April 20, 2011

Bangui Windmills

Facing the South China Sea, these massive windmills are a thing of beauty and functionality. Being the windiest part of the Province of Ilocos Norte, 20 gigantic white windmills were built and erected along the shores of the Northern Town of Bangui. Bangui is the second to the last province of Ilocos Norte to the North just before Pagudpud.

The Beautiful Windmills of Bangui Lining up the shores facing the South China Sea

The Windmills of Bangui or formally known as the Northwind Bangui Bay Project converts natural wind energy into usable electric energy which sells electricity on almost 40% of the energy consumption of the whole province of Ilocos Norte. This is the very first and currently the only "Wind Farm" across the Philippine Archipelago and also the biggest in all of South East Asia.
Getting to these Magnificent place from Laoag City, ride a Cagayan-bound Bus (Tugegarao, Appari, etc) via Burgos. Upon reaching Burgos after more than an hour, be careful and stay tuned at the left side of the road until you see the marker that says Bangui Bay. Before reaching this part of the road, you are sure to see a number of these wonderfully made, humongous windmills. Then upon seeing the marker, follow the path leading to the Bay until you reach the shores.

Mini Wooden Windmills sold as memorabilla facing the Real thing

This Mini wooden windmills that actually work are sold for a very cheap price of Php 60 - Php 300 depending on the size. Some ranges from 7 inches to around 2 feet. Make sure to grab one by the time you visit the Mills but be careful since the saddles of these windmills are quite delicate. but since it is made of wood, you can easily readjust the fins and make it spin normally again.

It was my second time in the Windmills during my last Ilocos trip this April 15th yet it still brought me back to that "first time" feeling because of its beauty. It is not just the windmills itself but where they are placed gives me this magic feeling as if I am part of a Music Video that came to life. By the very first sight of these wonder, I placed my earplugs on my earholes and sttarted playing You and I by Park Bom because this is my Soundtrack for this place. Hahaha Yes! I always have soundtracks for every place, every moment and every feeling of my life. Maybe I should add this segment to my future posts? What do you guys think?

Me in front of the windmills

I have been to Ilocos around 5 times but have seen the windmills just twice because it has not been erected since the year 2005. But right now, I can really say that this is my favorite spot not just in Ilocos Norte but in the whole of Northern Luzon. Seeing these for the very first time on a Philippine TV Tourism Ad brought me chills and I suddenly went to our slow internet connection and searched about it and found out that it is real!

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Windmills are my most favorite structures together with Lighthouses ever since I was a child. Windmills make me feel I am part of Nature. Windmills make me feel like I am in the Netherlands. Windmills make me feel very lucky to have eyes to ever see such beauty that is truly functional as well.

April 11, 2011

Wat Benchamabophitr

Me at the Facade of the Wat Benchamabophitr

The World Famous Marble Temple or the Wat Benchamabophitr in Thai, is truly one majestic Buddhist Temple found at the Heart of the Thai Capital, Bangkok. It is hailed as one of the Most beautiful Temple in all of Bangkok. It literally means "Temple of the Fifth King" because the construction of this temple is requested by King Chulalongkorn or Rama V. The temple was designed by Prince Naris, a half-brother of King Chulalongkorn and is made up of Italian Marble.

Phra Buddhajinaraja above the ashes of King Chulalongkorn

Building of the Marble Temple started in the year 1899. The Buddha Statue inside the Marble temple according to Wikipedia was casted in 1920 after the original located in Wat Mahathat in Phitsanulok, Northern Thailand. The ashes of King Chulalongkorn are buried beneath the statue. The Marble Temple is also featured in the 5 Bhat coin, the Thai currency.

Beautiful Casted Windows inside the Marble Temple

If you are an avid follower of Endless Expedition, this is my very first post about my travel in Thailand and my very first post about a Travel outside the Philippines with my friend and my cousin. This is truly overwhelming for me since this is officially the start of the dream I have been longing for since I started breathing, to see the world and how the Locals see's it. I can proudly say that for 3 days last March 29th till the 31st, I was a Filipino living like a Thai in their land and it feels so uplifting.

Thai people are great! Just as I have said on my Facebook account, "If all the world is made up of a family of brothers, sisters, cousins and children, the Thai and the Filipino will always be twins!" A proof to this is the countless times I have been thought of to be a Thai Citizen while I was in Thailand.

And also, this is my very first Post using my long awaited Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera. It feels so good since as I have been wanting a DSLR Camera for almost 3 years now and I can still remember what my Mom said when she was living, "If I really really really want something and it will be truly beneficial for me, Any cost will be worth it as long as I earn it!" I Love you so much Mom! This post is for you, All the posts in my Endless Expedition is for you!

Me at Marble Temple
Me at the rear back of the Ordination Hall of the Marble Temple

This Thailand Trip is Truly Amazing! Just as their Tourism Ad says, "Amazing Thailand". Being in a foreign country is truly touching since you are being part of something foreign to you yet you choose to embrace and be part of their world even for a short period of time. All the Pesos, Dollars and Bhat I have spent does not compare to the Priceless memories and learnings I earned from this Thailand Adventure.

Now I can proudly say that on my next Travel abroad, I can do it all by myself. I have just left everything about being a Tourist, I am now a 100% Traveler.