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We spent hours in front of our computers and everything is on repeat, everyone is in a hurry to get things to be done, to go from point A to point B, and experience the same mundane things. We’re in the loop for the next 4-5 days. The crowded city life makes us numb and mindless most of the time, but it is our own way of coping up with our current environment. We’re supposed to stop feeling and engaging to get through our chaotic day. We often think of escaping, daydreaming that we’d rather be spending one lazy afternoon disconnected and just staring at the sea. We daydream of tranquility and serenity. Batangas is the perfect getaway from all the busy, chaotic, and bipolar Metro Manila. It is just a 2 1/2- 3 hours drive from the city. Far enough for that much-needed quick retreat yet close enough to return back home.
Following up on our road trip down south we are now leaving Elbi and setting our GPS maps to head to Batangas. Just a mere 2-3 hours drive from Manila. A pretty popular destination in the Calabarzon region and is bordered by provinces of Cavite, Laguna, and Quezon.
Let us share with you our favorite Batangas destinations with this feature as we show you Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO in these three (3) less popular destinations in Batangas. Let’s wander in Lobo, Taal, and in Bauan.
Note: This content is created around the premise of using one’s vehicle to drive around Batangas in the span of 48 hours.
HOW TO GET TO BATANGAS
Batangas is easily accessible from Manila via the South Luzon Expressway. Depending on where you’re going, you may need to drive for two to four hours.
You can also take a public bus to the different areas of Batangas. A bus trip may take longer than a car ride though since buses usually make several stops before arriving at their destination. From the bus terminals in Alabang Starmall, Cubao, and Pasay City.
The seascape here is bountiful of corals and marine life, especially in Brgy. Sawang, making it a superb spot for snorkeling and diving. For this guide, we’ll take you to Malabrigo as this is where you’d be able to see an 18th-century lighthouse and clean azure beaches.
In 2006, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines designated the site as a National Historic Landmark along with the installment of two tablet markers. It reads;
The municipal of Lobo also signed an agreement to adopt the lighthouse in 2014. Faro de Punta Malabrigo was renovated and repainted becoming the best-preserved lighthouse in the country.
Walk for just about 10 meters northeastern side of the lighthouse and discover spot take in the beautiful sight in vantage point.
Our little Private Cliff
A stunning view from above. Pause for 10-15 minutes and just take in that view. We guarantee you it’ll be worthwhile.
Spend Lazy Afternoons on the beach
We wandered off without any reservations to the nearby beach resort to scout out where we could stay for the night. We asked a few ones along the way and Floredeliz Beach Resort is just about what we’re looking for. A decent space, clean facilities, good beachfront, well-organized cooking area, and the price point is very reasonable.
Contact details: 0917 892 2291 / 0922 839 2013
We went to the local market and bought fresh produce. We spent roughly around 600php to set up a Boodle Feast food for 4-6 pax.
Witness a Spectacular Sunset
We waited for the sun to set and Lobo did not disappoint us. The towering mountains perfectly frame the setting sun. Wait for a few more minutes and witness the change of hues in the sky.
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Top of mind recall would always be Anilao for diving and snorkeling. Unknown to most Bauan is also superior for diving with rich abundant marine life.
SCUBA diving is known as a thoroughly enjoyable and sometimes adrenaline boosting sport, however, most do not know that SCUBA diving has many health benefits. Especially for your mental health. Most consider diving as a way of meditation. When underwater all you hear is your own breathing, the sound of your heart and the tranquility of your surroundings.
Initial on-boarding and safety procedures will be cascaded before anything else. Safety is the primary priority.
World-class diving and snorkeling experiences are right in our front yard – there’s no need to travel elsewhere in Anilao or in El Nido perhaps. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned diver, or even a casual snorkeler.
Proper bedding and memory foam pillows to make sure that you get that much-deserved rest after a good dive or swim.
What’s important after a dive sesh is a good solid sleep. Check out their comfortable rooms here BusStop DiveResort rates starts at 2,200php/ 43USD per person including full board meals and boat transfers. Minimum of 3 pax to reserve a room.
After all those water activities we decided to go to our last stop before heading back to Manila for our culminating activity.
The former capital of Batangas which was forced to be moved from San Nicolas to a safer elevated location, away from the Taal Volcano after the town had gone through a 200-day 1,754 eruptions back in 1755. Coined as the biggest eruption of the Taal volcano in recorded history.
At the center of this beautiful town stands the commanding Basilica de San Martin which is referred to as the biggest church in the Orient.
Surrounding the church are different landmarks that make up the town of Taal.
Antiquated houses, narrow streets, and friendly faces peering out of large windows, a place where time stalls. It is advisable to park and just wander and walk around. Make sure to bring an umbrella or hat as it could get pretty hot during mid-afternoon.
Taal has maintained its authenticity in its grid historic urban layout and use of open spaces. Local conduct commerce at the lower floors and uses the upper levels as their residences. The consciousness need to preserve authenticity has significantly being carried over from one generation to another.
This cozy café doubles as an art gallery where you can marvel at the quirky designs. Have some coffee or merienda as you take a break from your touring. They also have a Bed & Breakfast! You can check their rates and book here.
Restaurants to check out
- Feliza Cafe y Taverna (6 F. Agoncillo)
- B&V Lomi (beside the municipal hall)
- Original Empanada and Merienda (Taal Public Market, Barangay Zone)
Quintessentially local food to try
- Tapang Taal
- Adobo sa Dilao
- Taal Suman
For lots of shopping, visit at the end of April, when they hold the town’s Foundation Day celebrations, also called El Pasubat Festival, because of the food and things Taal is known for: empanada, longganisa, panutsa, suman, balisong, barong Tagalog, tapa, tamales, tawilis, and tulingan.
It is a nice town to spend the night check out these places and book by clicking the live link to get the best prices
- Casa Hermina B&B House
- Residencia Leonor
- Paradores Del Castillo
- Casa Conchita
- Taal Maranan’s Farmville
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to the Batangas Lomi
You cannot go through the towns in Batangas without ever seeing stalls of their famous delicacy, the Lomi. A thick starchy soup made mainly in stock, onion, garlic, egg noodles, fresh eggs, spices, cornstarch, and then topped with loads of meat, liver, and chicharon.
A good bowl of Batangas lomi should have nice bouncy noodles and strong inherint beef flavours. So before heading back to the city make sure to go for a bowl of this warm noodle soup.
The province of Batangas ticks off all the items on a weekend warrior’s list of travel destinations. Chase sunsets, go beach bumming, or go for a solid food crawl, this province has something for everyone. We have the perfect summer mixtape for you on Spotify!
We have more travel stories both for local and international destinations so make sure to check out our WHERE to GO section. As we always say, go forth and wander and when you return to become a storyteller.
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Welcome to the Old Swiss Inn (Paco, Manila) a true culinary landmark in the heart of Paco.
Having so much ramen joints peppered around Metro Manila with endless choices and different price points. Us, Pinoys definitely embraced this well-loved Japanese comfort food. Competition is fierce among these restaurants. Aside from serving quality and tastefully done food items, restaurateurs need to stand out and be known with their certain niche offering for the consumers. As the market becomes more saturated with new concepts opening up- Differentiation is important to stay relevant.
Let us tell you about this pretty interesting ramen place we’ve recently visited, Kureji [クレージー]. A local homegrown Japanese ramen restaurant in Quezon City. This joint is positioning itself as the “The Home of the Sizzling Ramen”- by which the Fat Girls Day Out crew hasn’t seen anywhere else.
If you’ve been reading our content for quite some time now, you’d know that we’re pretty discerning with playful fusion dishes as we always vouch for the Classic & Staple way of serving food.
Playful Vs. Traditional
I think we’ve seen all types of ramen already from various concepts. A popular local Japanese-inspired fast food chain recently marketed putting sisig on top of ramen. We’re not here to judge, but often times restaurant often sacrifice taste for innovation. A shortlived band-aid move trying to win consumer curiosity due to its ‘out of this world’ combinations that sadly doesn’t really work.
Although Kureji seeks to re-imagined ramen they did not overly disrupt the traditional way of preparing it. There are no shortcuts nor compromise. You’ll have these elements; great broth, premium wheat noodles, and that comforting Unami flavor.
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Starter: Tuna Tataki Taco (320php): Fresh tuna, avocado/served with crispy nori and salsa.
Contrasting textures with every bite. Clean flavors coming from the fresh tuna, silky layers of avocado, and the acidity component of the salsa all played so well.
Starter: Chicken Manila Gyoza (price to be updated)
Classic Japanese gyoza coated with annato oil
Mains: Mixed Tempura (490php)
Deep-fried prawn with tempura batter, soft-shell crab, and mixed vegetables. The Kisu perfectly complimented each piece as it gave extra notes of sweetness
Mushroom and Pumpkin Kamameshi (P 350)
Japanese rice, mushrooms, and pumpkin slowly simmered in Kureji’s own kamameshi stock. Other Kamameshi options are the Coconut Prawn Kamameshi and Chicken Teriyaki Kamamesh.
[A Must Try]
[Signature Dish] The Sizzling Tomato Seafood Ramen (P 420)
Spicy tomato tori paitan broth, kani, salmon, squid, kimbuchi, and noodles. Served in a sizzling stone bowl.
[Signature Dish] The Cheese Ramen (P 420)
Signature ramen noodles in creamy cheddar broth, topped with parmesan, menma, and pork chashu.
[Signature Dish] Sizzling Carbonara Udon (P 420)
Sizzling udon in creamy carbonara sauce, topped with fresh egg, enoki mushroom, shimenji mushroom, and bacon bits. Served in sizing stone bowl.
Kureji is a respectively warped tradition by re-imagining the ramen experience. With innovative combinations and confluences and yet retaining that deepest respect from the traditional manner of ramen preparation. They are able to execute and deliver a dramatic ramen presentation. An unparalleled way of enjoying that glorious bowl of comfort food. If you’re open to new dining dimensions, textures, and familiar taste then you’re in for a treat my friend.
- Kureji is located at 78 Malakas Street, Diliman, Quezon City or call 729-4909 for inquiries and more information.
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[Press Release] Refresh includes significant design changes to its flagship restaurant, and a new menu concept appealing to ‘Purists’ and ‘Adventurers’ as the company eyes accelerated growth across the region. Leading Asian restaurant operator, Mango Tree Worldwide has revitalized its flagship restaurant in Manila with new interior design, additional facilities and an innovative new menu that reflects the increasingly adventurous appetites of modern diners.
The new Mango Tree is a 200-seat, casual, fine dining restaurant with a 20-seat solarium and 40–seat loft area that has been enclosed for private functions. It is focused on offering an exciting menu of healthy and authentic Thai cuisine from the 4 regions of Thailand. Diners will now enter through the casual elegance of the solarium and immediately see the stylish bar, which connects to a high-ceiling restaurant with plants and greenery offering a sense of escape and tropical tranquility. It also features a stunning show kitchen, a special wine room, and semi-private booth seats ideal for restaurant views.
Mango Tree is open 7 days a week, with superb service that is relaxed and friendly. Its team is comprised of competitive individuals whose backgrounds consist of years of experience in the food, restaurant, and catering industries. Events and catering will be a major part of the business and with an already established clientele, it is expected to even grow further.
The culinary side has also been given a major refresh with a menu that is defined by good taste and preference. One section is for the ‘Purist,’ defined as diners who appreciate traditional tastes of Thai cuisine and seek to experience the dishes loved by the world; and the ‘Adventurous’ diner, or those who seek to go beyond boundaries, and are in search of new tastes from the four regional cuisines of Thailand.
“Many culinary enthusiasts in the Philippines have traveled to Thailand to experience Thai cuisine first-hand, and they now want to enjoy the same dishes back home. Our refreshed menu will reflect the trend
towards genuine Thai dining that is faithful to the regional flavors of the Kingdom,” said Trevor MacKenzie, Mango Tree’s Global Managing Director.
Exciting dishes to sample, among others, include the Watermelon Salad with Dried Shrimp Floss (TangmooGoong Haeng), a refreshing palate cleanser of fresh watermelon and shrimp floss mixed with a tad of sugar;
Stir-fried Crab in Curry Sauce (Phad Phong Ka Ree), a simple yet delicious crabmeat dish with egg and yellow curry sauce
and the Thai Tapioca Dumplings (Sakoo Sai Moo), a street favorite made with steamed tapioca balls seasoned with ground pork and ground peanuts.
Not to miss are the Grilled US Pork Collar (Kor Moo Yang), marinated grilled US pork collar served with Isan jim jaew sauce
Stir-fried Lady Finger Okra (Okra Fai Daeng) which is topped with garlic, bird’s eye chili and yellow bean paste
the Isan Grilled Chicken, deep fried chicken marinated with special Thai herbs served with Isan jim jaew sauce.
The dessert selection is top-billed by the Tri-colored Mango Sticky Rice, a popular choice with is attractively trim-colored with coconut sauce and fresh, ripe mangoes
the Thai-Style Mochi, glutinous rice balls with grated coconut and palm sugar
The Tub Tim Grob, irresistible coconut ice cream with red ruby chesnuts.
“We are hugely excited about offering the pure-play and adventure seeker categories on the menu. All are of the highest quality and offer true insights into the culinary culture of one of the world’s great cuisines,” added MacKenzie.
Visit Mango Tree and sample its all-new menu selection now. Mango Tree is located at 7th Ave. BonifacioHigh Street Central, Bonifacio Global City. For information and reservations, call (02) 217-2367.
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