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Breakfast at Eurotel

Enjoying Baguio Bliss: Experiencing Eurotel Day 2-3

I’d been thinking of putting all of my Eurotel experiences in one post, but because I’m a highly detailed person, I remember almost every single detail of the trip…and I just couldn’t fit it all into one post.

I woke up to my alarm at around 5.30am, but because I was greatly enjoying my sleep, I went back to bed. Chino and I didn’t wake up until around 7.30 and by then, we were scrambling about, wondering if we’d make the call time for breakfast. We went down to find that we were the first of our group to actually have come down for breakfast. Hooray for us! I bet I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed their sleep the night before.

Breakfast at Eurotel

Breakfast at Eurotel

I’m very particular about my breakfast. I love eating breakfast and I love enjoying a delicious meal in the morning. Good thing Eurotel had prepared an engaging breakfast meal that included corned beef – my favorite, eggs, and garlic rice – a meal which I approved of. I’m also a big mango juice drinker so I appreciated the delicious mango and apple juice they’d set.

By the way, the night before, Zyn, Genner and Joel had challenged us to a game of finding specific locations in Baguio and taking the exact same pictures to win the challenge. The rest of the gang had already set off to do their part of the challenge. Chino and I… well, we went back to the room for more sleep.

At around 10.30am, we headed back down for our tour in Baguio again.

Orchidarium and Bell Church

 

Orchidarium
Orchidarium

I’d never visited the Orchidarium yet so it was nice to see all the blooming flowers in different types and colors. Really, Baguio makes the best place for beautiful flowers. The others were making plans to buy one. I wanted to buy one too, but because I had an agenda on Monday, I knew I wouldn’t be able to carry everything myself.

 

The Bell Church
The Bell Church Gate Entrance

The Bell church wasn’t new to me, however. I’d been to the Bell church already and I even remember that there was once a time when I was so enchanted with Baguio that even the Santorini (the colorful houses on the mountain) looked amazing for me.

Santorini
Baguio's Santorini

 

The Bell Church
The Bell Church

 

Before we could head off to the Strawberry Farm, however, we headed off to Oh My Gulay, a famous restaurant in Baguio, specializing in … well, gulay or vegetables in English.

 

Oh My Gulay

 

Oh My Gulay
Oh My Gulay

My first reaction to this place was… ew! I don’t like vegetables, really and I’m definitely not a big eater of all the green stuff. I was wondering what I’d eat here and why it was so popular. The thing about Oh My Gulay is that it portrays a very artistic place – unique, out of all restaurants I’d ever seen. Being on top of a 5 storey building, I think, it also overlooked a lot in Baguio City, making it a refreshing restaurant experience. Good thing, I listened to the waitress when I asked for her opinion. Food was exquisite, delicious and may I say – very much healthy. I highly recommend the Mushroom Onion Crepe. I hate mushroom, I really do, but hey, it was delicious enough.

I had their Dayap Lemon Ice Tea, which was also tasty.

 

Strawberry Farm and Tam-awan Village

 

Strawberry Farm
Strawberry Farm

When lunch was over, we headed off to the Strawberry Farm. The atmosphere was becoming cooler by the second and I was glad I wore jeans. My doll shoes, on the other hand, I wouldn’t say the same. We went into the farm, so you can imagine that soft soil and doll shoes definitely don’t make a great team.

I couldn’t take home strawberries with me either, especially because of my Monday agenda, so I didn’t buy anything. I’m not a huge fan of strawberry ice cream or strawberry Taho either so I literally spent nothing on my visit there. Kurt and Stacy of Crumpylicious were both encouraging me to try the Taho or the ice cream but because of the cool atmosphere, I really wasn’t in any mood. Besides, I knew I’d be back to Baguio soon enough.

 

After Strawberry Farm, we headed back to the city to visit Tam-awan Village. I’d been to Tam-awan Village as well, during my first visit to Baguio and I remember the fertility statues, the fertility hut and their dream catcher at the top of the hill.

 

However, when we parked, I don’t seem to remember the mural beside the entrance. We sat around first, waiting for our tickets before we entered the village. Mind you, the village is a continuous hike. I even remember the hanging bridge that I couldn’t find anymore during this recent visit!

 

Tam-awan Village
Tam-awan Village

Maybe so much has changed. We went up with the team, took some pictures of the hut along the way, but despite that, I followed Genner, Joel and Zyn as they went through the narrow, slippery pathway that we originally thought would lead us to the dreamcatcher. It was a long walk, I remember and it was a little tiring because we had to go up. However, the weather was cool and I could see the fog coming from the horizon. It was almost like it was going to rain, but really it was just fog.

 

When we reached the top, we were met with slight disappointment at what looked like a bathroom at the top. Some of us thought it was the dreamcatcher, but I remember seeing the real one and it didn’t look anything like the one we saw that day. We rested for awhile, took some pictures and enjoyed the scenery of the approaching fog. Even just breathing we’d see the air coming out of our noses. Pretty cool.

 

Tam-awan Village at the Top
Tam-awan Village at the Top

After resting and taking some group pictures, we headed back down. It felt a little shorter, and I was tempted to go off my own way to find the dreamcatcher, however, I really didn’t want to lose sight of my co-bloggers.

We headed back to the café near the entrance. Ivan was already there with his family and so was Eric. I ordered Tuna Carbonara and guess what I had to drink? Gina! The Mango juice drink I totally adored in Batis Aramin, Quezon!

Tuna Carbonara at Tam-awan
Tuna Carbonara at Tam-awan

I would’ve brought home some, if only I could. After a good merienda, us bloggers and the Eurotel Team headed back to Eurotel for some R&R.

 

I have no idea where the rest of them went when we went back to the hotel, but Chino and I, the lakwatseros we were, ended up in our room again. LOL. I went back to pretending I was working and Chino enjoyed the bathtub.

 

It was already around 6pm when we arrived in Eurotel, and we were scheduled for dinner at 7pm.

At around 8pm, I think, we met the others at the lounge area, where everyone was waiting to go out for dinner. It was a good thing I didn’t change to shorts because the weather was growing colder by the minute.

If we had lunch at Oh My Gulay, we were now heading to O’ Mai Khan for dinner.

 

O’ Mai Khan

 

O Mai Khan
O Mai Khan

The first time I ate in a Mongolian restaurant was at Kublai Khan in Cebu. O’ Mai Khan is the second Mongolian restaurant I’d experience. Just like in Kublai Khan, O’ Mai Khan had the same concept of menu. People would choose their own ingredients for the food that they want and then the chefs would cook and mix it to make it into the dinner we want. In Kublai Khan, we checked a list of ingredients we wanted and they’d do all the mixing. In O’ Mai Khan, we were given a bowl, lined up to a selection of ingredients and filled up the bowl ourselves. When we were done, we’d give it to them and they’d cook it for us. If we happened to not mix the right ingredients, we’d end up hungry the rest of the night.

O Mai Khan
O Mai Khan

However, for some reason, I’m actually a good mixer, despite not knowing what exactly I’d put into my meal. My Mongolian dish was slightly spicy, tasty and a little sweet.

 

I also ordered ice tea as well, which was a little too sweet, but tasty enough.

Chino and I sat with the marketing team so we were able to get to know them a little better.

 

When we were done with dinner, we headed outside, only to find ourselves freezing in the very cold Baguio atmosphere. Boy, was I glad to have worn jeans instead of shorts!

Even if I was wearing long sleeves, I could feel the cold seeping through my clothes.

 

And then… the rest of the gang had a crazy idea to stand out along the road where the cold was even more adamant. Crazy, huh? But, I enjoyed it anyway. Besides, I couldn’t possibly get enough cold especially when I return to Manila.

 

The team took us back to the hotel and we were ready for our massage! This is just the icing upon the cake. After suffering from bad back aches the whole week, I was definitely ready to get a massage. Ivan lead us into the spa and we were introduced to their services. Spa de Soleil had a very calming ambiance, even as you enter. They have about 4-5 rooms, a room for facials, shower rooms and a sauna.

 

Spa de Soleil
Spa de Soleil

Eurotel Baguio Spa De Soleil

Abanao Extension

Cel No: 09284343577

Tel No: 424-84-51

 

We were given a choice of either getting our massage at the spa or in our hotel rooms. We opted for the spa because we wanted to experience the aromatherapy.

 

Chino and I went first, but we didn’t get to experience the sauna. The one hour massage was very much worth it. I have a very bad back so I was waiting for my massager to figure it out. She did and spent a little more time trying to stretch out whatever’s gotten my back to feel that way. She ended the massage with some hot towels and mango juice. Boy, was I relieved of my back pain, at least for the night.

 

To end our day, even if I was already completely ready to go to bed after the massage, I couldn’t resist when Zyn, Genner and Joel invited us for ghost hunting at the Loakan Road. Look, I’m not scared of seeing one, I’m really not. I just don’t want the ghost to come after me or my family in the case that it decides to. So I guess, I’m more afraid of what it can do to me than what it’ll look like. Still, I wanted to take this adventure, just in case we would really see one. But no, I was definitely not praying to see one, of course. We were on the van, so no matter what, we’d still be able to escape if anything ever does happen.

 

So there we were, me, Chino, Eric, Zyn, Genner and Joel headed off with Kuya Ray to look for the famous Loakan Road. We got a little bit lost because none of us knew where the road really was, but eventually, we found ourselves riding along the long road of Loakan. I’d actually been through the road before, but during daytime. Now that it was around 12am already, I was expecting all things creepy. Unfortunately, the road was completely lit up with streetlights and the restaurants and bars along the road. So much for scary. Maybe it was a different scene at 3am or something, because even at 12am that Sunday, there still seemed to be a lot of cars that drove through the road and there were even a lot of people that seemed to enjoy walking along the road despite the time of night. We even passed a group of Koreans who were just simply sitting along the road. Definitely not a recipe for any scary movie.

 

We’ve heard of so many stories about ghosts and white ladies suddenly appearing at the back seat of the cars that go through this road. The last seat in the van was pretty much empty the whole time. Maybe next time.

 

When we returned to the hotel, I was definitely ready to go to bed, even if Eric was still interested in walking along the Baguio streets. I fell straight to sleep after fixing my stuff. I even set my alarm at 2am so I could wake up and take an earlier bus to Manila.

 

Even though I set 4 alarms to ring before 4am, I still ended up waking at 6am.

And no… I didn’t make my call time in Manila at 9am. 

 

After a quick breakfast and check-out, Ivan and the team handed us some Eurotel tokens for us to remember the trip. They also awarded the winners of the challenge – which apparently, of course, the lazy bum that I am, isn’t me.

 

They didn’t have to though, every moment I experienced during this trip is very much worth remembering.

 

Eurotel
Eurotel

Check out Eurotel at www.eurotel-hotel.com

Eurotel Baguio

#123 Abanao Extension, Brgy. Rizal Monument, Baguio City (just right in front of the City Hall)

Tel No: (074) 444-3876

Central Reservation Numbers: 355-0000 / 0999-888-EURO(3876)

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My greatest appreciation to Eurotel and their marketing team Ivan Aoki, Zyn, Genner and Joel who made all this a possibility. Thank you!

 

Eurotel Lounge

Enjoying Baguio Bliss: Experiencing Eurotel Day 1

You can never judge a book by its cover, nor should you rely on first impressions to lead your vacation’s decisions. Apparently, this is what Eurotel taught me when I was chosen to take part in their Baguio Bliss event in February 4-6, 2012.

I arrived at around 4.30am on February 4, 2012 at the Eurotel North EDSA, which was the meet-up place for the event. I was greeted by a bellman, who gladly opened the door for me – just like the hotels in Cebu! Some other bloggers were already there so I sat down and chatted with them for awhile.

Eurotel North EDSA

The façade is different than I’d ever seen before in other hotels. I’ve never really gotten a closer look at a Eurotel hotel and the glass doors, carpeted floors, elegant setting and toned down lighting gave a homey atmosphere that was pleasant and interesting – perfect for a businessman’s lair.

Zyn, Genner and Joel (the marketing team of Eurotel) were the first to greet us just before 5am. They offered us breakfast, and even though I already ate, I was happy to take on a bowl of soup and ice tea on the go (I would’ve take a bigger meal though, had I known the others would order big meals). The Cream of Corn soup was pleasant, warm and creamy just like I’d always prefer it to be. Remember how I’m always picky about my ice tea because I don’t like the taste of Lipton iced tea? Well, Eurotel North EDSA’s ice tea, tasted better, even with the slight tinge of Lipton at the back of your tongue. I’m not sure what their house blend put together, but instead of that strong, unpleasant taste of Lipton, it was actually delicious, almost like they put milk and some secret ingredient to make their ice tea pleasantly addicting.

Ivan Aoki, our contact for Eurotel arrived at around 5am and when we were all done with breakfast, we boarded the van, ready to go.

So, I’ve been to Baguio twice before this, and I practically know all the tourist places by heart. I was, however, looking forward to a great, pampered weekend – just like Eurotel promised.

The ride was relatively short, around 5 hours, and Chino of Juanderful Pinoy and I slept the whole way. By 9am, we went through a bridge in La Union, one that I’d never seen before, that reminded me of Mt. Pinatubo because of the quarry. We passed by a gate and once we caught a glimpse of the scenic mountains, the aftereffects of many tropical storms, the quarries and the zigzag road (with Eric of Byahilo’s constant “weeeee” at every turn), I realized we were going through Kennon Road, a road that was said to be dangerous to go through during storms and one that I’d never gone through before. Good thing February is a great time of the year to go through this road because of the approaching summer heat.

By then, I was alive, very much alert and I couldn’t help pitying the obvious landslides these mountains along Kennon Road had suffered. Baguio really isn’t the beauty it used to be.

Lion's Head
Lion's Head

We stopped by the Lion’s Head – which I’d never seen up close before. By that time, we weren’t alone and it was quite hard to take a picture with my co-bloggers when someone would photo bum my own picture behind me.

After a few shots, we took off for Eurotel and arrived just before 11am.

I usually appreciate the cool breeze of Baguio and that day, it didn’t seem to be as cold as I last remembered it.

Eurotel Baguio

Eurotel Lounge

Baguio’s version of Eurotel had a slight different ambiance than the one in North EDSA. Entering the premises of Eurotel, we were met by a very sophisticated lounge, with dimmed, comfortable lights, a piano, and loveseats, accentuated by paintings with a European inspiration.

The Front Desk at Eurotel Baguio
The Front Desk at Eurotel Baguio

We signed up for our rooms, which I was glad to get with Chino, not because we’re in a relationship or anything, but because he and I have been on many trips together and I have trust issues, so I wouldn’t need to be all primp and proper all the time with him.

We went up into our rooms and must I say, I was very impressed with the Euro Suite 516 they’d given us.

Our Room: Euro Suite 1

Consisting of a soft queen sized bed, a dresser table and half mirror, a work table, an LCD TV with Cable, a table for eating, a cabinet that included a vault and a bathroom with an actual bathtub – the Euro Suite was more than enough for someone looking for a great place to stay in. In fact, if I’d been with my parents, they’d probably approve of the room, especially because the room includes complimentary coffee with a thermos (which reminded me of my Mom because she looks for one every time!), a dresser, slippers for two and water.

Euro Suite 1
Euro Suite 1

The bathroom was very clean and I loved the way they only kept the bathroom at two colors, it made it seem much more pleasant. Even the toilet seat was sealed with what looked like authenticity seals and both Chino and I were hesitant to ruin it. The bathroom included hot and cold shower, a round (what? it was round!) of soap and a box that contained two toothbrushes, a toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner (surprisingly was a popular brand of shampoo and conditioner, which I very much approve of), a comb and two glasses.

The room had everything I would have to bring to a trip. Any businessman would be lucky to stay at Eurotel because it had absolutely everything they need.

Aircon was cold but the bed had a comforter, so it was nice. At the headboard, there’s a set of switches so you don’t have to stand up just to open and close the lights. I didn’t get a picture of it, but I thought it was very thoughtful of Eurotel to add the feature.

 

After a few shots, we went down for lunch and met the buffet, still unopened.

In-house Restaurant

Eurotel’s restaurant in Baguio is at the far end of the lounge. For lunch, they were serving a buffet and if you’d ever want to experience delicious food at an affordable price, you can try Eurotel’s buffet at P130 Eat All you Can from 11am – 2pm (except Sundays).

Eurotel In-House Restaurant
Eurotel In-House Restaurant

For lunch, they served buttered chicken (which was especially delicious), pritong tilapia (fish), Pancit, I think it was and vegetables. Of course, I only touched the chicken, fish and pancit. I wasn’t really in the mood for fish though, so I only got a small piece. Their sauce was delicious and sauces are very big parts of my fish-eating experience.

Once we were done with lunch, and after planning to ghost hunt, we headed off to tour the hotel.

The Other Rooms

We were shown to two other rooms, the Euro Suite 2 and the Standard Room.

The Standard Room at Eurotel
The Standard Room at Eurotel

The Euro Suite 2 consists of a queen sized bed and a single bed, a mini-ref, and all the same amenities as the Euro Suite 1. This room can fit 3 people comfortably.

The Standard Room, on the other hand, was less as sophisticated as the Euro Suite, but it was still accommodating as well, especially because its window opens up to a great view of Baguio. Although the room didn’t have a bathtub, it still looked very much worth it.

Giving you the Europe experience
Giving you the Europe experience

Once we were done with the tour, we headed off to touring Baguio, the Eurotel way.

Baguio with the Eurotel Team

Zipline in Baguio
Zipline in Baguio

The first place we went to was Camp John Hay. I’ve been to Camp John Hay many times, but when they mentioned zipline, I was ecstatic. I’m a sucker for ziplines and this zipline in Camp John Hay was my first zipline, almost 4 years ago. For the cheap price of P100-150, you get to ride down a zipline of 100m or less and then rapel your way down. I love ziplines and I love rapelling. I’d have loved to do their wall climb too, but no one else seemed willing.

Zipline in Baguio
Zipline in Baguio

After taking some pictures with souvenir hats, we walked along Camp John Hay in hopes of finding the Baguio Tree Top Adventure. We found it, but we didn’t go in. Instead, we took a trail into the Historical Core where we would find the Cemetery of Negativism (which I’d been dying to go to), the Liberty Loop, the Bell House, the History Trail and the Bell Ampitheater which had what looked like a debut ongoing.

The Bell House
The Bell House

According to the Cemetery of Negativism, once we left it, we had to leave all our negative emotions there and live our lives more positively. It was a very exhilarating and funny experience reading all the tombs and realizing that not everyone is the same in facing their lives. I’m definitely glad that I’m a positive person.

The Cemetery of Negativism
The Cemetery of Negativism

We also found ourselves looking for the Secret Garden, which wasn’t really secret anymore after the guard told us where it was.

The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden

When we were done with taking pictures, we took a scenic hike back to where the van was parked and took some time out for an afternoon treat in Camp John Hay beside the zipline and wall climb. That was the first time I tasted Puto Bumbong, a special treat in Cainta (which I had never tasted until now). Quite delicious. I don’t even know why I haven’t tasted it before since the best ones are so called to be from my town.

Puto Bumbong
Delicious Puto Bumbong

We headed back to Eurotel, a little tired from our hike around Camp John Hay. It was actually getting cooler so Chino and I just stayed in the room. I had to check out my email and it’s good that Eurotel has fast Wi-Fi so I can semi-work, or pretend to be working even if I really wasn’t. I was able to create my Powerpoint for the Miriam talk on Monday though.

Seminar and Conference Rooms
Seminar and Conference Rooms

Just before dinner, we went down into the second floor where the conference room and the seminar room were set up to show us how they can create a setting for corporate events. I have to admit their table setting would give any other hotel a run for their money.

We also ate dinner at the conference room and then ended the night with a karaoke and some drinks. I have to admit, it’s quite nice taking some time off work. San Mig Apple is the best partner especially if you haven’t been drinking for awhile now.

I fell asleep right after finishing my Powerpoint. I don’t know about Chino, but I had a great sleep without even waking up at 3am! Thanks to Eurotel’s soft bed and comfy sheets.

Eurotel Baguio
Eurotel Baguio

Here’s to a great day first day at Eurotel! Cheers!

My 2nd – 3rd day at Eurotel. Did I make my 9am talk at Miriam College on Monday? Find out here.

 

 

 

Check out Eurotel at www.eurotel-hotel.com

Eurotel Baguio

#123 Abanao Extension, Brgy. Rizal Monument, Baguio City (just right in front of the City Hall)

Tel No: (074) 444-3876

Central Reservation Numbers:

355-0000 / 0999-888-EURO(3876)

 

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My greatest appreciation to Eurotel and their marketing team Ivan Aoki, Zyn, Genner and Joel who made all this a possibility. Thank you!

 

Eurotel

Get the Europe Experience at Eurotel Baguio

Surely, you’d want to one day experience a sophisticated and pampered holiday in Europe. When you cannot make that giant leap to Europe, spend your nights at Eurotel Baguio where you can get a taste of Europe right in the summer capital of the Philippines.

Eurotel

Eurotel opened its first branch in 2005 and since then, they’ve opened up 6 branches including the one in Baguio. Today, Eurotel aims to spread the Europe experience to the Visayan and Mindanao regions.

Met with a sophisticated and classic façade and lounge, you’ll feel right at home with Eurotel Baguio in its homey atmosphere with gorgeous European inspired paintings, loveseats, friendly front desk officers and a staff that will continuously pamper you all throughout your stay. Definitely, there’s no place better than to experience Baguio Bliss than in Eurotel itself.

Conference Rooms, Seminar Rooms and Events
Conference Rooms, Seminar Rooms and Events

Catered especially for businessmen, travelers and transient family tourists, the facilities and amenities Eurotel Baguio has is exquisitely fantastic with their comfortable set of available rooms at affordable prices, the conference and seminar rooms, in which you can host corporate events, debuts, parties, weddings and even banquets for the convenience of their guests.

Standard Rooms
Standard and Studio Rooms

They have a wide selection of rooms, perfect if you’re alone or have company that can fit right into your budget. The room assigned to us (Euro Suite 1) included a soft queen bed, air condition, a safety vault, complimentary coffee set and water, bath tub complete with amenities like soap, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrush, comb and slippers – an impressively complete room for just about anyone who wants to have a great stay.

Euro Suites
Euro Suites

Their restaurant offers a buffet menu and at lunch, the hotel is open for outsiders who might want an Eat-All-You-Can lunch for the affordable price of P130.

Food
Food

The hotel serves a delicious menu from appetizers to main entrees, to pasta and pizza and even vegetables, native dishes and desserts. I highly suggest you go for their buttered chicken and ice tea.

Drinks
Drinks

Had a stressful day at work? End your day with Eurotel’s partner 24 hour Therapeutic Massage Service with Spa de Soleil either in your room or in their in-house Spa.

Eurotel Baguio Spa De Soleil

Abanao Extension

Cel No: 09284343577

Tel No: 424-84-51

 

 

Eurotel Baguio room rates ( Daily)

Studio room – Php2,100/ $49.14

Standard- Php 2,500/ $58.51

Standard Twin- Php3,000/ $70.21

Euro Suite 1- Php2,900/ $67.87

Euro Suite 2- Php3,300/ $77.23

 

If you’re only spending a few hours in the city, you can also pay as low as P999/12 hours stay for the Euro Suite Room (Mondays – Thursdays).

Rates are inclusive of complimentary breakfast for two (except for Euro Suite 2 , good for 3 ) from 6am to 10am only

Breakfast rate for extra person is Php250 per pax

Extra bed Php500 per pax

Check in time is from 1pm and check out time is 12noon

 

Other amenities include

Function room which is good for 30-300 Pax

Free WIFI access

Hot and Cold Water

LCD TV with Cable

Free basement parking

Bell service and Valet Services

Safety Deposit Box

24 Hour Room Service

Individual Airconditioning Units

In-house movies 24/7

Hair Dryer

Central Fire Protection System

Mini Ref in Euro Suite Rooms

Bath Tub in Euro Suite Rooms

 

Amenities
Amenities

Check out Eurotel at www.eurotel-hotel.com

Eurotel Baguio

Eurotel
Eurotel

#123 Abanao Extension, Brgy. Rizal Monument, Baguio City (just right in front of the City Hall)

Tel No: (074) 444-3876

Central Reservation Numbers: 355-0000 / 0999-888-EURO(3876)

 Highly recommended for your Panagbenga experience. Call early and reserve your accommodation for the much-awaited fiesta!

Thank you Eurotel Baguio for the enjoyable 3D2N stay!

Wondering what I experienced in Eurotel? Here’s an even more detailed post.

Kalui Restaurant, Puerto Princesa City

On our last night in Palawan, we ate at one of the most unique restaurants I’ve ever been to – The Kalui Restaurant.

At the façade, the restaurant looks pretty normal – actually, it looks quite dark with the lack of streetlights in Puerto Princesa, except for the numerous tricycle drivers on wait outside. I honestly didn’t consider the place to be anything special.

And then… we took a step inside.

The night before, we had already been asking about Kalui. I didn’t know much about it – or more than Ate Leidy did, but apparently, reservations are highly recommended because the place is packed almost every night.

That night, was no different. We had arrived at the restaurant without a reservation and we were slightly nervous that we wouldn’t be able to get a table. Lucky for us, a couple was about to make their exit in about 10 minutes so we decided to wait.

Normally, I’d be very pissed off and impatient because I was quite hungry at that time. But from the look outside – I was curious. I wanted to know why there were so many people and see for myself what the big deal was about this place. We waited outside – 10 minutes, as stated by the waiter, before we were escorted inside to our table.

From the front area, or the waiting area, Kalui Restaurant had a very ethnic theme to it. It was an open air restaurant, built out of wooden architecture, ornamented by a pretty fountain before the entrance and decorated with traditional paintings and sculptures that we could make out from the outside.

It was only when we were lead inside that my curiosity heightened and I got that thrilled feeling of being some place new again.

Kalui Restaurant wasn’t just an open air restaurant, but had its own ethnic special theme that made it quite unique among all other restaurants. The restaurant’s entrance was outlined with shoe racks which I hadn’t seen from the outside. Guests must remove their shoes before going inside because the restaurant’s floor was made out of wood and well-polished. Even the waiters who were dressed in ethnic wear were at barefoot serving guests.

Tables decorated a specific place of the restaurant, while at other areas only short tables, mats and pillows accompanied people for an Indian seat type of meal.

The restaurant’s menu consisted of famous Filipino foods, specializing mostly with Palawan’s greatest offer – seafoods.

I’m a big fan of seafoods. I didn’t used to be and I hate crabs or lobster or anything that has to do with eels, but I definitely appreciated the usuals – shrimps and fish.

Their price list was just about average.

They offered P35 for softdrinks, coffee or hot tea and P30 for water, P45 for iced tea, P60 for Piñacollada, P40-50 for Beers and there was also a wide selection of wines for tasting.

Their special fruit shakes, which were amazingly non-concentrated just the way I like them, cost a worthy P200.

Dishes price range from P150 – P395. P395 is their Kalui Special of the Day, a mixture of special dishes put together to form a pile high meal good enough for 2 people.

Palawan’s special harvest, crabs cost P375 for half kilo and lobster at P700 for half kilo.

We had ordered the Kalui Special of the Day and Sinigang ni Kaka – both dish quite made an impression as I remember raving about them as soon as I arrived home.

The Kalui Special of the Day was mixed Fish steak, enormous prawns, veggies and rice.

The fish steak was well-cooked, prawns (ah, my favorite!) were big and delicious, and I may not be a veggie fan, but Kalui’s veggies put the icky to bed.

What’s so special about Sinigang ni Kaka is that it’s the ordinary Sinigang dish with prawns, vegetables and radish only this time, its soup was made from coconut juice – giving it an overall taste of sweet but not too sweet and sour, but not too sour, after taste. The prawns and vegetables savored in coconut Sinigang juice were highly addictive as the taste of prawns complimented the coconut flavored soup.

We were also rewarded free desserts from our beloved Kalui staff.

After our excellent dinner and way-to-end-the-last-night-of-our-Palawan-visit escapade, we couldn’t help but go around the restaurant some more for last looks of this amazing restaurant.

I definitely recommend this exquisite restaurant to anyone going to Puerto Princesa or is on their way back home. Reservations can be made through contact numbers listed below or you can just contact the front desk of your accommodation for details. Kalui Restaurant can be reached via any tricycle from Puerto Princesa. The Palawan experience is never complete without a great Kalui meal.

This uniquely themed and designed restaurant gets a very high 4.5/5 rating for their friendly services, great food, homey ambiance and gorgeous features.

Thank you, Kalui Restaurant!

For more information:

Kalui Restaurant

369 Rizal Ave. Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
(048) 433-25-80
+63 928 753 9621
online@kaluirestaurant.com
www.kaluirestaurant.com

**Some pictures are credited to skyscrapercity.com, ivyeclaire.wordpress.com, pausetivespace on flicker** My camera was down at that time, unfortunately.

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Bulawan Floating Restaurant

One of the amazing restaurants I’ve ever had the pleasure of going to is the Bulawan Floating Restaurant in Pilillia, Rizal. I’ve heard of a floating restaurant before but I’d always pictured it as a boat or something similar. Instead, the Bulawan Floating Restaurant lies on the Laguna Lake, a 1.2 hectare fishpond surrounded by bridges, floating cabins and huts, a newly renovated swimming pool and Jacuzzi and the main kitchen area itself. My first visit there had been when I was in high school. I don’t really remember much anymore except that the place was a mess when we went since the storm Milenyo had just gone by. My next visit though, had been quite pleasant.

Bulawan Floating Restaurant is a seafood restaurant owned by one of my mother’s friends from Papua New Guinea – which was how we were invited to the restaurant in the first place. The Floating Restaurant is quite a scene with Asian tourists because they like to fish (based on my observation, because the three times I’ve been there, the place was packed with Chinese and Koreans who were fishing). While the place is still under renovation at one side and could use more development, Bulawan Floating Restaurant proves to be of high potential.

Why go?

 

  • The food – you have to love the food. Their seafood is amazing, various dishes, incredible taste and great service. If you’re looking for great seafood, Bulawan should definitely be on your “go to” list.
  • Services – people there are friendly, very accommodating and will make you feel at home.
  • View – so the Laguna Lake may not be Palawan, but despite the green waters, it’s still always nice to look out, see calm waters, feel the soft breeze, appreciate the farmland and bask in the serenity of the place.
  • Fishing – if you love to fish, apparently, the lake offers a lot. We watched a kid who was fishing and he was even able to catch a fish by himself.
  • Atmosphere – the ambiance of the location itself, is very relaxing.

Why not?

  • Smell of the Laguna Lake – unfortunately, there are times when the lake reeks out a certain smell and even if I was lucky enough not to have experienced such, the smell sometimes drives away the tourists.
  • Location – Pilillia is quite far if you’re from Manila. Tanay is already 57km from Manila and Pilillia is even farther.
  • Surroundings – because the place has also been run over by many storms, the restaurant keeps having to do major renovations to keep the restaurant clean and developed. Just the greenish water can already make you squeamish, try going there after a storm and find yourself in a mess with trees bent over and chaotic leaves.

Fortunately, what’s important is the quality of the food. All times I’ve been to Bulawan, I’ve never been disappointed. There’s nothing like good food to make anyone’s day complete.

 

Bulawan Floating Restaurant

Manila East Rd, Pililia, Rizal

(02) 557-6645, 0918-2402750

You can take a jeep bound for Antipolo, Tanay or any jeep that will go to Pililia. Ask directions while you’re there and if you get lost, take a tricycle. Unfortunately, there are no huge landmarks around the area because the front part of the restaurant is still empty and there are no other hotels, resorts, restaurants near the place. However, you can ask people on your way. The restaurant is pretty popular around Tanay area and the tricycle drivers can lead you there.

 

If you have a car, take the Antipolo, Tanay highway route. This is just a straight road (although zigzag) there are no major forks until the fork you reach in Tanay. You can ask the tricycle drivers here which road to take, they know. I think its the left road though, if I remember correctly and then its just a longer road of provincial rice fields. You’ll find it quick, because its the only restaurant around the place and its right by Laguna Lake.