All soaked from the rain. Bruce was saying "it's just water."
I didn't have any plans of going to Banawe at all. But when my nextdoor neighbor Mae and Bruce invited me, I took the chance. We left Solano about 10:30 in the morning. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get to the town of Banawe from Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. It looked different since the last time I was there. New and bigger buildings have been built and there's an increase of commercialism. More and bigger stores. Just as soon as we got out the car, the rain started pouring and I was wearing that beautiful fabric sandals. Not rain friendly. Not at all. So we waited for the rain to slow down and then we ran to the stalls and I went straight to the slippers section. Even Gaye and Mameng got themselves a pair of slippers. We went looking for a place to eat and ended up at Chowking.
The town of Banawe soaked up after a heavy rain.
They just openned an express Chowking in the area. They are supposed to be openned during peak seasons. During slow seasons they close down according to the manager who happens to be a friend of Mae's. We had beefnoodle wonton soups and siopao and then we had coffee while waiting for the rain to stop. It kept raining so, we braved the arin and went out looking for dry shirts. We were soaked from the rain earlier. The streets were lined with crafts stores and souvenirs. We bought several stuff, woven cellphone pouches, woven handbags, woven bracelets.Gaye got herself woven anklets. Mae got this life size wooden stick figure, barely fit in the car. We looked for stuff for Bruce to bring home to Sidney, he left April 23. We bought a wooden eagle sculpture not from Banawe but right along the road between Lagawe and Nayon, Lamut Ifugao where they make these sculptures. They seem cheaper. I bought my fruit baskets there.
We came back that evening and we passed by several landslides. But vehicles were still able to pass. We arrived in Solano about six, it was getting dark. I would like to go back again to Banawe. Most especially, I want to go to "Battad". Haven't been there yet but I will.