|Typhoon Lawin just left the province of Ilocos Norte that day.|
My Ilocos exposure started with a 12-hour Partas Bus trip from Cubao, Quezon City to Currimao, a municipality in Southwestern Ilocos Norte. I already postponed this trip a year ago because of bad weather. I pressed on this year because I was afraid that it would never happen if I postponed it for the second time.
My Currimao resort of choice was Playa Tropical because I love infinity pools. And the receptionist promised to pick me up with their service vehicle when I got off from the bus at the so-called Daang Junction. The free breakfast and 30-minute massage were just bonuses.
I was ecstatic to find out that I was the only guest booked that day which meant that I would have the whole pool all for myself. I decided to dip in the pool the next day because it was drizzling on and off that afternoon. I opted to arrange with the receptionist a trip to Paoay and Batac instead.
Since Currimao is a fishing municipality, the shoreline next to the resort is not the typical fancy beach that vacationers love to swim in. The sand is not white, but it still has a soft texture to it.
|The sky cleared the next day.|
The pool was not lukewarm like in Acuatico (a Batangas resort favorite of mine), but I managed to stay immersed for about 2 hours that morning until it started to drizzle again. Typhoon Lawin might have left the area but the rains were still around.
All in all, my Currimao infinity pool dip gave me the relaxation that I needed after the grueling bus trip the day before. No matter how good the Swedish massage that I got last night courtesy of the resort's staff masseuse, the real test of a luxury vacation spot that has an infinity pool is, well, its infinity pool.
|The longganisa that was served to me was from Vigan, Ilocos Sur.|
|Breakfast facing the sea -- priceless...|
|The infinity pool is divided for adults and kids.|
|Currimao locals celebrate their fish festival at the end of April every year.|
|Moro pirates would frequently be spotted here during the Spanish era.|
|A pleasant sunset at Currimao|