Travel Date: March 20 - 25, 2016 (Sun - Fri)
Travel Buddies: Bagsy (Mike M)
Disclaimer: Another late blog but as they say, better late than never.
Day1: Mar 20 (Sunday)
Bagsy arrived the day before so we are both well rested and ready to explore the great north. We started out at half past 8 in the morning, traversing major thoroughfares and reached Pangasinan at lunchtime. We stopped by at a relatively new bulalohan after the last exit on TPLEX. At around 3pm, we reached Ilocos Sur and passed by the famous bridge that was featured in one of the fave shows I was following the past months. We went to the old bridge and got lucky only a few came by. We got a few rare shots in the middle of the bridge and got the fantastic view of the mountains + sea + sunset all to ourselves. After satisfying ourselves with the instragrammable shots, we then headed to Laoag and arrived at our hotel (Gertel) at past 8pm. As soon as we settled in, we headed out to the city proper to have a taste of their delicacy and enjoy the colorful nights at the capitol area. As we got back to the hotel, we felt an eerie feeling as we passed by a cemetery which we didn't notice on our way out. The hotel seemed a bit remote so that added to the uncomfortable feeling. It was a relief when we finally reached it and took a quick deep before calling it a night.
Day2: Mar 21 (Monday)
We woke up early to catch the famed sunrise and be there first before the influx of other tourists. Our guide Kuya Ronald of the Ilocos Lapaz Sand Dunes (contactable via their FB page and his numbers 0921 459 0190/ 0926 676 4686) guided us from the meeting point going to the actual site. Lo and behold, the sand greeted us with such surprise that you'd never imagine you are actually in the Philippines. It seemed like we are transported to the Middle East because all we saw are sand, sand and more sand. We started with the scary-hold-your-breath extreme 4x4 adventure ride that is not your usual flat surface kind of trail. Rough and bumpy, we held on to the handrails and shouted our lungs out. That was one exhilarating experience worth trying again!!!!