Monday, May 19, 2008

My Virgin Manila Trip - Day 3

Waked up around 7am, uncle Mario slept in his van waiting until morning; firstly we planned to take the breakfast first, which is Restaurant Hen Lin, this restaurant they serve many type of Chinese foods, like sweet and sour pork, chao siu pao, spring onion fish rice, the Loh Mee the tasted can compare with Malaysia loh mee, fried Yee Mee also nice; Halo-halo is something like our ABC(Ais Batu Kacang), they have corn, red bean, atap chi, yam ice-cream, the taste is bit different with Malaysia is inside have something like baked bean and cheese, the taste is sweet, very sweet, haha!

After breakfast we continue the way to Taal volcano, roughly 2 and a half hours we reached to the out-skirt there, uncle Mario asked the local where can get the butterfly boat to Taal Volcano, beside the road have many tricycle motor driver and have a enthusisium to guide you to the place, then uncle Mario follow them to the seaside, then they guide us to buy the boat ticket and follow to the boat; the boat both side is made by bamboo, is for balancing the boat and the boat can run very fast and stable; less than half and hour we reach to the seaside of taal volcano and have to ride horse to the peak of volcano, the fees is peso 350 perpax, they allow you walk to the volcano, but advice to ride horse better, cause the mountain quite dangerous and when the horses crossed beside you also dangerous, the road is tight and dusty, many people have to cover the face.

I was first time to ride horse, my size is big, but the big horse owner not allow me to ride, at the end only have one small horse owner let me to ride, he said later don’t forget to give a big tips, haha, I said, sure! The way to taal volcano ride horse have to spent more than half and hour, my horse can ran fast and cross over may horses, the owner kept saying, don’t forget to give the big tips boss, haha!
When reached to the volcano, actually is the lake cover by the mountain, the side of mountain you can see the lava coming out; the scene is very nice, windy and really feel comfortable, you can take some nice foto over here.

We stayed around half and hour and ride the horse back to the seaside, I gave him 250 peso of his owner, he so happy to get the big tips and I get the same boat to the place to meet uncle Mario; I gave the people guided us each 100 peso, we felt hunger and asked uncle Mario to get us to some nearest place to have some philipino food, the food is nice, my father kept asking to add some more dishesespecially the black sos pork; Wow, what I can told you is the foods here never let you to regret to taste, haha!

Now is around 1pm, the second destination is pangsajan, the beautiful waterfall in philipine; among the way to pangsajan, you can see a lot of padi field and beside the road have a lot of people sell the rice vinegar and pineapple, the pineapple here really sweet, don’t forget to try, yeah!

Around 3pm, we reach to the pangsajan, uncle Mario asked the police where to get the place, then suddenly two phillipino come and ask for follow them, then uncle Mario follow them to a back street, we bit nervous because that’s like a small village and the road there we feel bit terrible, haha, cause when you cross there, a lot people will use the weird eye to see you, haha!

We reached to the place called Merra Inn, they guided us to the Inn, at the back of the Inn is river,

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Ricky Ooi Great Chef Kitchen