bouncing off the top of the clouds, yes we were!

Atok Travel Blog

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stopping at atok municipality! and my first ciggies after almost two hours! ahhh pain relieved!
it was difficult for ben and his backpack because it was so huge, and we were not sure again if we can leave it in the bus compartment, so what we did, we decided to pay his backpack a seat inside the bus, so ben sat with his bag beside him and i sat behind ben. i told ben to select the righthand seat of the bus because it has the greatest, amazing, fatastic and speechless views along the way!

as the bus rolled out of baguio, we started  to eat breakfast, then it wasnt enough for us, so i remembered that jenneth gave me some presents at the meet up! which were all food! i started to look at them in the bag and i found hopia! i dont know how to translate in english but its mostly grounded pork or munggo beans wrapped in fine dough! one or two pieces of it made me full! i gave one pack to ben which he found really yummy! thanks jen!

leaving baguio, the sight of a tollgate gave goosebumps on my skin! the tollgate means we are now entering halsema highway which is the highest highway system in the philippines and im sure in southeast asia as well! the highest elevation of halsema is at 2,400 meters! wow! ive been here lots of times as sagada is my favorite place in the philippines!

entering halsema highway, came atok municipality, it is a large municipality of benguet province, it takes at least two hours to get to the main town, well the difficulty of the high and zigzag roads made it seem impassable but the ride alone was worth it! i was about to take nap, suddenly ben reed frankel (hahaha i had to call him by his full name as i was so annoyed! arrghh) shaked and poked me me and pointing into the road and the mountains! he was so excited! as our bus WAS riding at the top of the clouds! we left at daybreak, and still its very foggy and chilly, so the clouds stayed in between the peaks of the mountains and just beside the road where it drops to a ravine!

ben reed frankel was so so elated, ecstatic and excited! as he never seen anything like this in his life! hahah i told him, our journey was just starting and in the next 7 hours there are still more to come! we high fived! then after two hours of breathless and agonizing bus ride which hurt my butt, passed amazing views that open up in every gap of the the peaks, we had our first stopover! we had to stop for 15 minutes and i was surprised that i saw a caucasian man get out of the bus and i told ben that one of his relatives are also in the bus! hahahahaha.
amazing how these clouds stay so low!


we bought some drinks and some bite, went to the toilet and after almost two hours had my first cigarette break!

two hours had passed and still 4-5 hours more to go of bumpy but scenic and ben's ride of his lifetime! lol

lauro says:
read more of the blog as we camped at 1900 meters! ^_^
Posted on: May 25, 2009
vodkaphix says:
tranquil pictures of clouds, oooooooooh! i am so chilled just looking at them. LOL
Posted on: May 25, 2009
lauro says:
hugasan mo maigi ng tide ultra ha ^_^ para walang bacteria ^_^ hahaha
Posted on: May 21, 2009
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stopping at atok municipality! and…
stopping at atok municipality! an…
amazing how these clouds stay so l…
amazing how these clouds stay so …
ben was so excited! you can see it…
ben was so excited! you can see i…
i was really annoyed at ben poking…
i was really annoyed at ben pokin…
clouds!
clouds!
ben totally totally love it!
ben totally totally love it!
inside the bus!
inside the bus!
while i am definitely not happy be…
while i am definitely not happy b…
sun is up! and breaking the clouds!
sun is up! and breaking the clouds!
the mighty cordillera mountains fr…
the mighty cordillera mountains f…
he was sitting like this the whole…
he was sitting like this the whol…
our not so full bus!
our not so full bus!
in the stop at atok municipality!
in the stop at atok municipality!
the bus company!
the bus company!
our bus!!!
our bus!!!
Atok
photo by: lauro