ILOCOS DAY 3

So what is an Ilocos trip if we will not visit the Vigan Heritage Site? but before that let me share you some other tourist spots we’ve been through.

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It was our last day at the beautiful Ilocos, sad! and for our day 3 we first visited the

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when we got there, there is a manong who owns a horse and offers a ride for only 20 peso! oh diba barato! kapag dito yun sa manila or sa baguio hundreds of pesos yun before you will be able to have a horse ride pero kay manong only 20 pesos so Gora!

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when it’s my turn, manong asked me if I wanted to let the horse reach up the knee level of the ocean. When we are approaching the shore natakot ako because it was not just like a typical shore na panay agos lang ang waves, pababa pa yun so I said “balik nalang po tayo” and I heard marami na daw namatay dun so wag na po , balik niyo na po ako sa pamilya ko hahaha…

After that we went to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation! 13235086_1046560825418788_613478235559348571_oPuraw from its Ilocos term meaning “white”. It is because of how powdery white the rock was and how it was beautifully created by nature itself.

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Grabe nature has always something to offer! I just realized that technology overpowered our ability to live this life, I feel sad every time I see a child having fun with any gadgets… dapat di ganoon! aside from we became unproductive we tend to ignore what the real meaning of life is!!

life is about living it having a good life, a meaningful life, an abundant life! and okay sorry not sorry for ranting.

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where you can also see a beautiful view above

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Theeen, we went straight to one of the 7 wonders of the world

The Vigan Heritage Site!

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It is one of the best town in Asia that has a well preserved Hispanic houses

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There is also a festival that’s about to happen when we got there so I must say that we are lucky to witness it 😉

They call it the Binatbatan Festival, I do not know what it is but all the dancers are having a two bamboo sticks in them so there must be a connection between the two haha I do not really know 😀 I’m sorry!

(This link might help: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php/Binatbatan_Festival)

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Anyway we depart vigan at 8pm and got back to manila at 1am

Overall it was a wonderful experience! I do had a really great time 🙂

it is indeed more fun in the Philippines!

ILOCOS DAY 2

So here it is, the 2nd day of our trip.  it was already 6 am when we took our breakfast.

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Our first destination was the Kabigan Fallsimg_1095

we have to trek back and forth to reach/ see it’s beauty. good thing hindi ganoon kahirap at nakakapagod kasi di siya gaanong mabundok so lakad lang talaga.img_4593img_4596img_4588img_4589img_1024img_1025img_1027img_1029img_1030img_1031img_1063img_4587img_4591img_4582img_4584img_4581img_4580

So beautiful, when you are about to appraoch the falls you can already hear it’s running, flowing water.img_1119img_1082img_1094img_1077img_1076img_1075

The water is really cold! super! napapasigaw nga ako sa sobrang lamig which is not a good idea. so wag ninyong gagayahin because the forest people will be disturbed by the noise.13174002_733893500046991_4194133935413315223_n13174186_733893356713672_424286435386410937_n13151863_733893706713637_6185189980034806683_n13179319_733893590046982_1774862827974660010_n13177602_733893796713628_5294452837214752070_n13177492_733893040047037_50287891141555366_n13164375_733893020047039_6466970427147873234_n13138867_733893230047018_3164618411894902773_nREALLY? WHAT A FACE 😀

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The good thing also is we are the first group to arrive at the falls so family bonding lang talaga no other people 🙂

Before heading out to what I love (the beach) we just went first and take a view at the Patapat Viaduct, it was just a bridge like road and  it is kind of beautiful.img_4622img_4621img_4623img_4624SQUAD GOALS!!

Then we went to Paraiso ni Anton there is a running water that people are going crazy about to sip some from it.img_1135

so ako naman nahiwagaan kaya I insisted my father that I want to take a sip of it and he take me some so I can taste it, and yeah it taste sweet and fresh! we also bought Ilocos empanada and some souvenirs.

After that we head out to Bantay Abot Cave! so beautiful with its scenic view.img_1141img_1146img_1151img_1153img_1154img_1160img_1161img_1163

Aaand then we head out to the Blue Lagoonimg_4556(I swear can stare to this island all day!)

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while my sister is afraid on being tan, I and the boys together with my younger sister doesn’t care anymore because we really wanted to enjoy our vacation. *evil laughs*

past 4 in the afternoon we already packed our things up and…

that’s all for now, Chao!

ILOCOS DAY 1

It’s been 7 months since this trip has happened and I know it also took me the months before I was able to publish it. But, here it is! Finally!!!

So Ilocos Trip happened last 4th of the May. we depart from our house at 10:00 in the evening, it was a long drive! it took us about 5-6 hours (including stopovers) on the road until we arrive in Ilocos proper at 4:30 in the morning.

(photos taken inside the car when we arrived)

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So on our first stop we went to Bantay Belltower, where we had our brekky.

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It was a nice place! on the entrance there’s a man who will take a picture of you and your family. kaaliw si manong! very energetic!! haha

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After that we went to Baluarte Zoo. At the entrance there are lots of tarpaulin showing different kinds of animals, which you will never see at the Zoo’s in Manila!! so ako naman napaWOW!

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When we are already inside the Zoo I was like “ah, okay. so may ducks, may snakes, oh! may butterfly! and hep, may naglalakad na kabayo” di pa ata ako nakakita nun sa Manila charot!bwell anyway, you know what’s the best thing na meron dun? yun ay yung amoy ng Lion. hahaha charot lang!

yun ay yung bagong ginagawang building for seals and water animals. the sad part is we weren’t able to see one kasi nga under construction pa. pero nag enjoy naman ako ng very light. heheimg_0781img_0780img_0784img_0785img_0789img_0791img_0793

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And then we head out to a pottery house, where they make us see how to make vases and pots from clay-mud.cdf And they do all of it manually! of course! haha they do pedal that big round of a fountain like hard stone.eAt first I thought it was just easy, but no! It was heavy and you need to be forceful to make the stone spin continuously.

And so ayun na nga, kuya manong let us see how to make one so he pour some mud and water.

it was just like he’s baking haha probably the spinning stone helps the mud to rise,

and yep it’s time for you to form your own pot!

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I was amazed on how it is possibly done by kuya manong so I asked him if I could try it, then eventually he let me to do it. I feet lucky that time charot hehe!

And tada! My finished product with some help of kuya manong *wink*img_0816

After that awesome experience, we went to Crisologo Museum.img_082213179376_733904690045872_9134839390580501208_nimg_0833img_0835img_083613139324_733905000045841_3866807244789185731_nimg_0841img_0842img_4836Ayan siya! I have nothing to say haha

After the picture taking, we went to another museum…

The Luna Museum of Juan and Antonio.13179371_733904946712513_627350738966278676_n13133253_733904973379177_5179746602548728747_n13173923_733905086712499_289607373471966787_nantonjuanluna

The movie Heneral Luna was just fresh in my mind at that time so I can imagine everything I saw in the museum, and all I can say is, it has a beautiful structure and surroundings haha I love history but I am not fond of going to museums. sad? yep!

Then we went to Batac, at the Marcos Museum. Yep again another museum! but, but this time I was really excited! oo I was excited. it is just to see marcos’ remains kaso we have to tour pa the other building, so okayy *pissed off*marcimg_086613165924_733905183379156_4213949903571265517_n  My Kuya lolcosThen after all the kwentos of ateng tour guide, Finally! she let us see Marcos’ Musuleo!

Cellphones are not allowed inside so taking picture is not possible, it’s very cold inside and you can smell the formalin all over the room (for me, ewan ko sa iba) and you can only stay for about 5 minutes, basically you can have just a sight of him. At ayoko narin magstay sa loob not because I was scared but because I can’t take the smell. *wink*

aaaaaaaaaaaaand, not yet the end haha we went straight to Paoay Church! very historical and a wonderful place. I love the baroque style of the church, so amazing.img_0909img_0895img_090313173999_733905520045789_5525770797080772661_nimg_0889img_0892

We also have another stop the Malacanang of the north but we didn’t go to it because we are too weary and tired of all we have done earlier that morning so the family decided to went straight to where we are going to check in. and wait, we will also try the Sand dunes kaso nga di na kaya ng mga katawan, sad but there are still next timessss hehe

It was 4:00 pm the troupes will now head out to PAGUDPUD!img_4627img_4628

Finally, I can smell the salty air, feel the fine sands and the cold water on my feet. *insert happy dance*  And because of my excitement I grabbed the opportunity (lol) to take a nap along the ride so when we arrive at the resort I wouln’t feel the tiredness.

on exactly 5:15 we arrived at the resort, everyone was so busy arranging the things and their stuffs, some of my sisters are lying on the bed and I was asking the boys if they could accompany me at the shore.

and then bang…..pggdimg_0933img_0936img_0935img_0937img_0941

I cannot even wait to take some dip so the family rushed to change their swimming attire and then we spent our night playing, laughing and giggling at the beach.img_0986img_0987img_0984img_0983img_0950img_0952img_0940gud

There is also an incident where our treasured swimming baloons (yup treasured talaga because those are the ones we uses everytime we are having our family outing) has been washed by the waves and got lost that night!

Those water balls are very memorable haha since I was in grades school it is the swimming baloons/balls we are using so I can understand why my mother is very mad. *laughs*

Even my kuyas tried harder to catch it and bring it back kaso “that moment na kahit anong habol mo di mo na siya kayang kunin at ang magagawa mo nalang ay titigan siya habang lumalayo…” totoo to hindi ito pag-ibig, breaks my heart! especially my mother’s because she took good care of those tapos mawawala lang sa isang iglap? it’s okay mader!

Anyway, we took out of the water at 7pm and then had our dinner.

It was a wonderful start of our Ilocos tour!

 

Tayo

Tama bang mahalin ka?

Tama bang suyuin ka?

Hindi yan tama sabi ng iba

Ngunit sino nga ba sila para magdikta

Hindi ko alam kung bakit ganito

Tila ba minsan ako’y napapasuko

Pero anong magagawa ng desisyon ko

Kung ang puso ko nama’y di iyon ang gusto

Akala ng ilan hindi tayo nagbabangayan

Ngunit tao rin tayong may pinagdadaanan

Mabuti nga la’t nalalagpasan

Pagka’t nadadaan sa masinsinang usapan

Noon takot akong magmahal

Takot akong iwan ng aking minamahal

Kaya naman patuloy akong nagdarasal

Na sana’y ika’y makasama ng matagal

Alam kong malayu-layo pang ating lalakbayin

Marami-rami pa ang susunguin

Sana’y wag mong lilimutin

Lahat ng ito’y kaya nating sagupain

 Kaya’t mula sa tulang ito

Nais kong kong malaman mo

Ang  kahalagahan ng isang tulad mo

Na naiiba sa lahat ng nakilala ko

At alam mo ba na sa lahat ng ito

Kung ano ang nakikita ko?

Hindi ikaw, ni hindi rin ako;

Kundi tayo

Dyckman Street

It was already 5:30 in the morning of March 23rd, the twenty-six years old Celestine Hale is preparing up her breakfast in the plate.  In her every bite of the bacon she cooked, she remembers her mother who used to do their meals back when she was still alive but everything has changed ever since her mother died five years ago, she also never met her father since she was a child and now she needs to be by herself. After she ate her breakfast, she immediately takes a shower because she has a work waiting as a store clerk for Mr. Parker who owns a bookstore in Dyckman Street at Manhattan. According to Celestine “he is a bossy type of man, which is given because he is my boss; he also tends to complain about things easily and sometimes rude especially when it comes to me. But I know that there is a good person inside of him, He is just like that because he wants everything to be perfect and all set on its place.” Sometimes Celestine wishes that Mr. Parker will be nice to her even if just for a minute.

She packed all her things up inside the car and before leaving she kisses the picture of her mother placed inside her wallet which she always brings with her, yet there is always something crosses her mind. “It was a picture of my mom torn apart; she said that the other half is me when I was a baby but why every time I ask her about it she is just response less and all she can say is the other half is me.” The girl never bothered herself thinking, so she start the engine instead; she passed by to her favorite coffee shop to grab a cup of coffee before heading out to the bookstore.

It was 7:30 when she reached the store just on time, there she saw Mr. Parker sitting on a couch next to the counter holding his favorite book, “every time I’m about to approach inside the store I always caught him holding that book very tight like reading every single page of it” but for whatever reason  he must be finished reading that book exactly before Celestine makes a step going-in on the store than the usual, but he is not moving or making any sound so Celestine greeted him a good morning and not a surprise for her that the old man never respond, acting like he doesn’t hear anything.

“Sometimes it comes to my mind that maybe he wrote that book but has no guts to publish it, because I never seen that kind of book in my entire life of staying at the bookstore, I even searched for it at different stores but I failed to see one.”

The chimes of the door sounded, she knew it’s time for her to work, she peep to Mr. Parker to see what the old man is now doing and still on the couch holding his book. A young man just came in to her sight,

 “Excuse me miss, do you have a book of love?”

Celestine smiled and replied “just go straight to the next rack then you’ll see it right there”

He gave a nod “Thanks!” he smiled then turned away

Celestine chuckled, because the man always ask the same question every time he enters the book store, acting like it is always his first time to visit the store.

Realizes that Mr. Parker has no plan to stand up and be the cashier, Celestine decided to face the counter , she went straight to it, puts her bag under the counter table, then the next customer came to her, she punches the books which the lady bought to the store and saw the young man earlier waiting next to the line.  Mr. Parker begun to stand up seems he already finished reading the book, means it’s time for her to leave the counter and to rearrange the book racks instead.

Mr. Parker came over the counter to replace Celestine, the man in line just stared to him wondering if he would pay for the book he get or bring it back to the rack where he get it but before he concluded his decision Mr. Parker immediately took the book from his hand and punch it.

“5 bucks” Mr. Parker said, and right away the man handed it to him.

Before the man leaves the counter Mr. Parker whispered to him “I know your reason young man, I’m pretty sure it’s not the books!” then gave him a pissed kind of smile, the man being guilty rushes to leave the store immediately.

It’s already twelve noon, the store closes for a two hours of break, time for them to have lunch, Celestine directly gets her bag and leaves the store so she can go back on time. She is half way the street of Arden when she realized her wallet wasn’t inside her bag; she was worried, thinking where she has placed it. She can’t think of any reason where, because she always bring that with her before she leaves her house so very impossible for her that she forgotten it there. She even look for it at where she has walked in the street but she failed to find it, until it crossed to her mind that maybe it slipped off her bag when she placed it under the counter table, that’s why she rushed going back to the store and hoping that it is really there. She doesn’t even care of the dibs inside it, the gift checks and anything, or she cannot eat her meal if she never finds it, all she was worried about is the only picture that reminds her of her lost mother.

She is just few blocks away from the book store when she stopped to catch her breath from the long run she had a couple of minutes ago, and from there she can barely see Mr. Parker from the store glass standing, when she stepped inside the store the old man holding her wallet and a piece of something hidden on his other hand.

“Is this yours?” Mr. Parker unease of asking the question,

“Yes sir, that’s mine”, the fifty-ish year old man handed Celestine her wallet and a torn picture.

“Where did you get that picture?” Mr. Parker said,

Celestine in a really big cloud of confusion, ponders that “Is this man really talking to me?” but she answered politely, “She’s my mom”.

The girl is still clueless and just bear in her mind that maybe it’s his tactics, because he doesn’t want me to think of him tampered what’s inside my wallet, after a minute Celestine decided to leave the store again when Mr. Parker loudly call her attention.

“Ms. Hale! Wait a second”, Celestine turned her head back to the old man,

“Wait there” he said, Celestine saw Mr. Parker walked inside the counter, gets his all time favorite book and walked approaching her.

Mr. Parker shown her a piece of a picture torn apart which like he uses as a bookmark, the young girl was shaken, the backgrounds and all is the same in the picture she was holding, she can’t even utter a single word but trying her best to speak and with a shaky voice she ask away “that baby is me, why do you have that?” Mr. Parker was still and silent, “are you my father?” she continued, the old man was standing firm looking directly in her eyes, the girl can see the water formed in his eyes but he refuses to answer and just gave Celestine a warm tight hug.

The room was so silent; the books in the store feels screaming, wanted to reveal something, everything around them stopped, the emotions are high. Mr. Parker breaks the silence, and said “Finally!” she wondered what does it mean, but decided to hug him back instead of asking another question.

Mr. Parker after his long silence speaks up “I’ve been searching for so long!” then faced the young girl, “I’m glad to finally meet you my niece…” the New York girl after her expectations, looked shocked,

The old man continued, “Yes, I’m your uncle Tom… your father’s twin brother”.