My Pangasinan Adventure
“Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul.” ~Jaime Lyn Beatty~
I am sitting in my cubicle when I heard my office mates discussing about our Summer Outing this year. And I can’t help but get too excited as we’re going up north this time to Pangasinan. It’s going to be different this year as we have been exploring the South for the past years. Our first stop is to revel in the beauty of the Hundred Islands.
What made it more thrilling to me is to find out that the Lighthouse of Bolinao, is included in our itinerary. Whoopee! As you know, I have been collecting Lighthouses and this will surely slash one from my list to visit. The Enchanted cave is included in the list too. =) I am not that fond of spelunking but this one is going to be definitely exciting. Something that is new to me.
So here’s how our itinerary goes:
LUNCH AT DE GARCIA GARDEN & GRILL
On our way to the resort, somewhere in Sual, we spotted this eclectic restaurant and opted to have our lunch here. We also enjoyed the artistic ambiance, looks like the owners are travelers too, and the food that they served us is okay too. =)
And then it’s time to unpack and look forward to the activities that we’re about to do in the next few hours.
HUNDRED ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK
The waters of the Lingayen gulf were clean and of bluish and greenish hue. As the roar of the boat’s engine started, all of us had fun witnessing the naturally beautiful islets that surround us.
There are 3 major islands that they converted as Tourist spots where you can have picnic as there’s a grilling area, restrooms, and rent kayaks and banana boats. Said islands are as follows: Quezon island, Governor island and Children’s island.
How nature lined up these emerald green islets are truly a breath-taking sight to behold.
We wouldn’t wanna miss this breath-taking ride! =) I lost (or we) my voice after.
Tucked in Patar, Bolinao is someplace enchanted. =) The Enchanted cave. We dipped in its’ super cold and clear water, and when they declared we’re leaving, I almost don’t wanna go. Not yet! =)
ST. JAMES THE GREAT PARISH CHURCH VISIT
Of course, we wouldn’t leave this town without saying some prayers. Moreso, thank Him for this wonderful trip with wonderful people and great food.
One of the highlights of this trip (Well, for me perhaps), is a visit to the second tallest lighthouse in the Philippines.
We also had the chance to squeeze in to see one of their beaches. The sands are so fine, not that white, but their so fine. =)
BOODLE FIGHT THE PANGASINENSE WAY
I just found this boodle fight prepared neatly, and I just tasted a very delicious version of “Pinakbet”.
Roughly, it took us 5 to 6 hours to get to Casa Almarenzo. This includes the stop-over we had for lunch.
We also had fun roaming around the town, had lunch in this cool restaurant where you will find a wide variety of viands to choose from. We also shop for the also famous Bolinao longganiza. =)
Pangasinan is truly one of the most interesting towns in the northern part of the Philippines. There’s actually more to see in Pangasinan, such as: Sunflower farm, Our Lady of Manaoag church, the beaches, beautiful falls, caves, their delicacies, to mention a few.