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.
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.
Breakfast is included and I had mine served in my room.
You can hang out with friends in the common areas an get food and drinks served.
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.
I decided to get Vegetable Medley which is a mix of boiled sayote, cabbage, zucchini, young corn, baguio beans, potato and mushroom.
I almost finished my plate when something caught my eye.
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 🙂
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.
They also served complimentary breakfast. Got my self a longganisa meal.
Safari Lodge is located along Leonard Wood Rd, right across the Botanical Garden and near Teachers’ Camp.
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.
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.