Jeffer's Odyssey

Road Trip Up North: The Paoay Church of Ilocos Norte (feat. Pinakbet Pizza)

Let me just join what seems to be a fairly large percentage of the world’s population and say¬†Happy Valentines Day (!!!!) to y’all, whether you subscribe to that “tradition” or not. I’m afraid I can’t say the same for myself considering how, for the past several years, February 14 was also the deadline for our year-end reports. Somewhere along the way, this date became more synonymous to “deadline” than with anything to do with hearts and romance. Ah, the life of a bean counter.

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Road Trip Up North: The Paoay Sand Dunes of Ilocos Norte

Growing up in the highlands, I am no longer new to rough roads and rougher rides. I have had my fair share of seeing ravines, steep drops, and rocky and winding mountain roads since I was young, since those are what I had to go through in order to visit my grandmother on an almost weekly basis. Add to that some drivers (like my Dad) that seem to get a thrill out of racing through these mountain roads with the confidence of someone who knew the lay of the land like the back of their hand, then we were always in for a ride. Literally. So to say that I was looking forward to our adventure at the Suba Paoay Sand Dunes Adventures would be a major understatement. Read more

Road Trip Up North: Bantay Abot Cave of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte (feat. Patapat Viaduct)

There are a lot of places I consider to be special to me, and for various reasons. The best restaurant you’ve dined at. The coffee shop with the coziest interior and the best brew. Or it could be special because of the “first” factor. The first country visited. The first mountain climbed. The first island “hopped” on. The first amusement park visited… Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte is somewhat special to me, at least in that respect.

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Road Trip Up North: The Bangui Windmills of Ilocos Norte

Hello, friends, how have you been? It’s been exactly a month since my last update. The holidays have also come and gone. Quite a number of things happened, which was partly to blame for my month-long hiatus from this blog. Let me just sum it up in 4 words: holidays, rest, RSI and laryngitis. BUT! It’s a new year, so let’s leave them at that. Also, instead of starting anew, let’s just pick up where we left off, shall we? This time, I bring you to the next stop in our road trip up north, to see to the famous Bangui Windmills up close.

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Road Trip Up North: Kapurpurawan Rock Formations in Burgos, Ilocos Norte

Next week is like a line-up of Christmas parties, luncheons and dinners – quite a long one that, for some, can be quite suffocating and burdensome. In fact, these festive gatherings kinda started for me during the last week of December. I think that explains why, only halfway through the Christmas month, I already feel Christmaxed out. XDD

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Road Trip Up North: Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Vigan has always been one of those places that spring up to mind when talking about road trips up north. Probably the other equally favored one is a road trip to Sagada. But I digress. My co-workers and I took advantage of a long weekend to go on this road trip to Ilocos, just to take a break from the usual grind at work and, for some, to take advantage of the school break. Of course, any road trip up north would not be complete without spending time at the famed city of Vigan. Specifically, its Calle Crisologo.

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La Trinidad Eats: Kafe Gipas

Wow. It’s been quite a while since my last post. November was pretty packed, you see. First, there was the Bontoc-Sagada trip, followed by an annual convention at PICC, with days of work in between. And, afterwards, “mouse finger” happened. Seriously, though, I’d pick sore muscles and even aching legs over the pain on my right index finger ANY DANG DAY. Still recovering today, actually. Acupressure ball’s been my best bud lately. But enough of that, and let’s talk food!

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