Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My Ilocos travel...first part Ilocos Norte (Jan. 9 to 13, 2012)

Should I say this is my begginer's tour? Well, I think it is... 
When I was asked by a friend if what I want to do at that time, ang bilis ko sumagot agad..."pumunta sa isang lugar". And she ask me again, saan? Kapal ng mukha ko at napakabilis ulit ng sagot ko....Ilocos!
I don't know why I answer that fast. Knowing na wala akong budget for a tour...Swerte? Yes it is....she paid for our transpo and accomodations....imagine that? Diba ang laking swerte!
Thank you friend....Now, I have a chance to share my very first travel experience to all the persons who can read this blog...I can let them see the beauty of Ilocos region....Here are some of my photos from where I really enjoyed most and humbly sharing it to all of you...See this folks!!!
O, diba ang ganda ng Pilipinas! This is one of the beaches in Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte. This was taken with my jologs digicam last January, 2012. It was so windy that time and had some rainshowers. Pagudpod was so beautiful even the weather is not so pleasant that time.  I love to see the waves. It looks like dancing back and front. And it sounds like music to my ears. So relaxing...so hearth warming...Di siya nakakasawang pagmasdan...Di siya nakakasawang kodakan...

The Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte. Wow amazing!!! Giant Windmills...Napakasarap nilang tingnan. Just imagine, it gives an electricity to some places in Ilocos, and yet they also became one of the most beautiful tourist attraction in that province. It was lined along the sea shore and pinagagana sila ng ating kalikasan. God is really good. He gave us this special place and let the people of Ilocos Norte serves its community. I can consider this as a gift from Mother Earth. Ito ay isang biyaya ng langit at kalikasan.

The Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos, Ilocos Norte...What can I say about this beautiful Spanish architecture during 1887? The structure was really amazing. Its very old and preserved well by our government. I hope it will last for the next generations. The experience to see the view when you where up there was great, the sea, the land scapes, its priceless! I cannot resist to have a picture of it. Photgraphers out there...this is a very good  subject for your photo shooting. Don't miss it when you go to Ilocos Norte. Bigla naman akong nalungkot dun... How I wish I had an SLR camera!

 Ilocos Norte tour is not complete if you did not see the Marcos Museum and Mauseleum in Batad. In this place you can allowed to see Pres. Marcos' body lying in a glass coffin  surrounded with flowers and with a carpeted and airconditioned room. Ups! Pictures not allowed inside mauseleum. A big No!...No!...All I can say is...it's like a mauseleum for a king and queen. Di tayo pwede sa ganun mga ka-jologs. Magkano kaya binabayarang kuryente ng Marcos family? Sabi ng caretaker 24hrs daw and aircondition dun. How i wish I had an airconditioned room lalo na sa ganitong tag-init. O, bakit? Sino may ayaw? LOL..

Paoay Lake, Ilocos Norte. Another intersting subjects for photographers...you can see the view of the lake from its viewdeck and accross in it is the Malacanang of the North. 

This is one of the structures built during the term of Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos. This place is so huge and from the veranda, you can see the Poay Lake and a big golf course...Inside, you can see a lot of expensive furnitures. How I wish the present administrator think about how this building can be re-used for the benefit of todays government and the future. Ang daming mamahaling gamit sa loob. Papano kung di ito ginagamit at masira lang. Sayang naman ang mga taxes na ibinayad ng mga magulang natin dati na ginamit para maitayo ito. What do you think? Pwede diba?

The Paoay Church. This is one of the oldest church in Ilocos built in 1710. Even when you go inside, you can see that the people of Ilocos is preserving its old looks. That is why this church was recognized as UNESCO world herritage site. Nakaugalian ko na everytime na pupunta ako sa ibang lugar sa unang pagkakataon, di ko pwedeng palampasin na di bumisita sa kanilang lokal na simbahan. Bukod sa pagkagusto kong makita ang iba't ibang struktura nito, nakaugalian ko ang mag-wish. Sabi kasi nila, pwede ka daw mag-wish sa unang pagkakataon mo na mapasok sa isang simbahan. And that's what I always did when I go travelling. Try mo...

Paoay Sand Dunes..Paoay, Ilocos Norte.
Remember the movie of Marian Rivera, "Temptation Island"? How about the late Fernando Poe, Jr. and Sen. Bong Revilla's"Ang Panday"?  Well, this is the place. Disyerto sa Pinas....The moment I stepped down my feet on the ground...I felt so excited. Sabi ko sa sarili ko..."Di ko palalampasin ang rare adventure na 'to. Masaktan na ang masasaktan". I tried to do sand boarding na kahit na sa napakainit na buhangin sige lang. Pati na ang mag-drive ng 4x4 jeep sinubukan ko. Sumakay sa likod ng jeep na para kang nakasakay sa roller coaster ginawa ko. Isa lang ang binilin ng mga locals duon. "Wag ngumanga ng sobra"....baka sa sobrang tawa mo, makakain ka ng buhangin...LOL Grabeng experience ito talaga...makangawit ng panga!

Guys...wait...This is only Ilocos Norte...You must also see my Ilocos Sur adventure...See Yah!