Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Road Trip

How can Scud be rewarded for enduring a 6-hour wait on a bus terminal plus a 16-hour bus ride including at least 4 stopovers and 2 bus transfers? How can Scud be rewarded for enduring a day of travel without a decent meal? How can Scud be rewarded for sustaining himself with junk food, which he has not done in years, while waiting patiently for bus rides in waiting sheds?

Well, he only gets to ride on a tricycle driven by a drunk driver on a dark, curvy and sloping road to a parabolic-shaped beach. He only gets to hop on and off buses to get to the next destination just like in the movies. He only gets to have himself photographed with waves almost as tall as him. He only gets to gawk at imposing three-pointed windmills. He only gets on a rocky tricycle ride to an I-can’t-believe-this-exists-in-the-Philippines rock formation eroded and sculpted by time. He only gets to walk the dark and damp streets of Vigan at night searching for the Heritage Village .

In short, Scud gets to explore five awesome sites on a single Sunday in September. He is rewarded with what he now calls his best road trip experience of the year. No, scrap that. Make it of his twenty-something life. That feat is no small thanks to Dong Ho, Lawstude, and Lantaw who know the best places to visit in Ilocos Norte, the province located right smack on the northern tip of the Philippine map.

For the next few weeks Scud will be featuring a series on Ilocos Norte. He actually has written rough drafts but it will take him days to edit and rewrite. He may segue a few times in between posts to write on other stuff since his blog thrives on unpredictability, a hodgepodge of topics.

Here is a sneak preview.





17 comments:

DRAKE said...

Mukhang kay ganda ganda naman dyan sa Ilocos, paradise pre!

medyo mahilig ka talaga sa nature pre!try mo batanes ganda dun pre mababait pa ang mga tao.

Sonia said...

Puchiks.wow.

I love it! Welcome back, C.!

engel said...

can i just say wow?!!!

Photo Cache said...

all worth the long travel and all the hassles associated with it.

great sneak peek.

len said...

My family and I plan to go there sometime. And with those pictures I'm dying to go there NOW.

Sa Philippines iyan! :-)))

Random Student said...

YOu finally did it -- went there where you had to get your peace of mind. Tama naman, i-share mo lang ang mga nakita mo.

theLastJedi said...

' wheeww,, breath taking.. paradise on earth talaga..

The Scud said...

drake > next trip ko batanes. pag-iipunan muna. mahal pamasahe. :D

doc > you noticed i was gone for over a week. blogger's block. hehe...

The Scud said...

engel > wow talaga. highly recommended ni scud.

photo cache > worth it talaga. i joined the trip without asking kung saan kami sa ilocos pupunta.

The Scud said...

len > sa summer ka na punta. di mo ma-appreciate ang dagat kung maulan.

random student > di ako nakapagmuni-muni dun. hectic ang sked. haha.

The Scud said...

last jedi > paradise on earth nga. sa pinas pa yan.

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Ang ganda pala diyan. Ngayon ko lang nakita yan ah. :)

The Scud said...

grace > madaming magagandang tanawin sa pinas. kulang lang sa promotion.

Raft3r said...

ang sarap
kaso di ka nakapagtennis
hehe

i guess you can't have your cake and eat it too

laro na tayo kasi!

jayclops said...

whew! i want to see those windmills. i went to banaue-sagada last last week and gravely thinking of ilocos norte as my next adventure trip! wohoo!

The Scud said...

rat3r, saka na pag-malupit na ako. haha.

The Scud said...

jayclops, buti nkapag-sagada ka na. are you by any chance now working in manila?