Tuesday, 26 February 2013

A Different Kind of Carinderia

I came across information of this much talked about, low-key food jaunt from friends on a social networking site several months ago. It did not caught my attention then.

A few weeks ago, another friend on the same site posted a photo of what seemed a delicious creation. That, led me to research more about the place. And the more I read about it, the more I wanted to check it out.

And that day came. Thanks to reliable google maps, it gave a route through Cavite's inner towns, rice fields, new housing developments, vast highways, rough roads, coastal towns and roads, before finally reaching the place. We could have taken the easy way, but no, I wanted to also explore Cavite's inland towns. It was a day of adventure for us.

Welcome to Cavite City!

Heroes Arch

You know you are in Cavite City when you see a lot of like this on the roadside

Welcome to Asiong's Carinderia!

Asiong's unassuming facade
Located in Cavite City, the restaurant is a a popular place in Caridad. If you crave for cheap Filipino food, then, this is the place to be when in the area. But no, this is not your typical carinderia.

It's unassuming facade belies a place with so much to offer besides your usual carinderia fare. Their offering may not be too familiar, but you will love the tastes.

Asiong's Carinderia

Food in a row

Porkchop, great when eaten with bagoong itlog ng isda, kalamansi & sili as dipping sauce

Ginataang gulay

 Presenting, Asiong's Carinderia's well-loved and popular dishes/homemade creations:

1) Pansit Choku en su tinta

  Pancit Pusit is vermicelli noodles cooked in squid ink, with ground crispy pork skin 
  (chicharon), and  kamias (if in season) . Odd-looking but definitely delicious.

   Call in advance to make sure they can serve you this. One order is good for 4-5 people. 
   You can also order by bilao. 

Asiong's popular dish

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Naimbag Nga Adlaw Ilocos! (Day 3)

Bangui Windmills
Last day in this side of the world before going back to Manila. Before proceeding to Ilocos Sur, we passed by:

Bangui Windmills

The rain last Saturday was a blessing in disguise. We decided to forego Bangui and resked it for Day 3. Oh what a great decision! We were blessed by clear skies and the sun shining brightly!
Seeing the rows of humungous windmills is just awesome! Seeing how beautiful it is from afar is just half the fun. Try to see it up close and personal, and you will be awed by its sheer size.
Formally called the Bangui Wind Farm or Northwind Bangui Bay Project, it is located in the municipality of Bangui, Ilocos Norte. 20 units of 70-meters high wind turbines stretched along a 9-km shoreline of Bangui Bay, facing the South China Sea.
I felt like Liliput , the dwarf, amongst giants!
Bangui wind turbines

Bangui windmills

See how humungous it is!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Naimbag Nga Adlaw Ilocos! (Day 2)

Day 2 was spent trekking and swimming the sites around Pagudpud,  Ilocos Norte.
Kabigan Falls
A 1.5km trek to the falls, past rice fields, rivers and streams with cold cold water that provide relief to our dirty tired feet, carabaos, forests and "kubos" here and there.

Can't believe that my daughter was able to do it. In fact, she enjoyed it!

We trekked...
...we witnessed...

..we crossed streams...
...to see and swim here...
Agua Grande

Passed by this place to view the large boulders on the shoreline and the South China Sea. It becomes a natural swimming pool during summer as it naturally fills up with water It is also a popular picnic area amongst locals.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Naimbag Nga Adlaw Ilocos! (Day 1)

Paoay Church
A trip we made several years ago on a weekend. We left Manila at 10pm Friday for a long bus ride to Ilocos Region.  Joined a bunch of "photoholics" out to capture the beauty of the Ilocos Region.

After 8 hours, we arrived Vigan at around 6:00am the following day. First stop was at the St. Augustine Church of Bantay & Bell Tower. Bantay Belfry, known to be the people's watchtower, commands a sweeping view of Ilocos Sur. Unfortunately, we were not able to go inside because it was still too early in the morning.

Bantay Belfry

@Bantay Belfry
 We then walked to St. Augustine Church. A neo-gothic Church which was built in 1560, it is one of the oldest surviving churches in Ilocos Sur. It is built in an equally historical grounds, believed to be where Diego Silang and his troops fought with the Spaniards during the Spanish period.  After the customary photo shoot, we freshened up at the nearby public restroom and had our breakfast of Ilocos empanada.

St. Augustine Church
We then proceeded to Batac, Ilocos Norte to visit the following:

Paoay Church
Declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site as one of the best examples of Baroque churches in the country .

Paoay Church & its famous buttresses
Close-up of the age-old, moss-grown buttresses
Marcos Museum & Mausoleum
A compound that houses Marcos memorabilia and where their former house and their parent's house is.

Went inside the creepy Mausoleum and saw Former President Ferdinand Marcos' (wax?) body lying in state (really musty smell and dark--just creepy!).

Monday, 11 February 2013

One Weekend of Everything That Flies

Another weekend of everything that flies is coming up. Let me share with you my very first experience of such a fun-filled weekend in 2009. One of those very first moments I started to wake up early in pursuit of light and photography.

We left Manila the night before to ensure we are at the venue very early in the morning and we are more relaxed.

The venue started getting busy at 5:00am. People were coming in, the balloonist and their staff were at the staging area to prepare their places, and we scramble to find good angles to shoot. We were lucky to have gotten access to the staging area.

At exactly 6:00am, the balloons one-by-one lifted to the cloudy skies. A not so pretty background for photos, but still at awe at the colorful balloons dotting the skies.