This vacation has been brought to us by the Piso fare promotion of Tiger Airways! We are on board the 1PM flight to Laog last Monday and arrived there 40 mins earlier than schedule. As soon as we touched down the Laoag International Airport, I knew this is going to be a nice vacation. 🙂
Weather’s a little gloomy, brought by the frequent rain these past few days. From the airport, we hired a tricycle to Laoag Renzo Hotel, a budget accommodation just about 15 minutes away. It has the basic amenities: free breakfast for 2, a queen size bed, cable TV, air condition, spacious room, bathroom with hot & cold shower, an alarm clock, tea making facility, cabinets and wooden vanity table. Not bad for a deluxe room for P1450.
After settling in the hotel, we are off to our first and only destination in Laoag. We did not bother going through tours since we do not really have the time. One spot that we want to visit is just the Paoay Church.
From the city proper, we chartered a tricycle for a back and forth trip to Paoay. The driver rated P300 one way, which we think is too much so we haggled and agreed at P500 2-way. Paoay is about 40 minutes away to Laoag with no traffic. It is actually far, so I guess P500 is reasonable.
Paoay Church is a UNESCO world heritage site and is amazing to look at. It’s architecture and texture are enough proof of years it has withstand. The site is also well maintained: clean and quiet, preserving the sanctity of the place. The church was about to close when we arrived but good thing the keeper allowed us to enter. I am able to take some photos, pray and make a wish. 🙂
After about 20 minutes around the church, we headed back to Laoag for dinner. We asked the tricycle driver to drop us off at Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant, which is just few blocks away from our hotel. Based on my research, this is one of the must try restaurants there, so here we are trying it.
There is only 1 vacant table when we arrived, which made me think this must be really a good place. As soon as we sat down, the server presented the menu and served water. Decorations are minimalist and kept the vintage feel. We are in Ilocos, so we need to try Ilocano food. First dinner in the city deserves Bagnet (P220) and Longganisa Pizza (P200 / small).
Now I know why these are their best sellers! I love salty food so these 2 are best for me. 🙂 Bagnet was so crispy, it’s almost chicharon. Longganisa and cheese did a wonderful fusion and the pizza tasted good! The meal is screaming cholesterol, but well worth it! 😀
We need to shake off the meal that we just had so we walked around the block and saw their Capitol. Across it was a big fountain and the Tobacco Monopoly monument, all well lit at night. Surprisingly, there are few people in the park, unlike to crowded ones here in Cavite.
We ended the night with some ice cream from McDonald’s Laoag and walked back to the hotel. We are headed to the beach early tomorrow. 🙂