Day 3 of Lakbay Norte 2b ends at Kapuluan Vista Resort in Ilocos Norte. While the group will continue on to Adams, this is my last stop with the group, as I need to fly back to Manila the following day. It was dark when we finally rolled into Mairaira, and we were all speculating just how bad the weather would be in the coming days, judging by the fierce winds.
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.
We woke up to a grey morning, and immediately, we started wondering if we will push through with the morning’s itinerary. Two hours after the original call time, we were out in the docks and boarding the banca (outrigger boat) for the nearly hour-long ride to Palaui Island.
When I was researching about my first solo trip back in 2006, I’ve come across several blogs and websites about volunteering. I got curious and clicked to read more about it, but instead of attaining enlightenment, I ended up even more curious. Why would people pay to work? Last February 19, thanks to Habitat for Humanity, I realize why.
Though I’m not a fan of hiking and trekking, this is one trek I just couldn’t say no to. Mount Pinatubo has considerably calmed down since its last major
hissy fit eruption in 1991. What was once the site of calamity is now a popular tourist destination, attracting outdoor enthusiasts to fearlessly hike and swim in the volcano’s crater lake.
Kalibo is known as one of the gateways to Boracay island. Bigger than the Caticlan airport, which is nearer the tiny island, the Kalibo International Airport can accommodate bigger aircrafts and chartered flights from Taiwan and South Korea.
While most tourists that pass through Kalibo only stay long enough to board a bus or van to Caticlan, there are those that head to this municipality every third weekend of January for the ati-atihan festival.
I’ve done those two, so when there was an opportunity to stay with a friend who lives in Kalibo, I quickly grabbed it.
Up until 2008, I’ve never set foot in Tagaytay. That changed in February 2008, and I found myself going back several times since. When Robinson’s Land gave me a complimentary stay at Summit Ridge, their hotel in Tagaytay I gladly took this as a great excuse to go back.
Not that I need much reason to go back — I’ve gone with friends up to Tagaytay on a whim and would go in a heartbeat. The place is overly commercialized and very touristy, but it’s only 2 hours from Manila (1.5 hours on a good day) and you get that much needed change in scenery (not to mention the cool mountain air).
Last weekend was my fifth visit to Baguio City, and the third one for 2010. My friend Hazel, my travel companion for this trip, was a first timer in Baguio, so I brought her to the usual haunts: Session Road, Camp John Hay, Mines View Park. We also went to places that I’ve never visited before: the Good Shepherd Convent and the Bell Church.