We all know that Christmas break ended a few days ago – I admit that I wanted it to last longer but things just had to end. Like our trip to La Union for the celebration of New Year. The Philippines consists of 7, 107 islands – and among those islands or places, La Union is also one of the most famous and most talked about place.
There are three kinds of wind that struck La Union – The first one, is it’s natural beauty. Even though it’s not a white sand beach, the simplicity of life and it’s serene surroundings is enough to make you want to go here. You will not be lost in here, Just ask someone and they will gladly help you. The people in here are so kind and they also speak tagalog, which is a good thing. This is the place where you will really enjoy your stay with it’s quite surroundings.
The next wind is the food – Before we embark to La Union, we research some restaurant or food stalls that we can try. Let me just say, that we can’t decide where we are going to eat because there are so many great reviews in all the restaurant or food stalls we checked. Later, you will find out all the famous food places in La Union.
The third wind is the tourist – there are also many other people from different countries visiting La Union. The northern part of the philippines is known for it’s strong winds; that’s why Elyu is also recognized for it’s surfing activities. No wonder why there are so many travelers visiting LU.
Now, LU is a very long ride if you’re from Metro Manila – you have to leave very early in order to get there before sunset. There are also hotels that’s facing the beach – the most famous of them is the Flotsam and Jetsam Hotel. Which I think you should try. There are many hotels that you can choose from – but their beach isn’t really that swimmable. The waves are too high and the wind is also strong. If you can, why not?😂
Our hotel isn’t beach front, but it’s pretty okay because you just have to cross the road and walk then you’re in the beach😅. We stayed in Chill ‘N Hotel – we chose this one because they allowed pets plus they’re the only one’s who has vacant rooms left. The room is good for two. But if you want to add an extra bed, you have to pay for it. They will also provide some tissues, water, soap and towels. They also have a pool which I am grateful for because I can drown on their beach😅
This is their beach. They have a long coast and the waves are sometimes very high and strong. For that day, we decided to try the surfing lessons. It’s P400 per hour – me and my mom just shared the one hour and I think it’s enough for you because you’ll get tired easily but I assure you that you will enjoy it. You can ask the hotel you’re staying in for the number of the surfing lesson or just walk along the road and you’ll find signs where you can surf.
Tagpuan is also one of the famous eatery in LU – it’s simple and affordable price is what makes people go here. Their menu is a lot like tapsilog – they also have hot broths and more. It’s on the left side of the road as you walk – beside the Mad Monkey
From upper left – we ordered Bagnet, Tokwa Baboy, Tapa and Pares. We also ordered extra rice – it really is affordable and a cute little place to eat.
For our breakfast the next day, we ate in the famous cafe shop in LU – the El Union Coffee. Their menu and place is literally for food enthusiast and teens. The most talked about here is their Indoor Smores and Horchata drinks. Sadly, it’s too early in the morning to eat sweets so we decided for pancakes and grilled sandwiches.
My mom also ordered the Iced Americano? I don’t think the name is right😅. It’s my first time drinking americano so I’m not really sure about it. I love their pancakes. It’s so fluffy and the presentation is just so cute😍 – I would love to have these again because they’re heaven in the mouth.
After we ate in El Union, we pack up our things and did a little adventure going to Bahay na Bato. It’s a long ride but once you get there you’ll love it.
Before you wander in here, you will pay first. Children below 4 or 3 is free. Adults are P10 – there is also a parking fee. Whew, just bring some umbrella if you want to go in the afternoon here, it’s pretty hot. I think we actually spend an hour in here because it’s pretty big. Plus they also have the Pebble Beach in here. You can’t swim in it though – waves are too high and it’s pretty deep.
After our adventurous trip in Bahay na Bato, we venture off to the famous Halo Halo de Iloco where they’re known for their delicious halo-halo.
We ordered the Buko Halo – Halo and for the price of P185 it really is worth it. I couldn’t finish mine because it’s too big for me hihi.. you can share it with your love one’s if you think that one is enough for the both of you. A word of caution though, you can make reservations because the place is a bit small so it can get crowded with people. Be there early if you don’t a swarm of people.
Here are some of the restaurants we didn’t get to eat
- Mad Monkey
- Flotsam and Jetsam Hotel
- Olas Banditos
- Patio Del Sol Seafood Restaurant
- Surf Shack
- Gefseis greek Grill
See you on the next blog,