The apartment, which comprises the second and third floors of Gina's home, has been tastefully furnished to suit the comfort of four people. Though the rental is right above the owner's home, you'd have your private entrance complete with your own narrow porch looking out towards the Tangeb.
The property is nicely tucked in the center of Dagdag's commercial area which is quite convenient if you wish to walk around the local joints.
You'll discover that there are distinctly Igorot accents all around the rental, such as the artwork propped on an easel in the second floor living area, with a striking use of pinewood. However, the amenities are also conveniently modern and user-friendly.
Be advised that the apartment only has room enough for four adults, with an extra mattress for the chauffer of your rented car, in such cases.
We bake our crunchy crusted bread, which we serve at Ristorante Biag, just right in our basement, so you can have first dibs on those with your morning coffee or tea.
The property is just right across the South road from Salt n Pepper, and a few meters from Bana's Café with their aromatic blends.
As our guest, you'd have total access of the second and third floors which comprise the apartment rental, and you are welcome to use the cookware, dishes, utensils et al in the kitchen.
A floor mattress for the driver of your rental, extra linen and pillows, we have you covered.
We trust that you are responsible folk.
Interaction with guests
I'm usually busy at the Municipal building during the day, but there are always people around in the house, like our housekeeping manager, Jonie. Jesi, my co-host can also remotely guide you with getting around town and with other queries.
Other things to note
There is an up-to-date 10-day weather forecast courtesy of Weather Underground shared in the guidebook. 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.
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 :)
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.
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!
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.
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!
We get it that you may want additional guests to stay over. In the event that you want them to, please give us a holler. We're reasonable folk and will accommodate wherever possible.
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.
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!
To keep the floorboards squeaky clean and mud-free, we have a no-shoes policy inside our home. We'll lend you comfy indoor slippers if you're not up for walking around barefoot.
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.
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.
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 Kitaro. He's okay to play at any time in all areas of the house :)
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.
I'd probably belong to the legions of the undead if it were not for the reliable internet, my handy mobile, my loving family, delectable food, and an honest job.
I'd give a leg and my left boob for a trip to Greece. I only lose myself in Paulo Coelho books, and theater shows move me, simply MOVE me. New Age muzak is my kind of groove, and my mouth water at the mere mention of Jap dishes.
I'm the timid host, who would prefer to give my guests the space they need.
I go by the mantra of "living each day as it comes."