The Road Back to Ilocos: Rain or Shine the Tour Must Go On

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“To travel is also an education itself. The never-ending search for learning of what makes us all different and similar from one another.” –Jassy

 

 

BANGUI WINDMILLS

 

 

AT THE KAPURPURAWAN WHITE ROCK FORMATION AND BUMPED INTO KULAS OF BECOMING FILIPINO

For our second day of exploring, the weather at that time was definitely not on our side. But honestly, with that kind of weather, I would have loved to just stay at the hotel, and stand in its balcony while drinking a cup of coffee or tea, and witness the beauty of the pouring rain outside.

However, there were tons of planned activities for the day that we had to do. In which according to Kuya Ryan, rain or shine, the trip must definitely go on. And at around 8am in the morning, we were already gathered at the hotel’s dining area. Our first activity was supposed to be in Blue Lagoon, but almost everyone in our group had opted to see some local sites before heading off to the beach.

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KAPURPURAWAN WHITE ROCK FORMATION

 

 

ON OUR WAY TO KABIGAN FALLS

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So for our first stop of the day, it was the Bangui Windmill, and oh my goodness! Although the rain had already stopped, the wind was so damn strong that we didn’t stay that long! But nevertheless, I was entirely amazed at how beautiful the strong waves at the beach tends to look at.

As mentioned earlier, we didn’t stayed that much at the Bangui Windmill, and instead went straight ahead to the Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation. Again, I’ve already visited the area, so I’ve decided to accompany Mommy Carol inside its souvenir shops since she’s also not that physically fit to go down with everyone in our group. Plus, it was so crowded and a windy midmorning that I was definitely not in the mood to go. Instead, I was just there sitting nearby, chatting with Mommy Carol while waiting for our fellow travelers.

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Then for our next destination, I think it was definitely my most favorite part of our tour, in which by the way I truly enjoyed all throughout, and that is the trekking to Kabigan Falls.

Because for someone who loves the views of the mountains and its forests more than its beaches, I did not hesitate when Kuya Ryan had asked me if this time I will join them.

Of course! I said yes right away! Plus, I was so excited! And who cares about the cold rain and strong winds. Deep inside, I was entirely looking forward to it.

 

 

 

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TEAM TIYA DELY

The trekking took for about 30-45 minutes on the way to the falls, but it would also depend on your own pace. And I was so grateful enough that my left knee had just gotten better before my Ilocos Trip because I was finally able to walk properly.

Anyway, it was truly a fun experience, and I really enjoyed the views of our surrounding areas that I was just feeling giddy with such overwhelming happiness inside. And upon arrival at the Kabigan Falls, I just couldn’t help myself that I was shouting at the top of my lungs, and paused for one moment to pray and give thanks for the opportunity to see such a beautiful place. Plus, to also asked forgiveness to Mother Nature for shouting inside the forests because what I did there was entirely careless on my part.

You do know what I’m talking about right?

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TEAM ILOCOS

 

 

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Since it was still raining and already way beyond lunchtime, we’ve only stayed there for about less than an hour to take some pictures, absorb the views of the area, and finally head back.

Back to the main site, a huge feast of delicious and home-cooked meals was already waiting for us, and even though that the house looks old, but such an ambiance was truly perfect. For the way we were closely gathered made us all look like a one big happy family living in a small and cozy house. After that, we stayed there for a coffee break since it was still raining outside. Then move forward to our next stopover, which was also one of my favorites from my previous trip to Ilocos, and that is the Patapat Bridge.

 

 

KABIGAN FALLS

 

By the way, I was supposed to recreate the photo that I took there back in September 2016, but the weather and strong winds outside made it a bit difficult for me to do it. Oh Well.

So instead, I just took some photos of the area, and also with Ate Arge and Ate Isa. Then stayed there for a little bit to just stand there, and take it all in the beauty of that area. Because for one moment, I thought that we were on the coastal road of Big Sur. For it’s such a dream of mine to visit that place, and being there, made it seemed like a dream come true.

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TAKEN DURING MY FIRST TRIP TO ILOCOS

 

 

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For the last league of our tour, it was a visit to Blue Lagoon. But for the reason that the weather was not on our side, we only stayed inside the van and it was only Ate Arge, Ate Jane, Gladys and Almer who took the time to swim at the beach and insanely enjoy the waves.

And as for me, I just stayed in the van, watching a new Thor movie, but after a few scenes, I was not enjoying it. So I turned on my music playlist and just look at the views outside while contemplating a lot of things in my mind.

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After staying at the Blue Lagoon for about an hour, we’ve decided to head back way too earlier than what we’ve planned at the hotel. Then took a short rest and eventually went out again from our rooms for our dinner.

Moreover, I would definitely say that it was a wonderful evening. For as a group, we’ve decided once again to eat our dinner together. So aside from the fact that it was one heck of a feast, we also had a great time talking to one another and enjoying each others company while drinking some wine and other alcoholic beverages. A team that in just a short period of time, had truly grown on me, and knew since then that I would surely miss when I get back home.

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TEAM ILOCOS

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BLUE LAGOON, PAGUDPUD

And that’s all for now, and will share with you in my next blog post the highlights of our 3rd and last day in Ilocos.

Thank you so much for reading.

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DINNER TOGETHER AS A GROUP

 

 

 

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TEAM TIYA DELY

 

(ALL GROUP PHOTOS BELONGS TO ATE ARGE, KUYA RYAN, EDS, ATE JANE AND GLADYS)

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