At the end of January I managed to escape cold New York and visit Philippines for a couple of weeks. We ("Anton & Irene") were invited to speak at Graphika Manila design conference. As the the journey to get there takes quite some time, it made sense to stay in Philippines a bit longer and explore the country.
The first stop was Sagada, a small town up North of the country in the mountains. I have to say it was the longest non-stop travel stretch I have ever done. A flight from NYC to Taipei - 16 hours, layover in Teipei - 5 hours, flight to Manila - 3 hours, straight from Manila airport a car to Sagada - another 12 hours. But it was worth it.
Sagada is a small town/village in the Mountain Province of Philippines. It is famous for it's hanging coffins — a traditional way of burying people that is still utilized. Another reason this place is famous is for it's rice terraces, which are now part of Unesco Heritage. Unfortunately beginning of February is not the best season to visit rice terraces as you don't get to see them lush green.