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A Guide in Traveling to Sagada

I’ve always wanted to go to Baguio since grade school, but my mom won’t let me due to the historic earthquake happened there when I was in my mother’s womb. The earthquake happened when my mom was traveling back to Manila from Baguio. And now I’m 26 years old yet, I still haven’t been there.

Craving for a cold place on top of the mountains, a friend of mine invited me to have an adventure. Not in Baguio rather, in Sagada. One of the coldest places in the country. A place of peace and relaxation. It’s like an escape place from the city and reality. And from the famous movie “That Thing Called Tadhana,” it’s a place where broken hearts go.

Traveling to Sagada is good for family, friends, couple, or even a soloist. Though only selected places are advisable for seniors and kiddos and of course, make sure to have a comfy ride back and forth since it will be a long one. So, to all those who are challenge to go there, here are my experiences in the places we’ve been and the food we have eaten.


My friends and I took the Coda Bus Line in Cubao for P700 one way – routing from Cubao to Sagada Town Proper. Make sure to buy tickets in advance as the bus is always full. Coda Bus Line is located in HM Transport Terminal, Maryland corner EDSA. The travel time is 10-12 hours so, I really recommend this bus which have reclining seats and good music & movies. You’ll thank me after experiencing it. The bus departed in Cubao at 9:00pm, Friday last February 10, 2017. After 5 hours, we already arrived Baguio City at 2:00am. We had two stopovers from then until we arrived Sagada Town Proper at 7:00 in the morning.

On our way home, we also took Coda Bus Line for P700 one way. I suggest to buy a roundtrip bus tickets beforehand. From Sagada Town Proper, look for the jeepney going to Bontoc provided by Coda Bus Line because the bus terminal going back to Manila is in Bontoc. No additional payment needed in the jeepney as this is included in the bus payment. Riding their jeepneys is one of the fun parts in Sagada. If you’re one of the adventurous people, challenge yourself to seat on top of the jeepney. Yes, you read that right! Seat on top of the jeepney besides the bags of the passengers. Most of the people who did it was men but some ladies are brave enough to try. I always thought of it as a scary thing since you’ll be seeing the cliff from above. But if you focus on the scenery, you’ll be thanking God for the amazing view. It’s like a postcard brought to life. Another good thing about this bus is, you have a stopover somewhere with zero visibility to buy veggies and other delicacies and another stopover in Banawe Rice Terraces for picture taking.


We stayed in Misty Lodge Hotel and Café – 2km away from Town. It may seem far but we didn’t regret staying there. The hotel is very much cozy and they serve the best food in town. Upon entering the house, you will see a pretty decorated Café with a Chimney on the side. They have one room at the ground floor, 4 rooms at the second floor, and 5 rooms at the attic. The rooms are good for a soloist to a bunch of four people per room. Since we’re a group of eight, composed of four boys and four girls, we requested for two rooms abreast. Fortunately, the available rooms are located on the attic, facing each other. The room for four people have 2 beds with a side table and cabinet. Their second floor has a living area with deck of books that you can use for your spare time while the attic has a hangout area at the center of the rooms for peeps who wants to play board games. The house is filled with books and games that guests can use for entertainment. The hotel is highly recommendable though they only have a shared bathroom. They only have two huge bathrooms for the whole house so, you might want to wake up early as expected to avoid the lines. Another good thing in this hotel is that, they don’t turned off the lights at night. You also have to note that they turned off all the lights, even the street lights, at 10:00pm.

I also know some people who stayed at Rock Inn Hotel. It’s also a nice hotel but farther from Town than in Misty Lodge. And another one is at Residential Lodge. Residential Lodge is already located in Town so you don’t need to worry walking long distances in a very cold street after the activity or after eating. But since it’s in Town, they follow the lights curfew hence, turning off the lights at 10pm including the room lights. So you can’t do anything beyond 10pm aside from sleeping.


There are tons of activities in Sagada, though most of them requires hiking. So, if you’re traveling with seniors or kids, select only those that are safe for them and make sure to hire a tourist guide. Here are some of the activities my friends and I went to.

Mt. Kiltepan
We arrived at 7:00am in Sagada Town and had our breakfast in Misty Lodge Café since we also need to check-in. Unfortunately, we can’t have an early check-in, so we decided to leave our bags at the receptionist and went to Mt. Kiltepan. From Misty Lodge, it’s a 2km walk to the entrance of Mt. Kiltepan and a 20-30mins walk to the top and you can go there even without a guide. It’s a safe place; just be careful when you stand on the cliff. You can also take your car or rent a jeepney to go on top. This mountain was featured in the movie “That Thing Called Tadhana” where the lead actress released her feelings by shouting. Though in the movie, they went there to wait for the sunrise while we went there at 10am and the view is still amazing! A clear view of the proudly Filipino made Rice Terraces. I guess no other groups ever thought of going there unless it’s sunrise well, we have the place all to ourselves. We took a lot of great pictures without rushing. But if you want to see the sea of clouds, you have to go up there at 4:30am and wait for the sunrise. I’ll tell you, it’s totally worth it.

Echo Valley Tour -> Hanging Coffins -> Underground River -> Bokong Falls
On our 2nd day, we decided to rent a guide for an Echo Valley Tour for P500 for a group of 10 people. This tour is composed of many routes, depending on your last destination and here’s ours. We first went to the church and the hill of cemetery where we listened to the history of the places and their traditions. Then we walked to the Echo Valley, a place where if you shout, you will hear it echoes. It’s amazing! Then we went down to the hanging coffins. It’s not scary, it’s somewhat puzzling especially those on the middle of the rocky mountains. How did they even managed to bring it all up and push it inside the mini caves? Still disturb, we hiked until we reach the underground river where we needed to lights our torch inside to see where we’re going. You have to be careful inside due to some of the stones are so low, you might hit your head. When you reach the end of the river, it means you’ve reach Bokong Falls. It’s just a small falls but it’s lovely. There, we enjoyed our lunch and swimming. Afterwards, we took a different route heading back to Town. It took us almost 4 hours on this tour but we enjoyed it.

Sunset in Lake Danum
Feeling pump, after our Echo Valley tour, we have a little snacks of barbeque and hotdog then we rented a shuttle for P600 to drive us to Lake Danum. A lot of tourist went there to time lapse the sunset. Sadly, the sun was covered with clouds so we haven’t really see it clearly. But still, it’s a nice place to have picnics. I also recommend buying their instant coffee (Organo Gold coffee) or yogurt while waiting for the sunset. It’s really delicious!

Marlboro Hills
Since we already went to Mt. Kiltepan, we decided to hiked up in Marlboro Hills to see the sea of clouds. We started hiking at 4:00am on a Sunday while the sky drizzles. We hiked up for 1hr and 30mins and it’s getting colder and colder. It’s higher than Mt. Kiltepan and it is not that advisable if it’s raining due to the ground gets muddier. It’s zero visibility up there and make sure you have you’re fleece jacket on.

That’s all our activities during our stay in Sagada. We also have another trip to Bomod-OK Falls but it was canceled due to their ongoing ritual on that day. Other than that, you may try going to Sumaguing Cave, Blue Soil, Lumiang Cave, Ganduyan Museum, Pongas Falls, and to the famous Sagada Rice Terraces.


If you’re looking for something to replaced your burned calories after the activities, Sagada have heaps of restaurants that you will not forget. Of all the places I’ve been, Sagada is the only place where all the foods they served have veggies. You don’t have to request for it, it is given. Not just that, their veggies are fresh and delicious. Their dishes are tasteful and the cheesy pizzas & mouthful burgers are those that you shouldn’t let go of. Of course, don’t forget to try their famous creamy yogurt. It is their specialty because of its creaminess and freshness of fruits flavored in it. I recommend you try eating in Misty Lodge Café, Sagada Brew, Salt & Pepper, and Gaia Café. Those are some we’ve been to and it’s a must! Especially Gaia Café, this place has a view of Banawe Rice Terraces and it’s best for their coffee and muffin. Also, it is better if you try their local foods that you can buy in the streets such as wheatbread with chocolate/cheese, dirty ice cream w/ Hershey’s syrup, and yogurt.


Wondering where to buy souvenirs for your loved ones? Well, you don’t need to ride far away since the Town is a small place and have lots of souvenir shops. I suggest that you hoard their red wine. HAHA Just kidding! They sell one of the best wines and my favorite is Charlina Bugnay Red Wine that I only bought for P150-P160 per bottle, depends on what store you bought it. Aside from that, I’ve also bought a pack of mountain leaves for P10 and turmeric tea for P150, which is very good in cleansing the body.

Why Not To Choose The Traditional Airport Parking

Nowadays, people are becoming increasingly involved in air travel. No matter if you’re considering a family holiday or a business trip, this airport parking affords way better options than traditional airport parking.

Air travel is more popular than ever as more and more people are using airports to move from one place to another. Airports are busy places and they need to make some improvements. Due to the increased number of passengers who are driving themselves to the airport, the need for parking spaces is increasing too. Still, the issue with traditional parking cannot be resolved with just a few more parking spots. Similar, the enlarged number of vehicles reduces the airport ability to care for those vehicles. Тhe least you want when you get back from the trip is to find your car damaged or stolen, right? If you find that your reserved spot has been taken, there is a high chance you will miss your flight as you drive around trying to find another parking spot.

Which reasons to consider while choosing this airport car parking, over the traditional parking space?

1. Affordability

2. Ability to reserve your spot

3. Security

4. Valet service

5. Additional services

We all knew that airports cost us so much money. You pay extra if you want to check a bag. Even if you want something to eat, you will pay more than somewhere else. Want to park in a convenient place? You’ll be paying out of your nose. Parking at airport carpark is more economical and affordable because you will get more for less. Especially if you are travelling for a longer period of time or you have a thick budget.

If you decide to use traditional parking, finding a decent parking space can be very difficult to perform. You might get a great spot or you just might get stuck. When you make an online booking, you will definitely have your spot. You don’t have to worry about it because these professionals are making their best for your peaceful trip.

One of the reasons you may choose to drive to the airport is so you don’t have to leave your car unattended for long period of time. An unattended car can be damaged or stolen. This is why it’s important to have secured parking. You will loosen up if you know that your car will be safe and sound from breaking and stealing. Look for a 24/7 security system and CCTV monitoring.

Traveling to the airport with your own car is no longer a hassle. You don’t have to take a cab or walk through it. These professionals will immediately get you to the terminal you are flying from. With parking space less than 5 minutes away from the terminal, you will never miss any of your scheduled flights. This service can also pick up from the airport and take you to your car. Valet service allows transporting your baggage too.

Offering a variety of other services, such as washing, vacuuming and polishing the inside and out of your car may seem like a small thing. However, it will make your life easier when you see your car sparkling and ready to take you back home.

Five Reasons Why A Trip to Space Center Houston Should Be Your Next Vacation

For the majority of the 20th century, the United States, and arguably the world as a whole, was absolutely in awe of space exploration as it served as one of the great unknown frontiers that just seemed out of man’s reach. As more and more humans made their way into orbit, everyone began to realize that the old adage of “The sky’s the limit” was just a suggestion, and you can now visit this time in American history by visiting Space Center Houston.

Serving as one of Texas’s most prominent tourist attractions, Space Center Houston is the official Visitor Center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center. They pride themselves in offering family-friendly “edu-tainment” for all visitors, which includes folks from all over the world. Here is where it is important to stop and think about your next vacation and why it should include a visit to Space Center Houston.

Your vacation is something that you look forward to all year. You and your family want to be sure to make the most of this time away. Everybody wants to have fun and check out all of the sights at your destination. Does it make sense to spend your vacation galavanting around an entertainment complex dedicated to the U.S. Space Program?

Before you answer, here are five reasons why you should not only include Space Center Houston in your next vacation but make it the entire vacation for your family:

You Can Spend The Whole Day Exploring – Figures put Space Center Houston at about 250,000 square feet of exploration. No matter how much you may try to see everything, you just can’t. Frequent visitors will tell you to research what you’d like to see before you come by to know where you’d like to go first.

Appeals to All Ages – Adults remember a time when astronauts were considered American heroes, as well as being privy to the ups & downs of the space program. Kids are fascinated by all they see & are up to getting interactive.

Still Provides Ample Activity – More families are concerned with making sure that vacations include physical activity so as to not get too lazy while traveling. It’s a healthy approach, and when it comes to Space Center Houston, it is recommended that you & your family wear comfortable shoes – you’re going to need them.

Variety in the Exhibits – When you can describe yourself as “part science theme park, part space travel museum”, you have a lot to offer visitors. Mock spacecrafts, IMAX films, and even being able to touch an actual rock that once resided on the moon, Space Center

Visceral Connection to History – The U.S. Space Program was once the jewel of the country’s international presence. While the program has seen some lower visibility, much of what was learned through space exploration still benefits the world today. Space Center Houston allows visitors to be completely surrounded by history & be a touch away from items that were once in space. Wow.

It seems a little odd to think that you’d spend an entire family vacation in just one place, and for as much as Space Center Houston offers, it may still be a hard sell. That said, keep in mind that vacations can come and go, and if you look at the majority of family vacations you’ve taken, there’s a good chance you can identify a few that were a bit of a wash. Space Center Houston has a little of everything in such a way where no one in the family is left out.