Memories – My Easter Post

Our life is made up of memories.  And I’m determined to create inspiring, happy ones. (Like starting this drawing)

Our life is made up of memories. And I’m determined to create inspiring, happy ones. 

Five days of staying with my family this holy week seems not enough.  We didn’t spend vacation outdoors, went to the beach nor attend family reunions.  I just stayed at home with them, yet simply being with Aki, Joey and my Nanay Rosal gave an unexplainable rest to my heart.  I felt at home.

**I appreciate the little things they do that make me feel loved.**

My mom’s home cooked meals are incomparable.  She prepared the curtains and bed covers I’ll be bringing back to Makati.  And she didn’t forget my box of home-made malunggay tea. Her words of wisdom are encouraging to hear. Her touch and hugs strengthens my soul.

Like my Nanay Rosal’s ministry for the youth on facebook

My sister is sewing a dress for me, which I have been trying to fit for the past days.  I’m excited how it will turn out.  She bought doughnuts for the family, and offered to make me a cup of tea for breakfast.  She’s asked to try a new make-up palette on me later, which I look forward too.

Visit my sister Aki’s online shop for cosplay accessories

She has a wordpress blog, too!

My brother downloaded videos from the internet that we can watch.  He selected those which he thinks I would love, and he sure does know my taste!  I feel his care when he brings me a glass of water, and every time he fixes my internet connection.  I am blessed whenever he feels happy with the things we buy for him  – like the new pair of contact lenses and shades which he liked.  By the way, he let me borrow his markers so I could draw the featured photo above.

Check out my brother Joey’s blog

All these have made me feel the Lord’s love more.  Makes me feel Jesus is indeed alive today, and still reaching out to my heart.

We often reflect on the great things Jesus did for us, but our act of thanksgiving need not be a great sacrifice.  He wants us to remember the small things too, because these deeds have also led to big changes in people’s lives.

  Happy Easter!

Bantay Abot Cave, Ilocos Norte

Bantay Abot Cave

There’s a cave in Ilocos Norte, Philippines not known by many tourists but is still worth including in your travel itinerary.  If you would happen to be  in Pagudpud, ask the local tricycle drivers to take you Bantay Abot Cave around 5 minutes from the beach.  There are stairs from the bridge going down to the cave.  A local guide will collect twenty pesos for the entrance.

It should be down this bridge somewhere...

It should be down this bridge somewhere…

Just look for the sign! :)

Just look for the sign! :)

Trivia: “Bantay” is a local term for mountain, and “abot” means hole.

You can plan photo shoots here and bring your camera, or choose to visit this spot early morning for meditation.

You can go here with friends..

You can go here with friends..

or by yourself to enjoy the view :3

or by yourself to enjoy the view :3

Directions to Bantay Abot Cave

Referred Blog Post about Bantay Abot Cave

 

Ilocos Adventure: Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation

Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation

Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation in the town of Burgos is our next stop for our Ilocos Norte Adventure.  Kapurpurawan came from the Ilokano (local Filipino dialect) word “puraw” meaning white.  The site is included in the Philippines Top 10 Gems according to pwc.com.

Posing by the rock

Travel tips: Best to wear your rubber shoes and shades, prepare for a long walk.  Go there in the morning, and bring your jacket too. Wind from the beach is cold even on a summer. Tag along some friends and don’t forget your camera!

Kapurpurawan White Rock formation appealed to my western dreams of going to the grand canyons. I was awed with the sceneries that welcomed my eyes when I visited the place in Ilocos Norte.  If the treck to Kaibigan falls (check our previous blog post) gave you a glimpse of the Hacienda life, trailing Kapurpurawan will make you feel like a cowboy –  seeing horses around, various rock formations and the sand from the nearby beach.

Kapurpurawan

I captured some pictures from my IPhone and posted a video on my facebook page.  Enjoy and send us a message if you’re visiting Ilocos Norte, Philippines soon!!

Ilocos Norte Adventure: Kaibigan Falls

Kaibigan Falls

Kaibigan Falls is a must visit destination you shouldn’t miss in Ilocos Norte!

From the beaches of Pagudpud, we took a 15 minute tricycle ride to start trecking the falls.  We thought that it wouldn’t be a long hike, so most of my friends including myself was not properly attired.  I thought we can be in our swimsuits and slippers to get ready to swim,  but it turned out we had to walk 30 minutes to reach to the falls.

Pagudpud at last!

Trecking to Kaibigan Falls

On our way to Kaibiga Falls

Stop Over

The view around us was AWESOME.. from the green fields, the streams, the trees, to the sky.  The path was just like the sceneries I see in the movies with hacienda settings.  Local residents sell snacks and drinks along the way, be sure to stock up when you pass by one because you would need energy for the hike.

Kaibigan Falls

We did not feel tired at all, and the long walk was WORTH IT when we reached the falls. The cool water was waiting for us to dive in it!  The area was also private and was exclusive for us when we arrived.

Yesm we took photos of us in our bikinis here.  But I’d rather not post them for now :3

 

After taking a dip, we took a carabao ride back home.

Kaibigan Falls_Going Home

Carabao Ride Home

Directions to Kaibigan Falls, Ilocos Norte

Referred Blog Post About Kaibigan Falls

Ilocos Adventure: Bangui Windmills

Bangui Windmills Ilocos Norte

When my friend Berline invited me to visit her hometown in Ilocos Norte, Bangui windmills was the top of mind among the many places I wanted to visit.  Seeing them from the internet photos remind me of Norway, and I wanted to see what we have here in the Philippines.

Bangui has the first power generating windmill farm in South East Asia,  Currently, there are 24 windmills stretched along the beaches standing as high as a 15-story building each.

Bangui Windmills 2

Even while on the road, I can see the windmills from afar and I get so excited every time we come closer to where it is stood.  My friends who are boarded the same van with me have the same feeling.

Entrance to where the Bangui windmills are situated is free.  I also heard that they are planting for more to make it in time for May this year.  Send us a message if you’ve been to the place and agree if you felt the same terrific feeling being there!

Bangui Windmills 3

 

About Bangui, Ilocos Norte

Referred Blog Post About Bangui Windmills

Bangui Windmills on YouTube