La Union

Rise and shine! 🌞 Today, we are going to conquer the surfing capital of the Philippines – La Union. BUT…. instead of surfing, we intend to dig deeper whatever we can dig out of La Union. Ready???! πŸš–πŸš– Let’s go! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Church

It’s a mandatory pit stop ⛔️ specially if your companions are mostly senior citizens.

THis writing should be titled “seniors day out” 😭 Just kidding. Look at the bright side. This can help you plan your Senior friendly tour. β˜ΊοΈπŸ€ΆπŸΌπŸ‘΅πŸΌ

Welcome to Agoo Church – Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Charity

Bell tower This is their bell tower at the right side of the church

Facade Facade of the church. It’s Saturday. Unfortunately, we were not able to attend any anticipated mass.

All happy to set foot in AgooInside the church Catholic churches are elegant. From doors, flooring, walls, ceilings, altar, name it! Agoo chuch is no excuse to that. Look at that chandelier! It makes me want to sing… insert Sia 🎀

Most of the time, this church is the first stop of tourist since it serves as a welcoming landmark as we enter the heart of La Union.

We travel for 30 minutes to reach the beautiful yard full of grapes! πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡

Who says grapes don’t grow in the Philippines? Well, its time to refresh your knowledge, because it does!

Grapeyard

Welcome to Bauang, La Union You will never get lost since these vineyards are situated along the national road, McArthur Hiway.

These are stretched like an ocean. You can hop from one farm to another without any entrance fee.

Sadly, Ber months are not meant for grapes to bear fruits.

Best month to come visit these yard is summer! Starting March to June

We are happy enough to witness that north can produce not just crops, such as rice 🌾, corn 🌽, peanuts πŸ₯œ but also grapes πŸ‡

Welcome to Grape Farm Nevertheless, our experience with grape farm is one-of-a-kind. From a tropical country, yes it is!

Oh, and we bought some cutlings to start our own too! 🌿

It’s good to know that these grapes loves the sun!!! 🌞 They bear fruit during summer.

Yipeee!!!

Do not forget to buy grapes and grape wine!

Beach

La union is called surfing capital for its beautiful beach 🌊 and waves!

Come lunch time, we decided to make a side trip to the beach.

We rented a hut, unpacked our baons (yes we do have baon since the elderly are willing to cook and pack and serve! Nice lifeπŸ‘πŸ½, and most of the time, home-cooked meals πŸ₯˜πŸ²πŸ‘ are the best! πŸ‘΅πŸΌ)

What’s best with the beach? It’s off season. So we have the beach all to ourselves. Hooray πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

Sayang, we dont pack our swuimsuits! 😣

Best we can do is pull up our pants, ran into the water, smile and take a picture πŸ“Έ

After filling up our stomach, we headed right into an hour of travel and make our way to …..

Ma-Cho Temple

The Ma-Cho, Mazu or Ma Cho Temple is a Taoist temple to the Chinese sea-goddess

No wonder the temple is facing the sea.

Look at the sea at my back. Beautiful! It’s hot but it’s also windy because of the sea breeze.

Stairs going to their altar. Their temple ceiling looks like the sun! 🌞 It is not my first time to visit a Chinese temple but it is my first time to try the Sin-Pue.

Sorry no video or pictures allowed when doing it so bear with me in explaining it in details.

Sin-Pue is a way of communicating in seeking guidance or help with the aide of a moon shaped wooden dice I grab my niece for her to experience it.

  • We lit 3 sticks and kneel facing the sea. Bow three times and pray. Next, we face the altar, bow down and pray. We offered the sticks to the altar.
  • We lit another set of 3 for a smaller altar. Bow and pray.
  • After that, we gather the small woods, there are three (3) pairs of woods. Probably choose what is suited to your hands. If your hands are small, pick the smaller ones.

We picked the smaller ones since my niece have small hands πŸ‘ΆπŸ»βœ‹πŸ»

  • State your name, age, place of birth, ask a question and roll the dice! Legends of the dice? Refer to the picture above!

Both of us got a YES answer. We will wait of that is true πŸ€” Stained fingertips! It’s already 3pm when we finished our rounds in Ma-Cho Temple. We are asking where else can we go? We don’t know. Off we go! Bahala na.

Kamay na Bato

We are looking for Bahay na Bato. Sadly, their partnership didnt last so the owner renewed, renovate, reinvent and viola! Comes Kamay na Bato.

Entrance fee is 20 per head, senior citizen comes with a 50% discount! 😬 perks.

It’s a collection of art made of stones, rocks, pebbles, anything with bato in it.

Nice one doggie! 🐢🐒🐒 Its picture perfect! Your eyes will surely be full as well as your heart.
Best experiences are best shared with family. Because family is everyth
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Travelling up north is more convenient in private transportation because location of these picture perfect sites are far from each other. Travelling time requires 30mins -1 hour.

Most of them are located far from main road.

Our expenses are mostly food, gas, toll (from Anao to Binangonan TPLEX) and food, food, food!


Before heading home, my Lola bought one of these pots!


We enjoyed La Union! Hope you too. ❀️

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