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Frosty, a Male Shih Tzu~Newest Member of the Family

By on September 14, 2018

Owning a puppy requires a big commitment to love and care for the next 15-20 years of life. Aside from commitment, the number two prerequisite for adoptive families, you will  remain committed to treat him as your own but in the end, you’ll be rewarded by unconditional love and eternal grateful to your love and kindness.

Before Frosty arrived, we made sure our house is safe and hospitable for him, we removed everything that will harm him like bottles of pesticides or anything toxic to dogs. We want to give him a safe environment as possible. Because he is still a puppy, it requires more time for basic training and to learn proper command.

The First Night

We were all very excited to welcome the newest member in the family. The first night was memorable. it was so difficult  for a 3 month old puppy to be away from his family for the very first time and I’m sure, not accustomed to sleep alone. I can’t take heart-wrenching cries and I was tempted to comfort him putting him on my bed to minimize night stress.

The Eww Factor

One most difficult to handle, picking up a poop, wiping stringy pee. For sure, it’s my responsibility but there’s the other one most difficult to handle is during teething stage, when he misbehaves, I will correct it firmly with gentle words.

Note: ( Using an Eww factor just as an expression of disgust, it also means”yuck”)

Teething Behavior

This is just normal for a puppy, we all experienced bad behavior during this time. He once rolled the whole toilet paper pulling from the toilet down to the kitchen, dining room ended in the living room, that was merely 8 meters away. The destructive chewing is the problem here, he likes to chew everything, he chewed more that 8 shoes and 10 slippers, books, ear headphones and furniture. So much and we gave Frosty an appropriate toy to chew to soothe his itchy gums. Puppies go through teething stage just like babies.

Frosty is a 9-month-old male Shih Tzu with a typical colors of crystal white with 3 light brown spots and black on both ears. The good impression of overall appearance is a ‘’handsome figure’’ He is friendly, loving and sociable but naughty playful which is just normal for puppies. We have 3 dogs; 2 Labrador breed and Shih Tzu as the latest one, we give them quality time; spending good time walking as a regular scheduled activities, giving them proper diet, daily grooming and a regular veterinary check-up of eye, ear, coat and dental care too.

Frosty First Bath

Giving everything needed, Frosty just completed all his vaccinations. I have a complete grooming supplies; metal pin brush, nail trimmers, dog shampoos and many more.

Aside from jumping, we also play lively game of squeaky toys but soon he will learn the basic obedience training and commands like; heel, sit, stay and many more..

Just like me, Frosty loves to smell the flowers in the garden.

 

Frosty loves to bond with fellow housemate, the Labrador Moo Cow

Moo Cow is a big Labrador breed and Frosty is just a toy dog but they get well together.

2-Month-Old Frosty  He is so cute!.

3-Month-Old Frosty

Another stunning shots for my baby!

I will always think of the health benefits being a dog owner and they are my best friends relieving my stress. They will change my life forever. And you?  Are you ready  to be a pet master?

 

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Kabigan Falls Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

By on September 6, 2018

The hiking trail goes up Kabigan falls would take 45 mins, a tour guide will lead you all the way from the entrance to the waterfall and back. Taking the easier route, we passed by a long stretch of large  plantations and vegetation. The hiking path crosses a river, 2 streams and small hanging bridges along the stony land and climbing above mountains of evergreen forest, a rugged stairs will lead you up to the waterfall.

Kabigan Falls (Barangay Balaoi Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte) a cascade of water flowing down a steep rocky slope and situated inside an evergreen forest on top of the mountain. The refreshing pool at the bottom of the falls is quiet perfect for swimming, you’ll enjoy not only swimming but climbing Kabigan mountains with river flows in to the embrace of the plains.

Crossing out rivers and streams with big stones, a mountain surrounded by tropical trees, small waterfalls right in the middle of the jungle but Kabigan falls offers a spectacular view over the entire mountains and farmlands.

Thanks to our tour guide for the first 30 mins.  Manang ( friendly tourist guide) who accompanied us all the way to the first station and from there, another one will take over.

Despite the rugged trail on this route goes through… 11:00 am is an unfavorable time to hike. I’m carrying 2 bottles of water and cookies, the extreme heat of the sun as the hot temperature hovering underneath, this is the reason why not to forget to bring all your travel essentials like sunblock, umbrellas, hat, friendly shoes and sunglasses, you’ll really need it as the sun causes problems.

An eagle appeared out of nowhere diving and gliding around in circular flight. What a scenic view but I’ve missed to shoot.

Breathtaking! This would be an ideal place where people could get together in harmony with nature.

 

A few minutes stop to give time for the animals, seems I’m welcomed. So nice to bond with the cows and other cattle around.

The rugged trek is just a part of mountaineering.

Deep into the forest is quiet dark and bit cold but I feel excited and comfortable over rugged terrain, it is an exciting experience with mother nature.

Exhausting!. Considered as strenuous trek.

Trekking up and down the mountain, A climb upwards is difficult.

We finally reached our destination Kabigan Falls.

It’s a beautiful mother nature. Inside the forest you can hear not only the birds but also the hissing, whistling noise of the bugs, crickets and cicadas in chorus, just like an ultrasonic sound with a full volume.

It’s really worth the effort to visit. It was a rewarding hike!

Photos taken along the way. What a beautiful experience to see the beauty nature. Hope to be back again soon…

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Bantay Abot Cave

By on August 20, 2018

Ilocos is a home to some of the beautiful attractions, one of the most wonderful attractions I’ve seen is the ”Bantay Abot Cave” It is located along the beautiful shore of a small town of Baloi, Ilocos Norte. From the name itself, ”Bantay” means mountain in Ilocano and ”Abot” means a cave. It’s a mountain with a hole.

Bantay Abot cave is not really an ancient cave, it is a hill that was wrecked by an earthquake in the year 1980, leaving a hole in the middle part, it looks like a Doughnut hole. Behind the hill is a high cliff.  Down there is a sea from a high cliff, you can see the powerful waves breaking down and crashing into rocks. This sea is not suitable for swimming.

Standing up high the cliff to see the stunning view of the whole area. What a stunning scenery! Somewhere up there, the sounds of sea waves can do more wonders, it makes me feel more relaxed, so refreshing to keep me going and washed my blues away. It cures everything.

This is just a proof that beauty can also be found in ruins, Natural forces have sloped this, it looks like cracks on earth.

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The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag

By on August 19, 2018

Ilocos is a home of historical and architectural features. The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag is a century old 45-meter tall bell tower built by the Augustinian Friars in 1612. The construction is a typical earthquake baroque. Built by old brick and stone-faced with lime stucco plaster, the tower rises in 4 tiers. The base with its massive rounder corners supports the graduated upper tiers noted for its graceful curved buttresses and corner treatments giving its early baroque appearance. The tower is crowned by a double dome topped with a cross and housed 6 bells of different sizes. Way up thru a vaulted tunnel leading to a winding wooden stairway. The high pitch ringing sound of the third tier can be heard in a neighboring town, it’s a joyful noise of adoration and to call attention to those unable to hear mass.

Because of its great weight, over the years, the soil greatly weakened losing structural support causing the bell tower to sunk a rate of an inch a year, that’s why it is called the ”Sinking Bell Tower” According to history when a person on horseback once could enter the vaulted entrance without stooping. Now, a person of ordinary height has to stoop to enter thru the door.

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Sandboarding/4×4 Ride Culili Point Sand Dunes

By on July 23, 2018

Fun and exciting outdoor activities that you need to try in Ilocos are sandboarding and the thrilling 4×4 ride, it’s a different kind of activities that take place on sand dunes. Sandboarding is similar to snowboarding combining different movements of surfing and skating. I was so excited to try for the very first time, I’m scared but since it’s a recreational activity, I was tempted to do so.

Highlights: 4×4 Ride, Sand Dunes Tour, Sandboarding

  1. Sandboarding Spots Ilocos: Paoay Sand Dunes and La Paz Sand Dunes

What to expect:

An hour desert activity package of 4×4 ride and sandboarding. Pick-up from Culili Point to the Sand Dunes by 4×4 vehicle. First 30 minutes journey tour around Sand dunes and the last 30 minutes for sandboarding activity. Tour around steep uphill and downhill routes. 10 minute stop for picture taking besides the West Philippine Sea.

It was almost midday when we arrived at Culili Point. The sun is up and I’m worried, being in the desert is quite hot midday. We immediately hired a 4×4 vehicle (4WD) Four wheel transmission with a skilled driver. It’s a package of an hour activity; 4×4 riding and sandboarding. For only 2,500 for a maximum of 5 persons but we are only three to occupy one 4×4 vehicle. The driver will tour the group around sand dunes for the first 30 minutes and another 10 minute stop beside the West Philippine Sea for a quick picture taking. After the tour, the driver will drive us directly to the drop-off station for the sandboarding activity. From there, the friendly and polite driver will drive us back to Culili Point Station.

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My friends Paulo  in blue shirt, Jane (black) Nick (white shirt) and Jemmar. Thank you guys for the hard copies, soft copies are already here!

Dune is a sand formed by the wind. The beautiful stretch of sand dunes next to the West Philippine Sea

Screaming of excitement

Enjoying the thrill of speed but holding so tight. I’m scared, we might be thrown meters away but I think, it’s a reasonable speed. What a tricky situation at the back,  standing at the back of top-down 4×4 holding the steel bar is another thrilling experience, it’s just like big blows and hard punches hitting us harder at the back.

What a tricky situation at the back, you can feel how traction works off-road. It’s really very hard to tolerate the heat, It was windy around but extremely hot attacking my excitements.

Climbing over steep hills, the uphill and downhill routes romping the sand following the trail work routes like caterpillars. Everything was safe, the skilled driver was polite and friendly.

Sandboarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was an exciting and inviting to do it all over again and again.

We had a great pleasure to experience our first desert activities, the dune bashing was memorable. This is a recreational activity that I will remember forever. Our adventure does not end here, more on next posts…

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Kapurpurawan Rock Formation (Burgos Ilocos Norte)

By on July 18, 2018

Out of the 25 tourist attractions I’ve seen during my tour to Ilocos, the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos is a sight to behold. Particularly renowned for its unique formation of rocks that looks like a reminder of prehistoric past. It is extremely a rugged white mountain of rocks rise above highlands. The irregular and cone-shaped high rocks of every form takes a hundred of years to form, it’s usually formed by products of erosion of pre-existing rocks.

Because of the rugged terrain, I’m not so sure if I can tolerate the heat and not really sure if I’m fit enough for a 2-hour uphill and downhill trek, it was extremely hot but windy out there so I rented a horse to take me around following the steep trail and surely, it’s the kind of horse that can manage rocky terrain. Anyway, the cost of the horse is not that expensive at all, it’s only 100 per person with a guide around.

 

This trail will lead you all the way down to the rock formation site. Down there is a  sloping pasture, you can see the presence of cattle, sheep and goats around. it’s a grazing land.

I’m not an experienced rider but I can lead a horse.

One of the most dramatic rock formation.

Photo shows different sedimentary rock formations as simply formed in different ways.

A unique beauty in the wilderness

A splendid steep rock formation, magnificent scenery.

 

Closing up the edge of the cliff and the high mountains, it was spectacular! Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos, a unique landscape I’ll never forget…

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Ilocos Tour Guide 2018

By on July 16, 2018

Going to the northern part of the country is basically a long drive that takes 7-8 hours to get there. There’s much more to explore and lot more notable features to catch your attention aside from the scenic routes in between stops. To those who are willing to explore the fun and exciting adventure, nothing can give you more pleasure and surprises than a great tour to Ilocos. Gaining more popularity, it offers everything one would expect of a beautiful destination.

For those seeking to just refresh for a few days to cool down from the noise of the city or for those adventure seekers looking for all points of interests with a full swing of thrilling escapades to experience sandboarding and the amazing 4×4 ride then, Ilocos is the best place to go! They are bound to thrill adventurers. Another important feature, there are other tourists spots where people visit to take picturesque photos of Vigan, Laoag, and Pagudpud.

This would be your reliable guide if you are interested to join a group tour, this blog will help you plan for your next destination. I joined this tour, Ilocos Tour package for only 3,300 PHP (except meals, sport/personal activity fees) 3 days and 2 nights where trips leave at 10:00 pm, it’s a group tour with other 8 participants. I’ve been to Ilocos many times but it’s over 3 years since my last visit, I didn’t have that many expectations until this scheduled group tour with complete itineraries. Ilocos today, they have completed so much more of it.

Ilocos Tour Package Itinerary

Day 00

We all meet at Centris station parking lot at around 9 pm, that’s the scheduled assembly place and pick-up time. We were a group of nine and my group was the last to arrive so we occupied the back seat. Traveled by van, we left Manila at around 9:30 pm. It was a worry-free tour, we just sit back and relax listening to music, it was a very peaceful moment inside the van. Everyone else was sleeping, others were snoring, I can hear different tunes but it’s still music to my ears,  it’s ok as they are now my family. When you are on a tour away from home, people and friends become your family members, a home!

We had several stops at least 5 x  for necessity and hot coffee. I can just recall the last stop-over we had at Marsha’s Delicacies, I bought a box of Sweet Royal Bibingka. I can’t wait but to take a few morning bites, it’s so sweet and delicious!  Our driver was rushing to catch up Calle Crisologo before the sun shines, the best time to take photos there when it’s still dark. We arrived in Vigan at exactly 4:30 in the morning.

Join me as I travel around Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, my adventure starts here

Day 1

The first stop on our tour is the Casual landmark of Vigan where visitors can roam around the fountain area to take a few photos around Plaza Salcedo. A few walks away from here is Calle Crisologo, a street filled with Spanish inspired structures, they have maintained and fully restored the historical point of interest. Around Vigan, you can see here the earliest example of Spanish Architecture, the impressive remains carefully preserved antique culture up to the present. After Calle Crisologo we head to St Augustine church widely known as Paoay church and commonly known as ‘’earthquake Baroque’’ a roman catholic church in the Philippines. Beside the Paoay church is a bell tower dating from 1793, you can go upstairs to see the aerial view of the whole ground but first, look for the caretaker to assist you. Just beside St Augustine church and behind the Belltower is a beautiful San Augustine garden. I’m enjoying the views of the surrounding appreciating everything.

It’s almost 6:00 am, I need hot coffee! All restaurants and outlets are still closed at this time, no other options but a nearby nipa hut carinderia ‘’Park and Shop Resto’’ that serves Ilocano foods, we had our first meal of the day here. We ordered a few varieties of our chosen favorites; Pancit Canton, Vigan Longganisa with egg and fried rice, Beef tapa among others.. We did enjoy our first breakfast, it’s simple but tasty.

Following breakfast as it was already planned earlier, proceed directly to Culili Point- the extreme 4×4 ride and Sandboarding at Culili Point Sand Dunes, two of the most popular activities here in Ilocos.  After the desert adventure, we stopped for a quick lunch along the way at Ilocano restaurant and again, it was simple and delicious. After lunch, we head to Malacanang of the North named after the presidential palace in Manila and the last place visited is the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.

We arrived at the hotel before five in the afternoon. We were all exhausted after a long day, ending the day with a relaxing warm bath. We spent our first night at 3’s Place Resort. The first day was full of energy and excitement, lots of surprises throughout the day, the first day was truly remarkable.

Day 2

After our breakfast, we head to the spectacular Kapurpurawan Rock Formation followed by Pagudpud Windmills. Chasing more excitement to the forest above mountains of Kabigan Falls. Around 4.6 km and 6 mins drive to reach Paraiso ni Anton. Nearby, 6 mins to reach the beautiful Patapat Viaduct and the enchanting Bantay-Abot Cave. We spent the whole afternoon swimming at Blue Lagoon beach. We had dinner at Fine Dining Resto around Saud, given the opportunity to drop by Saud beach to chase the sunset.

Tonight would be our last, hopefully, we can get on the road earlier tomorrow, we would be leaving in the afternoon. We’ve seen 10 beautiful attractions today, we were never in one place for a day. For 2 days, we found ways to genuinely bond with my tour mates and trying the best we could for the last day. Going on tour can be grueling, there’s not much time except for sightseeing, walking, sleeping, and eating. This is what tour is all about…

Day 3

It was an early wake-up call, 5:30 am. We head directly to the first and oldest Bangui Windmill followed by the impressive Sinking Bell tower of Laoag. After the close encounter with the animals at Baluarte ni Chavit and Safari Gallery. We had timely breakfast at Hidden Garden Lilong and Lilang restaurant in Vigan. From there, a chance to witness a part of history to visit the Bantay Belltower, Pagburnayan Jar Factory, and National Museum. We had a quick lunch at a food chain around Plaza Salcedo. Departing Vigan at 3:00 pm and we arrived Manila 9:30 pm. I had a great time as the tour was well-planned and organized. Everything’s fine to surpass all my expectations. We have visited more than 25 beautiful sites, more places to go, so little time…

It’s more exciting to join Ilocos tour, Ilocos is generally safe and package tour relatively affordable. When my Ilocos tour was about to end, I was reluctant to bid goodbye but I cannot go beyond as some responsibilities waiting for me back home. I’ve seen over 25 beautiful attractions, I’ve experienced a bit of Ilocano life and a chance to bond with the locals and tour mates with no language barrier.

Just after my Ilocos tour, I’ve been singing praises after my adventure. Ilocos allows you to explore a variety of historical and architectural attractions, it is only among many destinations options here in Northern Luzon. It was easy for me to communicate with the locals here, I can speak Ilocano. I’m from the Northern part of the country, ”Cagayan Valley” which is only a few hours drive to Ilocos but I’m now based here in Manila and that makes a journey of 7 hours going there. It’s not a hassle considering the new development of wide expressways that cut across. It’s now easier than before, the good navigation system to guide motorist to all routes, it helps spur economic development, tourists is greatly increased in the north.

The hotel ”3’s Place Hotel” where we stayed in during our Ilocos Tour.

Top 25 Attractions we visited in Ilocos Region

Vigan Ilocos Sur Landmark

Calle Crisologo Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Calle Crisologo Vigan, Ilocos Sur

St. Augustine Church  Paoay, Ilocos Norte

St. Augustine Garden, Paoay, Ilocos Norte

Sandboarding Culili Point Paoay Sand Dunes Ilocos Norte

4×4 Ride Culili Point Paoay Sand Dunes Ilocos Norte

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse  Burgos, Ilocos Norte

Saud Sunset Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

  Kapurpurawan Rock Formation Burgos, Ilocos Norte

Bangui Windmills Ilocos Norte

Kabigan Falls Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Bantay Abot Cave Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Patapat Bridge Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Paraiso Ni Anton Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Blue Lagoon Beach Resort Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Malacañang of the North Paoay, Ilocos Norte

Sinking Bell Tower Laoag City, Ilocos Norte

Bantay Abot Cave Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

 Bantay Watchtower Bantay, Ilocos Sur

Vigan Cathedral Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

Hidden Garden Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Baluarte Zoo Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Saint Augustine Parish Church or Bantay Church Bantay, Ilocos Sur

Elpidio Quirino National Museum  Burgos St, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

Pagburnayan Jar Factory Vigan, Ilocos Sur

In addition, Food Offerings, Pasalubong counter and Restaurants

Park and Shop Resto Vigan, Ilocos Sur

The birthplace of Pinakbet Pizza Herencia Restaurant Vigan, Ilocos Sur

My Favorite cold drinks in Ilocos ”Ice Crumble”

Fruits in Ilocos; Mangoes, siniguelas and duhat

Four Stars Native Delicacies counter;  Ilocos native Tinubong, Bagnet, Vigan longganisa, Bagoong and many more…

Ilocos Tour  Package

Interested to Join? Anyone can join as long as you are willing to be together with other groups to fill the desired number of 10 participants in the van. The van will leave earlier if all participants are already complete. For more Ilocos Tour Package details Rates/ Package Inclusions/ Accommodations/ Itinerary/ Terms and Conditions/Transport Unit with Driver /Different rate applies during Holidays and Peak season > Click this Link> Contact> Wayph Tour

Tour package without entrance fees/Not included in the Package are the following; 

Meals, Entrance fee of Bojeador Lighthouse, Blue Lagoon Hut is 1K, Horse riding going Bantay Bell Tower, Shuttle Ride Baluarte, Animal Feeding/Rides, Zip Line, 4 x 4 Ride/Sandboarding 2,500 for 5 persons

Package Inclusions:

  • Accommodations
  • Van Transfers [Manila-Ilocos-Manila][Tour Around Ilocos]
  • Driver’s Meals and Accommodation
  • Government Taxes and Surcharges
  • Guide and Entrance Fees
  • Tour Coordinator

Assembly Time  /Place: Centris Walk Parking Lot Quezon Avenue, MRT Station

Departure Every Thursday Night

Expected Time of Departure Manila to Ilocos 10: 00 pm

Expected Time of Arrival 6:00 am

Reliable and Safe driver

Note: You need to come early to choose the best seats

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Roman Catholic Churches/ Bell Tower Ilocos Region

By on July 12, 2018

Ilocos region abounds in handsome churches and beautiful attractions. Out of 12 churches in Ilocos, we visited three; San Agustin church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Vigan Cathedral and San Augustine church in Bantay, Ilocos Sur

San Agustin Church Paoay, Ilocos Norte

St Augustine church widely known as Paoay church and commonly known as ‘’earthquake Baroque’’ a roman catholic church in the Philippines. It is considered as an absolute masterpiece of the old baroque architecture.

Paoay Church Bell Tower

Beside the Paoay church is a bell tower dating from 1793, you can go upstairs to see the aerial view of the whole ground but first, look for the caretaker to assist you.

San Augustine church in Bantay, Ilocos Sur

One of the oldest churches of Ilocos Sur, built in 1590 with Fr. Montoya Osa as the parish priest. It was named after the patron saint by the Augustine friars. It was also badly damaged during the World war 11 but was reconstructed in 1950. The richly restored façade carefully preserved with the combination of both; Neo-Gothic and Pseudo-Romanesque design with the fighting scene during uprising of Diego Silang way back in 1763.

According to the early ancestors, the image of Our Lady of Charity was found by fisherman inside a wooden box floating in the river of Bantaoay.  Other people that time cannot move the image as only the people of Bantay were able to carry the miraculous image. Our Lady of Charity as the named given due to many miracles interceeding numerous devotees.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad as the patroness of Ilocandia.

Looking up at the dome-shaped cupola, the clean white curved can be seen up there.

 

Bantay Watchtower

The principal means of defense and a symbol of protection from enemies. It also serves as  the elevated observation point during the Spanish period.

Vigan Cathedral

Built in 1641, became a cathedral when the seat of the Diocese of Nueva Segovia was transferred from Lallo Cagayan to Vigan in 1758. It was occupied by the revolutionists in 1896 and American forces in in 1899. It was only a chapel of wood and thatch that time and damaged twice by 2 earthquakes in 1619 and 1627 and by fire in 1739.

 

Vigan Cathedral Bell Tower

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