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. […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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An Unhurried Christmas

My husband, Jay, and I have always wanted to have a more relaxed, unhurried Christmas celebration with our kids, and this year, we decided to do just that. To be able to accomplish this, we kept our list of extracurricular activities to a bare minimum, which was the practical thing to do, considering that my work break started only on the 20th and Jay’s, on the 23rd. The kids also had their Ballet Recital last December 15, and the weekends leading to it were quite hectic. Our Christmas Traditions as a family will have to start after the kids’ show, […]

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