06 December 2012. The day we visited the Ilocos Province as part of my youngest daughter’s school tour. Initially, I was hesitant to allow her to go. Thinking that the place was too far. The long travel would just make her dizzy and tired and would not be able to enjoy the trip.
However, we haven’t been there. It’ll be great visiting popular places there. Though, we come from Luzon, our province Nueva Ecija, is still too many provinces away to Ilocos. Besides, I don’t wanna miss the little kid’s chance of touring with her classmates. And, for all our travels, I admire her endurance -never gets dizzy on travels, never complains on long walks -as soon as there’s drinks and foods
So, mother and daughter embark on the Northern region trip. Since travel is too far, the school set that we depart our place 10 in the evening (05 December). The Genesis bus left the meeting place at around 10:30 PM and I soon find myself going into accompanied by stomach cramps. I don’t know what happened to me that evening. Must be because I hadn’t taken my dinner before the travel.
By the time we set foot at Vigan, (I missed the bridge that the tour guide was showing because I can hardly move from my seat^_^), it was 5:30 in the morning (6 hours of travel from our place to reach Vigan). Mommies/friends told me to eat something, I never did, except for a cup of coffee. I was afraid food that I might take would just go all out when we travel again for Ilocos Norte.
Yes, our first destination was to reach Ilocos Norte (Bangui) by morning then we get back to Vigan (Ilocos Sur)in late afternoon. So, after a quick stop at a gas station in Vigan, we again boarded the bus en route to the north. Travel time from Vigan to Bangui, Ilocos Norte was 3 1/2 hours. Those were the longest frustrating travel hours I ever had. My stomach is rumbling (felt like puking), nausea enveloped my whole me. I felt bad I missed the view of the Burgos Lighthouse when we did stopped just off the road going to Bangui. The kids were thrilled seeing the waves off Bangui Bay. While most mommies are busy capturing photos of the Bay, I was like I was shipwrecked in my seat!
I heard more Ahhs and Ohhs as soon as the first of the wind turbines came in view. I brave to hold my legs because I don’t want to miss the beach view and the wind farm. And, gee! I felt proud over my small companion who’s as equally excited as the other kids in the bus. She even asked me to just stay in the bus so that I could rest. But, I needed the fresh air. I knew that was all I needed for my dizziness to shoo away. Gladly, it did.
9:30 in the morning at the wind farm off the coast of Bangui Bay felt like a typhoon is looming. The wind is in full blast. As soon as we reach the shore, sea water was blowing incessantly unto our faces. Sky was grey and cloudy. Good thing it didn’t rain.
After munching on a sandwich and swallowing anti-dizziness tab, I joined the kids and the mommies gaily exploring the place…
Hello South China Sea. Hello Ilocos Norte. Hello Bangui Bay. (Please bear with these iPod shots…)
The kids were trying to catch the waves. It was too huge (and angry!), it was nearly impossible to get farther off the water.
We just let the kids simply play in the sand, build castles…
…while we clicked on…
I had to have this picture with those towering wind turbines behind me. I travel thousand kilometers and get nauseated and puked more than two times just to get here ^_^
And, I mean, huge! Look at the diameter of the wind turbine. The kids dwarfed in that 6-diameter 50-meter high turbine body.
There’s 20 units of these wind turbines spanning 9-kilometer off the shoreline off Bangui Bay. They are arranged aesthetically and facing the South China Sea. These turbines helped to provide electricity to the northern Ilocos Region.
Such towering and useful giants!
And since we couldn’t keep one to bring down here in Nueva Ecija^_^ there’s miniature ones which tourists can buy as souvenirs. Cottages (nipa houses) lined up the shores selling food items, shirts and more…Prices for those miniature wind turbines are 40 pesos a piece for smaller one and 60 pesos a piece for those bigger models. Shirts are affordable at 150 pesos bearing the wind farm design.
If you happen to be looking for vacation destination this summer, try trekking the Northern tip of the Philippines. Start from La Union. Or, if you happen to grow tired of the beaches of La Union, and wanting to experience some place else, include Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte in your next summer plans. We missed going to Pagudpud (an hour travel from Bangui) because it’s not in the tour itinerary.
After a two-hour stay mesmerizing the beauty of the wind farm, off we boarded the bus again for more sightseeing…the churches of Ilocos, the Malacanang of the North, the burial site of Marcos in Batac and the Vigan City Walk.
PS. If you decide on a nature adventure this summer, try discovering the breathtaking views of Mount Pulag and journey to its magnificent sea of clouds. Truly, Northern Philippines is a haven for nature lovers.