With full on excitement, we braved Manila for our side-trip. We had the whole day to spare before heading on to Laoag, so we walked the streets of Intramuros, Rizal Park and Binondo. With our loaded backpacks we dared to commute Manila, and boy that was a challenge. Note to self: Travel Light!
When the night came to board the bus to Laoag we were dead tired. Good thing we took the sleeper bus and was seated at the back. Amazing how they constructed the bus with double -decks and how you can recline your back up to 60 degrees. Of course being luckily seated at the back we got the luxury to recline it all the way. Jackpot!
Time check: 10 PM. I pulled my sleeping bag and off I went to Lala Land. It was a snooze feast indeed for me and my travel buddy.
I guess I was too excited to get off the bus and start the adventure. I waited for a few more minutes and we arrived our destination - Laoag.
From Laoag terminal we rode a tricycle to the nearest terminal for Pagudpud. I think we were too early since there was no bus yet. We waited for quite some time, as giddy as I was, Pia decided to call up Kuya Arnel (our tour guide in Pagudpud) for an alternative ride from Laoag, he then suggested to go for the van since it would save us some time waiting. Without hesitations we walked a few blocks from the bus to the van terminal. We hopped on to the van and quick enough (like 1 and 1/2+ hours) we arrived in Pagudpud.
|"On the way to Pagudpud"|
Beforehand, we told him that we didn't have any reservations yet for Pagudpud. So he gave us options as to where to stay. We went to Saud beach and there were a lot of home stays and resorts to choose from. I then asked him about Cathy's Home stay (which I read from my research). He lead us to the said homestay, which was a few steps away from the first option. We settled and got a room for 800 Php/day, fair and cheap enough, considering that the beach is just a few walk away. After a quick shower fix and stuffed ourselves with brunch we head on with our tour.
|"Hello from Pagudpud!"|
|"pagod ka na teh?"|
|"Oh yeah baby!"|
|"I'm sexy and I know right!"|
Second stop was Patapat Viaduct. One of the highlights when you go north of Pagudpud. Curiosity hit me and I asked Kuya Arnel why it was called Patapat. He made kwento that before the viaduct was built they only had a one way road, to and fro, the road will accomodate 4 vehicles. "Apat, apat lang na sasakyan", he said. That's where they got the name Patapat. O diba?
|"Kuya Arnel umeemo?"|
Third stop was Paraiso ni Anton. There was a grotto and a flowing water located along the highway. I dared to drink from the flowing water, parang nasa ref ang lamig ng tubig. Pawi uhaw! Fortunately I didn't get any diarrhea, so it's either the water is clean/pure or I happened to have a stainless steel sikmura. LOL
"Paraiso ni Anton"
On our Fifth and sixth stop we went to Timangtang Rock and Bantay Abot Cave. Because I was curious (for crying out loud, I am always), I asked Kuya Arnel why it was called Timangtang (because I was thinking that the rock was timang? LOL). It's because the old people saw the rock shaped like a bell, bells that sounded like "ting-tang". Basta ganun yung pagka explain nya. Hehe
|"We climbed Timangtang para konting exercise"|
|"Bantay Abot Cave"|
|"A sight of Bangui windmills from Saud"|