When one finds themselves at crossroads, they choose between going right or left… but for some people – they make a decision to go back or to just keep moving forward. I choose adventure and keep moving forward. I tell myself: “I’ve gotten myself this far, what’s a few kilometers more?” And I find myself in really amazing places!
Welcome to Abatan, Buguias, Benguet. This is my favorite crossroad of all times! It is my gateway to places like Sagada, Bontoc, Kalinga… and yes. Ilocos! And it’s not just a mandatory stop anymore, I have found really wonderful places here that makes me stay just one night before I keep moving north.
My favorite thing to do is watch the sunset – that’s why no matter what time of day I get there, I want to stay for the night just to watch… even with street food and the market beside me… It still is one of the best places to watch the sun set.
And while waiting for my much loved time of day – dusk. I keep myself busy just exploring this warm and friendly village.
They have a valley where vegetables and flowers are grown. I wonder why roses are bigger here… and in more vivid colors!
Of course one has to eat…
Cordillera Sausages with Abatan-Original Vinegar! must try while in Abatan! Just a reminder while in Abatan, restaurants usually serve meat-meat-and more meat! They give you that weird smile when you look for a salad or “gulay” (vegetable dish) and when they say servings are “good for one” expect a really big serving that’s actually good for three!
And when you’re in the mood to just have coffee and chill the time away… There’s this cool cafe where you can write or read a book. It’s Instagrammy too!
Look for Cafe Lounge 85.
How to get there? When in Baguio City, go to Km.5 La Trinidad, Benguet – Look for the Shell Gasoline Station and get in one of those van rides that leave every hour – as early as 3am! It’s actually a manage-your-travel-time tip should you want to be in Sagada really early (Baguio to Sagada buses usually leaves at 6AM)
So the next time you find yourself at a cross road… maybe, you just need to stop for a while and smell the roses. Before making life changing choices… who knows what you’ll find.