Union and Baler, enjoy the cold breeze in Tagaytay and Rizal, but upon searching, I found this place, a condo style with man-made beach, a touch of luxury type of condo that will surely give you a superb stay!
Azure Urban Resort Residences is a residential project by Century Properties that named first man-made beach in the Philippines. This place has a lot to offer. Perfect with its palm trees and take note this man-made beach condo has natural sand, you will surely feel the beach life without leaving the metro. No need for you to experience long drives, buying of plane tickets to go another place, this place is just within Metro! It is located in Parañaque city, it’s just a short walk from SM Bicutan.
We went here together with my friends right after our work! We arrived around 8pm, we first bought our foods to eat in Supermarket at SM. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to catch the wave and beach pool as the schedule is from 7am to 7pm only. The pools are also closed every Monday for maintenance. So we just woke up early for swimming and memento photos.Click here to Read more . . .
Fond of arts? Well me, honestly, not my top interest but this place has a unique arts gallery to offer. Exploring exquisite places has always been a attestation to my admiration of exceptional modern design. There’s a happiness inside of me of finding out those new places that has been a fad before cause of its unique beauty and coherence. There’s something about this narrow aesthetic that both draws me in, and makes me have a peace inside of me. Not on my goal nor one of my travel list to take in the city’s historic sights and radiant art, Finding quiet in a city acclaimed for its hurly-burly is no small coup. This so called Pinto Art Museum offers a tranquil escape by today’s frenzied stride. Pinto art Museum – renowned for their spectacular paragon, that can only be seen and found in rising city of Antipolo.Click here to Read more . . .
It’s our first time here in Antipolo and I’m excited for what this place could give. It seems Antipolo have many interesting native food specialties, sites to visit and adventures to try. If you would check, there are a number of hidden resorts and nature reserves for a great weekend getaway. We chose to visit Luljetta as it has spa aside from resort. We pay only for day tour as we planned to go as well in Pinto Art Museum afterwards.
Luljettas hanging Garden and spa will make you feel that you are in Bali cause it’s Hanging gardens Bali inspired. Luljettas evince to be more than just an attraction especially for summer time. If you’re looking for a place of serenity or just want some relaxation from stressful week, I tell you, this hidden gem is such a great haven and place for escape. It is such a bliss to re-discover it again as this place was discover I think 6 years ago.Click here to Read more . . .
BOHOL COUNTRYSIDE TOUR
We highly recommend this tour for those who are first time in Bohol. You will see some famous spots which are unique to the place like:
- Chocolate Hills, which are named so because the mounds of hills look like Chocolate in the summer season;
- Tarsier, which is considered as among the world’s smallest primates
- Centuries-old churches (Baclayon Church)
- Butterfly Sactuary
- Bilar Manmade Forest
- Blood compact
- Loboc River
We choose to stay to this place as this is near to Tagbilaran city, having the scenic view of Mindanao sea and white sand beach called Pamilacan Island, most of all, this place has infinity pool! From airport you may hire a tricycle and tell the driver to drop you to the terminal of Jeep going to Panglao. Upon riding a jeep, this will pass though to La Veranda. Actually La Veranda is accessible via taxi, jeepneys and guests who are coming in via private transportation are given free parking spaces on site. If you wish to be pick up at the airport, the resort also offers shuttle services to and from the airport, and the seaport.Click here to Read more . . .