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Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Taste of Wander : Exploring The Fantastic side of the North

When I Graduated college last April 22, 2017, I promised to my self that I should enjoy first by travelling before going to the real world and find a Job. My family and I went to Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Baguio and Pangasinan. I am blessed that my family loves to travel and whenever we travel we usually organized our tours on our own (DIY)

How to get to Ilocos?

If you're going to take a Plane. Take a direct flight from Manila to Laoag. Travel time is approximately 1 hour. There are 4 daily flights (MNL-LAO) You can take a plane via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines.

If by bus, there are several bus that will take you to Laoag such as Farinas, Partas, Dominion Bus lines and etc. the fare costs around PHP 700 with approximately 8-10 hours travel time.

First we went to Ilocos. Ilocos offers different variety of historical culture and it is a by far one of the must see places in the Philippines from its natural beauty to great historical riches and well preserved environment.

Windmills become iconic, Tourism campaigns uses windmills as symbol. We visited Bagui Wind Mills, It is the first "Wind farm" in the Philippines consisting of wind and turbines on shore facing the South China sea and considered to be the biggest in Southeast Asia. The heat is quite intense but visiting the iconic windmills is worth the heat. Hence, visiting Ilocos will be incomplete without visiting this place.

Vigan city is one of the most beautiful cities in the Philippines, It is also on the UNESCO world heritage and one of the 7 New wonders of the world. You will find a very modern and clean city with many touristic sight to be seen in Vigan.

Also visit Patapat Viaduct, It is a Bridge that connects the Maharlika Highway to Cagayan Valley Region. The Zigzag shape of the bridge is attached to the mountain constructed to prevent accident on the area. This is also construct to solve the problem of landslides in the area which have cause so many vehicular accidents in the past. Footed on the rocky seashore just a several meters from the mountain side it gives drivers a spectacular view of Pasaleng bay.

During our Ilocos tour at University of the East last 2014, Our tour guide told us to sing the national anthem of the Philippines "Lupang Hinirang" as we pass by the bridge. The trivia is the exact length time of the song is same as the time you pass on the bridge.

I only usually see lighthouses when watching movies and I'm not also really fan of it but there was something in Cape Bojeador Lighthouse that was just attractive. It was very peaceful up there and very cinematic. It's the kind of location that would be prefect for scenic films.

We also went to Paoay church, It is made of coral stone there is also a three storey bell tower on the right side of the church. This bell tower is said to have an observation post of the katipuneros during Philippine revolution of 1896 and again by the Filipino guerillas in World war II. 
I’m amazed when I took a picture at the bell tower side of the church. The rainbow is just PERFECT 

After our Ilocos trip we went straight to Baguio the summer capital of the Philippines. Approximate travel time is 2-3 hours. During our drive on the way to Baguio I had a chance to took a picture of the sunset. I really love to take a shoot on a scenic views so here's what i got

We stayed at Camp John Hay, the former rest and recreation facility for american soldiers in Asia. It is also a must visit place because of the charms brought by the pine trees on the road and landscaping views,

We stayed at our relative's rest house in Baguio at The forest cabin Camp John Hay. Good thing we have a Chef in the Family. My brother cook a sumptuous of different cuisines from day to day

We had Home cooked Tony Roma steak with veggies on the side and paella

Curry chicken, chips, fried rice, veggies and Grilled chicken with cheese fondue. 

Home made chap chae 

Lastly we went to Pangasinan, Pangasinan means "Land of salt" or "Place of salt making". It is derived from the word "Pang" mean Asin for salt. The province is a major producer of salt in the Philippines.We stayed at G Beach Resort Patar White beach resort at Bolinao Pangasinan. Patar Beach is also called Boracay of the North. 

sunset view from the pool side

Sunset always give me something that I can cherish. We just finished eating that afternoon and when I saw the sunset near the beach I may say that of all the sunsets that i've seen this is the most Stunning and loveliest pastel sunset i've ever seen in my entire life.

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"If I rise on the wings of the dawn, If I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. - Psalm 139:9-10"

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