Kawayanan Grill Station- Coron,Palawan

I like Coron so much that  I went to this island twice last year. Yeah, this post is long over due and I apologize for doing the write-up…just now. Anyhoo, I’m glad to have visited Coron again…life there is so laid-back. I knew I will never get tired of Coron; though it’s just a small island, there are so many things to explore and enjoy. Click on the link to view a video clip of our trip…  http://spammable.multiply.com/video/item/6

With my quest to find interesting places to dine in, I went to Kawayanan Grill for dinner. I’ve read good reviews about this resto and I wanted to try it myself.

The price seems so steep for meals with veggie/pork/beef since these are being imported from nearby provinces. On the other hand, seafood is averagely priced. We had clubhouse sandwich and seafood pancit for midnight snack. Together with that we had mango juice and calamansi juice for drinks.

The seafood pancit was goooood. There’s lot of squid and shrimp in it, add to that some squid balls and clams. I’m not really into seafood but this pancit made me say “Yummmmeh!”. There’s not much vegetables, just a few strips of carrots, cabbage and string beans.

The clubhouse sandwich was quite dry. Too expensive for a sandwich with just ham, egg, and tomato between slices. It came with corn chips which is ok. The slightly salty corn chips matched with the tangy mango juice was a perfect combination.

The service was a bit slow here. It took forever for our  food to be served. The wait staff weren’t paying attention to customers; some were too busy watching that night’s band perform.

The saving grace really for this night was the pancit. It’s the only one that stuck in my mind. Sitting in the nipa hut, feeling the fresh breeze, and listening to native coron songs make this restaurant a perfect place to unwind, well… almost.

If I have friends who’ll be coming over to Coron, I’ll recommend Kawayanan Grill for their seafood pancit.

Beside the restaurant is a souvenir shop that sells mostly shirts and key chains. They have pretty decent shirt designs but I could buy 2 shirts from another store with 1 shirt in Kawayanan Souvenir shop. Talk about steepness… kaching!

Kawayanan Grill Station

Along Don Pedro St., beside Coron Sports Complex

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16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival- Angeles City, Pampanga

It’s a wondrous sight to see colorful hot air balloons fly in the skies of Clark Field, Pampanga. The 16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival kicked off February 10 and will end on the 13th of the month.

We were scheduled to go on the 2nd day of the event. I made sure I charged the batteries of my camera, I brought extra shirts, filled in a jug of water, and checked my wallet for extra cash. As excited as I can be, I woke up early and left Manila around 3:00am. We arrived 4:45am in Clark Economic Zone, just in time to buy tickets. Good thing the line wasn’t that long when we arrived. We found a good spot, just behind the fence, to take pictures of these gigantic balloons.

The festival didn’t disappoint the thousands of fans who woke up early Friday morning to see balloon sculptures fly high in the sky above. At least 27 hot air balloons manned by more than 100 balloon pilots from various countries participated for this annual event. Spectators marveled at the thrilling stunts of paragliders, aerobatic flight display, sky diving exhibition, and the light airplane balloon bursting competition.

 

It rained mid-afternoon which halted the series of activities for the day; not to mention, the hot air balloon flight for the afternoon was also cancelled. No sunset photos. Sad. Note: It’s the first time ever to rain in this HAB festival, after 15 years. Do you call me lucky or what? Who’s the jinx? Hehehe…

Since more people still tried to come in, thinking there would be a sea of hot air balloons before sunset, the event organizers decided to continue the show with some race car drifting and kite flying right after the rain stopped. We spent the rest of the afternoon taking photos of the different aircrafts and munching on snacks. Plus, we get free slurpee and coffee.  🙂

It wasn’t that bad after all. Think of it this way, well, there’s always next year.

Here are 2 of my best shots…according to baloogs.