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Travel Diary: Baguio 2013

First travel adventure of the year. Granted that it’s only local travel and it’s still pretty near the metro (didn’t even have to ride a plane to get there), I still say this deserves a blog post of its own.

It’s been years and years since the last time we visited Baguio and going back now is a bit bittersweet for me. Sadness on seeing how much things have changed and me going back there without my collage friends, happy too that I get to share this experience with my hubby and travel buddies (from the office). We went there over the weekend and it felt like we’re participants in an Amazing Race episode.

Day 1

We left Makati at around 11PM, met up at NLEX 12 midnight for our first stopover, ate first breakfast at Mc Donald’s Carmen a little before 5AM for our second stopover, touchdown at Baguio around 7AM. We missed the sunrise, but I got this early morning picture around the place where we stayed:

Good Morning Baguio!!!

Good Morning Baguio!!!

No time to even take a short bath… once we unloaded our stuff inside the room, we headed straight to Cafe by the Ruins:

Cafe by the Ruins menu

Cafe by the Ruins menu

Rizal's Tsokolate-e

Rizal’s Tsokolate-e

Whole Wheat Pan de Sal with Herbed Liver Pate

Whole Wheat Pan de Sal with Herbed Liver Pate

Truth be told, despite all the hype we read about this place, we weren’t as happy with our breakfast as we thought we would be. Parking was such a hassle, service was a bit slow and they keep on bringing incomplete orders (one of our companion had to follow-up a number of times for her tea, granted that they were still brewing it, they should have informed her so that she didn’t have to wait for an uncertain amount of time). Food wasn’t as stellar either, hubby mentioned that eating at Pan de Amerikana is better and I agree with him on that. Anyway, it was an experience for us.

Moving on… first stop is at Burnham Park. As I’ve tried the boating thing, I opted out of it and assigned myself as the official photographer instead. It being February, Panagbenga Festival (Flower Festival) is in full swing and we got to see some landscaping entries:

Panagbenga Festival Landscaping Contest

Panagbenga Festival Landscaping Contest

Panagbenga Festival Landscaping Contest Panagbenga Festival Landscaping Contest Panagbenga Festival Landscaping Contest

What I did try was in-line skating, which I absolutely suck at by the way. We had lunch before leaving the place and at around 2PM, we were off to another location…. Tam-Awan Village:

Tam-Awan Village

Tam-Awan Village

Tam-Awan Village

Tam-Awan Village

After a short hike, we reached the overlooking area but it was way too foggy for us to enjoy the view. It was a bit of a climb but reaching the top felt like achieving a goal. It’s my first time to go to this place and it was an experience specially for those who are most interested in learning about the life of the natives. This was the last stop for the day. We went home to finally freshen up and had dinner at the club house at around 7PM. The plan was to make smores and drink the night away… unfortunately, we ended up sleeping the night away instead!

Day 2

Morning was to be spent at the strawberry fields (cue in Strawberry Fields Forever by the Beatles):

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I’ve forgotten how fun it was to pick strawberries. Even if I didn’t participate this time, it was such a joy watching them look for the biggest, ripest, best looking fruit to take home. Fun times all around!

Next stop was at Good Shepherd to buy all those yummy ube jams:

Good Shepherd entrance

Good Shepherd entrance

And then Mines View for some pasalubong shopping and picture taking sessions:

Mines View overlooking

Mines View overlooking

Last stop was at Everything Nice for our lunch:

Lunch @ Everything Nice

Lunch @ Everything Nice

We loved their menu and the food we ate was well worth the price we paid. After lunch, we all went back to the house, packed our stuff and we’re off once more for the drive home!

Side story… it seems that doors and locks are not one with us during the trip. First, hubby accidentally left the car keys inside while we all went to the bathroom during one of our stopover. Good thing the back windows are not the automatic ones so we were able to lower it by a few centimeters, then one of my travel buddy had to do a Macgyver with a piece of wire to open the lock. And then, when we got to the house, the lock of one of the rooms refuses to let us in… this time I was the one who did a bit of hocus pocus and praying to open the door. Still, all’s well that ends well.

So there, that’s it for our weekend adventure… tiring yes, but all the fun we had was happiness all around for us. 🙂

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