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Travel Post: Vigan

Two months ago, Chad and I traveled to north of the Philippines to check out Vigan. Chad had been to the place but I haven’t before. I only knew about Vigan in textbooks in school and as my family could not afford to travel anywhere, except my parents’ hometowns which are just an hour away from Naga, I promised myself that I will visit Vigan when I’m capable of traveling.

I have a certain fascination for ancient things, and Vigan suits that interest of mine. Although I was a bit disappointed that only one street, Calle Crisologo, preserved the Spanish colonial houses and architecture, the whole experience was still amazing. I am after all with the love of my life, everywhere with him is paradise. CHOS! [On an unrelated note, I think I should shift to love + personal blogging because I keep talking about my boyfriend. I hope it doesn’t annoy you (heh). I can’t help it, so please bear with me. 😛 ]

After a 9-hour ride to Vigan via Viron Transit, we checked in RF Aniceto Mansion.

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Aside from offering the best accommodation package (1500php per night = breakfast + airconditioned room + private hot/cold bath + cable tv + clean and comfortable room), the place has a gorgeous interior. And if you’re a vintage junkie like me, you’d absolutely love Aniceto.

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 Chad photobombing. He always does that when I take photos. 🙂

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Our room. Nice right?

Aside from checking out Calle Crisologo and the restaurants along it (pictures of which can be found here), we also went to Baluarte, a large park owned by Ilocos Sur’s incumbent governor, Chavit Singson.

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The place has a lot of animals–from donkeys, parrots, deers, to tigers. I don’t really know what to feel when we got there. I don’t like it when animals are used for humans’ amusement. I feel so sorry for the donkey that carried us quite honestly, I kept on talking to the poor thing after he gave us a tour of the field. 🙁

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Had some photos taken with this gorgeous parrot, too. The owners won’t ask for payment but they will certainly ask for a small donation after they’ve let the bird rest on your shoulders.

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Chad decided to climb this big rock while on our way to see the famous pets of the governor.

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I saw about six of these cuties. I kept calling them kitty in this video because they look so cuddly and cute, like domestic cats. They must be extremely bored and sad; these animals should be in the wild with their own kind, not in cages.

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We also went to see Playa de Oro beach, which is only 10 minutes away from the city. Our travels are incomplete without the beach, you see. The place is very underdeveloped, which is good in my opinion. I saw some trash lying around near the shore though. 🙁 And I think promoting it for tourism will only hurt it.

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Tropapips. Little kids watching the waves, taken by Chad

Chad in Playa de Oro beach photo by me

Chad left for the States a couple of days ago. I’m sad to be honest with you, which kind of explains why I’ve not been posting anything for the past weeks. I’ve been with him almost everyday during his 8-month stay in the country, but I guess every good thing has an end. It’s just temporary in our case, though. We’ll see each other in a year or two. We’ve done this long-distance relationship thing before. We survived it, and I see no reason for it not to work this time.

Photos taken by me using a Canon AE-1 film camera and Solid Gold ISO 200

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Vigan

So here’s the long-delayed ootd+travel post. I shared in my earlier posts that my boyfriend and I traveled to Vigan, Ilocos Sur immediately after the holy week.  We knew the place would be filled with tourists during the said week, so we decided to go there a little later.

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Since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to go to Vigan. I remember being inspired by our HEKASI (history and culture) books and amazed by how beautiful our tourist destinations are. But because I came from a poor family, we did not have opportunities to travel. I clearly remember being envious of my classmates who could afford our school’s annual trips.

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I told myself that when I’m employed and more capable of traveling, I will go to historic places as well as tourist destinations found in my old school books. With Chad’s help, I saw Zambales, Daet, La Union, Baler, and now Vigan. My next destinations would probably be Corregidor Island, Palawan, and Cebu. I’m crossing my fingers that I get to be in these places before the year ends, but I digress.

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I love being with Chad because he’s spontaneous and very adventurous. I used to be a pretty uptight person, but after a few months of dating I noticed myself becoming more calm and cool about things. I’m even enjoying skimboarding and climbing now; a few years ago, you won’t see me doing those things.

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We learn a lot from each other, and it also helps that we both love to travel. We enjoyed Vigan immensely and you will know why in a few days. I have allotted a separate post for the trip. Chad and I used our Canon AE-1 and Rebel G film cameras for the pictures and they turned out really nice. 🙂

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Thrifted multicolor dress | Marikina-made wedges | Crown ring and headband from bazaar

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By far this is the best photo of us during the trip. We were all smiles for the date picture at Hidden Garden, and so was our photographer. I thought he just found us cute, apparently his friend was photobombing behind us. HAHA best photo ever.

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Summer Solstice

Chad and I kickstarted our first summer together by travelling to Vigan and La Union. He took me to La Union late last year, but since we love the place, we had to visit again for some surf and skimboard sesh.

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It has become unbearably hot this year so I decided to stay in for a while and went out after the heat died down a bit. La Union is no ordinary beach, it’s the surfing capital of the Philippines so you can imagine how strong the waves are there. So yeah, I didn’t wear this bikini top while aboard a longboard (well I did until it began slipping off—the horror!). I changed into a rash guard, which you will see later in the video (below), to prevent more embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions.

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But being me, I had to enjoy the scenery first before diving in, and take advantage of the opportunity by wearing a quirky outfit. I am easily entertained at the beach—there’s just so many things to feel and look at: the people, the waters, the decorations, etc. The best thing about La Union is that people do care for the beach. They hold clean ups regularly, so you will seldom see trash lying around, which is a good thing. There’s nothing wrong about promotion and tourism as long we also know our responsibilities both as locals and tourists. The world has provided us with beautiful places, it is our duty as inhabitants to take care of it. Come back soon for more posts and photos! 🙂

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 Boutique de Reines bikini top | Clothes for the Goddess skort | SM GTW scarf used as headband

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