In transit: From Ilocos to Palawan

Typhoon Mina was heading towards Northern Philippines while some friends, my love and I were en route to Central Philippines – Puerto Princesa City – in the largest province of the Philippines, Palawan, known as  “Last Frontier” for its mega diversity.Beaming with pride at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 as I look towards the huge photo of paradisiacal Pagudpud, a part of my home province.

quick fix.

The trip from Laoag was wet and long. Grabbed a cup of coffee and a decent sandwich at CafeFrance, formerly Delifrance.

my smoked salmon on ciabatta.

Boarding time was several minutes early. The full Philippine Airlines Airbus 340 took off on time amidst drizzle in Manila. Yehey, the sun’s up in Palawan! Stoked to explore its world-class beauty. Lucky Palaweños for a tyhoon-free home (except for the northernmost part).

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The beach vacation checklist

Saud Beach Resort, Saud Cove, Pagudpud

Kapuluan Vista Resort, Sitio Banniaran, Balaoi, Pagudpud

Pagudpud is one of the best beach destinations in the Philippines. There’s Saud and Malingay Coves, both white sand beaches with crystal-clear blue waters. Surfers have to check out the point breaks right across the Kapuluan Vista Resort.

Summer Checklist


I’ve posted a beach essentials checklist before. You can print it for your coming beach holiday.

Don’t forget the camera! There are nifty cameras out in the market today. If you want instant photos, Fuji has brought back Polaroid-like cameras with the Instax and the Instax Mini. There’s also the Polaroid PoGo, a full-featured digital cam with integrated printer. If you want moderately-priced waterproof cams, either the Canon D10 or the Lumix TS1 look tough. I’ve tried disposable underwater cameras before. Kodak Max Sport produces great results. There’s also the Fujifilm Quick Snap Waterproof. If you want professional looking photos, I recommend a Nikon D90 which I’ve been using for almost 2 years now. I’m not a pro photographer, but, at least, it makes me look like one. When I need to be close to the water, I just put my D90 inside a DICAPac Waterproof SLR Case. It amazingly protects my cam while taking cool photos with vignetting like effects.

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Holy Week Sightings: KA-BLOG’s Mico Aytona, sandboarding and other bloggables on Ilocos sand

3/31/2010 Mico Aytona shoots an episode for GMA Kapuso’s Ka-Blog, a teen magazine show. The Laoag Sand Dunes sandboarding/off-roading feature is scheduled to air on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 9:00 AM.

“Astig!!!!” was all he could utter after driving the mean machine on his own. Overwhelmed, perhaps.

Sandboarding, the new board sport on sand to try in Ilocos! Developed by the LEAD Movement.

A ladybugged tourist. I think she got ’em from here.

Chucked… or Converts? One and the same. Laid-back chic personified.

Now they can wear their scarves, which were ubiquitous on the streets  in 2007.

Fashionable size… MINI! Ewww, if you bring the whole bottle!!!!!

4/2/2010 I spotted the roving Havaianas team 🙂 They ended giving me one of those flip-floats.

Fit and fab Alma Oida in surfing mode. Surfing lessons in Kapuluan Vista Resort, anyone?

The most adorable reusable water bottle I spotted at the beach. It belongs to Red Dot’s fashion guru, Me-Ann Cua Macaraeg. It’s from Pylones (pronounced pee-lone), her fave store for the cutest knickknacks.

Photography gear envy! I have to get a DiCAPac SLR Pack Waterproof Camera Case for myself, too.

One of these surfboards belongs to ABS-CBN kapamilya Jericho Rosales.

Or, maybe, one of these. Surf’s up photos of Echo. *inserts* I had to check… he was on a purple one.

Henna tattooing by Tattoo de Iloco found at the Villa del Mar beachfront in Saud, Pagudpud.

Skin art masterpiece by no less than Janer Santos, The Premier Tattooist of the North, a PhilTAG member.

The leading handy phone dealer in Ilocos Norte, Vertext, also set camp in Villa del Mar. Mixing business with pleasure 🙂

I overheard that kapamilya  Enchong Dee and Victor Basa were on the other side of the Saud Beach stretch. Promise to post photos if Ericke was lucky.

Wishin’ you all a happy Easter and a bright summer!

Sandboarding Contact #s 0919-873-5516 / 0932-358-7521. P2500/hour – maximum of 4 persons/jeep. Price includes 4×4 & sandboarding adventure.
Janer Santos Tattoo de Iloco contact # 09203466607
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