My Ilocos Experience (Day3)

Posted: August 11, 2012 in Blog, Travel
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Third day of my experience brings me to VIGAN and its nearby places.

Woke up around 5:30am and prepared to meet the group at the lobby of Grandpa’s Inn and by 7:00am we went to the plaza to eat breakfast. The place beside the plaza called Sinanglaoan sa Plaza where there are stalls lines up with tables and chairs in between where you could order your food and sit down to eat (turo-turo style). There is the usual orders of pancit, miki and lugaw and their specialty ilocano soup or SINANGLAO which is only served in the morning and made up freshly butchered beef innards. It is served in a bowl in big slices and in front of you are sliced into bite size pieces which tasted like pinapaitan and adding sukang ilocos and pait (bile) changes the flavor and with siling labuyo to make it spicy which is eaten with rice. After tasting the sinanglao I would really go back for more but this soup should be eaten hot because if it cools down you could see the fat accumulating in the spoon.

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After breakfast, we headed our way to bornayan famous for its pottery and pot making where mang constantino (the most photographed pot maker) showed us how to shape pots, with more that 30yrs of experience he shapes pots with ease and finesse and looking at him amazes me on how concentrated he works and could be a contestant in EAT BULAGA’s Kagat Labi.

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Further down, is the place called HIDDEN GARDEN. The name puzzles me because if a lot of people knows the place it would not be hidden any more but anyway, hidden garden is a place where there are lots and lots of plants and I think almost all kinds of plants even bonsais and herbs. After going around we stayed in a spot inside the garden where they serve merrienda like bibinka, fruit shakes and halo-halo. I chose the halo-halo and tasted so good.

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Going back to the plaza we rode the calesa going around and stopping at Crisologo Street to buy some pasalubong and souvenirs.

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After pasalubong buying headed back to the hotel to freshen up, eat lunch and check-out of the hotel. Lunch was at Grandpa’s Inn which includes a dish called PUKI-PUKI (eggplant mixed with eggs) which really tastes good.

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Next destination is Chavit’s BALUARTE and need I say more! With birds and other animals free roaming the place would really appeal to the kids which there are a lot which is part of their field trip, and a part closed to the public and with MAHJONG tiles on the gate with the 2,5 and 8 tiles on it.

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After baluarte went back to vigan and bought more pasalubong then traveled south to candon. At CANDON we bought some candon suman and chichacorn as pasalubong and passed by old churches including Santa Lucia Church with its big dome

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After Ilocos is the province of La Union, and in Sto. Tomas we bought some dried fish and the owner cooked some and let us tasted the different types of dried fish. As stop over at Chowking in Saitan, La Union where we ate dinner then proceeded back to manila passing through Pangasinan, Tarlac, SCTEX, NLEX and final stop was at Mcdonald’s EDSA/Quezon Ave. where we said our good byes and me headed home.

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Thanks to my group mates and TRAVEL ADVOCATE for making this a wonderful experience and would like to experience it again…

Till the next trip, see you
HAPPY TRAILS!!!

My next destinatio is the Laid Back Island of Cagbalete

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