Story of the Week: On our way to Banaue

It has been a long afternoon. It was warm, but it rained too. But it didn’t matter.  They just happened to be enjoying the long walk from Rizal park until they stumbled upon this wonderful view near the sea. And surprise, surprise! There is a restaurant nearby called Harbor View. It was relaxing. It filled Allie’s heart with joy and appreciation. The view was very simple yet it gave her a sense of peace. She had never been there and would never have been there if not for these two.


They decided to order beer and fresh mango juice. Oh, the mango juice was so sweet. You should order one too!

It’s almost six in the evening and they only had few hours left before the trip to Banaue. Seeing that it”s getting dark, they hailed a cab through Uber and went straight to Mall of Asia. They wandered around.



They found some interesting spots outside and eventually found their way to Don Henrico’s.

It was fun finding a place to eat since the three were totally lost and undecided. Each of them ordered a 10-inch pizza; one was Seafood Romano, second was Primavera Pizza and the last one was Ham and Cheese–at least that’s what she remembers.


The time has finally come. Allie, Rast’o and Michal left for Banaue. They had different buses. Allie rode the Ohayami while Rast’o and Michal rode the Florida bus. These two buses are the ones you will find online if you are looking for a trip to Banaue and other places in the north.  (Check Pinoy Travel’s website for a smarter booking. )


It was indeed a long trip–9 hours to be exact. Ohayami left at 10 PM while Florida left at 10:45 PM. These buses have their own terminals but at the end of your trip, you will still go to the same town center in Banaue.

Allie arrived at about 6:40 AM while the other two arrived a few minutes after she did. The guides were serious about their jobs and was very helpful in providing their services. The bus was mostly filled with people from European countries. Allie wasn’t prepared for that, but discovering that Banaue is a popular destination for foreigners, it made her feel proud and happy. Ironically, she felt like she was on a trip abroad. The bus was filled with chatters in different languages. At some point, a group was laughing genuinely at their own jokes while the others are minding their business. But it wasn’t awkward at all. Allie’s excitement and anticipation of getting off the bus grew. She had to keep it to herself though as she did not want to look crazy smiling alone.

Next is the arrival.

There was a jeep ready to assist them in going to the Town Center. For those who have reservations already, someone will pick them up. Allie, Rast’o and Michal were assisted perfectly separately. Eventually, they were all in the town center eating their breakfast. The breakfast was a traditional Filipino meal. You can order something like longganisa, tapa, eggs (scrambled or sunny-side up), with rice, cucumber and tomatoes. The prices are reasonable and you would surely enjoy the food.

…to be continued.


Story of the Week: Mel’s Oohhlala Sagada Experience

Hello everyone! Here’s our first Story of the Week this March. We are very fortunate to have Mel as our contributor this week since there are so many awesome sights you can see in the North. If you haven’t been to Sagada, then read up! 🙂

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Q: What’s your name?
A: Hi I’m Mel

Q: Where are you from?
A: Batangas, Philippines

Q: What is your dream?
A: I wana go to Neverland! Joke! ( I want to explore my country and other places in the world as well.)

Q: When have you decided that you want to travel? Is it something that you have always wanted?
A: When I entered the corporate world and became more aware of what life has to offer. I might say, YES! I always wanted to travel.

You’re right Mel! Sometimes, all we need is a wider view. So for those of you who haven’t traveled yet, then start now! It’s not too late. Experience is more valuable than the amount of money you’ll spend. 🙂

Q: Where did you travel recently?
A: La Union, Philippines

Q: Is that your favorite place so far? If not, please tell me your favorite, and why?
A: Not my favorite, but I love this place 🙂 My favorite is Sagada in Mt. Province, Philippines, the place where broken heart goes and move on as what the movie “That thing called Tadhana” has implied. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not broken hearted when I went there. Hahaha. Sagada is my favourite because of its simplicity, it’s peaceful there and the cold won’t bother you because of the warm welcome of its locals. The place is also surrounded by nature.


                                                   Marlboro Mountain of Sagada                                         Source: Mel

Q: Was it difficult to go there? How long did it take you to get there?
A: It’s not that difficult to go there, from Manila to Baguio its six hours then from Baguio to Sagada approximately 4 hours a total of 10 hours.

Q: How much did you have to spend so you can experience the adventures at its best?
A: For me, you don’t have to spend much just to experience the best adventure. You just need to learn the art of appreciation and always be ready for life surprises, like where is the thrill when everything is just planned, right?


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My trip in Sagada just cost me around Php 5,000. Php 2,900 for the whole package 3D2N tour inclusive of transfer, entrance & environmental fees and accommodation. For the food Php 100 – 150 per meal (I did make sure that I got to taste & eat the most famous grab at the places that I visited) the rest is for small souvenir and pasalubong.

Q: How often do you travel?
A: When my time & budget permits.


So there you have it!

PART I of Mel’s adventures. 🙂

Watch out for PART II. 🙂