dream came true for me!
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The Victory Liner bus leaves for Baguio at exactly 10:30pm. It was quite slow and as expected it's already past five when we arrived. Me and Rhea headed straight to Chowking to take our breakfast and after 20 minutes, we're off to Dhangwa terminal to catch the first trip going to Sagada. There were a couple of people seated in the front seats when we entered the small bus and so we occupied the third row. The bus leaves around 6:15AM. The stretch going to Sagada, with its sharp road curves, can be daunting for infrequent Baguio travellers like me, but it will sure give you some kind of visceral rush! I was wide awake the whole time on our 6-hour road trip because I don't want to miss the panoramic mountainside landscapes along the way.
The weather was beautifully sunny but cool when we arrived in Sagada around 1:00 pm. Saturday is their market day so there are lots of local vendors lining up near the drop-off point to sell fresh vegetables and some other stuff. With our back-packs on, we strolled the streets to look for a place to stay. St. Joseph guest house was our first stop. The private room is clean and has a nice bathroom but it's quite far from the town center. Next, we checked the Sagada guest house --- we didn't like the place either because there's no good view out from the window. So we continued to look for other alternatives until we passed by Olahbinan guest house. The owner ate hilda was gracious enough to show us the room #7. It is a private room with hot shower available and two double beds which can accommodate up to 4pax and it's only P600/night.
It's already past 2 when we took our lunch in Alfredo's which is just a few meters away from our accommodation. I'm not really a vegetarian but the crispness of the vegetable we ordered made me crave for more. Until now, I wish that the chopsuey here in manila is as yummy as the one in Alfredo's :) After our sumptuous lunch, we just crossed the street and stopped by the municipal hall to register (a must for every tourist going to sagada). The tourism officer acquainted us with enough options that will keep us on our feet for at least two full days. Yes, if you're in sagada, you will always be on your feet! There's no means of public transportation available that can take you around the town and the only option left is to walk.
Just right at the back of the municipal hall, near the hospital is the most important structure in Sagada --- the church of St. Mary the Virgin, an Episcopal parish. After praying before the wooden statue of Jesus in the altar, we headed off to the echo valley. With rhea as my tour guide, we managed to locate the place easily. Well, you'll know when you're in the right place when you can hear some echoes after shouting a word. haha! You just need to take care when walking since you'll be passing by a cliff but aside from enjoying the sounds of the echoes, you will also admire the lush green forest.
It's still quite early to go back to our guest house so we decided to check out sagada's arts and crafts in sagada weaving. On our way, we met rhea's special friend and she named him "AGA".
"Aga" brought us to our accommodation safe. (funny but it's true!) After a good hot shower and a few minutes of exchanging stories, we hit the sack right away, enjoyed the comforts of our soft pillows, turned the lights off and called it a day --- our first day!