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
Day 4 Goodbye Sagada
Sagada Bilza Lodge
Where to Eat in Sagada

12 comments:

  1. Based on your experience parang a lot of the places there were closed probably because of the holidays. Might be best to go ba during the summer? I really, really want to go but I don't know if we should while we still have a baby. Maybe when he's older.

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    1. December 31 yung may mga closed maybe because of the New Year's Eve preparation. Summer is ok but crowded because of the school break. During our stay in our lodge, I saw a family with a baby so pwede naman itravel.

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  2. I've never been to Sagada. Place looks really nice to visit. Oo nga, parang masaya magpicnic at kite flying sa Lake Danum.

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    1. Yes, kung ok lang sana yung weather nung visit namin kaso maulan.

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  3. Ay ang galing! Gusto ko rin yan maexperience with my kids. How far is far without a car? Wala kasi kaming car but we want to visit Sagada. Is it still advisable to do so without transpo?

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    1. 10-12 hours from Manila, you have to ride bus to Baguio then bus to Sagada. But I think, it is better to avail a package tour including the van, mas convenient ito kaysa bus especially pag may kids.

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  4. Sagada is truly a beautiful place to experience especially with family or loved ones. We havent been to the pottery place. Or I havent been to any pottery place. It is something I would love to try. I am not the artistic type of person but I would like to try my hands working with clay. It must be real fun. And reading your post and looking at your photos make me.realize that Sagada isnt small after all. There are still so many plAces we havent seen. Hope to be back at Sagada.

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    1. Sagada has so many tourist spots, we were not able to visit other places because we have a kid in tow who doesn't like trekking. If ever you will revisit, go to Sagada Pottery place, your kids will have a great time.

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  5. Wow! That's one of our dream destination, sayang naman andaming close na shop. I got curious sa "lemon pie", we haven't tried kite flying with our son, ok yun ha :)

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    1. Oo nga, feeling ko hindi magclose kasi holiday and marami tourist. Kite flying is fun, you just need open space so we seldom do this at home. We just bring the kite if may alis kami na alam namin pwede siya magkite. hehehe!

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  6. Wow! Nakakatuwa ung mga napupuntahan nyo, sis! Nakakainggit na rin, andami e! haha. May linggo ba na wala kayong "walk" (lakad)? haha. I'd love to try the pottery, mukhang masaya gumawa ng pots! The lake looks so serene too!

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    1. Marami, marami ko pahinga kaysa sa lakad. hehehe! Ok yung pottery experience kahit sandali lang. :)

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