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or it should have been start of the parade… ate mai and i chanced upon a girl dressed in… i’m not really sure, maybe kiping and coconuts? haha. we followed her until we reached

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san isidro labrador church… i didn’t know there was a parade, with couples clad in, uh…  native wear. but they were kind of cool, heto o…

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so i really really liked the simple brown one because it looks classy, included the back part because it’s pretty!

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there were little girls too, and they were the cutest. so eun, this was one of the best trips i’ve had yet, had so much fun ogling the colorful stuff!

yun lang.

♥ melai

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after lunch, we headed to lucban, the bus was parked a few kilometers from the town proper, we could have easily walked but we didn’t want to suffer heatstroke so we decided to ride a tricycle, luckily, we found a nice driver who didn’t ask for too much fare and then we had to walk from the mouth of the town since it was so packed with people already. they put streamers by that area, thought they were pretty.

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speaking of the heat, we arrived at lucban at midday when the sun was trying to fry us all off so i bought a large and sturdy floppy straw hat because i was having difficulty taking pixxors while holding an umbrella, it shaded my whole face. its patterns looked seamless too, this was such a bargain at less than two hundred pesos, the ones at the mall sell for around eight hundred.

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there were so many contests that showcase lucban’s specialties and produce, they even made food carts, if only the stalls in metro manila could be this creative… anyhoo, after several blocks of searching we found the streets where the houses were decorated for timpalak pahiyas.

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most houses had colorful kiping chandeliers. they’re so pretty and they instantly brighten up even the unpainted houses. on a side note, kiping is made of rice and can last for months. people fry or grill them, i tried some and they’re like unflavored popcorn with the texture of corn chips.

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some houses had the kiping arranged into flowers. i liked the giant yellows and pinks they used to cover windows.

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lots of houses had a combination of both flowers and chandeliers, almost completely covering their verandas and walls… and some even have sponsors!

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there were many other things aside from kiping that were used as decoration, i found the cutest carabao covered in produce, they had fruit and vegetable insects, and yes, paper decorations of course.

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along the streets were fun and cheap goods, i kept stopping for five peso drinks from aunties who were fussing over the pancit habhab and fruit juices. one house was selling yakult and had a large yakult mascot, hahaha! there were native products like bags and baskets, i even found a mirror, heehee! there were lots of toys, the jumping frogs and mermaid dolls were interesting. they also sold plants, like succulents and orchids.

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my most important purchase from this trip though was two dozen longganisang lucban, half was for my sister and the other half was for pasalubong… but after i gave my sister’s share, i ate the other half in two sittings. it’s that good!

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p.s. i found a maneki neko at one of the streets… and you know what, i had a pretty lucky day!

yun lang muna.

♥ melai

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late post is late, been having erratic sleep these past weeks. anyhoo, i put on my old reliable pair of chucks and went to lucban, quezon last may 15 for this year’s pahiyas festival. on a side note, noticed that they have dark soil in quezon, which means it is highly organic…

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before we went to lucban though, we had an early lunch at palaisdaan sa tayabas, in of course, tayabas, quezon. the place smells like the sea and salt and earth.

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it is essentially a restaurant where people eat on floating bamboo rafts fitted with little huts. ate mai and i camwhored around those, lol. was lucky she joined this trip, met her a few months ago from my baguio trip, she can tolerate me being childish and she likes pink a lot, and we have the same name… that means she’s a really good person, hehe.

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fish! it’s not palaisdaan or fishery without the fish. i eat fish but i’m not that fond of them except maybe for tuyo and daing na bangus, felt a little sad because they’re swimming happily over there but i knew we were having a few of them for lunch…

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the lobby is beachy with shell decors and wooden chairs. lots of fish design too. and best of all, the area has free wifi! huzzah!

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they have several rooms where guests can stay. the hotel building looks like an old provincial house complete with capiz windows. peeked into one of the rooms, hehe, it looks cozy inside…

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palaisdaan is one big garden too, and they have pretty earthen jars, i lost count after i saw the fish shaped one, it looked cute.

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we camwhored further at the reception area just up the lobby, this is where they’ll be serving our food, but while waiting… took a photo of my travelfactor id, background of the palm roof works well. they also have a giant chandelier made of the same materials.

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finally, after all that roaming around and pixxor taking, lunch is served! we had sat in the center table just beside the buffet table because… we can grab food fast, hehe! we gorged ourselves with rice, vegetables, grilled pork, and sinugno, which is grilled tilapia or milkfish which is also afterwards cooked in coconut milk and vegetables! chugged sprite too! i did a search on their menu when i got home, turns out they had steamed eggplants with bagoong and ginataang suso with pako… and i love those, man, must come back!

yun lang muna.

♥ melai


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