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My Version Of OKTOBERFEST in Sagada Part 3: The Wedding (October 2013)

On our first night, we had our dinner at the Yoghurt House (on my recommendation ofcourse.) We’re supposed to visit a place where they serve pinikpikan but we didn’t have a booking so I persuaded them to try out Yoghurt House. They loved it! (It’s their first time in Sagada except for Carlo who visited about 10 years ago)

Joba and Russell

Joba and Russell

Me, Anna and Carlo

Me, Anna and Carlo

Yoghurt of course! Duh!

Yoghurt of course! Duh!

On that night, we’re also invited for a wedding! Yay! Exciting! Edwin invited us for their friends’ wedding! Anna, Carlo and I were so giddy about attending a traditional Sagada wedding so we all agreed but Joba and his beau decided to stay at the guest house. All good though 🙂

The wedding was amazing! We met the bride and groom. And we’re even invited to dance. As killjoy as I could get, Anna was the only one who participated. I was really freezing! (excuses, excuses…lol)

Anna being taught how to use the gong

Anna being taught how to use the gong

Go Anna!

Go Anna!

the wedding dance!

the wedding dance!

We went back to the guest house at around 12 midnight. The wedding celebration was fun and I wished I’ve also participated but maybe next time 🙂

To be continued…

My Version Of OKTOBERFEST in Sagada Part 2: George Guest House Extension (October 2013)

the extension building of George Guest House

the extension building of George Guest House

I was able to book us three rooms at George Guest House. Their main building was already fully booked so we were placed at their “extension” building. I really loved this inn. We’ve to cancel one room because two rooms are big enough for our group. The couple occupied a room at the ground floor while the three of us (Anna, Carlo and I) Occupied a room at the third floor which can actually accommodate at least six people.

our room, there's another bed at the other side :)

our room, there’s another bed at the other side 🙂

landscape view from our window

landscape view from our window

ready to sleep?

ready to sleep?

I remember this because I was watching the telecast of Miss Supranational 2013 where Miss Philippines Mutya Datul won the crown! #trivia101

I remember this because I was watching the telecast of Miss Supranational 2013 where Miss Philippines Mutya Datul won the crown! #trivia101

It was an awesome experience staying at the guest house. I’d book here on my next visit for sure…

YOU CAN CONTACT THEM AT +639399020996AND THEIR RATES DURING THIS TIME WAS P250/PAX/DAY.

to be continued…

My Version Of OKTOBERFEST in Sagada! (October 2013)

My travels are becoming Sagada-centric but I couldn’t resist going back to this place! Last October, I came back at this wonderful place for the second time in 2013 and my third in total with some folks – my college friend Joba, her boyfriend Russell and colleagues Anna and Carlo. I wasn’t really planning on going but I feel lousy at my dayjob so I decided to accept Joba’s invitation to go again. It was just a couple of months ago since I went there then.

the view on our way to Sagada

the view on our way to Sagada

I’m far from being an expert traveler but I did suggest some stuff to do during our three days stay there.

the Kapay-Aw Rice Terraces in the background! Amazing isn't?

the Kapay-Aw Rice Terraces in the background! Amazing isn’t?

On our way to Pongas Falls

On our way to Pongas Falls

the breathtaking view on our way to Pongas Falls...

the breathtaking view on our way to Pongas Falls…

We went to the Pongas Falls on our first day. This time, we’re assisted by Edwin’s cousin named Patrick. It was a raining a little and the current of the falls was pretty strong so we just stayed there no longer than 30 minutes. Such a bummer, good thing we rented a van to take us back.

The Pongas Falls

The Pongas Falls

amazing shot of the falls!

amazing shot of the falls!

To Be Continued…

Eat, Drink, Love Sagada Style (June 2013)

During my three day solo backpacking, I was only able to try 4 diners.

1st day: I had a hearty lunch and dinner at the Yoghurt House and it’s still as smashing from two years ago! The place looks even better now. The price was still reasonable. I think I spent close to P300 for each meal (lunch and dinner).

Yum Yum! #selfie1

Yum Yum! #selfie1

lunch anyone? I arrived in Sagada at around 10AM...so brunch it is!

lunch anyone? I arrived in Sagada at around 10AM…so brunch it is!

the veranda at the Yoghurt House #selfie2

the veranda at the Yoghurt House #selfie2

Yup! It was a really fine dinner! #selfie3

Yup! It was a really fine dinner! #selfie3

pretty cozy huh?

pretty cozy huh?

Then on my second day (dinner) – I went to the Yoghurt House again. 🙂 I love their Salad!

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2. I tried eating at Bana’s for breakfast which is just a block away from the lodge (I believe I was with the couple here, sorry I didn’t bring a cam here – I was really starving then.) The cost was alright, it was close to P100 – not bad at all.

3. The couple and I went to Kimchi. We had our lunch there (on my third day.) The food was okay here. Nothing to really rave about. I love the ambiance of the place though. You can write on their wall as well.

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The couple signing on the wall!

The couple signing on the wall!

Haha! I think I had Adobo then...

Haha! I think I had Adobo then…

I also had a couple of beers at Persimone Cafe…this was during the second night If I’m not mistaken…

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Prior to my last night in Sagada, the couple and I decided to go picnic near the St.Mary The Virgin Church. Actually, it’s much closer to the school ground. We just love nature I supposed.

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On my last night, the couple and I settled at Vincent’s Cafe (my favorite in the trip)

The wall painting at Vincent's Cafe

The wall painting at Vincent’s Cafe

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the note we posted at the wall

the note we posted at the wall

 

cheers!

cheers!

Since the cafe’s closed at 10, we decided to go to my room at the lodge and continue the siesta! lol

my new friends!

my new friends!

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The morning after, it was all too quiet. 🙂 I readied my things right away because it was my last day and I’ve to catch the earliest bus to Baguio City. It was overcast, foggy and sad. It was sad because I’m gonna be missing this place 🙂

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Goin' back to reality

Goin’ back to reality

 

 

My Stay At The Residential Lodge In Sagada (June 2013)

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I had a great time staying here. I thought the place was really “homey” which is what I’ve expected from having read so many good reviews about it.

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Tita Mary Daoas who owned the place was interesting and very motherly. I spoke to her twice and had a little chikahan and I feel like I’m talking to my Mom / Aunt. She was really mabait (kind).

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The lodge has a wifi area at their reception area (ground floor) and offers free coffee and tea to their guests (plus points!)

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I occupied a single bed room which has its own cabinet, a table and a chair plus a single electric socket for all your “electronic” needs. I was at the third floor and there were three shared bathroom with installed heater for each. The floor also has its own living area that has a TV in it.

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My stay there has been nothing short of amazing. I feel more comfortable and at ease with the overall feel of the inn. I so recommend that you book a little in advance because I was told that they’re almost always fully booked.

to be continued…

Sagada’s Pongas Falls Isn’t Small At All! (June 2013)

Me, Chelle and Topher

Me, Chelle and Topher

On my second day during my first solo backpacking trip in Sagada, I met the two “bakasiyonistas” – a couple named Chelle and Topher. They’re from Tarlac and Topher can speak kapampangan (the dialect I speak!) They’re also staying at the Residential Lodge (same floor as well) and I guess, them speaking the same language made us comfortable with one another and we easily hit it off!

Edwin, Chelle and Topher

Edwin, Chelle and Topher

We talked about the tours to do here and we decided to go to the SAGGAS (Sagada Genuine Guides Association) office, we thought that going to a Falls would be an interesting activity. We opted to walk the 6 kilometers distance from the office to the Pongas Falls aka Small Falls with the help ofcourse of our guide, Edwin.

The beautiful Pongas Falls

The beautiful Pongas Falls

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The hike was ardous but reaching the falls was all worth it. As expected, the water was freezing and the stream was moderate enough allowing us to swim on it.

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swimming at the clear and freezing stream!

swimming at the clear and freezing stream!

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We stayed for about an hour and decided to hike back since it started raining but then, the sun smiled at us again. Walking back was very tiring though (I feel like running out of oxygen so I was sooo lagging behind.)

we have to cross this bridge again...

we have to cross this bridge again…

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dead to the world

dead to the world

Upon reaching the inn, I immediately showered and dozed off before heading for dinner. It was just a nap though since the couple and I decided to get some drinks after dinner before calling it a day.

to be continued…

My Solo Backpacking In Sagada (June 2013)

It was my second time in Sagada and this time, I’m doing it on my own. For this trip, I didn’t really have a clear itinerary. All I wanted to do was to enjoy the whole adventure as they unfold in front of me and of course, just do everything on my own pace.

Having no itinerary at all, I still did at least little research. After all, it’s been two years since I stepped into this place. First, I checked more travel blogs and more websites for the best inn/s where I could stay. The last time I was here, I was with my buddy Dominic, we stayed at St.Joseph Inn – as much as I’d love to go back there, I opted to check some more options because I wanted to try something new. After some inquiries and reading rave reviews online, I was able to booked two nights at the Residential Lodge for P700 (roughly 16USD.) Aside from the great reviews by its guests, it’s relatively lower than St. Joseph’s 500 a day economy rates (with no hot showers back then).

Going back to this place, I still opted to use Cable Tours which offers tours from Manila to Bontoc – still for the same rate from the first time I went there (it’s still P650) The ride wasn’t pleasant at all though and it was a bit bumpy on the way and I was seated beside a really huge guy who snore loudly all throughout the trip (that was a bit of a nightmare to be honest.)

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Right after the close to 10 hours ride, we finally reached the Bontoc proper and went to the jeepney terminal to take me to Sagada. Time travel is still about 45 minutes to an hour and the fare was still the same – P45, about a dollar.

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Seeing Sagada once more made me feel home for some reason. It is like an emotional reunion for me with this place. Do you know that feeling that you belong to that place? There’s some kind of serenity in it…

To be continued…

There’s Something About La Playa de San Juan Beach Resort In Lian (August 2012)

I’ve been to Batangas  a few times prior to visiting this side of the province. I’ve heard about Lian before but this would be the first time that I’ll be staying for some kind of a getaway. A real bonding time with friends whom I met in 2012 at my dayjob and I can’t even imagine my life without knowing them.

Jerica, Dek and I before heading to Pasay City.

Jerica, Dek and I before heading to Pasay City.

Roderick  or Dek who introduced us to the place already warned us not to expect anything grandiose. He told us ( Jerica and I) that it’s just a regular resort fronting the Lian beach and his main selling point was the peace that it offers. The three of us went to Pasay where we’ll be riding a bus that will take us to Lian. The travel time from Pasay to Lian was a good three hours. I find it quite long to be honest but it was fun because we just chit-chatted all the way to our destination.

Look at the back! That is where we stayed!

Look at the back! That is where we stayed!

Dek and Jerica enjoying the breeze!

Dek and Jerica enjoying the breeze!

Arriving at Lian, we immediately went to the wet market (I think it was about six in the evening then) to buy some stuff – food and some supply. We had a good 10 minute tricycle ride before reaching the resort. I was kinda expecting the look of the place but I wasn’t expecting that it looks almost dilapidated. What’s shocking is the fact that it’s not the only resort that looks like that, 90% of the structures near the seashore had similar condition.  Turns out, the Typhoon Habagat’s the main culprit.

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I don't have a picture of what it used to look like but this was some few weeks after the typhoon

I don’t have a picture of what it used to look like but this was some few weeks after the typhoon

We’re met by one of the most accommodating couple I’ve met in my life. Nanay and Tatay are so welcoming especially with their almost adoptive son Dek who’ve stayed at the resort for a number of times prior to this trip.

Good hearted people... very hospitable and very fun to be with as well.

Good hearted people… very hospitable and very fun to be with as well.

During our first night, we just drink some good ol’ beers beside the shore and it was just an amazing experience. I don’t know about you but when you’re with special people, you just enjoy the time with them disregarding where the you’re at. And at this instance, it was as if we’re having a grand vacation of some sort.

beer anyone?

beer anyone?

I think I was already a bit tipsy here...

I think I was already a bit tipsy here…

This was also the night that I (apparently) passed out. That is according to Tatay, Dek and Jeka which I don’t remember at all. Haha. It was fun though, we had so much fun that night.

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The following day we just walked through the whole village and the whole shoreline and had some photo ops. It was also a good time for us to reminisce more about just anything and talk about our lives. It was a great bonding experience that let us shared some intimate times in our lives that we usually reserved for people (well, like Dek and Jeka) whom we feel so confident about.

Jerica feeling the moment

Jerica feeling the moment

Dek posing for us haha

Dek posing for us haha

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On our last day, we asked the resort nearby if we could have some pictures in it and the caretaker gladly obliged.

I actually forgot the name of the resort

I actually forgot the name of the resort

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my mock proposal. This picture's pretty funny

my mock proposal. This picture’s pretty funny

my best friends

my best friends

I personally felt sad leaving the place because it means that everything has to go back to normal where the three of us had to go back to our day job. I did promise to myself though that I’d be back and I made good with that promise (watch out for my future posts.)

Being able to spend three days with my two closest friends was nothing but a great experience. It was something that you’d always smile about whenever you remember it. A testament that true friends will be with you for richer or for poorer. I don’t know if I made sense with you guys but this place is one of my favorites especially if you’re with people you hold dear to your heart.

Now, this is what I call "professional" posing haha

Now, this is what I call “professional” posing haha

Revisiting Island Waters Resort – Under the Overcast Weather of Morong, Bataan (July) 2013

Three months after visiting Island Waters for the first time with my friends, I found myself enjoying the oh-so-sweet hospitality of this place again. This time, I’m with my “family” at work – the ever-so-adventurous Team Mona a.k.a Chicago Bears! It was Bert and I who encouraged the team to have our “team building” here.

the "Bears" inside the Victory Liner Bus :)

the “Bears” inside the Victory Liner Bus 🙂

The travel time isn’t easy this time. We got off Cubao at around 4:30-ish and we arrived in Olongapo City at around 8PM and had to wait for the mini-bus for almost two hours. ‘Good thing Larry and Bujawe kept us entertained o_O (luv you boos!) What an amazing couple!

a thousand years of wait for the mini bus. keep smiling guys >_@

a thousand years of wait for the mini bus. keep smiling guys >_@

you guys rock! :)

you guys rock! 🙂

We arrived in the resort at around 11PM and we’re just all so starving – good thing we have our “baon” courtesy of Bert – the Adobo’s the best thing I’ve tasted that time! Haha. To make up for the arduous travel on our way here – we’re surprised to be given the VIP rooms (we just like calling them VIP rooms since they’re the best rooms in the resorts LOL)

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We got into action right away by trying out their videoke machine. Man’ I know everyone’s tired but we won’t let the night passed by without us singing our hearts out! Haha! The resort that night had this lucid feel about it, perhaps because of the weather and the sound of the splashing waves that is making me feel (on a personal note) somehow melancholic.

Nirlu's quality time and pep talk with the Morong Beach!

Nirlu’s quality time and pep talk with the Morong Beach!

I sooo love this shot of larry and bujawe!

I sooo love this shot of larry and bujawe!

hollering at ya beside the resort's pool :)

hollering at ya beside the resort’s pool 🙂

watching this before calling it a "day" gives me a lil'goosie

watching this before calling it a “day” gives me a lil’goosie

the beachfront at around 5AM

the beachfront at around 5AM

We slept at around 4:30AM and woke up after just about two hours – beat that! That’s what you call super power-nap!

To be continued…