After watching Evelyn Salt got beaten up for several minutes in the bus, we found ourselves in Vigan, Ilocos Sur already. At around 7:20PM we arrived at the Library. It’s surprisingly cold – oh no, COLDER! 😛 But it’s good though. And hard to believe that there were only a few people walking around the streets and a couple of tricyle drivers waiting for passengers. Halos wala ng katao-tao.. From there we got our fully reliable brochures complete with lodging, places to visit, transportation contacts and city history. It’s free at the Library so all you have to do is a-s-k.
It took us 3-5 minutes to Casa Teofila. It’s just near the Library but not walking distance-near. 15 minutes is just enough to unpack some clothes and do some wash-ups then we headed to the famous Calle Crisologo. At last narating ko rin! 😛
Whenever I see pictures of Vigan, I don’t miss seeing this wooden seat.
The winds added chills to the night as we walk around the popular Calle. Few people were walking and most of the stores are closing. Some close at 8PM and some at 8:30PM, still depends if there still are customers. I ran into one of the stores and checked out some souvenirs and shirts.
I was a little surprised to know that most of their souvenirs are cheap compared to other places I’ve been. But even if they are cheap, I didn’t get any hehe kuripot mode.. 😛 Though I plan to buy a shirt for 130php but the medium size won’t fit me, no other bigger size of that design – sorry me. 😛
A coffee shop? but the street dining is way more interesting. That’s what we’re about to find out.
Right beside this abandoned (or haunted) house is the Los Majitos street dining. Well, it’s not the way I imagined it to be. It has a cozy ambiance with a very relaxing environment. Pero not the idea of street dining na tipong mga pagkaing you used to see sa street ang kakainin. The buffet table is just placed outside together with the chairs and tables – that for them is Street Dining. 😛 In search of finding good yet budget meals, we found ourselves here:
Oh ha, sinong mag-aakalang may carinderia sa hilera ng mga restaurant? 😛 Sa presyong wala pang 50 pesos, busog na ang tiyan mo. 🙂 Instant college student budget all over again. 😛 hehe
We just enjoyed the windy night while walking along Burgos Park and I found a group of kids at the playground. Say CHEESE..
He’s the only one who did not run away from my camera.. 😛 Right across Burgos Park is the chain of fast food chains. Though Chowking, Jollibee and Mcdonald’s are familiar to everyone, in Vigan they have distinct and interesting looks.
I think it’s quite safe to stroll at night when most of the people are slumbering. Time check: It’s just 10 in the evening. There’s one police van near St. Paul’s Cathedral so I think that would serve as our help line when we got ourselves in trouble. Nevertheless, I didn’t feel anything bad that time.
Why so? In front of the park is a miniature of world renowned landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower of Paris, the Pyramids of Egypt, Sydney Opera House, Roman pillars, Mosques and the Great Wall of China. The whole park is huge, more romantic with the lights on and noticeably clean. The government must have worked hard in sustaining the cleanliness of the city.
2 Cities in 1 day? Quite an achievement huh? I know I should’ve given each city at least a day or two to explore more. We only have 3 days total so there’s nothing we can do but to squeeze in all these places in 3 days. Besides, I still have one morning here and we have to keep up with the itinerary. But if not, it’s still okay. I’m really after the adventure after all. 🙂
It’s been a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooong day.. 😛 Figuratively..
Prelude to next post:
Find out why NEXT… 😛