Our day 2 was too long and we did so much (or maybe I just took a lot of photos?) so I will be chopping this blog post into two parts to give justice to our trip’s 2nd day.
On our second day in Banaue, I was already awake by 6:07 AM to take photos of the sunrise. I was the first one up and everyone else was having a good slumber.. because why not when you’re in a really cozy hotel up in the mountains?!
My photos do not give justice to how breathtaking the sunrise looked. I can still remember how it felt – it was so cold and you could see just the first ray of sunshine peeking into the day. The mountains and the rice terraces were covered with fog and I even caught myself asking if anyone would dare take a dip in the pool beside our room – it must be freaking cold! It was so quiet but not in an eerie way. In fact, the cold gave some sense of warmth and comfort and a promise of a good day. And a good day it was! ?
The scenic view was too beautiful! I wish my phone’s camera had a panoramic setting! Huhu.
After marveling at the beauty of the sunset, I took a shower (thank God there’s hot water!) and then we all proceeded to the Imbayah Restaurant where we had our buffet breakfast. There were a lot of foreigners visiting the place for a tour and they occupied nearly all the tables in the restaurant. We had to sit at the back of the restaurant, which was quite far from the buffet table. Beside us was a long table of special food for the foreigners and we couldn’t get any from there. Boo! It was funny because they wolfed down all the greens and bread while there were a lot of rice and viands untouched. Sayang! I took a video of it a lá Snapchat and if I fully decide to do a vlog on our Banaue trip, I will definitely include that short clip!
I ate so much eggs to my heart’s content!
It was supposed to be our second and last day in Banaue, but mom insisted that the day wasn’t enough to still go to Sagada, drive around, and travel all the way home, so we both called in sick at work (SHH!) and extended our stay. I have no regrets. I may have felt torn at first because I didn’t want to turn my back on my work responsibilities (real talk, bro), but I gave in and realized that it’s not every day that I find myself in such a beautiful place and one that’s local but is so hard to go to!
By 9:03 AM, we were on the road to Sagada but made a slow travel because we kept pulling in on stopovers to take photos of the mountains and the rice terraces. It was all worth it, though! Going to Sagada from Banaue should only be 2 hours or so but we took about 3 hours.
Some of the photos I took during our many stopovers:
#NoFilterBeauty ✨? ⛅️ ?
This is a random view deck we stopped at. The last time I was here in Banaue with my uncle and his family, it was so cold up here and there was a strong breeze. This time, however, it was not as cold and the sun was shining really bright.
As you can see, my iPhone 4 doesn’t take the nicest photos, but these are as real as they can be. I could edit the photos one by one but by then, you would no longer see how it really looks like, which I think would ruin the rawness of nature’s appeal.
Our next stop must be the scariest view deck I’ve seen. It was a ravine at the edge of the cliff already and one wrong move, you’d be breathless before you say, “Goodbye, Philippines!” It was really beautiful, though! Hehe.
Mt. Polis Section
Some outtakes of screencaps from my on-the-road videos:
I took some videos while we were on the road and then I took screencaps of the best clips I could find. Pay attention to that white spot on the mountain, then read the next paragraph.
It’s devastating to see these mountains being ruined by man for money. From far away, you’ll notice they only look small, but when you see them in person, you won’t know you’re passing by them already because they’re that huge. Along the way, we encountered men hard at work, and by work I mean in ruining Mother Nature. 🙁
Kadchog Rice Terraces + The Heritage
Mama taught me to take photos of the signboards we see on the road as we reach our destination. When you look back at your photos, they will remind you of your traverse and adventures.
We finally reached Bontoc where there were these insanely beautiful rice terraces with a river on the ground. Check them out:
I am finally convinced that I need a better camera for my travel photos. The view was much, much more beautiful in person. Okay, I had some pretty bad angles, too. 🙁
Anyway, from where we stopped, there was also this viewpoint where you can sit around and rest. It was very peaceful when we got there, not even a staff was there to guard the place. LOL. Before we left, I saw someone sitting outside this cafeteria so I gave our “entrance fee” to her. She wasn’t just a stranger, though, if that’s what you’re thinking! She’s a local and I asked her if we could hand her our entrance fees before handing them to her.
For everyone’s information, a momma or moma is made of tobacco leaves mixed with betel nut, piper leaves, and lime – a mixture that the locals chew to warm their bodies because it can be really cold up there. Moma makes their teeth red and, if I’m correct, rot a little. You will notice if you go there that the locals have bad sets of teeth and you can see almost all the men sporting red lips! Hehe. If you’re wondering, no, the moma is not an illegal mixture. It is safe and even some women and kids chew them. However, from what I hear, the taste is really bad, to a point that should you feel gutsy enough to try it, you’d only be spitting it out once it touches your tongue. At least, I know that’s what my brother did. They also smoke there aside from chew moma’s.
P.S., by locals, I mean the Ifugao (more on this on Bae Takes Banaue | Day 3). By the way, if you’re fond of calling the locals in Baguio City as Igorots, don’t. They’re called Ifugaos, which is the politically correct term. It’s a close call of comparison between a “Filipino” and an “Indio”, get it?
If you want to take a closer look at how the Ifugaos live, take a look at Luna Tan’s blog post on Banaue. I believe his/her photos give more justice to the Ifugaos’ lifestyle. If you’ve been reading my travels lately, which I hope you are, hehe, you will remember that I didn’t take photos of the marketplace on our 1st day in Banaue because my phone gave up on me. Luna Tan’s blog post will show you the photos I missed taking. (I don’t personally know Luna, I was just researching some information that I could put here when I stumbled across his/her blog. It doesn’t give away any clue on Luna’s gender either, so.)
Back to my blog post, I took some more photos while on the road before we reached Sagada.
OMG, I know, what is #grainy!
I guess I will be ending Bae Takes Banaue | Day 2, Part 1 here.
Please tune in for more stories and photos! It only gets more interesting from here. 😉 Thanks for reading this lengthy post and for allowing me to bring you with me on my journey. I made sure to take at least some decent photos because I intentionally wanted to blog about my recent travels, and now we’re here!
Again, stay tuned for more! ?
May you carry love and light wherever you go,