Philippines Travel

Flotsam and Jetsam

June 29, 2017

Everyone needs to take a rejuvenating break once in a while and lazying around in this paradise is such a good idea for a quick getaway. Now I understand what the rave is all about and we’re here for the moment of magic.

If you are hunting for good food and relaxing place where you can surf, dine & drink, and chill, Flotsam and Jetsam is the one-stop place.

This trip has been a long overdue adventure for me and my sister-from-another-mister Mardi. Now, to celebrate a decade of friendship and her 26th birthday, we have chosen one of the best surfing spots in the Philippines. With all the ballyhoo about this hostel and after reading up some good reviews, I was convinced. One thing that made me say yes to Flotsam and Jetsam was when I browsed through their rooms and saw their twin bed with its breathtaking sea view. Waking up to blue skies and crystal waters of La union, what more could you ask for?

A week before our trip, we were lucky to be able to book our room through their website because apart from being a popular place to stay in La Union, there was an event that weekend so most of the rooms were already booked. To go to La Union, We rode Partas Bus in Pasay Terminal, left Manila at 1AM, and arrived in La Union 5 hours later.

The sound of the waves welcomed us and a warm greeting from the staff of F&J took the groggy feeling away. Since the check-in time was still at 2pm and after being told to go around first while waiting, we both looked at each other and said, “Game!” We dropped off our weekender bags and took a quick tour around the hostel. Suddenly we both felt exhilarated and wide awake. Our adventure began with a 45-minute tricycle ride to Tangadan Falls (will have a separate post for this!).

The moment we arrived from our morning adventure, the receptionist gave us our room keys. We came across oriental-inspired decor on the 2nd floor and burst of colours all over the hostel while on the way to our room at the 3rd floor. Once we opened the door, the cinematic landscape view of the room ushered us in and without second thoughts, I went straight to the window, drawn the curtains to the side, and unraveled the most beautiful scenery. Oh and don’t forget to leave your shoes or slippers outside!

After freshening up, we went down to grab some food at the Hungry Nomad KitchenBar and only to find out that they were closed from 2-5PM (we went down at 1:45PM). The only available food they had was Lechon Kawali. I felt really bad that I was not able to devour their famous pizza. A second trip to F&J was a must!

The KitchenBar was nothing but a restaurant oozing with vibrance, free-spirit, and appeal- such a place for celebration. I loved the idea that every nook of the restaurant was facing the sea. The space was well-curated and seemed like an art museum. What caught my eye instantly was the huge dreamcatcher hanging across the bar. Colourful bean bags and hammocks were scattered in the communal area. Word on the street was right. Flotsam and Jetsam truly was a space filled with good vibrations and a place to celebrate art, music, life. 

As we try to stabilize our glutted tummy from a big serving of Lechon Kawali, we toured around the hostel and found ourselves bedazzled by the little corners of the hostel and amity of the environment.


Twin Bed with Sea View Room – P4,560 / 2 = P2,280 (weekend rate)

Partas Bus Fare – lazy boy: P563 normal: P453

Food- P200+

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1 Comment

  • Reply Ruth | Tanama Tales August 26, 2017 at 11:41 PM

    What a beautiful place! I like to stay in colorful places. Now that I think about it, I need a break too!

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