Sagada's Hidden Worlds

Trip Start Dec 03, 2012
Trip End Jan 09, 2013

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Demang Wander
My third day in Sagada was an extended one. The cool 14 C day weather was just too hard to resist. Began the day with a 2 hours walk through Sagada's villages namely Demang and Ambrasing on a network of footpaths from clusters of houses. Children not in school were hanging out with their neighbours and dogs were lazing under the sun. The opportunity to glance into local homes, backyards and gardens allowed some conversation starters. One farmer said that he was beginning to plant rice again after an annual harvest of vegetables. He also works occasionally in Sagada town for some odd cash to purchase meat and household goods. I was told most locals regard eating meat a luxury. A very simple stress-free lifestyle. Grow what you need and eat what is available.
Ambrasing Elementary School
Arriving in Ambrasing via a flight of stairs, I intruded into an elementary school while the kids were having a recess. A group was very excited to see a visitor and happily posed for me when they noticed my camera. Leaving Ambrasing, I found myself at the junction where one would turnoff the road for Sumiang Cave, so I decided to have a look - 800 metres stroll downhill carving the edges of a cliff overlooking to extensive rice terraces beyond. What a sight!
Salt & Pepper Diner
There wasn't much to look at Sumiang Cave unless you enter the cave with a paid guide, so I slowly retraced my steps uphill back to Sagada for a scrumptious lunch at Salt & Pepper Diner. Many raved about the food at Yoghurt House but I find them seriously overrated. So how do I rate the food at Salt & Pepper Diner? I returned for dinner. In addition, they have a super adorable puppy named Spikey running around the restaurant, hoping I would feed him with his affections.
Pooped Coffee
I missed it in Vietnam. So here at Bana's Cafe, I tried civet coffee for the first time but sad to report that I was sorely disappointed. Not only it costed 10 times more at 200 php a cup, it tasted rather ordinary. Every sip was throwing my pesos into rice terraces. Civet coffee is brewed with coffee beans pooped out by civets (a raccoon looking animal) after they consumed coffee cherries! Well, this dearly civet coffee also went in and out my system. A next table customer suggested that I should order both civet and normal coffee and drink them side by side!
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