Posts Tagged ‘ilocos norte


before we left pagudpud, we dropped by the town’s welcome arch. it was sort of hard to get a pixxor of it because there were a lot of cars and buses that are coming at every few intervals. did manage to get one where my hand was steady. oh hai there kat!

ilocos november 2014
ilocos november 2014

class pixxor… we were a lively bunch, kahit seven lang. on a side note, i think it’s better to travel with a smaller group rather than a big one… mas madali tandaan mga pangalan ng tao, hahaha. these guys were so nice though.


we had lunch at herencia restaurant in paoay, which i’m covering first because this adventure is really getting long and i want to finish all the sidetrips already, charot.


the place reminded me of our old house in quezon, kind of like a mix between the old and the new. i remember the old house having the same seats and dividers, similar mirrors, lamps, and tabletops. i haven’t explored the whole of the restaurant, but there could be secret passageways too, heehee.


anyhoo, the food was ozuuuum, pinakbet and bagnet on a pizza? yes, please. we also had vigan longganisa, which is as good as the lucban version just less salty. i also ordered pasta ilocana, which is spaghetti with longganisa and olives and a mound of cheese. i took a weird pixxor of it and my oc self can’t post it here.

ilocos november 2014
ilocos november 2014

teh happy travellers. o masaya lang dahil sa pizza? hahaha! this is one of the reasons why i try to travel as much, eating with other people is kind of nice, specially when you’re used to chinese takeout everyday. you get to share your thoughts over good food, and uh… well they don’t get to see me a lot anyway and probably won’t care if i eat like a cow, lols. after stuffing ourselves with all that pizza we went to…


paoay church, from the side… it looks so old compared to the building beside it.


still from the side, the heat was on an all time high at this time, but had to endure that to get this pixxor.


i’m not the most religious person but i like this church, it reminds me of an old grandma, the strong classy kind… i had one who used to scold me a lot but then you can’t not forgive her since she was partly basque and was so pretty, kind of like this church.


it was very dark and cold inside, i had to adjust the pixxor settings… i found the sunbursts in the tiles interesting, might dig in to the church’s history sometime. braved the heat again, when i went out, then we were off to the next stop.

yun lang muna.

♥ melai



we had lunch at maira-ira blue lagoon, i’m not exactly sure if there really was a lagoon in the place, but the water sure was blue.


the sand is white and clean and you can spot tiny crab hotels while walking around.


we passed time in one of these huts, there’s not much that i liked here except for the lunch, which was packed for us,  and the sand exfoliating my feet, lol. on a side note, the restrooms were slightly filthy.


our next stop was bantay abot cave… i’ve researched a bit, and in ilocano, it means ‘mountain with a hole’, as for cave… well, maybe there was a cave before?


to get there, one must jump off this bridge, haha, no…


there are stairs and an old ladder, challenge talaga yung ladder e, i thought it was going to break at any moment.


there’s the mountain and the sea and the clouds, just doing their thing… tapos selfie din. hahaha.


so here’s bantay abot


a little bit closer…


close up in your face, uh… hole. bantay abot, i believe, is actually a natural arch that is a result of erosion. don’t skip it when visiting pagudpud, it’s kind of cool.

yun lang muna.

♥ melai


our next stop was kabigan falls in pagudpud, we had to walk a bit to get there, about thirty minutes to an hour depending on your pace.

ilocos november 2014

we started early in the morning and mr. sun wasn’t trying to give us heatstroke yet, so i’ve had a very pleasant walk (also thanks to dad for giving me my eddie bauer adventurer bag which has adjustable chest and waist braces, it felt like i wasn’t lugging around so much stuff like i did in pinatubo… please get me more trailhead bags, hahaha. #shameless)


there were lots of little huts that sell buko or coconut juice if ever you get thirsty or are in need of uh… electrolytes, heehee.


we found some carabaos too. they look slightly underfed, but they just kept eating grass on their own spots… or we didn’t look tasty enough, nyahaha.


and the trail won’t be complete without narrow paths, little rivers, and bamboo bridges… was half expecting to find totoro and friends with all that forest. and after all that walking (not so much, haha) hello…


giant faucet… err, kabigan falls! the water was extremely relaxing, both just ogling it… kind of just like when staring at the ocean, and when going in to it. the water was cold, perfect for cooling off since last i checked hoomans are still warm blooded, hahaha, char.


we lounged around for a bit, and you can sit in the rocks, and observe the place and… uh, try to be one with nature… transform into a mushroom or something, lol.


or, you can look at the sky and go zen mode too… just don’t fall asleep. we trekked back after about an hour and…


our next stop was patapat viaduct… achully, i’m not so sure now, but since we only stayed there for a short time, i’m including it in this post.



not much to see in the area except the landslide mitigation shizz by the hillside and the deep blue sea and of course…


the patapat viaduct a.k.a. long loopy bridge of laoag, ilocos norte… if you can’t teleport to cagayan, you can take this bridge. oh and it’s pretty too.

ilocos november 2014
ilocos november 2014

so eun, before leaving, make sure to take selfies muna with happy people, todo smile ang mga to, abot hanggang tenga, haha.

yun lang muna.

♥ melai


i was most excited to go to bangui, ilocos norte to see their windmills. i’ve only seen windmills in my old grade school earth science books, lolz. was most happy when we arrived at the site…

for a very popular tourist spot, the place didn’t have annoying sellers getting in your face and asking you to buy their stuff. they just sat there in their little huts and patiently smiled as you take your time choosing which color of miniature windmill you’d like to take home, heehee.


the sun can be unforgiving and will fry you. but there are lots of shaded areas where you can escape it for a bit.


but i kind of stayed in the sun and sand for about ninety five percent of my stay there and here i am wondering why i never get back to my original skin color… there’s plenty of stones in the sand, you can balance them when you get tired of ogling the…

ilocos november 2014

giant electric fans… err, windmills! they say the windmills lowers the electric bills of the people of ilocos by so much, not to mention they’re really pretty… wish our tax money can go to projects like these instead.


when i got really fried, decided to lounge around in one of the huts and i found one kitteh…


two kittehs…


three kittehs! so eun, windmills and cats, this was one ozuuum stop!

yun lang muna.

♥ melai


we went to burgos, ilocos norte afterwards where our first stop was cape bojeador’s lighthouse or burgos lighthouse, duh. it was built during the spanish period and it still works, mind, looming over burgos like a boss, a giant white boss.


to get to the lighthouse, we had to ascend some stairs ala super mario brothers, you’ll know what i’m talking about when you visit the place personally… although the lighthouse didn’t have a helpless-always-kidnapped princess, it did have interesting floor tiles, lolz.


just met the other participants a few hours ago when these were taken, so glad they were not the maarte kind.


did i say it just stands out there like a boss? it’s so tall, it won’t even fit in the viewfinder.


you get a nice view of the sea too from up top! on a side note, for some reason, this reminds me of a someone i really really like, ay sauce!


the stairs pixxor, cue super mario theme.


learned that there are also windmills in burgos, so good to know that ilocos’ taxpayers’ money goes to something that actually benefits them. also, they’re really pretty.


we encountered more stairs going to kapurpurawan rock formation… cue super mario theme again, haha. whoever makes the stairs in ilocos must have really big feet.


after the stairs you have to get into this canopied walk and i was trying to get a shot of the clearing when one of the other participants, christian… his hand and uh, long-ish arm appeared out of nowhere. i thought the pixxor got more interesting… cue taylor swift’s out of the woods song, haha.


you’ll find lots of other interesting stuff in the area like worn out huts and benches, little ponds and little flowers, a sculpture with some crocodile action, crude stone bridges, little travellers, ehem, haha.


and then, we went to see gamabunta and gamakichi, hahaha! kapurpurawan rock formation in all it’s royal limestone rockiness. it looks sublime but i was also reminded of naruto’s giant frogs gamabunta and gamakichi, when i saw this, heehee. it’s not going to last forever, so make sure to take pixxors of it too, not just selfies with it as your background in case you’re yet to visit it.


we got to eat dragonfruit after ogling the rock formations, it gave me superpowers, haha. well, not exactly, but it does have lots of vitamin c. so eun, part three is up next!

yun lang muna.

♥ melai

hello, my name is melai and i write to document the places i’ve been to, the things i’ve seen, and the books i’ve read. sometimes, i also write about food.