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    The guesthouse had a husky and several pups - all very friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
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    @hallelujah - it felt a bit odd strolling along that Walking Street, seeing all the working girls - there were more girls than clients, bcos of COVID. Now, they probably went home to the provinces prior to the lockdown. I'm not keen to return to Angeles, unless it's to shop in the Korean marts or eat K-food.
    When I was there, some of the pubs had bars on the windows and the street was a total mess of bricks and stones. I couldn't wait to leave.

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    I'm sure you'd prefer one from hal showing how he 'nailed' five women in twelve hours and still considers Angeles to be the worst place he's ever been in Asia.
    I got confused. That was in Manila.

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    Katie what is Gods name is on that Spaghetti, looks like tomato ketchup.

    I may report you and this post for member cruelty, unless you get yourself a hazmat suit and get back in them hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    I wanted to see the Hanging Coffins.
    What a massive letdown that is.

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    They're in there somewhere.

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    @cyrille - when (what year) did you go there? When I went in 2016, they had cleaned the area up a bit (removed some trees and bushes). Now that area is part of the Echo Valley trail - I didn't go there this year, but did it in 2016.

    These vloggers visited last year and I saw from their vids that they have closed that area off - the one with the coffins.

    Warning: it's not my vid, it's from a UK couple. But you guys will get the general idea of the place.


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    @toot - that's Jollibee spaghetti, for Filipino tastes only. You'll either be very Jolly or very barfy when you eat it.

    @hal - yes, Angeles walking street was kinda depressing. Not a place that I'd miss. But it was my first time to see it, so it was enlightening.

    Edit: my net is acting up. After Sagada, we went back to Baguio & spent a couple of days there. Went to the Tam-Awan Cultural Village, Burnham Park, etc. More pics next time...
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    Katie, would you like me to post this to you?

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    ^lol! Yes, pls feel free to do so. My area is in lockdown now, so I may need some proper PPE for the grocery run!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    cyrille - when (what year) did you go there?
    That pic was taken on April 14, 2005 katie.

    The place was deserted and there were some major roadworks going on that blocked off half the (already very small) place.

    I was only there a couple of nights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    so I may need some proper PPE for the grocery run!
    That there is for hiking not ration runs young lady.

    Anyway, thanks for the thread, enjoyed it, may be the last trip report we see for a while. You and the family take care.

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    An old mate of mine that I backpacked Sth America with back in 1989 did a circuit of the northern Phillipines- Sagad, Banaue, Baler etc. He was blown away actually, loved it. But he did like things rather rustic- Baguio wasn't much his scene, too bourgeois.

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    Jollibee's..

    Great trip report, happy times, Katie.

    Baguio City is a place I'd like to visit sometime. I have a dear friend that is very special to me that works in Baguio. I have heard that he is now working there and left San Jose city where he went to school. We wrote letters back and forth for years when he was a student, but I have lost track of him over time, sadly.

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    Time to revisit this thread, post more pics and reminisce happier times. I've been watching travel shows and some travel vlogs of people that I sometimes "follow", since armchair travelling is all ww can do at the moment.

    @marilyn - depending on the demographic, Jollibee can be a treat (for lower classes) or for a regular meal. When my niece & nephew were little, I'd sometimes take them to Jollibee as a treat - we didn't want them to grow up on French fries & other junk food.

    Baguio was supposed to hold the annual Flower Festival during the last weekend of February. Because of the COVID threat, the local govt postponed it to end of March. Luzon island has been on lockdown since mid-March, so I doubt that the festival will ever happen. Even if the lockdown ends, there's talk of a soft quarantine until June or July. There's also talk of postponing the start of the schoolyear to July or August - depending on the recommendations of the committee. K12 schools usually start in June and end in March/ early April. For the current schoolyear, the kids' grades were computed based on what their grades were already. Most schools just lacked the final exams, since the schoolyear was nearly over.

    Angeles city, as well as other cities, is now deserted. Walking Street (with all the bars and restos) is closed - you can't even go for a stroll. There's a checkpoint and the authorities won't allow you to enter.

    When travel is permitted again, I'd like to go back to Baguio and hike to Mount Ulap, which is 1 hour away from it (it's at Itogon town). I've hiked it before, but the views are scenic and I'd like to hike it with the BF. I also want to visit Batad and Banaue for the rice terraces. I've seen rice terraces in my other hikes, but Banaue's are more spectacular - and they were used in that final scene with Thanos in Marvel movies Infinity Wars.

    Anyway, those are my thoughts at the moment. Pics on next post.

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    More of Sagada pics

    Ladies selling their wares
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    Very colorful store
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    Short trip: Angeles, Baguio & Sagada March 2020-img_20200305_120930-jpg

    There are hanging coffins on those limestone cliffs
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    Four years ago, this metal barrier wasn't there. Cheers!
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    Passed by a small house selling vegs. The canine reminded me of Dan, Mendip's dog.

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    Chooks to go
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    Some street scenes

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    Food Pics

    Lunch at Lemon Pie House

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    Chow-chow pup not included in menu
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    Dinner at Sagada Tavern

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    Spring rolls (lumpia)
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    Pork sisig
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    Pancit canton (egg noodles)
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    The next day, it was time to return to Baguio (6H ride)

    Said goodbye to husky Dakota & her pups
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    Vicinity of bus station
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    Nice Katie! Thanks!

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    Pit stop in Atok town

    Take note of the name of the petrol station
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    ^Petron is owned by San Miguel Corp (yes, the beer company)

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    Vegs to be transported to Baguio city
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    @topper - cheers!

    ++++++
    On the way back to Baguio, we were held up by traffic. Stayed gridlocked ~45 minutes, since they made it a 1-way street. The govt's "Build build build" program is indeed underway. The BF calls it "borrow borrow borrow" program. Funds were borrowed from China. Heh...

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    Many ppl went down to stretch their legs. Bus interior.
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    Thanks for the greets & greens!

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    Baguio is the nearest city in the area, and where sone colleges/ universities are located. There are no tertiary schools in Sagada or nearby towns - students have to go to Baguio or La Trinidad for higher education.

    I noticed that kids/ teens in Sagada were all slim/fit. Probably due to the fact that they have to walk several hilly meters/kilometers to reach the nearest school. I saw a kid (maybe in 1st grade) walking home, alone, for lunch break.

    Anyway, here are pics of the digs in Baguio. It was an apartment-style place, relatively near Burham park. I chose it since I wanted a place with kitchenette. It was small but functional; OK for 2 nights stay.

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    Turned out that we didn't use the rice cooker or mini stove, but we did use the kettle for coffee and the kitchen area for a few drinks (soju) after dinner.

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    Dinner that night was at a Korean BBQ place. It was near our digs - we were travel weary and didnt want to venture far for food. What was supposed to be a 6H journey turned out to be ~8H due to traffic.

    Anyway, here was dinner

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    All you can eat for P259 (~5 USD), not bad

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    That's not me, but I've blurred due to privacy issues.

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    ^vicinity of Korean resto & our digs

    Accdg to our taxi driver, there are many Koreans in Baguio. They probably like the cooler temps. This was the resto - a bit of "hole in the wall", but food was good. It's owned by a Korean woman and staffed by Filipinos.
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