[ILOCOS SUR, PHILIPPINES] ► You cannot get anything what you want. Life is full of uncertainties and surprises. Sometimes we have to sacrifice or give-up. Such giving up confronted me the other day (17 October 2016) when the circumstances presented signs that our planned adventures weren't meant to be. We had no choice but to accept it. The sign implied a lot of warnings.
[ILOCOS SUR] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO ILOCOS SUR!
Planning a Motorbike Adventure with My Brother
[VIGAN] ► WE'RE GOOD TO GO (IN FRONT OF OUR COMPOUND IN VIGAN).
We're Good to Go
I documented our journey in videos and to start it, I took a video of the old houses of Vigan while we were driving along the Liberation Boulevard as we left Vigan. Then next, the town of Bantay. The town was busy with economic activities as it's the perfect recipient of the spill of Vigan's economic boom. Few minutes away from the poblacion of Bantay were rice fields that were so green! The mountains were clear as we approached them until we reached the Quirino Bridge as we entered the municipality of Santa.
The beaches of the towns of Santa Maria and San Esteban were refreshing. However, entering the town of Santiago gave me a little fear. The southern sky darkened. I had to think twice. The rain started pouring down which prompted us to stop at a waiting shade.
Stopping in Santiago town
[SANTIAGO] ► CUTTING TRIP 'TIL HERE: THE RAIN STARTED TO APPEAR AND IT SEEMED TO WORSEN.
[SANTIAGO] ► A STOPOVER IN SANTIAGO WITH THE HOPE FOR THE RAIN TO STOP
Back to Santa Maria and Narvacan
While it was still sunny and dry in Narvacan, we took the chance to enjoy the scenery.
[SANTA MARIA] ► INSIDE ALLY'S RESTOBAR IN SANTA MARIA, ILOCOS SUR.
[SANTA MARIA] ► HALO-HALO FOR MERIENDA
[NARVACAN] ► A RIDE ALONG NARVACAN'S SCENIC COASTAL ROAD
[NARVACAN] ► MY BROTHER SLASH RIDE BUDDY SLASH ADVENTURE BUDDY, EDISON
[NARVACAN] ► POSING WITH THIS STUFFED MOTORBIKE
[NARVACAN] ► BANTAY ABOT (MT ABOT) IN NARVACAN
[NARVACAN] ► FREEDOM SHOT WITH BANTAY ABOT AT THE BACKGROUND
[NARVACAN] ► THE NORTHERN SKY TURNED GRAY. WE HAVE TO GO!
The post-rainy day setting in Narvacan turned Bantay Abot (Mt Abot) green and refreshing. It was a good background for our photos. Due to the impending typhoon, the sea was rough though.
Driving Home Under the Rain
We left Narvacan fulfilled and as we entered Santa, the sky started to pour out heavy rain. With me are my cameras, millenial gadgets and laptop. We were on the road under the rain as I tried my best to keep my belongings safe and dry. Thank God, we found another waiting shade where we could stop for a moment while waiting for the rain to stop or lessen at least.
[SANTA] ► WAITING FOR THE RAIN TO STOP
[SANTA] ► SERIOUSLY, THE RAIN AND WIND WERE STRONG.
[SANTA] ► WAITING FOR THE RIGHT TIME TO GO IN FRONT OF THE BANAOANG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
I braced myself while keeping our belongings safe and dry. I had a lot of stuff with me. You know, this should have been a backpacking trip so expect that our belongings were backpacking essentials. It should have been smooth for us to just carry them on our back and we've been doing it many times but the rain prompted me to squeeze them in the safest space I could place them between my brother's lower back and my abdomen.
Failed. The rain started to drench my thick jacket, then my shirt. The rain gently oozed to my skin. I could feel it wet my chest, my abdominal muscles and down below. It could have been just fine for us to bathe under the heavy downpour if not for our backpacking stuff and millenial travel essentials.
The Shift from Wet to Dry
[VIGAN] ► ENTERING BRGY AYUSAN SUR: WE'RE CLOSE TO HOME.
So we reached home safe, sound and wet. As far as the failed adventure is concerned, we changed our clothes, took a cup of coffee and said, 'That's part of adventure." We're used to it and we got no regrets. | end |
17 OCTOBER 2016: PHOTOS FROM OUR FAILED RIDE TO IFUGAO
ILOCOS SUR PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES
[ILOCOS SUR] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO ILOCOS SUR!
► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC
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TEASER ▬ The sun is really hot and the sky is clear that time, no time for rain drama. But a tip for everybody, even if it is summer, it is freezing cold in Cervantes especially in Bessang Pass."
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