*insert Morgan Freeman voice* Last summer, we travelled the north to ourselves. No tour guides, no bus, no strict time. Just us three, Jilliane, me and Fermin crossing over....
We still rode a bus though. Haha! Public bus if you mean. :D May 6, 2013, at exactly 6PM, we travelled north via Florida bus. (P700/pax)
The excited gang. [L-R: Jilliane, Fermin, Kaze] JFK team everyone? :D
AFTER 12 hours of travel, with splendid stopovers ...
We were already in Pagudpud! We felt like it was a dream, we just slept in bus, and when we woke up, HELLO PAGUDPUD! Hahahaha. That feeling. :D
The bus will stop over at this Pagudpud plaza/statue. Expect cold mornings, [we arrived at exactly 6AM, el punto!] and tricycles who are eager to bring you over to the city.
PLANNING IS KEY. Beforehand, we already contacted our tricycle driver/mini-tour guide around Pagudpud in a cheapy, backpacking price. He is Kuya Jomar Villaluz, and his services are well known for backpackers. When we were in Manila, I even haggled via CP. Haha. #tipidproblems After compromising, we arrived at a friendly price that's good for us three. (P1200) That includes, service from Cathy's Homestay to the rest of the Pagudpud well loved sites. They also cater Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan tours. Just contact them in these numbers: 09203183945/09159074537. :)
When we got there, it was Kuya Jomar's brother who attended us. :) (Kuya Allan) He brought us to our home in Pagudpud, Ate Cathy's homestay first to unpack.
Basic amenities plus AC in a beachfront setting. 1500PHP/night good for 3 pax! CHECK! Not bad!:)
After unpacking, we were hungry like a love song baby. #corny Kuya Allan brought us to Yzza's food stop to eat native viands and of course a hearty breakfast to fill the day!!
Before breakfast, picture first. ;) Hiihihi.
PIG FIGHT! Bagnet, Papaitan and Tortang talong for breakfast. ;) FTW!
I was excited to try the bagnet for the first time. I know its lechon kawali in Manila, but...but...it's not the same, I promise! :D I had a different feeling when I had my first bite. Or maybe I was really hungry back then. HAHAHAHA!
First stop of the day: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation.
NOTE: BRING LOTS OF WATER. AS IN LOOOOTS OF WATER. Even though we arrived there at 8AM, the sun strikes at its highest! GRR. Even though we have our own umbrellas, it was really hot I swear.
It was a long ride from Yzza's to the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. Kuya Allan brought us to the entrance, and you will have to pay an environmental fee of P10/person.
You have to go down....walk a lot...(but you can ride a horse for a fee)...
And see this majestic formation created by the heaven above. ;')
We went at the back to fully appreciate the white rock. Even though it was really hot, we still managed to trek and #YOLO our skins there. HAHA.
When we have to go to our next stop, we just have to do this:
I love this trip. Much better if we were many!
Next stop: Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
We were transferred to another tricycle when we were in Kapurpurawan, because, Burgos is quite far from Pagudpud, and Kuya Allan had alloted his gas just around the near places in Pagudpud. We paid the other tricy about 300php. We understand the situation and just go on. :>
It was really far. You have to make a long detour to get here. Wew.~
They have a mini museum there.
And pictures here and there...
Sight seeing there was relaxing. You can see the whole view of Pagudpud. Savor it!!
The walls there were irresistible. Haha! I need to pose like a pro fashion blogger there. :D
OH! Beware of souvenirs in Cape, I mean, when looking for souvenirs that are cheaper than the rest, look for it here:
Next stop: Bangui Windmills.
We were now back with Kuya Allan! Hahaha. It was a long ride on the sites. They were too far from each other, unlike Laoag and Vigan. D:
Look at our skin! Hahaha! #YOLO
We even goofed around there. Hahaha. Fun indeed. Nice technology. It was windy in Bangui so the windmills are perfect on their location. No swimmers there though. I think the sea is pretty rough to swim there.
YZZA'S EATERY IS EVERYWHERE. Hahaha. Even in Bangui. :D Dinakdakan, Dinengdeng and Bagnet! Of course I ordered the Bagnet. HAHAHA. We ate there looking at the windmills. ~
Happy tummy, happy boyfie. ;)
There are souvenir stalls there! Hoard! Now it's your time to shine, shopaholics. :)) Cheaper price than the rest. :))
Next stop: Kabigan Falls.
We paid 45php/each for the environmental fee and the tour guide. He just guide us where to go, it was a far trekking and walking. Wear a non-slippery/durable footwear! We passed a rice field, then hike, and arrived there. COLD WATER!
Muscle spasms if you get wet after a long trek. :((
You can swim there for freee! But we didn't since we were on a tight schedule. Chos.
Next stop: Patapat Viaduct
We went there to experience the super breeze of Ilocos. Hahaha! I regretted that I wore skirt there. Good thing I wore a short underneath.
Patapat viaduct is special because it has a foundation underneath, not the usual roads that are embedded at the side of the mountain. You get what I meant? :D Hahaha. This connects Ilocos to Catanduanes.
Next stop: Paraiso ni Anton.
Nothing much to do here.
Next stop: Timangtang Rock and Bantay abot cave/mountain.
This is the Timangtang Rock. "It looks like a bell", the local said. And its name derived from a bell's sound..Timang-tang!-tang!-tang! There you go. Hahaha.
This is Bantay abot cave/mountain. It is quite fascinating how the hole formed. And no, its not man-made. :)
You can hike up there and see the glorious sea on the other side. Lion King peg? :)
UGH. I was really scared there. And my skirt!!! Total distraction. Hahaha.
LAST STOP!! Blue Lagoon!
Hay. I still feel the excitement. Hahaha. I miss Blue Lagoon!!!! <3 <3
We went home and changed afterwards for our dinner in Emohrou. :)
While we were looking for Emohrou resto, we were amazed by this Saud beach. It was tranquil and quiet on that afternoon. With kids playing around the beach, we thought it was quite intimate.
Ate Cathy's homestay is a beachfront place in Saud Beach. If you want some quiet sea and sun bathing, then go for Saud! They're not as wavy like Blue Lagoon. Good for kids and families to play in the sun. :)
FEAST! Emohrou has big servings on food and also cheaper than any restaurant on Saud! We even researched for the price. Its good to go backpacking prepared. ;)
They also have a specialty drink: Pagudpud Sling. A combination of four seasons drink (or we thought it was), liquor, coconut strips and oranges. :) Perfect for after casual dinner with friends.
There you go!! That was my pretty summed up story of what happened to us in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte! How I wish I could go back there immediately. :(
Laoag and Vigan travel diaries are next! Our costing will be posted on the last trip of our North PH trip. Make sure to keep yourselves posted on my blog updates! :3