Bangui Windmills: The Giants of Ilocos Norte

What Ilocos trip would it be if we didn’t visit the famous Bangui Windmills? I think it’s considered a mortal sin since the iconic windmills are included in every advertisement about the province! Fun fact: these windmills are said to be providing 40% of the electricity source for the entire Ilocos Norte!

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Paoay Sand Dunes

If you’re going to Ilocos, please don’t pass out on the Sand Dunes at Paoay, Ilocos Norte. This was my favorite part of our trip and the adrenaline was something I’m still craving for. But fret not for those who are scared of adrenaline pumping activities, for if my mother can survive this, then so can you.

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The Filipino Culture of Smart-Shaming

I’m writing this after going on a debate with a few Marcos apologists. Just a background on those not familiar with Marcos, he implemented Martial Law in the Philippines which resulted to the death and torture of thousands of Filipinos and has gotten billions of ill-gotten wealth which they refuse to give back or apologize for and the Filipino masses are still paying off the debt until 2025. Now, the dictator’s son is close to winning the Vice President slot and a lot are not happy (me, included.). But a lot still stands with the dictator’s son and the dictator’s son’s “handsome” son. I can go all day with this but I’ll stop there. After presenting facts to these Marcos apologists, all I got was “wow, puta, eh di ikaw na matalino. #damimongalam” which roughly translates to “F***, fine, you’re the smart one. #knowitall”.

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When in Ilocos: Visiting the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

I can’t tell you the exact date when we visited Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. It’s been three and a half months since I made the trip and the dates all mashed together in my head. All I can tell you is how beautiful the place is and how I long to return as soon as I could. I have to admit that nature doesn’t impress me as much as adrenaline-giving rides or attractions, but this place definitely impressed the socks out of me.

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When in Ilocos: Zip-lining at Hannah’s Beach Resort

When I asked my cousin if she wants to ride the zip line with us, she told us, “What? Are you crazy? I don’t want to die!” Okay, so that’s non-verbatim but she really used the words crazy and die. I see her point. The zip line I’m talking about is the one located in Hannah’s Beach Resort, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. It is reportedly one of the longest zip lines in Asia over water. It’s 1.2 kilometers long and makes its way through the Blue Lagoon before reaching Hannah’s Beach Resort.

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A Letter from my Future Self

Dear 20 years old me,

The date today is April 21, 2023. Exactly seven years from where you are now – looks like we still have a thing with seven. We’re still in our 20s so no need to fuss about being that old. You’d love where I am right now, but I’ll tell you all about it later.

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Travel Video: Throwback to Singapore 2007!

Wow. I can’t believe it’s been almost a decade since the first time I step foot into the Lion City. I didn’t even know travel videos were a thing back then. Lucky for us, my uncle likes making videos and taking photos. Therefore, our first ever summer vacation to Singapore was well-documented. I always get a laugh and a smile as I watch our Singapore 2007 travel video. I hope you guys do, too!

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