[SAN FERNANDO] ▬ SUNSET OVER THE SAN FERNANDO BAY IN LA UNION FROM THE BAY'S ROOFTOP
Topping the qualifying exam of a scholarship program in # V I G A N
allowed me to enroll to one of the most expensive courses in the university near us. I was a privileged student paying almost nothing during enrollment. Back in high school, I was that student who was not given a chance to maximize his potentials because of discrimination. I won't talk much of this because in fact, while I'm writing this, the unpleasant memories are coming back and it makes me sick (note: I've moved on but I can still recognize the emotion). Anyway, I still pursued my passion for writing and sharing stories when I was qualified to become a part of the editorial team of our university students' publication.
I'M A LAKING PROBINSIYA (GREW UP IN the province) so my playgrounds were the riversides and grass fields. I swam in the creeks, caught dragonfly tails and picked cherries where orange butterflies dwell. So 10 years ago, I was chosen to represent my university in a writing competition, the reason why I was able to go here for the first time. Sea and Sky Hotel was the venue.
[SAN FERNANDO] ▬ TEAM REGION 1: RECEIVING THE AWARDS 10 YEARS AGO IN THIS HOTEL
This was the first time I stayed overnight in a hotel. It was also my first time to ride an elevator. I was already a teen that time and I think the level of my familiarity about these things might be the same to a 7-year-old Manila boy. Well, I felt so proud to experience those things since my other older friends who are fellow probinsiyanos never tried it at all. There are basic things in a city life commonly done by city dwellers. But for rural-grown children like us, this basic thing is an achievement to try even once and it's a big deal. Well, I bagged a place in the competition and I, however, was able to make my university proud.
My first hotel stay and elevator experiences were granted to me for the first time because of my love in stitching words and making stories. My dream to travel outside I L O C O S - S U R
ILOCOS SURwas granted too and it felt so good to reach the places that are very familiar to me on the map. However, I cannot be a storyteller forever because I've chosen another path for practical reasons—to become a professional nurse, the best offer I can get from the scholarship grant .
After 10 years, I almost cried when I visited this hotel for the second time. Memories of the covert innocence of a poor kid from the province are coming back. I entered the hotel premises with confidence now. I can't believe I am capable now. Things running inside my head include the years that have passed. Uh, It's been ten years and that ten years ago was the time when I was still starting to follow my dreams and had occasional perks because of doing it by heart. But I always rely on the perks. After ten years, I can now afford to enter this hotel confidently; being unafraid because I know I can now afford one serving of their best seller.
[SAN FERNANDO] ▬ AL FRESCO DINING AT THE BAY GRILL AND CAFÉ
[SAN FERNANDO] ▬ THE BAY GRILL AND CAFÉ
[SAN FERNANDO] ▬ MY COOLER: SOME FRUIT SHAKES HERE
[SAN FERNANDO] ▬ THIS SERVED AS DINNER. THE SUNSET IS GONE.
[SAN FERNANDO] ▬ REMEMBRANCE PHOTO
 The stories here happened on 21 March 2015 in San Fernando, La Union.
 All maps I used on this post are the works of Eugene Alvin Villar and Mike Gonzalez published on Wikipedia. Some were taken from Google maps. Source: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
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