Monday, May 23, 2016

Road Trip - Rambull's and Tanay Windmill Farms

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great summer. We're finally experiencing the first rains and half the year had already gone! 

So..changes. I have already resigned from my current post as an Inbound Sales Specialist after 4 years in the company. The new office location was just not working for me, and I dread the commute once Monsoon Season starts. 

Of course, I didn't leave without a backup plan. I started as an Email Ambassador for another company in Ortigas (right next to where my previous workplace originally was until we transferred to Far Far Away Land). Between leaving my old job and starting my new one, I had a week for "vacation". 

Since I was just vegging out at home, turning the A/C on at around noon time and chilling with my dog - Shadow in my room. My mom told me that they were going to pay a visit to my cousins who live in Tanay. So, I went with them. 

Say hello to Shadow - my "firstborn". He starts college in June.
He'll be a Vulcanizing Major. lol.

I haven't really had the chance to indulge in ice cream or cold treats since my confinement because my throat still felt a wee bit raw (I took in calls in the office the first Monday when I returned). So, imagine my delight when I was finally able to satisfy my craving for halo-halo. 

We went to Rambull's Tanay and originally the only plan that day was to get halo-halo. 

Note: This is an image-heavy entry. You may click on the photos to view the larger version. 

Ride on, cowboy.

Rambull's is a wide, open-air restaurant which serves beef dishes. Although at that time, I wasn't really in the mood for anything except for halo-halo. The tables and chairs looked like they were made from Narra. 

Halo-halo was only Php80 per serving. Now, the Capampangan in me will always be loyal to Razon's Guagua-style halo-halo. But this one is certainly different! It had chunks of cheese! CHEESE!!!! And we all know how a huge cheesehead I am. 

Darling, you have no idea how long I waited to have you....

I love the ambiance. And I would certainly want to go back and try their other dishes. 

Cow skulls dot the perimeter fences.

Family Picture. Yes, I am literally a copy and pasted version of my mother. 

And theeeeen, my mother asked me if I'd like to see the windmills since they're only like 10 minutes away. I said, yaaassss!  You know what they say, the best moments are the unplanned ones. 

Tanay Windmill Farms isn't that developed yet. There is no entrance fee, but a guard will hand you a ticket upon entering and they just require a donation of any amount - this goes towards the maintenance of the place, I guess. 

Are we there yet?

Roadside fruit vendors 

First sighting

Siomai House  in case you go hungry.

THE view at the top. 

Duh.. usapang matalino. Can't relate.

Mom and my kid cousin - Joshua

Mom and me. Big arms. Don't care.

Do NAAAAT even attempt to go here. Bawal nga eh.

Hence the warning. Here's the mother with my kid cousins - Angel and Joshua.

Push mo na yang pang cover photo, beks!

Getting photobombed by the mother. And yes, the wind is that strong.

Family Picture Part 2

My take-aways for this trip is as follows: 

  • I am now seriously considering getting one of those selfie-sticks with a clicker. Any recommendations would be highly appreciated.
  • Dress comfortably. For spur of the moment trips, if you're wearing flip flops, it's ok. Just make sure they the type that does not easily snap. The roads in the Windmill Farm are not yet fully developed, so expect a lot of gravel.
  • Eyewear. Squinting at the camera ain't cute.
  • Hair elastics. This is self-explanatory, especially to the ladies with long hair.
  • Always have a shawl/cardigan. Temperature can get unpredictable, especially if you easily get cold.
  • I can never stress enough the importance of always carrying a tumbler of water whenever one goes out, especially during summer. It minimizes the costs of buying bottled water. There are only two establishments so far in Tanay Windmill Farms: Siomai House downhill and they also have a coffee shop at the viewing deck who serves pasta/rice meals.
  • Always have wipes and cologne in your bag. A day spent in an extremely windy environment may leave you feeling sticky in the car ride home. These two are a godsend so you can freshen up and get rid of the "amoy araw" smell.
  • They do not allow parking on the viewing deck. Only drop offs are allowed and then you'd have to park at the designated parking spaces.
  • For people coming from far areas, they also have kubos/nipa huts for rent.
  • Always bring extra cash. As someone who believes in supporting local businesses, please do not forget to purchase pasalubong for your friends. For the moment, they sell (yup, you guessed it) miniature windmills. They come in either tabletop displays (these usually range from Php80 above - depending on the design), keychains and magnets (priced at Php40). And their windmill blades actually move!