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Bluish tinge of dawn


I woke up as Jear rustled about, checked the time and realized it was before 5:30 am!!!
Out of  habit but with less enthusiasm as I stayed till midnight watching the closing episode of Temptation Island, I then invited myself to joining him walk around the beach.

Barely gargling and without washing up I hurriedly followed. The moment we stepped out we were already getting sentimental and gaga over taking pictures. I was uttering my silent thanksgiving prayers while inhaling in the morning air and smell of sea water or Jear?!

It continued to amaze both of us to watch the crashing of the violent waves on the rocks and corals as the tide was still high. A jacket helped protect me from the great crisp morning air.

Several videos and pictures later we opted to get the Ilocandia breakfast from the hotel's restaurant.

Rice fields ready for harvesting
It basically consisted of the usual Filipino breakfast, eggs, fried rice and meat. I got the sunny side up and local sausages, my favorite! as Ilocos sausages are garlicky and salty versus the usual sweet sausages in the market, while Jear got the sweetened meat version.

Andy opted to skip breakfast and was in his usual autistic state.

We then quickly packed and prepared for the tricycle(a motorcycle with a cart attached to it) who was picking us up for the Southern Pagudpud tour. Boy was I excited!

As Jear was adamant in sitting at the back of the motor driver which was more spacious compared to the horribly cute and uncomfortable tricycle cart, I took the spot even before the driver wheeled it around to depart.

The river flowing to the South China Sea with the misty Cordillera mountains in the background
Hah! Boy was he bitter! I did sweetly make a compromise to swap with  him at other points after researching on how long the travel time was from one stop to another, and queuing him if there were spots to get great pictures of which would be impossible to catch if you were sitting inside.

Stopping from time to time to take great snaps of the Cordillera, South China Sea, and rice fields ready for harvesting, we finally reached the first part of our tour after 30 mins...the Windmills!!

Having no known windmill locations in the country other than here in Pagudpud, it was a thrill to finally see it up close. The electricity coming from the 20 windmills as we found out are sold..to neighboring cities I guess, as the city itself already had sufficient power. Interesting.

The equally crazy companion.

As Jear and I were shooting away with our cameras, Andy walked to us with a huge stick, scaring me looking like Moses ready to part the red sea, or stab us. This he autistically used to draw whatever symbol on the sand.

I got frustrated that he could not get a perfect shot of Jear and me holding hands while doing a jump shot so here I am bitterly including it in this blog.

With just a few equally excited students we were free to romp around in leisure.

Swapping with Jear in the motor's backseat, we went on to the unexpectedly most gruelling part of our trip, going to 'Kapurpurawan' meaning white.

Without an idea of what this was all about we were faced with a horribly rough road (imagine this while riding the cute tricycle) that almost tipped over our vehicle at various points.

Viewing the entirety of Mordor
These were a result of several rains in the area which eroded the rocks and soil making it challenging for vehicles to pass through.This was coupled with tall grasses hitting us left and right in the face.

After getting off the tricycle and walking through a grass clearing we were faced with what looked like Mordor in Lord of the Rings. A long path of hardened corals on the left and patches of grass growing on God knows what on the right, all interspersed with flowing water and crevices.
The name of the location was taken from the huge white rock that was at the far end of the wasteland. Jear was unstoppable, without wasting a moment nor looking back he trekked the long, difficult and dangerous walk through the sharp corals. Andy, after taking a few pictures amazingly followed on, leaving me to figure out whether or not it was worth seeing the rock up close.

Gracefully casual on the edge of a cliff

Halfway through I so wanted to quit, seeing the 2 so far ahead and finding navigating through the corals too tiring and dangerous as a slip could mean a really bad injury. This task was not made easier by just wearing flip flops so if you guys decide to take this adventurous trip better be smart with your footwear. I had to concentrate on where to pass as there were gaps in the corals that you had to jump over or avoid, washing my muddy feet from time to time in water with microbes I did not want to think about.

Being the last in the amazing race, Jear waved at me from atop the huge rock and finally got to climb up after a few minutes. The rock was more fun and easier to ascend. After helping Jear find an easier way to reach the top for a great shot, we took our time savoring the prize and viewing the entirety of Mordor.

View from below the Cafe Bojeador Lighthouse
Breathing in the fresh air all I could think was "God you are great and so creative with details!"

Reaching the top I realized, I almost missed this had I chosen to cower with my tail behind my legs from the challenge of walking towards it!! I honestly learned a valuable lesson there.

This is definitely not a touristy area so better be careful as one wrong move might as far as I think seriously cost you a part of your limb.

The walk back was a far easier task, after discovering that the grassy path was the better way. Washing off our feet quickly in the watering holes, fearing a few men with fishing spears who were calling out to us (no idea why!) we finally reached the tricycle and went on our last stop.

The Cafe Bojeador lighthouse built in 1892 was the last on our list.

Watching the horse or horseman?
Exhausted from the Kapurpurawan walk, climbing up the long winding steps definitely gave me a heart pounding cardio but I would not let up without getting the view from the top. Jear shortly followed as Andy opted to enjoy the view below.

We took a few minutes to bond with other tourists taking shots in the small area while cooling our faces in one of the broken windows. What was sad about the place was how dilapidated it was, with the museum having broken glass displays and being terribly musty making me opt to just peek in, and a fly swarmed toilet, wishing the caretaker would do his job better for this interesting tourist spot.

The tricycle then dropped us off by the main road and helped us get a shuttle going back to Laoag that lasted an hour then grabbed and munched on a few snacks on the 2 hour bus to Vigan.

Celebrating it's 252 years.
This we had to endure with closed windows in a non airconditioned bus as the rain poured on and with dirt literally forming on our skin from the long treks we faced that morning. Eww. We had yet to bear the stickiness of it all till we got back home to Manila since we no longer planned to check in at a hotel that evening.

First thing we did upon reaching Vigan was grab lunch at the closest fastfood from where our bus dropped us off which was Jollibee, at 4:30 pm! Andy quietly but famishingly gobbled on his burger as he didn't get any breakfast (poor thing!) I on the other hand rushed off to the toilet with my towel and facial wash to freshen up.

A storm was starting to descend on this historic city and our short tour was more for trophy pictures more than sightseeing.

The end of the line, streets of Vigan dramatic at night.
As we were dropped off by the first tricycle we got at a local zoo instead of the Heritage area we decided to go around a few minutes and see the poor animals in their cages.

I did get hilarilously wet with Jear while descending one of the bell towers as I remembered too late that I had my umbrella in my bag. Andy and I also finally got to take our first calesa (horse carriage) Php150/hr ride, hurrah!! and I was able to buy the sausages, popped corn (chichacorn) and rice cakes I so longed for which were the regions specialty.

After walking a bit to view the old houses we finally took the bus going back home. This our butts had to endure for another 8 hours, ugh, and another 1.5 hour for me as I lived farther than the 2 from Manila.

This day had been by far one of the most exhausting days I'd ever had in my travelling life but I would have definitely not missed it for anything.

5:30am!

blurbmoi says:
Thanks Jen! Glad you liked it!:-) How's everything going?
Posted on: Oct 30, 2008
will62 says:
Can I come and visit again?/
:)
Posted on: Oct 01, 2008
blurbmoi says:
Thank you for all the smiles and comments fellow TB's, again, I owe the feature to everyone. Keep on travelling and smiling. Cheers to more adventures!! Fellow Filipinos, kudos to Wow Philippines;-)
Posted on: Sep 30, 2008
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Bluish tinge of dawn
Bluish tinge of dawn
Rice fields ready for harvesting
Rice fields ready for harvesting
The river flowing to the South Chi…
The river flowing to the South Ch…
The equally crazy companion.
The equally crazy companion.
Viewing the entirety of Mordor
Viewing the entirety of Mordor
Gracefully casual on the edge of a…
Gracefully casual on the edge of …
View from below the Cafe Bojeador …
View from below the Cafe Bojeador…
Watching the horse or horseman?
Watching the horse or horseman?
Celebrating its 252 years.
Celebrating it's 252 years.
The end of the line, streets of Vi…
The end of the line, streets of V…
5:30am!
5:30am!
Water pooling in a crevice
Water pooling in a crevice
High tide creating great foams on …
High tide creating great foams on…
Gulping the fresh air
Gulping the fresh air
One teeny weeny boat at sea
One teeny weeny boat at sea
Lush rice fields with throngs of M…
Lush rice fields with throngs of …
Enjoying more greens at the back o…
Enjoying more greens at the back …
A lone cow at feast
A lone cow at feast
Mist on the awesome Cordillera mou…
Mist on the awesome Cordillera mo…
Going gaga!
Going gaga!
Bangui Windmills, trademark of Pag…
Bangui Windmills, trademark of Pa…
The reserved one.
The reserved one.
Fellow Filipinos, read the name of…
Fellow Filipinos, read the name o…
Starting the trail to Kapurpurawan
Starting the trail to Kapurpurawan
The grass clearing....
The grass clearing....
The long road to Kapurpurawan
The long road to Kapurpurawan
Scouting which road to take
Scouting which road to take
Marshland of Mordor
Marshland of Mordor
Where to now?!
Where to now?!
Watch the sharp corals
Watch the sharp corals
And theyre too far apart to jump!…
And they're too far apart to jump…
Where are Jear and Andy?!!! On the…
Where are Jear and Andy?!!! On th…
Looking like little craters
Looking like little craters
Washing my feet while looking for …
Washing my feet while looking for…
More stable stones to jump
More stable stones to jump
Thinking to explore the grassy pat…
Thinking to explore the grassy pa…
Last in the race, with miniscule c…
Last in the race, with miniscule …
As I clambered up to the rock, loo…
As I clambered up to the rock, lo…
Frodo shot! Went down the steep cl…
Frodo shot! Went down the steep c…
Trying to be brave
Trying to be brave
Magazine shot
Magazine shot
Duh? Sailors away!
Duh? Sailor's away!
Goddess shot, LOL!
Goddess shot, LOL!
A big wave brought Jear to shore!
A big wave brought Jear to shore!
Ah, Jears always envious!!! and w…
Ah, Jear's always envious!!! and …
Trying to climb?
Trying to climb?
Roaming around the dilapidated bot…
Roaming around the dilapidated bo…
Triumphant view from above the lig…
Triumphant view from above the li…
Whoa! thats high!
Whoa! that's high!
Gosh was I dark, the view was so w…
Gosh was I dark, the view was so …
Always trying to look sentimental,…
Always trying to look sentimental…
Sweet dark Koreans!
Sweet dark Koreans!
Through the broken glass of the li…
Through the broken glass of the l…
Another breathtaking view
Another breathtaking view
While waiting for our bus back to …
While waiting for our bus back to…
To each his own seat.
To each his own seat.
All the city halls in the towns we…
All the city halls in the towns w…
Getting lost in Vigan and ending u…
Getting lost in Vigan and ending …
Mini zoo = mini horse
Mini zoo = mini horse
The old houses of Vigan
The old houses of Vigan
Wet cobblestone streets as an afte…
Wet cobblestone streets as an aft…
Needing some TLC
Needing some TLC
The famous Calle Crisologo
The famous Calle Crisologo
The race against getting dark.
The race against getting dark.
Forcing me to take this pic!
Forcing me to take this pic!
An old cart, I want one of these a…
An old cart, I want one of these …
Mimicking as usual. haha.
Mimicking as usual. haha.
Looking like the old houses in my …
Looking like the old houses in my…
Nice corner house
Nice corner house
Could barely lift my arms with the…
Could barely lift my arms with th…
Andy and me enjoying our first cal…
Andy and me enjoying our first ca…
St. Pauls Cathedral
St. Paul's Cathedral
Sneaking a shot at St. Pauls Cath…
Sneaking a shot at St. Paul's Cat…
St. Augustines Cathdedral.
St. Augustine's Cathdedral.
The beautiful bell tower at sunset
The beautiful bell tower at sunset
Guess whos this for?
Guess who's this for?
In respect to Jears departed came…
In respect to Jear's departed cam…
Another one in memory of Jears cam
Another one in memory of Jear's cam
The wonderfully closed Archbishop…
The wonderfully closed Archbishop…
McDonalds funnily trying to mimic …
McDonalds funnily trying to mimic…
Buying my so longed for local trea…
Buying my so longed for local tre…
I am supposed to be here....you ge…
I am supposed to be here....you g…
Thanks to Jear
Thanks to Jear
One of my rare jump shots
One of my rare jump shots
Rose!!!....committing suicide.
Rose!!!....committing suicide.
Sentimental so early in the mornin…
Sentimental so early in the morni…
Ilocos Sur
photo by: blurbmoi