January 20, 2017

Day 3: Sagada Pottery + Lake Danum

On our third day in Sagada, no Sunrise in Mt Kiltepan again because it was raining and no hot water again so “we woke up like this look” ang peg namin. Hehehe! Off we went to Rock Inn and Cafe. 

We always passed by Lumiang Burial Cave, this is also the start of the cave connection but we did not check it anymore. 

Cafe Bodega at Rock Inn and Cafe 

We were advised that there is no more orange picking activity but still we went to Rock Inn and Cafe to see the orange farm and of course to eat our breakfast. We already saw the Rock Inn and Cafe sign before we reach the Sagada town proper on our first day. Yes, it is far so if you have no car, it would be a loooooong walk just to reach the restaurant. 

The Rock Inn and Cafe also offers accommodation and they have a nice bonfire in the area. After eating our breakfast, we checked the orange farm, wala na nga maharvest. Sayang! 

Sagada Pottery

Then we went straight to Sagada Pottery but it was still closed so we went back to our lodge. We’re so glad that we can already take a bath. We texted the number and we were advised that they will open at 10AM. So before 10AM we went back to the Sagada Pottery and we waited for several minutes. Past 10AM na nag-open. 

We have visited Pagburnayan Jar Making when we went to Vigan so I already have an idea how they mold and shape the clay but we did not experience it. That is the reason why I wanted to visit Sagada Pottery because you can experience how to make your own masterpiece for P100. My son likes playing play dough so I thought he will like this activity. 

But I was wrong, he doesn’t like to touch the clay because it is dirty daw. Hmmm, pag play dough pwede? I still paid P100 for my son even he did not do the activity, sayang. 

After the experience, I can definitely say that it is not easy, your hand should not be stiff and you need to be gentle when touching the clay. It takes week also before you can see your finished product because it takes time to dry the clay. You can watch our hands-on experience here.

Lake Danum 

Next stop is Lake Danum, we asked directions from the staff of Sagada Pottery but still, we got lost. Lumagpas na pala kami so we stopped for awhile, one car stopped beside us and she gave us the directions. She said, you cannot see the lake along the road but look for the waiting shed. Thank God for good samaritan. 

We parked the car beside this landmark and we walked towards the lake. Sunset at Lake Danum is one of the tours in Sagada but if you have your own car, just go here. I’ve read that there is nothing special about the lake but we’re already in Sagada so we still paid a visit. 

Well, if the weather only cooperates, we can kill our time here. We can have a picnic or kite flying. But since it was wet and muddy, we did not stay long. We went back to the town proper to eat our lunch. 

The rain had stopped so we planned to explore the town proper and have a food trip. But unfortunately, some restaurants were closed last December 31. We checked Log Cabin but they are only open during dinner time and it was already full booked for New Year’s Eve. We went to Masferre Country Inn and Restaurant but they were also closed and will be opened on New Year’s Eve buffet. We walked to Sagada Lemon Pie House and again, it was closed so we were not able to taste the famous lemon pie. 

We ended up in Sagada Brew and the taste is just ok. On our way to the parking area, we bought crepe at French Crepes. Then we went to Sagada Weaving

We were not able to see the weaving area and I did not bother to ask kasi parang ang sungit nung staff dun, parang di pa siya natutuwa na may customer siya. Hehehe! We bought pashmina, dream catcher and coin purse for souvenir. Good thing we already watched the cloth weaving when we went to Vigan Loam Weaving and Easter School Weaving in Baguio

Since most of the shops and restaurants were closed, we just went back to the lodge to rest. My husband and son played kite while I’m busy packing our stuff.

There is New Year’s Eve buffet at the lodge but we did not avail it anymore and we slept na lang. Tahimik ang New Year sa Sagada kasi nakatulog kami, konti ang fireworks. Finally, no more brown-out, for the past two days kasi we had no electricity before 7PM. There is a generator for the light, good thing it was fixed before New Year. 

Read: Day 1 in Sagada
Day 2 Echo Valley Walking Tour and Sumaguing Cave
Sagada Bilza Lodge

January 19, 2017

Day 2: Echo Valley Walking Tour and Sumaguing Cave

No matter how you plan your travel, there are things that you cannot control. You should learn how to accept, adjust and deal with it. There are so many things in Sagada that we did not expect but it happened. 

First thing is the weather, I was not expecting that it would rain in Sagada but unfortunately, it rained. So we were not able to witness the sunrise in Mt. Kiltepan

Second, when we woke up, we have no electricity except for the light that was run by the generator. According to the owner of the lodge, it is not always the case, may problem lang talaga. We cannot take a bath without hot water, ayaw namin mag-ice bucket challenge. 

We did not want to waste our time waiting for the electricity so we went to town proper. We’re just waiting in the car while eating our breakfast. We are hoping that the rain will stop so we can start our tour, but two hours had passed and we still can’t see the sun. So my husband bought raincoats for us so we can start our Echo Valley Walking Tour. Rain or shine, go sa walking tour. 

Echo Valley Walking Tour 

There are three types of Echo Valley Walking Tour and since we have a kid in tow, we chose the short hike which is Echo Valley Hanging Coffins

Guide fee is P200 + P10/person access fee

You can finish this tour in less than an hour because you will only visit the St Mary the Virgin Church, St Mary the Virgin Cemetery, Echo Valley and Hanging Coffins. I have very limited pictures on this tour because of the rain but you can check the Sagada Echo Valley Tour video here

We skipped the church and went straight to the Sagada Anglican cemetery. I was looking for William Henry Scott coffin but I was not able to locate it. I asked the guide but he was not aware of it. Well, William Henry Scott is a famous historian who was settled in Sagada in the year 1954 and was buried in this cemetery on October 10, 1993. 

Then we continued our journey to Echo Valley, remember the movie of “That Thing Called Tadhana”, so this is the valley where you can shout your feelings. I tried it, kaso nakakahiya din pala sumigaw pag madami tao. Hehehe!

We can already see the Hanging Coffin from where we stand but if you want to see the coffin up close and personal, be prepared in challenging and slippery walk. I don’t want to take the risk of going down with my son so we just stayed. My husband and the guide went down to see the coffins. This will be added to unique cemeteries that we have visited in the Philippines. 

Read: Unique Cemeteries in the Philippines 

After the tour, we went to Salt & Pepper Diner for our early lunch but it took them so long to serve the food, so just in time for lunchtime na. Hehehe!

We went back to our lodge and finally, we can already take a bath. Taking a bath is a new luxury. hehehe!

Sumaguing Cave 

Aside from the Echo Valley Tour, the famous attraction here is Spelunking. We asked the guide if he thinks my 8-year-old son can do the cave tour and he said yes, “kaya naman daw”. I believed him but I don’t want to take the risk so again, babysitter na naman ang peg ko. Huhuhu!

Our lodge is just a few minutes away from the Sumaguing Cave so my husband just met the guide at the cave. You can also do the Cave Connection but my husband just chose the short course cave which is more or less two hours. 

Read: Sagada Bilza Lodge

My husband brought waterproof bag, waterproof phone casing, lamp and bottle of water. Since I was not there, I will just share his pictures. Guide fee is P500.

Waah! I don't have pictures inside the cave. I'm pretty sure that we won't visit Sagada in the near future, I hope when we go back I can still do spelunking. Baka di na kaya ng powers ko, lol. #signsofaging. 

Read: Day 1 in Sagada
Day 3 Sagada Pottery and Lake Danum

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