Sunday, January 27, 2013

Last Trip of 2012: Ilocos Sur & Ilocos Norte

My guy friends planned a trip to Ilocos, where one of our friends got a family beach house.  They tagged me along since I wasn't doing anything those days. A Lithuanian couch surfer also joined us, since he's in the Philippines for a short vacation. We left Manila at around 5pm on December 28; and we had a stop at NLEX and another one at Rosales, Pangasinan. After 8 hours on the road, we arrived in Vigan, Ilocos Sur at 2am. We had a quick meal at Rizal Park in Santo Domingo, a town near Vigan. The next town was Magsingal, where our friend's place was. We slept from 4am to 11am and headed out after lunch to explore Ilocos Sur. The last time I've been to Ilocos Sur and Norte was 7 years ago, during our field trip in Art Studies class. 

So here's a rundown of the places in Ilocos Sur that we've visited:

1. Crisologo Museum - the ancestral house of the Crisologo's, one of the most influential families in Ilocos Sur.
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2. Baluarte - the house and ranch of Chavit Singson, a famous politician who loves collecting animals, even tigers!
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3. Bell Belfry - the bell tower in St. Augustine church in Bantay, Ilocos Sur.
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4. Calle Crisologo - a historic street in Vigan, which is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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5. Sunset at the beach behind our friend's place in Magsingal - the sunset was so nice, plus the sand was so fine, although it's dark gray.
 photo DSC07932_zpsa111feb2.jpg  photo DSC07929_zps3b789978.jpg

What's cool about this trip was, our friend's mom was also at their beach house and she was cooking for us while we were there. But of course, we paid for the groceries because only her cooking service was free. haha! We were also able to try the Ilocos miki, a super yummy noodle soup with special noodles called, "miki" that's only available in Ilocos. Our friend's cousin cooked it for us and it was so addicting!:)

So that's our day 1. The next day (30th), we went on a 3-hr trip from Ilocos Sur to Ilocos Norte. We're supposed to swim at a beach in Pagudpud but due to a rainy weather, we were not able to swim. The waves were so huge and the weather was really cold. But at least we were still able to go around Ilocos Norte and visited the following sites:

1. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse - too bad it was prohibited to climb up the lighthouse itself because it's unsafe to do so.
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2. Kapupurawan White Rock Formations - it's where Mario Maurer's tagalog movie, "Suddenly its Magic" was shot, plus some fake rock houses were built for "Si Enteng, Si Agimat, at Si Ako", an entry in the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival.
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3. Bangui Windmills - it energy produced by the windmills supplies electricity to the nearby towns.
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4. Pannzian Beach and Restaurant - we had late lunch there while it was storming outside; and we loved their adobo.
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5. Patapat Bridge - it's a bridge where you can see an ocean on the left and a mountain on the right.
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6. Hannah's Resort - one of the famous resorts in Pagudpud; it's where we had coffee since it's too cold to swim. You can also try Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud.
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7. Paoay Church - a baroque church that's also one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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Due to bad weather, we were not able to explore much of Ilocos Norte. But I still remembered the places we've visited 7 years ago during our Art Studies field trip. That time, we also visited the place of the Marcos family, where the former president's body was still being frozen. That experience really gave me goosebumps. It's so scary to see a dead person inside a glass freezer. Anyway, it's also nice to see the Paoay sand dunes where Panday and Himala was shot. It's like a huge desert. When I first went there, there's not much to do there, but now I've heard tourists can ride some ATVs while playing in the dunes. One place we have also visited 7 years ago was the the Laoag Sinking Bell Tower, as the name suggests, it was said to be sinking year after year. We've also worked on some pottery during our Art Studies field trip there.

Then we went back to the beach house in Ilocos Sur. The next morning, it was still cloudy so we were not able to swim at the beach. We just decided to leave early going back to Manila since it's the 31st of December and we had to catch the New Year's countdown.

The 2-day trip (not counting the days on the road) to Ilocos was quick yet fun. We were able to go to a lot of nice places there in a short span of time. And to talk about the budget, it was so cheap. We paid around Php 2,200 each, not including the pasalubong. So there were four of us and we just divided all the expenses by 4. Here's how much each of us paid:

1. Transportation (gasoline of Mazda 3) - 1,000
2. Food (groceries and snacks) - 1000
3. Toll Fees - 200
TOTAL: Php 2,200 (more or less)

And that's my last trip for 2012. Looking forward to more trips for 2013.:)

xoxo,
citygirl

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Last Trip of 2012: Ilocos Sur & Ilocos Norte

My guy friends planned a trip to Ilocos, where one of our friends got a family beach house.  They tagged me along since I wasn't doing anything those days. A Lithuanian couch surfer also joined us, since he's in the Philippines for a short vacation. We left Manila at around 5pm on December 28; and we had a stop at NLEX and another one at Rosales, Pangasinan. After 8 hours on the road, we arrived in Vigan, Ilocos Sur at 2am. We had a quick meal at Rizal Park in Santo Domingo, a town near Vigan. The next town was Magsingal, where our friend's place was. We slept from 4am to 11am and headed out after lunch to explore Ilocos Sur. The last time I've been to Ilocos Sur and Norte was 7 years ago, during our field trip in Art Studies class. 

So here's a rundown of the places in Ilocos Sur that we've visited:

1. Crisologo Museum - the ancestral house of the Crisologo's, one of the most influential families in Ilocos Sur.
 photo IMG_6294_zpsde42ea89.jpg
 photo 3_zps66e83fec.jpg
 photo IMG_6301_zps5c37f518.jpg


2. Baluarte - the house and ranch of Chavit Singson, a famous politician who loves collecting animals, even tigers!
 photo IMG_6313_zps3253c668.jpg
 photo IMG_6320_zps0643e017.jpg
 photo IMG_6309_zps02fa75e7.jpg


3. Bell Belfry - the bell tower in St. Augustine church in Bantay, Ilocos Sur.
 photo 25_zps250e5016.jpg
 photo 6_zpsa38ad1cf.jpg
 photo IMG_6330_zps128c781a.jpg


4. Calle Crisologo - a historic street in Vigan, which is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
 photo IMG_6345_zpsd6c3109d.jpg
 photo IMG_6350_zpscc4dbcbb.jpg
 photo IMG_6356_zpscf702a95.jpg


5. Sunset at the beach behind our friend's place in Magsingal - the sunset was so nice, plus the sand was so fine, although it's dark gray.
 photo DSC07932_zpsa111feb2.jpg  photo DSC07929_zps3b789978.jpg

What's cool about this trip was, our friend's mom was also at their beach house and she was cooking for us while we were there. But of course, we paid for the groceries because only her cooking service was free. haha! We were also able to try the Ilocos miki, a super yummy noodle soup with special noodles called, "miki" that's only available in Ilocos. Our friend's cousin cooked it for us and it was so addicting!:)

So that's our day 1. The next day (30th), we went on a 3-hr trip from Ilocos Sur to Ilocos Norte. We're supposed to swim at a beach in Pagudpud but due to a rainy weather, we were not able to swim. The waves were so huge and the weather was really cold. But at least we were still able to go around Ilocos Norte and visited the following sites:

1. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse - too bad it was prohibited to climb up the lighthouse itself because it's unsafe to do so.
 photo IMG_6375_zpse29a5b2c.jpg
 photo IMG_6365_zps12258155.jpg


2. Kapupurawan White Rock Formations - it's where Mario Maurer's tagalog movie, "Suddenly its Magic" was shot, plus some fake rock houses were built for "Si Enteng, Si Agimat, at Si Ako", an entry in the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival.
 photo IMG_6388_zps5c3a263d.jpg
 photo IMG_6389_zps6ea3cffa.jpg
 photo IMG_6390_zps70547789.jpg
 photo IMG_6392_zps221e7dc3.jpg
 photo 16_zps44959d2b.jpg


3. Bangui Windmills - it energy produced by the windmills supplies electricity to the nearby towns.
 photo IMG_6408_zps9a1bc6df.jpg

4. Pannzian Beach and Restaurant - we had late lunch there while it was storming outside; and we loved their adobo.
 photo 24_zps9b7c650e.jpg

5. Patapat Bridge - it's a bridge where you can see an ocean on the left and a mountain on the right.
 photo IMG_6423_zps457d0c46.jpg

6. Hannah's Resort - one of the famous resorts in Pagudpud; it's where we had coffee since it's too cold to swim. You can also try Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud.
 photo 26_zpsc3738c6d.jpg

7. Paoay Church - a baroque church that's also one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
 photo IMG_6432_zps98288c6c.jpg

Due to bad weather, we were not able to explore much of Ilocos Norte. But I still remembered the places we've visited 7 years ago during our Art Studies field trip. That time, we also visited the place of the Marcos family, where the former president's body was still being frozen. That experience really gave me goosebumps. It's so scary to see a dead person inside a glass freezer. Anyway, it's also nice to see the Paoay sand dunes where Panday and Himala was shot. It's like a huge desert. When I first went there, there's not much to do there, but now I've heard tourists can ride some ATVs while playing in the dunes. One place we have also visited 7 years ago was the the Laoag Sinking Bell Tower, as the name suggests, it was said to be sinking year after year. We've also worked on some pottery during our Art Studies field trip there.

Then we went back to the beach house in Ilocos Sur. The next morning, it was still cloudy so we were not able to swim at the beach. We just decided to leave early going back to Manila since it's the 31st of December and we had to catch the New Year's countdown.

The 2-day trip (not counting the days on the road) to Ilocos was quick yet fun. We were able to go to a lot of nice places there in a short span of time. And to talk about the budget, it was so cheap. We paid around Php 2,200 each, not including the pasalubong. So there were four of us and we just divided all the expenses by 4. Here's how much each of us paid:

1. Transportation (gasoline of Mazda 3) - 1,000
2. Food (groceries and snacks) - 1000
3. Toll Fees - 200
TOTAL: Php 2,200 (more or less)

And that's my last trip for 2012. Looking forward to more trips for 2013.:)

xoxo,
citygirl

2 comments: