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Travel post mortem: Project Windmills

By on September 15, 2010

After 18 blog entries, I could finally end my second travel series with a post mortem. I must thank God for giving me the determination to write all of those, before I would lose every good memory of our 5D-4N travel last June. I was able to tell all these stories because Ilocos is truly a beautiful region. After Project Windmills, I could say that the whole province has transcended being just a Marcos bailiwick in Northern Philippines. Well it is undeniably that, but it offers so much more.

We traveled around the region via every kind of public transportation available – jeepney, trike and bus. Had it been there were 10 of us, it would be more logical to rent an airconditioned van instead. The fare and expenses for the activities in each day are reflected in the tables below. For those of you who have been wondering, our Cebu-Manila-Laoag-Manila-Cebu tickets cost only Php194.40 per person, which is insanely and unbelievably cheap. Aside from the airfare, the cost for the food, pasalubong and tips were also ommitted. You can always control these expenses depending on your personal budget.

Day 1 – Vigan
Day 1

Day 2 – Paoay, Batac, Laoag
Day 2

Day 3 – Burgos, Bangui, Pagudpud
Day 3

Day 4 – Laoag, Manila
Day 4

Day 5 – Manila, Cebu

However, the information above may not be up-to-date anymore. At any rate, I do hope that this would somehow help those who are planning to go Ilocos in the future. Interactions (what off-the-beaten stopovers we may have missed, where we should have dined and how we could have saved more) are always welcome. I must confess though that our itinerary has a little bit of Ilocos Sur and a handful of Ilocos Norte. It was also designed in such a way that we would spend the night at a different place because it may be our last visit to the region. Since we made it this far, we might as well make the most out of it, within a reasonable budget of course.

I remember that there was a foldable map available at the arrival area of the Laoag International Airport. This was a pleasant surprise because more often than not, I have only seen hotel brochures and LGU flyers in most local airports. I do hope that other tourism units elsewhere would follow suit. While we already had everything in place beforehand, the map helped us identify where we were especially in our long evening trip to Vigan. But if you are the tech savvy type, you can always store your Google maps in your fancy smartphones.

And lastly, allow me to thank Michael, Cyel and Lorie for accompanying me in this trip. I was nursing a personal loss a few days before our travel. But the journey was bearable and exciting with my good friends around. I would like to believe that we share a similar passion (which is becoming a vice according to my sister) to some extent which explains why I end up traveling with them every now and then.

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    September 17, 2010

    aba lakwatsero.
    at mura pa!
    musta na, baktin?

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    September 25, 2010

    Wow mahala diay sa gasto uy pro ok lng sulit man in your case. 😉

    Keep it up Bren. Can't wait to read your next posts. Missin' you guys. 🙂

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    September 27, 2010

    Duke! welcome back. Nakakaraos naman po ako sa awa ng Diyos.

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    September 27, 2010

    Hey kim! Mahal gyud mag travel. And I don't know if I can pull off something like Project Windmills in the next few months.

    I also missed visiting your cube once a week and beg for food. Hey, I have been using your teapot na d-ay! 🙂

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    October 18, 2010

    barato ra ang inyo gasto!!! and u got promo airline tickets pa jud. grabe ka abtik!

    okay ra na vice ang travel dear, as long as u have the money to support your expenses. hahahahaha 🙂

    international na pud sunod. naa daw nice na climbing package for mount kinabalu..

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    October 19, 2010

    Hahaha. 🙂
    I'm saving for Batanes muna. KK will have to wait after SG.


Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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