My trip to Ilocos Norte last January is not really a planned one. Last year, my friend Alex introduced me ‘virtually’ to Jason, a travel blogger based in Cebu. I never met him in person and he rarely attends in Cebu blogger meet-ups. While Alex travelled in Luzon with me, Jason was her companion in the Visayas leg.
Right after New Year, Jason posted on Facebook that he’s coming to Manila. I replied showing my interest to meet him in person. He gave me one specific date and he mentioned that he is also scheduled to go to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.
“Kahit puntahan pa ita sa Pagudpud, gagawin ko. I simply want to meet you!” I commented.
“Sige. Sama ka ha?” He replied with a virtual wink.
Naku. Here we go! That time, AirPhil Express also announced a seat sale. Instead of booking a roundtrip ticket, I decided to just book a one-way ticket (Laoag-Manila) and I will just travel to Laoag via GV Florida Bus. Time to try that sleeper bus!
Like I mentioned in my previous entries about Laoag and Paoay, I did a little tour with the help of my relatives, whom I haven’t seen for years. It is a perfect time to catch up and bond with them. Jason is about to arrive from his MY-SG-MNL-LAOAG Trip. Haggard!
I felt at ease upon seeing Jason for the first time. I knew from then on that our personalities will jive. Prior to that meet-up, Ms. Ana from Evangeline Beach Resort reconfirmed our arrival. I told her that I am already in Laoag and that Jason will arrive in the airport by late afternoon. Together, we will take the bus trip to Pagudpud.
Our bus trip to Pagudpud is an unsure but funny one. Unsure because we were not really sure on where we’ll be dropped off by the driver. The bus is full and vegetables invaded the seats and the floor. Even Nilo Pillow the travel pillow is dizzy with the scenario LOL
My seat mate is going to Iligan. Apparently, we rode a bus going to Cauayan, Isabela. I’m glad that I managed to take a map from the museum so I have this little guide with me about the different towns of Ilocos Norte.
With the help of a newfound friend (named Alex – what a coincidence!), he told us on where we should go. He also recommended some good places to go to and where to eat once we’re back in Laoag.
We waited for the van of Evangeline Beach Resort “sa tabi ng malaking shell sa highway”. We were just too happy when the van arrived to pick us up. Sleepless, tired and hungry. We deserve some rest!
“Welcome to Evangeline Beach Resort!” The lovely staff greeted us and showed our room to us. I mentioned that Jason and I will stay in one room. For me, staying in a room with a co-traveler whether its a he or she is just normal. We were surprised upon seeing the lovebirds made from towels and the red petals scattered within our beds. Woot. Thanks. What a lovely gesture! They also gave us some buko juice as welcome drinks. Refreshing!
After a few minutes, they called our attention and told us that dinner is ready. They also have a restaurant located in front of the beautiful Saud Beach called Emohruo Restaurant (Our Home spelled backwards) and I read some good reviews online. Hmmmâ€¦
The restaurant is filled with tourists (mostly couples) and waitâ€¦ why do they want us to sit in a particular spot near the beach front?
WOW. WHAT THE. WHAT A ROMANTIC DINNER SET-UP!
Welcome to Evangeline Beach Resort and Emohruo Restaurant! One of the female staff greeted us once more. Wow. Boom. Unkabogable sa set-up!
Everyone was looking at us and some visitors assumed that a marriage proposal will happen that night. One couple even asked us how long we’ve been together.
“I just met him in person today” I replied.
“Ah. We thought someone’s going to propose tonight!” a Filipina guest said. She was with her American boyfriend. They asked us about the set-up and everything. I told them to just ask the staff hehe.
Ms. Ana, the owner of the resort and the restaurant joined us and we had a little conversation. She told us about the history of the place and how she truly loves Pagudpud. She also asked us about our ‘relationship’. Our relationship is friendship 😛
Dinner Time! Here’s what we ordered on our ‘first date’
That is one romantic dinner with a person I just met for the first time in a very relaxing place.
The Emohruo Beach Restobar is now one of my most favorite food establishments in the Philippines! I will write about our gastronomic satisfaction soon. Ang sarap sarap lang kasi talaga! They serve good dishes with a twist.
The next day, we had a real good morning breakfast once again by the Emohruo Beach Restobar. I also managed to get some souvenir items sold by the locals, which I believe is the funniest magnet design I’ve seen in years. They also helped us look for a tricycle driver for our Pagudpud-Bangui-Burgos tour.
Right after our Tricycle Tour, we opened our room and fell in love again <3
And again, we had a romantic dinner by the beach as prepared by Emohruo Beach Restobar
Thinking about it now, I miss this place. The next time I go back to Pagudpud, I will definitely stay again in Evangeline Beach Resort. Although I truly enjoyed Jason’s company, I think going back in this kind of place with a romantic ambiance must be spent with a lover. HAHA 😛
Thanks again to Evangeline Beach Resort and Emohruo Beach Restobar for having us! We will definitely visit again soon!
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Saud Cove, Burayoc Point, 2919 Pagudpud, Philippines
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