Isdaan Restaurant…

Isdaan Restaurant…

“In life, we never lose friends, we only learn who the true ones are.”

My bucket list included another trip northbound to check out this special restaurant known as Isdaan Seafood restaurant. It is located in Gerona, Tarlac in Pampanga. I accidentally saw it from a friend’s post in Facebook. At first glance, she looked like being in another Asian country until I discovered that she’s actually in the Philippines. I can’t wait to see it in the flesh too. And instantly jot it down in my list.

Until on our way home from Lucban, after seeing the Pahiyas festival, an on-going huge construction somewhere in Bae, Calauan (or Bay) caught my gaze and apparently I later learned that it is actually another branch of Isdaan. And it’s just an hour away from my place. I’ve been meaning to check it the soonest and had monitored the finish date or opening date to the public.

So timely when my highschool friends  were scouting for a place to spend one of the group’s birthday. I recommended Isdaan. To my surprise, everyone agreed right away and that they have been eyeing the place as well. It’s popularity in our area has become instant. It’s definitely needless to go to Gerona which is going to be more than 3 hours away from Laguna.

If La Union is the gateway of the North, Bae, the town before where Isdaan is located, isn’t just the gateway to other parts of Central Luzon, it is also touted to be the most beautiful town in Laguna. I specifically love the trees from both sides of the high-way with their branches extending to the other side, entangled and mimicking an arch naturally, not only it created a pretty sight to look at, it also unknowingly provided shed to travelers creating a palette of greens and yellows. It was so relaxing.

Please take a look as to how we celebrated our friend’s happy birthday.happy trip. happy tummy!

The birthday girl!
Halo halo..
Fresh buko juice…

I especially like the fish in tamarind soup which the attendant poured from a bamboo..

The place is so Asian, at some point, it felt like a park to me, a transient trip to somewhere surreal, kids will surely enjoy it and the kids at heart too. Except for the so oldies since the place is so vast, it would require you a lot of walking, though resting areas with benches and carved-stone are in every corner, you can stop by to take a rest and just quietly enjoy the place. I also wondered if the owner is a Buddhist.

Hmmn, there are Buddhas everywhere..





Families and friends searching for a change to bond and dine can go here.

There’s this corner on Anger Management. The photo showed plates and bowls which you can throw & crash on the wall. You would not believe, televisions are also available for throwing. =)

They call it “Taksiyapo”…

I must affectionately declare, that the girls I was with are friends I’ve known for the last two decades.


It was actually a special friendship that’s meant to last till our hairs are gray and walks with canes or with eye glasses probably hanging on our necks. As declared by one of us, we will be spending our golden years together like the movie: Golden girls. The bliss coming from friendships like this can’t be described by words enough. Let me try by saying they’re gifts from the heavens above… (–,)

Isdaan is located at: Bae, National highway, Laguna. Their first branch is at: Gerona, Tarlac.

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-An only daughter. A mother of a 22 year old son. Passionate with so many things. A lover of life itself. First of which is to write. Then, sing (I specifically love the stage), read, cook, travel & take beautiful pictures (photography) and scrap booking, all of which are my own way of coping with life's challenges. Lately, I have been enjoying quilting and crafting with beaded fabrics. Friends usually associate me with the color violet. I love this color so much! However, I love pink, red, teal, orange, yellow as well! Coffee is my water and my happy food is cheesecake topped w/ blueberries, frozen yogurt, sansrival and cream puff. I mastered fettuccine carbonara because that is one of my favorite food along w/ broccoli with prawns and mushrooms. Of all the International cuisines, Japanese food is on top of my list. Secretly, I love "Stitch" - that grinning indigo pup. =) Seriously, I dream to become a philanthropist (starting off by providing shelter to street children in our country) and a famous author someday. I'm just waiting for God's time for my first book to be published.- It took me years to decide to blog, more so to write and have it out in the open. I started writing even as a child, I just keep them on file. It was my outlet. Approaching the year(s) they say where life begins, or If I may say, the sweeter life. It was a year full of emotions. As I lost both my parents already, the unfathomable sadness prompted me to pour them out in my writings and share them to the world, hoping it might lighten the heaviness of my heart. I live now with my son as a mother and as a daughter (as a friend and a sister), this has made me be ready to finally do what I am meant to do. Even If there's a lot that I wanted to do. This came first, like a first love that occupied a special place in my heart. It's a looong process, tiring, frustrating, exciting. The best part? is the happiness it brings. Even if things around seems all so wrong. It's like having my own place under the sun. My own safe and happy rainbowed world. At times, there's guilt as well, for I strongly believe, writing (like singing) is a talent God has gifted us. We ought to use it and maximize it, in our littlest way, share it to mankind, for His glory. I just had a few distractions over the years and to realize that it is never too late to be who we ought to be, I have this very strong feeling, now is the time. All my life, I have decided on things that made me happy, this is one of those. I may never be a winner of those best blogs that have been awarded to talented writers/ bloggers and I don't mind, there are strikes of being envious, but according to my father, there are two kinds of being envy. There's envy that is negative, it'll hamper you from doing good and there's an envy that makes you happy for others' success, or seeing yourself in their shoes, I think, the kind of envy in me, is the latter. Like celebrities who missed an Oscar, while the film was watched by the whole world, she/he did not mind, it's like knowing what counts best, and it's the capacity to share your talents to anyone who wants to receive it, without asking anything in return. Expressing what's in my heart and mind on every occasion (which happens to be daily) and being happy about it is like a prize already. Happy reading!(--,)

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