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Monday, January 25, 2010

Off to Sagada and Baguio this Wednesday

My friend just texted this morning saying that he has scored us tickets for our upcoming trip to Sagada.  This will be my second time since last year and I am still very much excited. I've been wanting to go back for months now because I miss the cold weather, excellent scenery and the great food. It will be three days of fresh veggies, yogurt, pies, coffee and cold bath as the place we're checking in has no hot shower (well, last time I was there. Not sure if they have one now but it's not a major concern so we'll just see for ourselves.)

This trip is part of our 9-month preparation for the upcoming climbathon in mt. Kinabalu this coming October. We will be doing a trail run in Mt. Ampacao and after that, explore whereever we set our eyes on.

The part which I detest the most is packing. It gets boring. Another thing I'm anxious about is the 12 hour bus ride to Bontoc where we will have to transfer to another jeep to get us to Sagada. I need to recharge my MP3 player and make sure that my inflatable pillow is in perfect condition. You see, sitting around doing nothing makes me feel more stressed. I'm a kiti-kiti by nature (hyperactive person). 

Our route is Manila-Bontoc-Sagada-Baguio-Manila. It's the first time I will be trying this route. I miss Baguio and you know what our main reason is for going to there?The  Cordillera Coffee shop! I read an article about it in Click the City and it was enough to spark my curiosity. Th owners are also the founders of Coffee Aid, a volunteer program which helps local coffee farmers through harvesting and coffee planting activities and other programs. Sipping coffee for a good cause?  No way I'll let the chance pass! Read the article here.

We will be traveling on a budget so I'm saving some money to splurge on my coffeee.

Have a great week ahead everyone!

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