Note: This is a continuation of Part 6
Finally, we left Sagada before 12 noon.
We were taking the same reliable yellow jeepney (right) that we took and through the same route (Bontoc, Banaue and Nueva Vizcaya) that we passed before on our way to Sagada. The weather gradually became less cold as we journeyed back down to the lowlands.
We had lunch again at Tchayapan Restaurant. This time we had pinikpikan chicken dish with broth and vegetables (left). And this time, too, we had more time to stroll around Bontoc Proper—visit the local market, chill out and chit-chat.
While walking, we were stopped on the street by a food vendor riding a pedicab. We found out that her name is Brenda, and that this young lady is also a teacher. She passes her summer vacation productively (siempre, ininterview namin!) by selling specialty foods like blackberry yogurt, polvoron, and delicious turon made NOT of banana but of glutinous rice (Right Pic) along the streets of Bontoc. Her enthusiastic spirit and amiable personality (She speaks perfect English, too—ahem!) was so evident that we can’t help but be delighted with her. All of us gladly bought out all her wares!
SOLD-OUT: An enterprising lady, Brenda, her pedicab, and blackberry yogurt (P25). Keep up the good work, Brenda, at yayaman ka talaga!
Waah! Ang init nanaman uli!: passing the time by cooling off with some ice cream from Creamline, a Baguio-based company.
We also had another stop-over at Mt. Polis. This time we found ourselves running into a low-lying cloud. May it be a cloud or fog (later on, we realized that it was actually a raincloud), we felt like little kids again, basking in it, taking pictures and having fun.
We also bought some organic vegetables sold at really low prices:
Lady in the Mist: The Mt. Polis Virgin Mary statue enveloped in the cloud:
The surrounding cloud suddenly felt cold and damp. I could tell it was going to rain. And true enough, it did rain the rest of the way to Banaue.
We were supposed to stroll around Banaue while waiting for our 6 pm bus to take us to Manila (we got home on Easter Sunday at 4 am). But because of the rain, we were forced to sit it out and had coffee instead at Banaue Hotel.
After the rain passed, a rainbow appeared outside the hotel’s window… which for me was a fitting end to our little adventure.
By the way, here is a video of us stopping by Mt. Polis:
Postscript: AND just one more for the road….
The Gang in Banaue 🙂 It was a pleasure ‘nature-trippin’ with you all!
Special thanks: to Lori, Melo, Noel P. and Ale M. for some of their pix posted here. To Violet, our Wildflower tour organizer for a job well-done. Emj and Zbeth for helping me realize my dream to visit Sagada. And to God, for letting me survive and get away with just a minor scratch—haha!; for granting us a safe and fun-filled trip; for giving me the chance to meet and gain new friends during this trip; and for allowing me see how lucky we are that we’re living in such a beautiful country like the Philippines.
Here’s to more adventures ahead! Hanggang sa susunod na paglalakbay! Yehey!