Thursday, July 20, 2017

Maligcong, Bontoc: No iPhone, No Itinerary, No Schedules, No Stress

There's something to be said about a place you've been to a dozen times but still find fresh and novel each and every time. 

Candy, a UK-based Filipina children's books writer I befriended in Maligcong told me it must be because of the friendly dogs.  She's got a point there but that's only half-true.   Even as I agonized over the loss of my iPhone (busted on the first night of the trip) as I make my way to the jeep in Bontoc, I already see familiar faces.  Whiling away the time to 2pm when the jeepney starts plodding its way through eight or so kilometers of winding road up the mountains, I get into a chitchat with Anti Dominga, the village nurse; Joseph, the owner of Chen's Sac-yaan Homestay, and Anti Juanita.  While I almost always keep to myself traveling here, I've unwittingly made some acquaintances and friends.  Halfway through the jeepney trip, the air felt a lot cooler as grey storm clouds rolled from the west.  "Oh no, my laundry will get wet!" cries Joseph as we sit topload on the jeepney roof.  Even in overcast conditions, the terraces, now a vivid green and ready for harvest, are breathtakingly beautiful.  I've come something like four hundred or so kilometers to get a black hole vacation on a weekday and with the untimely malfunction of my almost two-year old iPhone, I just might get one.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Maligcong, Lagalog Bontoc Map: Updated July 2017 Version

Updating my art map of Maligcong, Bontoc, Mountain Province for visitor references.  There are now four homestays to accommodate an increasing number of visitors to this wonderful place.  I've also added indicators for directions going to Mount Matuon and Catabu (grassland), changed the name of Mount Fato to Mount Parutan, as well as improved icons and fonts for better readability.

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