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Dec 21, 2015

Chico River White Water Rafting in Tinglayan, Kalinga Province

Here is our 2 hour rafting trip down the beautiful clear green colored river in Tinglayan, Kalinga Province, the Chico River. Such an awesome scenery and challenging water current. At one point, the current had us pin to the big rock in the middle of the river. My sister, my husband, and I were the ones who got off the raft to help get it free. However, after we got it free we were the ones who got stock. With the help of our fellow rafters, we manage to swam our way to the shore. Too bad I wasn't able to take pictures during our rafting, I don't have a waterproof camera or a case. It was really a wonderful experience. Thanks to Ex Mayor Fernando Abay and to his family for an awesome opportunity and for taking care of us. We had so much fun and given a chance, I would do it again.


The Rafters: From front, of course Me, behind camera. My nephew Jeb, husband Joel, brother in law Jo, sister Santa and our two guides; sorry I forgot their names.


We stop for snack break: eating tupig

While we were snacking, my nephew was busy  enjoying the water


My Husband together with Ex Mayor Fernando Abay

Me and my beautiful friend Haidee Abay












Dec 20, 2015

Trip to Sagada Sumaguing Cave

Here is our adventure to Sagada, Sumaguing cave. It is one of several tourist spot in Mountain Province, Luzon, in Philippines. Our journey started in Tinglayan, Kalinga. Our friend, Charlie Abay, together with his family drove us to there using his truck. It was more than 2 hours drive to the town of Sagada from Tinglayan.The road is narrow and ever climbing up. It was scary riding in the back of the truck because we can see it clearly how deep and scary the road is, but it was fun. The steeper and higher the road was to Sagada, the steeper and deeper the Sumaguing cave got.



WELCOME
These caves are Kabunyan's gift for Sagadians and all lovers of beauty and nature. Remember these wonders are millions of years old. Man was born only yesterday. We therefore have no right to destroy these legacies. Only our duty to protect and preserve them.
Sumaguing Cave Entrance: No Official Receipts, No Guide, No Entry      

Tourist who wants to go inside the cave have to register and need to have a tour guide. It is very dangerous to go without a knowledgeable guide. 

My husband had to go back out because he has a hard time walking barefoot on sharp and slippery rocks

We had 2 tour guides and both of them carried Kerosene Lamp because inside the cave is pitch dark and the rocks are slippery and steep

My group: we had to take our shoes and slipper off in order for us to have a good grip on the slippery rocks

I was being careful because one wrong move could hurt bad or even kill me.

This rock looks like a big turtle

The water is so clear and the rock formations are awesome

The guide said that this rock formation is the king and queen's curtain and that we can't see them because they're on the other side of the curtain


The King Penis

Pregnant Queen


I can't resist how inviting this little pool was with the clear cool water

The deeper we get the more water flowing on the rocks


This was our turn around point, the deepest we went. It was too dark and scary down there and it was getting late.

Using rope to climb up the watery rock



Going down to the cave and back up took us a little more than 2 hours.  It was an awesome adventure!

Dec 19, 2015

Road to Sagada Mountain Province, Philippines

First thought came to mind just a little after we start climbing up towards Sagada was "where was the cave be?" I was really curios as to where the cave since our main reason to go to Sagada was to go see the cave. I was hoping after every turn to be downhill but nope, still climbing up! From Helsema Hwy on Dantay-Sagada to Sumaguing Cave, it was almost 14 kilometers long of deep and winding road.
Part of the roads are rough and narrow but have really spectacular views. It was hot and sunny that day, but the closer we get to Sagada the cooler the weather got.
 
 




Driving through Sagada town, one must give and take because the roads are very narrow. Not only you have to worry about the vehicles but also pedestrians.

Amazing rock formation all over town 



The Hanging Coffins



Alan had a great time, he rode with us at the back of the truck

Nov 25, 2015

Trip to Tinglayan, Kalinga Province


Trip to Tinglayan, Kalinga Province is long, steep, deep and winding road but the views are amazing! It is only 197 kilometers from Baguio but it was the longest 197 kilometers we've ever driven. Our average speed was 25 kilometers per hour. It took us more than 9 hours with few stops but we couldn't drive faster on those roads. It was hair-raising driving through there especially at night. Some of the roads are damaged due to landslides and  the roads are down to one lane.

It was an awesome adventure, a great journey, and a priceless experience. Thanks to our friend Haidee Abay for inviting us to her home and to her family. Also thanks to her dad, Ferdinand Abay, formerly mayor of  Tinglayan, her mom a business woman, her brother Charlie who is running for Vice Mayor and Charlie's family, thanks for a warm welcome, for giving their time, for great hospitality and for taking care of us. It sure made our experience awesome and we are very thankful. We stayed there for 3 nights. I will make a separate post for our white water rafting and spelunking trip.