Pagudpud’s people are very friendly. The traysi-tour driver we hired, Kuya Jayson (his number is: 09186872603), picked us up from where we got dropped off by the Van we rode from Laoag straight to Pagudpud.
The place supposedly got it’s name from a Batangueño peddler who reached Pagudpud and remarked “Ako’y pagud na, tsinelas ko’y pudpud pa” and so the words Pagod and Pudpod became Pagudpud / Pagodpod
We bought some stuff from the market because we later learned that the resort we booked is too far. From there one can try the delicious and very affordable pork BBQ and the native Ilocoano Empanada. There’s also no ATM there so make sure your cash is enough until your return to Laoag or Vigan.
Don’t get me wrong though, the Kingfisher Resort would have been a very nice resort, had there been other guests at that time. Joy and I practically rented the whole place. The reasons to that are, it’s clientele consisted mostly of foreigners, it’s a little bit pricey (but can be booked online thru agoda), and its main attraction is para-sailing, wind surfing and kite flying.
The room, which fronted the beach, is very spacious. The one we got for a reasonable amount (around PhP 2000) had 2 double beds (American sized I should say because they looked more like Queen size to me), had an air conditioning unit and 2 desk fans, and a hammock at the porch.
It was a little bit scary because we went there at around 8pm, and the road was unpaved, dark (no lamp posts at all) and there was no signal at all. The downside to this was the toilet and shower rooms were located a few meters away from the room. But the toilet is tiled, scented and clean. There were surfing magazines inside and even the liquid soaps and shampoos were free of charge =)
There were 2 monkeys and 2 dogs, and we met the Brazilian chef (forgot his name) who happened to be the interim caretaker of the resort since his friend-owner was in Manila when we were there.
He said he had to walk 2 hours from there to the town to buy something (that’s how far it was and how very seldom tricycles go there). I wish the road there was better, that’s all. It’s a good thing that we hardly stayed in the resort because of the tour. =)