Of Waterfalls & Thrift Stores
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January 2nd, 2008 – by: Isabetlog
Everyone had huddled in the tiny shack of a cafeteria at the resort as the rain pelted down. You could tell the resort had seen better days and that the only thing attracting people to this place was the Falls.
Down we went the winding staircase by the mountain that led to the basin below. As we neared the bottom, the sound of the thundering rain was drowned out by that of the waterfalls. It was hard to see through all the vegetation at first but once in clear view, I had half the mind to just jump in and completely regretted not bringing an extra change of clothes. The waters were cascading dramatically from the top of the ravine some 70 meters high and into a gorgeous deep blue pool. For the first time, I didn't care how cold the water would be, I just so wanted to swim.
But without anything to change into, there was nothing else to do but take in the view for another ten minutes or so and head back up. The shopkeeper greeted me as her kids and I returned and advised me to stop by one of the Ukay-Ukays (the now ubiquitous second hand stores which originated all the way up in Baguio) on the way to the bus terminal. It was unfortunate that I ran out of time for the Maria Cristina falls, but at least I was no longer drenched. Ukay-Ukay, you are my savior.
I made the bus on time and crashed immediately when I arrived at the hotel. The very next day, I was back home in Manila sporting lovely bruises, a reinvigorated spirit and some new old clothes. Hoohah!
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