Take Me Back to Ilocos <3

The gang is back! Traveling with my Highschool best friend Lalaine and her cousin Jen who became part of our barkada. 🙂  We had this trip last January 29-31, 2016. We decided to explore the north western part of Luzon since my best friend had a friend who’s from Laoag and made some recommendations for us.


It’s best to Drive / Rent a car 🙂

Here’s our itinerary:

First day in Laoag :

First stop – Check in at Fort Ilocandia

inside Fort Ilocandia

This is the view outside our room in Fort Ilocandia

Lovely view outside our room in the early morning

Second stop – drive to Paoay Church then lunch at Herencia’s

Jump shot at the Paoay Church
Sideview of the church
Ikaway ang kamay sa Paoay

Ate the famous “Pinakbet Pizza” in Herencia’s in front of Paoay Church

Herencia Filipino Restaurant
Pinakbet Pizza

Third Stop – Malacanang of the North – Presidential Home turned into a Museum in Paoay. This used to be the residence of our former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Entrance of the “Mansion”
First Floor sitting area
Nice view into the balcony

Fourth and last Stop – 4×4 Sand Dune Ride and Sand Boarding – A MUST-TRY Experience if you go to Laoag! Even if I felt like it was one of the scariest adventures in my life, I almost fell out of the 4×4 after some pretty rough hills/sand dunes! It’s like a roller coaster but in intensity level 10, since you’re standing and holding on for dear life! hahaha

Our 4X4 ride for the sand dunes
Having fun in the sand!
Posing with this baby

SECOND DAY:  Jam-packed day!

First Stop – Kapurpurawan –  This is located in Ilocos Norte and it is known for its creamy white rock formations, one of the must-see places if you go to Ilocos. 🙂 Beautiful location for a photoshoot, see below! hahaha

Posing behind the white rock formation
with the waves behind me 🙂
Rode a horse to navigate through the rocks and go to the actual loction

Second Stop – Light House

Lighthouse behind us
Close up!

Third Stop – Bangui Windwills

Hello there, I’m a BIG FAN! hahaha
The trio!

Fourth Stop –  Bantay Abot Cave

On the way to the “Cave”
the famous cave
after the cave you see this! <3

Fifth Stop – Marcos Mausoleum

Life of Marcos
Marcos’s Brass statue

Last Stop –  Patapat Bridge

The bridge that seems like forever? hahahaha
Patapat Bridge 🙂


First  Stop – Calle Crisologo

Famous Calle Crisologo in Vigan
Posing in the street “bench”
Eating our Local Icecream “Sorbetes”

Second Stop – Syquia Mansion

Elpidio Quirino’s House
inside the former “mansion”

Overall this was a fun and budget friendly trip! I suggest if you are in the Philippines, might as well go for these places in the northern part of Luzon! You can actually drive going here (around 6-8 hours) but you can also board a 1 hr plane ride which is what we did. 🙂

And yes, I can definitely come back, it’s more fun in the Philippines after all! 🙂

#itsmorefuninthephilippines #isiswanders #icetrips #icetrips2016




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