I started off the day flying the drone back and forth along the coastline of the beach. Before we would be heading back to Manila I wanted to taste or experience some of the activities that were available on and around Blue Lagoon Beach.
I have a history of having problems with me flying my drone; this time though it totally flew off on me. I was fiddling with the remote trying to regain connection, as Melody and bystanders watched the drone flew away from us alongside the coastline.
Melody and I got into a little fight over it so it was my job to go ahead and start looking; I was determined to find back my drone.
Luckily though the first guy I asked (a Filipino local) saw the drone flying and pointed me to a more specific direction where the drone could be. Half a minute later, hallelujah, the drone was just standing there on the beach, just a few meters from the waterside.
I felt so lucky that the drone wasn't missing or flew off into the sea after it lost connection. I thought what would be the odds, of all directions the drone could go fly off to, to fly straight over the beach landing neatly in the middle of it. Very lucky.
Happy that I was, I returned back the drone to the hut, and my next mission was to climb the nearby Twin Islands. It was low tide and that eventually turned out to be more of a curse rather than a blessing. Ilocos Norte is characterized as having quite rocky coastlines. And being that it was low tide, I had to walk towards the islands over sharp rocks, which wasn't very pleasant.
The climb on top of the little mountain that one of the Twin Islands boasted wasn't too smooth sailing either, but after I reached the summit I felt very relieved. I filmed everything with a GoPro, including my time being on the summit, and I enjoyed the view over the Blue Lagoon together with my YouTube audience.
I was just barefoot (forgot my slippers), and the way back off the rocky mountain was quite painful, as well as the way back through the low tide waters. I chose a way that was even more rocky and painful. I couldn't swim nor walk, and I think I spent like 50 minutes crawling back through the water. It sucked big time and I felt like a fool.
Melody and I had to get back home. From Pagudpud we were taking a bus back to Laoag, still in Locos Norte. Laoag has this famous landmark called 'the Sinking Belltower'. A very old historic structure dating back from the Spanish colonial era. This tower has been sinking into the ground over the years since it was built on sandy grounds. Guess the Spanish weren't that far either yet in those times with science and what not.
Being in the middle city it served as a nice contrast and a nice location that get the drone back up in the air. So we did and that also concluded my vlogging days in Ilocos Norte.
Ilocos Norte was a nice change to what we were used to. The climate seemed milder, the landscapes looked different (more northern), and even the people looked different. I think we were in the right place in Pagudpud, at Blue Lagoon Beach. I recommend this destination cause it had so much to offer. It served as a great destination for day tripping with a tricycle, as well as enjoying the beach side, the resorts, and the activities Blue Lagoon Beach had to offer.
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