Asin Hot Springs, Tuba, Benguet
This morning we went to Tuba, Benguet to visit the Asin Hot Springs. This place is slowly becoming famous getaway during one's Baguio vacation. Yes, we squeezed in a swimming excursion in our Halloween itinerary. Thanks to Asin!
We left the house at 8 am. The road to Asin was long, winding, and uphill. The travel alone was already an adventure. We passed through two caves before getting to the road that leads to the resort. Medyo naligaw pa kami. Buti na lang Jene knows how to speak Ilocano so he and Manong Juanito asked around for directions. W reached the resort by 9 am.
Entrance fee to the resort is only 80 pesos in the Asin Hot Springs Resort. There are other resorts around the area that charge higher, class daw kasi. But I found the Asin Hot Springs resort fine. Ok naman ang facilities. What's great pa is that we had the dipping area to ourselves for a while because we arrived earlier than the other tourists.
Mainit talaga ang tubig. We planned this spot to be on our last tour day so we can relax our tired muscles in the hot water. True enough, therapeutic nga. It was like being on a hot jacuzzi. Pinagpawisan talaga kami.
After a while, Manong Juanito led Ate Do, Lloyd, and Lucky to the road leading to the river. We saw them cavorting down in the waters from where we stood in the resort. Toto, Dadijun, and I followed them. Kakainggit kasi. Kaya lang, I almost got cold feet when I saw the long hanging bridge that will get us to the other side so we can go down the river. It looked rusty and crude kasi eh. Siguro it took me ten minutes to cross the hanging bridge. I endured not only the anxiety but also the annoying shaking of the bridge care of my evil brother Toto. When I was down the river sitting by the rocks, I saw children running on the bridge! How'd they do that? Kakahiya pala ako, hehehe!
We stayed from 9am till lunchtime. After lunch, we packed our bags and drove back to Baguio.
Row 1 : The road to Asin.
Itogon Woodcarvers Village
Along the road to Asin is a row of stores that sell woodcrafted materials native to Benguet. It's kind of the Paete of the North. We made a quick stop over to make some pasalubong shopping here. Products here are cheaper than the ones sold in Baguio. I was able to buy a wooden candy tray for only 80 pesos and a pair of big wooden spoon and fork for 50 pesos. A set of wooden salad bowls here go for as low as 100 pesos only.
Another favorite tourist destination in Baguio. Hay, panibagong sakit nanaman ng katawan. Buti na lang, dami tindero ng strawberry taho! *winks*
Rap counted 252 steps to the top. Yang batang yan, laging naka-barkada sa iba. Feeling binata, hehehe! Excited ang bata, Our Lady of Lourdes kasi ang bibisitahin. Syempre, patroness ng Lourdes School kaya inspired to go up the grotto.
Rap offered candles, prayed to Mama Mary, and enjoyed the view.
Halfway to the top, we stopped by the stores to buy some pasalubong. I bought souvenir shirts for the kids and for the alalays back home. I also bought myself a pair of silver earrings and a silver ring, both for 100 pesos each. It's way cheaper than Ibay's and the stores in Mines View. We stayed a while at the top after our photo shoots. Kakapagod talaga but the it was worth it.
I do not remember visiting the cathedral the last time we were here so I asked Ate Do to squeeze in a few minutes for us to visit the place. Rap was ecstatic again, religious places often amaze him. Lalo na that he saw the Crucified Christ in Igorot woven cloth. He also prayed fervently inside the church because Ate Do taught him to make a wish since it was his first time to visit.
Mines View Park
Itinuloy na rin ang naudlot na Mines View Park. It did not rain today so the fog wasn't that thick. Tamang-tama lang for picture-taking. And we're with Toto and Lloyd na so blessing in disguise on their part. This time around namili na kami ng mga pasalubong sweets sa tiangge. 5 for 100 pesos lang kasi ang strawberry jam. The peanut brittle and ube jam I will buy na lang tomorrow from Good Shepherd.
We got home around 5 pm and for the first time during our whole Baguio stay, I had the chance to sit on the couch for an hour. Ate Do washed all our our laundry. Buti na lang may automatic washing machine na sa unit namin. I did not cook tonight because we still had food from our baon.