April 18, 2013

Bontoc Weekend

Last weekend, Celine and I went to Bontoc for the Google Apps Training for the teachers in the Mountain Province Division.

On the midnight of April 12, we went to the Victory Liner Bus Terminal in Cubao. We didn't bought a ticket earlier so we have to wait until 2:30 AM for the next available trip. We were asleep most of the travel time. Around 8:30, we arrived in Baguio and had breakfast at Cafe by the Ruins. After eating, we went to the bus terminal of GL Lizardo Terminal to ride a bus to Bontoc. We left at around 11:00 and arrived in Bontoc at around five in the afternoon. We then went to the Archog Hotel & Restaurant to rest and eat dinner. After dinner, we watched some TV shows and I continued burning the training materials on the CDs. I was also able to publish a minor update to Boto Ko Android App while waiting for the CDs to be burned.

The next day, we woke up early and went to the Department of Education Mountain Province Division Office for the whole-day Google Apps Training. She discussed Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Forms, Google Spreadsheets, Google Sites, and Offline Gmail and Calendar.

The trainees with the trainer [Photo from Celine's Facebook Account]

On Sunday morning, we wake up early and had breakfast in the hotel but the 8:00 AM bus to Baguio had already left. We waited for the 9:00 AM bus and arrived at around 2:00 PM in Baguio. The next available bus in Victory Liner is the 7:00 PM bus so we decided to go to the Genesis Bus Stop. They were not selling tickets and you have to go inside the bus to have a seat and pay there. The next bus to Cubao will be on 4:30 PM so Celine went to O Mai Khan to take out food while I wait for the bus. Genesis Bus does not seem organized and they are very confusing so we just boarded the 4:50 PM Dagupan Bus instead. The only problem here is that they didn't play a movie until it was 7:00 PM and the movie shown was a horror film. It wasn't a good idea not only because it is a horror movie but because most of the people are already asleep. Also, it took three hours to have a stop-over!

It's a great experience to be in Bontoc. The food, especially the vegetables, are fresh and tastes very delicious. It is also quiet and looks peaceful there. Too bad most of the weekend has been spent traveling. I'm hoping I can be back there soon so we can also visit other places and tourist spots there.

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