Ilocos Norte | A Tricycle Tour Experience: Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse aka Burgos Lighthouse

After the grueling six hours sleeper-bus experience and a quick breakfast from the only open eatery a few blocks from the terminal, we started to look for a tricycle that would bring us to the bus or jeepney station going to Pagudpud. It's still early then, the bus terminal we went to has not even one passenger yet. The tricycle driver then brought us to the van terminal that also ply the route to Pagudpud, still there's only a few passengers there (1 or 2, if I remembered correctly). We don't have much time for this weekend getaway. As usual, this is just a side trip to a friend's yearly visit to relatives for some family business. Sensing that we were in a hurry to get to Pagudpud, the tricycle driver then told us that he'll bring us to the highway where we can just wait for the passing buses to Pagudpud.

I forgot the town where he brought us but still, there were no buses that passed by for around 15 minutes. The driver then asked us if we're going on a tour to Pagudpud. We told him yes and so he offered us a tricycle tour to Cape Bojeador, Bangui Windmills and Kapurpurawan Rock Formations, the attractions included in the Pagudpud southbound tour. I asked him how much but he kept on telling us that it's up to us how much we want to pay him. I don't want to have some misunderstandings later on so I negotiated with him. Tricycle Tour from Pagudpod costs 600 Php for the southbound tour, bus fare from Laoag to Pagudpud is around 60 Php per person (one-way) so we offered him 800 Php but he asked for 900 Php, including our roaming around Laoag looking for a bus to Pagudpud. We may not have saved on tour cost but since we're going to save on time by not traveling to Pagudpud first (we can't stay in Pagudpud since we need to go back to Manila the next day) before taking the southbound tour, we agreed on a 900 Php Tricycle Tour to the three tourist attractions of Ilocos Norte. And so finally, after around 30 minutes of roaming around and waiting, we were able to start our Ilocos Tour. Our first stop: Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.

Batangas | Caleruega: Close to Nature, Closer to God...Finally!

Caleruega: Close to Nature, Closer to God

Caleruega is a retreat center and nature park usually mistaken to be situated in Tagaytay City (due to its proximity) but actually is located in Nasugbu, Batangas. It is a "home amidst the beauty of nature where pilgrims are open to prayer, to creative transformation, to Gospel values" and is administered by the Dominican Fathers and Brothers of the Philippines. Caleruega was named after the birthplace of St. Dominic de Guzman, father of the Dominican Order. Aside from being a retreat center, it's also famous for weddings as has become a dream wedding and pre-nuptial location among would-be couples. Having been there recently and witnessing an on-going wedding ceremony, it's no wonder why it became such a favorite. It really is a lovely and peaceful place, perfect for one of the most memorable and sweetest moments in a couple's life. :)