Something Light-hearted From Me

 

Hi, hello, Renxkyoko Iglesias here

 

I was in the Philippines in 2014, with my cousin and  Mom, and stayed there for one month. So it was kind of strange that I did only 3 posts on my one – month vacation in the Philippines. I think I was side-tracked by politics………..

 

Well, never mind . Better late then never, right ?

 

So, okay, we had lunch at this restaurant that was  so popular for its jaw-dropping  tacky decorations.  It is located in the province of  Laguna, about a 2 – hour drive from Manila, the capital city of the Philippines.

 

I was at a  loss for words as soon as I got off our vehicle and saw these humungous statues…. well, just look at the pictures and be amazed.  LOL !  By the way, don’t get me wrong….. my cousin and I loved,  loved, loved the place ! ! ! And please, have mercy on me… it took me 4 hours to finish this post.

The restaurant’s frontage

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The entrance

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LOL ! A calculator was actually provided by the waiter.

 

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Yours truly and my cousin in the pic

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Cozying up to former Philippine President Corazon Aquino. * Oooh , I love my tan *

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Having a tete -a – tete with President Obama and Michelle. * How’s it goin’, Mr. President .  *

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The sign on the wall says ,” For 25 pesos,  ( about US 50 cents ) you can throw a plate against the wall, but please  refrain from using vulgar words. ” Ha ha ha !

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Can you see the huge white statue of  Buddha in the distance ?

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Even Superman and Mickey Mouse weren”t spared.

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There’s some serenading going on here….. oh, and those are the hands of KingKong\ It’s a full statue. You can just imagine how big that is..

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” Native ” plates covered with banana leaves. And that’s a pitcher of so delicious and refreshing ice cold coconut juice….. unbeatable ! !

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Rice, roast chicken, grilled pork ribs, fish in miso soup

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That brown blob is laing ( lah- ing )…. it doesn’t look appetizing, but that’s one of my most favorite Filipino dish. It’s taro leaves and shrimp cooked  in coconut cream. I wish I could cook that here in the US, but taro leaves are not sold here.

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I wonder who did those huge statues , and how much it cost to build this restaurant.

 

It was jampacked with tourists when we were there.  It really pays to be different and unique. And the foods were delicious !

 

Okay, this is all for now. Thank you for reading . Bye !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

44 responses to this post.

  1. Wow, having to use ones own calculator to figure up a restaurant bill, I have never seen that before.

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  2. Nice to see of you in back dates…… Philippines is indeed a beautiful place, and so are Philippinos….. Love watching your pictures, which look so different from each time and each year……

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  3. That sitting with Obama/Michel picture, so cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Looks like a fun and interesting place, with good food. Sounds like you had fun 🙂

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  5. Lol, they gave you a calculator at the table…

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    • They did ! ( although it was my aunt’s treat…. and she just looked at the total and paid. It was so tacky…. but that was the point, right ? He he he

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  6. A restaurant? It looks like a museum or something!😂 Lots of fun though!

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  7. Fun! Thanks for sharing!
    Your tan does look great! 🙂
    I love taro flavored anything. I get upset when my bubble tea place is all out of taro. I’ve a friend who lives in Hawaii, and she tells me taro is everywhere. She said they even have taro pie at the McDonald’s! I really wish we saw more of it here.

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    • I got the tan from our one week beachcombing at Boracay Island . Taro leaves are used in laing….. Filipinos eat a lot of the root ( a rootcrop ) of the taro plant, although I haven’t seen a taro pie. It’s a main ingredient in one of Filipinos’ favorite soup dish, called ” sinigang “, a sour soup with pork, taro root, radish and any green veggie. The souring ingredient is either lemon , but more commonly , tamarind fruit. We eat this at least 2x a month.

      As you can see from the pics, the place is awesomely weird. Ha ha.

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  8. I wish we had a restaurant like that over here. This looks so awesome. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful pictures 😀

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  9. looks like a fun place. Would love to try the food. 🙂

    BTW, My mom cooked laing with spinach, instead of taro… it may not be the same but it still taste good. 🙂

    Love the pics. 🙂

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    • Thanks for the tip, Bebekoh ! It’s not actually the taro leaves, right ? Any veggie will do…. it’s the other ingredients that make it so delicious. Although folks from the South , ( like my mother ) cook it differently ….. and taro leaves are the right veggie for that. A taro leaf is huuuuuge !

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  10. A creative marketing approach, indeed. From the Buddha to King Kong! I certainly hope they’ve kept the Obamas, rather than replacing them with the current first couple. I’m sure you’ll have more to chat about with Barack and Michelle on your next visit!

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  11. Such beautiful pics! Fun! ❤ Thanks so much for sharing. 😉

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  12. Very nice . . . I probably would have passed on the food in favor of just taking photos.

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    • We left the house at 11 AM. We didn’t know it was that far. We got there at around 1 PM… by 2 PM, I was so hungry I could eat anything. ( We had to wait a bit to get seated )

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  13. Looks like a cool place! Wonder who all didn’t make it there 🙂

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  14. Great post! Jealous muchly! Also good to see you’re still blogging and haven’t closed it down yet 😀

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  15. Beautiful Lady And Beautiful Pictures … ❤️❤️❤️

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  16. You mentioned that you cannot buy Taro leaves in The United States. You CAN purchase 4 ounces of Philippine-Grown Taro Leaf from AMAZON for about $8 USD if you are interested. The product from “Amazon” (The website shopping site) is dried and is a fat free foodl.

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  18. Such a cool post! Indeed!~ You have a GREAT tan! 😀

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  19. I keep seeing images of Obama this week – how I wish he was still in charge!

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  20. Lovely pictures with beautiful people and delicious food. Miss ko na yan! 😊😋😉

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  21. You went home pala!

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  22. The food seems almost like an after-thought! Terrific place! Thanks for the visit.

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