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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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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