Paco Park and Intramuros Day Tour

Last week, my friend Abba asked me to accompany her to pick up her Chinese friends and tour them in Intramuros.

We left very early to make sure that we beat the number coding in Manila but we got lost looking for Garden Suite Hotel, got caught and was issued a number coding ticket. It was just weird that none of the folks we asked know the name of its street as well as the hotel. Anyway, we were able to finally find the hotel and to our surprise it was just beside Paco Park. Geez.

Below are the photos I took during the trip. Enjoy!

Paco Park

Paco Park

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Paco Park

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San Agustin Museum

Hallway

San Agustin Museum

Courtyard Door

San Agustin Museum

San Agustin Church

San Agustin Church

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San Agustin Museum

San Agustin Musuem Lobby

San Agustin Museum

Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral

Inside Manila Cathedral

Inside Manila Cathedral

Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

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Revisiting Pinto Art Museum

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The mandatory pose at the entrance of the museum

It was known as Pinto Art Gallery before and now it is called Pinto Art Museum. After 6 years, I had the chance to visit this place again.

The place is very different from what I remember. The old entrance door has been permanently closed and a new entrance door had been used. Everyone who enters the place is now required to register and pay Php 180 for regular guests while Php 150 for students. There are a lot of new beautiful structures that houses a lot of great artworks. I am particularly amazed at the huge gallery 1. They followed the terrain of the land and did not remove the rocks that were found on it. What they did is use the rocks as landscape design of the gallery which I think is really cool.

Here are some of the photos I took today. Enjoy! 🙂

Bell

Gallery

Mural

Greek Like Structure

Bridge

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Tower

Art Appreciation

Gallery 2

Revisiting Lucban’s Pahiyas Festival

I love Pahiyas

It was 6 years ago (2009) when I first visited Lucban, Quezon for their annual Pahiyas Festival. I really don’t have any intention of going during that time but an officemate/friend and fellow photo enthusiast asked me if I wanted to join her and her friends because one of their friend backed out. Having had my first DSLR during that time, I said yes because of the opportunity to take pictures.

This year, I’ve decided to go back because a good friend told me that he really wanted to go and it is his first time to experience the festival. And being a good friend (I’d like to think I am) and travel buddy, I said yes. I didn’t have any intention to go at all prior to my friend asking me but I thought it is already time to go back.

The weather that morning was not tour friendly because it would rain then stop then rain again then stop and the sun will slightly peek then rain again. Geez… I can’t even take a proper photo during that time. But at noon the rain finally stopped and the sun finally shone. Down side is, it is too hot. hahaha!

It was a very tiring and yet another fun day with my friends. 🙂

Here are some of the photos I took during the day tour. ‘Till my next adventure kids! 🙂

Donuts

Pahiyas

Lucban Pahiyas

Kiping

A Sea of Umbrellas

Head Dress

Door

A Short Road Trip To Pangasinan

I recently went to a short road trip to Pangasinan two weeks ago with a few friends. I just wanted to share some photos I took during the trip. Will just edit this post once I get to have time to organize my thoughts. Believe me I tried to write something but just couldn’t. Hahaha! ‘Til next post! 🙂 All photos were taken in Lingayen beach. 🙂 Waiting for the breaking wave Mother and Son Skimboarder Boy Lingayen Sunset

My Boracay Adventure

This is another late post. hahaha!

Last October, my travel buddies and I went to Boracay. It was booked on a whim and to take advantage of cheap flights. To be honest, I never thought I’d ever set foot on this island because the water never really entices me. But boy, I was so glad I did.

It was a rainy weekend and we arrived in Boracay with slight rain showers. We were able to manage to take a walk during the evening but it poured overnight until early in the morning the next day. Good thing the rain stopped before we head to our first activity of the day, helmet diving.

Helmet Diving

Helmet Diving

It was quite an experience for me. I’ve never been in the bottom of the ocean my entire life or even swam the beach, simply because I cannot. For a moment, I thought I was hyperventilating during the first few minutes on my way down the bottom of the water. But when I got comfortable, I was able to overcome the fear I didn’t know exist. I am so proud of myself. lol!

We head back to our hotel after helmet diving to take our lunch. The rest of the afternoon was wasted by a not so pleasant experience but it was compensated by the beautiful view during the Paraw sailing.

My camera got soaked because of the waves while we were getting in the Paraw. I was worried that it might break or malfunction but good thing nothing bad happened.

Sunset in Boracay

Sailboat Crew

Boracay Sunset

I was in awe. There is only one word to describe the sunset, beautiful.

The next day, the sun was generous enough to show up and I was more than happy because it would be a great opportunity to snap photos.

Boracay Dude

Sail Boat

Child's Play

grotto in boracay

Too bad, we had to head back to Kalibo the same day for us not to miss our early fiight the next morning. It was a short but fun trip and I will definitely come back. But next time, I will make sure it’s during summer so that I can take more pictures and do more water activities. ‘Til next adventure folks! 🙂

My Ilocandia Experience

Hi Folks! This is a very late post. My friends and I had finally had the chance to go to Ilocos Province last May to experience Ilocandia. It has been a long overdue trip that I had been planning a few years. Finally, I was able to go and meet my friend who lives in Vigan after 6 long years. I must say I had a great time.

Day 1

We left for Ilocos on May 2 between 7-8PM. We chose to go there via land because the trip was supposed to be a budget travel. So, we boarded the Farinas bus going to Laoag. Our first stop was Vigan because we would like to experience the Binatbatan Festival even just for a day.

We arrived at about 3:30 AM in Bantay where we were met by my long time friend, Jeriz. She was kind enough to offer her house for us to stay while we were in Vigan. Thanks to TPLEX, the supposedly 8-9 hours long trip was cut to 6 hours or more. We slept for a few hours and headed for the most awaited tour of the city.

Here are some of my photos during the trip:

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With my long time friend, Jeriz at Plaza Salcedo. We finally saw each other again after 6 long years.

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Calle Crisologo during the day.

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We toured the city riding a calesa. It was a very relaxing experience listening to the horseshoe sound as we pass by the old hispanic structures.

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And the food, too.

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Pagburnayan (place where clay jars where made)

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We were also able to witness the annual street dancing competition for Binatbatan Festival.

 

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We also went to Baluarte of Gov. Chavit Singson.

 

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Calle Crisologo looks great at night.

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Plaza Salcedo’s Dancing Fountain

Finally, we didn’t miss the chance to see the dancing fountain in Plaza Salcedo and Calle Crisologo at night. The street was packed during that time because the Ms. Earth contestants were also there during that time.

 

Day 2:

We woke up early to go to Pagudpud next morning. It was a grueling 2 and a half hours ride going to Laoag and another 2 hours to Pagudpud. We took the first bus that we saw to Laoag and boy! it was a huge mistake. The first bus that we chanced upon was an ordinary bus and we didn’t know that it would pick up every person it passes by. Thus, the long trip so when we finally arrived, we just took our lunch and headed for the tour.

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Our first stop was Kabigan falls. We had to trek for 30 minutes to get to the site.

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Patapat Viaduct

 

Bantay Abot Cave

Bantay Abot Cave

Cape Bojeador

Was finally able to personally see Cape Bojeador. Unfortunately, it was currently being restored and we were not allowed to climb the lighthouse.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

It was also my dream to see the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation with my own eyes and I was just so happy that it came true.

Bangui Windmills

I was so worried that we might not be able to make it to the Bangui Windmills because we started really late on our tour. I was just so glad that we were able to witness the sunset here and capture it.

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The tour was exhausting but really worth it.

That capped our second day in Ilocos and spent another 1 and a half hours of travel going back to our accommodation in Saud beach.

Day 3

Half of the Laoag tour felt that it dragged the day. Maybe I was just not into visiting museums. So,we all agreed to just skip the museums and asked our guide to just go on with the tour minus the museums.

Marcos' Residence Sarrat, Ilocos Norte

Our first stop. This was the Marcos’ Residence in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte and now a museum. I forgot what it was called.

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Sta. Monica Church Sarrat, Ilocos Norte

Sta. Monica Church Sarrat, Ilocos Norte

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View from the Malacanang of the North

Photo op inside the Malacanang of the North.

Photo op inside the Malacanang of the North.

Paoay Church

Paoay Church

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Bell Tower of Paoay Church. Errrr… not entirely sure. hehehe.

Fort Ilocandia

Fort Ilocandia

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This was the most exciting thing we did in Laoag. The La Paz Sand Dunes 4×4 experience.

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With Kuya Glenn, our 4×4 driver

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We also tried their ATV.

La Paz Sunset

It was indeed an awesome 3 day stay. Thank you Ilocandia for the experience.