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Thursday, January 24, 2013

D&G in Baguio

Southwind and 88hotsprings were not the gifts. They're surprises to augment a postponed trip. The real birthday gift D gave me was our trip in Baguio.

Preceeding this trip was a solemn wedding that D and I witnessed. The bride and groom were to head in Baguio too; but, we have to be there ahead of them.

The long land travel was fun but it was exhausting on his part; and late at night we reached the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio. 

We were greeted by a chilling wind that penetrated to a not-so thick warmer that I worn. He covered me with his jacket that gave me comfort. I was never bothered with cold environment; but Baguio as always brings me to another world. Even at night Baguio is mesmerizing. The pine trees; the winding roads; and the cold atmosphere alienated anyone who lives in a busy district of Manila.

Looking in Baguio and reminiscing the disaster it battled not so long ago gave me the impression of a strong city that rose from whatever nature brings.

There was nothing to do yet at that moment but to enjoy each other's company. The next day would be different as we planned of visiting famous landmarks and tourists spots of Baguio.

Our first stop was Camp John Hay, a former rest and recreation facility for American Soldier in Asia. We roamed around the place and managed to scout things on nearby stalls inside Camp John Hay. The place is nostalgic. Each time I turned my head to other directions; i found scenic view that I have to capture on cam.

We went inside Camp John Hay Clubhouse where only members can enter; but fate was with us so we managed to sneak in and had some snack over.

Camp John Hay Golf Course
 Just outside the Clubhouse were beautiful houses that we were told owned by famous Philippine politicians.

The following day was different as we had companions to appreciate the beauty of Baguio. The honeymooners arrived earlier that day. And we, as their ninang and ninong (Godparents) became their tour guides.

We initially went to Wright Park and The Mansion. Wright Park offers the Pool of Pines while The Mansion as an official summer residence of The President of the Philippines is of course off-limits for public view. We managed to get some good shots of The Mansion though.

We visited the mining point of Baguio during the early 20th century that is now commonly knows as Mine's View. There you can see almost a 180 degree of Baguio's vastness. But this place is popular for cheap souvenirs and Baguio's handicrafts.

We went to Tam-awan Village afterwards. There we spent most of the remaining hours of the day. Tam- awan Village is located at the outskirts of the city and would require a 30-minute to an hour drive from the city. Good thing D is so adapted in using his google map :) hahhahaha... Tam- awan village showcases native huts of Kalinga; it has art gallery too where you can buy paintings and handicrafts at a lower price. Some of the artists stay there. It was one of the highlights of our Baguio trip. We loved it there; as D&G are both art and nature lovers :)

The next destination came late the following morning. We went to Burnham Park; sat at the foot of a shady tree; and strolled the Burnham Lake via paddled-boat. Unfortunately, D and Sam sucked in boat rowing; so the girls didn't get the all-fun-thing and rowed the boat in unison.

The last itinerary was a disappointment. We were trapped in  a heavy traffic to reach the Strawberry Farm. It ate almost all our time for what? To see a single red strawberry in a huge field. Well, I was to be blamed.. I should have read if it's strawberry seasons already.

We also went to SM Baguio. Nothing fancy really but the view outside on top of the Mall. :)

I had been in Baguio a countless time; but this trip is treasured as this was his Birthday Gift to me :) Baguio was even more romantic then than ever :)


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