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Reminiscing Sagada: Day 1

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Charmie Gi 3 Comments Category : , , ,

"Looking back, reminiscing happy moments is not optional, it's a choice. Everybody wants to remember happy memories after all."

Sometimes, we look back on our past to remind us about the things that gave us those life-affirming moments. We look back on our past just to revitalize us. We look back on our past to bring back our shaky passion to its old glory. We look back but never should we dwell on our past. Yes, they help us mold to be the person we are of today but we should as well accept the fact that there are some things which ought to stay in the past; that no matter what we do, we can never bring them back. Reflect why they happened or never did, enjoy the present, embrace the change because there are surely a lot of opportunities ahead of you to create happier moments. Let's not waste our precious time dreaming or regretting, instead, we should be more grateful of the things we have in the present.

My Sagada experience, together with my girl friends, is one moment that I like to revisit every now and then and which I think is worthy to share with you guys. It was indeed a cool summer to remember when adventure met relaxation. They say that broken hearts go to Sagada; I say brave hearts do. There are just a lot of enthralling activities you can do there which some will I share with you in this three-part post. We had a 3-day, 2-night trip so lezz go over Day 1 and keep posted for the next two days of our exhilarating Sagada excursion.


1. Banaue Rice Terraces
An overnight travel from Manila brought us to the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Banaue Rice Terraces. Studies indicate that it took the Ifugaos more than 2000 years to build their stone-walled terraces; the highest, best built and most extensive in the world.

Main view point. This is where they took the image found at the back of a 1000 peso bill.

Local people in Banaue wearing their traditional costume.
Have a pose with them! Yes, they know the wacky pose^^

Souvenirs are also available at the viewpoint.
2. Bay-yo Rice Terraces View Point
Located in Bontoc, Mountain Province, this is also one of the most popular stopovers as you go your way to Sagada. The lush terraces and the colorful little town make it a spectacular view.

3. Sagada Homestay Inn & Diner
Just in time for lunch, we arrived at Sagada Homestay Inn & Diner. A place which offers a relaxing view of the quaint, little town and an area intended for bonfire.

View from our bedroom window.
4. Sumaguing Cave
One of the awaited activities in Sagada is caving. We had the options to explore Sumaguing Cave or to have the Cave Connection, explore both Lumiang and Sumaguing Cave, which is unarguably more difficult and takes longer time. We were interested in Cave Connection but by then our bodies were extremely exhausted due to the long travel the previous night. So, we just decided to have the former.

#kapitbisig HAHA.

Waiting Area.
At the mouth of Sumaguing Cave. Going down....
Our guides preparing our lamps.

The rock formations, the coolness of the place were simply amazing.

We ended our activities for Day 1 at around 6pm and off we went to our inn again to rest our poor bodies. The caving experience was truly memorable for me because it was my first time to do spelunking. I couldn't hide my nervousness at that time because the place was dim, we had to step on some slippery rocks, step on cool waters and good heavens know how many times I experienced cramps, few minor accidents happened but our guides assured us of our safety and made things lighter through their funny, green stories (grin:D). Just an advice, I know trust could be an issue but sometimes when you are in a dark, unfamiliar place, you just have to trust. Trust your guide. They know the place, they know what to do, follow simple instructions and most importantly, appreciate the place and let go of your fears. There is beauty even in the darkest places and situations, you just have to open your eyes. 

That's it for Day 1:) Keep posted for the next days of our Sagada trip.

Till next post, lovies. Ciao!

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  1. Awww.. missing Sagada last 2016! :) really worth it to reminisce my adventures there. Great photos! :) Love it.


    1. OMG. A very nice compliment from someone like you! Thank you! 😊♡

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