Naga City, Places to See, Resorts

Panicuason Hot Spring & Adventure Park

Hello everyone!

Summer is here again. There’s no escaping the heat. They said we are experiencing the El Nino phenomenon right now, and there was also the water shortage in Metro Manila which was all over the news a few weeks ago. Yes, it’s summer time, indeed. Summer heat may be aggravating but with it comes the excitement of adventures to come and dreaming about trips that we may or may not actually take but enjoyed planning for anyway haha.

So, my first summer adventure was just within the city, we went to Panicuason Hot Spring Resort and Adventure Park. Everyone in Naga probably has seen this place before, it’s the main go-to destination. Even I have been here before.DSC01640DSC01652

The resort is located at the foot of Mount Isarog and if you are the nature lover type, you will most certainly like it.DSC01659DSC01657DSC01648

We had fun in their hot and cold spring pools. The temperature in the kiddie pool was just right (not too hot and not too cold like the other pools) so I lingered there even though it was pretty crowded. IMG_9656IMG_9648

The most fun part though was our adventure uphill to see the infinity pool. We did not expect that there would be that many steps. The best thing about it though was the view (and the exercise!).IMG_9613IMG_9619

A lot more walking than we signed up for…………DSC01675

Across the fields, we went….DSC01676 DSC01677

Only to find that the infinity pool was being cleaned and we will not be able to swim. Darn it!DSC01683

The view was still nice though, so we took more pictures like normal people.thisIMG_9643DSC01689

In the canteen, they also sell organic produce and products. Unfortunately, we forgot to buy some to take home.

This trip was a nice way to kick off our summer. I must admit that if it weren’t for that uphill hike, our outing would be kind of bland and ordinary. So, if you visit Panicuason Hot Spring Resort, make sure you’re up for a hike to the top of the hill where their infinity pool is.

Entrance Fee: Adult – Php200.00, Kids – Php160.00

Entrance Fee to the Infinity pool: Php50.00 (additional)

 

 

Naga City, Places to See

Naga City Ecology Park

I’ve Google searched this park a few times before and I’ve read some Trip Advisor reviewers say that Naga City Ecology Park (located in Barangay San Felipe) was mediocre, “so-so,” not well-maintained and not even worth the Php20.00 entrance fee. However, I beg to disagree because our trip was worth it.

I admit those unsatisfied reviews and the lack of pictures on the internet were the reasons why it took me so long to visit the park. We went there just this morning though and I am glad to learn that we have a beautiful place like this in Naga City.DSC01614DSC01558

As I noticed that there are not a lot of features and blog posts on Naga City Ecopark online, I am now going to share what awaits you, what you can expect when you visit and the things to see and do. Let’s go!

Take a relaxing walk while enjoying Mother Nature.

Discover the different kinds of trees, plants and flowers… 

Even some fruits like this unripe chico and these curious berries (which are not edible BTW).

Explore the maze.

People seem to think that the maze is the main attraction of the ecopark but for me, this place has more to offer than just the maze. It was a dry spell when we visited this morning so it was not very green as I would have liked it to be. Looking at my photos, you cannot even tell that it’s a maze.

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Visit the Topiary Garden

The Topiary Garden was where I felt that the short trip was worth it. It was well-kept, clean and as you can see, well-manicured trees!

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Flowers are everywhere in the Topiary Garden.DSC01584DSC01582

Let your kids enjoy in the Graceland Ecopark Playground.DSC01513

Visit Ellen White Garden (where all the flowers are white)

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Visit Jose Rizal Mini Eco Park

You have to kinda lower your expectations though and maybe you should save this one for last because it was not well-maintained and not much to see.

Over-all, Naga City Eco Park is a great place to visit in my opinion because there is no other place like this in Naga City. It is a great place to commune with nature and enjoy its beauty.

A VERY VERY IMPORTANT reminder though, please clean up after yourselves. Let’s not throw away trash anywhere around the park.

Till next post! Bye!

Naga City, Where to Eat

Annyeong Samgyupsal

Annyeonghaseyo yeoreobun!

Hello everyone! It’s me again, and I would like to take you on yet another food trip here in Naga City, to another Korean resto along Magsaysay Avenue (infront of Villa Caceres Hotel) that offers unlimited Korean barbeque for Php299.00 – it is called Annyeong Samgyupsal. So what are we waiting for? Let’s eat!IMG_20190314_130725

Samgyeopsal or Korean barbeque may be one of my most favourite Korean dishes. It’s right up there with Korean Seafood pancake, which I love oh so much, by the way. So when we had a meeting and what might be considered as a “company lunch” at Annyeong Samgyupsal, I did not pass up on the opportunity to try it out.IMG_20190313_140056

I found the ambiance to be a bit better than in Cjzave because Annyeong has a bigger space, the air conditioning is better and they have suctions for the smoke coming from the grill. I noticed it being a big hit with the teenagers, probably because of the nonstop K-pop music blaring from the speakers and the way the resto tried to imbibe everything Korean in their design to give their customers an awesome dining experience. Jeongmal daebak!IMG_20190314_135457

Let’s talk about the food. Korean food is always good. I admit some restaurants do it better than others but if it’s Korean food on the table, especially grilled pork belly, fresh lettuce, various side dishes and samjang (fermented soy bean paste), it’s always good, right? I’m sure K-food lovers out there would agree.IMG_20190313_135201

The barbeque was superb because the meat was very fresh.IMG_20190313_135325

It went really well with the equally fresh lettuce greens and pickled cucumbers. I also found the baby potatoes side dish really tasty. Their kimchi was the best one I have had so far, probably because it was fresh kimchi and not at all the fermented kind (which I find too tart). I found it delicious, crunchy and packed with just the right hint of spiciness. All that food was downed with bottomless pitchers of refreshingly cold cucumber lemonade.  IMG_20190313_135045

I just don’t know how much I love the grilling part though. At some point, it would feel more like a race against time, followed by overcooked and burnt meats. Can’t help but think how much nicer it would be if these restos had grilling services as well.IMG_20190313_135428

They also have flavoured or marinated pork, beef and chicken. All the meats have to be ordered from the attentive waiters while the side dishes were placed near the liquor bar where you can get as much as you like.IMG_20190314_135144

 

Until our next food adventure. Annyeong!

Naga City, Where to Eat

Wings N’ Things

A few weeks ago, we happened to try the new chicken place in SM City Naga – Wings N’ Things! As I love chicken wings, I was really game to try what they have on offer. The place is always packed and I remember trying a couple of times to eat there (with my family) but we just couldn’t get a table. So, that day was our lucky day.IMG_20190130_131246

Cutting right to the chase, we ordered the Grand Slam meal (Php 768.00) which is good for four persons. There were only three of us though, and I eat like a bird, but what the heck. IMG_20190130_131457

That was a lot of chicken wings and chicken fingers! And we got to choose different kinds of sauces. My fave was Garlic Parmesan and Honey Barbeque. We also needed to put our plastic gloves on because things got messy pretty fast.IMG_20190130_120419

Grand Slam came with three cups of rice, four glasses of iced tea and a serving of fries with gooey cheese on top.

I’m actually getting a little hungry as I’m writing this, remembering the yummy taste.IMG_20190130_120921

The ambiance of the place was nice, pretty Instagrammable. It is also cool because SM has centralized air conditioning anyway so it was comfortable.

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Hope you guys enjoyed that, and sorry if you got a little hungry too! Till the next post! Bye!

 

Naga City, Where to Eat

Aling Cely’s Kinalasan

As they say around here, “Another day, another bowl of kinalas.”

Yep, no such thing. Made that one up just now haha. Lately, I’ve been struggling for lack of better words and then there’s lack of energy left after doing other stuff (like my day job). Thing is, I have another kinalas story to tell because, well, I live in Naga anyway where it is hands down the most famous delicacy.

This time, we tried the locally famous Aling Cely’s Kinalasan in Dimasalang St, Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Naga City, it is located very near Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. The place is very simple and basic, just like every other local eatery, but people are drawn like moths to the flame.IMG_20190302_225001

People come to Cely’s for their famous kinalas, of course. For those who are not familiar with this local delicacy, that is what Bicolanos call this bowl of goodness. It is a noodle dish with thick rich broth, pork or beef, topped with onion chives and boiled egg (by request). For a more detailed description, you can read my previous post on kinalas.IMG_20190302_224132

There are also those who prefer to eat Loglog (just noodles and broth, no meat and eggs). It costs less and parents often order this for their small kids. IMG_20190302_223931

When Naguenos think of this dish, they almost always think of Cely’s Kinalasan. Yoy said it is because many students frequently eat there as it is close to UNC and Universidad de Sta Isabel. Even he himself frequently ate the dish at Cely’s along with his closest friends so he’s got a lot of good memories associated with the place. He always ate kinalas paired with baduya (fried bananas).IMG_20190302_224630

Julienne herself has become partial to eating kinalas. The Sorsoganon in me though prefers to eat stuff like a lot of dried fish, dried squid, mud crabs and balaw (fermented shrimp). So, kinalas is not my all-time favorite, but it is a yummy Nagueno delicacy that is a must-try when in Bicol, particularly in Naga City.

By the way, if you notice, sometimes the quality of my photos are different with every post. When my photos are really nice and clear, it means I used my digital camera but when the pictures are somewhat pixelated like in this post, it’s because I used my phone to take the photos.

Thank you for reading! See you again soon! ❤

 

 

 

Naga City, Where to Eat

Manna Korea (Avenue Square, Magsaysay Ave.)

Hello everyone!

This is my second time to blog about Manna Korea. The first time I did, it was still located in Barangay San Felipe. Now, they have moved their business in Avenue Square building along Magsaysay Ave. in Balatas so it is now easier to find.

So, during the first time we ate at their new location, we noticed the prices have gone up a bit for some of their dishes. However, I must say that they were able to maintain the quality and taste of their food.

We ordered half of this dish called Tangsuk for Php 200.00. It was deep fried pork and sweet potatoes with salad greens on the side. The pork was awesome and not oily at all.DSC01371

At first, we mistook this one (below) for another dish that we did not order so we called the attention of the waitress. It turned out to be the dipping sauce for the Tangsuk, a sweetish sauce with carrots, apples, pineapples and spices that was served in this big pretty bowl.DSC01373

Of course, we had my absolute favorite Korean dish – Korean seafood pancake!DSC01370

Then, the Soy Garlic Chicken (this half order costed Php 200.00). Yum! I can say with all my heart, Manna korea has not disappointed me yet.DSC01372DSC01369

I was not able to take pictures of the place because it was a bit awkward to put a camera infront of people’s faces when they’re obviously busy stuffing it with food and spending quality time with their families. The place was simply packed for dinner. It just didn’t sit well with me that time. So this is all I got for you, this nice painting on the wall. DSC01374

So, till next time. See you again! Anyeong!

Naga City, Where to Eat

Kinalas at Mister Sabaw

Last Sunday was market day for us. We bought our pork cutlets and buto-buto (for sinigang) at Lehman’s in Magsaysay Avenue then we went to Robinson’s Supermarket along Diversion Road for our groceries. After that, we went to Centro to try to buy aranghita or dalandan (local citrus fruit resembling ponkan oranges but green even when ripe). Unfortunately, we did not find any aranghita to buy that time.

After all our errands,  Yoy, Julienne and I were so hungry that we went to Cely’s Kinalasan only to find it closed. We then went to Dayangdang and came across this attractive little eatery called Mister Sabaw (Bulalo-Kinalas). IMG_20190218_163400IMG_20190217_102959

I wanted to try the Lechon Kinalas (Php 65.00) but it was not available that time, so that’s a shame. Yoy and I each had the Pork Kinalas. My fast verdict: The soup was savory and satisfying but the pork bits still needed more cooking time. IMG_20190218_163654

A little info guys, according to Wikipedia, “Kinalas is a Bicol dish created by cooking noodle garnished by scraped meat from pork or beef’s head and other parts, enhanced with a thick deep-brown sauce coming from the brains of a cow or pig. The dish is further flavored with spices and served in hot broth. Boiled egg added is optional.”

As to how attractive that sounds, I just don’t know. Actually, prior to this writing, I didn’t know that the sauce came from the brains of cows and pigs. How was I eating this stuff and never knew about this? Anyway, looking at the dish, there was just no telling that all those gory details had to transpire in order for me to enjoy this Nagueno delicacy lol.

Kinalas is paired best with these condiments – ground pepper and red chili oil.IMG_20190218_163604

Julienne had the Loglog (just noodles and soup, no meat) for Php20.00 only and her favorite soda pop (any drink is her favorite as long as it’s carbonated).

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It was our first time to eat at Mister Sabaw and I hope to try their Bulalo (bone marrow soup) next time.

Thanks for reading! =)

Naga City, Where to Eat

White Bean Cafe

This is a late post. Apparently, I thought I already posted this some months ago when in fact I only started it then put it away in my archive files, completely buried and forgotten. And when I was re-categorizing my posts yesterday, I was looking for this post about White Bean Café and even thought that maybe I deleted it by mistake. Turns out, I never got to finish it and never posted it in the first place.

This is how I originally started to write it:

“I have been off the grid for a few weeks now. Then, I was practically sick these past three days. I learned only too well that I’m not getting any younger, and the hard way too. The truth is that I’ve been busy stressing at work during the day and barely sleeping at night watching my K-dramas. It all ended up with me having the worst kind of migraine attack for three whole days. I was barely functioning and had to sleep and sleep until my brain was able to repair the damages I caused it. Yep, the signs of aging.

So, last week, I was just at White Bean Café with Ate Franz, Jael and Mabel, all friends from work. When Jael invited me to have lunch together, my mind suddenly wondered where we might go. I thought of White Bean Café almost instantly, it’s somewhere I haven’t been but was always curious about.white bean cafe naga city 9

The café’s location is a prime spot, right smack in the center of the Centro Naga, it is situated inside Nagaland Hotel, just across from E-Mall.

The place has a nice ambience, it is a cafe after all.

Whenever I get invited to eat out, I used to feel lazy and would rather just go home and rest, or I used to think that maybe I should be spending money on more important stuff instead of eating at a pretty café or resto. That only changed when I started blogging. Sure, I can blog using information that I can find on the internet, grab some pictures from reputable sites and cite them as source, but I had to experience it for myself, I had to have eaten it or seen it in person to be able to talk about it. I guess it would not make me feel confident to write about something I haven’t experienced first-hand. So, blogging made me want to eat out, try new things and go to places I’ve never been.”

As much as I wanted to write something different, say something new, I figured I cannot just throw away my thoughts and feelings during that time because, honestly, that was just how it was. So, I decided to keep them.

As for the food and drinks, these were what we ordered. I have to say sorry that I might not be able to remember the exact names now. The first one was a Matcha Milk Shake,  then the rather simple but yummy Mango Shake and my Iced Tea, which was just a perfect blend of tea and lemon.

As for the food, they offer lots of choices from Filipino fares like Kare-Kare to the usual favorites like filleted fish, pasta and chicken dishes (like the one we ordered which was buffalo wings).white bean cafe naga city

I would say the price range was not the cheapest, but the food, drinks, the nice ambiance and the service made up for it. It was a good first experience for me and I hope to come back again soon. For each person, one might spend around Php250-Php300. Next time, I will discover if they have more affordable meals for those of us on the budget, just like me on most days haha (wink wink).

Thanks again for visiting my blog!

Naga City, Where to Eat

Cjzave Barbeque & Grill

Cjzave Barbeque & Grill is located along Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, just across the street from Tapsi Terminal restaurant. We discovered this place while walking back after jogging at Basilica Church grounds. Its location is conveniently camouflaged among several establishments and can easily be overlooked if you do so much as blinked.

Last December though, we had a small gathering there (sort of like a Christmas party) wherein we even exchanged gifts. Nothing fancy. All in the spirit of fun.

Well, this restaurant is a Korean style barbeque and grill wherein for only Php 199.00 per person, you can enjoy their unlimited pork belly (samgyeopsal), bacon, seafood (shrimps & squid slices), flavored meat slices and even hotdogs. They also have side dishes like kimchi, zucchini salad, fresh lettuce, cherry tomatoes as well as fresh fruits.

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Near the entrance is where you can choose and get raw meats and seafood for grilling… Side dishes and fruits too…

The thing is, you may get and grill as much as you want to eat for one (1) hour. Then how long you take to finish the food is completely up to you. Apparently, this is their version of unlimited. But judging from how our stomachs were filled to bursting that night, the system wasn’t so bad after all.

First things first. In order to eat, one must toil. In this case, one must grill…dsc01398

And grill…

 

And grill, for what seemed like eternity…dsc01401

Until finally, you have this spread in front of you…dsc01406

And then you can enjoy it too…dsc01403

Oh well, I’m coming clean. We also ate while grilling, so, we didn’t really hold back so much lol. None of us really suffered that night.

Meet the advance party. The others arrived an hour or two later…

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Photo credit: Caressa’s FB

Thanks for reading! Much love from me to you all!

Naga City, Where to Eat

Grissini Ristorante (Naga City)

Have you ever been to a restaurant and bit more than you can chew? Or ordered more than you can eat, for that matter? Well, we have, not too long ago. This was in Grissini Ristorante, located in Magsaysay Avenue, Balatas, Naga City. One of the few sort of high-end restos in the city.

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The ambience? It was a good spacious place. It felt open and bright because of the big windows letting the sunlight in.grissini ristorante 7grissini ristorante 8

The complimentary bread basket.grissini ristorante 1

Guys, I am feeling a little lazy today so I am just gonna go straight to my thoughts on the food we ordered. Well, let’s start from my most favorite which was the Pizza Margherita. Ain’t she pretty? This pizza was simple but it was really good.

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Pizza Margherita (Php 280.00)

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Next was the  Spaghetti Al Pesto which was delightful because of the pesto sauce. I love this because the flavor was not overpowering and the pesto balanced the creaminess of the other pasta dishes we ordered.

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Spaghetti Al Pesto Php 240.00 (Grabbed this pic from Caressa’s Facebook since the photo I took was not very good)

This next one was called Pasta Scampi. It was mainly spaghetti with sauteed shrimp, broccoli in garlic, chili flakes and olive oil. I liked it because it had no creamy notes to it at all. This was a welcome break from feeling “umay” from eating a lot of creamy pasta dishes we ordered.

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Pasta Scampi (Php 245.00) / Photo credit: Caressa’s FB

Speaking of creamy pasta dishes, my personal order was the Spaghetti Ala Puttanesca. It was a good pasta dish, and if I happened to have it at home, I’d definitely be eating it happily all day (well, sporadically, that is). My thing was, I got overwhelmed with the portion and felt like I was force feeding myself in the process trying to finish the whole serving.

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Spaghetti ala Puttanesca (Php 214.00)

Then, the Lasagna Al Ragu. Although this one was creamy, but it was really very delicious. I’d order this again –  It was baked lasagna pasta layered with bechamel and meat sauce topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Who doesn’t love a very cheesy creamy lasagna?

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Lasagna Al Ragu (Php 285.00)

Another order was Spaghetti Parmigiana. By this time, I was hardly distinguishing the individual taste of dishes. I was beyond full. So I’d rely on my companions’ opinion that the chicken on this one was superb.

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Still Caressa’s photo…lol

This was us…

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Photo Credit: Caressa’s FB

And this was my plate…grissini ristorante 5

The food was superb and delicious but we ordered so much pasta than we can eat because we had no idea that the portions were actually good for sharing. So, when you check out Grissini Ristorante, keep in mind that each pasta dish can feed two to three people. We could have been satisfied with just three pasta dishes and two pizzas, instead of ordering one dish per person.

As always, it’s a pleasure having you visit my blog. Enjoy the weekend ahead! =)

 

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