This Mobtok perch isn't just about a room for the night. The vacation home actually comes with free aromatic local gourmet coffee waiting for you to brew during your stay, as well as a short, reflective and uphill hike that you can relish coming from and going to the property.
The neighborhood is in the outlying parts of one of the town's oldest villages which is quite perfect if you wish to truly take in the Sagada scenery and not be bothered by traffic noise or wandering tourists.
When you're ever in Sagada during the cold months, you'll be quite happy to find out that we have a functional indoor fireplace, an outdoor bonfire spot, and hot showers.
Be advised that the vacation home only has room enough for two adults, with extra linen.
Given the location, you are somewhere in between Gaia Cafe and Crafts in Ambasing and the local eats in Dagdag.
Mobtok hill, our neighborhood, has a wonderful clearing at the summit. You are welcome to camp out with your own tent or lounge with a picnic basket.
As our guest, you'd have total access of the entire 2nd floor area, and you are welcome to use the cookware, dishes, utensils et al in the kitchen.
The liquor cabinet and the china standalone cabinet are off-limits, unfortunately.
If you need some kindling and firewood for the fireplace, just let us know so that we can assist you with getting the fire started.
Extra linen and pillows, we have you covered. We trust that you are responsible folk.
You are also welcome to join us when we have a bonfire going at the fire pit outside.
Interaction with guests
I keep house in Baguio although I'm a Sagada local, and I only come home on occasion. However, there are always people around in the surrounding property, like my co-host, Jesi, who can also remotely guide you with getting around town and with other queries.
Other things to note
Here is an up-to-date 10-day weather forecast (URL HIDDEN) courtesy of Weather Underground. We also check the ABS-CBN Weather Center for storm updates.
This town is pretty safe and traveler-friendly, so you shouldn't be too worried about walking around at night or adventuring alone within the town center. However, we highly recommend that you get a local SEGA guide when you pay your prerequisite Environmental Fee at the Information Center if you intend to do some hiking, spelunking, seeing the off-road sights, and other tours. Compared to other trails, like the Pacific Crest Trail, there are no milestones or markers and you could easily get lost. We certainly don't want that to happen.
These house rules have been set so that you can get the most out of your stay in our rental while also respecting our home and the neighborhood. If you have any questions regarding these items, don't hesitate to ask.
1. We have a no-smoking policy - although you are welcome to smoke outdoors. Once done, we'd appreciate it if you can dispose of your cigarette butts properly. Used filters thrown away carelessly hurt Sagada's geography since they don't decompose as quickly as you think.
2. Got a pet? Shouldn't be a problem... but they would have to stay outdoors with their own leash or travel carrier. You can have them relieve themselves anywhere on the property so long as you bury their "landmines".
3. We understand that accidents happen. Keep calm and inform us when they do. Chances are, we can fix them as effortlessly as possible. We'd give you a thumbs up for your honesty!
4. What you do in your personal time is entirely up to you, but when staying at our place we have a strict no-drug use policy. This is just the law... not so much as one of our rules.
5. Food in the bedrooms tend to invite unwanted "guests" ie the roach and the rodent. To keep these freeloaders from sharing your bed, we advice that you eat in the dining. Besides, there's always room for you at the table :)
6. This should go without saying, but it would be best if you wear appropriate clothing when you get here, as the locals are pretty conservative AND it certainly wouldn't do you good freezing to death wearing a mini or the shortest of shorts walking around town.
7. A plumbing problem can quickly ruin the most pleasant vacay. You can prevent this by disposing things like sanitary napkins in the bin we've provided in the toilet. That way you can flush all worries down the drain!
8. We're a bit on the old-school side and still wash our dishes by hand. Sometimes, we even whistle as we go! You don't have to abide with the whistling, but we'd appreciate it if you wash the dishes after using them.
9. Whilst we do a meticulous pro cleaning between each guest's stay, help us get through with the process quicker and keep the costs down by washing any dishes or kitchenware you have used and putting dirty towels in the hamper before you leave. Take care to separate the plastics and paper from the regular trash. Thanks for helping us protect the environment!
10. To keep our costs down (and pass those savings on to our guests) we'd like it a lot if you could switch off lights and other electrical gadgets when they're not in use or when you're leaving the house. Mother Nature will thank you, too.
11. If you want to listen to muzak past 9pm, please think about the others and listen with your earpods or at a lower volume. We'll make sure to mind our noise, too. Unless it's Thelonious Monk. He's okay to play at any time in all areas of the house :)
12. Just as we encourage smart electric use, we urge you to be just as with water while you are visiting, since it is being shared with the rest of the community. Make sure to secure the taps before leaving the bath and let us know if they are leaking.
13. Everyone should have their own space in a shared dwelling. We respect your privacy. And if it isn't too much to ask, we'd love for you to return the favor and refrain from entering our private quarters.
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