Snapshots From Sagada, Part 1

It took 13 hours to get there (and another 12 to get back to the city) but I would do it all over again. Sagada was/is incredible.

I have always preferred going to the beach for vacations but I think I’m going to have to change the way I do things now that I’ve been to Sagada. No wonder my friend, Erwin, goes every year! He was the one who suggested we take this trip and I’m really glad I didn’t back out. It was nice to take a break, get out of the city and its hulking concrete and metal buildings, and be surrounded by nature.


Waiting for the jeepney to fill so we could leave Bontoc.


Of course we rode on top.

We had brunch at Yoghurt House on our first day and proceeded to waste the rest of the day in bed, napping.


My baked eggplant and basil. Odd how they gave me a spoon.


Yoghurt with strawberry preserves. This was SO GOOD.

I woke up from my nap around 4pm (it was so tempting to sleep through the day. Cold weather is bed weather). Friends and I walked to the cemetery to hang out and take photos.



Rosario Biag was born in 1898 and died in 2005.




We went back to our inn (we stayed at Ohlabinan) to wake up the rest of the group and to have dinner.


At Lemon Pie House.

Food in Sagada takes 20-45 minutes. If this were Quezon City, I’d have been irate and demanded a word with the manager but the long wait didn’t really bother me up in the mountains. Friends and I had time to chat, drink tea or coffee, and play Scrabble. At Lemon Pie House, dessert came first for my friends. They all had several slices of the much vaunted lemon pie before dinner (I just had their delicious lemon tea). I tried it after my longganisa and cheese & onion omelet meal but I didn’t like it much.

We all went back to Ohlabinan for drinks after. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera charger at home so I didn’t take any photos during the night.

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  • Reply Kenna December 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Wow looks like an awesome trip. Can’t wait to see the rest of the photos.

  • Reply Gabby December 15, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Hi, Helga. How much does it cost? (“IT” referring to the Sagada getaway). I’m referring to the transpo, the accommodation and stuff. Thanks!

    • Reply Helga December 15, 2010 at 11:51 am

      We took the Manila-Bontoc bus from Cable Tours (fare is 650, one way). The jeepney from Bontoc to Sagada is 40 pesos. We stayed at Ohlabinan Inn for 250 a night, communal bathroom with hot showers.

      It’s food in Sagada that’s expensive!

  • Reply C December 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Im just wondering about the avatar in your reply. I mean the picture, is that you?

    • Reply Helga December 16, 2010 at 1:19 am

      Yeah, from 5 years ago haha

  • Reply Jinx December 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    i really dig your style love…

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