Waking up to the chill of the air was one of the worst and best feeling that one might get in the early morning. the temperature was frigid enough to turn my toes to solid blocks of ice, yet feeling this air affirmed that my prayer has been answered. the storm has passed! Quiel has moved on and left us in peace.
despite the wounds from our battle the night before, – our fight against tequila and social media embarrassment, we again prepped to set off in our adventure. looking at the mental note that i made prior to the baguio trip, i crossed out several items on the list to see what is left, and what else needs to be done!
1. View the Mines
2. Seek out the Giant Dog
3. Igorot Ritual
4. Explore the Military Academy
5. Visit the largest Armory and Tavern
6. Seek out the Religious Edifaces
7. Visit the Sanctuary of the Good Shepherd
8. Traverse the Parks of Wright
9. Explore the Lake of Burnham
10. Visit the University way Up.
11. Forge alliance with Igorots
12. Drink the Crimson Concoction
13. Visit the Mansion of the High Head
still quite a handful. im sure with the limited time that my party have right now, we could only go to a few more. So without any more delay, we set forth on our adventure. the rain has not stopped completely, it was drizzling from time to time. However, the mist has already covered most of the roads that our carriage passed through. its just like heading into the unknown, pretty much exciting! our first destination was the Mines. they said, that the scenery here is fantastic, you can sharply see the slope going down the mountain where this destination is situated. my friends, Jaypee, Franz and Justin opted to obtain sustenance by purchasing the famous “Strawberry Taho”. i am not a fan of taho, yet i still tried it out for the sake of discovering why it is talked about by many people. it was too sweet for my taste, but my friends seems to have enjoyed it.
but this already made me cross out item 12 on my list!
after the sustenance stop over, we proceeded to our trek towards the view of the mines. it was foggy still and the rain was pouring at a faster rate compared to 20 minutes earlier. we sometimes spend time at the mountain side vendors to avoid the pour, and went on as it stopped for a minute or two. a few steps after our last refuge stop, we already sighted KING – the Giant Dog! fascinating size yet very hospitable to its visitors and admirers. never did i feel any hostility from it despite its superior size. other adventurers were lining up to capture the moment with King. our party did the same. the handler told us to donate 50 pesos for the Dog’s sustenance in exchange for the audience and photo opportunities.
Right after, we tried searching for the igorots. the rain was still pouring, and to our dismay, we did not see any. but we had the chance of being Igorots for a small amount of time, think about a very small serving of polyjuice!
After seeking out the Giant Dog and Performing the Igorot Ritual of dressing up, we finally reached the View of the Mines. disappointed, i was, because the fog covered the entire view. but the travel was very much worth it! the rain still hasn’t subsided, we backtracked our steps and proceeded to our next destination. but the experience was really good, i spent less than a hundred pesos just for the memorabilia opportunities. 50 pesos for the Giant Dog, and 40 pesos for the igorot dress up. 10 peso a person/garb rental.
Next Stop: The Sanctuary of the Good Shepherd!
— Behind the Thick Framed Glasses notes:
photo credits to Jaypee David : view his Flickr set here