NOTE: This itinerary is not the actual expenses of the Banaue-Sagada Adventure. This is a sample itinerary, it was a guide to Violet and her 3 other companions. To see the actual Banaue-Sagada (Click Here)

Explore Banaue, Sagada and side-trip Baguio 2013 (May 20-22)

Sagada Tour 

  • 2 Days Tour at Kiltepan, Echo Valley, St Mary’s Church, Big Falls (BOMOD-OK Falls), Pottery House, Sagada Weaving, –Sumaguing Cave and Rock inn/Orange Farm

TRANSPORTATION = approx 1,315 

A. Manila-Sagada
– Manila to Banawe: 450
– Banawe to Sagada: 200

B. Sagada- Manila
– Sagada- Baguio Fare: Php220
– Victory Liner Baguio to Manila: 445

Room/house (400/2 nights)
 Canaway Rest House, 0920-7592039 / 0910-7092631

Foodies: Breakfast: egg, bread, rice, tuyo, canned goods, noodles (house) or dine outside

Lunch and Dinner
1. Lemon Pie: This food establishment is popular for, you guess it, lemon pies. They also serve other desserts like blueberry pies and egg pies. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner meals as well. Free wi-fi with a minimum order of Php200. 25/pie

2. Salt n PepperOwned by the charming couple Safe and Andrew Pekas, this restaurant is one of the few establishments that open early to serve food to hungry tourists. Free wifi. 100+ up to 200+/meal

3. Yoghurt House: If you are in search for a healthy fix, head out to Yoghurt house where they serve salads, pasta and of course yoghurt with fruits in season. 50/yoghurthttp://www.traveling-up.com/food-trip-sagada/#more-3662

Sagada Tour Proposed Itinerary:
Day 00 (May 19)
8pm Call-time
9:00-10:00 Departure

Day 01 (may 20)
7:007:30am Estimate time of arrival at Banaue (450pesos)
9:30: Banawe- Bontoc TOPLOAD (150)
10:00: Bontoc Museum (60)
and Walter Rice Meal: Red Rice, Fried Egg, Fried Chicken, 2 Slices of Porkchop and Vegetables (90)
11:00-12:00: Bontoc – Sagada TOPLoaD (45)
1:00 – 3:00 House Haunting (400/night) and Lunch at Salt & Pepper or Yoghurt House (150) and plenty of rest
0300pm Proceed to Lumiang Cave and Sumaguing Cave for normal caving (125/pax)

Kindly check for theproper attire: http://www.saggas.org/2009/09/spelunking-attire.html

0500pm Estimated time of return from the cave
0530pm Back to Lodging (Wash up) and rest
0700pm Dinner (on own pax account) (150pesos)
(pain-reliever is advisable at all cost)

Day 1 expenses: 1620 pesos

Day 02 (May21)
0500am Wake-up call. Breakfast (own account) (150)
0600am Proceed to Kiltepan for Sunrise Viewing (Optional)
0700am Start of Bomod-Ok Falls Trek
1100am Lunch at Rock Inn Farm (On pax own account) (200)
1200pm Visit the Orange Orchard at Rock-Inn Farm (50)
01:30pm Visit Sagada weaving and Pottery
02:00pm St. Mary’s Church, Bokong (Small) Falls, Underground River, lake danum  and Echo Valley, Ganduyan Museum (where the hanging coffins are located)
04:00pm Rice planting activities (request it from the tour guide)
0700pm Dinner and Rest (On pax own account) (150)
(pain reliever is advise)
Environmental Fee – 35/pax

choose your tour guide: http://www.saggas.org/2009/08/saggas-members.html
optional but highy reccomended: Vehicle 1800 + 1200 tour guide (750/each)

Day 2 expenses: 1335
Day 03 (May22)
0600am Proceed to Kiltepan for Sunrise Viewing (Optional) 
7:00: breakfast (150)
8:00am Pasalubong hunt (300)
9:00am check out travel to baguio (220)
1100am Lunch  ans sight-seeing Baguio Ben cab museum or la trinidad strawberries (150)
1:20pm Baguio -Manila (445)
7:20 Arrival

Day 3 expenses = 1265 pesos


Summary= 1620 pesos + 1335 pesos + 1265 pesos = 4220 pesos


Banaue, Ifugao: Dreaming of a Dream

Traveling Luzon was not on the top-list of Violet. Why? Long hours of traveling on the road is not her thing, she is hyper and restless, and boredom often occurs to her in waiting too long. The farthest she had been was in Baguio and 6-hrs of sitting in a bus is really a pain in her ass. She’s anyway living in Luzon, that’s why she prefer Visayas or Mindanao, which can be reached by traveling in an airplane which is faster. Now, she is going North with her friend – Len. Learn what made her travel up and what adventure unfolds as they travel from Manila to Sagada.

Hagdan-handang Palayan ng Banaue or also known as the Banaue Rice Terraces is Violet’s childhood dream. She dream of becoming a Chemistry mobile teacher in Banaue, then maybe marry an Igorot and live a simple life with the view of the rice terrace. Probably she will never get that dream but at least she had seen the place and breathing in the what is left of that dream. This tour is part of Banaue-Sagada Adventure.


Being young, Violet was rebellious. She wanted freedom and she wanted to get that freedom by going to a far place. But life was unpredictable, some freedom are not exactly same with running away. Life could be difficult (for someone who is not rich) and deciding being a mobile teacher means lesser income as well. Reality strikes! That childhood dream had to be shoved into the box and find a job in the Metro.

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted

~Excerpt from I dreamed a dream; Les Miserables

But some dreams are too strong, even if you ignore it for quite a long time, it will always finds it way to resurface.Through friends and people who (like Violet) has the passion to seek adventure and to travel, they had planned to visit Sagada. Finally, a way to pass by Banaue.???????????????????????????????

A month of preparation was done. Reading travel blogs and researching about the modes of transportation, transpo, food, hostel and attraction costs, when to visit (fixing everyone’s schedules), where to visit and to stay and all of the essential things to bring… Yes! It was decided to visit Sagada on May 20-22. After contemplating for about a month, an itinerary for four persons was made.


From 8 prospects of adventure mates, it was trimmed into 4 (a week before the trip) and a slash of 1 mate due to emergencies (2 days before the trip ) and ate Fe backed out (due to her migraine) on the night of the trip, and that’s it – Len and Violet are the last two standing. By hooked and by crooked, the adventure for 2 begun on the night of May 19, 9:00 PM and arriving in Banaue, 6 in the morning. Here is the itinerary  for Banaue-Sagada Adventure.

Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces

Len & Violet at Banaue View Point

Len & Violet at Banaue View Point. Photo courtesy of Len Flores

Violet had made her dreams come true. She had seen the place she had been dreaming for so long now. Thanks to her travel buddy – Len for coming this long way. Adventures are worth sharing and if it wasn’t for Len, the trip will definitely had gone back to the box of shattered dreams. Thank God for friends. 🙂

See: A Quick Tour at Banaue Ifugao. Getting there, must see, the people and the experience. 


Quickie Banaue

Hagdan-handang Palayan ng Banaue or also known as the Banaue Rice Terraces is Violet’s childhood dream. She dream of becoming a Chemistry mobile teacher in Banaue, then maybe marry an Igorot and live a simple life with the view of the rice terrace. Probably she will never get that dream but at least she had seen the place and breathing in the what is left of that dream. This tour is part of Banaue-Sagada Adventure.


Banaue: As Our Eighth Wonder of the World.

Ohayami bus. Manila to Banaue Route.

Ohayami bus. Manila to Banaue Route.

Getting There: 

Take Ohayami bus located at Cor. J. Fajardo St., Lacson AveFare: 450 pesos and leaves at 9:00 PM and 10:00 PM daily (reserve if possible).

Stop-overs: Bulacan and Nueva Vizcaya.

Driver and ticket conductor is very friendly and helpful. They let us took the 9:00 PM bus even if our tickets is for 10:00 PM. The bus is not spacious but we’re seated well, it’s just that we cannot sleep at night especially in a bus ride.

Must See/Saw:

  • Batad Rice Terraces and Bangaan Rice Terraces declared as World Heritage Sites.
  • Banaue View Point: Take snapshots of the famous Banaue rice terraces. Find elderly Igorots and take photos of them. Buy souvenirs and try Igorot wooden bikes. 
  • Museum of Banaue View Inn: Founded by American anthropologist Dr. Otley Beyer, the first to study the Ifugao culture. Open by request.
  • Museum of Cordillera Sculpture: This museum by collections runs exclusively on the generosity of the Schenk and Ida family, donations and the 100 pesos admission fee. Located next to Spring Village Inn and is open from 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Tappiyah Falls: A 45 minutes to and hour walk from Batad Village..
  • Chapah Waterfalls: Located in Bocos Village.

Ifugao elders

 Violet and Len (her travel buddy) arrived 6AM in Banaue, one-hour ahead of schedule. The town is still sleeping and the only thing left to do is to roam around and find a place to eat breakfast.

People’s Restaurant

The staff are very accommodating and will certainly entertain every request if possible. Just like if you need the map of Banaue for 25 pesos (Violet collects maps of the places she visits), if you need your cellphones to be recharge and if you want to roam around, you can leave your bags with them, as well. They are also very fluent in english which is quite admiring, too. Anyways, this is our Dansilog breakfast for 90 pesos and the menu/price list.

Dansilog of people's  restaurant in Banaueprice list of menu of people's restaurant

Since the van were still waiting for other passengers, Violet and Len took their time to enjoy the veranda view showcasing the town of Banaue and its landscape, and later went for a walk to a bridge near the place (seen in the picture).

Banaue Rice Terraces view from the veranda

View of BanaueBanaue Town Proper

Playing at the Bridge

The bridge is mainly used to connet and access the other side of the town proper. Once the town wake up, there are lots of things you can see specially in the market place.

Photo courtesy by Len Flores

Violet at the Bridge Len at the Bridge

Here are some of Violet’s shots at the bridge:

Banaue bridgeFish pond near the bridgeBanaue bridge crossingCrossing Banaue bridge

Banaue View Point

By 8:30AM, the van is ready to go. For about 10 minutes we arrived at the view point. Here you’ll find a better panoramic view of vast terrain land of Banaue. Find elderly Igorots and take photos of them/with them, try out the peace sign which is cute in the picture below (with donations). Buy souvenirs and try Igorot wooden bikes. DSLR Photos courtesy from Len Flores, captured by Violet.



Meet Pascal, a French backpacking world traveler. He’s staying in the Philippines for 21 days and his first PH journey is in Banaue-Sagada.

While here are some of the souvenirs found in the area (Violet’s photos):

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Haggling Tip: Bargain to save money, this is an essential skill needed in traveling in the Philippines.

  • The round woven bag cost 150, with haggling, get it for 130. In Sagada, it cost 180. The bigger bags are cheaper in Sagada (see Sagada Adventure). 
  • The key chains 3 pieces for 100 pesos, with haggling, 4pcs/ 100 pesos.
  • Ref Magnets cost 120 pesos, get it for 100. Smaller ones for 80 and get it for 50.

Violet and Len didn’t got their chance on seeing the 2 museums, even the Bontoc museum which 2-3 hrs travel away from Banaue. In order to enjoy more of Banaue and see the famous Batad, at least stay about a day or two which definitely on Violet’s travelogue list now.

Next destination is Sagada, Mountain Province. The van from Banaue cost 300 pesos which include the stopover at the Banaue View Point which passed b Bontoc and headed to Sagada.


Sparkling Malcapuya Island


March 6, 2013

It was day 3 of the 4-days/ 3-nights Coron trip. The face-hidden wanderlust a.k.a. Violet  and her cousin took the island hopping tour D which includes Bulog IslandBanana Island and Malcapuya Island for 1,100/pax.

AWE. The face-hidden wanderlust is in a awe state. She was overwhelmed by the beauty of the Bulog Island and Banana Island, and now the Malcapuya Island. Docking in the shallow water covered with lots of decaying leaves, nearby trees are also present, then walking through a rocky path and then the chalk-like white sands, it’s like an ordinary white beach.  But it’s like a hidden gem, it needs a little scratching before one can appreciate its beauty. And so, that’s what they did.

Scratching. These are the ordinary view: walking pass through the stretch of white sand beach, it was definitely pristine. There are no establishments in the island, it has a natural hill view deck, and  its just a simple beach – and I like it that much. One simple and charming beach. Wishing it will not turn into like the crowded Boracay.



Raising the ordinary to extraordinary: jaw-dropping view.

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Ordinary to extraordinary: sweet escape

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Violet as a non-swimmer went out there in the sparkling waters of the island and saw the images of the “taklobo” or giant clams and other marine creatures, it was an amazing view from down under. Special thanks to Kuya Larry for swimming while Violet and her cousin hold on the buoy.882444_10152316151432925_1769276710_o

The most memorable part of visiting Malcapuya Island is not really on its surface but it’s within its depth. It would be one memory the face-hidden wanderlust can never forget.

Beauty is skin deep (and also water deep). We must learn to take risk, to venture on a journey and wander into the unknown, everything on Earth always comes with discovery or forever wonder what’s out there.


Lacking Social Regards (The Experiment)

Have you seen the video of “GENTLEMEN” by a Korean singer named Psy? Oh please! Do not be like that! The face-hidden wanderlust is on the pursuit on finding real gentlemen (any man of good and courteous conduct especially in riding PUV) in this world.

Traveling in the metro via jeepney, bus, LRT and MRT is one of the face-hidden wanderlust favorites. She loves getting on and off different routes, touring around the web-like streets leading to two different places or cities, observing how PUV and people follow traffic rules, and how people behave while commuting. These also teaches her how to be street-wise and tolerant, and that’s the advantage of PH transportation for her.

However, it’s a fact that taking these modes of transportation also means doing: “standing ovation” standing the entire journey;pushinggetting on and off the LRT and MRT needs some pushing on people who are blocking your way;chasingrunning after the bus/ jeepney to get on it or jumping out of it as it still moves,amazing race racing against people so to be loaded on the jeep or bus; and many other terms as long as Philippine transportation is concern, these are some of the disadvantages.

Yet, Violet is not a masochist or sadistic. She’s enjoying each ride but she doesn’t find any pleasure on commuting especially when she experiencing pushing and standing ovation. That’s the truth.

Sticks and stones, never lose your grip and ignoring them is her mantra. She always find something irritating, fist-clenching, middle finger raising, eyebrow twitching, mouth pouting and frowning, eyeball rolling and saying-stfu-in-her-mind on people along her way but definitely she avoids trouble (mostly, just whining a little and giving deadly stares) and these usually occurs with an encounter with male passengers. LOL! Perhaps, we all (ladies) do these? 🙂

But never underestimate the power of this girl, she had been using her charms/ being a young lady as her advantage when usually riding this public utility vehicles. But aside from this, he had been experimenting for some quite time now and usually with bus, LRT and MRT rides only. She calls this as the “Lack of Social Regard.”

The scenario is this:

A young lady, cute, not-face-hidden, has natural curves in her body, has long-dark hair, chinita eyes, light complexion (according to her friends whom she’d asked for her description of chances being noticed by male passengers) ride on a bus/ MRT/ LRT. She would go near a man whom is comfortably seated on his chair.

Now the question is, what would be the immediate response of the man? Would he give his seat to this lady?

On The LRT Line 1

Trial 1: On the male sectioned train, she enters with two friends. She stands near a man who is approximately on his 30’s. Nothing happened. The man ignored her and her two companions.

Trial 2: She stands in front of a man who is about 40 and some 2 other guys near him is about 25- late 30s. Again nothing happens.

Trial 3: Rush hour, she came in and pushed her way into the middle. Some guys are giving some spaces to let Violet and her girls get in. At the mid-section of the train, mostly girls are seated with their bfs and husbands. But still men, seated and they just ignored the standing woman.

Note: Failure to find a real gentlemen in LRT Line 1. It does not count, if the male subject get off the station.

On The MRT

Trial 1: On the male sectioned train, she came in. No one moves and then an elderly enters, no one moves again. @!$#%

Trial 2: On the male sectioned train, she had a seat. Then, a pregnant lady came in on the 3rd to the last station and no one seems to noticed her. Violet gave her seat. No gentlemen sited.

Trial 3: On the male sectioned train, she came in with two girl companions and stand in front of a young man in his 20s. The man immediately offers his seat. Violet took her friend and shared the seat vacant. The other man (in his late 30s) reading a newspaper also stand and gave up his seat, making more space for both girls. While the policemen in their front, ignore the other girl who is still standing.

Note: Sited two gentlemen.

On The bus

Trial 1: The bus is full. The man offered his seat to Violet and stand the entire trip going to SM North Edsa.

Trial 2: Going to Manila, the bus is full. No gentleman sited. When some passengers are unloaded, instead of Violet taking her seat as gestured by few men, she offered it to an elder lady.

Trial 3: Going to Pasay, she stands near a man who is comfy seated and the bus is full of men and women standing. 20 minutes passed and the male guy seating arrived in his destination, the vacant seat is available for Violet but instead of seating she gave it to her 12 year old girl companion (who is in front of a man who is in his 40s but ignored the standing kid). Shame on to these men. But she saw a man in his early 20s, gave his seat for an old lady (the man’s stood up more than 20 minutes then arrived at Baclaran and get off).

Note: One gentleman sited.

Random sampling is used. Based on true encounters. The result is such a shame. It doesn’t really need any statistical analyses for us to determine what a true gentleman is in this social experiment.

Recommendation: A nice face may also lead for a man to offer his seat, maybe Violet would try another random sampling with another standing girl. It is also a shame that woman thinks that they don’t have any say on this, we can have our chances to become a gentleman or a gentlewoman to a kid, a lady, a pregnant woman, PWD or an elderly. Let’s not be a person who do not have a social regard on these people.

For the next encounters of the face-hidden wanderlust, she’ll reward those gentleman with good manners and gonna get an interview with them, too.