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Philippines Road Trip: Part 2


Once again, our fresh faced group woke up around 5 to get ready for day two of our road trip. Haha, gotta love being forced to be an early bird. Its funny since I've totally adjusted to it. Know why? Back home (in the States) I'm a complete night owl. I'll stay up till 2 almost every night (er, morning?). But here, the time change works in my favor. I'm still keeping to my night owl hours, only here it works out that I become an early bird (what is with me and the bird species?). We're 14 hours ahead of my time zone back home! 

 Albert's just so cute, you want to snuggle him up like this. All the time. 


I stuck with my shorts + tights combo for this day as well. It was only a 2 day road trip, so I just changed the top and added a cardigan and beanie to switch it up. But I really like how this one turned out - even better than the last one in my opinion. I felt completely at home in this get up. Guess I've found my new favorite outfit!
 We visited the Echoing Valley in Sagada, and had to traipse through a cemetery to get there. It was pretty impressive.
From left to right: (Back row) Marlon, me, JR, My-My, Mylene, Dexter, Makoy
(Front row) Albert, Paolo


 This was a small sample of the rice terraces to come. Still, breathtaking. 

 That would be Marlon playing dress up in the wood shop. Haha, I love how goofy he'll always act. He's such a ham for the camera! So naturally, I had to join in on the fun...
Hahaha! Oh man, so the object I'm holding is called a Barrel Man. Have I ever mentioned how Filipinos have a perverted sense of humor? This lil guy is always very happy to see me...bahaha. Okay, I'll stop my immature giggles. But the second photo totally captures my expression when I first saw these during a visit when I was 10. 

 These rice terraces in the picture above and below are the Banaue Rice Terraces, the 8th Wonder of the World. I can still recall with perfect clarity talking about them in an informative speech I gave in my college class last semester; the collective gasp that escaped my fellow peers as an image I'd copied from Google came up on the projector. Now here I am, posing in front them. It felt so incredible to see them for myself and get to know I made this happen. Its just...wow! What an experience!


So we all took a lunch break on the way, and my cousin Makoy cut off a banana leaf to improvise for a paper plate since there weren't enough for everyone. I love how industrious they are! And seriously, doesn't it just look good? Rice and fish, served fresh on a banana leaf. How authentic can you get?




For the trip back, I dozed in and out of consciousness, but that shot above is the last one taken for the day. I still can't get over how they got the tricycle to move with that heavy load! 

Overall, it was a fantastic, if quick, road trip. I'm glad we took it though and got to see the sights. The Philippines is a beautiful country and I hope one day in the future I can spend more time exploring it!

38 comments

Sam said...

Hi Linda...I am amazed by the picturesque view of the rice terraces, and thats just in an image, I can't imagine how much more magnificent it must have been close up and in person! Looks like such a fun trip!

Ali Hval said...

Ahh, those rice terraces are beautiful! I'm envious that you got to see them. And that statue is so awesome hahaha I would have bought like 5 of them and brought them home and put them everywhere.

Also that's so awesome how the time zones worked ou tin your favor! It's like your natural habitat, being there. ;)

I hope you continue to have fun adventures!!

Katie Aman said...

Wow, gorgeous sights! Those terraces certainly are beautiful-I'm sure even more so in person! And that food looks amazing served on a banana leaf like that - so fresh and natural. Sometimes I wish we could live more like that here in America. Wonderful photos pretty lady!

Melanie Liliana said...

wow gorgeous photos!! and I love how you ate on banana leaf!!

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Stylish By Nature said...

Amazing pics !! Really like the comfy outfit and so much greenery :)

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Sara said...

That is so gorgeous!! Wow!

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Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

I'm loving these road trips Linda! The terraces are gorgeous. Fabulous landscape! Marlon is a riot! Love his thumbs up in every pic. HaHaHa He knows how to have fun.
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Lucie Srbová said...

Wow, so amazing! Those terraces are amazing!!!

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NIce photos ! lucky you, have fun and enjoy !! ;)

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Elana said...

These photos are SO pretty! I'm happy to see you're having such a fun trip. And in a perfect road trip outfit too!

Renae at simple sequins said...

Linda! Wow! So great of an experience for you. Now tell me again why you are there? Study? Know people there? huh?

Analisa said...

Looks like you had a such a great experience!! :)

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Haylee Mae said...

Aw! Sounds and looks amazing. One day I hope to visit the Philippines.

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Ile said...

wow you came to visit my country! I've seen the terraces too, and they're just lovely, especially in person. NExt time you come here, you oughta visit the beaches. :)

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Izzy said...

haha at the barrel man, naughty! :P so glad you had a great time there. some very picturesque photos! :)

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Alessandra Mazzini said...

hahahha the barrel man hahaha. I love that pic of you in front of the tree, amazing place!

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Danny said...

I'm laughing with the barrel man! seems like you visited awesome place with awesome people! and always looking pretty :)

Jessica said...

wow looks incredible so far!!

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Hanna & Christel said...

it looks amazing!

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czarianonuevo said...

love your outfit dear! comfortable for a road trip yet so cute and chic! the Banaue rice terraces are awesome! even I haven't seen them in person :)


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Joseph Dang said...

the eating on banana leaves was my favorite shot :) really feels so authentic

Mica said...

Such beautiful photos Linda! Looks like you are having an amazing time with your family - such a lovely experience for you :)

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Mia said...

Lovely pics darling ^_^



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Megan said...

How fun! It looks like a great time, and you're making me want to travel :)

Sandra Leiva said...

So beautiful pictures, dear!
And I like your jacket :)))

Pop Champagne said...

ohhh how fun is that! wow, the senery is beautiful, and looks like you had an amazing time.

Victória said...

Woow, wonderful pictures! Love it so much!Seems like a gorgeous place!
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Caitie Schlisserman said...

lucky you!! I wish I could do a quick road trip to the Philippines! Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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Marlen said...

ahhhh this is so so cool!! my boyfriend is half philippino and we're planning on going there next year or in two years. it's so gorgeous there, especially those rice terraces! and i love how chic you look- you can pull off a beanie like nobody's business ;)

April Cheung said...

love the outfit! the tights and shorts, boots + cute cardigan work great together :) and omg those rice terraces look soo cool! and that is great improvisation to use that banana leaf as a plate.

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SHOP STYLE CONQUER said...

amazing photos!

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FASHION TALES said...

These photos are completely stunning, I'm sure it doesn't do it's justice being there in person. Love your knit cardigan.

Maiken said...

oh yes, it indeed is a beautiful country and I so loved seeing those photos, especially the wonderful landscapes. and of course it's also wonderful that you totally enjoy yourself and appreciate every moment there :)

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melissa said...

You are so lucky! I was in the Philippines last january for 2 weeks, I went to Boracay, Manila and I love it. People were so friendly and food was so good. The weather was perfect beach time all the time

goodbadandfab said...

Great post. You look great!

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