Thursday, May 24, 2012

Travel: Our Ilocos Trip Part 3

The last leg of our Ilocos trip was the trip to Pagudpod. This is a good 3 hours drive from Vigan, Ilocos Sur but it took us about 5 hours because we checked out other heritage sites along the way :) We left our Vigan hotel at exactly 7am and got to Jun and Carol resort by lunchtime. 

Before you browse through my picture loaded last post of Ilocos, let me share this cute photo of Uno Grill's wash area. The water comes out of the poso or water pump. Quite an effort to wash your hands but so cute I just had to try it. 

 Our first stop was Paoay Church. The moment I got a glimpse of the majestic church, I was totally awestruck! The interior didn't say much but the architectural design of the exterior was amazing. Visiting this place, I felt surreal.

The Bangui Windmills or officially known as NorthWind Bangui Bay Project. The wind turbine project was an effort of the local government to address their poor electricity problem. Reminds me of an quote from JFK's speech : 'Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.' 
Travel with friends, More fun in the Philippines :) 
Finally, we got to Pagudpod! Yay! After a hefty lunch and little rest, we headed off to the beach. The white sand and clear blue water, just irresistible. The kids can't get enough of sand play. Good thing I brought along lots of beach toys and gadgets which I think ate a quarter of our trunk space. 
Travel and kids = loads of baggage. 

with the whole family :)
trying out the landscape setting of our new Samsung cam. The WIFI feature I ♥ 'coz I can immediately upload pics on my FB, email or Picasa accounts :)
the strong waves scared the kids that they opted to play with the sand instead. 
the little dalaga and mommy
yep, he's buhangin!

photo art

our sand art
Sophie got a butterfly henna tattoo (P100). She was bragging about this to friends and family
for weeks
One Sunday, we were Manila bound. We stopped by the Cape Bojeador Light HouseIlocos Norte. You'll never miss this lighthouse when you're in Ilocos Norte. It seems to stare down at every traveler, unassuming. 

the kulitogs shouting Ilocos!!!

 We decided to stop by Vigan again to buy longganisa, bagnet and more pasalubong. Look how much the streets cleared by Sunday? :)

The trip to Manila took us a whopping 19 something hours including stops for meal and lotsa lotsa road construction! I was totally amazed at how my husband survived driving that long. 
The trip to Ilocos Sur and Norte was one cultural experience for the family. I'm definitely going back here in the (not so near) future but probably take the plane next time. 


kimmy said...

waahhh! i want to go to Ilocos!

Pie said...

the landscape photo is cool!

march on... said...

@kimmy - hope you can have the time to visit this place. totally transported in time ang feeling :)

@pie - thanks! except for the summer heat, everything is perfect :)

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