These past two weeks, the weather here has been gradually simmering down from the raging inferno of summer’s peak to a more bearable warmth. Scattered rainshowers also water down the parched lands and baked cities on afternoons. It could only mean one thing — summer is coming to an end.
But, I am not about to give up my toasty summer sun just yet, not until I get a few days of beach time. So, I will be traveling up north again to the northwestern province of Ilocos Norte, in the coastal town of Pagudpud. Yes, where I spent the morning of my birthday last year beachcombing and strolling by the shore.
It’s 12 hour-bus ride away (give or take) from Manila, but my two beach buddies and I opted to take the 1-hour plane ride to Laoag instead. From there, we’ll be taking a whole day tour to visit some nice spots on the way to Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud.
Blue Lagoon is one of those beach spots that people don’t usually flock to because of its distance from Manila — too far for a bus or car ride, but a bit too close for a plane ride. Nevertheless, those who heed this beach’s calling are rewarded with surf-worthy waves, fine sand, and fair seaside views. It’s quite the quiet, uncrowded spot too, where only a small population of fisher locals reside and only a handful of resorts surround the area.
Now, I’ve said before that I’m no surfer, but Blue Lagoon remains one of my seaside sanctuaries — it’s one of those perfect spots to bask in the sun, take a dip, and prop up a shade or tent for reading a book while waiting for the glorious sunset (all of these I’m planning to do in that order).
I only stayed overnight in Blue Lagoon last year, so I don’t have a lot of photos. It was a cloudy morning last time, so I’m hoping to get some better ones this time; the weather better cooperate!
Here’s a mix of film (Lomo LC-Wide + Kodak Ektachrome E100 GX) and digital snaps:
End-of-summer mixtape for this beach trip coming up soon!