Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Breaking away from the hellish heat, I had the chance to have an almost week-long reclusion in the country's Summer Capital. From warm or shall I say beyond hot weather im used of, Baguio is such a SWEET ESCAPE.

From the airport, my group directly went to the Bus Terminal bound for Baguio. The 8-hour bus ride was tedious. For 1st timers, I would recommend you to sleep while your still in the Metro so that you'll be wide awake when you reach the Provinces you'll get to pass by, the likes of Pampanga, Pangasinan, Tarlac and La Union to name a few.

One of the locales said that we're lucky cause we just came on the right time for it is somewhat warm in Baguio. WARM? They consider it warm when I cannot even go out without my sweaters on? Well obviously, I am not just used of this kind of weather makign me wish that I can bring some of the climate back home.

On your first step of Baguio, you'll be welcomed by the cool breeze that will surely sink on your bones.

From the bus stop, if you are a total stranger with the place, transient inns will do for you but if you are going with a group better contact our guy KUYA ERNIE for he will not only provide you with a ride but can offer good lodging deals like the one we stayed.

When in Baguio, make sure not to miss these places:

Botanical Garden

If you want to be one with nature, the peaceful and green ambiance of Botanical Garden will surely be appreciated. Sitting inside the serene park, surrounded with tall, green and luscious trees, would  make you thank GOD for HIS wonderful creations. Expect to be welcomed by the "Katutubo" as you get inside, you have to pay them though if you want your photo taken with them.

The Mansion

          Make Sure not to miss to have your photo taken with the Mansion as the background. The Mansion for those of you who does not know serves as the Summer Crib of the President of the country and their family.

Burnham Park

 Just right in the Baguio's busy center, looking for this place is not a hassle. A walking distance from the Market place and SM Baguio, it is nice to take a walk while enjoying the cool breeze and scenery in Burnham Park. You can also have a boat ride to add a romantic set up to your trip.

SM Baguio 

The only non-air conditioned SM Branch in the Philippines, I really love the idea of strolling and window shopping inside an environment friendly mall. Just imagine having your hair blown while your waiting in line at the cashier.

Mines View Park

Mine View Park is the a shoppers haven. This is where you can have great finds that you can bring home. Make sure to wear a comfortable pair of shoes or slippers sot hat nothing can stop you from your shopping spree. From knitted wardrobe selection to bottled Baguio delicacies, a visit to Mines View will not fail you. 

Strawberry Farm at Benguet

30-minute ride away from the City, another worthwhile experience thatyou should not missed is the strawberry picking. In a minimum amount, you may pick strawberries as many as you want. But if I were you I will not pick numbers of them if you wont be able to finish them all in a day. They easily get spoiled. Better bring home processed strawberries (e.g. jams)

Do not also miss and visit PMA and while your on your shopping spree try checking out the Baguio Market for some Ukay-Ukay.

"Wag maging dayuhan sa Sariling Bayan"

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