Friday, October 31, 2014

One Valenzuela Travels: Off to Baguio! (Part 1)

Everyone needs a break. After putting off this much deserved short vacation several times since summer, One Valenzuela has now managed to squeeze in two days off from work. The destination? Hello, Baguio!

In this post and in the following articles, she will impart details on the said trip. One Valenzuela did much of the planning and will also include recommendations as well as several directions she received from Baguio locals and other friends who also went there recently.

How to get to Baguio City via Public Transportation from Valenzuela City:
One Valenzuela would say that the easiest way to reach Baguio City is by riding a Victory Liner bus at their Caloocan Bus Terminal. The ongoing fare rate is Php445.00 for a one way bus ride. From Malinta, Valenzuela City, just ride a jeepney going to Monumento (Php10.00). Go down at Victory Mall. The terminal is just at the back of the mall, you may ask the security guards on duty for directions.
If you take the "midnight trip", you will be at Baguio at around 5am! Just sleep in the bus so that you can already roam around the city by morning. Hehe,if you can curtail the excitement!
This Baguio bus ride is about 6 to 7 hours. Though it is quite long, it usually has three stops so you can eat and go to the comfort room.

A Few Biyaheng Baguio Tips:
  • It is highly suggested that you reserve tickets a few days before your planned trip. You do not want to have the worries of being a chance passenger, right? You can also choose where to sit inside the bus when you reserve your tickets. 
The midnight trip to Baguio leaves at 11:30pm. One Valenzuela saw several chance passengers lined up. 
  • For students, bring your ID on the day that you will reserve your ticket. You will get a 20% discount. From Php445.00, you will just have to pay Php356.00 after presenting the ID. No student ID, no discount.
Fare rate at Caloocan terminal. When One Valenzuela's family reached their terminal in Baguio, they immediately bought return tickets. 

  • Kids below 1.3 meters are free as long as they sit on the lap of their parents/accompanying adult. But since this ride is quite long, One Valenzuela suggests that you just pay the discounted student fare to avoid cramps.
Little One Valenzuela is already above the 1.3 meter mark. You're growing too fast, babe!
  • In most travels, One Valenzuela recommends that you travel light. For Baguio trips, bring a jacket and a foldable umbrella. By experience, sometimes there’s a drizzle up there during Ber months. And, oh, do not forget to bring a foldable bag for pasalubong!
  • If you plan to visit PMA, wear shoes. Slippers are not allowed.
Victory Liner Inc.
Caloocan Bus Terminal
Contact Number: 361-1506 / 361-4665 to 66
For other contact details, check out Victory Liner's Official website.

You might also want to read these:
Where to Stay while in Baguio (Part 2)
What to See in Baguio (Part 3)
Where to Eat in Baguio (Part 4)
What to Buy in Baguio (Part 5)
Overnight Baguio Itinerary(Part 6)

One Valenzuela knows a few more Valenzuelanos who went to Baguio just this month. Did you also have a recent travel up there? How was it? Any tips and suggestions? Post a comment below. Would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hitting the Hunger Target Twice with Bullseye Steakhouse

One Valenzuela and hubby are usually on the lookout for interesting finds and places in the city. In one of their morning joyrides, they noticed this restaurant located at Gen. T. De Leon. The timing was just perfect since they were both hungry. 
Bullseye Steakhouse
Upon entering, one will observe that the interiors of the restaurant made use of beautiful wood. The checkered tablecloth also blends well with the earthly brown color.
Look at how shiny the ceiling is! 
Bullseye has been serving good food to the public for almost a year now. They first offered steaks and later on incorporated Chinese food since their customers are looking for them.
You may sit here and snap a photo or two.
Inquisitive One Valenzuela asked a few more things about the restaurant. She also learned that they have a function hall upstairs that can accommodate 100 to 150 persons. Several wedding receptions and parties have already been held there over the months.
The cactus pots near the windows add more detail to the cowboy theme.
Gotta catch the bull first!
Bullseye's menu primarily boasts of their house specials, the t-bone steak and porterhouse steak. Bullseye also has rice toppings (i.e. sweet and sour pork, lapu-lapu fillet with tausi, braised beef brisket), beef (i.e. beef curry, beef tenderloin Chinese style, beef ampalaya with tausi), pork (i.e. patatim, crispy pata, salt and pepper spareribs), chicken (i.e. fried chicken, szechuan chicken, crispy lemon chicken), seafood (i.e. steamed lapu-lapu, calamares, salt and pepper squid), and vegetable (i.e. chopsuey, lohan chay) viands. Craving for something light? They also have noodles which starts at Php120.00 per order.
One Valenzuela is about to check out the Bullseye menu.
Hubby and One Valenzuela tried their camaron rebusado and  brocolli with oyster sauce. They ate these with a huge heap of yang chow rice. Big breakfast!
Camaron Rebusado (Php200.00)
Brocolli with oyster sauce (Php120.00)
Yang chow (Php120.00)
Porterhouse steak at Php170. According to the staff, another must try on their list is the T-bone steak.
The couple's interest towards the restaurant's bestsellers persisted even though they are so full. With the consensus that they will not eat the rice, One Valenzuela ordered Bullseye's porterhouse steak. The whole plate looks so grand with the metal gravy sauce. Hubby gave it a rating of 7 yummy points out of ten. 
Top shot of Bullseye''s Porterhouse Steak
And as the title of this post has suggested, One Valenzuela visited Bullseye again to try out their other food offerings. On this second occasion, she ordered special lomi, fish fillet, and graham dessert together with hubby and Little One Valenzuela.
Special lomi. One Valenzuela was only able to get the price for the regular lomi which is Php120. Lost the receipt! The prices are not that much different from one another.
While sipping some hot lomi soup, One Valenzuela eventually observed that the ladies serving the customers are all dressed like cowgirls! They wore checkered blouses and jeans, paired with leather boots. The last time One Valenzuela and hubby went there, they were just wearing black shirts. They look so pretty!
Cheese and butter fish fillet (Php150.00)
Graham dessert (Php50.00)
In those two occasions, One Valenzuela went out of the restaurant with a happy tummy. She recommends Bullseye Steakhouse for group gatherings and casual dining. If dining solo, give their steaks a try as well as their rice toppings.

Yeehaw for today, Valenzuelanos!

How to reach Bullseye Steakhouse:
From Malinta, ride a jeepney along McArthur Highway going to Monumento, Caloocan City (Php8.00). Go down at Karuhatan (Landmark: Baker's Fair) and walk towards the jeepney terminal (signage: Ugong) which you will see after passing by the market.

Ride the jeepney at the terminal (Php8.00). When you see an Iglesia Ni Cristo church at your left, then you are almost there. You will already have a glimpse of Bullseye Steakhouse's wooden door a few meters from the said church.
Bullseye entrance
Bullseye Steakhouse
Address: 4006 Gen. T. De Leon, Valenzuela City
Contact Numbers: (02)443-1930 and (0933)667-5023
Business hours: 9am to 10pm, Mon-Sun
Like Bullseye's Facebook page here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pure Love's Heaven Cafe

There were times when One Valenzuela would walk in front of Valenzuela City Hall and see Tully's transform into Heaven Cafe. If you are an avid fan of ABS-CBN dramas, you'll know that Heaven Cafe is among the main settings in Pure Love, a remake of the popular Korean Drama 49 Days.
Across the road: Tully's Coffee becomes Heaven Cafe tonight
And they crossed the highway! Will One Valenzuela go there too?
Though One Valenzuela is tired from a day's work, she still crossed the road to take a better look at what's happening over there.
Raining and all, the shooting continues.
It seems that the crew is already packing up. One Valenzuela eventually noticed many teenagers waiting in line to have a snapshot with Joseph Marco, one of the actors playing a major role in Pure Love.
Valenzuelanas pose with Joseph Marco
Some readers of this blog ask: Will they shoot here again? Well, One Valenzuela overheard, amidst all the kilig screams of the fans, that yes, they will still make several scenes in Tully's Coffee (or Heaven Cafe) again.

Check out more about Tully's Coffee here and Pure Love's Facebook page here.
Who is your favorite actor/actress in Pure Love?
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