Between the past few days full of activities, which were filled with laughter and a good atmosphere, we managed to find some sleep before moving up north again. The buzzing alarm clock went off at 5 in the morning and we headed towards Dangwa bus terminal in Baguio. The streets were empty except for a few taxi drivers. Our friend Jasher, who lives in Baguio, told us that taxi drivers in Baguio are acknowleged for their honesty. Which means that most of them don’t rip off people. Ironically, the only time we took a taxi without a local friend we were ripped off instantly. The driver was being too friendly and asking us questions so that we wouldn’t notice the taxi meter wasn’t turned on. We accepted it this time since we didn’t pay attention. So he asked P60 / €0.97 for a 10-minute drive. In the end, it’s nothing compared to the taxi fares here in the Netherlands, we just hope he used the extra money for something useful instead of cigarettes or something.
Off to Sagada!
How to get there (from Baguio)
1. Head to Dangwa bus terminal; it’s near the Baguio Center Mall and the main road Magsaysay Avenue.
2. Buy a ticket; we payed P220 / €3,56 per ticket, which is REALLY cheap especially for a 5-6 hours bus ride through one the most (former) dangerous roads.
1. Make sure you know when the bus is leaving (stop by a day before or something)
2. Be early!!
//You never know, these bus companies/drivers don’t always stay on schedule
// The bus could be full already
3. Bring cash
4. Check your tickets (as you should always do, wherever you are)
5. If your luggage is already loaded in the bus, keep your eye on it!
// Because you should always do that
// The bus could drive away without you (almost happened to us while eating something nextdoor)
6. Last, but not least.. and probably the most important one for people with travel-sickness or car-sickness: Look for a neat seat!
// NOT in the back; that will be your worst mistake ever on this mountain highway
// If you’re given a seat number, you could ask to trade with someone and let the conductor know (yes they will be checking tickets and seat numbers if any). Generally, Filipino’s are very nice people.
7. If you decide to reach Dangwa station by taxi, pay attention and don’t get ripped of by the driver
Along the way
So, after we bought a ticket we went for breakfast in the restaurant next to the ticket booth. Unfortunately, we didn’t write the prices down. But it was fair and cheap. It was early and we weren’t really hungry, so we just kind of sat there like zombies when suddenly we saw our bus loaded with people and ready to go. We jogged our way over there, just in time to catch our bus (and luggage, pay attention!). Lesson learned….
I’m very very very sensitive for car-sickness (me as in Johanna). It’s one of the worst things you can have while travelling, especially in the Philippines where most travels are with automobiles and through mountainous landscapes. I’m not even kidding, it’s as bad as Manila-Baguio and even worse in my opinion. The road is constantly zig-zagging its way through, which is pretty frightening at some times. Not that I would know or notice, since I was very busy surviving my sick feeling. The biggest part of this 5-6 hour trip was spent on Vincents lap, or sleeping. It’s the best way for me to stay calm and control my sickness. Luckily there were some restroom stops to catch some fresh air (and the air is really fresh believe me!). It’s wonderfull. I don’t get really sick in an open boat or car though.. the fresh flowing air really helps for me.
Anyway, the scenery was beautiful and green!
Arrived, and now?
We (I) made it! Now what? We didn’t really plan anything in advance. Our original plan was to stay with a couchsurfer, but he didn’t reply back the past few days and we kind of hoped to find him since Sagada isn’t that big (and he was American, not hard to miss).
Before we went searching for the mystery American, we decided to grab some lunch at the Yoghurt House, which is really famous and recommended by all our Filipino friends who’ve been there.
‘Yoghurt House is a place in Sagada where you could experience the language of food’ – Yoghurt House site.
Yoghurt house makes tasty yoghurt (like strawberry granola yoghurt), but they also serve a mean chicken. So simple, yet so delicious; chicken, rice and salad.
P.S. We ordered only 1 lunch to share, because we were already low in money.. haha it was actually really funny. Until the next post.. * sneaky laugh *
Their balcony upstairs gives you a pretty view and the companionship of cute birds.
After our lunch and our wifi-attempts to find a couchsurfer, we decided to stay at George Guest House. It costed us around P350 / € 5,67 per person, per night. The rooms were clean, the beds were big and we had a small balcony. There’s also a restaurant downstairs, if you’re not in the mood for going out. For a full review and more photos: http://www.tripadvisor.nl/members/thesevenroads
So, since we came unplanned (well we thought someone would show us around, the couchsurfer guy) we had loooots of time.
We could have gone hiking or something, but we were really tired and decided to rest and visit the Sagada Lemon Pie House. The name say it all right? It’s the house of thé Lemon Pie, this second ‘house’ in Sagada is also recommended by many who’ve been in Sagada. We decided to give it a try!
We’re not overreacting when we say it was delicious. It really was, and the setting was cute too. Unfortunately we didn’t make photos of the interior, but there was a section where you could just sit and a section with low tables and pillows a la japanese style. It was pretty quiet in the pie house, it’s a little oase of silence to enjoy your lemon pie. The girl who served us was also very nice. We wish to come back again one day! (http://www.tripadvisor.nl/members/thesevenroads)
It’s called the Lemon Pie House, but it also serves other dishes like Cheesy Omelet with Garlic Rice and Longganisa or Hotdog (Php100)
Watch this video for an impression:
Stay tuned for a next post full of adventure and spontanious action!
– Vincent & Johanna