Category Archives: EXPERIENCE

ILOCOS SUR | VIGAN CITY

Back in January, I went back to the Philippines to spend the holidays with my family. One weekend, we took a trip to the province of Ilocos Sur, just to get away from the city for a couple days. We stayed in the city of Vigan.

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Beautiful views — at least something to look at during that 10-hour drive away from the city!

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10+ hours later, finally arrived in Vigan. It is the only surviving city that dates back to the 16th century, which still exhibits the Spanish Colonial times. This city may be small, but it is beautiful.  Surrounded by horse-drawn carriages and cobblestone streets, walking the streets brings you back in time to when the Philippines was under Spanish rule.

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Because my family is huge, we decided our best option would be to rent a house through AirBnB. We were able to rent a beautiful house, big enough to house all of us for the weekend. Not only that, we had a view of the Bantay Bell Tower right from our bedroom. What a beautiful view to wake up to!

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Provincial life can be so beautiful!

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View from the top of the Bantay Bell Tower!

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Freshly made empanadas — must try when in Vigan! Hot and crunchy, so delicious! You eat this with vinegar — which is what makes it a Vigan specialty!

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This sunset made it hard to leave it all behind to head back to the city.

Although it is a rather long trip from the city to Vigan, it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re willing to drive out there. I grew up visiting the Philippines every year, but this trip made me realize there’s so much of this country I have yet to explore. I’ve taken for granted how beautiful the Philippines really is.

YAYOI KUSAMA: INFINITY MIRRORS

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A couple weeks ago, I was able to check out the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors Exhibit at The Broad. And I must say…. it was incredible. From the moment I read about this exhibit, I was excited and determined to get tickets. On the day of ticket release, it was difficult to get tickets — I almost wasn’t able to get tickets. Fortunately, my friend was online as well and she was able to score a spot in the virtual line that guaranteed her tickets.

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General admission to The Broad is free, as long as you make reservations online. Infinity Mirrors, however is a paid exhibit. But definitely worth it. This exhibit is so visually stunning.

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The only cons about the exhibit are that:

  1. You only have 30 seconds to experience each room, except for The Obliteration Room at the end.
  2. You have to go inside each room with at least two people. So if you were already thinking about that selfie, you can forget about it.
  3. Once you’ve gone through a room, you cannot go back.

Some cons, but definitely not dealbreakers. If you’re able to score tickets, I’m telling you, you won’t regret it.

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One of my favorite rooms was The Obliteration Room, which is at the end of the exhibit. You are given a sheet of polka dot stickers and can place them anywhere you want. I love the interactive aspect of this room — you get to be a part of creating the artwork.

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My favorite room of the entire exhibit was hands down Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity. Pictures do not do this room justice. When you enter this room, it’s as if you are surrounded by thousands of lanterns and it feels so magical.

Tickets are hard to come by, but if you’re able to get tickets to this exhibition, trust me, you will not regret it!