19-21 August 2011. Ilocos Norte.
From the terminal in Pagudpud, Blue Lagoon is still a good 20 to 30 minute ride away by tricycle. We spent the long weekend of August in this breathtaking beach, with its blue waters, lush greens, and white sand. Think rainbow, and Blue Lagoon delivered. The waters in the early morning was calm, so it was ideal for a dip. By the middle of the afternoon, the waves lovingly kissed the shore, and the sound was very relaxing. Jas and I spent the early mornings and late afternoons savoring the relaxing environs.
One afternoon, we walked to the east side of the lagoon, which was deserted. We enjoyed the waters until the sun had set.
To the west side of the lagoon is the whitest sand I’ve ever seen in the area. There’s a small resort fronting the rocks, and as it was off-peak, no soul was in sight.
On our last day, we took a tricycle for a minimum fare of Php50.00 from the resort to the Barangay Police Outpost located along the highway. We waited for a bus to drop us in Laoag for our ride back home. We were able to board a bus bound for Baguio at around 10 o’clock in the morning. I bade Blue Lagoon goodbye and thanked the beautiful beach for the memories.
By 12 noon, we were in Laoag. As soon as we arrived, we took a tricycle from the checkpoint to La Preciosa for a sumptuous lunch consisting of Ilocano delicacies. Standard tricycle fare in Laoag, by the way, is Php11.00/person. Anyway, lunch consisted of Crispy Dinardaraan (Crispy Dinuguan), Puqui-Puqui (Ilocano version of tortang talong), and, I was craving for it, pansit guisado. For Php500.00, lunch was worth every penny spent. Jas and I then scoured the city for an early trip back to Manila. We chose the 1 o’clock noon Partas bus bound for Cubao. Fare is Php800.00/person.
By midnight of 22 August 2011, I was back to the stress and the city.