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Monday, January 31, 2011

the great ilocos get-away (last part): PAGUDPOD

continuation...

blue lagoon

its where some of the well-known resorts in pagudpod are located. this picture is taken from the road going to the said place.
some of the cottages at the shore
fine sand pero masungit ang panahon, hindi namamansin :D
kapuluan vista

one of the well-known in pagudpod is kapuluan vista. it is rumored to be owned by jericho rosales ayon kay kuya arnel, chismis!
i think it became famous because of the two mountains :D
kabigan falls

a must see spot when you visit pagudpod. you might want to do stretching before you take on the 1.5 km hike to the breath-taking falls. i'm not sure of the exact distance, basta lagpas 3km ang balikan kaya make sure to wear a trekking shoes or sandals or any kind na pwedeng ipanglusong sa rumaragasang ilog. nakasurvive naman un tsinelas na gamit ko, sobrang iningatan ko lang dahil baka mapigtas, hindi naman kasi sinabi sa'kin na may trekking na magaganap.
ang daan sa patungo sa tuwid na landas, landas sa kabigan falls. i really enjoyed the view while we hike (kaya nga im always a few step behind them), nakakawala kasi ng pagod, samahan mo pa ng sariwang hangin, nice :)
sa hinabahaba man ng prusisyon, sa falls din kami napadpad (gulo ko!). anyways, kahit medyo nakakapagod ang akyat, baba, tawid sa kung saan-saan, mabasa ng ilog, maulanan, maputikan, etc, ay sulit na sulit naman pagnakita mo ang falls na ito. very refreshing ang scene dito, i do not know why but i do feel relax and calm when i'm on a scenic view like this. its great to know that still, the best things in life are free.
what nature has to offer
pagudpod arc

nothing to discuss, hehehe.. every town/province has its own arc and this is what pagudpod has :)
 
bangui windmills

the famous bangui windmills. sobrang gigantic pala pag nasa paanan ka nito at sobrang lakas ng hangin, mula sa dagat ng south china sea o dahil naka-number 3 ang mga fans, hehehe.. sa sobrang tuwa ko dito, bumili ako ng souvenir, a mini windmill na umiikot ang elisi :D

view deck

another way of seeing the windmills is thru the view deck. its just like a mini-resto na may souvenir shop which gives a great view of the windmills from afar.
 
cape bojeador lighthouse

standing 160 meters above see level, cape bojeador lighthouse is the highest elevated lighthouse in the philippines (taken from a karatula just outside the lighthouse, see picture below, piniktyuran ko na lang kasi mahirap kabisaduhin at tamad akong masulat nun).
nasa manila na ako ng malamang kong haunted pala itong lighthouse na ito at na-feature na daw sa 'misteryo', isang kababalaghan show sa 7. madalas daw magparamdam ang mumu sa tanghali at hapon, saktong 3 or 4pm yata kami nandun kasi minadali namin ang ibang tour dahil until 4:30pm lang daw open itong lighthouse. kaya medyo scary at eerie ang dating doon lalo na un isang maliit na room na ginawa nilang museum o imbakan ng kung ano-ano, hehehe..by the way, this lighthouse is still functioning pa din daw.
a view from the top... tandaan: humawak ng mahigpit pagnasa itaas na ng lighthouse dahil sobrang lakas ng hangin at tiyak na magigimbal ang nakastrong-hold wax na buhok mo.
kapurpurawan rock formation

last stop: kapurpurawan rock formation. isa din kilalang tourist spot ng ilocos. no words can describe this kaya let the pictures speak for themselves (tama ba? themselves? diba pang-tao lang un, so dapat itself? calling grammar teacher, hehehe..)
yan ang 'sobrang' rough road na ginawang ATV ang tricycle ni kuya arnel, may mas malala pa diyan at hindi ko lang napicktyuran. 
after a 15-20 minute ride on the 'ATV trike', another 10 minutes of walking to get dun sa mismong spot kung nasaan ang white rock (see the picture below, un maliit na rectangular-like stone sa bandang left side na parang pinatong lang kung saan).
locate the target :)

...and finally!

just in time for sunset.
the end of a long journey

it was past 5pm when we head back and kuya arnel just drop us at the kapurpurawan entrance which is just along the highway. good thing that we did not wait long for a bus to laoag because our flight back to manila is at 9:30 pm. we arrived at laoag and there's still time for diner (chowking na lang afford ng budget namin) and to buy pasalubong (empanada, chichacorn at pastillas) which i bought from the market na halos lahat ay sirado na, tipong madaling araw na sa manila which is really just 7 or 8pm only. we arrived on time on the airport, 45 minutes earlier pa nga yata at sa konting paghihintay lang, boarding gates were opened, 10 minutes earlier! one hell of a three-day adventure. till next trip guys!
mapanuri, ako, babaeng lakwatsera and tekamots (the only pic i had na kumpleto kami at nasa airport pa)

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