Year End Escapade: City of Pines – Baguio City

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It’s been on my travel list to visit Baguio City, so before 2014 ends and another year will past, I have to make it happen even for a short 3-day trip to the City of Pines. What it makes it more memorable, its my first time to visit Baguio and yes I have waited this long to visit this place. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It’s worth the wait. They say Baguio has changed over the years and that is expected, if a place is also growing in terms of tourism and modernization. I think what makes it special is the location. Philippines is known to be a tropical country and Baguio is one of the place where the weather is colder from the rest of the cities in the country, that’s why it is also called Summer Capital of the Philippines.

My friends and I decided to have a quick trip last December, which is also a peak season in Baguio, since its a long holiday vacation, we went there right after Christmas, expecting that there were only few tourist by that time and probably most people are going back to Manila to prepare for New Year’s Eve, I guess we’re wrong, again charge to experience. ^__^ You know you’re almost there, if you start to see foggy roads, you can barely see if there are any cars coming, now I know why its dangerous to travel at night if you do not know the place but I’m getting excited already! ^__^v

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How to get to Baguio: Take Victory Liner Bus going to Baguio, travel time is 6 to 8 hours. Fare depends on the type of bus, budget is around 400php to 700php one-way

Oh men! despite the 10-hour bus ride, right after the bus stops in the terminal, that feeling when I step outside I could feel the cold breeze in the air. I’m so happy! Finally, I’m HERE! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Well to our surprise it gets harder, we couldn’t get a cab, because cab drivers refused to take passengers because of the traffic in the city. Luckily, we finally got ourselves a cab that would take us to Inn Rocio in Kisad Road, where we will be staying for 3 days. After checking in, unpacking our things and eat our late lunchΒ  /dinner, we head out to check theΒ  night market. Baguio’s Night Market is one of the places where locals and tourists flock if your looking for cheap toys, bag and other souvenir items, just be sure to bargain. After buying some stuff we head back to the guesthouse to take some rest and we’ll explore Baguio early morning.

Oh hello there… Woke up to a chilly morning! I’m loving the weather. We had a hard time to take a shower since the water is cold good thing the heater is working.. ^__^ v or else we’ll be freezing to death.

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it’s sooo cold.. me and my human

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Our first day starts now, we had our breakfast then prepare to head out and start our sightseeing around Baguio. Our first stop is Burnham Park, its a walking distance from our guesthouse, so we had a good morning walk. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Burnham Park is a place for family and friends to enjoy. There are activities you can do like biking and lake paddling. Bike Rental is 40php/hr and Swanboat is 150php/30min.

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The road is closed for bikers only, so its safe for kids, just beware of the kids who are racing that might run into other bikers.

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Baguio trip is not complete if you haven’t tried their strawberry taho but I still prefer the ordinary taho with no sago. ^__^v

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strawberry taho 30php

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picture picture with st. bernard

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Families can just chill, relax and have picnic, play and just do bonding activities. I won’t pass on trying some biking ala K-drama and lake paddling.

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hats galore

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After spending time at the park, we head to Baguio Cathedral to say a prayer of gratitude and make a wish πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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We wanted to go to Mines View but we can’t get a cab that will take us there, we tried going to jeep terminal but there is a long queue of passengers so we just decided to go to Camp John Hay instead.

TIP: It’s best to visit Baguio during off-peak season, where there are only few tourist and traffic is not bad. Peak seasons are from December, February and during summer. But if you can’t help going during peak season it’s best if you book your tickets ahead thru online or if you know someone from Baguio ask them to buy the ticket going to Manila from Baguio. It saved us time and guaranteed seats to incoming bus.

We didn’t get to visit other tourist spots due to horrible traffic around Baguio, so I’ll definitely come back and visit this place again. We took a couple of picture and explore what we can find here.

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We went back where we came from and decided to have an early dinner since we didn’t have lunch and we’re starving. As always its traffic inside Camp John Hay, we’re lucky that we got a cab easily and we asked manong driver to take us to 50’s Diner but there’s a long line of customers, so we transferred to Grumpy Joe, one of the restaurant that I want to try in Baguio. It’s really a must. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

We ended our day, going to Black Market for the “pasalubong” / sounvenir items from Baguio. Vacation is not complete if you didn’t got something to take back home.

MY RULE: If it’s my first time to visit a place, I make sure that I have a piece of that place to remind me of the place that I have been to. So if I’ve been there a couple of times, no more “pasalubong”/souvenir πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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