Hi guys! I’m adding in another entry for my Going Places 2015 Series and this time I’m sharing to you my trip to Baguio City last June.
Okay, I know this is so last year, literally, but my calendar is still vacant for now and my pending trips are not happening until mid-year (because this woman’s got to hustle, ya know). So while waiting, I’m doing a little throwback.
Also, I’m not really going to go into details here so this post won’t really be helpful in terms of expenses and how to reach places but I will try my best to at least give out some tips, narrative way. Dividing this post into two as well because…well, I narrate a lot! Seriously.
Anyway, the moment we stepped out of the bus and into the streets of Baguio, we were greeted with a cold blow of the wind! It was around 8 a.m. I think and we were dead tired from the long travel from Manila. Thankfully, our hotel, Microtel, was just a walking distance away from the bus stop.
If ever you pick Microtel as your home away from home, expect the place to be superb. Well, in my experience. Their room is great, comfortable and perfect. I don’t know how much our room was because I didn’t pay a single cent for it—that’s what you call grace.
As a first-timer in the city, we knew that there were lots of places to visit but since we had limited time (3 days), we picked the famous tourist spots as our places to go.
What’s a Baguio trip without going to the strawberry farm? It’s located in La Trinidad which is about 3 km away from the city proper. Tip: If you have extra cash, go ahead and spend money and experience strawberry picking. Sorry, I forgot how much it was but I think it was around 500 pesos per kilo.
But if you’re frugal like me, just take a photo pretending you’re picking and then buy the strawberries in the city market for pasalubong! Hehe. It’s a lot cheaper—like around 300 pesos. And if you find an ice cream man around, do taste their strawberry ice cream.
Mines View Park
This famous tourist spot is an overlook park where you can see the northeastern outskirts of Baguio. It was crowded when we went there so it was impossible to take a decent solo photo of the view. This is also the place where you will find the St. Bernard “Beethoven” dog and pink-dyed horses (which will by the way cost you around 50 to 100 pesos for photo op).
Oh My Gulay
This restaurant was featured in “Byahe ni Drew” so we walked around downtown to look for it. It’s in the 4th floor of La Azotea Bldg. so finding this place will be a little tricky. But of course, Google Map or Waze will help you with that.
This place is perfect for vegetarians or at least for people who eats vegetables. Sorry for the carnivores though because you won’t find any meat in this place. But their food is delish! The ambiance is okay, too. I say, must try place!
This place is restricted so expect to see little. All you can really do here is take a photo with the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. Yeah.
This is where you can go horseback riding for half an hour or so.
That’s it for now. Part two to follow!