Sagada 2017

Went back to Sagada with my high school friends last February 2 to 5. We took a van from Manila at 1:30am and picked up more of our friends in La Union. We drove through Tagudin, Ilocos Sur to get to Sagada.

We stopped by Bessang Pass for bio break.


We got to Sagada at around noon, then had lunch at Misty Lodge which was about two kilometers from Sagada’s town proper. Their burger and tinola were really good.

St. Joseph Rest House

One of my friends booked us at St. Joseph Rest House. It is the best place to stay in Sagada with its wide ground coverage which makes it accessible through the church and through the market.

 

Mud surfing at Echo Valley Trail

First stop after lunch was hike through Echo Valley trail.



Bonding by the Fire




 

Spelunking at Sumaging Cave

We went to Sumaging cave at 8 in the morning to ensure there won’t be that many people in the cave.

 

Hiking to Bomod-ok Falls

On our third day, we decided to wear our batch shirt. We took a different trail to avoid the throng of people who wanted to see the falls. I’m glad we did because the view along the trail was breathtaking.

When we arrived at the falls, it was full with people. After about half an hour, my friends and I were just the only ones left. We had the falls to ourselves!

On the way back, my friends opted to take the trail by the river. Turned out, we had to walk by the cliff!

We took a few stops to appreciate the view and enjoy the cool breeze.



Sea of Clouds

Saw this sea of clouds on our way from Sagada to Baguio. We parked by the road to take these awesome pictures.

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Solo Travel: Baguio

I wanted to get away for a few days for some ME time before I go back to work on January 6. I checked for flights to Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and to local places like Bohol, Samar and Aklan, but decided to go somewhere near my home province so I could join my dad during the new year celeration.

Glad I picked Baguio because I get to enjoy the cool weather, the mountain views, and the fresh fruits and vegetables.

Forest House Bed and Breakfast

This place was my first pick because of the pretty rooms, its view of the mountains and the great food.

They only have four rooms and I picked the smallest one: Keanu.

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Breakfast is included and I had mine served in my room.

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You can hang out with friends in the common areas an get food and drinks served.

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Azotea Greens

Was originally planning on going to Oh My Gulay for dinner, but I wanted to try something new. Found Azotea Greens in the same building. They are a vegetarian restaurant. They have paintings that are hung around the area that I think are for sale in support of local artists.

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I decided to get Vegetable Medley which is a mix of boiled sayote, cabbage, zucchini, young corn, baguio beans, potato and mushroom.

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I almost finished my plate when something caught my eye.

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Major EWWW!!! I quietly told the waitress, she apologized and offered to serve me a new plate. I told her I was already full and it was okay. A few minutes later, the owner approached me and apologized and asked if he could get me some dessert and drinks. I just ordered their wheatgrass green tea with apple. They did not make me pay for the Vegetable Medley. On my way out, the wife of the owner approached me, apologized and told me that the kitchen staff has been reminded to clean the ingredients more diligently. The veggie worm was totally unexpected because of how she instructed the staff to clean them. They use an ozonizer and they lightly brush the vegetablea after they are ozonized. I understood what she was talking about becuase I also have an ozonizer at home. I told her it was okay and I would still go back to their restaurant. The owners are good, kind people and I’m pretty sure it won’t happen again 🙂

North Haven Spa

To be continued.

Safari Lodge in Baguio

Last minute overnight trip to Baguio. Tried our luck at the Safari Lodge and they had a budget room available for us. It was my first time at this place. Maybe next time I’ll try their much better rooms. Was not able to take pictures of the rooms, but took some of their common areas.

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They also served complimentary breakfast. Got my self a longganisa meal.

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Safari Lodge is located along Leonard Wood Rd, right across the Botanical Garden and near Teachers’ Camp.

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Holy Week 2013

Spent the holy week with family and friends in my home province, La Union.

My sister’s friend, May, and her family joined us for the trip.

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Our jazzies were all ready for the trip.

Our first stop was San Juan Surf Resort.

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Good morning! Surfer students getting ready.
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Three little kids
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With my very patient instructor, Jeff, after my first try at surfing.
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Orange diet

Good Friday

Met with my good friend, Rhea, in Aringay to join the procession. A lot of people joined.

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Commemorating the crucifixion

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Baguio

While most people are heading to the beach, we went up the mountains! We went to Baguio for some cool breeze. Had picnic in Cam John Hay and played with the kids.

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Later, we went to Mines View Park. Stopped to get some grilled corn.

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Hale ‘Opua Bed and Breakfast – What a Find in Baguio

I was originally planning to stay in one of the cheaper hotels in Baguio for a one-night stay with friends when Dan Estioko, one of my friends suggested Hale ‘Opua Bed and Breakfast. He told me to check it out on Facebook. I was doubtful at first. I thought it would be one of those ordinary, tight-spaced transient places. I was quite impressed when I saw their pictures of the place on Facebook.

Hale ‘Opua Bed and Breakfast FB Page

Here are my own take of the pictures during my stay:

Outside

The place seemed modest on the outside with the usual facade of houses in Baguio.

Front of the House

This one of the things I liked about it: the veranda overlooking Baguio. My friends and I spent the night here, grilling some liempo, sharing stories over drinks.

Veranda at the back

Bedroom

The bedroom was nice, spacious and well-lighted. The room that I got had a view. There were cabinets to hang clothes if needed.

Bathroom
Bathroom – Shower

Of course, there was hot water 🙂

The bedroom below was located at the lower floor. Apparently, Polo Ravales and his family stayed in this very room.

Masters Bedroom
Masters Bedroom – couches
Kids Room

Common Area

The common area on the ground floor had couches and access to collection of books by the owners.

Reception Area
Mini-library
Ground floor Common Area
Tambayan
Free to watch TV or DVD

There was a common area at the lower floor, too.

Common area at the lower floor

Breakfast Area

The breakfast area was located on the lower floor. There were several tables for multiple groups staying in the area.

Quaint setting
Our Breakfast

Contact Information / Reservation

Apart from the contact number posted on Facebook, Hale ‘Opua can also be contacted via Ate Belinda at (0920) 485 3958. It is P550 per pax with breakfast included.

Just added: They now have a website, too! http://haleopua.com/

Tip:

1) Ate Belinda can cook for those staying at the place (other than breakfast). Either give her the money to buy the ingredients for the food you want her to cook or buy the ingredients and give it to her to prepare at your convenience.

2) Tell them what time the group prefers to eat breakfast so they can prepare it just when everyone is ready.

3) I think there’s free wifi, too.

Overall, I had a great time and would stay at this place again when I’m in Baguio.