The last day of our 2019 was quiet and relaxed. Normally, our New Year’s Eve is busy and noisy. We would habitually celebrate it with our Guevarra Clan (Father’s side of my family). But this year, since we are away, we had it differently.
After the kids had a swim at the beach in Currimao, we drove up to Laoag.
I found a place online. It is called “Balay da Blas” and I booked a room directly to them through phone call. I got a room with two double beds for Php 1,200 and it looked nice and clean on their website. Glad I got a cheap deal!
When we reached Laoag, we didn’t go right away to the hotel but we went straight to our friends’ house in Gabu. Rhys had a great kitesurfing session with his friend Dan, while the kids and I hang out with Dan’s wife and son – Angela and Steven. It was a good fun catching up with old friends.
Lexi and Noah with Steven:
In the afternoon, we went to the hotel to check in. There was a little misunderstanding with the room they first gave us, but in the end, it was sorted. The room was fairly affordable but very simple. It was clean and it got hot water. The staffs were okay, however, we had a drama when I informed them that I wanted to extend my booking for another night. They said it was possible but we would have to move to 3rd floor on our second night. (We were staying on the 2nd floor and they only had stairs, no elevator.) And that we had to check out first at 12noon and check in again at 2pm the next day. Take note, we were going to stay in the same hotel. IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. So I just told them forget the other night extension if there is this drama.
BALAY DA BLAS RECEPTION:
We had early dinner at their restaurant called “Saramsam”.
The food here was unique, nice and tasty. The restaurant’s staffs were professionals.
AT SARAMSAM. Me with the nice and unique Sampaloc (Tamarind) Juice:
After our early dinner, we stayed in our room to relax and planned to wait until the New Year’s Eve program at the plaza starts. We were meant to watch live band and fireworks. But of course, having Lexi and Noah, we ended up being on bed early as both kids were knocked early.
Our New Year’s Eve was quiet, relaxing and different, yet I don’t have regrets. Maybe our whole year will be this calm, yes?