10.05.2011 – BACK TO MANILA

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EARLY NEXT DAY, “AT DAYBREAK” AT 7.00 AM, WE WENT FOR BREAKFAST – PLAIN VANILLA. WE HAVE STARTED OUR LAST TRIP IN THE PHILIPPINES STILL IN THE RAIN, BEFORE 7.40 AM. DIRECTION MANILA. BECAUSE THE SHOWERS THE FIRST 50 km WENT RATHER SLOWLY, THEN THE WEATHER HAS BEEN GETTING BETTER. (more…)


09.05.2011 – THROUGH SAGADA TO BAGUIO

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EARLY THE NEXT MORNING WE SCRAMBLED TO OUR FEET, GOT BACK ONTO THE ROAD AND TRAVELLED TO THE RICE TERRACES … THIS TIME IN BONTOC. WE TRAVEL ALONG WITH A HIGH MOUNTAIN RANGE – THIS AREA IS THE FOOD BASKET OF LUZON (THE ISLAND ON WHICH WE ARE; THE BIGGEST ISLAND OF THIS ARCHIPELAGO). THE ENTIRE ROUTE IS WRAPPED UP IN A MORNING FOG … WE HAVE ARRIVED IN BONTOC AT 8:30 AM, MUCH SOONER THAN WE EXPECTED AND WHAT OUR INFORMATION SUGGESTED. (more…)


08.05.2011 – BANAUE AND SURROUNDINGS

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WE HAVE ARRIVED TO BANAUE IN THE EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING AFTER ABOUT 7 HOURS DRIVE (CIRCA 390 km) HAVING NOT QUITE ENOUGH SLEEP BUT READY FOR SIGHTSEEING. IT HAS TURNED OUT THAT OUR DRIVER WAS ALSO A GREAT, INTELLIGENT AND OBSERVANT GUIDE. HE QUICKLY REALISED WHAT OUR NEEDS WERE AND TOOK US TO AN APPROPRIATE HOSTEL-MOTEL – GREEN VIEW LODGE. WITHOUT FLAMBOYANCE HOWEVER DESIRABLY LOCATED, CLEAN AND WITH A HOT RUNNING WATER IN BATHROOMS AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES FOR 800 P PER ROOM. WE HAVE IMMEDIATELY JUMPED IN SHOWER TO THE WASH OFF FROM OUR BODIES THE 24 HOURS FILM OF THE STALENESS AND THE TIREDNESS AND HAD OUR BREAKFAST. IN THE MEANTIME THE DRIVER ARRANGED ANOTHER CAR FOR US TO TAKE US TO THE  RICE TERRACES AND A BED FOR HIMSELF. NEGOTIATIONS WITH A DRIVER WHO HAD DRIVE US AROUND “A HUB” OF THE RICE TERRACES LED TO A REDUCTION IN THE PRICE FROM 3 300 P TO 2 800 P. MAYBE I COULD HAVE PUSH THE PRICE DOWN A BIT MORE, BUT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THAT WE LEFT AT AROUND 7:00 AM AND RETURNED AT 6:00 PM I WOULD CONSIDER THE PRICE OK. (more…)