November 2, 2010

Patapat Viaduct

Spread along the Northernmost End of Luzon, the Patapat Viaduct is a 1.3 Kilometer Concrete Viaduct constructed 31 meters above the Sea is a scenic part of the Highway where the Mountains meet the Sea. It is located in the province of Ilocos Norte just around 10 miles from the Town Proper. From Pagudpud, head Northeast towards Cagayan and you are surely to pass through this Man-made wonder that will make you truly appreciate the God-made Nature of Pagudpud.

The scenic Coastal view at Patapat Viaduct

How to get there: From Laoag, we hired an MB100 Van Courtesy of our Guest-house owner Manong Rito for a very considerate price that took as on a whole-day tour around Ilocos Norte. We left Laoag City at around 8 am and we arrived back at about 6:30 pm. The Patapat Viaduct was just a part of our amazing Itenerary but it is truly worth all the while. It was our first stop since we traveled all the way to the northernmost part of Ilocos Norte which is Pagudpud and we slowly went down until we got back to Laoag.

My Friends from way back Pre-School until High School: Myrcel, Judy, Ivy, and Lea

I was with my Brother and my High School Pals when we had this amazing Ilocandia Trip so it was loads and loads of fun! It was our third time at Ilocos but it was the first for my Friends and they really find Ilocos to be a very beautiful Province, just like what we feel each and every time we visit. We have all been friends since Pre-School and we all grew together up until High School where we all attended the same old school.

Real Friendship truly lasts but for us, I think we are truly rooted to be friends from the day we were born because up until now, we all treat each other as brothers and sisters thats why I am very very happy with my friends! We'll be friends forever and that's why I am very thankful to have them! I dedicate this post to them :)
Me at Patapat
Me at Patapat Viaduct

November 1, 2010

White Beach, Puerto Galera

Summer 2009 was one of the Hottest Summers ever in Philippine History! And to completely embrace it, Me, my brother and my High School Pals decided to go to one of the Nicest White Sand Beach yet the nearest to Manila, Puerto Galera

White Beach

White Beach at Puerto Galera

How to get There: From Manila, Buses are available in different Stations that will directly lead you to the Batangas Port Area. Several Vans are also catering trips from Major Cities in the Metro to the Port Area. In our Case, since we live in Cavite which is actually near Manila, we decided to take the vans at Pala-Pala, Dasmarinas that took us non-stop to Batangas Pier. The ride lasts for about 2 - 3 hours to the Port via Nasugbu-Lemery Road. Once at the Batangas Pier, take a Ferry ride that will take you directly to Puerto Galera.

It costs roughly Php 900 for a round Trip Ferry ticket from Batangas to Puerto Galera, Puerto Galera to Batangas. It is very conducive to buy a round trip ticket since Tickets are usually sold out in a very short period of time if you are to purchase tickets from Puerto Galera. In about One and a half Hour, you will be arriving at Puerto Galera. We left Batangas Pier at around 4:15 in the afternoon and we arrived at about 5:45 in the afternoon, just in time for its beautiful Sunset.

Sunset Beach

The Sandy Strip at White Beach

By the time we arrived, people are flocking along the Beach to have a great view of the Sun as it sets along the Sea. As the clock strike 6, restaurants and some mini bars are starting to welcome costumers that will surely enjoy their drinks and dinners by the Sandy shore of the White Beach. My friends also decided to have a dip in the Sea during the early evening while I decided to just listen to the waves and took pictures of them. The Sand feels so good to the skin at early evening since the Sun just heated it a bit and as it rush through your pores, it gives you this warm, gentle feeling as if you're on a Spa.

Me at White Beach

Me playing with the Sand at White Beach

Puerto Galera is the place to be for people with tight schedules and budgets to enjoy a luxurious vacation at the beach. Comparable to the famous Boracay Island, Puerto Galera truly boasts of its white, sandy beaches, powder white sand and best of all, its beautiful Dive sites that would truly take you to another world. It is here where I took my first snorkeling experience and it was truly emotional for me! I never thought that there is another world below the seas and how wonderful God truly is for him to create such an Atlantis of Marine Life.

I would definitely come back to Puerto Galera but the best thing about any place is not just its beauty but the memories you share with your friends and family that you have along with your travels and trips!