A day ago, I stumbled upon my extra SD memory card where pictures of my trip and adventure to Sagada last March 2011 were stored. I immediately checked the images and realized I took videos of our crazy Sagada top loading adventure too. It dawned on me that I never really got the chance to see the entirety of all the videos I took in this popular highland town. After seeing our crazy toploading stunt, I just had to create a video and show it to you so you guys can see how memorable our trip was to this amazing town in Mountain Province
After a butt numbing 8-hour bus ride from Manila, we arrived in Banaue, Ifugao on a cloudy morning. It was cold and raining. An hour after our jeepney ride was about to leave Banaue for Bontoc, Mt. Province, we told the jeepney driver that we’ll go top loading. I bet the driver thought we were a crazy bunch with our choice of seats as it was also raining but he finally gave in when there was no longer any room for more passengers inside the jeepney.
At that instant, my companions and I hurriedly climbed the top of the jeepney and immediately settled our butts on that wet, hard, dirty, rusty, uncomfortable rooftop without minding the dangerous stunt we were about to do. It was freezing cold on that Friday morning and to make matters worse, we had to endure being soaked in the rain for an hour. The good thing was that Ed and I had the best seat advantage since we were at the back part of the jeepney. Carla, James and Toffee were seated in front of us and we were really surprised when we saw them all soaking wet. Turns out they sort of became our rain shield. Thanks guys! LOL.
After reaching the Banaue-Bontoc border, the weather improved just as what the jeepney dispatcher predicted. The rain stopped. Toffee wasn’t able to endure the wet, cold and uncomfy state he was in anymore so he decided to get inside the jeepney. The rest of us were still too stubborn to get inside. How could we even think of such a thing when we were already at the peak of our top loading adventure? hahaha. So while Toffee slept with his wet clothes inside the jeepney, the rest of us allowed the wind to dry our clothes while we continue to shiver in silence and just admired the beautiful view of Mt. Province
Tired, wet, shivering and uncomfortably sitting on top of a jeepney, Carla, James, Ed and I managed to make it through the entire trip. It wasn’t really because we were too stubborn to get down. We simply couldn’t resist the best seats on that scenic 2-hour jeepney ride from Banaue to Bontoc nevermind the deep ravines, some indications of landslides and bad roads that we had to pass through. One wrong move from the jeepney driver and one thing could have lead to another. We were just glad that despite our
careless adventurous ways, we safely reached our destination unscathed.
top loading is not all fun with roads like these
If you were to ask me if I’d do it again, I’d definitely say yes in a heart beat!
However, I do not encourage you guys to go top loading as there are also risks involved when you decide to do this. But if you must, please do it at your own risk and please please please be extra careful and be cautious at all times, okay?
There are different routes to take when going to Sagada. We decided to take the Manila-Banaue-Bontoc-Sagada trail as this was more convenient for us in terms of our travel schedule and comfort since a trip to Sagada will entail 12 hours of travel time if you are travelling from Manila. In our case, since we travelled all the way from Cebu, that meant 30 hours of travelling. But for someone like me who’s a travel junkie, those long hours are just numbers. If you truly love and enjoy what you do, anything is possible!