Touchdown! Hello, Ilocos Norte!

Our 2D/3N stay in Ilocos Norte was an invitation from Northwestern University for my husband to judge and serenade the Miss Northwestern University candidates and some R&R while we’re there.

We arrived at the Laoag International Airport at 8pm via Philippine Airlines last Jan 29.


Upon arrival, I immediately saw the replica of the Bangui Windmills which was included in our “must see places” list.


We were welcomed by our good friends (and wonderful couple) who invited us, Atty. Ferdie and Mich Nicolas. They immediately brought us to our hotel, Plaza del Norte Hotel and Convention Center which was just a few blocks away from the airport.


Below are some pictures of the clean, cozy and comfortable room that we stayed at plus the beautiful landscapes of Plaza del Norte Hotel.


Wing “B” room.


Clean and relaxing.


The hotel uses Abel Iloco blanket.





Our air-conditioned room, with Wi-Fi Internet access, TV with cable channels, refrigerator and hot and cold shower.


I went out to the room’s balcony to take a picture of my husband who was relaxing on the bed. šŸ˜Š


Before hitting the sack, I took a quick pic of the beautiful view outside the room…


…and this is how it looks during the daytime.

The hotel’s breakfast at Cafe Ayuyang doesn’t have a whole lot of choices but what they had tasted delicious. No complaints here.


Look at my multitasking husband – eating egg omelet, tocino, rice, whole wheat bread with strawberry jam and coffee while tinkering with his phone!


If you like Goldilock’s cake icing just like me, you’d be delighted to know that this butter is very much like that!


We also tried their Monte Cristo since the husband likes this sandwich. It’s sort of like eating a clubhouse sandwich but instead its bread is rolled and dipped in egg similar to that of french toast with a generous sprinkle of bread crumbs to give it that crrrrrrunch.

While waiting for our service to arrive, we took some pictures of the hotel.


Husband took a photo of me while he was inside Cafe Ayuyang.


This is the other side of the pool where the convention center is.


Lovely and peaceful!

Our Ilocos Norte trip was very hectic but truly memorable. This is just the start of several blog posts chronicling our Ilocos Norte adventure…

How to get there:

AIR – 60-minute flight from Manila via Laoag International Airport.

Philippine Airlines
Airphil Express
Cebu Pacific

LAND – 10hour drive from Manila.

FariƱas Trans, Bonifacio cor. M. FariƱas St. – 772-0126
Maria de Leon Trans, AG Tupaz Ave. – 770-3532
Autobus Transport, Gov. R. Ablan Ave. – 770-3756
Partas Trans, Lagasca cor. Paco Roman St. – 772-1615

Our LAOAG CITY tour…


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