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Cj’s Fun Ilocos Trip – DAY 1

One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller

 

It is no surprise that a lot of people want to explore. But where exactly will you go?

It is something that Cj had an opportunity to respond with enthusiasm when he joined this enjoyable trip in Ilocos.

Ilocos Region is known for its historic sites, beaches and amazingly preserved Spanish sites. If you live in the South, you probably have this on your bucket list.

Knowing that, Cj and his friends went to Ilocos. For 3 days and 2 nights (including the accommodation and the van), it cost them 3,000 Philippine pesos. They were 10. Could they have been 12, the cost would have been cheaper. Nonetheless, the plan must go on.

 

They traveled between 8-9 hours from Lipa to Ilocos. Of course, there had to be a stopover.

On the 1st day, they went to Calle Crisologo. It is a heritage spot. It is known for its beautifully preserved streets and houses from the Spanish colonial period. It was such an amazing view. Although old, it clearly shows that it is something that Ilocos is really proud of.

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The good thing about this trip is that one of their friends know somebody in the area. He lives in the city and they were warmly welcomed to his house. They ate poque-poque, it’s something like ensalada (a salad dish that usually contains bits and pieces of food, usually vegetables),  Lomo-lomo-the insides of pork that is made into a soup, and Longganisang Vigan.

 

Yeah, I know it doesn’t sound exciting but I’ll take Cj’s word for it. He said it’s tasty!

There was also KBL which stands for Kamatis, Bagoong and Lasona, and bagnet–a deep fried pork belly dish.

Next, is Singson’s Baluarte where they enjoyed exploring the museum and farm.  They stayed for a while and eventually went to the most exciting part of the trip–Sand Dunes!!

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In the Sand Dunes, instead of camels, you will find a 4×4 vehicle that you can ride for only 500 pesos/person. That covers a 30-40-minute ride. If you are looking for something adventurous and fun, this is the best way to start off the adrenaline rush. It goes up and down the hill and you can really feel the excitement. You can also try Sand Boarding wherein  you will ride a board and let your self enjoy it until you reach the end of the slope.

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After the sand rush, they went to the sea shore and enjoyed its beauty and you can surely enjoy it better with your camera. Make sure to bring one.

At the end of the day, they finally went to their accommodation in Pagudpud. It took  them an hour to get to the lodge. It was cheap. With its price, quality is not something you’d take note of. But if you are traveling on a budget, this is a good choice.

There are 3 beds where 6 people can actually share. And in the morning, you can request to cook a meal–which they did.

**Watch out for Part2.

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