Travel flashback: Hey now, Bolinao!

Around same time last year, when rain starts to pour unexpectedly in between hot summer afternoons – we went to Bolinao Pangasinan. Its always almost therapeutic for me to go back in time and remember the places I’ve been to. Its not alot, really. But each one of them defines who I’am today and that makes them good memories – always.

Fact 1:  I was the odd ball during that trip.” Saling pusa”.  Was invited to join a group I didn’t actually know. I joined in because Bolinao sounds fun and it turned out just like that.  Met several cool people too. Good deal.

I had zero participation in planning the entire trip. I packed my bag, hopped in the car, plugged in my earphones and got lost – odd ball.  But soon enough, these nice people made me feel like I’m part of the group.

Bolinao Pangasinan is around 5 hours drive from Manila.   Looking into our itinerary that day, it seems like there are alot of things you can do here. But since the rain is ruthless, we skipped almost half of the activities. 😦

We arrived just in time for breakfast. Our first stop is St. James Church (one of the oldest in the Philippines, this was built by some Augustinian Priest around 1609).

St James Church

There is a small eatery right at the back of this beautiful church.  We also tried the infamous rice cake being sold just outside. It was a beautiful drizzly morning.

Next stop is Cape Bolinao Lighthouse. Uh-oh. No photos for that. The rain is mad when we got there.

After 20-30 mins drive outside the town proper, we reached our next destination, The Bolinao Falls. Well, not really, you still need to trek through muddy path and countless stone steps (filled with lazy snails) until you reach the falls. It was raining, so the water is brown from washed-out mud of the nearby mountains. There are alot of garbage within the area. I hope its just because the rain is pouring that time. If not, the Govt needs some serious work in preserving its beauty.

It was almost lunch when we headed to our resort to change and eat. We were booked to stay in Rock Garden Resort.  Nothing fancy but the rooms are clean and spacious. Beach front (Note :  the beach near the resort is shallow, has no shoreline, but has the best signal reception compared to the rooms. Weird I know.)  Has its own little restaurant. Has a mini zoo and huge swimming pool. Good view of the sunset.  Not bad.

We ate at a small restaurant within the vicinity – Tummy Teaser.  Their liempo is a must try.


Next stop is the famous Patar Beach. Famous for its blue waters and golden yellow sand. Had fun swimming under the rain while pretending we’re the Backstreet Boys singing Quit Playin’ Games With My Heart.

It was indeed Golden Yellow.

It was a tiring day for me, so when we headed back to the resort, I stayed in the room, skipped dinner and slept the night away. Wasted.

The next day, we had an early swim by the beach and on the pool. We are scheduled to go back to Manila that afternoon.

That trip to Bolinao was short but full of lessons.

It help me remember things that I love about travelling :

To meet new friends and get reunited with the old ones.
To sit down, relax, breath and forget about your busy city life.
To goof around and act silly.
To see the beauty of the world with eager eyes.

Summer or not, Travelling is always good for the soul. Take a big bite out of that big world.


The oddball. (with her new found friends)


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Jona Alday

A corporate slave who finds joy in motivating and leading people but ultimately yearns for weekends and plotted vacation leaves. An Engineering graduate who HATES Math. An acrophobic who conquers mountains. A lover of sleepy towns, dawn, poetry, pancit canton and cats.

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