Photo Diary: Ilocos Trip with the Sisterhood

Roadtrip Dates: April 9-11, 2015

You’ve probably heard of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It’s a young-adult book series written by Ann Brashares which were also turned into movies. It’s about four bestfriends and a pair of pants that miraculously fit them all. When they have to be apart from each other, these pants were passed from one to another and that somehow connected them.

I have my own sisterhood, too. And just like the four main characters from the series, we were also different in some ways but when we’re together, it’s like we have our own world. After high school, we started to be “apart” going to different colleges and now that we are already completely “adults” and in different professions, we hardly have time to be physically together.

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Before I share some of the photos I took from our roadtrip, let me introduce you to my sisters first:

Bax, the doctor. I can say that she’s the smartest among all of us since she graduated salutatorian when we’re in high school and that’s out of a thousand graduates. She’s also the only one who can actually solve math problems among us.

Chax, the writer. She’s an introvert but really talented. We usually sing together ‘coz we’re such a good match. (Read: All of us are musically-inclined though.)

Dax, the graphic artist. I can say that she’s the naughtiest among us. Haha. She’s also talented. We all miss her ‘coz she left the Philippines after she graduated to work abroad.

Last April, Dax went to the Philippines for a vacation and since I was also leaving for the United States, we might not see each other for a long time. Chax’s mom also came with us and the trip became my PG-13 Bachelorette Party. 🙂

Day 1:

|04.09.15| Somewhere in Ilocos. Hehe. #summerwiththesisterhood #Ilocostrip #Philippines

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I dunno where exactly this is but it’s a good view, right? Feels like every body of water surrounding Ilocos is blue.

|04.09.15| "I'm innocent." #summerwiththesisterhood #Ilocostrip

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First stop is the Marcos Museum and Mausoleum. I went here before about four years ago and I can say that it has improved a lot. You can see different memorabilia from the former president here. This picture  was taken from one of the areas of the museum.

|04.09.15| My second time visiting the historical church of Paoay. #Ilocostrip #Philippines

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This is the Paoay church which I’ve seen, too before. There are a lot of old catholic churches in the Philippines and this is one of them.

True Story. #advice #PaoayChurch #Ilocostrip

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One of the signs around the church.

4×4 adventure and sandboarding with my sistars! #fun #sisterhood #summer2015

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Next stop is the Paoay Sand Dunes. This was a scary yet fun adventure for me. I hated it when we go down from a very high sand hill because I’m afraid of heights. But one thing I learned? Screaming makes me feel better.

|04.09.15| Sandboarding! Couldn't do it standing. #summerwiththesisterhood #Ilocostrip #Philippines

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And of course, we tried this, too.  #fun

|04.09.15| Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. #Ilocostrip #Philippines

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Got to visit this lighthouse before the first day of our trip ended.

Posing from the lighthouse. 😀 #Ilocostrip #Philippines

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Dog’s-eye view.

We then went to one of the famous beaches in the Philippines, Pagudpud. We stayed the night there and just rented a room. It was so dark  so we couldn’t really see the beach yet but we had a bonding moment by the seashore. We were just stargazing and talking about life and stuff.

Day 2:

|04.10.15| Yeah. #Ilocostrip #Pagudpud #Philippines

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Here it is! It was so pretty specially in real life.

|04.10.15| Find the sleeping man-tain. #Ilocostrip #Pagudpud #Philippines

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As we leave Pagudpud Beach, we found the Bantay Cave. As you can see, it looks like a man lying down.

|04.10.15| Patapat Bridge #Ilocostrip #Pagudpud #Philippines

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Just a little drive from where we were was the Patapat Bridge. It is the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines.

|04.10.15| The great Bangui #windmills. #Ilocostrip #Philippines

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One of my favorite places we went to was the Bangui Windmills!

|04.10.15| First horseback ride. On my way to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. #Ilocostrip #Philippines #summer2015

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Next, we went to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. You can either walk  your way there or rent a pony. It’s my first time to ride on a horse. Good thing, there was a guide who also became our photographer at the tourist spot.

Love this shot. Baxy posing. Hehe. #Kapurpurawan #summerwiththesisterhood #Ilocostrip #Philippines

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As I’ve said, the horseback riding guides also became our photographers. It was kind of funny how they let you go to some certain places of the rock formation and teach you some poses. Haha.

Last stop for the day is of course, the historical Vigan. We went first to the Plaza to watch the dancing fountain and light show.  It was really awesome! Then, we walked around and experienced the night life of the famous street, Calle Crisologo to eat dinner and shop for pasalubong!

We rented a transient house to stay the night.

Day 3:

We then went again to Calle Crisologo to shop for more pasalubong and eat sorbetes! Hehe.

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Fewer people in the morning.

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Chocolate and Cheese flavor for Daxy!

We also toured the Baluarte Zoo. To be honest, it was tiring for me. Haha. I already went here before so I was not that excited anymore.

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And nope, those are not real dinosaurs.

Lastly, we went to Bantay Church. Since I was already tired, Dax and Bax were the only ones who climbed the Bantay Bell Tower.

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Well, four years ago, I climbed it, too. 🙂 Here’s the evidence. #tbt243945_2080157005176_395859_o

And went there by riding this calesa.

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Okay, that’s enough for my double throwback post. Went in Ilocos twice already but it’s still one of the places I would recommend people to go to. You will find different attractions and do different activities here. Plus, it still feels different when you go to the same place but with different people, right?

Where would you want to travel with your friends? Share it in the comments! 🙂

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