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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Random Clicks: Ilocos Tour Part 1

The white beach of Bangui Bay in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.
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Summertime has officially begun in the Philippines and of course a vacation is not complete if you will not spend a day or two in one of the island nation's famous beaches. I was lucky to have the opportunity to take a day off from work and fulfill one task in my bucket list--visit the Ilocos Region. The Ilocos Region is composed of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan provinces situated in the northwestern part of Luzon and is bordered by the South China Sea in the west and Cordillera Administrative Region in the east.


This is the beach that greeted us on our first day.
The first destination of our Ilocos Tour is Pagudpud, it is 562 kilometers away from Metro Manila or more or less 9 hours non-stop drive but it was all worth it. We left the house at 8 in the evening and arrived at 5 in the morning the next day. We did not have prior hotel reservations but we were lucky to get a room that is good for 12 persons at Php3,500 a night. There are no plush hotels in Pagudpud but transient homes offer air conditioned rooms, cable television, free Wi-Fi and kitchen use which is enough for a comfortable stay. My tip is to bring enough food because there are no stores nearby and the public market is several kilometers away.


Two of the famous Bangui Windmills overlooking the South China Sea.
My son couldn't contain his excitement to have a swim in the white sand beach with crystal clear water. It was a sight to behold. Entrance to be beach is absolutely free! The famous Bangui Windmills can be seen from the beach. I felt so excited because it was my first time to see the huge structures.


The Patapat Viaduct along the rocky shore.
Our next destination is the Patapat Viaduct--a 1.3 kilometer bridge in Pagudpud that connects the Maharlika Highway from Laoag, Ilocos Norte to Cagayan Valley. It was constructed during the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos and is considered the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines.


The stream that is supplied by the Kabigan Falls. It serves as irrigation to the surrounding rice fields.

Our third destination was the Kabigan Falls in Barangay Baloi. For only 10 pesos entrance fee, you will be guided to 30-minute trek before you could see the majestic 120-feet wide waterfalls. Along the way, there are stores where you can take a break and eat their famous carioca in case you get tired. There are also comfort rooms if you've loaded your bladder with plenty of fresh buko juice.


The Kabigan Falls in all its glory.
Going up seems like forever because it was such a long time ago since I trekked but the sweat and aching legs were all worth it when I saw for the first time the Kabigan Falls. I was so tempted to take a plunge. Although swimming is allowed, I did not bring any changing clothes, so, poor me. I could stay in the place all day but we have to go to another place.


Ilocos Norte's famous windmills along Bangui coastline.
Ilocos Norte tour would not be complete without visiting their famous Bangui Wind Farm facing the West Philippine Sea. The first 15 windmills were inaugurated by then Ilocos Norte Governor Bongbong Marcos in 2005 and by 2014, additional 11 turbines were completed which supply 40-50% of the province's electricity. There is no entrance fee. My tip before going here is to wear long pants because the sand is blown away by the strong wind and it hurts a bit when the sand hits the legs. It is like an army of ants biting your legs. Swimming is not prohibited but I didn't dare go near the water because of the strong wind and the even stronger waves. There are souvenir shops that sell miniature version of the windmills and shirts that sell between 150 to 200 pesos.

The majestic Kapurpurawan Rock Formation that withstood the tests of time.
On the other side of Bangui Wind Farm is the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation that was formed in time by the waves and strong wind. The rock was named kapurpurawan because of its white color. 


The rocky shore that nestles the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation.
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Before you reach the rock formation, you will have to walk for 5 to 10 minutes but if your feet are already tired, you can rent a horse for 100 pesos and it will take you around the park. There is no entrance fee which is nice.

The century old lighthouse that still functions today for the international ships that enter the Philippine archipelago.
The last leg of our day 1 tour is Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos that was built during the Spanish colonial period. It was first lit in 1892. After more than a century, it still works. It was declared a National Historical Landmark in 2004. There is no entrance fee.

Day 1 of our Ilocos tour was amazing and I couldn't wait to go back. Meanwhile, watch out for the part 2 of my post. There are more amazing things to do and discover in the Ilocos Region.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Dream Interpretation: Dry River Bed

I had a quick nap this afternoon. I have been frequently sleepy these past few days because of my late night vice of watching videos in YouTube... or was it probably because of the cocktail drink in a pouch (yes, in a pouch like a juice) that I bought from a convenience store out of curiosity? Nevertheless, I bet it was not enough to cause me to have such an unusual dream.

The sequence of my dream is already mixed up in my head but I vividly remember one man, my lover, who was with me and we were swimming with friends in a river. Funny how I remember he was an engineer, older than me by 5 years, and he bears a very familiar surname. He's tall, around 5 feet and ten inches, with black straight hair. His scruffy round face did not hide his good looks. Yes, I was attracted to him--he was my lover in my dream. A few swims and I noticed that the river had dried up.

Another scene was in the exact same room where I took a nap. He entered the room and laid down beside me, hugging me. I could feel the warmth of his scruffy face on my cheeks. We were both looking at a clock as if the magic brought by fairy godmother would disappear by midnight. We didn't talk. We were anxiously waiting for the time. A few minutes before the time, I heard him cry. Wail. I was crying silently while we watches my tears flow down my cheeks.

And then I woke up.

According to mydreamvisions.com, the river symbolizes the course or path of life, a relationship or project in your life. A dry river bed signifies that your life is empty or not moving forward. There is a need for fulfillment.

Dreaming of another lover according to dreammoods.com is compensatory for the unsatisfactory or unfulfilling relationship in your real life. To see another person crying maybe a projection of your own feelings to someone else. Your crying signifies a release of negative emotions. To dream about time indicates fears of not being able to cope with the pressures and stresses of life.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

We're like stars



I love this. Probably because I've collided with another star.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Longest Road


An excerpt from the book entitled Presence by Peter Senge and others. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas Gift Giving 2014


I didn't let the Yuletide Season to pass without teaching my child the value of love and sharing. I have a busy schedule and I know it's the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with him. 

Last December 18, we went to the relocation area of Yolanda survivors in Isla Bonita, Rosario, Cavite to give gifts to children and to give them soup to warm their stomachs. We were with other employees and their kids. 

There were singing, dancing and games. Everyone was happy. Seeing smiles on their faces are so precious. I could tell from the look in my son's eyes that he learned some valuable life lessons from that experience. 

Random Clicks: Caleruega, Nasugbu, Batangas


If you happen to be in Tagaytay City, never miss the opportunity to visit Caleruega. It is a religous complex in Nasugbu, Batangas, just a few minutes off of Tagaytay City to the South. It is currently the famous wedding events of many A-lists and well-to-do families because of the beauty of the location and you can really feel serenity when you are inside the compound.

My sister, nieces and my son went here on December 30. It was not a planned trip but it was definitely worth it. 



There is an entrance fee of 30 pesos per head, you can bring foods and take lots of photos in their garden. The Koi Pond is the entrance to the picnic grounds and it also leads to another church on top of a hill with a magnificent view of Tagaytay and Batangas.



Their motto "Close to nature, closer to God" is very obvious in the ambiance. It is so peaceful. You can just sit in one place and reflect or meditate. I should have bought a book when we went here.


This hanging bridge leads to the picnic ground. It was exciting to cross.



This pathway leads to the church on top of the hill where you can see the magnificent view of Tagaytay and Batangas (I said it again). It was worth the burned calories from climbing a hill. If you get tired, there are benches where you can take a short rest or take photos.

To know more about this gorgeous place, visit their Facebook Page.

New Book: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin


The first book that I bought this year is "What To Do Until Love Finds You" by Michelle McKinney Hammond. I bought it because it is my cousin's wish to have for Christmas but unfortunately I wasn't able to buy one for her because the bookstore ran out of copy. Luckily, I found it in a school supply store and swapped it with "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin that I gave her as a replacement. She obliged and now, we're both happy. 

This book is all about creating and finding your own happiness in the simplest of ways. There's actually a guide on how to do it. I am excited because aside from taking the Reading Challenge, I am hoping to make people happy also through this journey.

2015 Reading Challenge


I found this Reading Challenge in 9gag (kudos to the one who originally did this, I'm gonna find out soon) and I couldn't resist but take the challenge. One of my goals for this new year is to get back to reading. I believe this challenge will help me fulfill that goal even if I wouldn't be able to finish the challenge. But, who knows? I might. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

The image is blurry but here's the content. If you would like to take the challenge, please feel free to do so and involve your friends or relatives so that you will have different things to talk about when you catch up with one another. You can do this in no particular order:

  • A book with more than 500 pages
  • A classic romance
  • A book that became a movie
  • A book published this year
  • A book with a number in the title
  • A book written by someone under 30
  • A book with nonhuman characters
  • A funny book
  • A book by a female author
  • A mystery or thriller
  • A book with a one-word title
  • A book set in a different country
  • A nonfiction book
  • A popular author's first book
  • A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet
  • A book a friend recommended
  • A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
  • A book based on a true story
  • A book at the bottom of your to-read list
  • A book your mom loves
  • A book that scares you
  • A book more than 100 years old
  • A book based entirely on its cover
  • A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't
  • A book you can finish in a day
  • A book with antonyms in the title
  • A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
  • A book that came out the year you were born
  • A book with bad reviews
  • A trilogy
  • A book from your childhood
  • A book with a love triangle
  • A book set in the future
  • A book set in high school
  • A book with a color in the title
  • A book that made you cry
  • A book with magic
  • A graphic novel
  • A book by an author you've never read before
  • A book you own but have never read
  • A book that takes place in your hometown
  • A book that was originally written in a different language
  • A book set during Christmas
  • A book written by an author with your same initials
  • A play
  • A banned book
  • A book based on or turned into a TV show
  • A book you started but never finished

The first book I am going to read for this challenge is "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What a bug taught me about life


This weird looking fella landed on my knee yesterday. I immediately took notice because he has the face of a frog and the wings of a fly to match the oddly placed four legs. 

I took a snap and before I could take a second look at the image, it was gone.

What kind of an insect is this? I have never seen anything like it before.

Regardless of its weird looks, I find it fascinating that it somehow took its time to greet me and remind me that there are things that maybe new to us and we might never fully understand its purpose, but take time to appreciate that its being new and weird or odd brought us a different experience to learn and to share.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happiness in the simplest things


You know you are getting older and you are oftentimes preoccupied by work when you get to appreciate the simple things in life like seeing bright lights at night, carnival rides and the most absurd thing of all--enjoying a different traffic.

While enjoying the traffic yesterday, I had a little conversation with myself.

I said, "Never hinder anyone from finding their own happiness."

I replied, "You should talk to me more often."

"I am. But you don't listen.", I answered annoyingly.

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