Sunday, April 8, 2012

Ilocos Sand Boarding

On April 6, I was finally able to experience the 4x4 sand dunes ride and do the sand boarding at Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

When I first heard of this, this bored me as I thought that I will just ride the big jeep in a very hot desert. Together with my friends from Manila, we just planned to take pictures of the sand dunes after our visit to Paoay Church and Currimao Coral Formation.

When we were there, you can see real wasteland- a vast ocean of sand and the south china sea in the west. On one of the sides, you can see a number of people queuing for the sand boarding.

aboard the 4x4 all terrain vehicle

We took pictures at the truck to feed our adventure hungriness but we were more enthralled with other guests screaming who rode on one of the jeeps coming down from a mountain of sand. That's when we decided to give it a try.

middle of the paoay sand dunes

With a P2500 fee for an hour of sand dunes tour and sand boarding, it’s a bit pricey. However, this is already good for 4 persons so that makes 750/head. After the transaction, we took the one of the vehicles and went on to an awesome experience. It was unexpected, the adventure is worth it!

my first awesome experience of sand boarding

mish on the sand board

Paoay Sand Dunes 4x4 Experience is located about a half-kilometer past of Malacanang of the North in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

If you plan to visit Ilocos Norte, we are now offering Bed and Breakfast in the comfort of home for only Php500/head. That’s inclusive of an air conditioned room (well, that’s our rooms but it’s not being used because my brother and I are now based in Manila), airport/bus transfers, and a hearty and genuine Ilocano breakfast! Mom cooks so it will really delight your appetite. Ask my friends for testimonials.

We also arrange van tour in the province at half the price of prevailing rental rates.

If you may ask why we are putting this up, we love traveling and it’s already our passion. So we thought of giving something for travelers who want to see the beauty of Ilocos Norte without spending much.

For now, we initially offer this to a maximum of 6 persons because we don’t want our home to be crowded and for you to be relaxed. There’s even a hammock in the garden that you can use for stargazing during the night.

Send me an email at or tweet me @andydugay if interested. Guys, you can share this info to your friends since this is already a very good deal. J

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


This is your life. Do what you love and do it often.
If you don’t like something, change it

A lot of us are complaining too much because we don’t have this and that, we don’t have to do the things we wanted to, or we just complain as simple as that.

I like the message on the video that if you don’t like something, change it. Be the catalyst and who knows, everything will follow through into their proper places.

You complain of being overworked? Quit. Find what suits you. Or maybe, try to love your job.

I love this manifesto and I want to share it with you. Travel, explore, smile, give your love, open your mind, seize the opportunities, dream big.