Legoland Malaysia Nov 2017

From Jalan Pudu, we hopped on the Legoland bus and cruised for 4hrs until we reached our destination… Legoland Malaysia in Johor Baru.

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First, we checked the Legoland theme park and tried the following rides and attractions :

Lego Technic – Aquazone Wave Racers,

 

Lego Star Wars Miniland

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Lego Kingdoms – The Royal Joust,

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Dragon’s Apprentice,

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And The Dragon.

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Then, we went to The Lego Hotel and checked-in.

 

 

We danced inside the elevator disco,

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got amazed with our Ninjago-themed room

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and Marco got ecstatic when he solved the clues and opened the treasure chest, revealing 3 kinds of lego treats.

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Late in the afternoon, we went to the Legoland waterpark,

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got soaked and had a splashing fun time in the body and tube slides, namely, the Slide Racers,

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Wave Rider,

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Brick Blaster,

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Splash n’ Swirl, Tidal Tube, Twin Chasers, Splash Out, Red Rush and Joker Soaker.

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We then cooled down in the Lego Wave Pool after all the activities.

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On our 2nd day in Legoland, we started our day with a very colorful breakfast in The Bricks Cafe.

After, here was our theme park itinerary:

– Miniland


– Imagination – Observation Tower, Kids Power Tower , Lego studios

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– Lego City – Driving school, LEGO Rescue academy, Boating school, Legoland express, Lego city stage


– Land of Adventure – Pharaoh’s Revenge, Lost Kingdom Adventure, Dino Island


– Lego Ninjago World – Lego Ninjago The Ride

Another #teammartires memories built and saved in our hearts. See you later KL!

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Sunway Lagoon Malaysia Oct 29-30, 2017

The first part of our Malaysia escapade brought us to Sunway Lagoon in Subang Jaya, Selangor. Composing of 6 major attractions, we had 2 days to explore the whole theme park.

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In the Waterpark, we had the chance to glide, slide and splash, alongside with the twists and turns in the Cameroon Climb,

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African Python,

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Congo Challenge,

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VuVuzela,

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and Waterplex 5D.

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After, we chilled in the surf beach.

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Next stop was the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon, which is the first Nickelodeon- themed land in Asia. We tried the Spongebob splash adventure,

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Primeval

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and Jungle Fury.

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On our second day, first on our list was the Scream Park. The four of us waited in line for 40 minutes. Then we were ushered in the receiving area for the orientation. It was a walk through a horror house where the ghostbusters fight the ghosts, aswangs and other kinds of zombies. When it was time to enter the house, an aswang peered outside the door and scared us, and so, Mommy Leah and Marco decided not to join the “tour” while the bravest of them all, Daddy Moby and Issa went inside and were welcomed by all types of monsters, zombies and ghosts that you can imagine! What a fright!

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Moving on, we went to the Amusement Park and tried the Colorado splash,

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Grand Canyon river rapids,

and crossed Malaysia’s longest suspension bridge.

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Right next to the amusement park is the Wildlife Park, and so we visited a host of exotic animals including the majestic white lions Zola & Zuri, cottontop tamarin, pygmy marmosets, meerkats, prairie dogs, miniature horses, otters, sun bears, panthers, tigers, eagles, hornbills, peacocks, pythons and more.

We missed the activities in the Extreme Park such as bungee jumping, flying fox and g-force because of our limited time but nevertheless, our adventure in Sunway lagoon filled our hearts and minds with endless endorphins and tighter family bond.

Batanes, Philippines April2015

Our early morning arrival in Basco Batanes was the perfect start to a perfect trip because we were welcomed by Fundacion Pacita.

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A picturesque nature lodge, it’s built on top of a hill surrounded by the best sea and mountain view that nature has to offer. We got a big Ivatan-inspired suite for our family.

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After lunch, we headed to Basco town and explored the following places:
•Boulder Beach in Chanpan Valugan

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• WWII Japanese Hideout/Tunnel

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• Basco Idjang Viewing

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• Mt. Carmel Chapel

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• Vayang Rolling Hills

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• Lighthouse in Naidi Hills

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On our second day, we went to San Vicente port and took the Faluwa ride going to the Sabtang Island. It was a 25 minute “wavy” ride where the West Philippine sea meets the Pacific ocean.

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The following were the places we visited in Sabtang:

•St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel

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• Sinakan Stone Houses

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• Brgy. Savidug Stone Houses

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• Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint

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• Sta. Rosa De Lima Chapel

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• Ahaw (Natural Limestone Arc Formation) in Morong Beach

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Upon returning to Batan, we had snacks at the Honesty coffee shop, wherein you pay for what you consume, on a trust basis. Nobody mans the shop. You just write your bill on a notebook and drop your payment in their cash box.

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‪Shortly, thereafter, dinner was a sumptuous traditional Ivatan spread.

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Our third and last day was a visit to the charming South Batan area. Here, we explored the following places:

• Paderes Point and Cliff Road

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• Chawa Viewing Deck

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• Mahatao Boat Shelter Port

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• San Carlos Borromeo Church

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• Mahatao Spanish Lighthouse

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• Alapad Hills and Rock Formation

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• House of Dakay

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• White Beach

 

Our Batanes trip was truly a memorable one. A peaceful respite where nature is a symbol of God’s big smile here on earth.

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Baler, Philippines March2015

Last 2015, we went on a long road trip to Baler. The scenery of mountains, trees and all greens felt like a good shower for the soul… A meditation on its own.

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Our visit to The 600yr old balete tree,

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Ditumabo Mother Falls

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and Dicasalarin cove

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was nature’s way of unfolding its presence in our children’s eyes. Though it was a rough climb to the mountains, crossing rickety bridges, passing through strong flowing rivers, and stepping on slippery big stones, amidst the nonstop rainshowers, our kids and their cousins extremely enjoyed the trails.

We then painted our first tans for 2015 by braving the large waves of Sabang beach. We are so happy to see our kids and their cousins learning how to surf so fast. Young limbs are really limber.

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Thailand, May2015

Moby and I have been in Bangkok many times but this trip was our first to traverse the other parts of Thailand with Issa and Marco. It was a wonderful trip touring the whole day for 3 days and always looking forward to going back to our hotel where happy hour was waiting for us.

 

First, we went to Pattaya and had fun under the sun at the Cartoon Network Amazone waterpark.

 

The next day, we splashed the water streets of the Damnoensaduak floating market and got ourselves some hat-and-fan-in-one.

 

Right after, our kids got the biggest shock of their lives when I told them that we will ride the elephants and tickets are non-refundable.

 

They were so scared but extremely enjoyed the experience. Mommy knows best, of course!

The elephant show in Sampran Zoo was entertaining as well and it made us understand the significant role of those animals in Thai history and culture.

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It was just so hot that we weren’t able to witness the wrestling match between crocodile and man and the Thai cultural show at the Sampran riverside garden.

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Our third day was spent going around Bangkok. We were awed by the Wat Pho,

 

 

The Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha.

 

Marco had a blast earning some bucks in Kidzania by becoming a sushi chef,

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surgeon,

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dentist,

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firefighter,

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Honda car dealer/designer

 

and construction worker,

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while Issa , as always, got busy shopping.

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Later in the evening, we went cruising at the Chaophraya river and witnessed the City of Bangkok so alive with its night lights and sights.


Before, I loved Thailand, especially Bangkok, because it made me and my sisters what we are today… Now, I love it more than ever because of the odyssey it brought to my family.

Stepping Back in Time at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar: Bataan, Philippines (June2015)

“Travel is a caprice in childhood, a passion in youth, a necessity in manhood, and an elegy in old age – Los Viajes by Jose Rizal”.

A 3 hour drive from Manila, our journey to this heritage resort was the cherry on top of our summer 2015.

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We were received at Casa Mexico and had an easy check-in at the executive suite of Paseo De Escolta ( many thanks to Asia Travel for the upgrade).

 

The building is a replica of the strip of commercial structures typical of Escolta buildings in Manila. We had 3 floors all to ourselves.

 

During our stay, Moby and I had our nostalgic moments as we both exchange stories of our summer vacations in our grandparents’ house in Bulacan and Bataan, respectively.

We joined the heritage tour which features Casa Baliuag,

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Casa Cagayan,

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Casa Candaba,

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Casa Jaen,

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Casa Lubao,

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Casa Luna,

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Casa Bizantina,

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Casa Meycauayan,

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Casa Unisan,

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Casa Biñan (La Bella Teodora)

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and Casa Quiapo.

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This was followed by meryenda cena under the trees of Plaza Mayor de Tobias which was a fun and refreshing treat consisting of sago’t gulaman, bibingka galapong, puto bumbong and fishballs.

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Late in the afternoon, we watched the “Programa sa Plaza Atienza” showcasing folk dances like Maglalatik, Itik-Itik, Singkil, and Tinikling , among others.

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By this time, our tummies were dancing as well so we headed straight to Marivent Cafe for dinner. We had a yummy feast of Lechon Carajay, tortang talong and bistek tagalog. Verdict: 4/5 considering the taste, presentation, ambience and the price.

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Our second day was spent biking,

 

 

and playing sungka, pool, table tennis, and limborak.

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As usual, Mommy Leah got the most “pambubuska” by Daddy Moby, Issa and Marco.

It was indeed an epic experience.

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Friends, we highly recommend visiting the place… Our heritage… “Pride in the past…Hope for the future- Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar”.

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Fun Taiwan, Aug2015

On our first day, we went straight to south of Taipei… The Taipei Zoo

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and Maokong Village.

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We had Marco a.k.a “Kuya Kim”, as our navigator around the zoo. Our little boy was the one reading the map, telling us where to go and what to see.

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Noon time, we rode the Maokong gondola going to the Maokong Village.

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Upon arrival, we had our first “tastes” of taiwanese food:

rice noodles,

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tofu, oyster pancake

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giant fried chicken,

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tea ice cream,

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etc. etc. What a meal!

Not to worry about the calories because we burned everything by hiking through Maokong and exploring the tea houses.

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In the afternoon, while the kids slept, we went lights and lamps hunting at Ikea. Success!

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Later in the evening, we ate our way to Shilin night market.

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We had grilled beef steak cubes,

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grilled sausages,

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beef noodles,

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oyster misua,

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xiao long bao

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and candied strawberries.

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Party in our tummies!

On our second day, we went to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial hall which is surrounded by a park, and stands at the east end of Memorial Hall Square. The structure is framed on the north and south by the National theater and National Concert hall.

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Then off we went to the very famous Taipei 101, the 8th tallest building in the world.

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And we were speechless…

In the evening, we joined a free walking tour by “Tour Me Away”.

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We had a unique experience at the Longshan Temple,

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old buildings and alleys in the adjacent areas, and in the night market. We went back in time to 18th century Wanhua district where Taipei city was founded.

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Our last day was free and easy. Again, we went to Taipei 101, to the World Trade Center and had a stroll at Daan park where Marco had fun playing.

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We walked a lot because we were preparing for our dinner in… Din Tai Fung!!! Not to be missed when you’re in Taiwan! We had: pork xiao long bao,

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shrimp and pork dumplings,

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ground pork bun,

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noodles with minced pork,

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fried pork chops over fried rice

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and wrapped sticky rice with pork.

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What a feast!
Twas indeed Fun in Taiwan!

Guimaras, Philippines (2015)

Early morning today, we docked in Jordan wharf which is the point of entry to Guimaras.

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Morning was spent exploring the island. We visited the Smallest Plaza,

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Holy Family Hills,

Windmills,

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Trappist monastery

and Guisi 18th century light house.

Afternoon was swimming time in the island’s white beach.

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Before, heading back to Iloilo, we sampled the island’s famed and yummy mango pizza.

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Love the island life!

Iloilo, Philippines – The City of Smiles (2015)

The new Richmonde hotel Iloilo was our home for the next 4 days in our stay in Iloilo. Nice, hip and very clean.

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After checking in, we went to Plazuela de Iloilo and SM Mandurriao to do an ocular and plan our food adventure for the day.

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We chose Ted’s La paz batchoy for meryenda

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and Ponsion by Breakthrough and Maridel’s for dinner and dessert.

Our feast consists of aligue rice,

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baked oysters and scallops,

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sizzling kansi

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and bisaya chicken.

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For dessert, we had the frozen mango brazo.

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We then had a glimpse of Calle Real where we walked through the line of stores.

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Next, we went to Plaza Libertad

and San Jose de Placer church.

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Our second day was spent exploring the architectural treasures of Iloilo: the beautiful churches. We went to and pray in Tigbauan church(Latin American churriquesque),

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Guimbal church(spanish colonial style),

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the UNESCO world heritage site, Miag-ao church(baroque),

Jaro Cathedral (baroque and gothic)

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and
San joaquin cemetery chapel (baroque).

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On the way, we passed through UP Visayas.

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Our lunch was in Jarin farm.

Going back, we marveled at the beauty of Villa Arevalo.

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We also got nostalgic looking at the ancestral homes like the Molo white house, Nelly’s garden mansion and Old Jaro mansion.

Iloilo has indeed preserved our Spanish heritage through its architecture and form.

Ilocos Norte, Philippines – December 2015

Ilocos Norte: Currimao-Paoay-Batac-Laoag-Pagudpud

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To complete our Ilocos trip, we continued our travel up to the north. We stayed at Playa Tropical in Currimao, a Balinese themed resort.

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After we have settled, we visited Paoay church with its Baroque architecture,

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Marcos museum,

Paoay sand dunes

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and the grand Fort Ilocandia.

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Next day was spent exploring the Sinking bell tower,

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Cape Bojeador light house,

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Bangui windmills

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And finally, Saud beach in Pagudpud.

Twas a very long drive…. But truly worth it! We love Ilocos! #morefuninthephilippines