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Friday, April 16, 2010

16 Apr. '10 - Cape Bolinao and Patar White Beach


Due to insistent demand of our kids, we spent another night here in Bolinao, 

This will be our last and final province of this trip.

After 1,487 Kilometers from Manila-Vigan-Pagudpud-Blue
 Lagoon-Patapat Viaduct-Km Post 578 then back to -Bangui-Burgos-Laoag-Paoay-Vigan-Bolinao-Manila & 300 plus songs from Aoi's iPod, our sojourn in North Luzon came to an end.

If you'll ask the 2 boys, they still want to continue with our road trip, but Aoi is not on our side, she got a little bored (maybe) or had too much of fun and/or (enjoyment) to a point of being bored? (un din yata un). Nevertheless, we all had a stupendous vacation.

Who enjoyed our trip the most? Austin claimed that he enjoyed it most, 5 out of 5 stars, he even explained that whoever had the most sand in his body is a proof that he/she liked it so much. 

Before leaving Bolinao, the 3 kids are clamoring for Part 2... this time Cold Province of the North, Banaue-Sagada-Baguio. Let's see...

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One Province at a Time> thobs

Thursday, April 15, 2010

15 Apr. '10 - Bolinao, Pangasinan


Departed Vigan, Ilocos Sur - 4:00am
Arrived at Bolinao, Pangasinan - 10:00am

Same region but different province...

"Daddy, where are we?" our kids favorite words.

Isn't it wonderful to wake up in the morning not knowing what place will greet you?

One day you're on the Northern most tip of Luzon & then the following day you're on Western part of it...

will probably spend a night here, not sure... 

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One Province at a Time> thobs

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

14 Apr. '10 - Windmill, Lighthouse, Church


6:00 am time to leave Pagudpud

1st stop - Bangui Windmill (Bangui, Ilocos Norte)
2nd stop - Cape Bojeador Lighthouse (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)
3rd stop - Paoay Church (Paoay, Ilocos Norte)

Back to Vigan @ around 1pm
Checked in at El Juliana again.

4pm we visited Baluarte to see if there's something new, there is actually, they do have a Camel and a replica of a Dinosaur.

spent our last night here in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, because Day 4 will be a different province...

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

13 Apr. '10 - Ilocos Norte


Departed: Vigan, Ilocos Sur at exactly 4:30 am
Arrived: at Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte past 7:00 am
Breakfast at Saud Beach courtesy of Aling Thelma's Eatery

9:00 am - on our way to Blue Lagoon (which is another 16 kms away) to look for a resort & spend our night there but to no avail, none suits our tight budget. : ( so what we just did was parked our ride and enjoy the beach for at least a couple of hours ;)

Malingay Cove most commonly known to tourist as Blue Lagoon has a very nice beach but when you go further near Kapuluan Resort, they don't have a nice beach front because of rocks/corals. there are many small resorts including home stay to choose from but we prefer to spend the night at Polaris.

11:00 am - drove to French Riviera of the North (Patapat Viaduct lang po) all the way to Kilometer Post 578 which is the farthest road we ever been to, wala lang, just to have a reference point. then balik lang ulit.

past 12 noon, checked in at Polaris Beach Resort

3pm time to go to the beach, it's kodakan time ; )

Saud Beach needs no further intro, am sure many of you have heard it from a friend or might seen it on tv. Some say it's the Boracay of the North, we dunno why, we can't agree nor disagree since we haven't been to Boracay Island.

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One Province at a Time > thobs

Monday, April 12, 2010

12 Apr. '10 - Province Hopping


We left manila @ 12 midnight
after 3 stops for refueling & 9 hrs of long drive plus a couple of stopover to check on some resorts along ilocos, we finally reached our first destination, Vigan, Ilocos sur.

we had our breakfast at mcdo, then checked in at El Juliana hotel which suits our budget @ 1Kplus/per night.

thobs needed a rest so we have to wait for him to wake up so we can go out & have our late lunch @ Plaza Salcedo.

syempre, Vigan tour won't be complete w/o their famous Ilocos Empanada, thobs & I including Aoi ordered some while the 2 boys prefer Jollibee ;p

we then visited the Bantay Church and after that we walked the street of Calle Crisologo.

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One Province at a Time> thobs