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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Food Trip Lunch at Kamayan sa Palaisdaan, Tayabas, Quezon Province

Floating Restaurant @ Kamayan sa Palaisdaan

Another road trip was experienced and this time, travel on almost two hours from San Juan, Batangas to Quezon Province makes you feel hungry. We left the town at 11AM and we bid goodbye to Reglos-Salapare clan and we were told that the place was just 30 minutes from San Juan. We traveled miles from miles and we thought we were lost. We passed different towns in Quezon Province such as Candelaria and Sariaya and until we reached Tayabas City. We thought that the place was nearer but it was a short 20 minute from the town proper. 

Tayabas City. Source: Wikipedia

Finally we arrived to this place and I found it very attractive and it is a must place to visit and of course to eat.  All of us were hungry and we wanted something to eat. This place has a floating cottage but we decided to be in a garden like cottage.  There were few people in the restaurant since we arrived there at 2PM.

Mt Banahaw

passing Quezon Province

Tayabas on the left, Lucena City to the right

passing town

at last!


group picture

me and bing


Big sign along the road

The place was a bit cozy and I love the interior of it especially the floating cottage that fits up to 12 people. Food was also great. There was an array of different dishes from pork to chicken, beef to fish and fruits to vegetables. Some dishes were unique to Quezon Province such as Pancit habhab, Longganisang lucban and so much more.

waiting for our cottage

picture time!

on our way to the cottage

picture once again!

menu list

some interiors

another menu list

checking the menu and prices too... :)

my self pic

nice place

very nice pic

some other interiors

more floating cottages

my self pic

on the way to other cottages

We ordered food such as fish, meat, chicken and stir fry noodles (pancit). Serving of food was a bit longer so we waited for almost 15 minutes and we spent roaming the place and take some photos. Actually, one staff informed us that we should call first and order the meal so that once we arrive here, meal will be ready to serve. 

Happy Eating!

Eating time!

Group pic

another shot!

It is worth waiting, food was delicious and I love the grilled fish and meat. I also love their sinigang (soup based) meal. We were enjoying our meal after a long wait.  hehehehe! :)

Here are my ratings:

Score base: 1 - Dissatisfied; 2 - Somewhat dissatisfied; 3 - Somewhat satisfied; 4 - Satisfied; 5 - Completely Satisfied

Location: 4 
Reason: Location was easy to find according to some, but for us, it takes almost two hours until we find the place. Is it us who have a problem? Maybe. But this place was just along the main road of Quezon Province.

Interiors: 5 
Reason: I like the concept of the interiors. It makes you are in a resort with good environmental settings. Thumbs up for the interior designer of the restaurant.

Service: 3
Reason: The cons was the long wait of serving of food. Thankfully, the interiors was very nice and we are having a great time checking and taking photos while waiting for the food. Nevertheless, you cannot for a hungry person for more than 15 minutes anyway... :)

Food: 4 
Reasons: It's worth the wait. Food was delicious. Some grilled meals were not burned as expected. I love the soup based meals such as sinigang. We enjoyed eating and eating... :)

Price: 4
Reason: Affordable meals. Not too pricey compared to other restaurants I've visited.

Verdict: You should not miss visiting this place especially if you are in Tayabas City, Quezon Province. You will love the interior as well as the food! :)

Thanks for our lunch! :)

See the contact information:

Kamayan sa Palaisdaan
Address: Brgy. Dapdap, Tayabas, Quezon
Contact Numbers: (042) 7933654, (042) 7933655
Mobile Number: (0918) 9510460 

Note: Restaurant is open everyday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Give them a call and take an order so that once you arrive, meal is ready to serve. :)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Travel Time Around San Juan, Batangas

@San Juan Nepomuceno Church

Believe it or not, it's my first time to be in this place. I travel a lot to every places in the country but it was just a 3-4 hour drive from Manila and I wasn't able to reach this place. Good thing that the group decided to have our first ever team bonding out of town. As a traveler, I am a bit keen on places I went since I also love to see old structures, establishments and of course interact with other people. I also do love swimming, but exploring other places makes my trip fruitful. :)

Source: Wikipedia

We left Manila at 6AM and made a quick stop to Calamba, Laguna. After that we arrived at Lipa City, Batangas for another  stop.

with Bing

Alvin and Net

Start of our roadtrip! :)

stop over at Laguna

passed STAR expressway

nice expressway

exit at Lipa City, Batangas

We proceed to San Juan, Batangas an hour later. It is a farthest town in Batangas and it was just few kilometers before we reached Quezon Province. Here are some places we visited at this town:

First Stop:  San Juan Nepomuceno Church

The name of the town derived from San Juan Nepomuceno, their patron. The church is simple but it has a story to tell. Built in 1843 through stilts and bamboos. This church became an attraction while you visit San Juan before you proceed to Laiya for beach happenings. This place was also a venue of the "secret" wedding of artists Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo.

Next Stop: Reglos-Salapare's Residence

It is not a tourist spot since it is a private residence of one of the members in a group. What matters on this place was the bonding of Reglos family in which it was commonly seen in this house. We were greeted during our visit and we felt warm hospitality especially to his mother who accommodated and assisted us very well. :)

Next Stop: La Luz Beach Resort, Laiya

Touted as the next beach desination. Laiya boosted great white sand and fine coastline which Batangas made proud of these discoveries. Laiya is very famous for beach resorts and for me, La Luz is one of the best that Laiya has to offer. Great place to hang with friends or had intimate moment with loved ones. More information on my previous blog post:

Next Stop: Old Houses at San Juan

Visiting San Juan Batangas will never be complete if you will not visit the structures and houses along the town. I was impressed on these house that were preserved for the past centuries since most of these house built during Spanish era. Most notable house is the Balay Mercado. Unfortunately, these houses were not for public viewing but I hope someday it will. :)

Next Stop: Cafeno and Town proper

There were many establishments in San Juan and some were just started building up. From q quiet town to become a beach destination, San Juan is now become a tourist destination. By the way, Cafeno was just with the poblacion (town proper) and where they served the authentic Kapeng Barako ice cream. Batangas is famous not only in beaches but also their products such as kapeng barako (coffee), balisong (small army knife) and panutsa (peanut brittle). Town proper also boosted the simplicity of the place and the town hall was just along the area. 

The town was just as simple and quiet but the place was booming because of its beauty and preserved historical sites that is unique in Batangas. San Juan is not just Laiya and beaches, its also about history, culture and people. :)

How to get there:

By car/van - Good thing there was a Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR Expressway) after South Luzon Expressway (SLEx), travel time to San Juan was cut to just 3 hours instead the usual 4-5 hours. Take those expressways and exit to Ibaan. Turn left upon exiting then head straight. Watch out for the “Turn Left to Blue Coral” sign, wherein you will turn left in a small road. Turn right when you reach Petron, not far is an T-junction then turn left. Heading straight will take you the town of San Juan.

By commute - Option 1: Recent update that ALPS the Bus plies daily route to San Juan, Batangas. From Cubao Terminal which is across Nepa Q-Mart and just beside RCPI Building (near New York St.). Fare costs between PHP200-220. Travel time will take 4 hours.

By commute - Option 2: Take a bus that bound for Lipa City (e.g. Jam, Ceres and Alps). Fare: PHP150. From Lipa Bus Stop, take a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to San Juan terminal. Fare is PHP10. Take a jeepney bound for San Juan. Fare is PHP50. It will pass the town of Padre Garcis and Rosario. After an hour, you will be at the San Juan town proper. If you wish to go to Laiya, take another jeepney that will costs you PHP30 and travel time is 30 minutes. Make sure that you be before 5PM because the last trip will leave at exactly 5PM.

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