La Union Trip 2021 2 Days 1 Night

Squeezing a quick beach escapade was made possible through an invite from my college friend. Last December 11-12, 2021, we were able to go for a quick trip to La Union also known as Elyu with some friends.

We were picked up at Greenfield at 12:00AM by our service. We were joiners. There were also other passengers who were with us on this trip.

Day 1 – Tangadan Falls, Baluarte Bell Tower, and the Beach

We reached the North at around 7:00AM. We ate breakfast in acarinderia along the way. Look how sumptuous our breakfast was.

After having our breakfast, we headed to Tangadan Falls. We were transferred to a jeepney. It was a 30-minute ride, and a 10-minute walk going to the falls.

Tangadan Falls was one of the main destinations for this Elyu Trip. The water was cold, and the surrounding was indeed peaceful. You can feel the fresh air in this place.

We stayed there for two hours, before we headed to our next destination.

Our next stop was the side tours. This included the Baluarte Watch Tower. We also ate our lunch there. We passed by the Bahay na Bato and Namacpacan Church.

After our quick day trip, we headed to our hostel. We stayed in a hostel room in front of El Union Cafe. It was already coordinated by our tour guide.

After resting, we headed to have our merienda at San Juan Beach. No entrance fee. Here, you will see the majestic sunset.

I loved looking at the sunset while enjoying our barbecue, shake, and our alone time. My friends respected each other’s alone time here. We were never required to be with each other at all time. But, we made sure that our companion was safe all throughout the trip. We tried to go to Kabsat and the other popular go-to destinations in Elyu. However, one will lose patience on how long the line was. Anyway, our group was not a fan of drinks so it was just fine with us.

Day 2 – Elyu beach and Slowing down

We woke up early the next day. 7:00AM to be exact. After doing our personal morning routine and eating our breakfast provided by our tour guide, we went straight to the beach which was just near where we stayed.

We stayed in the beach until 10:00AM. Packed our bags. At 12:00NN, we were fetched by our tour guide. We were dropped at SM La Union while the others went to Thunderbird Resort. We were fetched (again) at 3:00PM. I would never rant how we waited for a very long time for this was one of the many consequences of being a joiner in a big group trip. We went straight to a temple.

After taking some photos here, we went to the grape farm. Here we tasted the wine.

We bought pasalubong along the way. We reached Starmall Mandaluyong at 10:00PM if I am not mistaken.

Lessons from Joining a Tour

I enjoyed the place itself. However, if you want a more peaceful trip, just rent a van and do things by yourself. For me, I only need to relax by the beach. Hence, some trips were unnecessary for me. But still, when I went there, I enjoyed.

Joining a group took too much of our time. We were fetched late by the service. Two hours late. When our co-joiners go to the washroom, and take photos, it also consumed time. When they were headed to another optional trip, much of our time were wasted.

This is just for me. Maybe, group tours work for some. ๐Ÿ™‚ As for an introvert, DIY-ing is preferable. You’ll have better options as well in terms of hostel booking.

Please note that we followed all the requirements asked by the local government. We also are fully vaccinated when we proceeded to this trip.

Again, this was the only time we went out after being stuck at home for a long time.

Did you also go somewhere in 2021? Where are you planning to go next (once everything is okay)?

Best Coffee Shops in Rizal 2021

If you are looking for a coffee shop in Rizal in the time of pandemic, then you are reading the right blog. I am a Rizaleรฑo since birth so I have been to different coffee shops in Rizal. There are lots of coffee shops not in the list. You may have seen them trended online on Facebook, but I won’t let the trend affect my personal bias.

I have listed my favorite coffee shops because I have personally went to their store/ordered from them online. These are the first shops that come to my mind whenever my friends ask me “Kim, anong magandang kapihan sa Rizal?”

I highly recommend these coffee shops if you are looking for some cozy vibes, chill place, and affordable meals. As of this writing, it is still pandemic. So, please, go out with precautions.

Are you ready? Here we go!

5. Trabi Cafe (Binangonan, Rizal)

I have written about Trabi even before they transferred to their new location. They are now located in Binangonan, Rizal. You can easily search them on Waze or on Google.

trabi cafe binangonan

You will love their pasta, frappes, and fruit teas. There are books in their coffee shop. You can also work here silently because they have plugs and free wifi.

There are outdoor dining and they are open until 10pm, depending to the IATF rules.

Visit their Facebook page here.

4. Figaro Coffee (Cainta, Rizal)

This has the best homey vibes. It is situated in Brickroad Sta. Lucia, Cainta, Rizal. They have pleasing aesthetics and warm atmosphere. You will love their Filipino dishes paired with coffee or frappe.

Photos at Figaro - Coffee Shop in Cainta Brickroad

They have also wifi and sockets just in case you need them. Only few people are eating here (in my experience) and most of them are studying I think. So, if you are looking for a quiet coffee shop, go here.

Visit their Facebook page here.

3. Cafe Esque (Antipolo, Rizal)

This one is in Antipolo, and no, it does not have that overlooking thing. What if offers is peace, comfort, and warmth. It has satisfying meals and drinks that you would never forget. You will love the vibes, and the paintings displayed here (with no additional cost or entrance). The shade.

Cafe Esque

You may also consider working here if needed. You can also have a group meeting here once the pandemic ends, hopefully.

You can search them here.

2. Art Capital Cafe (Angono, Rizal)

I have been here before, and in 2021, it has never changed. The artsy feels and cozy vibes are still present. I still love their nachos, and coffee. Their coffee is something you’d like to drink for the rest of your life.

Art Capital Cafe

You can also eat rice meals, pasta, and snacks here. Good for family trips. Go give this a try!

1. Drip Kofi (Taytay, Rizal)

This coffee shop has helped me cope with pandemic. I saw them on Instagram. Through IG, I ordered Ca Phe Sua Da. And boom, it’s like a lifetime relationship with this coffee. It is indeed authentic Vietnamese coffee. It has been my go-to cafe whenever I go out.

Drip Kofi taytay

You will love their coffee. Period. Also, they have a very friendly staff and the owner is really nice. Believe me when I say Drip Kofi in Taytay is really good. Hayyy! They have aesthetically-designed cute shop in Taytay, Rizal. They also have branches in Binangonan, Antipolo, and Rizal.

The photos are from not mine, they are from each coffee shop’s Facebook page.

Let us support local businesses. They are thriving this pandemic. Our support matters.

Do you have any recommended coffee shops in Rizal? Let me know in the comment section.

Weekend Baguio Trip

Note: This is a super duper late blog post about Baguio.

It’s been weeks since my friend and I went there. Some Baguio-goers would follow the usual Baguio itinerary. What we did was so simple. We just visited the museums and allowed ourselves to immerse with so many artworks.

Ben Cab Museum

Museums are gift of humanity to the world. I would never skip any museum in every place that I visit. Hehe. Here are some of my favorite art works from Ben Cab.

 

Baguio Museum

We rode a taxi from Ben Cab Museum going to Baguio Museum. That cost us 120PHP I think. Unfortunately, Baguio Museum was being renovated so there were only few pieces for exhibit shown when we went there.

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Baguio Food Trip

After visiting some museums, we did our personal errands like eating lunch, strolling around the Burnham Park, and eating merienda. At 2:00PM, we went to our hotel and leave our bags there. We napped for a while, then went out again to eat Visco’s cake!!!

Here are some pictures taken at Burnham Park.

Lastly, we also visited Baguio Cathedral. Here’s what you can see inside.

 

Baguio Night Market

We looked forward to visiting Baguio Night Market. Here are some photos we took there. This is my favorite part of the day btw! ๐Ÿ™‚

These photos are taken at the streets.

Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet

Of course, we cannot skip Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet. You can pick strawberries for 400PHP and up. It depends.

Here’s an up-close look at freshly picked strawberry.

Mines View Park

Okay. We went here because we bought pasalubong at The Good Shepherd’s Convent. Here are some of the flowers we saw at Mines View Park.

Mt. Cloud Book Shop

This bookshop is one taxi away from Mine’s View Park. Well, everything is accessible with taxis! Haha. Mt. Cloud Book Shop is an indie book store that sells indie and some traditionally published books. I believe, they are friendly to new authors. Don’t skip this place in your Baguio Itinerary! ๐Ÿ™‚

There are really lots of places to visit in Baguio. You can enjoy Baguio in weekend as long as you could prioritise the places you wanted to visit. Hehe. For us, it’s mostly museum, food, and of course, church.

Here is our suggested itinerary in Baguio for weekend.

Baguio Weekend Itinerary

Day 1ย 

5:00AM – 8:30AM – Travel time to Baguio

8:30AM – 10:00AM – Breakfast at The Ruins

10:00AM – 12:00NN – Ben Cab Museum

12:00NN – 1:00PM – Baguio Museum

1:00PM – 2:00PM – Burnham Park

2:00PM – 3:00PM – Checked in our hotel

3:00PM – 5:00PM – Strolled at Session Road. Lunch. Etc.

5:00PM – 6:00PM – Dinner along Session Road

6:00PM – 9:00PM – Strolled at Night Market

 

Day 2ย 

9:00AM – 11:00AM – La Trinidad Strawberry Farm

11:00AM -12:00NN – Slow down for personal errands.

12:00NN – 2:00PM – The Good Shepherd, Mines View, and Mt. Cloud Book Shop

2:00PM – 4:00PM – Lunch at SM Baguio, Coffee, and Merienda.

5:00PM – 11: 00PM – Rode the bus going home.

 

Here is our basic Baguio Budget for Weekend.

Joy Bus going Baguio – 520PHP (Student Discount)

Victory Liner – 400PHP (?) (Discounted)

Hotel for one night – 1,500PHP (split into two)

Food, Entrance, Taxi – 2,500 (Estimate)

So that’s roughly 4,170PHP. We splurge our money on food and taxi. So if you want to explore Baguio budget-friendly, then public transportation is really recommended. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Stay safe and sane, guys.