Dancing in the sea like somebody's watching and becoming a tricycle driver

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a peek of South China sea along the way going to Pagudpod

From Laoag, the town of Pagudpod is just an hour away via the open air mini buses available around for 85 pesos per person. It was a good decision to have taken this ride in daylight as the scenic drive shouldn't be missed. Along the way, we already saw a glimpse of South China Sea on our left. We did not have a definite itinerary on Pagudpod, but I had been reading some of the nice things to do, one of which is to see the windmills in the nearby town of Bangui during sunrise or sunset and so when we passed by Bangui and unexpectedly saw the windmills, I excitedly pointed them to my travbuddies and told them those are the windmills we're going to go to.

big waves at Saud beach
However, I think the look on my face was more interesting to them when I realized that I was with two people who has had too much windmills from the Netherlands. Boink! :)

Pagudpod has often been referred to as the Boracay of the North minus the people and the parties. Yes, this is true and indeed it is one way of describing Pagudpod. However, I think the two should not be compared to one another, as each has it's own unique ambiance and beauty. Besides, that would be like saying that you have to see Boracay first. Otherwise, how would you describe Pagudpod to someone who has not seen Boracay yet?

Amidst being a tourist area, Pagudpod remains a non-commercialized rural area -- no shopping centers or malls and no fancy restaurants.

another potential job: tricycle driver
I like it this way but of course the downside of which is that you have to have with you everything you need including food. Otherwise you have to be dependent on what's going to be served by the resort you are staying at. We stayed in Arinaya resort in Saud beach. Saud beach has fine, brownery sand (although they claim its white sand but for me it is not white), and has different resorts lined up along the shore. The waves are also big and so it made me really wonder why this was compared to Boracay, as I didn't see the similarity.

So what's there to do in Pagudpod? You can hire a tricycle and have the driver tour you around for the whole day for 600 pesos. We only had one afternoon to spend to go around so we only managed to go to some places like the 80 foot high Kabigan falls, Patapat viadocks and Blue Lagoon beach.

Patapat viadock
Now Blue Lagoon beach (actually its name is Maira-ira Beach) would I think be the one that can be compared to Boracay, having the same long stretch of a very calm blue green beach with white sand, although Blue Lagoon has white pebbles actually. I heard that the accomodation is very expensive here, maybe that's why there wasn't much people around, other than it being not too accessible in the first place.

Ok, so I just said earlier not to compare Pagudpod to Boracay but here I went comparing them in the end. hehehe. Well, I really do not want to make a review. My stay in Pagudpod was very memorable: the tricycle ride, the splashing of the waves, the drinks on the shore, the starry night, the sunsets, the talks...and my early morning walks, which, on my first morning, actually turned into an early morning dance.

Saud beach
The waves were too inviting and with some music from my ipod, I danced, ignoring that there were some people that may be watching me and thinking I've gone nuts. They say you should dance like nobody's watching, in order to make your body move without inhibitions, but I think sometimes, you actually would dance more gracefully if you do dance and move your body for somebody...But then again, dream sequences like these are not meant to last, you would have to wake up soon. So on my next early morning walk the following day, an unexpected one big splash concluded the end of my ipod's life. No more dancing drama for the coffeefairy.  

Perhaps, there's something next?

 

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a peek of South China sea along th…
a peek of South China sea along t…
big waves at Saud beach
big waves at Saud beach
another potential job: tricycle dr…
another potential job: tricycle d…
Patapat viadock
Patapat viadock
Saud beach
Saud beach
Saud beach
Saud beach
i enjoyed riding the tricycle from…
i enjoyed riding the tricycle fro…
trek going to Kabigan falls
trek going to Kabigan falls
trek going to Kabigan falls
trek going to Kabigan falls
carabao
carabao
Kabigan falls
Kabigan falls
Kabigan falls
Kabigan falls
Patapat viadock
Patapat viadock
Patapat Bridge
Patapat Bridge
with Jen
with Jen
Patapat bridge
Patapat bridge
agua grande
agua grande
road going to Blue Lagoon
road going to Blue Lagoon
Blue lagoon beach (maira-ira beach)
Blue lagoon beach (maira-ira beach)
Blue lagoon beach (maira-ira beach)
Blue lagoon beach (maira-ira beach)
Blue lagoon beach (maira-ira beach)
Blue lagoon beach (maira-ira beach)
Blue lagoon beach (maira-ira beach)
Blue lagoon beach (maira-ira beach)
strike a pose
strike a pose
needs more posing practice
needs more posing practice
pose with some attitude
pose with some attitude
beach pictorial (hehe)
beach pictorial (hehe)
more beach pictorial
more beach pictorial
more beach pictorial
more beach pictorial
more beach pictorial
more beach pictorial
more beach pictorial
more beach pictorial
Manuel at blue lagoon beach
Manuel at blue lagoon beach
Jen at blue lagoon beach
Jen at blue lagoon beach
pebble shore at blue lagoon beach
pebble shore at blue lagoon beach
early morning at Saud beach
early morning at Saud beach
Manuel finally gets his first red …
Manuel finally gets his first red…
wedding at Arinaya beach resort
wedding at Arinaya beach resort
sunset kayaking at Saud beach
sunset kayaking at Saud beach
sunset at Saud beach
sunset at Saud beach
Pagudpod Hotels & Accommodations review
Beach front rooms, nice venue for a wedding but limited food availability
Cost (off peak season): 1700 pesos per night for a triple sharing airconditioned room. They have different rates for peak season and holy week(most ex… read entire review
Pagudpod
photo by: ivyleague