Sagada Part 2


We woke up at around 2 or 3 am and drove to a dark and misty uphill road.

August 19, 2013

The next day started with a disappointment.

We woke up at around 2 or 3 am and drove to a dark and misty uphill road. From the photos we saw online, the mountain we were heading to was known for its magnificent sunrise view. I wondered about how the driver was able to navigate the steep hill with low visibility.

Jeremie and I sat in the front seat and had a conversation with the driver. Other than the tours, he said that he had his own bee farm. We talked about their culture, beliefs, and way of life. He says that they practice animism and believe that spirits roam among us.


When we reached the top, we saw a couple of other vans parked. This was disappointment number one. We thought we had the place to ourselves, but someone had already arrived and started a bonfire.

Group shot and play with light
Before sunrise

The place suddenly felt too crowded as soon as more vans arrived. It was getting really hard to move without bumping into people.

Disappointment number two came when we realized there was no sunrise. It was too cloudy. I bet we weren’t the only ones disappointed.

Everyone's all smiles despite the disapppointment
Grand mountains
House swallowed by plants
Restaurant lights
Restaurant interior

Our next destination was in an orange farm known for orange-picking. Unfortunately for us, they ran out of oranges for people to pick. Great.

Nothing seems to be going our way, so we decided to drop by a restaurant for breakfast.

Restaurant interior
Restaurant interior
Restaurant interior
Woody cladding
Woody cladding
Bacon that's too saggy and sad
Scrambled eggs
French toast?
Having fun with the natural light
Adrian the lumberjack
Adrian the lumberjack
Tool shed

Afterward, it was time for a 2-hour morning hike.

Mountain view

No sweat. We started like this and ended like fish-out-of-water.

Before the hike
Information booth

We learned our lesson the other day and got a guide from the information booth.

Beginning of a long hike
Tiny humans in a vast ocean of grass.
Hiking through terrace fields
Narrow trail

Wait for me guys! I think I might get an award for being the slowest trekker. I have this fear of heights and this theory that my clumsiness will eventually kill me. Seriously dumb ways to die.


We reached the waterfalls. We didn’t swim though. We just looked at the crowd and headed back up.

Waterfalls at the end of the road
Spirited away moment

It was exhausting and sweltering, but we survived the hike.

Jeremie and I survived the long hike

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