For the longest time Sagada is on my bucket list and now its time to tick off the list (pa-birthday ko nadin sa sarili ko). Ang kailangan ko nalang ay mga makakasama. I almost messaged everyone I know for this trip, I’m really desperate to push this trip. The more the merrier! (The more the less gastos) and its more convenient to go on groups.
It almost took us forever to plan this trip (chos lang! mga 6 months lang naman). If you know me I love doing DIYs, lahat gusto ko i-DIY (haha, yes I’m a tita trapped in a 27 y/o body). After all the researching and canvassing we finally came up with our own itinerary. Umabot pa kami sa point na “magbook nalang kaya tayo ng sa mga travel agency?”, pero ma-pride ako kaya push and DIY trip na ito,haha.
Disclaimer: This will be a long post.
Off to our Sagada Experience. (January 22-24,2016)
DAY 1: Banaue Rice Terraces, Sagada, Sumaguing Cave
Our call time was supposed to be 10PM (January 21) pero almost 12AM of the next day na kami nakaalis from Malolos. We were a total of 11 pax (including the driver). I have no sense of direction so hindi ko na maalala san kami dumaan basta nakarating kami ng Banaue. Pinilit ko talagang sa Banaue magdaan papunta para Makita ang rice terraces kahit na mamatay matay na kami kakadasal dahil sa zigzag na daan. We ate breakfast somewhere, sobrang tipid namin may kanya kanyang toka sa food.
After picture taking byahe na ulit to Sagada. Upon arrival we checked-in at Shamrock Hotel (near Lemon Pie House). We occupied two rooms (5-6 pax per room). After checking in we looked for place to eat lunch and ended up at Pinikpikan House.
After lunch we headed to the municipal hall for registration (take care of the receipt its like your pass to every place) and looked for tour guides, but there was no one available. We just decided to go straight to Sumaguing Cave, sabi naman nila madami tour guides dun. We waited for like 30 minutes before kami makakita ng guides na available.
Sumaguing Cave. Its all poop and pee of bats sa entrance. Bawal mag-inarte, wala kang choice walang ibang daan. Its so slippery we need to take of our sandals/shoes. Its my first time to try spelunking and I must say you really do need a lot of energy.
Akala ko hindi kami makakalabas ng buhay, that was really fun and tiring. Next stop: Lake Danum for sunset viewing. Yun lang pagdating namin nakalubog na ang araw. Epic fail! We ate dinner and now I can already feel my legs hurting, ang sakit nadin ng katawan ko. Then, we went back to our hotel to freshen up and call it a day.
DAY 2: Kiltepan Sunrise, Adventure Trail, Bomod-Ok Falls
Call time was 4:30AM. Yup, sleeping at almost 11PM and waking up at 4:30AM was not easy lalo na kung masakit ang katawan mo. Nagmaintenance ako ng Alaxan,haha. We need to get up early to catch the sunrise at Kiltepan. It was still dark when we got there, we waited and waited and waited for the sunrise until ang dami ng tao sa paligid. We waited until 6AM or 7AM but there was no magical sunrise experience (nag-aassume talaga ako ng mala-pelikulang sunrise).
Went back to our hotel and ate breakfast at Lemon Pie House. I loved their lemon pie! (Yes, I love maaasim na food).
Dahil busog na, time for the Adventure Trail (Hanging Coffins, Echo Valley, Underground river, Forest trails, River Crossing, Bokong Swimming Pool). More lakad more fun and more sakit ng katawan. Ginusto ko to diba?haha, walang sisihan.
After the adventure trail we went back to our hotel and ate lunch. Then, off we go to Bomod-Ok Falls. Ano ba tong pinasok ko?haha, more and more walking. The view was so nice kaya sulit ang sakit ng legs. Lumublob lang kami sa tubig, hindi mo kakayaning magswim. Maninigas ka talaga sa lamig!
Lakad papunta, lakad pabalik! Lakad pa more. We’re separated into groups na kasi ang bagal na naming maglakad. And when the tour guide means “patag” don’t be deceived. Patag means sementado or hindi lubak lubak ang daan pero pataas padin or pababa. Sa sobrang pagod na nag-avail na kami magjeep kahit apat lang kami, wag ka topload pa!haha. Super lamig ng hangin tapos sa gilid mo bangin na, buwis buhay! Went back to the hotel at gusto ko nalang matulog dahil sa pagod. Dinner at Yoghurt House (sobrang daming tao we have to wait for almost an hour) and ikot ikot for pasalubongs.
DAY 3: Marlboro Sunrise, Highest Point, Baguio
Call time was the same because we wanted to try Grassy Land or Marlboro Sunrise (baka eto na ang chance para magkita kami ng legit na sunrise). It was so cold I almost cried, considering 3 layers na yung suot ko may scarf pa. It was an easy climb compared to the others (yabang ko sa easy climb!haha) pero kung ganong masakit na katawan mo ay goodluck. I think we were only two groups that went ther. We had the peak all to ourselves and waited for the sunrise while eating breakfast. But, then again walang sunrise the clouds are all over the place hindi nagpakita ang sunrise. May alat ba ako sa sunrise at sunset?haha.
Time to go back, pack-up na mahaba pa ang byahe pauwi ng Bulacan. When we got to where we left the van and driver wala si kuya, nabutasan pala ng gulong. So, we had to walk to meet him halfway (lakad pa! walk and walk and walk pa more). The plan was to go orange picking kaso sobrang tarik ng daan di na naming tinuloy. Orange eating nalang habang hinihintay yung van.
We went back to the hotel ate lunch and packed our things. Goodbye for now Sagada, I hope I can go back to try the foods naman. Sobrang daming activities di na namin na-explore yung ibang kainan.
Baguio na kami pauwi, went to Strawberry farm, hindi kami namitas nagpicture lang kumain ng strawberry taho, mangga at mais. The, we went pasalubong shopping sa palengke, ate dinner and larga na pabalik ng Bulacan. It was so tiring, with all the walking and activities we’ve done tahimik na lahat pauwi.
I finally ticked off one from my bucket list: Sagada – CHECK!
We spent around Php 4,500.00 each (10 pax + driver) all in all. It already includes van rental, driver fee, gasoline, hotel accommodation for 2 nights, environmental fees, activity/entrance fees, tour guide fees, and food. DIY trip – CHECK!
Till we meet again Sagada! Three days is not enough to explore your beauty.