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... the Jeepney for the last time of our Philippines trip, but aside from getting carsick because of the rapid turns and curves, it was memorable. We stopped at 3 view points to see different angles of rice terraces, and also walked across a funky bridge that shook on every step- freaking out Dana and Alina respectively!
After driving for 20-30 minutes, our Jeepneys stopped at the top of a VERY steep hill. Looking down, the first thing I thought was "damn.... this will be ...
... come to see. The van stops for us to take photos and marvel at this site at a spot called 'Viewpoint'.
While we are at Viewpoint,taking photos of the rice terraces, I see some old women sitting on a bench. They belong to the Igarot tribe. They smile as I snap their photo. Their teeth are red. You see this everywhere you go in the Philippines.
The red teeth are from chewing betel nut, called Moma. I think it looks just horrible and I ...
... and ALL day tomorrow- our bus leaving at 8pm the next day. Sarah suggested we leave that night instead of the next so our plans changed. We booked a night in Manila and changed our bus ticket to that night. for 80 pesos more, we opted for the "deluxe" bus and caught it at 8pm. The ride back was a lot more comfortable; more leg room and wider seats. I still didn't sleep for a second. We arrived in Manila and shared a cab with a couple we met at the hometsay to the airport. ...
... our way to the museum we stopped and started to head to the viewpoint from where we were supposed to have a nice vista of the rice terraces of Banaue. This is a “must see” if you are there.
We negotiated with a tricycle driver and he finally agreed to take 4 of us to the top of the terraces for PHP 100. At that point I still thought that we could take another tricycle to get back to the town. It was an amazing view from up there and we sat for a while ...
... got to Banaue I went looking for accommodation with a French brother and sister- Hoel and Melodie, and we ended up sharing a room which was nice and saved me a lot of money! The weird thing about the hotel is you had to pay extra for everything- P20 to charge your phone, P50 for a hot shower, extra for another blanket.
I headed back up the mountain to check out the viewpoint for the rice terraces. Banaue itself is far less charming than Sagada, but ...