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    Time for another pit stop (it was 6h & people needed kidney breaks).
    I'm glad the Hulk was there to welcome us.


    Spidey was there too

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    Since posting on TD, I've become a voyeur, I think. I now like taking photos of people taking photos.



    But actually, I went near the ledge to take a pic of this.

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    I must say your photos are far improved from your earlier threads Katie. Veey nice

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    Good one!

    Basic question - how are you loading these piccies onto TD? And are you setting them to a lower resolution?

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    Spidey and Hulk were neighbors of a Caltex station.


    My friend R said that in 2009, this part of the road was still a dirt road. Now it's paved (thank goodness!). She said that back then, the ride was really bumpy. You couldn't sleep in the bus because of constantly being jostled around.


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    @Dillinger - wow, someone noticed. Thanks! Maybe I'm also better at taking photos?! I dunno. But I do think I am now better at taking *stealthy* photos. Lol! For this trip, I used a small Sony point & shoot camera. I also used it in my Korea thread. I bought the camera last year, but didn't bring it to Boracay, since I didn't want to expose it to the sea air. For the Boracay thread (as well as Bali & Kota Kinabalu), I used my low-end Android phone.

    @baas - I upload them to Photobucket as I can't understand the TD gallery! I resize them before uploading to PB. This time, I also used the "auto sharpen/contrast" as I resized them. I haven't downloaded the bulk resizer that you mentioned before, so I resized them individually.

    Since posting on TD, I've tried to copy Terry's or BLDs threads (without the curses, lol). What I mean is, I now take photos of streets & people doing their everyday stuff. Before, I didn't really care about those things - just photographed the monuments & other touristy stuff. But what I've appreciated in the 2 Aussie guys' threads is that they take photos of street stuff - sometimes mundane, sometimes quirky or funny. I don't aspire to reach the level of Bobcock or Phuketrichard in photography, because I don't like taking photos of artsy-fartsy stuff. Btw, I've met both members, and both were very nice and gentlemanly in my presence. Terry was with his "handbag" & he didn't utter a single cuss word. I think Terry is now vacationing & fishing in Australia.
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    By the time that we reached Sagada, it was 2:30pm already, and we were very hungry! Time for a late lunch!

    This was lunch - bangus (milkfish) sinigang (broth cooked with tamarind) + red rice


    We ate at this simple eatery which was at the basement level of the Centrum.

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    After lunch, time for a toilet break too! Toilet was clean, I'm glad to say.



    There are English translations too! (hey, I used the ladies' room, ok?!)
    I just took this pic bcos the cleaning lady was nearer to the ladies' room sign and she would've found it weird that I was taking photos of this.


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    This was the Centrum, which is very near the tourism office and bus stop.



    This is the town center of Sagada. When we arrived, it was drizzling, so things looked a bit depressing. However, it was blessedly cool - 20+ degrees Celsius, which was a nice change from the 35+ degrees in the lowlands.

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    My friend had arranged for our lodgings at a homestay place. Problem was, she didn't know exactly where it was. So we walked up this hill in search for our lodgings.


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    Saw these along the way




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    My friend said that way back in 2009, there were only a few houses and no tall buildings.
    Now, there are lots of 3 or 4-story inns and houses already.






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    Turned out that we went the wrong way (we went north, when we should've gone south), so we backtracked.




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    to be continued...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    I must say your photos are far improved from your earlier threads Katie. Veey nice
    You're a smoooooth dawg, Dilli.

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    Nice - Popo is poop then? Just out of interest is it an honour based system or do they check up on you? Also if you pee and popo at the same time, is that 12 Peso, or do they give you a discount to 10 peso?


    Wonder how much a fart is?

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    Thanks for taking the time to post. The snack bag bloating bit cracked me up. You are a sharp cookie.

    Louis Pascal would be proud of you, I was impressed. Keep up the good work.

    I often veiw "The girrrltraveler " on YouTube. People make money traveling. Just sayen. fish.

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    Pseudolus it's P1:V1= P2:V2. A fart is a fraction, just bring your own paper. And a pencil.
    And to think I bought this phone for its majical mathicial apps.
    P=? Poo=7. Pee=5. I'm so confused.
    Sorry, I've lost myself. Safe travels Katie.

    Save the fish. For the deep fryer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    As I was searching for food in my backpack (we didn't stop for a real, sit-down breakfast), I saw this - the pack was fully distended. I remembered my Chemistry lessons. Boyle's law at work: higher elevation, lower air pressure, larger volume.



    Take a bag of something similar when diving to show the effects of pressure at depths, it works in reverse.

    Top thread as usual Katie keep up the good work.

    The Dragonlady and I are sitting in rainy, cold old Melbourne looking at our pics of Bohol and Panay wishing we were there now.
    You're fat,Ill fro you in the river

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    Katie, good thread,am impressed that there is bugger all litter around as well.

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    thanks for all the lurv & the greens

    @reddog: yes, the place was very clean. When you register at the tourism office, you'll be given a map, as well as some "house rules" of the place. One of which is to be eco-friendly - bring your own reusable bag & mind your trash. Most of the natives there come from local tribes & they didn't use plastic stuff for centuries. As for the tourists, most were young people in their 20s & 30s, who are adventurous & usually eco-friendly. They also are usually middle class or have good jobs (college-educated), since it's a bit costly to do this trip if one comes from Manila or surrounds. There were a few middle-aged tourists & familes w/ children, but they were more of the exception. There were also some white backpackers, ~20 of them, usually couples. (Re: litter, at the Mt. Pinatubo crater, it was also very clean. See my Pinatubo thread if interested.)

    @crocman: cheers! I don't scuba dive, so you'll have to come up with a similar pic when you do so! I'd like to go back to the Visayan islands too - lots of islands that I haven't been to.

    @fishlocker: P1V1 = P2V2, Boyle's Law. Thanks for the laugh. Cheers!

    @pseudolus: toilet fees are based on honor system. The cleaning lady won't sneak up on you to see if you did No. 1 or No. 2, or both. If you do both, be honest and don't scrooge on the 2-peso difference! lol

    As far as I know, farts are free.

    Re: toilet fees, 5 & 7-peso fees are cheap, IMO. In one place I've been to recently, pee = P10, while poop = P20. (It doesn't get discounted to P25 if you do both, lol)

    Re: popo, it's actually pupu (pronounced as poo-poo), but I've noticed that the Igorot pronounce the O like a short U sound (or "oo"). Kinda like NZealanders pronouncing short E as the short I sound.

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    Lots of inns or small hotels. I'm sure BLD would say that it was vastly different in the 90s. Even my friend (who went in 2009), said that the place has changed a lot. My friend and I hope that Sagada won't become like Baguio, wherein you can't see the mountains anymore because they're all covered by houses. Or like Boracay, which is overrun with tourists and has a trash problem now.



    Walking downhill and looking for our homestay place. That's my friend.
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    Lots of souvenir shops too. Crime rate is low (it's a small town & the locals usually know each other). There's no night life though. No bars or clubs, but with a few cafes & restos which serve beer. People don't go to Sagada for the nightlife; they come for the nature trails, mountains & adventure. If you want a bit of nightlife (bars, live bands), there are some (or lots?) in Baguio.




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    I don't usually see these plants in the lowlands



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    It's good that the local weaving industry has diversified its product line. They now produce bags of all sorts: coin purses, handbags, sling bags, backpacks, duffel bags, etc. Before, they just used the woven material for clothes, and most people don't use traditional clothes anymore (just for ceremonies). Now, people (lowlanders) are buying the bags, which is good for the industry.

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