Sunday, June 11, 2017

What Travel Delays Does to Somebody Like Me

It all started with the rain during the early morning of our last day at Ilocos, then came the blackout in our homestay's vicinity. Now I really didn't mind the part with raining since I was only half awake, but it did get really humid in our room with the lack of the AC running, so I was a little grumpy with the next turn of events.


Turns out the rain lasted until later in the morning, enough to delay our departure from Ilocos to our next itinerary. All we were left to do was watch the waves from our homestay's balcony while waiting for the rain to stop.


The rain stopped an hour later than our designated time of departure, but we still had time for one last photoshoot at the Pagudpud Arch Sign.

Feelin' the love here, guys...

We later stopped over at Laoag to have breakfast, and were able to take pictures of the Sinking Bell Tower nearby; while also buying souvenirs from the local fair.

It is said, it still continues to sink 'til this day...
Hand-painted, customized...


bracelets! :D


If you think our tour would be smooth sailing from there, then wrong dead wrong. Turns out we got a flat on the tire, and the driver had to change it; so we were stuck for another good hour in the middle (on the side...) of the highway going to Vigan.


After that little hiccup on the road, we went straight to Chavit's Baluarte, which was kinda like a mini zoo. Once there, we opted to ride the shuttle since it was too hot to walk out in the sun without the chance of suffering from a heat stroke.


What's up with the dinosaur design??? This ain't no Jurassic Park...


Took a few days to get that stamp off... -__-"


That's my mom on the right, my grandma in the middle, then me ;)


Disappointment is an understatement when it comes to describing this place. Just a rich (old) guy's way of showing off the animals he hunted for sport; no lions here kids, not the living kind anyway... Probably just a guy picturing himself as a horse. (Which you can see has a portrait on the 2nd floor of the Gallery at the end of the tour...) 


Those portraits must be like certificates of his trophies or something...

Reminds me of that scene with Gaston from Beauty & the Beast...

I've heard about bear rugs, but crocodiles???

Lastly, we went to Calle Crisologo in Vigan City, which I would consider an overrated place. Honestly, I know it's supposed to be a historical place of old, but with all those stores and some fastfood chains, you wouldn't have the "stepping into another time" kind of feels. (not that I want to go back to the Spanish times anyway... *shivers*...)


Exactly where is the view...?

Wish I could say the same though...

Although, if you're looking for a place like Calle Crisologo, I'd suggest you just go to Intramuros here in Manila. Since during my 4 years of college in The Walled City, I have yet to see a surge of tourists like the ones in Vigan.

Taken at the Parian: that's me (grey shirt) during my 2nd year in college... (that's my cousin in the red shirt...) ©2013

So I guess that's how my last day of tour in Ilocos ended, not really bad overall if I consider the fun I had during the first 2 days of my stay. Maybe Vigan used to be a "place of old", before consumerism decided to settle in, who knows... I'm not really one for the crowds.

Take this Black Friday Sale GIF for example... O.O

This ends my travel blog series of my Ilocandia Adventure, maybe next time I'll focus on the natural wonders our planet has to offer. Until next my travel, bye! ;D




Sunday, June 4, 2017

Push & Pulled by the Waves

The thing about waking up early is that you don't feel rushed; you feel fresh and ready to face the day. (I can't really understand people who get to sleep like the dead when they're in a different place...) Since we were already ready before the said call time of 7AM, we decided to take pictures by the beach just outside the homestay.


On the way to shore...

Rise and Shine!


Enjoying the view...

Our itinerary for the day mostly had something to do with bodies of water, so we opted to dress for the day's activities. Patapat Viaduct would be our first stop.

There I am!

Can't help but be part of it all...

The 2nd destination for the day was called Paraiso ni Anton Waterfalls, which had a shrine built on top of it since the water was said to have miraculous qualities.

Could this be what the Stairway to Heaven might look like...?

Bantay Abot Cave was next and I couldn't help but waddle in the water since it was getting hot around that time.

But first, you gotta get down from up here...

Cool down a bit (it's hot on the way down..)
Now how about going up there...

Just rocks and a view...
One last picture before leaving...

It was near noon when we arrived at Blue Lagoon beach where we were given time to swim and eat lunch there.

Under the heat of the sun...
Found a cottage! (which costs 700php in total...)
I gotta say that it was a beautiful sight since the sand was fine enough that your feet would just sink, and the water was clear enough that you could see your feet underwater.



You can see the sand too...

After swimming and having lunch, we went for a fast rinse and change of clothes, that we brought, at the paid restrooms nearby. Since we didn't really want our seats at the van to get wet and grainy while we went to our last destination for the day, Kabigan Falls.

I'm ready for a little trekking! :D

Once there, we paid the entrance fee of 30php each and got to meet our guide. The trek to the falls lasted for at least an hour and a half, but you don't have to worry about it being too dangerous since if my 74-year old gradma could do it, then you have nothing to worry about. 


The road ahead... (more on the side actually...)

No time for umbrellas, ladies... ;)



Just climbed up these stairs...

Almost there... I can just feel it...

There it is! Just past the 'stick bridge'...

Once we reached the waterfalls, I could almost say it was worth the trek. Almost. Since there were too many groups people swimming about, you couldn't take a decent picture without them ruining the view, so I guess you could say all we did there was just soak our feet in the water.



Would have looked better without the people though...


Took me a while to get on top of this rock...

Though I can't help but wonder why the trek back to our van seemed more relaxing.



Water for the soul..
Nature really  is so wonderful...
Forever on a loop...

Since Kabigan Falls was our last stop for the day, we got back at the homestay earlier than yesterday; just in time to catch the sunset outside!



Sun's Out!

We stayed outside until the sun went out and decided to explore the nearby beach. We had to go through other homestays in order to get to the main part of Saud Beach, where we did a little star-gazing before heading back to our room.


Just a few resorts away from Cathy's Homestay...


Night at the beach!

Last day at the beach...

We had to pack our things since we'd be checking out in the morning in order to go to our next destination, Vigan City! Little did we know, all the delays started in the early morning. Find out next Sunday if we'd ever get our schedule back on track here at our Ultimate Ilocandia Adventure! ;D





Sunday, May 28, 2017

I'm In Love with the Thought of Travel

If you think my Singapore tour would be my last series of travel blogging, then you're wrong. Honestly, all I needed was a little time to edit more videos that I took at my latest adventure this summer. Also, I'll probably be blogging about local tours for now 'cuz let's face it, travelling abroad can be VERY expensive here in the Philippines (unless you have all the time in the world to hound for Seat Sales...)


So here I'll be blogging about my 3-Day Ilocos Adventure with the fam. Firstly, my mom booked us on a tour group called, A Whole New World Travel Express, this isn't the first time we booked a trip with them since the previous year we went to Sagada. (which I'm planning on blogging about as well... give me time...)



Click this pic for the link!

When travelling with AWNW, you should probably keep in mind that their usual meeting place is between Trinoma or SM North Edsa in Quezon City, where you'll ride a 13-seater van and spend the night on a road trip until you reach your destination in the early morning.



In our case, we traveled for 8 hours on the road, (with stops in between of course..) and reached Ilocos at around 6AM, with Paoay Church being our first destination. Here we ate breakfast and took some pictures here and there, before we had to leave for our next destination.


Can you spot me by the "Y"?

Looking back, our 2nd destination was what I would consider as the highlight of the day 'cuz we were going to conquer the sand dunes on a 4x4 vehicle!


It's a sign!
You'd think I'd be ready for this...

The ride costs 2,500php in total, with a maximum of 5 people riding at the back. You can leave your hats or other valuables beside the driver's seat in front if you think the rides getting too bumpy or windy for your taste, which in my case, I had to do just that.



Groufie! (is that how you spell it though...?)

Jump for Joy! I made it this far!

Of course, there were picture takings in between and a good view of the ocean; there was also a sand boarding booth during the stops which I just had to try. It's part of the experience after all.



I felt like I had all my adrenaline sucked out of me after the thrilling experience at the sand dunes, so I didn't really mind the historical aspect of our tour when we went to the Malaca├▒ang of the North (home of Ferdinand Marcos).



We went to eat lunch after that, but since we were too hungry to care, none of us got to take pictures of the place. After our hearty meal, we went to Cape Bojeador Light house which was said to be haunted. ( not that we'd be seeing any ghosts in the early afternoon during that time...) So after a few pictures and souvenirs, we were ready to head out again.


Doesn't exactly look creepy in this time of day...


Second to the Sand Dunes, I'd say I enjoyed trekking at the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation just because you get to be creative with your Perspective pictures.


Isn't this such a tiny rock? :D

I got the "wind" in my hands!
I'll huff, and I'll puff...
View from here...

Lastly, before checking in at our homestay, we stopped by the Bangui Windmills since Ilocos wouldn't be complete without them.




Must be really windy in this part of town...

At around 6PM, we arrived at Cathy's Homestay where we'll be sleeping at for the next couple of nights. We were dead tired so we didn't get to catch the sunset at the beach nearby, so we just unpacked, ate dinner in our room, and got our things ready for another early adventure the next day.



Find out next Sunday where we'll be going on our 2nd Day at Ilocos! :D