Well, last wednesday T. Irin (who is a korean teacher), bartered her kimbops with my kamote Q. wow haha! So the next day, we ventured to a korean mart and I bought 10 pcs. only for myself. >:) I bought Pepperro too. It's a korean snack similar with yan yan I think. Last weekend, I also ate katsudon and california makis.
Yesterday, Ken and I celebrated Valentine's Day early by meeting up at SM Fairview. We had a hearty lunch at Metro by Tokyo Tokyo. Boy, it was good! I've always been curious about fusion cuisine, and finally I got a taste of it.
After lunch, we romaed around the mall. Guess what? It was a mall wide sale. I bought a shirt for me and ken at f&h and flat boots from b-club. The boots really saved me some moolah.
We went home to pick up Ken's brother and drive him to his J.S Prom. After that, we're free men. We lounged around his house, ate the chocolates he gave me and wasted time playing plants vs. zombies. by 10:30pm we had to fetch his brother again.
After a long day, we realized we haven't eaten dinner yet. Because I was craving for some Pares Mami, we tried to find the best that there is. We decided to head back to Las Pinas and had a short stop over at Shell Macapagal. We tried to find the night market, but we couldn't. When we arrived at home, we tried to watch CJ7 on AXN. But we know that we will just cry over that movie again so we switched to another channel.
Boom, it's sunday. I prepared baked mac and orange juice for Ken's Breakfast then we headed for the village coffee shop to relax. I had a strawberry vanilla smoothie and Ken had a white chocolate mocha. After an hour of talking and browsing on magazines, we finally had to part ways.
It's simple yet our valentine's day celebration was just the best.
Today, Pangasinan is more known for its most popular tourist attraction which is the Hundred Islands National Park. A cluster of more than a hundred islands off the town of Alaminos on the Lingayen Gulf. Of which, the biggest island is named Quezon. Most of the islands are small and uninhabited and are only occasionally visited during the day by local and foreign tourist. Most of the bigger islands have beaches where visitors can spend the day or camp out for a picnic.
Pangasinan is a province 250 kilometers north on Manila. The province is bordered by the provinces of Zambales and Tarlac on the south, Nueva Vizcaya and Nueva Ecija to the east, La Union on the north and the Lingayen Gulf to the west. The name Pangasinan was derived from the word “asin” or salt due to Pangasinan’s vast salt making industry. The province is also a major producer of mangoes, rice, milkfish and bamboo handicrafts.
However, only a few of these island have facilities. Those that offer facilities are: Quezon Island with viewing decks, toilets and picnic sheds, the Governor’s Island has accommodation facilities for those who would like to stay longer and the Children’s Island which has bathrooms, camping and sleeping areas.
Now, visitors to the Hundred Islands can better enjoy their vacation with water sports facilities offered for rent at Lucap Waterfront (Tel # +63 75 5512246) for activities like jet skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, parasailing and big game fishing.
Other Tourist Attractions of Pangasinan:
Pangasinan CavePlaces of interest in Pangasinan are: the 2 lighthouses in Bolinao: the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse in Barangay Patar and the Port Bolinao Lighthouse in Guigui-wanen in Barangay Luciente; the Tara waterfalls in Bolinao; the pristine Balingasay river; Antong Falls in the town of Sison; the Urduja House in Lingayen; the Salasa Church in Bugallon; Mount Balungao in Balungao; Manleluag Spring National Park in Mangatarem; Bolinao Museum; Sanctuario de Senor Divino Tesoro in Calasiao; Redeemer’s Cross; Agno Umbrella Rocks and the Lingayen Gulf War Museum in the town of Lingayen.
Lingayen Gulf, PangasinanFor the adventurous, there are several caves in Pangasinan waiting to be explored. There is the Cacupangan cave in the town of Mabini, Cindy’s cave in Bolinao and the 200 meter Villacorta Caves in the town of Villacorta with waterfalls, pools and rock formations.
Aside form the beaches found on the Hundred Islands, one need not get a boat ride to get to a beach in Pangasinan. The coastline of Lingayen Gulf is blessed with numerous beaches for tourist and vacationers. There is the Bonuan beach, videoke stalls to match and other beaches that dot the coastline of Pangasinan.
Best Beaches of Pangasinan:
Beach at Pangasinan, Philippines? Abrak Beach in Bolinao has huts for rent for the budget conscious and several resorts for those with bigger budgets.
? Tambobong Beach, also in Dasol has pristine waters and a fishing village serves as a backdrop.
? Colibra Island, in Dasol has a beautiful shoreline; clear waters that is good for for diving and snorkeling. The island’s beach however has no shade. So be prepared to get a dark tan.
? Tondol Beach in Anda town offers a long stretch shallow and calm waters. Ideal for sunbathers.
? Arnedo Beach also in Bolinao offers several resorts, some with surfing facilities with reasonable rates.
How to get to Pangasinan:
Catch a bus from Manila going to Alaminos, Pangasinan. From the town proper of Alaminos, there are tricycles and jeepneys that ply the 3 kilometer route to Lucap town where the Public Assistance Center for the Hundred Islands National Park is located. The center also accepts reservations for accommodations to the islands. From the center, motorized boats (banca) can be hired for a trip to the islands.
Buses that ply the Manila – Pangasinan route:
? Dagupan Bus Line (Quezon City to Dagupan) New York St., Cubao Tel # 929-6123, 727-2330
? Victory Liner (Quezon City to Dagupan & Alaminos) Cubao, Q.C. Tel # 727-4688, 727-4534
? Five Star Bus Line (Pasay City to Dagupan & Bolinao) Tel # 833 8339, 833 3009
? City Trans (Manila to Dagupan & Bolinao)
? Philippine Rabbit (Quezon City to Dagupan & Bolinao) EDSA, Q.C. Tel # 734-9838, 734-9836
? Philippine Rapid Manila to Dagupan & Bolinao)
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