The Hundred Islands Summer Trip

I should have written my experience about this summer trip right after returning here in Manila but been busy with lots of stuff. Even right now, I believe I don’t have the luxury of time to blog about this since I still have some pending online tasks. Nonetheless, I have to update this post once and for all!

It’s big thanks to my friends (Ice, Patty, Ed, Mae Ann, Bebe, & Hai) for inviting me to join this Hundred Island escapade.

We booked a trip for April 4, 2012 11:55PM but for some reason, the bus left after 12MN. Talk about the holiday rush and some related issues. By 7AM the next day, we’re already at Islandia Hotel, Alaminos City, Pangasinan but we’re not yet allowed to check in for we were so early! Lol. Good thing that the manager was there. He accommodated our request of checking in with our baggages only. And to make up for that, we had breakfast at their resto. Tocino and hot coffee for me!

Breakfast at Islandia

Breakfast at Islandia Hotel - Patty, Liz (yours truly) & Mae Ann (Bebe, Hai, & Ice were at the opposite side; Ed took this pic)

Islandia Hotel - Coffee for Breakfast

Islandia Hotel - Tocino for Breakfast

We had a quick city tour after breakfast and we were disappointed to know that the malls weren’t going to open despite the long wait. It’s Maundy Thursday and the malls are obviously closed. We just headed back to the hotel and formally checked in. Then we spent some time at the swimming pool while enjoying calamares and sweet fried potato.

Islandia Hotel Swimming Pool

Swimming at Islandia Hotel Pool

We had our late lunch/early dinner at Maxine’s Rendevous in Lucap. We truly enjoyed the big serving of seafood platter! We were all so full and super happy with what we ate. Haha. Epic!

Seafood Platter @ Maxine's Restaurant

Enjoying Seafood Platter at Maxine's Rendezvous

Happy at Maxine's Restaurant by the Sea

Maxine's Rendezvous - Sunset

Once we’re back to our hotel room, everyone’s busy with their own gadgets. And they seem to be having fun with Draw Something!

Friday came and we had to leave early so we were in a hurry for breakfast. Our boating schedule was 7:00 AM but we had it moved to 7:30 AM. There were lots of people at Hundred Islands Tourism office but we skipped the long queue since Mae Ann has booked the boating + packed lunch package for all of us.

It was really scorching hot outside while waiting for our boat!

Hundred Islands - Waiting for the boat

Once the boatman and his assistant were ready, we rode the boat and off we sail!

Hundred Islands Boating

I kept taking pictures of the islands and it was my first real sea adventure. I was actually afraid of boating since I can’t swim and I really fear drowning.

Governor's Island - Hundred Islands Philippines

Our first stop over was at Governor’s Island. We climbed up to see the full view of the island and we’re all sweaty and tired by the time we reached the top.

Governor's Island Climb

We also explored the man-made cave nearby but we couldn’t stay that long inside since it was extremely hot! Too hard to breathe!

Man Made Cave in Hundred Islands

We continued with our island hopping and I lost track of the islands we’ve visited. All I can remember is the first and last islands which are Governor’s Island and Martha Island respectively.

Hundred Islands while Boating

Shots in Hundred Islands
Hundred Islands Rocks
Hundred Islands Cave-like Island
Hundred Islands Caves

 Hundred Islands, Pampanga

I can’t even remember where we had lunch. All I know is that we ate our packed lunch on one of the many islands after finding a perfect shade. We met a funny guy out there who befriended Kuya Hai. He was an interesting guy who offered us fresh seaweeds (& Ice gladly grabbed some) and let Kuya Hai drink some liquor with them. Haha.

Hundred Islands Seaweeds

While they were so excited to swim and snorkel, I wasn’t. So they let me try even if I was too scared and having a hard time. I had a quick good peek of underwater with little fishes and corals. I’ve got some bruises in return. With the help of life vest, I was able to make my way from the edgy spots of corals to the shore. Whew! Of course I didn’t learn swimming but I did overcome my fear. They told me that as long as I’m wearing the lifevest and I keep my arms moving and my feet kicking, I’ll get somewhere and I shouldn’t be afraid.

Hundred Islands - Island Hopping

Hundred Islands - Island Hopping 2

On the next island, I decided not to join them in swimming anymore. My legs where too tired and I wanted to take more photos. And I’ve got good shots of them fooling around:

Having Fun in Hundred Islands

Can you guess what happened?

We all had a good laugh with what Kuya Hai did. After persuading/apologizing to Ice, they’re back to swimming. Mae Ann and I were left behind.

Island Hopping at Hundred Islands

Island Hopping in Hundred Islands 2
Back from Swimming - Hundred Islands
Once they’re all back and just lying on the shore, we had a funny conversation. We talked about different things such as the government, marriage, getting pregnant, and some adult stuff. LOL @ Mae Ann.

That was the last stop then we left the Hundred Islands. Some of us went swimming at the pool once we’re back at the hotel. We’re waiting for our turn in the shower anyway so better play at the pool first.

We had halo halo after shower but I’m quite disappointed with the serving. :( And they felt the same thing.
Halo Halo Time at Islandia Hotel

Not picture-worthy but I still tried:

Not so special halo halo in Islandia Hotel

We all took a nap after that and it was dinner time when we woke up. Mae Ann’s treat and it’s a second round of Maxine’s Rendezvous!

This time, we talked about work and more on interview tips. Of course we’re having fun while eating and the next thing we know, we’re all done!

So goodbye, Maxines! ’til next time! I wish to be back here for a date… and probably with sexier outfit than this one. Hahaha.

Sexy Lizzie at Maxine's Rendezvous

We left Alaminos, Pangasinan at 2PM the next day and we’re back to Manila by 9PM.

I really enjoyed this trip! Thanks guys!

Triple Birthday Treat

Rei (bf’s close friend, our barkada) just had his advanced birthday celebration last March 10, 2012. But yesterday, they had another exclusive celebration with us. It’s more of a double date – Rei & KC with Babu (my bf) & me at Yumemiya Japanese Cafe, Northest Square Greenhills.

It was a high-class and cozy Japanese resto. We enjoyed our food and I really loved the Fried Prawn Bowl. Seafood sensation! More of yummy pics will be posting on www.couplestrip.com. Raven may write the restaurant review for me. Lol.

Liz and Babu at Yumemiya

After being full at Yumemiya, we headed to Happy Lemon! It was my first time there, same as Babu. KC suggested to try Cocoa with Rocksalt and Cheese. And I had to regrets upon taking the first sip! No straw needed to fully enjoy the layer of cheese. I super love it! Babu’s pick was Oreo Cookies and Cream Coffee. When I tasted it, I preferred mine over his choice. Haha.

Before going to Rei’s place, we had a quick stop over at New Manila’s holy tree. It’s a good place in the city where you can learn some teachings of Buddhism, appreciate a brand new experience and know more about the universal truth. Marcus handed Rei a birthday gift (which turned out to be a Buddy statue) then he gave each of us a booklet about “A Life of Blessings”.

I just had a triple first-timer experience in a day and it was great especially that I’m with my boyfriend when it happened. Lol.

Thank you Rei & KC for the treat!

Lovely January

I’m soooo loving this month!

First, it started with the happiest new year! Then a blessed birthday followed by our sweet monthsary!

It’s really nice to celebrate things! :) Especially if there are lots of food…

Triple chocolate cake and peanut butter ice cream were simply the best!

Cake and Ice Cream

love them!

What’s more to look forward to?

Well, it would be the Dark Ascension prerelease later and I am so excited about it! Gotta get cool new cards! The best part of it is that we’ll be playing for free since I’ve won PR passes from the previous weekend MTG tournament.

So, that’s it for now! I have to prep up and leave shortly. :)

Starbucks’ Summer Treat!

Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour

Perfect summer treat!

Ohemgee! Ohemgee! Who wants a treat? Your frappuccino is on me. :) But you should be a follower of this blog! *wink*

This offer is good until the 8th of May only…

and I might not be able to take advantage of it… :(

Anyway, if you’re lounging at Starbucks, EVERY HOUR is a HAPPY HOUR so your mere stay inside is already a fun-filled summer treat! Right? :) Ambiance!

Lutong Pinoy: Ginataang Alimasag

ginataang alimasag

I love seafood!

This made my day! I had a great lunch with my sister today. Yum! I love to eat but I don’t know how to cook… she does. Real good. (For she is an HRM graduate, still searching for a job though. If you know one, please let me know. Sorry. Just plugged it. :) )

Alright, back to the FOOD TRIP.

I love seafood. Fact. Every time I go on a date with bf, I always go for the shrimps! It made me dizzy one time. Haha. Not sure if it is a sign of low-blood or high-blood pressure. Bothering, right? Therefore, I must eat in moderation. It is not a fear of gaining weight though, for I am not afraid to gain few pounds.

Whew. So many ramblings. Sorry, it’s been a while since I talk about food in this blog. Now sharing the recipe:

Ingredients:

4 lbs crabs
8 cups coconut milk
1/8 cup cooking oil
4 large cloves garlic, crushed
3 tbs ginger, julienned
3 tbs white onions, minced
3 pcs jalapeno pepper
2 tbs rock salt
spinach leaves (optional)

Procedure:

1. Wash and clean crabs, discard carapace and claws then set aside.
2. Saute garlic in oil until light brown.
3. Add onions then crabs. Stir well until crabs change color.
4. Add coconut milk and jalapeno pepper.
5. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes.
6. Simmer for 15 minutes.
7. Season with salt.
8. Add spinach and continue simmering for 1 minute.

Shrimps and mussels can be cooked like this in coconut milks as well. We have tried a mix of shrimps and crabs, perfect!