Summer 2012

♫ “I’m walking on sunshine, and don’t it feel good…” ♫

This summer, our destination was up north. We left Antipolo early morning on the 11th to go to Baguio, where we stayed overnight. Since it was my brother’s birthday, we ordered pizza, pasta and chicken from Don Henricos for dinner. 🙂

The next day, we left Baguio after a light breakfast. We stopped in San Juan, La Union to visit some relatives, then proceeded to Cafe Leona in Vigan for lunch.

 

Leona Florentino, for whom Cafe Leona in Vigan was named after.

 After Vigan, we stopped at Cape Bojeador Lighthouse before heading to the Bangui Windmills.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
Burgos, Ilocos Norte

Bangui Windmills.
Bangui, Ilocos Norte

We had dinner in Pagudpud, then went to Saud beach. But since it was late and we were all tired, we walked back to our room and slept to prepare for the next day’s “adventure”. 🙂 Next day, we went to the Patapat Viaduct then proceeded to the Blue Lagoon.

Patapat Viaduct, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

There are a lot of huts and cottages where you can stay and have lunch. There are paths leading down to the beach, but when we got down, there were a lot of seaweed floating around. So we decided to try and make our way further up the road to see if we can find a “cleaner” part of the beach.

Blue Lagoon, Maira-ira Cove, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

We reached the “end” of the road, well not really the end. We stopped at the last nice-looking resort that we saw, Cafe Consuelo, which had a great view of Dos Hermanos Islands.

When you get to the end of the road, the beach is all yours. 🙂

We actually tried to walk to the island, and eventually got there after about an hour of braving the waves and underwater rocks. Both my sister and I got cuts on our legs and feet which were bleeding by the time we got back to the beach.

Dos Hermanos Island (in background). From the beach, it didn’t look like it was too far from the shore. But it felt like we took almost an hour or two to get to the island and back to shore. 😛

When we got back, we had lunch of grilled fish and pinakbet, with fresh watermelon for dessert. We stayed for a while to treat our wounds, and dry off before heading to Kabigan Falls.

The river’s clean water comes from the falls at the top of the mountain. The water is used to irrigate the rice fields by the side of the river. 🙂

According to our guide, we had to walk around 1.5km to get to the falls. We walked past several rice fields, and people selling snacks to the tourists. 🙂

The Tipolo tree, for which our city, Antipolo, is named after. 🙂

When we got to the last bridge we had to cross to get to the falls, there was a commotion among the group ahead of us. It turned out, there was a snake by the bridge, and the tour guide was trying to kill it. I almost died knowing there was a snake there. There was a small pool where you can swim, but the guide warned us that there are parts that went too deep, particularly near the falls. The water was very cold, but very refreshing.

Kabigan Falls

As we headed down, we stopped by one of the “snack stops” and banana cue, turon and fresh buko juice.

Kids posing for the camera. 🙂

Then we decided to go back to Saud beach to wait for the sunset.

Be wild, be free. 🙂

While waiting, first we tried catching hermit crabs, then Angel and Net decided to make sand fortresses.
Saud Beach Sunset. 🙂

Into the horizon, another day ends. While another day waits to begin. 🙂

The next day, it was time for us to head back to Baguio. On the way back, we  stopped by Paoay to see the church and the lake, Batac to visit the Marcos Museum and took a Kalesa tour of Vigan.

Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol.

Ferdinand Marcos’ bust at the Marcos Museum

Paoay Church

Malacañang of the North. View from Paoay Lake 🙂

Paoay Sand Dunes

Bantay church bell tower. The first stop of the Kalesa tour.

Another stop was a pottery “village”…

…and a bonsai garden 🙂

Calle Crisologo, Vigan.

Sunset at Qurino bridge.

♫ “You are like a sunset to me…You’re all kinds of beautiful as you end my day…and you sweetly retire as the stars chase you away…” ♫

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