To the north, to the north

Pasuquin Bakery

Going up north, north of Laoag, translates to photo vomit. It starts with fresh biscocho from the Pasuquin Bakery and ends with “tres dulces” at Bergblick where you can savor bagnet prepared the professional Bavarian way by Chef Detlev Cotte. In between munches and de rigueur explication through the 7-hour northern exposure, at least if you’re with me, you will experience the highlights of the northern Ilocos coastline, yet there is more to thread — the max you can have due to time constraint.

Bakery TinapayPan de Mongo

-Pan de mongo

Pasuquin Biscocho

-A Manileño tourist discovers Pasuquin’s famous biscocho.

Pasuquin Bakery Soft BiscochoBurgos Coastline

-From the Cape Bojeador lighthouse, it is the Burgos coastline that beams at daylight.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, BurgosManuever: The spontaneity of Joshua Zamora

-Stumbling upon tall, lean and goodlooking Manuever, Joshua Zamora… spontaneity.

Manuever: In the frame with Joshua Zamora

-PGIN Tourism aide Arnel, who was with Joshua, was hesitant to disturb the dancer, but took the photo just the same when I wouldn’t settle for a paparazzi shot. (Thanks, Arnel!)

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

-My cool pack at the cultural heritage lighthouse, perched high on the Vigia de Nagparitan hill, first lit in March 30, 1892.

Red BrickVintage GateVerandahTerracottaWritings on the wallHoneymooners

-31st anniversary honeymooners on an Ilocos escapade.

Beyond the high voltage…

Restricted AreaTsika minute sa blogger

Tsika minute with tourists chilling around.

PeaceA rock beyond the thorns

  -The shrinking Kapurpurawan Rock Formation beyond the thorns.

5-Paysos Viewdeck

-5 pay-soses view deck for those who can’t hike to the white rock.

Framed Beach Scene

-At the Bangui Windmills area, cutting on a clean view.

Tilting at WindmillSunny Pagudpud

-Pagudpud white sand on my toes.

Pagudpud Sand

-China goes to Pagudpud:)

Bergblick  Deutsches RestaurantBergblick Deutsches Restaurant

– roadside Bergblick Deutsches Restaurant, Burayoc Point, Pagudpud.

Sauerkraut Platter

-The bomb! My sauerkraut platter, topped with homemade extrayummy-saltyish ham and Chef Detlev-sausage for the pack to share.

Three-Color PastaTuna PlatterBagnet prepared the Bavarian way

German bagnet for a change:)

Porkloin in Beer SauceThai Curry Chicken

-The awesomest, subtlest curried chicken I’ve had since a Bangkok tour.

Bergblick Pan

-The specialty of the house among other fine specialties — Bergblick Pan with cabbage roll, breaded pork, potatoes and sausage bathed in a special sauce!

And then the OMG butterscotch cake, creme brulee and crepe!!! Om nom nom nom.

Tres DulcesPhoto op with the Bergblick Couple

-The pack with the Cotte power couple of the house, Maritess and Chef Detlev.

Some photos by Marianne, Mike,  Peewee, Arnel and Reny
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A sigh of relief

What could be more migraine-inducing on an early Sunday morning than a thunderous blast of Jessie J’s Price Tag and Beyoncé’s Run The World (Girls) from a loudspeaker on the street right in front of my home. To escape the city’s cacophony, I opted to spend the day with the mister and friends up north.

We made brief stopovers at the Ablan mangroves and Cape Bojeador Lighthouse before settling in for an Ilocano lunch at the KangKang Windmill Cafe.We visited Manang Yolly of the Mekeni Palutuan opposite the tranquil Blue Lagoon. She whips up the best seafood meals around Maira-ira Beach. We’ve been her sukis from way back before resorts, homestays and beach cottage rentals mushroomed in the area.Letting our friend from Fujian, China, experience the unique treats Pagudpud has to offer, we brought him to Bergblick Deutsches Restaurant for spaghetti al funghi, crème brûlée, banana crêpes and Italian espresso. Not surprising, Chef Detlev Cotte got a nod of approval from the Chinese restaurateur.Before returning home to Laoag, we checked out the catch of the day at Gao-oa. The ice chest at the back of Marianne’s SUV came in handy for some lobsters, spanner crabs, squid and groupers we purchased. We went straight to Joan’s Pamulinawen Fiesta Resto to cook the haul. Boiled in Sprite, the crustacean meat came out so well..The exchange of stories highlighted the day. I speak very little Chinese while our friend speaks only Chinese. But because there are tsinoys in the group, we all managed not to get lost in translation. At times, the conversations were animated, bringing us smiles that broke into laughter.

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A Tale of Two Masterpieces

Faro Cabo Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, completed on the 30th of March, 1892

The image is part of the lens of the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, or the Burgos Lighthouse, perched on a hill in the quaint and lovely town of Burgos in Ilocos Norte. The structure is stunning, reminiscent of 19th century architecture. It is a National Historical Landmark and a Natural Cultural Treasure.

Leaves of Grass, From Montauk Point, a poem written by Walt Whitman in 1888

Eastward the sea absorbing,

viewing, (nothing but sea and sky,)

The tossing waves, the foam, the ships in the distance,

The wild unrest, the snowy, curling caps —

that inbound urge and urge of waves,

Seeking the shores forever.

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