Exploring La Union
I've visited La Union about four times and each time, I find something new that I like. The first trip was pure tourist spots and I fell in love the Ma-Cho Temple and botanical gardens. The second trip was about surfing and beach trips. The third trip was about family, churches, fireworks, and great seafood. This fourth trip was a staycation and about enjoying the slow, steady life of the province. Here are few photos I took when I wasn't too lazy to whip out my camera. Enjoy!
For this trip, we were fortunate enough to be allowed to swim in one of the newest swimming pools of the resort. It had an amazing view of the mountains and the beautiful blue and white villas. The weather was lovely and the water was perfect! One of these days, I hope to actually stay at one of the villas and explore more of the resort.
Joe had a lot of fun with these rattan huts shaped like Hershey's kisses. They reminded me of little elf hats!
Relaxing by the pool
El Union Coffee
Before going off to La Union, I did quite a bit of research and El Union Coffee came up as one of the places to go. When we went, we were a bit underwhelmed at first. I believe it was under construction so things weren't exactly at their best. My fiance and his sister both order coffee and they agreed it was quite good. I can see the appeal of the place. It has a very relaxed vibe and a no-nonsense approach to its menu and coffee. Just a simple cup of good coffee by the sea.
Since I can't have coffee or chocolate, I settled for eating just the marshmallows of our mini smores pie.
Having a good time at the 'Ol Pub
Ol Pub is a lovely little bar in San Juan, La Union. It's located beside other tourist favorites like Surf Shack, Magellan's, and Flotsam and Jetsam. Their Ol Pub Signature drink is great and has a nice subtle kick that's perfect for casual conversations and hangouts. The decor is fun, rustic, and has vintage touches like posters, signs, and eye-catching US war jeepney sitting right at the entrance.