The Balut CHALLENGE & Taal Volcano!

This is my final post for my Manila trip, you can read the first two post here: and

First up, just wanna say thanks to everyone for helping me win the Cebu Pacific Juan Blogger contest which allowed me to become the first Cebu Pacific Blogger Ambassador. Also thanks to the Cebu Pacific, Agoda & Visa for everything during my trip!

Joy from Cebu Pacific Airways was kind enough to bring us to Tagaytay which is up on a hill about an hour drive from Manila. We went up a hilly area with her land cruiser, and soon we were on top, we had a great view of the Taal Volcano. It was quite cloudy that day, so I couldn't get good pictures on the volcano

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Check out the Volcano & Lake!

The Taal Volcano is situated in the middle of Taal Lake and it is the 2nd most active volcano in the Philippines. There are guided tours to the volcano itself for about 1500 pesos (RM110) but we didn't have enough time to do that. 

The main thing to do at Tagaytay, is to EAT, EAT and EAT SOME MORE! 

So the first place where Joy brought us was to MUSHROOM BURGER RESTAURANT. Yes its epic as the patty is made out of pure mushrooms! No meat, just Mushrooms! It was delicious like trying to eat a Double Swiss burger with Epic Mushrooms & no meat patty!

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Mushroom Burger Restaurant!

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Oyster Mushrooms growing

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A single & a double

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Mushroom Burger!

Soon after that, we headed over for some "Buko" tarts (coconut tarts). Its great as you can really taste and feel the coconut flesh inside the tarts itself. You should definitely give this a try if you're ever in Philippines

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Buko Tarts

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Om Nom Nom!

And to the main challenge I wanted to do at Philippines, to eat the BALUT! A balut is a developing duck embryo still in the egg which is boiled and eaten. So you can think how crazy it sounds already. Other than that, we had the more crazy things up to be eaten. There was a fully formed baby duckling to be eaten too!

Check out what we had to go through:

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Quill Eggs & the Balut

1st step, Make a small hole at the top of the shell, add a little salt, and drink the "soup"

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Eileen with her Balut

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Drinking up the soup

Step 2: Peel off the shell and start eating the balut

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I dare you eat this =D

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That's the head attached to the yolk

If you think that was bad, check out the fully fertilized duckling:

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Basically they fry it, and you eat it whole! inclusive of all the organs, intestines & everything =D

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Om nom nom!

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Check out the inside!

Honestly, I would say the Balut was better compared to the fully formed duckling, So if you go to Philippines, make sure you try this!

After the Balut Challenge, it was time for a good meal! There was a popular restaurant nearby, which sells awesome beef soup. And the best part, it had an awesome view of the Taal Volcano & Lake. 

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Time for some good food!

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Beef Soup!

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The Taal Volcano & Lake

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Myself, Eileen & Michelle

That concludes my Manila trip! I wanna specially thank Joy & Michelle from Cebu Pacific Airlines for preparing everything for me and making it happen! 

I cant wait for my next trip in July to Cebu! I'll be blogging then too!

Read about my other Philippine adventures here:

Manila Trip:

Cebu Trip:

Boracay Trip:

Palawan Trip


Henry Lee said…
the mushroom burger looks good! I don't dare to try balut... the feather and it's so gooey :(
Samuel C said…
but its a must try! you have to do it when you go philippines! fear factor!