Posts Tagged ‘pagudpud


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

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.