Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Welcome to Bolinao, My Beloved Hometown

Oh hi there Bolinao!!!

I came back to my hometown last June after all my busy months or should I say, very very busy months. I was exhausted, stressed, and sad. I was alone for few months because Mayumi was staying in Bolinao during my "hell months".

According to my mother, Mayumi was sometimes sad. Maybe she was missing me? Oh well. I was missing her too but she needed to stay there because I was in the graduate school  almost every day and she will just always left alone in my apartment if she was here. I am not an irresponsible furry mother, okay? :) (Defensive, haha!)

Tarrrraaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnn! After six months, finally I had the chance to go back here again.

This is my place, this is my hometown. This is where I spent most of my childhood days. Welcome to Lucero, Bolinao, Pangasinan! This place will always reminds me of so many things--good and bad. I was sad to see the ruins of our house here. It was destroyed by a strong typhoon way back in 2009. That house is so important to us. :(

I missed doing this! When I was young, we always go to the sea to get some sea shells during low tide. My favorite shells is what we locally known as "didila".

Nothing has changed in this place. Maybe some people have changed but not really the place. I was surprised to hear some gossips (chismosa lang ang peg) about this person and that person. Oh well, (Ganoon talaga!) what more can I say?

Okay enough with gossips and stuff, let me share to you what I did the next day.
I texted my best friend Virgie and asked her if she's busy that Saturday. Well, she had a meeting in the afternoon (She's a very dedicated public elementary school  teacher!)so in the morning, she went roaming around the town with me and Mike!

This is one of the tourist spots here in Bolinao. Bolinao Lighthouse provides you a panoramic view  of Patar Beach.
Bolinao Lighthouse 

Unfortunately, I was saddened to see these acts of vandalism. Such a shame! Taken photos here could be more wonderful without these gibberish vandalism!

Before, we couldn't enter and go up the light house because it was usually closed. To our surprised, it was opened that time. So voila! We went up there! I am afraid of heights but I conquered my fear!

Okay, so what were we doing here, bessy? Haha!

Mike was there! I wasn't able to do that kind of pose. Looking down from a high structure like this lighthouse might make me feel sick. :P

Meet Dex, our Little Mister Sunshine. He is always camera ready with his perfect smile.

Another tourist spot here is this Patar White Sand beach. As a matter of fact, it is considered as "The Next Boracay of the North".  Unfortunately, the weather was not good when we got there. Waves were high so there were some seaweeds in the shoreline.

If you don't like swimming in the sea, then why not try swimming in a cave?
Welcome to Bolinao Enchante Cave! I have been here for so many times but I always enjoy my visit here...Thank you ate Grace for giving us free entrance (As always!Yey!)

This is what you can see inside. From its name "ENCHANTED CAVE" , the crystal clear water is very enchanting!

Entrance Fee: Php 150.00

There are more things you can do here. Bolinao has a lot to offer. We have some falls namely Tara falls, Bolinao 1 falls, and Bolinao 2 falls.

I am so proud of my hometown! It has been featured in different TV shows for a lot of times which made it more popular not only among the people of Pangasinan but even to those who are from other parts of the Philippines.

Come and visit my hometown!

How to go to Bolinao from Metro Manila:

There is no airport near Bolinao but you can always go there by bus.
Five Star and Victory Liners are the main bus companies with Bolinao trips.
In my case, I usually ride on a Five Star bus from their bus terminal located at Pasay City.
Travel time will take 5 to 7 hours depending on the traffic condition.
If you'll take a night trip, your travel time will be shorter.

Bus fare (air conditioned bus): 450-500 pesos

See you in Bolinao!

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