http://thefoodcritic.me/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/4414589_orig.jpg 730 1100 Dante Morados http://thefoodcritic.me/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/TFC_logo_21.png Dante Morados2014-12-20 08:41:182016-04-12 13:56:52Majestic FUNDACION PACITA Plus Heart Stopping and Kicky BATANES On Spot. (Part 1)
MAJESTIC FUNDACION PACITA
PLUS HEART STOPPING & KICKY BATANES ON SPOT
…chronological, easy to remember and far from being trivialized by either spouse-intention of which
is to deter misunderstanding (for NOT remembering).
It actually is December 13, 2014,
the ultra memorable date chosen by
Anton & Cha, my daughter,
for them to exclaim “I DO’s” unto each other
up Mt. Carmel Chapel, Basco Batanes, officiated coincidentally by
Rev. Fr. Danilo T. Cruz
a POVEDAN teacher where Cha attended high school years back.
Chapel is a mere par 5 + par 3 away from our haven:
Cha, months back, gave me a “verboten”
and strongly warned me from taking shots on the day of the wedding itself, for, maybe,
she wanted me to concentrate on crying
that very day she’s leaving my pasture.
Whew, so my snaps are from pre & post event.
Never did I give a thought that a far up island like
Basco, Batanes, a typhoon-favorite-attack place almost half of every year could present a LODGE
(they call it such-but for me, aw heck it’s a paradise)
far better than most of Metro Manila’s 5 star full service hotels.
Though in absentia, who cares about TV, cable shows, pools and noisy vehicle horns when you’re soaked in nature,
bathing with fresh mountain air while sea breeze caresses your soul.
Commune with God’s gift.
Perfect place to “talk with Him”.
…and before I commence preaching, let’s check this majestic site.
By the veggie farm left side of main entrance, shot taken 15th December.
First time sun showed after days of rains, wind and cool breeze.
Don your sweater or jacket. Here, cool breeze starts caressing your face.
Pass the wooden arc.
Upon entry you’ll be greeted by the warmth of the place beholding a bit limited view of
CAFE DE TUKON
(kindly notice the ever-ready umbrellas to the right)
The fireplace serving as division/barrier to the two(2) wing rooms pass it.
Walk through and pass the fireplace.
Peep thru the window and this is what you’ll be amazed with.
Bear with me on this.
Waving through the hassles eve & wedding day itself:
1. our 6am flight was cancelled due to bad destination weather (Batanes)
2. trouble of retrieving baggages, re-checking for the next 8am flight amidst tension, pressure and heartaches
3. sorry feeling of ONLY immediate families of the wedding couple could be accommodated in the said 8am flight
4. my son, grandson and about 40 more members of entourage and guests were left behind and had to try,
again, next day’s 6 am flight.
5. wedding day itself with no assurance if there will be incoming flights- AND AGAIN, the 6am flight was cancelled.
6. the trouble anew of my family(son & grandson) & all those left yesterday re-booking for the next 8am sked.
7. at the exact hit of time, my son, grandson and majority of entourage arrived…no time wasted…
put down things, wash up and get dress for the wedding. WHEW!
Good, really good, there were sponsors and guests originally booked in those 2 successful 8am flights.
Number of casualties who did not make it
(despite planning, saving for the trip, spending time & effort)
On the eve we touched down Batanes, to somewhat mask those hassles in mind and maintain my composure,
which is odd for a hot headed guy like I am,
…seeing this (our room), I kid-like jumped outright into bed, rolled right & left while inhaling fresh air.
Pardon the bed cover dis-array as post rollings I got my D300 and started snapping around.
And who can resist staring out from bed if this is your view…
Time to wash up.
Stretching my head thru the veranda this captured my heart.
FOOD? Check the 2nd pic. They grow their own veggies, spices and herbs. Fresh all.
Their approach to food prep is “fantastically rustic” and well processed.
SERVICE? The “provincial Po and Opo” will still be ringing unto your ears as you converse with staff.
You can feel the warmth of service NOT the usual “show off” you constantly experience
in most of Metro’s diners eager eyes awaiting how much left over amount you’ll leave as tip.
PRICE? Is going to heaven cheap?
Oh common…prepare for it. Treat your loved ones-your family.
The best you can give besides shopping in Hongkong or Singapore.
(click for their web)
First of 2 series. Next are tourist spots we enjoyed post wedding.
…as we are on topic of “hot site”, here’s another “hot”