Chillin’ in Laoag


Yeah, it’s literally chillin’.  But let’s go back several minutes before that.  😛

Salamat sa promo.. 🙂

This is the second time I’m going to fly but first for Cebu Pacific and the first trip for 2011.  I’m travelling with Ang Babaeng Lakwatsera with her fiancee, Giane and Blogging Puyat – ayos sa pangalan no?.. hehe.  At one point, I thought that this would be the kickoff of my 2011 bucket travel list. Starting at the northern part of the country until I reached down south (with North America in mid-year.. H-O-P-E-F-U-L-L-Y) I’m gonna worry about that VISA after this post.. 😛

@ 10:30AM we arrived at NAIA 3, an hour and a half ahead of our 12:45PM flight. Thank goodness that we did because the line at the gates were very long.  It already consumed 15 minutes of our time.  We checked in our baggage and looked for something to eat – haven’t eaten breakfast yet! 😛 ako na ang puyat, ako pa ang gutom!.. 😛

@ 12:00NN, it’s boarding time.  Bus ang naghatid sa amin papuntang plane – akala ko derecho na tong Laoag.. lol Maliit lang ung plane, around 65 passengers lang plus yung dalawang FA at piloto, ayos! literal na airbus! 😀 Inisip ko tuloy, hindi ba ‘to matatangay ng hangin sa ere?.. 😛

Since we boarded early, you might think we left early.. eh-eh *buzzer sound*.  1:20PM nasa runway pa kami.. naghihintay pa ng pasahero yung airbus!.. joke 😛 May mga delayed na flights pa raw kaya hindi pa makalarga.. Marunong rin palang mag-queueing ang mga eroplano huh.. 😛

Cotton-like clouds..

Clear Blue Sky...

@ around 1:35PM, larga na. The skies are clear and the weather is just awesome – made me think that it’s a perfect timing to tour around Ilocos Norte. Our flight was smooth until the last 5 minutes.  The aircraft encountered its first turbulence and it shook me big time! 😛 yung kaba ko nag-level up!..

Arrived!

Moments later, raging winds welcomed us as we land at Laoag International Airport.  We arrived at around 2:20PM and you’ll really feel the strong winds blowing into your face..  Instant face massage!.. 😛

I got some info brochures from the DOT help desk and asked a few questions about Laoag.  They cheerfully answered my queries and with no time to spare, we went to the City proper.  Jeepney fare is 40Php/head.  Mahal pag tricycle, aabot ng 100Php plus ang singil tapos dalawa lang ang kakasya.  Maliliit lang ang tricycle sa Laoag though up to 3 persons ang pwede isakay, sa likod yung isa.. In about 10-15 minutes, you’ll reach the city and we started to explore.

St. William’s Cathedral

Trivia:  One of the biggest cathedrals in the country and seat of the Diocese of Laoag.  The construction of the cathedal began in 1612 and was the site of the Diocesan Congress in 1932 and 1949.  The Augustinians built the church of Italian Renaissance design in 1612.  Its uniqie 2-storey facade is held by 4 pairs of coupled columns.  The deeply recessed niche shows the image of the Patron Saint of Laoag – San Guillermo.

A wedding has just finished..

Pray the rosary..

This is the drop-off point from the airport.  I wanted to see it’s interior but since there was an ongoing wedding and we’re all hungry, we just took pictures.

The Sinking Belltower

Trivia:  This 45-meter belltower is one of the tallest built in the country.  A landmark in the city’s skyline, the belltower was constructed by Augustinian Fathers several hundred years ago.

The Sinking Belltower

I haven’t seen the front of it or if people are allowed to enter.  And I wonder how the bell looks like.  It’s illuminated with lights which makes it a good sight at night. *rhyming* ^__^

Saramsam: Ylocano Restaurant and Bar

The four of us are all Laoag first timers so we don’t know where to go. Mahirap mag magaling kaya ang dapat gawin ay MAGTANONG. 🙂 It’s also a chance to get in touch with the locals.

We went to Saramsam Resto and Bar to try some Ilocano food.  Saramsam means informal and comfortable way of dining.  I’ve been wanting to taste Bagnet and Poque-Poque pizza.  Thanks to Tony Pet’s Tara Let’s Eat TV show in QTV 11I got to know Ilocano delicacies.

Saramsam Resto and Bar, @ J.Rizal Street

Bagnet with KBL (Kamatis, Bawang, Luya?) hehe.. nakalimutan ko.. 😛

Bagnet, 190Php

I admit I expect too much for this highly publicized Ilocos Bagnet.  It tastes good pero parang lechong kawali lang din.  Akala ko may kakaibang lasa talaga na mapapa-WOW ako. 🙂

Saramsam Pasta, 120Php

Sabi nga sa ibang blogs, parang ensalada on top of the pasta.  Hindi ko akalain na magtutugma ang lasa ng mga sangkap. Hindi ako mahilig sa manggang hilaw pero nagustuhan ko to lalo na pag binudburna ng parmesan cheese.

Poque-poque Pizza, 160php

This has become my early favorite! Sarap ng itlog combined with talong, sibuyas, pizza sauce at cheese. Masasabi mong malinamNAM!.. 🙂  Kahit Small lang eh nakakabusog!

Ang resulta ng gutom na sikmura.. 🙂

Museo Ilocos Norte

Moving on, we headed to Museo Ilocos Norte which is just a few blocks from Saramsam Bar and Resto. I asked an old lady which way to the museum and she gleefully told me the directions and then asked me back where did we come from.  Sabi ko, “Taga-Maynila po kami” pero gusto ko sabihing taga-Antipolo ako kaso baka hindi sya pamilyar dun.. and then she smiled and said, “Welcome po dito.. “ *aaaaawwwwww* I can’t forget that.. Sweet, simple words.. And I said thank you while smiling back.

The Ilocos Norte Museum

Everyday open..

The Museum's front.. Ilocano drawings..

Ilocano's native dresses.. for both men and women..

An old Ilocano house inside the Museum, take a look..

An old kind of sewing for making fabrics.. *forgot what it's called, drop me a comment if you know* 🙂

Dining Area

This old radio is still working, but when you look closely it has a small AM radio at the back which is the one that works.. .. smart huh?.. 😛

Living Room..

Deep Well

Mini theater stage.. haven't thought that Ilocanos are great thespians as well..

There are still a lot of things to see inside.  I’ve always been curious to enter museums since I was in grade school kaya medyo natagalan kami dito. The museum closes at 5PM so we walk our way to the capitol.  It’s just a few steps away.

Capitolyo..

Pwede bang palampasin ang photo-op? Minsan lang kami dyan eh!

Mga walang pakialam kahit nagtitinginan ang mga tao.. haha Hindi halatang malamig ano? hehe..

It’s a wrap in Laoag and it’s time to go to Vigan where we will be staying for the night.  There are many bus terminals within the area that offer trips to Vigan, which is heading to Manila (southbound).

@ around 5:30PM, we headed to Partas Bus Terminal which is less than 5 minutes away from the capitol (10Php per head sa tricycle).  Trips bound for Laoag are scheduled every 50 minutes and we’re just in time for the next bus.  Bus fare is 121Php/head, airconditioned with TV.  Sa byahe ko pa napanuod ung Salt kahit may .avi naman ako sa hard drive ko.. 🙂

Partas Bus Terminal

P/S Notes:

– Getting a map at the airport before heading wherever will save your day.  Especially when you’re not familiar with the place. DOT’s help desk was a lot of HELP.

– Tricycle fare starts at 8php/head for short ride.  Pero kadalasan pag halatang hindi ka taga doon eh gagawing 10php. Akala ko sa Antipolo lang may ganyan.

There’s still a lot to see in Laoag so if you opt to stay for one more day, try La Paz Sand Dunes & Tobacco Monopoly Monument.

Minsan nakakatulong ang pagiging kuripot.. 😛 nakakatipid sa pamasahe..

Ask, Ask, and ask. It adds to experience.

– My special thanks to Marxtermind and Calvin’s Hub where I got the info for this Laoag trip. Salamat mga tsongs!

Vigan, you’re next!

 

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38 responses to “Chillin’ in Laoag

  1. kakamiss, kakaingit, kakagutom naman ang trip mo, enjoy sa trip na trip, pasalubong…..ingat dyan

  2. sayangs at di ako nakasama… blame it to my ate… wakakak.

    more…. more….. nasan na ang beaches

  3. weehee, eto na yun! abangan ko! ^_^

  4. Waaah! Gusto ko ng Saramsam Pasta and Poque Poque Pizza. Naalala ko tuloy ang lasa. 🙂

  5. hahaha! ang kulit ng AM radio. Yan yung may drama drama pa nga
    “Sinaksak ako…ayan mamamatay na ko.. ugh! Patay na ako..” =)
    Bakit ba hindi ko naisama sa 2011 list ang ilocos.. Sayang naubos ko na ang mandatory leave. Salamat sa info. Mukang ang yummy nga ng food nila. Aaabangan ko ang susunod na kabanata.

    • tama!.. yung radio na.. “andyan si Badong.. *yabag ng paa*.. magmadali ka umalis ka na baka makita ka ng asawa ko! *malakas na hangin at sabay bagsak ng pinto* 😛 ang kakaiba sa kanila eh ung empanada nila.. I’ll write a different post about it.. panira kasi ang trabaho sa pagbblog.. hehe 😛

  6. Na burst mo yung bubble ko about the Bagnet, sabi rin kasi ng friend ko it’s so much better than lechong kawali eh, pero no matter, gusto ko pa rin try! 🙂

  7. maganda ba si denden?

  8. Ang sarap ng Trip na ito…walang pahinga sa lakaran…puro magandang lugar ang napuntahan ang sasarap pa ng food kahit on budget lang tyo…CEBU naman tayo next time

  9. Thank you for visiting Laoag City. Umay kayto manen 🙂

  10. Yes, you did. There are still many tourist spots in Laoag like Fort Ilocandia and Laoag City Sand Dunes.

  11. Sand Dunes is just 1o minutes drive from the city proper. Malacañang of the North is in Paoay municipality na.

    • hmmmm so mejo sumablay ang logistics ko nun.. hehe kasi I thought malayo ang sand dunes.. too bad.. but they said that it’s really best to see the sand dunes in summer. The sand turns red.. 😀

  12. Sobrang lapit lang ng Sand Dunes sa city proper. Pwede sana kayong sumakay ng tryke nun. Mas malapit pa ito kaysa sa Laoag airport. Anyway, you can go back to Laoag and Ilocos anytime. There are lotsa tourist spots that you’ve not visited during your trip. See u!

    • Thanks for the tip Miles!.. Next time I’ll try to make my stay longer.. para mas maraming mapuntahan!.. I noticed you’re into VISA consulting.. Do you mind if I ask a few questions about getting a US Tourist VISA? I’m planning to get one this year sana.. 😀

  13. Oh sure. No problem. Go ahead…

  14. Jeff, I suggest it’s better if you just email me your visa questions at info@tripleiconsulting.com. Thanks !

  15. The approval or refusal of your US tourist visa application is the consular officer’s discretion. You need to prepare proof of permanent ties in the Philippines as evidence that you will return after the intended visit in the US. For further visa queries, please email me at info@tripleiconsulting.com. Thanks!

  16. Will be glad to answer your queries, Jeff :]

  17. You’re most welcome Jeff. Looking forward to your email :]
    Thanks 🙂

  18. love the pics!!! tulo laway hehe! saya din ng ilocos trip nyo hihi 🙂

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