Sagada and the warm heart of the Filipino Family
Trip Start Jul 07, 2011
6Trip End Aug 17, 2011
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Matt, Lindsay and I arrived here last night in time to grab a final bite before they flew back to Saigon. It was a long bus ride down from the mountain and Manila is always a bit shocking to the soul but we did manage to enjoy our final hours together in the Philippines.
Last week, we spent three wonderful days in the mountain paradise of Sagada. Sagada is a peaceful, outdoor adventure paradise; complete with century old caves, preserved and practiced cultural traditions, and the home to my dear dear friend and potter Siegrid and her family. While the bus ride from Baguio to Sadaga up and over steep mountain peaks and valleys can induce heart failure (which I think it did for Matt and Lindsay)
We headed back down to Tublay on Wednesday and enjoyed a lovely dinner with my host cousin Dimples and her parents. Uncle Peter is a renowned indigenous peoples expert and Dimples and Auntie Aurea made a lovely Filipino meal for us that evening. Complete with beef sinigang (a popular sour soup based sauce), bbq pork chops, chicken amaretto and rice cake and carrot salad for dessert! A feast for sure and in classic Filipino style meat was the theme of the meal.
Our last evening in Tublay, Matt and Lindsay were gracious enough to cook a meal for my host family
Touring people in a place that is familiar always helps you see things and that place in a new light and it also reminds you of how far you have come to adjust and find a home in a seemingly foreign and oftentimes difficult place. This is indeed the feelings and emotions that have come from showing my dear friends my adopted homeland of the Philippines. Despite the cockroaches and grittiness of Manila I know they enjoyed being here and Lola Carmen singing them a goodbye song yesterday when we left Tublay, was the tip of the iceberg, we where all in tears!
I have a meeting later this afternoon with the WWOOF Philippines directors to sort out the financial issues we are having with them charging volunteers to access the farms information and then ENCA Farm seeing none of this money! I am happy to play the bad guy in the meeting and I do hope we are able to come to some agreement on how to continue to work together in a way that benefits ENCA Farm and the WWOOF experience as a whole.
I am anxious to return to the mountains tomorrow and continue our meetings and planning for the non-profit!
More news to come soon and sending love to you all!