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December 2006

Ilocos

Bangui Windmills

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Bangui Bay


The latest attraction in Bangui bay where Pagudpud is located is these fifteen huge 23 storeys high “Giant Electric Fans” that might as well be built by Aliens. The common mistake of people is just to be satisfied at looking at these windmills from a distant view from the Bangui look out on the way to Pagudpud. You don’t need a tour guide to reach this place. You just need to know where to turn and go straight passing by a village all the way to this Bangui coast .


I love the description of the windmills by Cecil Morella (Agence France-Presse):
” Standing in an arc in wind-lashed scrubland, the windmills, which started supplying electricity to 40 per cent of Ilocos Norte province in May, are the first source of clean energy introduced in the Phillipines, a nation with 84 million people reliant on oil and gas. “*

This bangui coast is a black pebbled beach with a fishing community along its shorelines. It is quite a walk from one windmill to another. The best time to go is before sunset where you get an awesome sunset sky as a backdrop to your windmills shot.

Awesome Windmills


These windmills are simply AWESOME! I can’t believe it when I saw it and I just marvel at these magnificent white structures. So but what can you do here? Three Things:

1. This is a good place to watch the Awesome Sunset in Pagudpud.
2. This is a good backdrop for your portrait shots ala Regine Velasquez in the Biyahe na video.
3. Say your final good byes here to Pagudpud by visiting this during sunrise before you head back to Manila…

Anton


Jeepney vs. the Windmills. Just to give you a perspective how huge these white creatures are.

How to Get there:

There are no signs and only the tour guide knows. But I took a picture of this intersection where you need to turn. This is after a bridge and the road leads to Pagudpud. This is already after the Bangui lookout and pass the mountains. You have to turn to the road where the CRV is and just go straight until you reach these windmills.

Links:
Bangui Windmills by Our Awesome Planet
* Giant windmills energize northern Philippines (Oct 12, 2005) By Cecil Morella Agence France-Presse

#Philippines

Beach Evaluation Guide

by Allen Staley

Technically the beach maybe defined as the area from the shoreline up to the natural sand area and if developed/landscaped shaded with other amenities up to 50 meters beyond the natural sand area.

Primary considerations for SWIMMING beaches

Sand quality and color
Water quality
Pollutants
Gradient </span
Waves
Currents
Underwater obstructions
Marine life

Sand quality and color – People tend to equate sand color with cleanliness but that’s not entirely so. The advantage of really fine white sand is that it doesn’t absorb heat, walking barefoot is comfortable and you leave clearly defined footprints. Boracay beaches have this quality. The only finer white sand beaches I have seen are in Palawan and it took a microscope before one could say for sure which sand was finer and whiter.
Sand that looks beige when wet in the morning or late afternoon can become unbelievably white when dry at midday. That’s why there are different opinions as to sand color all of which are correct just viewed under different conditions.

Water quality – clarity and lack of pollutants. Clarity is obvious but due to wave action that disturbs the bottom, one may have to go to deeper water say 5 feet before judging actual clarity.

Pollutants – natural debris not a real bother but lots of plastic bags and styrofoam are unattractive. Water born bacteria is not so obvious but a health hazard if swallowed and may cause skin rashes.

Gradient – The slope should be gradual with no surprises such as sudden drop-offs.

Waves – Experienced swimmers can enjoy big waves but such would not be safe for non-swimmers or small children.

Currents – Even a good swimmer could be in a dangerous situation with a strong undertow. While at the beach don’t loose sight of your children even if they are wearing a floatation device. Most children’s floatation devices do not provide real safety value and may only provide a false sense of security. It is advisable to provide children with life vests suitable for water sports such as ski-jacket/vest. Sport equipment shops in Makati sell small sizes for around P600.00.

Underwater obstructions – Swimming area should be fairly clear of rocks and corals with sharp edges. In clear water you can see were you are stepping otherwise be sure to wear protective footwear.

Sunset – I always love beaches where the sun sets directly in front of the beach. This gives a romantic ambiance which you would look forward too at the end of each day.

Marine life – unavoidable but infrequent natural situations when marine life could be problematical for casual swimmers. Experienced divers and snorklers know what to avoid and follow the rule IF YOU CAN’T IDENTIFY IT DON’T TOUCH IT. Please don’t allow collection of marine creatures, once out of the water most die quickly and are then discarded only to stink up the beach.

Other hazards – Based on experience the most common injuries are to the feet. Cuts, stubbed toes, sprained ankles – not life threatening but such can otherwise ruin a perfect holiday. Just use protective footwear while at the beach.

Exposure to the elements, sun, sea and sand leads to sunburn. Remember you can burn just as easily on a cloudy day. In addition to sunburn, sunstroke and dehydration are possibilities. Wear hats, protective clothing, drink plenty of fresh water even if you are drinking other beverages.

In extreme cases such as near drowning or cardiac arrest quickly available CPR treatment and medical oxygen maybe the difference between life and death.

Consumption of alcohol and swimming at night, greatly increases the possibility of accidents. Please be guided accordingly.

If staying at a resort, check if there are people who can help you when necessary. Also inquire as to hospital locations just incase emergency treatment is needed.

#Philippines, Ilocos

Blue Lagoon, Maira-ira Beach

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” Luzon’s white sand and bluest water conspire majestically to be situated in one place. ” – Lonely Planet 9th Edition

Maira-ira point is the northernmost tip in the Luzon Mainland. You can say that you are on top of the Philippines literally. The unspoiled white sand beach within the Maira ira islands is known as Blue Lagoon. I would dare say that this is the best swimming beach in the North and more apt to be called the “Balesin of the North”. It has an undeveloped charm that seduces you to stay despite the lack of proper huts and urban amenities. It is serene and perfect for presence walks and enjoying bonding time with friends and family.

Blue Lagoon Beach Guide: (definition)

Sand quality and color – White when dry and midday. Beige when wet in the morning or late afternoon. The sand is fine mixed with small shell bits.

Water quality – Crystal clear and stunning Blue due to the color of the sky reflecting in the water.

Pollutants – Minimal. Since this place is becoming popular, I do hope they will be able to maintain it.

Gradient – There is a gradual slope from the beach as it kiss the blue water and it suddenly drops off exceeding a normal person’s height.

Waves – Calm as a pond when the notorious Ilocos surf is taking a break.

Currents – I don’t think this will be safe for children so make sure that they have a life vest and not just a floater device.

Underwater obstructions – Minimal and the bottom is mostly beach sand near the shore. So, our favorite past time here was to jump into the blue waters…


Marine Life
– Hardly noticeable from the beach area.

Sunset- Unfortunately, the sun sets behind the mountains and you cannot see it. Therefore, the best time to go here is in the morning before lunch and spend your sunset in Saud beach or Bangui beach.

How to get there
Blue Lagoon is further down the road about 45mins drive from Saud Beach. From the main Maharlika highway, there is a beach turn-off to a low road as the highway approaches the seaside. At this point, the caretakers have begun charging an entrance fee for the use of the table and as well as the rinsing rooms. Be prepared for a dirt road ride along the mountains side so it is not advisable to go here during heavy rains. On the way, you will see a sea arch to the right that looks like a naturally formed rock donut. You’re now 1/4 of the way and will see Blue Lagoon soon to your right. Please bring flashlights and camp gear if you want to stay for an early evening swim.

Links:
Blue Lagoon Cove, Maira-Ira Beach, Pagudpud by Our Awesome Planet

Anton

Ilocos

Don’t Travel to Pagudpud Without Reading this First!

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Awesome Philippines Travel Guide 001: Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
A couple of people already asked me to give them travel tips for their upcoming vacation to Pagudpud and Ilocos Norte. Instead of developing a frequently asked question (FAQ) in my Our Awesome Planet blog, I decided to create a dedicated online travel guide for each awesome places in the Philippines. This is the first Awesome Philippines Travel Guide and I aim to create 100 guides within a year.

I’ve been to Pagudpud and Ilocos Norte around 3x times already and I enjoyed each trip. Everytime I go back, these places never fails to surprise me. I would like to share with you our awesome experience! Also, this guide is formatted like a blog so that we can get feedback and comments from readers of these guide. Based on my blogging experience, the readers can even contribute a lot to make this guide richer and up-to-date.

In this definitive travel guide, I don’t intend to overwhelm you with so much information. In fact, I already did most of the research for you and I distill the information on what are the essentials and the awesome places to go to. I can guarantee you that you would have an awesome experience just by reading this guide.

You should never miss the 8 Awesome Places of Ilocos Norte!
1. Blue Lagoon, Maira-ira Beach
2. Bangui Windmills
3. Saud Beach, Pagudpud
4. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
5. Fort Ilocandia
6. Sand Dunes of Ilocos
7. Paoay Church
8. Patapat Viaduct

Most of the information in this guide, is based on my own experience which I’ve documented in my blog, including:

Our Awesome Planet Pagudpud and Ilocos Norte Index
Blue Lagoon Cove, Maira-Ira Beach, Pagudpud
Bangui Windmills
a Fort Ilocandia Affair
The Youngest Quester @ Microsoft CIO 5th Quest
The Sand Dunes of Ilocos

Also, these are the other online resources and travel books I used to develop this guide:

Other Links and Resources
Lonely Planet Philippines 9th Edition
100 Resorts in the Philippines, Places with a Heart 3rd Edition 2005
Heritage Conservation Society
Wikipedia

If this guide was able to help you in any way, please do let me know. If you want to show your gratitude, please do so in the following ways:

1. Please provide comments and feedback to the articles in this guide.
2. Send me a travel writing/essay or share with us your blog journal about your experience.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy your vacation in the Philippines!

Anton

Ilocos

Stopover Surprises in your 14-hour Road Trip

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Introduction
If this was your first time to go on a long road trip to the North, this article will save you a lot of time in being prepared for your roadtrip. This also documents all my key learnings based on my experience to avoid frustrations and mis-adventures during your tip. Although, I must admit that its the mis-adventures which makes the trip fun and memorable.

If you have been to Pagudpud or Ilocos Norte already, I do hope you learn a thing or two from this guide. I would also sincerely appreciate it if you can contribute your own learnings and perspective by commenting on this.

The best part of going to Pagudpud and Ilocos Norte is the long road trip. I enjoy it very much and I encourage you to plan it very well to make it enjoyable. I won’t be covering using public transportation to go to Pagudpud since I don’t have a lot of experience on this.


Make sure that you make a beauty stop over hear at Suso Beach, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur. This will be the first beach you would see that is visible and near the national higway.

1. Stopover Strategy

It is certainly possible to drive straight from Manila to Pagudpud but you need to leave as early as 3am. The main reason is that you don’t have to arrive in Pagudpud at night because there are no street lights. It would be dark and it would be difficult to find your way going to the resorts. I did this once already and it was tiring, and you cannot enjoy the road trip.

On the way to Pagudpud, I would suggest that you stopover and stay for a night and take advantage of exploring one city in the North. Here are my recommendations:

  • You can either stay in Vigan, Ilocos Sur (3 hours away from Pagudpud), or
  • Fort Ilocandia in Laoag, Ilocos Norte (1 hour away from Pagudpud), or
  • Recently, I heard of this new place called Sitio Remedios in Currimao, Ilocos Norte. I have not stayed here yet but the pictures were great. You might want to check it out (mobile: +63917-3320217 or email: [email protected]).

On the way back, my favorite stopover is Baguio which is the half way point between Manila and Ilocos Norte. You can easily get accommodations in Baguio without prior reservation and you get to enjoy the city’s beauty and its restaurants for a night. Most people would drive straight back to Manila since you are already familiar with the place even if you arrive at midnight.

2. Where is the best place to eat Breakfast and Lunch?

It would be sad if all you eat during your long trip would be fastfood from Jollibee, Mc Donalds or Max. I was surprised when I was in Vigan to find these fast food chain among the antique houses. You have to maximize you’re long road trip and there are three places that I would recommend that you eat:

A). Breakfast/Lunch @ Isdaan in Gerona, Tarlac.

Isdaan is the home of the tacsiyapo wall. Where you buy stuff to throw and shout “TACSIYAPO” which is “shame on you” in the local dialect. It serves very good Filipino Food since they are a sister company or the same owner as Barrio Fiesta. It is a floating restaurant concept where you eat in huts floating in the fish pond. One other unique thing about Isdaan, is that you can cross the San Kilo bridge which is a narrow cement bridge while bringing one pail of water. If you are able to successfully cross the bridge and come back, you get a free 1 Kilo of Fish!

Check out my blog post on this place –> Tacsiyapo Wall @ Isdaan, Gerona Tarlac. This is just along the national highway, you’ll never miss it once you are in Gerona Tarlac…

B). Lunch @ Cafe Leona in Vigan

The old house ambiance was great and sets the mood for a good lunch. It serves good filipino food turo-turo style where the food is displayed buffet style and you have to point the food that you like. Prices are almost the same as in Manila restaurants but still eating in capiz style vigan houses is quite an experience.

Cafe Leona is very popular and right in the center of Vigan. Just ask around and it is near the Max Restaurant along Crisologo street. I don’t have a full blog post on this but I have a more photos here –> Cafe Leona, Vigan Lunch.

C). Lunch/Dinner @ S.O.U.L Cafe in La Union

I have never been to this place but I’m hearing a lot of good things about this from different people. This is owned by Amboy Guevara, and located beside their family’s Shell Gas Station. This is the first shell gas station in La Union and the first one before going up to Baguio via Kenon road. S.O.U.L means Spice of Urban Life and people rave about the food which are priced reasonably well below P200. ( Check it out –> S.O.U.L Café Camp One, Rosario, La Union. Tel: (072) 712-0852 )

3. Road Trip Final Reminders

  • You need to make sure that you’re car is well tuned up, have the right tire pressure with a good tire spare, and with the gas HALF FULL all the time.
  • If you are going on convoy, I suggest that you agree on a meeting/ end point because it is useless to go on a convoy like a parade in this northern part of the Philippines.
  • Cash is King so make sure that you withdraw enough money for your trip. P1,500/ day is a good rule of thumb.
  • Buy an atlas so that you can follow your road trip in the map. It is interesting to see where you are in the North. Also, this gives you added confidence that you will not get lost.
  • You should look at your trip as a two phase road trip: a 6 hour road trip to Baguio and another 6 hour road trip going to Ilocos Norte. Just follow the signs going to this places and you won’t get lost.
  • If you have short range two-way radio, bring them because this might be better for coordination between two cars or groups.

That’s it for now. I do hope by now, you would have an idea on what your Road Trip itinerary would be. I’ll update this entry from time to time based on readers inputs and as I remember them.

Other Places to Visit along the 14-hour Road Trip:

Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur – One of the Four Baroque Churches in the Philippines listed in the UN World Heritage Sites!

Do you have any other suggestions and comments?

Anton

Ilocos

8 Awesome Places of Ilocos Norte

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These places are simply AWESOME and you should never miss to visit them on your trip to Pagudpud. Of course, it would be unrealistic to expect to be able to visit them all at once. You should be able to arrange your itinerary to go to the places that interest you the most. Here are the 8 Awesome Places in Pagudpud and Ilocos Norte:

1. Blue Lagoon or Maira-ira

Balesin of the North
>> Blue Lagoon, Maira-ira Beach Details

2. Bangui Windmills

Magnificent White Giants of Bangui
>> Bangui Windmills Details

3. Saud Beach Pagudpud

Anti-Boracay of the north
>> Saud Beach Pagudpud Details

4. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

One of the Oldest and Most Visited Spanish Lighthouse in Ilocos Norte
>> Cape Bojeador Lighthouse Details…

5. Fort Ilocandia

The Best Resort in Laoag, Ilocos Norte
>> Fort Ilocandia Details

6. Sand Dunes of Suba

Unique Desert Sand Dunes in the Philippines
>> Sand Dunes of Suba Details

7. Paoay Church

One of the Four Baroque Churches in the Philippines with an impressive buttresses.
>> Paoay Church

8. Patapat Viaduct

Amazing Elevated Highway on a Mountainside.
>> Patapat Viaduct

Other Places of Interest in Ilocos Norte

Marcos Museum & Mausoleum – The embalmed body of Ferdinand Marcos (1917-89) is laid out on a mattress and lit by floodlights with eerie choral music as the background.

Malacanang of the North – The opulent former residence of the Marcos Family. The house is impressive 🙂

Kabigan Falls – a scenic 30 minute hiring trek to a famous falls in Pagudpud.

Enjoy your Trip!

Anton

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Ilocos

Where to Stay and Eat in Pagudpud?

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There are a lot of resorts in the Saud Beach area and usually, you can choose the resort upon your arrival. The rocky west end of Saud Beach usually offers affordable accommodation. If your intent is to just use the room to sleep and take a bath, then don’t spend too much money on getting a high end resort.


We have stayed in resorts just with basic amenities and just use it a base for traveling to the different awesome places within the area. We also stayed in Saud Beach report which is the high-end resort in Saud Beach owned by the Mayor and we decided to just stay and enjoy Saud at that time so it was worth it.

Here are some of the Pagudpud Resorts located in Saud Beach:

1. Saud Beach Resort — High End Resort amidst a coconut plantation with nice wooden floors and bamboo furniture.
Tel: +632-928 9853 Manila

2. Villa del Mar — If you want a deluxe cottage with stone floors and capiz-shell windows.
Mobile: +63 920 553-4161

West End Rocky Shore Resorts in Saud Beach

3. Apo Idon — One of the nicest resorts in Pagudpud with appealing rooms made of stone walls and good lighting.

4. Terra Rika Beach Resort — One of the popular relatively affordable resort with a nice restaurant.
Mobile: +63 918 937-1752
[email protected]
5. Northridge Resort – Sister company of Terra Rika and Apo Idon located in the West End.
Mobile: +63920 220-5089

Pagudpud Resorts not located in Saud Beach

1. Pannzian Beach and Mountain Resort – located near the long, black sand beach of Pansian often beaten by strong winds.
Tel: +632 646-9020

2. Kapuluan Vista Resort – The resort possesses a distinctive, contemporary design and décor that creates both a high-energy and serene ambiance on a casual setting. This is located near Blue Lagoon.
Tel: (+6372) 888-2809
Cellular: (+63920) 952-2528
website: http://www.kapuluanvistaresort.com/

So, to answer the question of where to stay?
If you want a resort with all the urban amenities and expect to stay with first class accommodations, you should stay in Saud Beach Resort. For a romantic place, I suggest that you book in Apo Idon. If you are on a budget, canvass your way from the different resorts in the rocky-shore west end of Saud Beach. If it is your 3rd time in Pagudpud, I suggest you try Kapuluan Vista Resort.

2. What and Where to Eat?

I need to level your expectation that the food is ridiculously Expensive and not also that good. This is contrary to the belief that the provincial resorts offer more affordable food. Specially in Saud beach, they want to earn as much from the food and the source of ingredients are scarce. More than P200 for every dish and don’t be fooled by the label good 2-3 persons. By the way the menu below is from one of the low end resorts in Pagudpud…


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Ilocos Bagnet (P300! ), Grilled Fish (P220) and Pinakbet (P200)!!

Recommendations:
1. To save on food expenses, I suggest that you bring your own gallon of water or buy one before entering into the Saud beach resorts. Also, you can buy your own canned goods or instant noodles if you really want to save.

2. Pick the best restaurants to eat from. Unfortunately, I don’t have a recommendation since most of them looks the same. Maybe, you have any suggestions on where to eat in Pagudpud?

3. Avoid the Ilocos specialties like Bagnet which is not healthy and at the same time, they would charge more for these.

4. Btw, there are no nightlife in Pagudpud. People usually spend the evening singing the night away or drinking and enjoying the time with friends. So make sure that you savor your dinner and just relax.

Do you have any other recommendations?

Anton

Ilocos

Pasalubong and Delicacies from the North

Never-to-be-missed Empanada

Staying in Ilocos Norte will never be complete if you have not tasted these fried empanada. Although, these empanadas are available in special outlets in Manila, it is different eating this in Laoag.

I recommend eating dinner in Dap-Ayan ti iLocos Norte food court which is located just near the Provincial Capitol building. As you enter Laoag, go straight in the Tres Martires plaza and turn left along Rizal Ave where the provincial capitol is located. The next corner would be V Llanes St and Dap-Ayan ti iLocos Norte is located in the corner.

If you go further down Rizal avenue you will arrive in one of the famous restaurant in Laoag, La Preciosa . This is another restaurant that you should consider eating when you are in Laoag.

Best Pasalubong from the North

1. Royal Bibingka


These royal bibingkas are the best pasalubong from the North. They are available along the main highway near Vigan. These bibingkas are different from the ones we know here in Manila. It is a mixture of ground glutinous rice, eggs, cheese or margarine, milk and sugar which is cooked in an oven at a high temperature for 30-35 minutes.


You won’t miss this sign along the highway. Make sure that you buy one for me if it is not a hassle 🙂

2. Longaniza (native sausage),
There is a constant debate about which is the best longganisa in the North — Vigan Longganisa or the Laoag Longganisa? I decide to stay away from both for healthy reasons but this is a great treat / pasalubong for those who love this.

3. Garlic – Make sure that you buy your amulet of garlic which are available at a cheap price in the Laoag market.

4. Chichacorn — Super Crispy Corn Bits.

5. Bagnet — Ilocos’ version of Crispy Pata. I don’t find this any different.

Do you have any other suggestions?

Anton

Passionate about PYRO

World Pyro Olympics 2007 – I Can’t Wait!!

It is official that the 2nd World Pyro Olympics in 2007 (instead of 2006) will be held on the weekends of Jan 5-7 and with the finale on the weekend of Jan 12-13, 2007. This was push back from the original schedule of last week of December 2006. It will again be held in the Esplanade near Mall of Asia and the traffic will be so huge (I bet) that you might want to avoid the area. As for me, my strategy is to walk from the Seaside Area because it would be difficult to go out the esplanade and MOA area after the show. The walk would be pleasant because of the cool weather still and I do hope it won’t rain.

“Ten of the most prestigious pyrotechnic companies in the world will showcase the best of classical fireworks displays. Nine (9) countries will be vying for the title of the Champion of the 2nd World Pyro Olympics. Two (2) countries will fire during each of the first four days while the ninth participant is set to fire on the final evening of the event. As the host of the event, the Philippines shall perform a fireworks display on the last night to complete the 10-country performance and to close the competition. Awards, such as the People’s Choice are to be given out after the exhibition, with the crowning of the World Pyro Olympics Champion ending the event.” (from official website: www.worldpyroolympics.com)

I’m soo excited again and can’t wait! If you missed last year’s awesome fireworks show, below is the index of my World Pyro 2005 blog series.

World Pyro 2005 Our Awesome Planet Index
[World Pyro Series.1] Awesome World Class Fireworks!
[World Pyro Series.2] China Glorious Group
Rain Disaster in Day 2 of World Pyro
[World Pyro Series.3] Show FX Australia Pty. Ltd.
[World Pyro Series.4] Seaside — Best View of World Pyro for FREE!
[World Pyro Series.5] Day 4 of the Greatest Show in Manila
[World Pyro Series.6] UAE Flash Arts Group
[World Pyro Series.7] Congratulations Australia – First Pyro Olympic Champion!
[World Pyro Series.8] La Mancha’s Fellowship of Fire — Finale!

Anton

Food

Happy Cream Puff! We love the Eclairs!

Aidan’s sneaking for a Happy Cream Puff (Check out www.happycreampuff.com)

It was the first time we heard our son Aidan said the word “W-O-W” (with feelings!) and at the same time, pointing to the Happy Cream Puffs. Even until now, when we finished all the cream puffs and eclairs, my son would say “W-O-W” when he sees the picture of the Happy Cream Puffs. My wife, on the other hand, just convinced me that we should buy 10 boxes of the Happy Cream Puff and Eclairs for Christmas.

When Jennifer gave us the tip about the happy cream puff, I was both excited and sad. I was excited to taste a fresh kind of cream puffs and eclairs that she was raving about. But I was sad that this was only available in Metropolis Star in Alabang. We have never been to Metropolis Star because first it is far, it is soo traffic to go there, and it is totally out of the way. So we were glad to hear that they accepted our request to deliver the cream puff.

Also, I’ll be transparent that Mr. Haruo (Japanese) and Maria Cecilia (Filipina) Yamigishi who owned Happy Cream Puff gave us 2 boxes each of the eclairs and the cream puffs. We wanted to order them but they gave them for free and we accepted gladly. I was skeptical at first if we would like it but when my wife received and ate the goodies without waiting for me, she keeps on raving about the eclairs via text.

Aidan is in Happy Cream Puff Eclair Heaven!


I’m not sure if my son, Aidan was just acting here but I think he really loves the eclair. We actually gave one box to my parents. In turn, they gave them to Benjie, 3 year old kid, and he loves them too. The Happy Cream Puff Eclairs were the best eclairs we have tasted so far.

As for me, I’m not a fan of cream puffs and eclairs. What strikes me about the cream puff its soft and its just right toast crunch. The custard filling was perfectly made of egg yolk, fresh milk and vanilla beans that are not too sweet. It is the kind of sweetness that does not turns you off and you’ll want to ask for (which we are in that craving state already). Also, the cream puffs are just P20/ each! So just imagine if Beard Papa is selling their cream puffs for P55, easily half of that goes to their profit or maybe other overheads. To be fair, I have not tasted nor seen any Papa Beard cream puff and now, I’m determined to do a taste test soon once our new order arrives. My wife said, it was kinda bigger than this one but she too, has not yet tasted it.

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