Sunday, February 15, 2015

Celebrating Valentine's Day At Ciudad Elmina

It's the love month and I wanna greet everyone a Happy Valentine's Day. Hubby and I celebrated V-day yesterday by going out to have lunch with my 2 brothers and their families. It's a group date you may say. Last year, it was only me and hubby and we had a lunch date at Hardin sa Paraiso. You can read it here.

I heard about this new restaurant called Ciudad Elmina so I researched it in the net. Ciudad Elmina Fishing Village is located in Bacayao Norte, Dagupan City, Pangasinan. The easiest way to enter it is through Arzadon Compound Road in between the Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Hospital and BHF-Puregold supermarket along Mayombo District Road. The place is 45 minutes drive from our house but since my youngest brother was the one driving our newly bought pre-loved van and he's still familiarizing himself how to drive an automatic vehicle, it took him an hour to get there. When we were entering the vicinity, my 2 nieces kept on chanting "I am excited", lol!

When we arrived at the restaurant, only few customers were there because it just opened at 11AM. We passed by the main resto and the service staff led us to a nipa hut along the fish pond which is good for 15 people. The place sits right in the middle of the fish farm where the fish they serve come from like tilapia, milk fish, shrimps, etc. It has several nipa huts of various seating capacities. There's that feeling that you are in a resort. The main dining room can accommodate large parties. One can catch fish (using a fishing rod) and have the fish cooked by the chef. While waiting on our foods, we roamed around and took several photos with my youngest brother, my 2 sis-in-law and my 2 nieces while hubby stayed in the hut to keep an eye of our things. My other brother arrived later because he went to the dentist. Later, a lot of customers kept arriving. I love the scenic view of the floating restaurant and at the other side of the pond are array of palm trees. We took some photos there too.

When we went back to our hut, the foods were served. The bangus kare-kare was surprisingly yummy, the beef with ampalaya was delicious so I ordered one more, the fried chicken legs were crispy and tasty and so I ordered one more, the adobong pusit was tasty. We got 2 big platters of steam rice and 1 small platter of garlic rice for hubby and me and a pitcher of iced tea.

We very much enjoyed the food and the place and the ambiance it offers. There was a nice breeze that made our experience even better. We felt like we were in a secluded place, far from city life where in fact it's just a few minutes drive to the downtown area of Dagupan City. My other brother arrived and he ate the foods that we reserved for him but the kare-kare and squid were gone.

We tried their cookies and creme shake because that's the only one available and to my surprise, it really tastes good. It's not that sweet, just the right taste. We all love it! When the bill came, the total mount was Php2,015.00 or equivalent to US $50. Not bad for 6 adults and 2 kids. It was hubby's treat for all of us.

My 2 nieces got so thrilled watching some customers catching tilapia to be cooked by the chef.

Hubby said he loved the place and he intend to go back and spend the night in one of their rooms. Before we left the resto, we had some more photos taken. We had fun and we will definitely go back.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tips To Be A Happy Mommy

Well, we all know that you are a mommy, but one who is tired, frustrated and has no time for self.

So, read these tips below and train yourself to be a happy mommy

Make a plan. Meh!

You know it, but are too lazy to make a plan. This year, you should make a plan and stick to that plan. However, as this is a short-term plan (a daily plan rather).

If you can stick to a plan, you can be sure that you will have enough time for self.

Early to rise, early to bed. Oh no!

Yes, you have to be an early riser, but you cannot guarantee that you will sleep early tonight. With your little ones waking up every second hour, you need to be on your toes and be available to help them with their needs.

So, try to sleep whenever your baby sleeps, even if it is in the lovely afternoons!

Have some achievable goals in mind for your baby

If your baby is new to walking, you can set a goal like, ‘I will make him/her walk at least ten steps.’

The goal depends on the progress of your baby. If your baby is naughty and does not want to walk, even if he can; make him walk. You set the goals. So, you can determine the level of difficulty.

But why such goals?

As a mommy, it is a happy feeling to see one’s baby do something new. So, let them achieve the goals and add to your happiness. Note: These goals should be achievable.

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Clean your house daily


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mt. Balungao Hot and Cold Springs Resort (Balungao Adventure)

It was a day after New Year when my siblings and I went to Mt. Balungao located at Balungao, Pangasinan. People flock there because of it's cold and hot springs and lately because of the adventure it offers like zip line, hiking, trail walking and ATV driving. Thus, its known now as Balungao Adventure. To be honest, I'm not interested in the zip line because I'm chicken when it comes to that. I'm scared of heights. What I want to try is their hot spring pool. It's just an hour drive from our place. Hubby didn't come with us and opted to stay home. He's becoming homebody lately. Maybe age is catching up on him, lol!

When we reached the place, we paid the entrance fee which was 50 pesos per pax and 25 for children. The place was so crowded and there were no more available sheds for rent. It's a good thing hubby did not come or he might went back home right away. So what we did, we just went inside and found a shady place to sit. We brought with us some foods for lunch and we ate first before going to the pool. I cooked chicken adobo and ginisang upo and my youngest brother cooked ginisang sayote. We enjoyed the foods though we were just sitting down on a cemented pavement. We look like squatters, lol!. The resort is surrounded with lots of trees and the green scenery is so refreshing to the eyes. There were quite a few people doing the zip line and seems like they were enjoying it.

Little brother and his daughter went to the pool first and my sis-in-law and I just watched the crowd. When I got tired watching, I went to dip in the hot spring pool full of people. At first it really felt hot but after a few minutes it felt so good. My other brother joined us later. There was this Japanese guy who really enjoyed staying in the hot pool and remained there longer than most of the people. I only stayed there for about 20 minutes and when it got so crowded, my 2 brothers and I decided to leave the pool. There were 2 hot pools but both were full of people. I could have enjoyed it better and stayed longer if it's not so crowded. I wanna go there again next time during weekdays just for the hot pool and I would take hubby with me.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Christmas In Baguio

Happy New Year to all my readers here. I've been meaning to write some posts but I haven't been able to do so. I've been lagging behind regarding my posts. We celebrated Christmas in Baguio with my loved ones. I haven't written about it yet. We went up to Baguio a day before Christmas and spent Christmas day there at the house of my brother-in-law. My brother Celso and family went with us too. We are so thankful that Jhun invited us to go with them. His dad, sis and niece are like family to us, very hospitable and accommodating people. They always make us feel at home.

On Christmas, as usual, we had our noche buena together. We started it with prayer and then we sang happy birthday to Jesus. They prepared delicious foods, some were home-made and some were bought in a restaurant. Their next door neighbor also shared some foods that he prepared and vice versa. It's like exchange foods, lol! Foods were all yummy and I think I gained some pounds after supper. Anyway, let these photos do the talking. There were some foods that were not in the pics.

After our Noche Buena was the opening of Christmas gifts. We had some kitchen utensils from Jhun and Rose and glass wares from Glo and a cash money from ninong brown George, Jhun's dad. The kids had a blast opening their gifts. They got the most gifts of course! Christmas is more for the kids anyway.

On Christmas day, we went to SM and buy some groceries to take home to the lowland. The mall was so crowded. Hubby said people were coming out of woodwork. Here's some proof.

A bunch of people were still shopping, dining and guess what, picture taking. Hubby and I joined in the crowd and snapped some pics at the inspired Disney's Frozen display. Looks like we were in winter wonderland, lol! Whoever thought of that really did a good job!

We didn't stay long in the grocery store. Hubby hate crowded places. After buying what we came for, we went to get a taxi. The thing is, we had to fall in a very long line in the mall just to get a taxi. We waited patiently until it was our turn to get a taxi and went home. At around 10PM we headed back home to the lowland.