Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lost and Found: Sagada Memories


This just made my day! I can't help but share it to everyone. You all know the story behind this title since I've said it a thousand times here in my blog. But then again, if you're going to ask what happened with my precious pictures, well.. Ondoy happened. That's what happened. hahah! I live in San Mateo, Rizal just so you know. Ang dating walang nakakakilalang lugar, sumikat dahil sa delubyong yun. Uunahin pa ba ng nanay kong isalba ang pictures?!?! Kaya ayun. Sayonara Sagada...

Everyone's talking about this place nowadays and I cannot even share my experience because I just don't even have a picture to show (baka pagdudahan pa ko. lol!) I don't know.. salamat siguro sa matinding inggit na naramdaman ko kaya nagising na lang ako isang araw na naghahalukay na ng pictures from old email accounts, multiply site, hi5, *insert all social networking sites na nagsulputan ng mga panahong yun*, and even friendster (yes, I was able to recover my profile). God is good because I just stumbled upon my friend's multiply site yesterday. I almost kissed my monitor when I found out that an album named "Sagada" still exists. Thank you dear Kinah! Binuhay mo ang dugo ko. hahaha!

I visited this place way back February of 2009. I'm not yet a blogger then so pardon me if I can only write what was retained on my diskette-like memory. I just feel... this is a chance for me to preserve this experience. I might as well grab it before Multiply site closes down.



Now I can finally say, "Ah Sagada ba? Galing na ko dun e. Una pa nga ko sayo no." May yabang factor. hahaha! Sino bang hindi magiging proud sa lugar na to hindi ba?

We passed by these picturesque view going DOWN to Bomod-Ok falls. If I'm not mistaken, it took us around an hour from the entry point. Just imagine what it was like going back. Bakit ba hindi pa nauso ang zipline at cable car sa lugar na yun.. whew!

A closer look


Perfect ang usok effect. Promding-promdi.

Do you want to see a proof that I've been there Y-E-A-R-S ago? Kapit na!

Charaaaaan! hahaha! Napagkaitan ng pagkain. How I miss that shape.
Bigla kong na-realize, ano bang ginawa kong kain nitong mga nakaraang taon at napabayaan kong mawala yan. hahaha! Sayang. Kung maibabalik ko lang.. hahahah! (Ang HARTE?!) This was captured at the back of George Guest house where our driver showed us a few hanging coffins. Sa kanya ko nalaman na hindi pala ineembalsamo ang mga taong nasa loob nun. Fresh Flesh Ewness! Hinding-hindi ako magvo-volunteer  na ilagak siya sa huling hantungan.

Everywhere you go, it's very unlikely that you wouldn't notice these nice rock formations on the road.


Reminds me of "Scary Movie"

You've never been to Sagada if you failed to experience spelunking on their ever famous Lumiang and Sumaging Caves. I have to admit, wala akong kamanak-manak sa mga pinag-gagawa namin dun. Hindi ko akalaing penetensiya pala ang trip ng mga classmates ko. 5 hours inside the cave.. kamusta naman yun diba? beating the usual record of 4 hours. hihihi! Kami na ang lampa.

Sha sige.. ako na ang nag-spelunking ng balot na balot at puting puti! Fail!

Ang mga nagkalat na coffins... hindi nakatulong para mawala ang creepiness
Since all of the pictures here were captured using my friend's cam, nakakalungkot kasi wala siyang kuha sa loob. Nasa cam ko ata lahat. Ang lakas ng loob kong isabak ang camerang hindi naman water proof. hahaha! Lucky enough, meron akong napulot na pruweba sa old harddisk ko. Check this out.. Lalo akong nanlumo. Naalala ko ang mga panahong, walang sumisilip na bilbil kahit mag inhale-exhale pa ko ng nakaupo. hahah!

At nakuha ko pang ngumiti pagkalusot. hahaha! Kahit kelan talaga. lol!

On our way to St. Mary's Church to attend Sunday Mass...

Sinong may sabing si Barney ang original purple dinosaur?!?! hahah!



The altar

For that year, holy week was celebrated way earlier than the usual. That's the reason behind this covered crucifix. If there's something I'll never forget in Sagada, ito yun. Since it was the day after the dead tiring cave connection, getting up from a comfy sleep is the hardest thing to do. Idagdag pa ang sumakit na kalamnan, kasu-kasuan, tadyang, at lahat ng parte ng katawan. Naman! Parusa to! But hey we managed to wake up and attend their mass FTW.

We were surprised to see that covered image; surprised to hear an Ilocano mass celebrated by four priests; surprised to witness that people drink wine in just ONE cup during communion, and lastly... surprised to see that they don't have cushion on prayer kneelers. Define P-E-N-E-T-E-N-S-I-Y-A talaga. hahaha! Just imagine how difficult it is for us to kneel and to get up. And yes you read it right, they share wine in ONE cup. Yeah I know, it's an unsanitary practice but they've been doing this for the longest time you could ever imagine. Actually, you have a choice whether to just dip the Ostia (Communion Bread) to the wine and eat it or eat then drink directly from the cup. Hindi sa maarte ha, pero I'm thankful my group was the first one on the line. We chose the first option kaya gulat na gulat kami sa mga kasunod.


Ang bellas bow! lol! that's me and kinah

Parusang Bomod-ok Falls

What differs Sagada from the other places I've been, effort kung effort bawat spot. But when you finally reached your destination, you would realize... everything was worth it.


So hindi naman masyadong obvious na na-shokot lahat sa tulay? hahah!

Hi Rice!

O diba? parang cancer patient lang.


The hanging coffins

Underwater Tunnel (?)
I totally forgot where we're heading...




Don't forget to buy Spanish bread here! Superb taste!

From Left to Right: Ali, Tots, ?, ?, Kat, Me, Kinah
(For the 2 ?, Iba na ang tumatanda.. Please forgive me)


"Sorry I'm CLOSED" ^_^

Nothing beats the traditional Sagada weaved attire

Thank you guys! Hope to see you all soon

To give you a little trivia, my passion for traveling started here so I really owe it to these guys. Salamat talaga at sinama nyo ko. Hopefully, I'll be able to pursue my Sagada trip next year with other bloggers too. Though I mentioned before that my purpose of going back is just to capture another set of Sagada memories, and it's ironic I found all of these, still gusto ko pa rin siyang bisitahin. To pay tribute to the one who started it all is not a bad idea. hahah!

Isa pang trivia before I end this flashback entry, after my trip, I was diagnosed to have PTB and was treated for 6 months. Ganung katinding pagod ang epekto sakin. But don't wory guys, I'm perfectly ok and good to go! Adios!



17 comments:

marxtermind said...

I was surprised too that people drink wine in just one cup during communion. Astig lang di ba! Tara Sagada na ulit! Eto din ung unang place that gave me passion in traveling. ;)

Anyways, ang payat mo sa pic. lol. :)

SunnyToast said...

Ito ay isa sa mga dream ko maka pag sagada:) at buti ka pa alam mo pa log-in mo sa multiply account mo;) ako tlga old age na pati mga pics ko sa friendster di ko na grab..grh:)

Ang sexy mo ditey! pak na pak! dapat ibalik ito chos:)

Thank you for sharing your past travels:)

Chyng said...

ikaw na ang payat nung 2009!
and true, nauna ka ngang makapunta sa sagada kesa sakin. edi ikaw na talaga! hehe

Nicole said...

parang hindi ko ata maisip na pupunta ako sa Sagada. Haha! Nakakatakot. O.o pero exciting, pwede na din! Haha!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

I've been to Sagada SEVEN times at HINDI PA AKO NAKAKAPUNTA NG BOMOD-OK FALLS... Sumisigaw?! Hahaha. Sorry kung hangsaket sa mata. Gusto ko lang magrant. Good thing narecover mo photos. Danda danda :)

JeffZ said...

mas tinaob mo pa ung view ng sagada.. hehe

ampayat! :) haha :P

pag natuloy tayo sa feb dapat ganyan ka na ulit kapayat!.. haha

empi said...

Namiss ko bigla ang Sagada! :)

Ang seksi mo ah! Hehe

ardee sean said...

naks, may yabang factor na talaga.. hahah.. ako di ko pa din cia napupuntahan pero gusto ko din talaga siyang ipagyabang dahil nga sa maganda talaga.. :P

blissfulguro said...

at nag-explain talaga..hehe..ako di pa ko nakakarating diyan..hampayat mo grabe! :)

Mitch said...

Gulat ko, I thought you were with other bloggers who visited the place, puro Sagada kasi post nowadays..pero bongga ka, kaw na nauna! Sexy mo dito, sayang hindi mo na maintain. pero ok pa rin, ultimate blogger k naman! Great exp.

soloflightEd said...

at totoo nga palang nakapagSagada ka! di ka pala nagsisinungaling. hahah. joke lang! lol.
mabuti na lang dahil may friendster at multiply! kakatakot anong mangyayari sa mga photos ko na sa Hard drive ko na lang nakasave.

anney said...

Sana matuloy kami early next year dyan! Pero walang gustong sumama sakin mag spelunking! Mga duwag! lol! Ako nga itong nirarayuma na e gustong gusto mag explore ng cave.

Batang Lakwatsero said...

namimiss ko kagad ang sagada. ansarap nga ipagmayabang ng sagada! buti pinaalala mo.. nasira rin kasi yung desktop ko recently at hndi ko naisalba ang Ilocos trip photos ko. haha.. meron nga pala na-upload yung kaibgan ko sa multiply. haha.. binuhay mo ang dugo ko!

Blobber-Boy said...

waaaah naalala ko tuloy nung nag sagada din kami last september nung kasagsagan ng baguio, sumugod parin kami hehe, hindi nga lang nasulit yung mga tourist spots dahil nga my baguio, isang buwis buhay trip yun, daming land slide, balik ulit kami this january sa fiesta nila hehe

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

@marx - kakaiba ang trip ng locals no? hihi! oo malnourish lang. Sabi ni jeff sa Feb daw e. ok lang ba sayo? Mag aaya din ako ng mga friends ko

@sunny - sarap mag balik tanaw? hahah! old age reply din. thanks for reading my almost forgotten post. Effort alalahanin lahat. Punta ka na habang kaya pa.

@chyng - nyaha! Naku ang hirap naman kasi ng ibalik ang dating figure. mas mahirap pa sa Spelunking sa Sagada.

@nicole - go girl. kayang kaya mo yan. Worth it ang effort (And I mean the word EFFORT ha).

@gay - wow 7 times!?! kung may kulay red lang sa Lakbayan Map, namumula na ang mapa mo sa Sagada part. Sinakop mo na lahat. hahaha! oo nga buti may nag upload before. Though this is all her shots, yung sa cam ko, wala na talaga

@jeff - naku! ayoko pang mamatay no. Hindi ko ata kayang ibalik yang ganyang kapayat na katawan ng agad agad. hahaha!

@empi - I know right,. haha! sayang talaga at nabaon na sa limot ang katawan kong ganyan

@ardee - naman! iba ang sagada. Kahit balik balikan mo, paganda ng paganda. Punta ka na hanggat kaya mo pa promise. Makakapang hinayang pag medyo ugod ugod na.

@carla - hahaha! wala na ko maiblog. tinamad ako sa iloilo guimaras. pero susunod ko na yun

@mitch - naku hindi ko pa kering makipag sabayan sa mga yun. high end sila. Low profile ako no. hihihi! Nakakahiya girl. Pero I would love to if given a chance

@ed- bakit duda ka ba? ha?!? hahah! joke. Mahirap talaga pag nawala. para kang gumawa ng essay na may 400+ words tapos nawala dahil pumindot ka ng SHIFT+DELETE. Ganun ang feeling.

@anney- sama ka samin sa Feb. I would love to meet you. Magluto tayo maghapon. fresh pa naman mga gulay dun. hihihi! Please...

@batang lakwatsero - go grab it. hehehe! nakakatuwa naman at napadpad ka sa blog ko. ang galing galing mo. na-meet na kita e. sa imprints. pero nahihiya ako magsabi ng "oy ito nga pala blog ko." hahahah! Kaya Hi na lang

@blobber boy - wow! I never thought jan pala nagaganap ang fiesta nila. Nice. Sayang may lakad kasi ako ng Jan e. kaya medyo mahirap. Muntik na tayo magsapul ng punta. Sa feb kami e. Sayang!

soloflightEd said...

buti nga 400 words lang. ako noon, umabot ng 1500 words na yun tapos naghang yung computer! huhuhu.

wow. kura, ang babaeng nagpapabuhay ng dugo! hehe. peace! :D

Blobber-Boy said...

hahaha ngyon ko lang napansin BAGUIO pala spelling ko dun sa BAGYO haha.

sayang nga di tayo nagkasabay, pwede pa naman sana tayo magsabay yung group natin nun hehe, dami rin namin nakilalang new friends nun pumnta kami dun e