Monday, April 15, 2013

The weekend I fell in love with Bontoc

Last April 13, 2013, I was invited by Department of Education Mountain Province Division to conduct Google Apps training for the representatives of the different district of Mountain Province.

We started our trip Friday (April 12) at 12:30 AM, +Jomar went to our house to pick me up. We went to the Victory Liner bus terminal in Cubao. The next available bus will be at 2:30 AM. We waited for roughly 1.5 hours and we're off to Baguio City. We arrived in Baguio at 8:30 AM and had breakfast at Cafe by The Ruins.

Cheese Omelet and Chicken Galantina Sandwich

After which, we went to the G/L Lizardo bus terminal where there was a long line of people going to Bontoc and Sagada. Luckily, we got the last two seats for the 11:00 AM bus. After crossing mountains after mountains and seeing little towns after little towns, we arrived in Bontoc at 5:00 PM.

We checked-in at Archog's Hotel and Restaurant as recommended by our friends from DepEd. We had dinner in Archog which was really good. There are few restaurants in Bontoc and the best ones are inside the hotels. We stayed in a clean room with a queen size bed, TV with Cable, electric fan, and hot & cold shower. Archog's Hotel is categorized by the Department of Tourism as a Tourist Inn.

Breakfast for two mornings.

Second Night Dinner

I fell in love with the slower life of Bontoc as compared to the crazy hustle-bustle of the city. I love walking out of our hotel and staring at the mountains and the fresh cooler air was just perfect. To top it all off, the fresh vegetables I got to eat for four meals were delicious. I dread the 12-hour bus ride going to and back from Bontoc to Manila but it's all worth it.

Our way back from Bontoc to Manila through Baguio City was a bit less fancy. We rode the 9AM bus going to Baguio already and had to ride a Dagupan Bus Liner instead of Victory. It was such a tiring ride home.

Overall, I had fun during the training and met really amazing teachers. I ate healthy fresh food and had a feel of the slow life on the mountain side.

For traveler's reference, here's the room price list of Archog's Hotel and Restaurant.

Archog's Hotel and Restaurant room prices in Bontoc, Mountain Province