Hi, guys! I know I am already so behind on my Banaue blog posts, so let me make it up to you by writing this 3rd volume out of the 5. We spent five days in Banaue, so naturally, I would be writing 5 blog posts as well. On our third day, we woke up to the sun shining brightly at us, we had a hearty breakfast (mom’s choice), and then we went to Sagada for a quick trip.
Ready for Day 3? Let’s go!
It’s so nice that we woke up to see the sun shining so brightly at us. It was a really nice sunrise to wake up to. The past two days only brought us foggy mornings because of the weather, but I’m not complaining since I love cold weather anyway. I prefer it over sunny days actually, just because I sweat easily and I hate sweating. The lighting was so nice that I took advantage and snapped some selfies.
We had french toast, hotdogs, and eggs for breakfast, as per mom’s request. She loves her bread!
We went to Sagada that day because.. well, just because. I was a bit disappointed because I wanted to really explore Sagada this time but we ended up staying shorter than the last time. If it doesn’t sound tacky enough, we only went to Sagada to have muffins and coffee. LOL. Next time, I really want to explore Sagada and go backpacking. Live how locals do, eat what locals do, and basically just explore what I can in Sagada because, so far, I’ve only seen the mouth of Sumaguing Cave and the hanging coffins on the Lumiang Burial Cave. I’m sure there are still a lot of Sagada that I haven’t seen. Anyway, Jec also wants to go there since he’s never been there, so it might be a good opportunity to travel there as a couple. What do you think?
I’m also sad that the majority of Sagada is already so commercialized now. Among the north provinces I’ve been to, I’d say Banaue is the only one that has retained its rural lifestyle. Forget Baguio. It’s already been so populated from years ago. It’s sad to see so many establishments being built in Sagada left and right. I’m also disappointed that Sagada Brew changed in its food quality when I actually had a nice first visit there. The rosemary and thyme chicken I had was amazing and I even remember their service water having lemon slices. Now it doesn’t anymore.
Anyway, complaints aside, we went back to Gaia Cafe and stayed there for maybe about an hour before going back to Banaue. Before leaving, we passed by Sagada Weaving and another souvenir shop for some thingamajigs. We couldn’t stay long because it was still a long way back and the road going back is pitch black and really slim, almost like it’s a one-way road so we had to be extra careful. There was also a portion that is prone to cracking (yikes!) so we were looking out for that. None of us slept during the drive back to Banaue because we wanted to keep Manong preoccupied (and mentally awake).
SAGADA, MT. PROVINCE / GAIA CAFE, SAGADA
LUMIANG BURIAL CAVE / HANGING COFFINS
We were almost at Banaue when we stopped to get some knick knacks. We went down from the car and, mind you, it was the lowest temperature I’ve felt in my life. I want to say it’s freezing, but there’s no snow yet, so it’s not yet that harsh. But then again, for someone who has lived in a tropical country all her life, I get very sensitive to cold weather easily.
When we finally got back to Banaue, we went straight to Banaue Hotel to have dinner. We had burgers for take-out because we’re the kind of people who can get hungry easily. I’d like to believe we have dragons in our stomachs. Anyway, I can no longer recall what we specifically did that night. But yes, we had our burgers before sleeping. We wanted to have an early morning the next day, so we tried sleeping early.
Of course to no avail. We slept past 11 pm already. LOL.
Imbayah Restaurant’s (inside Banaue Hotel) burgers are too good to be true! They have the fattest buns ever! *burp*
So anyway, I’ll be editing my day 3 vlog soon. For now, you can watch my previous Banaue vlogs on my YouTube Channel. Subscribe if you want to see more of me and my mundane adventures. 🙂
All images were captured using iPhone 6S and were post-processed using VSCO app.