Tuesday, December 22, 2009
crossing along mountain ridges of the Ifugao province was one that i anticipated the whole week before we went to Banaue. i believe the road trip to Cordillera never fail to amaze backpackers like us.on a Friday night, i met ironwulf, lagalog and erick at the Autobus terminal in Espana Manila. we were there on time and even had the chance to befriend Nuno, a backpacker from Portugal who was also going on a trip to Batad.the bus left relatively on time and we decided to rest on this trip to prepare for the treks, which we will be taking the next day. we took the bus bound for Banaue. a nine-hour trip from North of Manila.upon arriving in Banaue, we had our breakfast before taking the trip to Batad, our main destination. since the public jeepney to Batad is still at 3:00pm, we were offered an option to join a Korean family who was rented a van going to Batad's saddle. Batad's drop off point.we agreed with the price though a bit higher than the regular jeepney, still we made a great choice as taking the van was more comfortable. though to best experience there was to ride a jeepney and experience the topload ride.about an hour trip, we were again passing along mountains covered with fog. there were other foreign tourists who were taking the same route to the saddle. mostly backpackers.some parts of the road were still being repaired from landslides which may have been caused by the typhoons that passed months back. makes it unsafe to travel the Cordilleras when a typhoon enters the region.our van would stop once in a while to allow us to take shot of some of the view sites. showcasing rice terraces as if giving us a glimpse of what was ahead of us.coming up next the trek down to Batad's view point. also i'm announcing the winner for the Banaue series contest. the correct answer as to where i lost my favorite bonnet was in Marinduque. many might have guessed Sagada but just a note, i always bring a bonnet every time i travel. two guessed it right and the Tsuper magazine goes to Aline. thanks for all those who joined.