City of Pines, Baguio Philippines πŸ€

Hello, WordPress readers!

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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! 🌸

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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 isΒ 42.2Β°C?Β 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.

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Overlooking the beautiful mountains of Baguio in Mines View Park.

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.)

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3 hours after, I arrived at Manila and my boyfriend is already waiting there. I’m so scared that we might be late at the bus on route to Baguio so we went to the station without eating lunch yet. Haha! The spirit of excitement is with me!

 

As soon as we get to the bus station, we paid P890 and got our tickets (yay!).

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We were supposed to get the first class bus to make the trip shorter, but there wasn’t any. This photo was already taken at the bus on the way to Baguio.

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!

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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.

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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)

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We rode a taxi headed to Burnham Park. When we reached the place, there were not much people in the area and the weather is just perfect I instantly fell in love with Baguio ❀

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.

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We passed through this famous original strawberry taho that can only be found in Baguio!

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Since I’m not a fan of strawberry, we just ordered one cup which basically my boyfriend ate. Haha! That’s him on the picture worshipping the ever famous STRAWBERRY TAHO!

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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!

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Heart shaped bunch of flowers!

All these flowers are made of nothing but passion andΒ 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!

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Photo taken while inside the taxi.

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Valentine’s Day with this guy! Baguio turned out to be a romantic place for couples! Everyone in the sidewalks are happy, some were holding bouquets and couples holding hands just like us. In this photo we decided to eat at Pizza Volante.

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This is their menu. To be honest we aren’t quite satisfied with the taste, but it’s okay.

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After dinner we planned to experience Baguio night life. We went to Vesper. One of the sports club in the place.

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This is what I ordered! I forgot what it’s called, but I requested a drink that is similar to Weng Weng (a drink that contains Vodka, Rum Pineapple and Cherry mix.)

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These are some jersey shirts hanging around the bar.

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Mines View Park! Another tourist attraction in Baguio where you can get an awesome view of the mountains!

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Inside Mines View Park are some uncommon street foods that can only be found in the place! They sell corn on stick and seafoods!

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These are decoration flowers being sold in the area.

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Mines View Park is a bit crowded when we got there.

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One of the top reasons why I want to visit Mines View Park is to see this huge fella! This dog is a Saint Bernard and lives in cold places.

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A pony found in the place as well! 🐴

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We reached the topmost part! So beautiful! What’s more amazing is to see this unicorn below! Haha! 🐎

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Photo with the Saint Bernard! Look at its paws! 🐢

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A romantic photo of me and my better half. πŸ’•

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Fascinating view. 🌳

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My cutesie boyfriend! He’s all smiles! ❀

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We decided to go out of Mines View Park early because of the crowd. We rode a jeep on the way to botanical garden and saw this small fluffy, wandering dog. Haha!

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Botanical Garden! πŸ’

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On the second day we also went to Camp John Hay to visit the house. But unfortunately it’s already closed. I was about to lose hope but we came up with a better idea to enjoy the place. And that is by taking pictures and putting the DSLR cam in timer! Haha! 🌹

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When I showed my friends this picture they thought it was a prenup photo. Hhaha!

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On our third day, we pushed to visit Camp John Hay’s Bell House again! I don’t want to waste the opportunity and so we got there. Bell House is incredible! I apologize if I only had few photos taken. My memory card is running out so I only picked the best ones. This photo was taken at the porch of the house. The ambiance is cool and creepy because the house is huge!

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Photo taken inside the house with boyfie.

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After a few walks in Camp John Hay we checked out the TreeTop adventures. I want to go but my guy is afraid of heights! I will try though next time.

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My boyfriend took this photo will inside a gazebo. It is overlooking the Bell House and the event below! Incredible!

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Staring at how beautiful the place is. I’m beyond blessed to witness the beauty of nature. ❀

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At 7 in the morning, we went to La Trinidad Benguet for strawberry picking!

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I’m excited to try this!

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Awesome mountains!

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We were given one basket to fill with strawberries. We were taught how to properly pick strawberries. πŸ“

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This guy is enjoying what he’s doing!

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Yay! Happy girl just picked her own strawberries!πŸ“

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I don’t eat strawberries to be honest, but my boyfriend and family does. Haha! πŸ“

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We also bought this broccoli for a very cheap price! Everything is cheap and I love it!

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Lettuce everywhere!

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Happy kid! ❀

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Third day. Afternoon. We took a taxi and went to SM Baguio. I like how the place doesn’t need ACs because of the temperature. If only Manila is as cold as this place. Sigh…

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The egg chair! Last photo inside the hotel before leaving! I would love to own one when I get my own house!

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Fireworks! Just when we were about to leave Baguio and inside the taxi. I managed to get some photos while inside the cab, they’re just too beautiful not to take a snap!

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Beautiful!

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Before we left, we went to Burnhma Park for the last time and rented boats. It is Valentine’s Day and we spend our very first out of town date in Baguio!

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I was about to cry in this photo because I don;t want to leave yet. Haha.

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!

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Gaileologist

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