I left my laptop at home, barely kept my phone on, and decided to go back to basics for a 3-day stay at Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay to re-learn the bare necessities of life – a quiet mind, a relaxed body, and eating organic and all-natural. I got all of that and so much more, now I can’t wait to go back!
When your get the hankering for your favorite cut of beef, charbroiled to utter perfection, with your choice of toppings, sidings, and sauces – then by Jove, you have got to head on over to Chops Chicago Steakhouse at Greenbelt 5.
I am pretty chuffed that this authentic Japanese place that specializes in teishoku, or set meals, chose to open in the south, a short drive from where I live at the Evia Lifestyle Center. This is definitely one of those simple dining spots to share with friends and family.
Chelcie’s Homemade Spreads isn’t just for toast! The lovely selection of artisanal fruit butters and spreads are a hit at home with their unique flavor combinations and versatile uses!
Earth Kitchen is a restaurant dedicated to promote the products of local farmers and indigenous peoples, helping communities become sustainable by using their produce as the focal point of the menu. Products like cashew nuts from Palawan, pili nuts from Naga, wild honey foraged by Mangyans and Tagbanuas, and organic greens grown in Tarlac and Bukidnon can be found in their menu.
It’s no wonder that a lot of Filipinos who migrate to the States choose Hawaii (or California) as their new home. It’s not surprising, as Native Hawaiians also share a somewhat similar ethnic background, have that same openness and hospitality which they call the “Aloha Spirit”, appreciate the traditional values of having a close knit ohana, and our unhealthy fascination with Spam. We also share a love for good food in general, which is probably how Teddy’s Bigger Burgers ended up on our shores.
So you’re determined to learn to surf and go an adventure (whether it be a solo trip or with your mates) and have chosen La Union as your destination. Now what? Well, depending on how long you plan on staying (and surfing), here’s a list of a few places you can stay, where to surf, what to eat, and what else you can do in good ol’ Elyu!
Elaine Abonal is one busy lady. When she isn’t planning surf trips, or sitting down for interviews and photo shoots for various publications or TV, or dropping off the face of the earth for a few months to study humpback whales on a remote Philippine island, she will probably online finding ways to improve the Surfista experience such as taking time out to get certified in First Aid and CPR through the Red Cross or getting surf instructor certification in Bali.
I had a fantastic weekend making new friends and learning more about surfing, thanks to Elaine and Surfista Travels. Everything was so convenient and hassle-free. This is definitely something I’d try a few more times, since it’s a great way to meet the locals and broaden your circle of friends. If this is your first ever surf trip, I would definitely recommend doing a Surfista tour, since being surrounded by people who are passionate about the sport helps get you excited and motivated to hone your skills for catching that next big wave.’Til the next one!
These 10 surfing essentials for first timers should make packing for your first ever surf trip a little less stressful – this is assuming you’ll be renting a softboard (along with the instructor) at one of the surf shops when you get there, and not be bringing a board with you.