Beach Won't Kill My Vibe

The more I travel and discover places here in the Philippine and in other places as well, the more I prove that I am really an outdoor person. Yes, I can stay at home the whole day or become a homebody for days but I don't think I won't survive staying just at home for weeks or even months. There will always be something in me that makes me want to go out and go somewhere. I guess God has blessed me with feet that were destined to reach places. HAHAHA!

For this post, I would like to share my beach getaway with my childhood friend. We were just talking about hitting the beach one random day then poof we had this trip planned! We decided to explore the undiscovered side of Pangasinan - Burgos and Dasol.

Our first stop was Cabongaoan Beach which is located at the town of Burgos. The road going to Cabo Beach was a rough and long one but it was all worth it because of the serene and unspoiled beauty of the place.

When you reach Cabo Beach, I suggest you stay at Roven's Place Resort. Their place is the perfect spot along the beach because there are a lot of trees in their area so it's very shady and breezy. Also, the owner is very kind and nice! :) You may contact Mr. and Mrs. Inggo or Ms Venus Burlaza in this Globe number:(+63) 927-995-7608.

The pristine beach mesmerized us. Plus, we have the beach all for ourselves. :)

From Cabongaoan, we went to see another beach which is Tambobong. It is situated in the town of Dasol, Pangasinan. It is 30 minutes away from Cabo. Again, the ride was rough and rocky. When we reached Tambobong, I can't help but compare it to Cabo. Personally, I liked Cabo Beach more than Tambo. I think my friend Do-an will also agree with me.


Since it is just to two of us who went on this trip, it would be impractical to go on a private vehicle (plus I also mentioned earlier that the road is rough) so we commuted going to Pangasinan. It's very easy to get to Pangasinan since there are different bus lines that are bound to the said province.

1. Ride a bus bound to Bolinao/Alaminos then tell the driver to drop you at the Victory Terminal in Alaminos.
2. From Victory Terminal Alaminos, transfer to a bus bound to Sta. Cruz and inform the conductor to drop you at the Burgos Market. If you do not want to wait for the bus, you can ride jeepneys going to Burgos.
3. When you reach Burgos Market, you can hire a tricycle to take you to Cabongaoan and Tambobong Beach. You can also ask the tricycle driver to wait for you (if you are just going on a day trip).



Windmills? I am definitely not in Bangui, Ilocos Norte because that is in the Northern part of Luzon. I am talking about the Windmills of the South which is located in the province of Rizal. I first knew about these windmills when it was featured in Umagang Kay Ganda. When I saw it on TV, I knew I will find a way to go there and see the windmills myself. Now, here I am blogging about it.

It was a quick and short trip to the province of Rizal but it was a special one because it was my second time to travel alone. When I started travelling alone last year, I promised myself that at least once a year I should go on a solo trip. So here is the second of my Lone Traveler Series.

When I went here, the windmills are not yet operational and complete. According to some news article that I read, the windmill farm will be in full operation come month of May. Also, the windmills in Rizal are much bigger compared to those in Ilocos Norte.

How to Get There

I went to the Pililla Windmills via public transportation. There are different ways to get there via commute. First is you can ride a van bound to Tanay from Shaw in front of Star Mall then get down at Tanay intersection. From the intersection, you can hire a tricycle that will take you to the windmills. I think this is the lesser hassle way because what I took was the longer ride.

The other way to get there is to commute via jeepney. If you are coming from Cubao or Katipunan, you can ride a jeep bound to Cogeo then just tell the driver to drop you at Cogeo Gate 2. From there, transfer to another jeep heading to Sampaloc, Tanay and tell the driver to drop you at the intersection in Sampaloc (travel time is about 1 and a half hours). Again, you can hire a tricycle from there. I paid 200 pesos for the tricycle rental. If you have good negotiating skills, maybe you can get it for a cheaper price. :)


Come on Benguet Me!

Some say the most amazing trips are the spontaneous ones. I've been a longtime believer of this statement because a lot of my trips are spontaneous or are just planned a day before. Just like this little and quick trip to the North, we just planned it the day before we decided to go to Benguet Province. Now that it is just a 3-hour drive away from our place, it is really easy to push this trip through. Thanks to TPLEX (Tarlac-La Union-Pangasinan Expressway)!

I haven't totally explored the whole province of Benguet yet because my usual go to place is Baguio City. But this time, aside from Baguio, some of my relatives and I visited other parts of Benguet like La Trinidad and Tuba.

Top view of Kennon Road
We went straight to Baguio City to grab some breakfast. We had breakfast at Solibao Restaurant.

After breakfast, we headed to La Trinidad to see the Strawberry Farm and buy some fresh strawberries (coz' these are one of my favorite fruits).


When we went back to Baguio City, we visited BenCab Museum. It's already my second time here but it's okay because I love the artworks displayed here. Art Appreciation day it is!!

Lunch at Canto in Ketchup Community. I read that their Ribs is good here so why not give it a try?

Our final stop was at Sitio Pongayan in Tuba, Benguet which is more popularly known as La Presa because of the teleserye Forevermore. The road going up to La Presa scared me a bit because it was too foggy and we barely see the road. But thank goodness we made it safely. :)

These view greeted us when we reached the vicinity of La Presa.

After few minutes of walk to reach the exact shooting place of Forevermore, finally..

Agnes' house and the bench where Xander and Agnes share some sweet moments together.. Waiting for my Xander though.. HAHAHA JUST KIDDING!!