Archive for January, 2009

The Great North Luzon Adventure

Posted in adventures, dreams, interests, photos on January 2, 2009 by anairam

What was supposed to be a trip to visit my tita in Isabela and a side trip to Pagudpud ended up as an adventure road trip to various parts of Northern Luzon.

nla route

Route:
Quezon City via NLEX to Baliwag, Bulacan> Nueva Ecija> Nueva Vizcaya> Santiago, Isabela> Cagayan> Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte> Vigan, Ilocos Sur> Bauang, La Union, La Trinidad, Benguet> Baguio City, Benguet> Ambuklao Dam, Benguet> Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya> Santiago, Isabela> Nueva Vizcaya> Nueva Ecija> Baliwag, Bulacan> via NLEX to Quezon City

DECEMBER 26-27
My family left the Kamias, QC Victory bus terminal at around 11:20 PM (December 26) and arrived in Isabela at around 7:30AM (December 27) the next day. We ate breakfast there, stayed for 3 hours and finally the journey to the farther north began. First destination was Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. We traveled via the rented van and passed by several towns and cities along Isabela and Cagayan Provinces. We had some stop-overs of course to empty the bladder ^_^. Finally, we arrived in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte at around 6pm (8 hours travel time).

DECEMBER 28

pagudpud beach

The 3 families stayed at a resort for the night, enjoyed the view, the breeze, & the sea, and at around 1:30 PM (December 28), we went off to our next destination, Baguio…

On our way to Baguio, we made some “special” stop-overs. First to Bangui, Ilocos Norte, where we saw the Wind farm (windmill beside the shore), then to Vigan, Ilocos Sur. We arrived Vigan at around 5:30 PM, it was alrbangui winfarmeady dusk and we didn’t bother to explore much (because we have a long journey ahead of us), but hadvigan few minutes to visit the Cathedral and the Vigan Empanadaan (special mention Jolibee @ Vigan, haha). Then off we went to continue our adventure.

DECEMBER 29
We arrived in Baguio at around 12midnight (December 29), ate late dinner at baguioBurnham Park & headed to NIA resthouse in La Trinidad, Benguet to retire for the night. Around 11AM we went to loiter a bit in Baguio City, went to Wright park (where my sister & nephew went horseback riding), passed by Camp John Hay (and saw more “urban” establishments in place), and spent the rest of the afternoon at Burnham Park (cousins and sister went boat riding). At around 2pm, we went back on the road back to Isabela.

It was a bumpy ride this time, as we took another unfamiliar route (neitherambuklao damMarcos Highway nor Kennon Road, which where the usual routes to and off Baguio). We ventured on the zigzag roads of Benguet Mountains, and even saw the Ambuklao dam (and it was a good thing that we traveled there in the afternoon, as some people stated that it was considered a “critical” route, full of hold-uppers during the night). 8 hours later we were back in the comfort of our tita’s house in Isabela.

DECEMBER 30
12AM and unable to sleep, I watched 2 movies on HBO (Sleepy Hollow & Shrek 3). Some misunderstanding caused a little delay with us going to Manila, and left Isabela at around 4pm na. Arrived home in Quezon City at around 2AM (December 31). Slept and got ready for my December 31 duty. haha.

So far, my most memorable travel adventure ever. Looking forward to more travels, to the rest of the country, of Asia, of Europe, of the World. Haha.

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