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Road trip to Ilocos Norte

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An October 2011 trip to Philippines by manlalakbay

Saramsam Cafe Photo, Laoag City, Philippines More Photos
Quote: Chronicling our adventures in the nature-blessed province of Ilocos Norte.

Toelicious Spa

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Attraction | "Toelicious Spa and Nail Salon"

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It was a very long day of adventure for me and my husband. I definitely wanted to take advantage of having a massage since I haven't had one in three months. I asked the hotel if there are any nearby massage place. At first the hotel said they can have someone come over. However, I know that home service would cost more so I asked them to recommend a place instead. The hotel was kind enough to get in touch with Toelicious spa to pencil me in.The place can be found in front of the PLDT office near the Jollibee at the Bacarra road, so you can find it easily. Tricycles would easily take you there. At first I was debating whether to go to Toelicious or Garry's Thai Massage w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2011

Toelicious Spa
Gov. Primo Lazaro Avenue, Alcid Building, 2nd Level
Laoag City, Philippines

Museo Ilocos Norte

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Museo Ilocos Norte Photo, Laoag City, Philippines
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The Museo Ilocos Norte was built to ensure that the culture and heritage of Ilocos is preserved and maintained. The symbol, which is an icon of the sun, was inspired from one the finials of the nearby San Nicolas Church.The red brick structure quite distinct and easy to spot. Beside it is Gerry's restaurant, a famous Manila dining place. Entrance to the museum is P30 for adults with special rates for students, senior citizens and children. The place is quite well-maintained and laid out well to help guests see all the exhibits.The musuem features all sorts of local flavor. It showcases their clothing, cooking utensils, farming tools and similar items. The lighting of the ...Read More

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Museo Ilocos Norte
Gen. Luna corner Llanes Streets
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
(077) 770-4587

Laoag Sinking Bell Tower

Attraction | "Laoag Sinking Tower "

Laoag Sinking Bell Tower Photo, Laoag City, Philippines
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The trip from Manila to Laoag took more than ten hours, so it was a relief to finally be driving on the bridge leading to Laoag City. One of the first things to greet you, other than the ala-Hollywood "LAOAG" sign was the beautifully lit Laoag Sinking Tower.The funny thing was, it was only on the day that we were about to leave that we got the chance to observe the tower. At first, I thought it was together with a church like the other bell towers. It was still near the church, but not really in the same compound.It was similarly made as all the old structures in Ilocos Norte, with clay bricks and local limestone mix to glue them together. According to legend, a man atop of...Read More

Laoag Sinking Bell Tower
Brgy. 14
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte

Laoag Renzo Hotel

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Hotel | "Value for money"

Laoag Renzo Hotel Photo, Laoag City, Philippines
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When I was planning our trip, I went looking around for a place to stay. After much deliberation, it was a toss up between Laoag Renzo Hotel and Balay de Blas Pensionne House. Balay had more positive reviews, Laoag had only a couple but also good reviews. What won me over was their promo of third night free. Our initial plan was to stay only two nights, but decided to extend for another day because of the promo.What we found in the hotel was a pleasant surprise. The room was clean and complete with amenities of hot and cold shower, water kettle, television and hair dryer. There was also complimentary two bottles of water, plus complimentary breakfast for two. The breakfa...Read More

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Laoag Renzo Hotel
Rizal Sr, Cnr Guerrero Street
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
(63 77) 770 4898

Saramsam Cafe

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Restaurant | "A modern version of Ilocan cuisine"

Saramsam Cafe Photo, Laoag City, Philippines
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It was a long morning of traveling so my husband and I were more than eager to have our lunch. I did some research on the internet on what were the best places to eat in Laoag City where we stayed during our trip. Saramsam Cafe was a consistent recommendation.When we finally found the place, the place was packed. We were lucky that there were just two of us, so we were able to secure the only dining table for two people. The waitress gave us the menu and from there you could choose from the wide array of Ilocano dishes they serve.My husband and I chose to have Insarabsab (grilled pork cheeks with tofu) and Pakbet with chicharon (simmered vegetables mixed with crispy pork r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2011

Saramsam Cafe
N. Corpuz Building, Rizal cor. Hizon Streets
Laoag City