Last weekend, my husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. As a family, we went out on an almost 2-day trip in some places in Pangasinan, Philippines.
Our first stop was in the capital city of Pangasinan – Lingayen City. Although I have been to this place many times, I haven’t really went around the city. Being a city, we thought many activities can be done and plenty of places to see. Well, unfortunately, aside from the Capitol and the beach, the city doesn’t really have much to offer. Nonetheless, our kids enjoyed walking around the beach and looking for sea shells.
We stayed at an inn since hotels and resorts that we went to were all fully-booked due to the NSPC (National Schools Press Conference). Anyway, this inn that we stayed over at is not the best inn for a family. For one, their hot showers were not working and sometimes, their TVs and air conditioners, too. But again, due to the lack of available better accommodation, we decided to spend the night there.
After checking-in, we drove around the city looking for restaurants. My husband, wanted us to dine in a formal restaurant. We went to the first hotel we tried to check-in at (Capitol Hotel) because we were told that the food there is delicious. As expected, the food was indeed delicious and it wasn’t that expensive as we have thought. After our hearty dinner, we walked around the city capitol to take pictures.
The next day, we checked-out and went back to the beach to take more pictures before eating breakfast and travelling for another hour to Alaminos (Hundred Islands).
We continued our journey to Hundred Islands after our quick bite in Jollibee Lingayen. We arrived at our destination after an hour. There were many people, both locals and foreigners, walking around the port. Countless vendors and stalls were put up around the office where visitors can buy food and different kinds of souvenirs. You can even see a fountain replica of all the islands there.
To start, visitors must register at the Environmental Office. Despite the number of visitors registering that day, the process did not take too long. To know about the fees, I took a picture of the information poster that was just outside the office. Visitors can opt for a day tour or an overnight experience there. Of course, we just chose a day tour.
We only visited 2 islands since we were a bit scared of the large waves and strong winds that day. We were on a small boat and there were 2 little kids with us. We didn’t want to sacrifice their safety. Although, life vests were provided, we didn’t want to take the chance.
The first island we visited was Quezon island. This is usually the first island visitors go to. The only activity here is to go up the highest point on the island to get a 360 degree sight of the whole place. The hike was for roughly 5 minutes and when you’re on top, you have to wait for your turn to take photos.
The kids were very happy swimming in the Children’s Island. As the name suggests, children can safely swim around the island since the water there was a bit shallow. But still, adult supervision is necessary because boats come and go near the shore. Children might accidentally bump into boats if they’re not careful.
We stayed there for only 30 minutes since the water was too cold and again, it was too windy. We wouldn’t want the kids to catch a cold.
After swimming, we went back to the port and took a shower at the nearby shower area. The shower area was not for free so be prepared to pay 5 to 10 pesos.
Before heading back home, we ate lunch at the Mermaid cafe. The view of the port and the boat was great but the food isn’t that amazing. However, the waiters and waitresses were easy to talk to, so I think it was okay.