L Element Asian Fusion Cuisine

Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.- B. Frankel

THERE’S A NEW dining place in Puerto Princesa that serves authentic Asian fusion cuisines, and it’s called L Element Bar & Seafood Restaurant owned by Manila businessman  Laurence Lau.

Laurence is a Filipino entrepreneur, whose mother is Malaysian. He was born in the Philippines, but grew up in Hong Kong. Yes, three countries that love to cook, and are food capitals in the world’s largest and most populous continent.

So, why not a restaurant that serves traditional dishes from these three countries, and maybe more like Vietnam and Taiwan.

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SEAFOOD TOFU SOUP

In this city, and I could probably say anywhere else in Palawan, there is simply nowhere to go when it comes to your favorite bona fide Asian fares. Most times, your Chinese stir-fried noodles is frustrating for the reason that the restaurant where you had it couldn’t cook it the way you wanted it cooked.

At L Element, you have to try the Taiwanese Beef Noodle with Barbecue Sauce because it is simply the best. The noodles are not mushy and oily, and the chef was generous enough not to scrimp on the beef meat as one of the main ingredients.

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BEEF IN BLACK PEPPER SAUCE

Another dish I enjoyed so much at L Element in the three times I had been there so far, is the Beef in Black Pepper Sauce. Three times there, three times ordered the same dish because the meat was tender, and the bite of the black pepper sauce on your palate is really habit-forming.

It’s beyond explanation why I love it.

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VIETNAMESE FRIED SPRING ROLL

Another best-loved Asian cuisine there is from Vietnam, the Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls that is pleasingly crispy outside and firm on the inside. One of the restaurants in Puerto Princesa that serves this really good is located in Sta. Lourdes.

So, it’s nice that when you don’t have a lot of time to travel far, there’s a place nearby that offers it on its menu.

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CRISPY & JUICE FRIED CHICKEN

The photos of the food I posted here are those I have already tried at L Element. If you get the chance to see its menu, you’ll find that there are more to choose from. I, myself, have to try the recipe the chef has for crabs as I am also very fond of crustaceans.

Next time!

However, the Beef in Black Pepper Sauce… I wouldn’t be raving about it if it’s not a dish that more than satisfied me.

If you’re planning to visit Puerto Princesa soon, and you’re looking for a place with Asian fusion cuisines that are flavorful and easy on the pocket, then don’t miss L Element Bar & Seafood Restaurant.

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Baragatan sa Palawan 2014

My province recently celebrated its 112th Civil Government Anniversary through the annual convergence event “BARAGATAN.” In our local dialect, Baragatan means “convergence.”

Every year during the month of June, all 23 local government units (LGUs) journey to the capital Puerto Princesa City to participate in the festivities: the LGU Trade Fair for their “One Town, One Product” (OTOP); culture and arts presentation, such as the Saraotan sa Dalan (street dancing in the Cuyunon dialect), and many others to mention.

Among all activities, my favorite is the Saraotan sa Dalan or street dancing competition because participants wear colorful costumes and head gears, and the beat of the drums is just fantastic — totally different from the usual music we hear all the time.

Too bad I wasn’t able to get a photo of Wak-wak. Weird sounding name — it’s a sand worm — harvested by the locals, dried under the sun, and cooked (fried or ceviche) as food. I swear it’s good!

Here are some photos from the street dancing competition. Love the colors!

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Earth Hour Celebration in Puerto Princesa

Imagine my disappointment after turning on the television, it’s one of those depressing Filipino films… and the high temperature is killing me.

March 29 was unforgettable. These photos were taken from my city’s commemoration of the Earth Hour at the People’s Amphitheater in Mendoza Park. At exactly 8:30 p.m., power in my city was turned off because of the celebration, and these fire dancers took over the darkness beautifully.

From nearly a hundred long exposure shots, I succeeded with only over 20 good ones. The rest of the photos, sigh… waste of effort. But I’m happy with what I have.

Sharing the shots! Good night 🙂

Iwahig Prison & Penal Farm

Many of the photos I was commissioned to take at the Puerto Princesa Underground River at Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan long weeks ago are already out at Tropical Breeze Travel and Tour’s website http://tropicbreezetravel.com/

The website’s layout is cool 🙂

I’m not done yet; my busy schedule is getting in the way. But the other day, I managed to go to the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm with Thea, my friend, who is the manager of the travel and tours.

Travelers take a tour at Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, one of the oldest correctional facilities in the Philippines. The place is in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. The building behind was among those built in 1904, when the U.S. colonized the Philippines.

More than a correctional facility for offenders, Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm is a popular tour site for those who care about history, and who love to help minimum security inmates by buying the souvenir items they make out of indigenous and recyclable materials.

This old building used to be the center of all activities for the minimum security inmates. They do their programs here, meetings, and others. Currently, it serves as the souvenir shop of the penal facility.

Dancing inmates at the souvenir shop at Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. Everyday, when tourists come, they dance for just little helpful donations.

The expanse of the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm ground, also known as “PRISON WITHOUT WALLS,” as seen from the antiquated building.

Rain sticks sold as souvenirs.