The Best of Ilocos : Must-try Foods

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Ilocos Region, Philippines – You haven't been to Ilocos unless you've tried authentic Ilocano dishes.  Known for being thriftiest people in the Philippines, Ilocanos keep their food simple but impressive. Their cuisine only use the ingredients that are abundant in their surroundings but delivers distinct flavors! These flavors are brought by using bagoong (shrimp sauce) and Ilocano vinegar and garlic. Below are our few personal favorites: …

Architectural Landmarks: Ilocos, Philippines

Sightseeing: Must-See Places of Vigan


Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines – From Pagudpud we traveled down south to cover the rest of our itinerary. This includes the areas near the boundary of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. From old churches to ancestral houses, zoo, museum and cobble-stoned street – Vigan all have it, no wonder the city is dubbed as one …

Sightseeing: Must-See Places of Pagudpud

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines – If the Day 1 of our Ilocandia trip was mostly about old churches and Marcos memorabilia, our Day 2 was all about the unspoiled natural beauty of northern part of Ilocos Norte – from sea to falls, rocks to sands and more. [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m47!1m12!1m3!1d484407.07112541614!2d120.59100076151621!3d18.46416081946519!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!4m32!1i0!3e0!4m5!1s0x338ec620c9b943f5%3A0xa50abd1e3c08024d!2sLaoag+City%2C+Ilocos+Norte%2C+Philippines!3m2!1d18.1960128!2d120.5926679!4m5!1s0x338ecb7cc5a05575%3A0x650dd58af3f55a09!2sPasuquin!3m2!1d18.333333!2d120.61666699999999!4m5!1s0x3389316a80d4c545%3A0xfc64d9081bfce9fc!2sBurgos!3m2!1d18.516111!2d120.64611099999999!4m5!1s0x33892e54b6917a3d%3A0x8b9bf3d508acf0b3!2sBangui!3m2!1d18.512734299999998!2d120.7349584!4m5!1s0x338927491180a9df%3A0xb5f6f482da8bac79!2sPagudpud!3m2!1d18.587467699999998!2d120.8220827!5e0!3m2!1sen!2smy!4v1425397218893&w=600&h=450] First stop of the day, Pasuquin Salt Making stalls. It …

Sightseeing: Must-See Places of Laoag

Paoay Sand Dunes

Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines – This is where our travel-back-in-time weekend began. As mentioned on the earlier post, we left Manila at around 9 PM and arrived the next day at the city center of Laoag at 6AM. Yes, we started the tour right after we arrived! We were both too busy to fix everything ourselves …

Travel Itinerary 3D/2N: Weekend in Ilocos


Ilocos, Philippines – Hurray to the newly hailed wonder city of the world! As most of you didn’t know, I, Sheila, have an Ilocano blood. My roots, both sides, are from the Northern Philippines, Ilocos and Cagayan Region. Thus, I’m really proud and happy when I heard the news that Vigan City, Ilocos Sur is one …

The Zambales’ Phoenix: Anawangin Cove Attractions

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Anawangin Cove, Zambales, Philippines - No wonder why Anawangin is becoming one of the hottest destinations for engagement sessions. Celebrities like third runner-up Miss Universe Shamcey + husband Lloyd Lee and Coach Rio + wife Nicole are some of the couples who chose the pristine and secluded beauty Anawangin as their backdrop for their prenup photos. Like …

Ending 2013 in Anawangin Cove, Zambales

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ANAWANGIN COVE, ZAMBALES, PHILIPPINES - Dreaming of spending a weekend secluded in an island, surrounded with lush green trees, majestic mountain range, scenic river, and a pristine beach? Tada! Anawangin is the place to be! As most of you don't know, we are IT professionals based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I'm sure all Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) …