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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.
 
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