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Saturday, January 6, 2024

Back to Civilization!

Aloha Everyone,

Baguio’s population has more than tripled since the time we visited what used to be a quaint isolated mountain town. There are 3 roads one can take to get there and they are congested.

J.J. and I agree that it was an experience we don’t need to repeat again. We are grateful for being invited guests of Peping Laurel. Our total costs inclusive of everything was US$1,000 for 3 nights and 4 days.

This morning we took Marcos Highway and drove over a couple of Bailey Bridge, new construction by a Philippine steel manufacturer.

Traffic this morning was light, and I was able to take a photo of the Bridal Veil fall. 

Bailey Bridge was the concept originally credited to English engineer Sir Donald Bailey in 1940. The idea was to provide a temporary bridge that could rapidly and manually be erected in war-time conditions.

The two of us wanted to get back as early as possible. We only had a short pit stop to pick up coffee and croissant.  Emer looked happy wearing a new Benguet design jacket and a matching shirt. We also bought for him gifts of a loaf of banana bread and raisin bread for his family.

Passing by the tiny town of Rosario, he asked our permission to stop and purchase some local delicacy for his family. It looked like a gluttonous rice wrapped in banana leaves. We thanked him for his offer to try it but opted not to take any chances.

Interesting photo of Brama bulls, originally imported from India to do farm work. They look emancipated, but J.J. mentioned that they are used to the heat and hard work. Of course, in India, Hindi religion would not let them do any work.

My sister recalls charming Bahay Kubo, Filipino traditional house where people lived, and pigs and chickens ran beneath the house. Well, things changed over time, and this was the best I could do.

Nothing has changed yet we can now look at our old environment with new vision. I guess J.J. and I had undergone a tiny version of what some people get out of traveling. It taught us not to get too accustomed to our travels. There are still many things we can learn!

Aloha -- Cathi