Arabian Night at Al Nada Resort

An exotic evening capped a busy Sunday. On a whim, the hubby and I hit the road to Marcos to see what Al Nada Resort has to offer. My friend Mike Kairuz was inviting me  some months back. Unexpectedly, the owner turns out to be Alli Alahmed, an expat, who we met at my uncle’s house in the next town (Banna) from way back. I never thought of the connection. Anyhow, just when we were about to leave, Alli offered  dinner. We just had dinner at home, but we joined him at the bar, anyway. He talked about how he transformed his home made of cargo containers into what it is this time, a resort with camping grounds and a function hall overlooking verdant environs. He thinks of building a swimming pool eventually.

My eye caught an unfamiliar object by the kitchen countertop. It’s a waterpipe (hookah) for smoking shisha. The tobacco that is used looks and smells like jam and comes in different flavors like apple, mint, cappuccino, etc.. I’ve passed by hookah bars along Melrose Ave. before, but I never had the chance to peek. Out of curiosity and for reportage, I puffed once. Strangely, it was tasteless as in no trace of tobacco. Note: It’s not something that I encourage you to do on a regular basis.

We were served aromatic capsa chicken, which looked a little bit like Spanish paella and Chinese kiam peng. The cook says, it’s Arabic spices that give the dish character. Chewy dates and green mint tea completed the wonderful Middle Eastern meal.

I hope to be able to go back during the day and perhaps have some shish kebob.

Al Nada Resort Brgy. Lydia, Marcos, Ilocos Norte Contact 09064905619 Email

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Post-election wish

The people of Ilocos Norte have spoken —  they still want the prominent political names. The smashing victory of Mrs. Imelda Romualdez Marcos in the congressional race (2nd district of the province) is a clear signal that she is still a political force to be reckoned with in Ilocos Norte.

Daughter Imee Marcos, who, at the last minute, ran against her cousin Governor Michael Marcos Keon for the gubernatorial post, won a whopping 69.34 % of the votes.

For the vice-governor’s  seat, another Marcos cousin, Board Member Angelo Marcos Barba, who ran under Keon’s ticket, won against Board Member Yvonne Ranada, Imee’s running mate.

Comeback kid Atty. Rodolfo C. Fariñas got 50.42% of the votes in the congressional race (1st district of the province). His closest opponent, young Board Member Kris Ablan (son of Congressman Roque R. Ablan, Jr., who is vacating the post) got 28.15%.

Congressman Bongbong Marcos is among the 12 leading senatorial candidates.

There we have it: old names, new posts. I hope the cracks in the so-called Solid North will heal in no time for the sake of the province. A united Ilocos Norte is the fastest way to a better and brighter future. The chosen leaders should set the tone and put the negative vibes aside.