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La Plage Beach Bar and Restaurant, Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan, Restaurants By February 5, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

There is a cool little spot in Corong-Corong beach for someone who wants to just lounge all day, enjoy spectacular sunsets, along with some good music, drinks and food. I tell everyone about this place called La Plage. It is one of my favorite places in El Nido, as well as my daughter’s. Its spacious grounds, dogs, and shallow beach is good for kids who like to run around, chase after dogs and pups, and go dipping in the water.

We lived in Corong-Corong for the past eight months and we walk to La Plage when we want to eat. This part of El Nido directly faces west and its cushions make for a relaxing place to lay down and sip Pinacoladas, Thai Mojitos, and Mango Sex on the Beach. The place is owned and ran by a French couple, Bastien and Alec, along with some Filipino and French staff.

They hold parties with DJs and sometimes live music too. We were there for New Year and had such a great time.

In Corong-Corong, there aren’t a lot of restaurants to go to. There are Greenviews Resort and Restaurant and Stunning Vistas Resort and Restaurant, but other than that, there isn’t anything else. Through the months, a few little places have cropped up, like Ailyn’s Beach Resort and Sunset Bar as well as the little bar of Talindak Beach Cottages, but amongst all of these places, La Plage remains to be my and my daughter’s favorite.

If you are coming from El Nido town proper on a tricycle, look for this sign and this part of the road:

La Plage Sunset Bar and Mediterranean Restaurant, Corong-Corong Beach, El Nido, Palawan

La Plage is located on the right. Tricycle fare is Php15 per person.

If you are coming from Puerto Princesa, look for this sign and this part of the road, on your left:

La Plage Sunset Bar and Mediterranean Restaurant, Corong-Corong Beach, El Nido, Palawan

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Le Souffle by Chef Jessie at Top of the Citi

Photography, Restaurants By December 13, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

A friend’s office Christmas party was held at Le Souffle by Chef Jessie at Top of the Citi on the 34th floor of the Citibank Tower in Makati last Friday and I went there to shoot it. They asked me to also take shots of the food, so I did, without really thinking that I was going to blog about it. But I kept coming back to these photos and making myself hungry that I thought, okay, I’m going to have to share this with other people, so they can get hungry with me. I love sweets. And these are just yummmmmy!

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie

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Sea Slugs Beach Bar and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan

Music, Palawan, Restaurants By October 15, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 8 Comments

My favorite at Sea Slugs would always be their Tanigue in lemon butter sauce and their Shirley Temple. That’s what I always order there. My friends who work for the El Nido Resorts always order pizza when they are in town from the resort.

We were there a lot that I took a lot of photos at different times. This is one of the places in El Nido that we could be seen just hanging out and about.

The restaurant is open the entire day and is a good place to have breakfast. If you’re going to have breakfast with a view like this, why not?

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I have photos of Sea Slugs taken in 2006 when they were just starting out. It used to look like this:

Sea Slugs Bar and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan (2006)

Sea Slugs Bar and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan (2006)

Here is the photo from my Before-and-After Photo-documentation Project.

Sea Slugs

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Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

Life in El Nido, Palawan, Restaurants By October 6, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

One of the newer establishments in El Nido town, Lonesome Carabao Lounge, is located in Hama Street, and we passed by it every time we went to town. (We lived a few kilometers outside of town, in the direction of the Lio airport.) I heard about how good the tacos and burritos are but never actually went in. On this one time I decided to try it, I found it overflowing with people so I had to go somewhere else. In addition, my predisposition for beachfront places did not really help.

Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

One rainy August afternoon though, I saw it empty, save for a few guests all on their laptops, so we went in.

Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

My daughter, Lia, and I took this little table by the wall near the door.

Lonesome Carabao Lounge, El Nido, Palawan

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At the (New) El Nido Boutique and Art Cafe with Lia

Life in El Nido, Palawan, Restaurants By August 4, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 4 Comments

One of the restaurants I frequent in El Nido is the El Nido Boutique and Art Cafe. The primary reason being, it is owned by our friends Tani and Judith Distal. In 2005, we frequented the shop because we rented our snorkels, masks and fins there, as well as mountain bikes; and bought supplies, like sunblock lotion, swimsuits, slippers, sandals, board shorts, and even accessories like beautiful bracelets made by a local artist. They also played live music every now and then because Kuya Tani is a musician. Our friends Armie, Cecil and Melona hung out a lot here, and Likha used to work here too. The food is good. I would recommend this place to groups. Most of all, I loved the over-all vibe of the place back then. It was so… artsy.

Sometime between 2005 and this year, Tani and Judith had a bigger building built to house the cafe, boutique and travel center. My first time to see the cafe in its new home was when I arrived a month ago. Judith, Tani, Cecil and I had a great time catching up over wine while Sikap band played (click here for that blog).

When Lia arrived, I took her to the cafe too to hang out. I also took that as an opportunity to take a lot of photos.

I took a lot of photos because at this point it still wasn’t as clear as I wanted it to be to me how my wide angle converter works. It’s still not that clear even up to now, so I still take photos of the same thing with and without the converter.

This is a normal shot of my kit lens, 18-135mm.

El Nido Art Cafe and Boutique

This is a shot of the same thing with my Vitacon .5x wide angle converter with macro lens.

El Nido Art Cafe and Boutique

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Bigg’s Diner, Pili, Camarines Sur

Camarines Sur, Restaurants By November 1, 2010 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I was home earlier this year with Lia while H was busy with his first quarter meeting with the “United Nations” team. I always make it a point to eat at Bigg’s Diner every time I am home. There is one walking distance from my parents’ home in Pili. It is the one right in front of the Pili Elementary School, in the Pili town proper, next to a now-closed gas station (where I used to buy a pint of ice cream everyday the entire summer before I went away to college), along the National Highway.

Bigg's Diner Pili: A view from the Inside Out

Looking out into the street/parking lot

Bigg's Diner Pili: Counter, Tables, Chairs and Customers

Interior and counter where it is pay-as-you-order

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Saturday Lunch at Cocina Juan

Restaurants By June 27, 2010 No Comments

Ryan asked me where I wanted to have lunch. There is Bellini’s at the end of the street from the clinic and a Thai restaurant along the street, but I said I did not want to eat at either of them. I asked, “What about Cocina Juan? You willing to drive all the way to U.P. Village?” And that is how we ended having lunch at Cocina Juan.

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Baby Nathan’s Kitchen at the 49th Floor (Roofdeck) One San Miguel Avenue (OSMA) Building

Restaurants By April 20, 2010 8 Comments

We got our caterer and venue for Lia’s birthday party through our events planner. I was only supposed to get their kiddie party package but when we communicated online, the events planner told me she could also help me out with the venue as well. We have been looking for venues all over Quezon City and even considered the clubhouse in the village but there was nothing really concrete about our plans. It was a good thing the party planner got this venue for us.

The use of the venue/function room for 4 hrs is free with a minimum food catering booking of P15,000. In excess of 4 hrs, standard rate which is P1,200/hr applies.

Here are the following amenities as listed in Baby Nathan’s Kitchen’s website:

Amenities:

    tables and chairs
    mantle and tablecloths
    flower arrangement for the buffet table
    centerpieces for each table
    stage
    overhead screen
    podium
    sound system (amplifier, speakers, microphone)

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