January 29, 2012

Ilocos Tour Series (Pagudpud): Ocean Blue (Battling to Survive)

Hello once again! I'm back and I'm telling you, today is the best day to rant and bombard you with lots of nonsense. whoa. 

Do you know why? 

It's because I have all the time in the world (just for today) to drawn myself blogging (of course, visiting your sites, reading your posts and the rest. you know what I mean, aye?).

Anyway, today is the second part of my Ilocos Tour Series which I think was the most amazing day of that tour we had. In this post (sorry for the delay), you will see how beautiful the world we're living in and how creative our creator was. 

oh! if you haven't seen the first part yet. --->Ilocos Tour Series (Laoag City)

But before that, allow me to copy+paste some information I found about the place we visited.

a 1st class municipality and a coastal resort town on the northernmost tip of Luzon Island in the Philippines. According to the latest census, Pagudpud has a population of 20,385 people in 3,804 households.
The town is bounded to the south by the town of Bangui and to the east by the Cordillera Mountain Range, the town of Adams and the province of Cagayan. The South China Sea lies to the west and north. The town rolls over mountains, hills, valleys and flat coastal land. It lies 45 miles (72 km) north of Laoag City, the provincial capital, and about 350 miles (560 km) north of Manila. They reside in 3,804 homes that are spread across 83 square miles (210 km2). Most make their living through farming, fishing and subsistence retailing. Tourism is a growing part of the economy.

Pagudpud was made a municipality on February 5, 1954. Unlike Laoag City, the province's only autonomous city, Pagudpud derives its authority from the provincial government. It had previously been a part of the neighboring town of Bangui. credit to: wiki


Honestly, I have no idea about this place. The only thing I had in mind about Ilocos was the place called Vigan City. I've heard and read about the place since I was in high school and I told myself, one day, I will visit that place ;-) 

So it happens! ^_^

When my brother's friends Edwin and Mel went to explore the place (Ilocos), I was able to check some of their photos and OMG! I became even more excited to see the place myself (esp. the rock formation). It was really beautiful, really really beautiful. 

Anyway, without further ado. Brace yourself as I'm about to take you somewhere you've never seen before =)) 

To start with: Get to see where we had our first (actually, second stop. the first stop was "salt" making something..^_^ but I just thought, this is way more interesting to share :D 

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse 
-also known as Burgos Lighthouse, is a cultural heritage structure in Burgos established during the Spanish Colonial times. credit here

Cold and windy morning!
-are rock formations created by forces of the ocean on the rocky coast of Burgos, located just a few minutes further from the lighthouse. credit here
 The angry birds, rather waves. LOLS
Look! O_O we're on top! ^_^
 That's our lovebirds companion: Bryan and Ericka :)
 Catch me I'm falling!
 Earth and Sky
Bangui Windmills
The undying Jumpshots!
Kabigan Falls
Patapat Viaduct  
-also considered as the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines, is a winding bridge hugging the cliffs of the Northern Cordillera Mountain Ranges which connects the barangays Balaoi and Pansian and is about 1.2 kilometers long. Dubbed as the “French Riviera of the North” for this breathtakingly beautiful coastal drive, one can pass by Mabugabog Falls, a source of power for the mini-hydroelectric plant. This pretty bridge features a blue sea and sea birds on one side and the beautiful mountains on one side. Can’t be any nicer than that! source here
On the way to the Blue Lagoon
 last stop!
EDIT: I know pictures are enough, but just in case you wanna see the rest of the videos. ^_^

Finally! I am here =))
Up Close!
Feel the breeze and listen to the raging sound of the waves. Oh! nothing compares ^_^ It was really scary to see the waves from up above because I felt like the wind was gonna blow me and threw off to the cliff anytime. but alas! I managed to stand still. wow!
Byran as he successfully struggles his way to the top :)


love you always :)

January 25, 2012

Dear John

I missed you!

Where are you?

It's been a while since we had our last conversation. I dunno why  I am writing this after 40 days of hearing you're missing. I'm still hoping you'll find your way back to us. 
I know you told me (in my dreams) not to look for you nor wait for you anymore, neither to even think about you, but I can't help it. I've been longing to see you safe and sound, happy, kicking, wild, alive and free. I miss you. 

I remember writing something about you (for the first time-Mai's First Boyfriend (Due To Insistent Public Demand)) in my blog. It was really fun reminiscing all the memories  I had of you. Our first meeting (not the first time I saw you), the first time you came to visit me in our house, that time you introduced yourself to my parents, the first time you kissed me, our first fight (over some crazy cellphone,beer, motor keys and my so-called boyfriend) and our first long conversation (over some stupid fight I had with my guy classmate), I remember you laughed so loud when you heard about it. You were so annoying that time, you even suggested I should have kicked him! Creepy!
Oh! I remember that time when I mentioned to you about my blog? where I feature you as my first boyfriend? (you asked, not your first love?) I thought you'll get a little upset when you read one of my reader's comment, but instead, you just said, past is past. That we should just move on? It made me uncomfortable. I was not a good girlfriend and yet you remained friendly to me, even wanted to get back together. You never blamed me for anything. Not a single complain. Though, you always questioned me, "Why things never work out for us, Mai?" and I can't tell you that I'm not yet over with someone (though I'm really trying) and that made things harder for us. Gosh. I miss you :( 

Now you appeared in my dreams a few times asking me to forget about you? How could you?

Tell me. How can I ever forget such a wonderful guy like you? A guy who never get tired of me, my lame excuses and my childish tantrums. A guy who never fails to make me feel beautiful all the time. A guy who never fails to call me cute and pretty over the years (lie or joke, I don't care). A guy who never fails to take me out (usually) a week after my birthday. A guy who kisses me when he wins the game or either way, or when he's happy, sad or LATE! (or when caught ignoring my calls or messages) every time. I guy who hugs me when I'm mad, disappointed and bored, regardless of who's looking or where. A guy who made my name his password in his most love online game-MU. A guy who intently stares at me when I'm eating ice cream! Ugh! Shivering!

A guy who is indeed irreplaceable.

John, I miss you. Where are you?

I'm sorry if I broke you heart. :( 
I'm sorry if I never valued your feelings. If I never responded to every "I love you's" you uttered-that I will just smile every time you say that. If you only knew how handsome you are to me every time you speak those lines. You always mean what you say. That scares me those time. I was unprepared. Overwhelmed. Confused. Hesitant.
I'm sorry if I was too coward to fall for you (10years back) or to even let you know you that I cared. That I liked you. That I regretted every single chances I had to make it up with you. 
I'm sorry. I'm sorry for not having the courage to apologize, to correct every wrong ideas I put into your head. To make you believed you're not worth it. The truth is, you were one of the best guy I've encountered so far. You're special and you'll always be, no matter how hardheaded you are =p
I'm sorry if I ignored you months ago. 
I'm sorry If I had to play "offline" in ym just to really avoid chatting with you :( I know you needed someone that time and I was being narrow minded. I'm sorry I had to change my password so you can't access my account, it was selfish of me to do that. I know you have no other intention with my account, that you just wanted to check your x gf's profile :( -since we're friends and she deleted you on her list of friends and you have no way of checking her but through me only :( Gosh. I didn't mean it to hurt you. I just wanted you to get over her like you wanted to. I'm sorry. Come back now please.

January 19, 2012

Ilocos Tour Series (Laoag City): 4x4 Off Road Ride Adventure @Sand Dunes and the Breakdown

Hello! I'm back. ^___^ Since I'm waiting for my cousin and my friend's time to get off from work, I decided to just sit down (at my cousin's internet shop) and do some blogging :)

First, let's start with our Day1 tour-Laoag City Tour since I already shared to you my first night (arrival) at Ilocos..^_^

A view from our window ;-) (CLICK IMAGES FOR A SIMPLER VIEW)
behold for the beautiful scenery upon waking up in the morning :) oh! I love sunrise =))\
wake up!
on the way to our first stop: Sand Dunes (but this isn't the place where we had our 4x4 ride)
warning: series of pics below ;-) 


The Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes (INSD), one of the Philippines' national geologic monuments, stretches along the coast from the Municipality of Currimao to the Municipality of Pasuquin in Ilocos Norte. It was declared a National Geological Monument on November 26, 1993. Though common in desert environment in higher latitudes, the INSD merited the title of a national monument because of its uniqueness in Philippine setting and its scientific and educational significance as a natural laboratory for geological studies. source here
Rhams, Janine, Casey, Mai
glasses on with my biatch Janine ;-)
Janine's moment
shoes off..
Mai Yang
View here: A video clip of the place ;-) 
Random pics ahead ;-) since I can no longer recall the name of the places we visited :D
lead the way..

 Fort Ilocandia Resort

Fort Ilocandia is a complex that houses a hotel (dubbed the only 5-star resort in Northern Luzon), a casino, a shopping complex, a collection of restaurants, and a mini zoo. There are also dining options outside of the hotel near the beach where you can dine in quaint cottages facing the sea. The sand dunes are also a great natural feature that is quite unlike most parts of the Philippines. For the tourist who would like to have every convenience that one place has to offer, Fort Ilocandia is the best lace to be. source here

Marcos Mausoleum and Muesum

Batac, Ilocos Norte is most famous for two things, the specialty empanada, and the Marcos Museum. South of Laoag City, Batac is fondly dubbed by Ilocanos as the home of great leaders because of the numerous iluustrous figures that hail from the town, including former President Marcos. The museum houses hundreds of memorabilia, and eerily enough, the body of the president himself, encased in wax in a dark room, available for the public to see. source here

Malacanang of the North

Malacanang is the presidential palace of the Philippines, located in Manila. However, during Ferdinand Marcoss presidency, he constructed a vacation house in his home province of Ilocos Norte dubbed Malacanang of the North. It is located in Paoay, overlooking Paoay Lake, and is a picture of the decadence and extravagance that the Marcoses were infamous for. The mansion is well-preserved, but is undeniably frozen in the past, giving the tourist a sense of how it was like during its heyday. source here

Paoay Church

Just a short ride from Paoay Church is the UNESCO world heritage site Paoay Church, famous for its oriental-gothic-baroque architecture, and contruction that dates back to 1694. The bell tower also has historical significance as it served as a lookout point for the Filipino guerillas called Katipuneros guarding against the Japanese forces. Be impressed by the thick walls and buttresses that were constructed to withstand the earthquakes the frequently shake the country. source here
Last but not the least =)) A ride of a lifetime =))
Videos here: these are just random videos I chose to show. you can still view some in my youtube channel =))

 Another pics ;-)
 Videos you don't wanna miss =)) sand surfing!!! yay =))

For the breakdown: 

Plane fare: Php631.oo (promo) bus fare of 600+ (Vigan to Manila for almost 10hours)
Terminal fee: P200.00 (plane)
Breakfast@homestay: 70x3(days)= Php210.00
Lunch Day1: Php85.00 (If I remember it correctly, haha)
Lunch day 2: around Php250.00
Lunch 3rd day @Greenwich Vigan: Php100.00
1st night dinner @Mang Inasal Robinson Laoag: Php100.00 
2nd night dinner @I can't remember the name: Php100.00
3rd night dinner@Cafe Uno Vigan: Php290.00(baby backribs)+rice+drinks=I paid around Php250.00 because the baby back ribs was split into 2: so I shared it with Janine
plus the package tour of Php2,250.00/pax (good for 6) visit this link--->Glenn Perdido Tolentino

and do the math guys if we overboard for our initial budget of Php5,000.00 since I'm running out of time now. lols =))

Anyway, saved Php1,000.00  for the souvenirs and stuff.

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