Friday, August 29, 2014

Sandboarding at La Paz Sand Dunes

On the last day of our Ilocos adventure, we got up at 6 AM and went straight to La Paz Sand Dunes. I've read that the best time to go on this adventure is at 6-10 AM or after 4 PM so that the sun is not too scorching hot.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bangui Windmills, Hannah's Pagudpud Beach

We had a glimpse of what the Ilocos windmills look like when we went to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation but the actual Bangui Windmills look much bigger and more awesome.

Forever 21 top, SM GTW scallop shorts, People are People sandals

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

The Manila airport has framed photos of the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation captured at sunset. It was the perfect teaser to get us more excited as we were waiting to board our Manila-Laoag flight.

The Kapurpurawan Rock Formation was part of our Day 2 itinerary thanks to J2F Ilocos Travel and Tours

After visiting Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, the iconic rock formations were our next stop. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse


Can I just say, it's so convenient to be able to just blog about my travel experience rather than painstakingly using a pen to write a handwritten travel diary? Much easier.

Day 2 of our Ilocos adventure begins. Compared to Day 1 where we went to Fort IlocandiaCalle Crisologo, Vigan, and several other Ilocos stopovers, our itinerary for Day 2 was much more relaxed. 

Our first stop was Cape Bojeador. Like the rest of Ilocos, Cape Bojeador had a rustic, historical (dating to the Spanish colonial period) feel that's perfect for photos.

Calle Crisologo, Vigan

I've seen so many photos of this beautiful place and so I knew that I wanted to catch sunset here as the lighting would make the photos even more beautiful.

But the weather wasn't cooperating, it was a rainy, gloomy day, and we were too tired to stand and wait as we had already spent the day exploring Fort Ilocandia, and other Laoag and Vigan stopovers
(thanks to J2F Ilocos Escapades for organizing our trip).

You KNOW once you have reached Heritage Village and Calle Crisologo as there's no other area quite like it. It was quite amusing to spot modern/new franchises like Mang Inasal and Max's Restaurant redesigned to fit into this street. All the buildings here are not allowed to exceed two stories high and they must all have the Filipino olden times feel.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Malacanang of the North, Paoay Church, Marcos Photo Gallery, Sinking Bell Tower

After we've had our fill of fun at Fort Ilocandia, off we went to the rest of our stopovers for our Laoag tour.

One of the great things about booking with J2F Ilocos Travel & Tours was that all our entrance fees were already included in the package. We didn't have to shell out money for every single museum we went to. Saves you from the hassle, eh?

Here are more places we went to on Day 1 of our Ilocos tour:

1. Malacanang of the North

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Laoag, Ilocos Norte: Fort Ilocandia

Lately, reading blogs before traveling to a place is a prerequisite for me. They're always so honest and informative in a way that typical travel sites just aren't.

This was my first time booking a travel package tour so even though my friend referred me to J2F Ilocos Travel & Tours, I was a bit apprehensive. Paranoid questions like, "What if this is a scam?" would of course pop up. But they only asked for a P1,500 downpayment (for the whole group tour) and no scammer would go for that small an amount, right?

So book the tour I did and I'm soooo glad I chose to book with them. The package tour was both extremely convenient and budget friendly, I totally recommend.

Our driver slash tour guide picked us up from the airport (we had an evening flight), and we checked in at the hotel. The next morning, the guide picked us up at 7:30 AM and off we went for adventure Day 1. Our first stop: FORT ILOCANDIA.

Top - Forever 21, Skort - Vetus Shop, Shoes - Cotton On, Bag - Pull & Bear

Thursday, August 14, 2014

What To Do When You Have Spare Time in Manila

Booking cheap, promo flights mean you can't really be choosy with flight schedules. Our flight from Cebu to Manila was 8:30 AM while our Manila to Laoag flight was at 7 PM which gave us approximately 6 hours free (when you deduct the time that we're supposed to be back at the airport). It was the same story during the travel going home. So we chose to spend the time at the closest big mall, SM Mall of Asia.

Of course, we had to:
1. dine in a restaurant that hasn't invaded Cebu yet. So we were able to satisfy Kenny's craving for authentic Japanese ramen at Ramen Nagi. It seems they only have 4 choices of ramen - but these are customizable as you can fill up the checklist according to your preference. Since I love spicy food, I chose the Red King ramen and since I'm no ramen expert, opted to only check "beef" then the rest would be according to the "chef's recommendation." It was delicious. Expensive, but delicious. It's a big bowl too, so you won't go hungry. Had a taste of my friend's black ramen and uuuhhh.. it was just a little too weird and salty for me.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Waiting for Gold

I've had this sheer, nude cropped top with gold beaded details for so long, I fear that it lay in my closet for half a year or more. I kept waiting for the right occasion to wear it and felt that the occasions that came or the venues that accompanied them were too casual or too glam for this piece of gold. Finally decided to throw it on over an LBD for my birthday even though we were headed to very relaxed venues.