We found a gem in Baguio that is perfect for gatherings, dates or casual meals!

Rustic Box Steak and Winehouse
📍 3 City Camp Alley Road, Baguio City


We booked an accommodation near Burnham Park and we were on a look out on budget yet delicious places to eat in Baguio City. We were on our way to Calle Uno, our go-to coworking place in Baguio, when we saw this restaurant in a small alley along our hotel. It caught our attention. My foodie heart drove me to look on Zomato and found out this restaurant has great reviews!



The place definitely looked like a 'rustic box.' We loved how they used simple materials and made it into a chic yet rustic vibe. The place definitely has a cozy and warm ambiance perfect for a lunch or dinner date!




Here are a few things we absolutely love about Rustic Box.
✔ They offer breakfast menu which starts at 150PHP.
✔ T-Bone Budget Steak is the cheapest steak in the menu which costs 160PHP! (Super sulit)
✔ The steak menu ranges from 160PHP to 330PHP.
✔ Wine served per glass starts at 150PHP while wine per bottle starts at 800PHP.
✔ They also have group packages which starts at 1500PHP which is good for 4 pax.



My spontaneous Saturday night date with Cheloi was perfect so we invited my family to join us for brunch here the next morning! Can't you sense that we absolutely enjoyed our steaks here?

We highly recommend this restaurant!

Rustic Box also has branches in Malate, Novaliches, Pasig and Marikina, Mandaluyong, MOA, and Paranaque.

Check them out on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/rusticboxbaguio/


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Photos shot by Rae Argallon and Cheloi Marasigan | Baguio City, Benguet | April 2019

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Etiquette refers to a group of rules and codes on how to behave and how to do different things in a proper way. These actions are generally accepted by the local society and may differ from place to place. So, travel etiquette are unwritten customs which one should observe when travelling.

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TRAVEL ETIQUETTE AND TIPS:
Whether you're traveling cross-country, hiking a mountain, or travel abroad, each destination has their own rules. As travellers, we must observe these rules in respect to their culture.

1. PROPER ATTIRE
Proper clothes must be observed when visiting the local place of worship. You may either come prepared with suitable clothes or you may bring your own sarongs. Some temples or churches require to remove one's shoes. If its in your itinerary, keep in mind to dress appropriately.

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2. LEAVE NO TRACE
Leave no trace is more than just a 'travel quote' one uses in their Instagram photo. Whether its hiking in the mountains, exploring local beaches, or visiting abroad-- observe it. It simply translate to a visit which looked like you were never there; to prevent the decay of natural areas so others can also enjoy them. So on your next visit, you can still visit the piece of paradise you once enjoyed.

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3. PROTECTED AREA RULES
Different protected areas have different rules. It actually depends on the particular tourist spot/park they are protecting. Since its already a 'protected area', it has a huge significance to the locals and they want to preserve it. Therefore, we as travellers, should preserve it as well.



4. BE DISCRETE ABOUT YOUR OPINION-- ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY'RE NOT GOOD
Admit it. There are bad experience in our travels. As a form of respect, we shouldn't 'bash' the country because of it. You may be scammed or billed 10x more than the actual price. Nonetheless, one incident doesn't define the overall character of a country, but it can contribute to it. As travellers, sharing this on social media is a form of informing others as well. Let's just keep it in a professional informative way.

5. GOOD MANNERS
Even if you are not travelling, I hope everyone is doing this. Good manners will come a long way. Be patient in waiting for your turn. Be polite when talking to the locals. Aside from being patient you should also be punctual. Say "Thank you" when someone helped you. Avoid disrespecting the locals. Remember, you're visiting their home.

man observing respect at bali temple

6. RELIGIOUS CUSTOMS
Travellers should adapt to the locals' culture. Some religious customs are bowing one's head at temples in Thailand, not stepping on offering in Bali and not disturbing Muslims in their prayer.

7. OBSERVE PERSONAL SPACE AND RESPECT COMMUNAL SPACE

If you're like me, it is uncomfortable if someone invades my personal space. Isn't it disturbing when someone is leaning over your legroom in the plane? Or someone's standing too close to you? If it bothers you, tell them. Respect their personal space as well. This goes the same with hoarding and not sharing public property-- like hoarding the seats for your bag.

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Check out these travel tips that could also help!

8. LEARN A FEW LOCAL LANGUAGE

Sometimes, the locals appreciate when you try to converse with them in their local language. Its also a form of connection. It's also nice when you great them in their local tongue, it is more likely that they will answer your question. Basic words and phrases you should know should be: hello, good day, how much is this, how to get to destination, thank you, and good bye.

bali music picture

9. TIP WHEN NECESSARY
Giving a few tip wouldn't hurt us especially when we are happy with the service we received. Although in some countries, tips aren't welcome.

10. LEARN AND SEARCH THE PLACE TO KNOW WHAT ARE THE DO'S AND DON'TS
These tips are the basic travel etiquette out there! Research your particular country to familiarize yourself with their local etiquette.

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San Juan, La Union: Province in La Union, Luzon, Philippines
Coordinates: 16.6720° N, 120.3628°
What to do: surfing, beach, island hopping, heritage discovery
Where to stay: Chillin' Hotel
Ideal time to visit: Best time to visit is during summer (may get crowded)
Language: Filipino/English
Currency: Philippine Peso: 53PHP = 1USD (rough estimate)

La Union is called the Surfing Capital of the North.



La Union is a crowd favorite when it comes to weekend getaways, beach trips, or just wanting an escape from the busy jungle of Manila. Aside from Baler, this province is a surfers' haven whether you're a beginner or a pro. 

BUS COMPANIES EN ROUTE TO SAN JUAN, LA UNION:
You may opt to get a direct bus to San Juan or a bus heading to Laoag and tell the conductor to drop you off at San Juan, La Union. 
Via Partas Bus, Aurora Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City
Via Dominion, EDSA, Cubao, Quezon City
Via Farinas Bus, Lacson, Sampaloc, Manila


WHAT TO SEE IN SAN JUAN, LA UNION
URBIZTONDO BEACH
San Juan's famous Urbiztondo Beach is packed with millenial. You'll never go hungry with the variety of food options within the area, not to mention the artsy ambiance of each restaurants and coffee shops which are perfect for your group photos!




TANGADAN FALLS
This place is a must-visit in La Union. Tangadan Falls is located in San Gabriel, San Juan's neighboring town. If you're in a group, hailing a tricycle from San Juan to San Gabriel would be the convenient option to get to its jump-off point. Once you arrive, a mandatory guide will accompany you through out the 40-minute beginner-friendly trail to get to the Falls.  





NIGHTLIFE
There is no shortage when it comes to nightlife in San Juan. Most food parks or restaurants serve beers and alcoholic drinks. It's just a matter of which bar you and your friends prefer! A crowd favorite is Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel.




ITINERARY
We took a night bus to San Juan. Expenses for 5 PAX and above.

Manila to San Juan, La Union: 5 hours via bus | 430PHP | Farinas Bus Terminal at Lacson, Sampaloc, Manila. Ride a bus heading to Laoag and tell the conductor to drop you off at San Juan.
↠ Breakfast: 50-100PHP |  Rice meal at Mami King (Typical food ranges from 30-250PHP)
San Juan to Tangadan Falls Jump Off: 30 mins via tricycle | 100PHP roundtrip | The tricycle tour costs 500PHP. They will wait for you. Contact Kuya Edward: 09095543621
Tour Guide Fee: 150PHP | Our tricycle driver suggested his friend as our tour guide. The original guide fee is 200PHP and we got it for 150PHP per person. Contact Kuya Edward: 09095543621
Tangadan Falls entrance fee: 30PHP
↠ Merienda at the Tangadan Falls: 50PHP | Typical sari sari store prices
↠ Lunch: 20-50PHP | Rice meal at a local Karinderia
↠ Merienda: 100-300PHP | El Union Coffee
Free time at Urbiztondo beach
↠ Dinner: 180PHP | Pizza wotth 360PHP good for two at Flotsam and Jetsam.
Nightlife: Beer starts at 50PHP, cocktails at 250PHP
Hotel: 700PHP | 2100PHP good for 3 pax, additional 500PHP for extra bed at Chill'n Hotel.
↠ Breakfast: inclusive
Surfing: Board costs 250PHP per hour, board with instructor costs 400PHP
↠ Lunch: 180PHP | Rice meal at Sabong Friend Chicken
San Juan to San Fernando: 9PHP | Take a jeepney to San Fernando
San Fernando to Cubao: 378PHP | 5-7 hours via bus |  Dominion Bus Terminal

Optional activities/places to visit:
- Bahay na Bato
San Fernando, La Union
- Ma-Cho Temple: free
- Grape Farm: Entrance fee of 100PHP





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FOOTNOTES:
Photos shot by Rae Argallon and Cheloi Marasigan. Credits to Leandro Lacsamana, Ryee Malonzo, Evette Cabangon, Kai Delos Reyes, Katrina Rinon, Alyssa Manrique, Iaian Tyapon, Julius Caballero, Ela Zabayle, Pam Ortiz, Jamscott Manalo | San Juan, La Union | Created May 2018, Updated April 2019

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