The previous rainy week got me enervated. The sun smiles on Ilocos again. Cruised to Bangui to catch some rays and clean air.
The windmill souvenir stalls by the dirt road leading to the wind farm are increasing over time. Now they also have a whole gamut of natural wood home furnishings. A good sign for tourism, but a bad sign if we talk about responsible attitudes toward the environment.
There’s this cafe near the southern end of the windmills named Kangkang Windmill Cafe. The name Kangkang never fails to elicit laughter from Tagalog-speaking visitors. (For the clueless, look it up in the Urban Dictionary.) Kangkang is actually the name of the sitio (part of the barangay) where the Kangkang Windmill Cafe is situated.
The cabana is a fine area within the expanse.  Good coffee made from Sagada, Kalinga and Benguet beans are the specialties of the house. They serve up hot as well as iced coffee brews. Filipino meals are available for the heavy eaters. For those wanting to explore the Ilocano cuisine, you can choose from dinardaraan, poqui-poqui, dinengdeng, pinakbet, igado and longaniza.

I sampled their fresh buko shake and longa burger made of Ilocos longaniza. The shake was bracing, but the longaniza sandwich lacked zest. I guess they could use mayonnaise with pickle relish instead of the mayo-ketchup dressing or add up a heaping of chopped red onions.Taking the lead with the iconic windmills, government and the denizens of Ilocos Norte should consistently strive for a harmonious relationship with nature, I hope
Stopped by Diriqui, Pasuquin, for baraniti on my way back to Laoag.


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Here’s a little map from wikipedia.org to guide you if you’re a first time visitor in my hometown. I don’t think the incomplete signage on J.P. Rizal cor. Gen. Segundo Ave. will help if your destination is beyond Bacarra. (Kalerky naman!)

Here’s the list of towns as you head further up north from Laoag City.

  • Bacarra
  • Pasuquin
  • Burgos
  • Bangui
  • Dumalneg (It’s easy to spot the Dumalneg Rd. sign somewhere in Bangui.)
  • Pagudpud
  • Adams (Enter the Adams Rd. located in Brgy Pansian in Pagudpud)
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The beauty of the human mind…

Bulu River

“Everyone alive has those ‘hopes and dreams’ that seem really far-fetched and just so totally wild that we almost know it would be a million-to-one chance that we’ll attain that specifice dream. Winning the lottery. Discovering a cure for cancer. Being the first person to drive a Porche on the moon. You know what I mean. But, we also have those “attainable dreams” that we KNOW for a fact we can achieve. Take a trip to Maui. Spend a week on a cruise to Alaska. Become a teacher – a molder of dreams. Do it!!!! What is holding you back? Go for it, and have the time of your life! And, while you’re at it…..share your enthusiam with others so that they are prompted to follow their dreams, too!” ~an inspiring quote from my latest Flickr contact, Sicilian Italiano (rain)’s