Kapurpurawan Rock Formation Site and Bantay Abot Cave in Ilocos

We’ve been to so many beautiful sites in Ilocos, but my top two favourites were the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation site and Bantay Abot Cave. We dropped by both sites on our way back to Laoag, where our B & B was, from Maira Ira Beach in Pagudpod.  Kapurpurawan Rock Formation site is in Burgos, while Bantay Abot Cave is located in Barangay Baloi. (READ: Getting to know Ilocos in 3 Days) I’m not exactly geographically adept, so I can’t tell you how to go there, but I think that it’s along the way to Pagudpud where the Blue Lagoon is. […]

Continue Reading

The Food of Ilocos – Fully Housewifed

One of the things that we want to do when we do family trips is to eat the food. There’s so much to learn about the culture of the people living in a place when you eat their food. Food can sometimes be identified with people. For instance, we all know that Bicolanos love spicy ginataan (coconut cream) dishes, Bulalo is a popular dish in Tagaytay and Batanggas, Laguna is known for their buco pies, and Chicken Inasal is best served in Bacolod. And we all know, Ilocos is known for many traditional dishes that grace our tables often. (READ: […]

Continue Reading

The Historical Churches and Bell Towers of Ilocos

Our Ilocos trip included visits to a handful of historical churches and bell towers, such as The Paoay Church, the Bantay Bell Tower, Bacarra church, the Sinking Bell Tower, and the St. Paul Cathedral. There really must be something about growing up because I never used to see how beautiful these old structures were until only recently when I’ve learned their stories. And they’re pretty interesting stories, too! For example, they said that looking out a window of the Bantay Bell Tower, they used to see the favorite ”tagpuan” (date) place of Philippine revolutionists, Diego and Gabriela Silang. (READ: The […]

Continue Reading

Getting to know Ilocos in 3 Days

Three years ago, Jay and I took the kids on a long trip for the first time. It was a successful trip for us and our children, so since then, we’ve made it a goal to take the kids on an out-of-town trip around New Year’s Eve. If it were possible, Jay and I would have planned month-long family trips like a family we know, but well, a week is good, five days is not bad, three days — well, it turns out, three days can be fun and memorable, too, as we have experienced in our recent trip to […]

Continue Reading

Celebrating Lukas’ 10th Birthday at Sofitel Manila

We were gifted with an overnight stay at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila for our anniversary last March. We decided to use it to celebrate Lukas’ 10th birthday as a family. It would be our gift for him and we hope that it would serve to be a reminder to him that God hears even the simplest requests of his young heart. He wanted to swim with friends and treat them, too, but we couldn’t grant it right away. So, we told him about booking a room at Sofitel where we will have access to the pool. I asked him, ‘‘would […]

Continue Reading