I’ve had some expectations with Cagsawa Ruins.
With all the photos of this historical site in Albay on textbooks when I was a kid, I really thought that Cagsawa Ruins is located in a place far from the residents. I imagined walking for a few minutes until reaching a vast land with trees where the ruins is located facing the majestic Mayon Volcano.
I didn’t do enough research. All I had was an idea that was with me since I was a little boy.
Just recently, a friend of mine invited me to travel to Ilocos Norte.
I would want to come back, but I had travel plans in place for the summer. Then I just realized something. I’ve been to the Ilocos Norte, explored its stunning rock formations, beaches and historical sites but I don’t have a blog post about the province yet. So I promised that if I would have much more time, I would write something for Ilocos. So here it is.
Ilocos region is more than being the hometown of former President Marcos, it is an awesome vacation spot for any traveler. It’s complete. You’ve got adventure, nature, history and beaches. So if you’re planning to explore Ilocos Norte, you have to push for it to happen because it’s going to be fun!
I didn’t have any travel plans yet.
I was focused on my work because there’s just too much happening on it right now. I even thought of setting aside my blog for a while and focus on work, like normal people do. But I don’t know if I can do that. I know I’m different. I need to write. I need to create and smash the boredom that routine life brings.
I’ve got a lot of things going on in my mind. I’ve been going home late at night from work very often, and it’s not making me happy either. But there’s nothing I can do.
I need a break.
It was already late afternoon when we traveled to a winding road going up a hill to our last spot in Ilocos Norte that day.
Once we got out of the van, we were welcomed by this spectacular view of the vast landscape and sea. We were on top of the Vigia de Nagpartian Hill and at our back is the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
We were in Pagudpud, and we just learned that the nearest ATM is in Laoag. We didn’t have cash. Oh my, “How are we going to eat?” Haha!
This trip happened years ago. I don’t know if Pagudpud has an ATM now, but during that time we were caught off guard. It just didn’t cross our minds that a certain place could probably have no ATM. I was a newbie traveler that time, didn’t make enough research before exploring a destination.
I want to share with you one of my best summer experience so far!
Though it was a rough and unpleasant land travel because our tour operator sucked, the beauty of the place was enough to take all our disappointment.
I am talking about Burias Island in Masbate. This is getting a lot of traction now in social media, but at that time, we went there when it wasn’t that popular yet. Just to give you a piece of advice, Burias Island is so beautiful that it will be too popular one day that you need to visit it now.
Well, you don’t need to worry. This post will give you a glimpse of what to expect during the island experience in Burias.
There is something mystical about lakes.
I am not sure if I share the same sentiments as others. It’s calming yet it also makes my imagination soar. It’s peaceful yet I feel something raw and pure whenever I explore and paddle through the center of it.
Matnog, Sorsogon has always been a part of my younger days.
When I was a kid, a time when we had all the resources to frequently go back to the province every year, I’ve always had an encounter with Matnog port. Since my parents’ hometown is Laoang, Northern Samar, we had to cross the sea that separates Bicol to Samar, Luzon to Visayas. I could almost remember the morning mist from the ocean. Over the years, I’ve seen how a usual, bare pier has become a port that it is today.
I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging but it’s not me, it’s the biggest media and travel sites who declared El Nido as one of the best island and beach destinations in the world. And there are still a lot of raves and accolades, but the list might not be enough.
What I am trying to say is, if you’re planning to visit the Philippines, don’t forget about El Nido. For Filipino travelers, El Nido should be the ultimate destination in your bucket list!
A beautiful second option.
That was something that crossed my mind when I first saw Talisay Beach in El Nido. How could this beauty be just a second option? El Nido Tour C originally includes Star Beach as one of the destinations to explore, but during that time Star Beach was closed.
Our guides said, it was being used as a location for a reality television program from other country. That’s something to be proud of right? And honestly, I don’t have issues for deciding to go to Talisay Beach instead of Star Beach, because it’s gorgeous.
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Our second day was also the start of exploring the islands, beaches and limestones of El Nido.
Tour A is one of the most popular in El Nido. If Tour C has hidden and secret beaches, Tour A is all about lagoons!
We were early on our rendezvous at the port. Smiled and chatted with fellow tourists, a chance to talk and connect with fellow travelers. There, we met Michael and Sarah, the Swiss couple who shared to us their travel stories and also how they enjoyed the Philippines. This is one of the best things about travel, it’s the people you meet along the way.
By 8 AM we hopped on the boat and the tour began.
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If you’ll have an ultimate destination in your bucket list in the Philippines, it should be El Nido!
Dubbed as one of the best islands in the world , this archipelago will surely captivate you with its white beaches, stunning rock formations and limestone cliffs. The question is, if you will spend like a few days in El Nido, what would you do? I recommend that you avail the island hopping tours.
And definitely one of the best is El Nido Tour C. This tour covers the best and most adventurous beaches. It will entail a lot of swimming yet every destination is truly worth it. So let’s start.
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