The weather remained gloomy, even when we got back to Sta. Ana. It was decided that we won’t head to Anguib Cove anymore, so our afternoon suddenly clears up. We head to our hotel for the night earlier than expected.
Another resort that used to be exclusive to Chinese nationals, Eastern Hawaii Casino Hotel and Resort in Sta. Ana Cagayan is opening up to local guests. Instead of one towering high rise, the rooms are spread out in several buildings not higher than 4-storey. The room assigned to me, Izah and Ms. Grace (from MNTC) was a spacious 2-bedroom suite. Each room as its own toilet, while the living room features a couch that seems to swallow you when you sit down and lulls you to sleep. There was a TV, but all I can get were Chinese channels. Of course, what endeared me more to our room (aside from the evil couch), was the strong Wi-Fi signal.
Since we had the afternoon off, we decided to go for a dip in the resort’s infinity pool. The resort actually offer other watersport activity, but that afternoon, we were content to just swim and nap. Breakfast the following morning was a mix of Filipino and Chinese staples. Longganisa, sunny-side up eggs, fried rice and fresh fruits at the Filipino table; congee and dim sum at the Chinese side.
We were headed west, to Ilocos Norte, making a stop at two coastal towns on the way. Our first stop was at the town of Buguey, at the El Presidente Beach Resort. Being the Crab capital of Cagayan Valley (maybe even the Philippines), we were treated to a lunch of their freshest catch and a tasting of the local lambanog.
Full from the crabby lunch, we dozed off inside the bus and woke up in Claveria, the last town before Ilocos Norte. This small fishing town has big plans to draw in the tourist. Zip line or no zip line, everyone in the group agreed that the beauty of Claveria’s Lakay-lakay beach is enough to get people to come in droves.
The skies was still a drab grey, but it did not hide the gorgeous views from the shore. The stunning rock formations Lakay-lakay, Baket-baket, Ubing-ubing makes this beach unique from any other beach I’ve seen. I’m heading back here when blue skies are guaranteed. Nothing like bad weather to ruin beach holidays. *grumble*