Hello, WordPress readers!
Finally! As promised to all of you, I will be sharing my travel experience in the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City!
First of all, I want to apologize to everybody because it took me ages to post my first ever Baguio experience. Days before I planned to share this with you, my depression got worse and I wasn’t able to update my blog for a while (if you read my post about it, you’ll see my story about depression.)
But hey, I feel like I’m slowly getting over it because I’m feeling myself going back to things that I love and I’m interested about. Since I felt like posting something on my blog, I didn’t hesitate to do this and tell you about my positive experience in life.
PS: This will be a long post, be warned!
Are you excited? ‘Cause I am! Let’s go! 🌸
Philippines is a tropical country, and it gets extremely HOT in the summer you just can’t stand the heat! Did you know that the hottest temperature ever recorded in the Philippines is 42.2°C? Crazy right?
But in Baguio, the weather is a lot different compared to Manila. Filipinos admire this place because of how awesome and cold it is. We went there in the month of February because we were told that it gets colder between December to February, and believe me or not, the weather is so close to winter (and I loooove it!).
And that my friends is how we named Baguio, the summer capital of the country.
Back when I was still working as a call center agent, we get bonus when we perform well. It was February. I have a boyfriend. And I’m thinking of rewarding myself. Also, I still have another one working leave left.
I decided to travel somewhere far, in Valentines with my boyfriend. He immediately agreed to it and then we started planning. I was so excited because this is going to be my first trip with him and an out of town experience without asking money from my parents!
February 12, 2016. It is 10am after work, I hurriedly left and rushed to find a bus going to Manila. (My boyfriend and I will be meeting there.)
As soon as we get to the bus station, we paid P890 and got our tickets (yay!).
There are loooots of stopovers, and people who were going in and out of the bus which makes the trip longer. Unbelievably, we reached Baguio for a total of 7 hours at exactly 9:30 in the evening!
When I stepped out of the bus, I jokingly told my boyfriend, “Di naman ganon kalamig eh!” (It’s not even that cold). But after taking few walks to our taxi, that’s when I felt the chilly wind. Wow! It’s very different from Manila that I even questioned myself if I am still in the Philippines. Haha!
Within 10 minutes, we arrived at the hotel! We went to a cheaper one, because we prefer spending money wandering around Baguio instead of a pricey one. (on the first picture, that is me, I havent changed my clothes yet because I was excited to check our SLR if everything’s working. On the right side, that is the wifi password. Haha)
Since we’re tired from the long bus ride, we called it a day and decided to take a rest.
DAY 1. February 13, 2016
We woke up at 6:30 am and prepared the necessities needed for the whole day. We went downstairs to eat our free breakfast from the hotel, and got back to our room to take a bath. It’s colder in the morning and there is no HEATER! Well there’s always a pros and cons of renting a cheap hotel, and this is one of the cons.
So, after entering the bathroom. I decided not to take a bath on that day. Hahahahaha! (So this is what the people in Baguio have to endure every morning if they don’t have a heater. Wow)
We wandered around the park and saw this man made river where you can rent the lovely swan boats! We decided to do that tomorrow at night.
Rental biking is one of the most exciting activities I’ve been rooting for ever since we arrived in Baguio. For a cheap amount of money, you can already rent the bike for an hour. I miss biking that I even left my boyfriend who already forgot how to ride a bike. Hahahaha!
After an hour of biking which mostly me enjoyed because this guy doesn’t know how to operate a bike (haha), we went to the flower garden. Look at those humongous sunflowers at the back!
All these flowers are made of nothing but passion and effort so if you’re planning to visit the place, please don’t be tempted to pick any flowers!
At the side of the flower garden is this another uncommon food called ‘Fried Balot’. I know Balot is already creeping out foreigners when they visit Philippines, but this looks better than the original. Haha! It’s like a huge kwek kwek (if you know what kwek kwek is, or look it up on google) but inside tastes more like penoy (u can search penoy on google too). There’s no duck fetus inside as well. Definitely recommended!
At 9pm we went to the bus terminal and was surprised to see lots of people. Just when we were about to get a bus ticket, the cashier told us that all tickets are sold out and the next ride will be 9am tomorrow. I panicked because this is not part of the plan! Good thing there are vans that can also go to Manila. Though it was quite expensive we paid just to get home.
Our departure got delayed for two hours because of what happened. Haha!
Baguio offers a lot more adventure than what you saw in my photos so I advise you visit the place personally- trust me you won’t regret it! Sorry if I flooded you all with lots of pictures but I hope you enjoyed my post!
In 2017, my boyfriend and I are planning to visit Sagada Philippines. We’re not sure yet but I’ll let you know!
See you sooooooon!