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!