Our Trip to Baguio

January 12, 2015

We woke up really early @ 4:00 A.M. to prepare. We ate a breakfast of Spam and took baths. Then we packed our bags into the car and left @ 5:00 A.M. Our uncle came with us. We were on the road for six hours.

We got to Azalea Residences @ 10:40. There, we stashed our bags in our room; its number is 403. It has 2 bedrooms and a sofabed. My younger sister named Zia and I shared one bed while Mom, Papa and my other sister, Happy shared another. Eco and Oz, my younger brothers shared the sofabed, while Tito (uncle) had an extra bed set up for him.

We rested for a moment, then went to Café by the Ruins Duá (Duá meaning two) to eat lunch. Oz and I shared a plate of bagnet, which included mountain rice, two pieces of bagnet, tomato and onions, some kind of salty sauce with little fish in it, and some soup. I gave Oz the soup and took some of Happy’s pasta.

After lunch, we went back to the hotel to take a nap. At 4:00 P.M., we went to Camp John Hay. We rode horses there. mine is brown, female, and named Mac-Mac. She had a number 38 on the cloth on her back. We rode for 30 minutes on a trail going round. Next, Eco, Oz, and I did wall climbing. Eco reached up to the bell, while Oz reached half. I couldn’t finish it because my rubber shoes were too slippery. Zia, Happy, Mom and Tito did paintball target practice. They had 50 paint balls each.

We left Camp John Hay and went to the Manor. The Manor is a hotel close to Camp John Hay. We ate at its restaurant, Lé Chef. Mom and I shared Baby Back Ribs. It was delicious, the meat was fall-off-the-bone soft. Its sauce was a bit sweet, so the rice just fits.

We returned to Azalea and cleaned up, then went to bed.

January 13, 2015

The next day, we went downstairs for a breakfast buffet. Everyone went except for Mom. I ate omelet, hot chocolate, strawberry juice, mango raisin bread, watermelon, pineapple, tocino, longganisa, sausage, cereal, and others.

Once we were done, we went back up to our room. The car we rented isn’t allowed to be used until 5:00 P.M., so we stayed in for the whole day while Papa and Tito attended to their businesses. At 12:00 P.M., we ate pizza and pasta takeout from Zio’s Pizzeria. I had barbeque, a slice of all meat pizza, spaghetti, buttered bread and chips.

We went to bed for a short nap after lunch. Once it was time for dinner, we got dressed and headed downstairs. We went to O’Mai Khan, a Mongolian restaurant with an unlimited meal choice.

Mom, Papa, Eco, Oz, Tito and I chose the unlimited meal. There was an assortment of meat, vegetables, and sauce. There was chicken, beef, pork, and liver. The vegetables are sayote, carrots, beans, watercress, togue, lettuce, sweet potato tops and others. The sauces are teriyaki sauce, fish sauce, chili oil, vinegar, soy sauce, curry, chili and more.

For my first bowl, I had chicken, togue, carrots, lettuce, teriyaki sauce and rice. For the next one, I had chicken, carrots, baguio beans, sweet potato tops, oyster sauce and rice. For my last bowl, I had chicken, carrots, beans, watercress, curry sauce, but no rice. The unlimited choice cost 230 pesos per person.

We returned to the hotel and went to bed.

January 14, 2015

We had breakfast buffet @ Azalea again. This time, Mom came with the promise of delicious hot chocolate. Tito did not come with us as he was out jogging.

When breakfast was over, we dropped Papa off at Burnham hotel, where he had work to do. The rest of us went to the Strawberry Fields. It is a farm where you could pick your own strawberries at a price of 400 pesos per kilo.

Zia, Happy and I each had our own baskets; Eco and Oz shared one. We went down a narrow pathway situated beside the field. There is another field beside it, and between both fields, there is a drainage. We walked very slowly, as there is nothing to bar our way into the water.

We picked strawberries that are big enough, and we took a small portion of stem with them. This helps prolong their freshness.

When we were done, a woman weighed our strawberries and we paid her. Then we walked off to the other stalls to buy strawberries for Tito, a shawl and a bag for our aunt, and jars of strawberry jam for our grandmother.We also bought containers of peanut brittle.

Before we left Baguio, we ate at Sala. It is a really nice restaurant, with couches for chairs and paintings on the ceiling. It’s really colorful. We took our seats and ordered. I had Chili con Carne con Regatta, a pasta dish with chili as sauce.

They had really big servings, and we had to take leftovers with us.

All in all, we had a wonderful time. I loved the cold weather, and the sun is shining without much heat. The people are very friendly, but there are just too many cars on the roads. The air isn’t really fresh, but it was punctuated with the smell of smoke and gasoline.

Here’s more info about Baguio:

Baguio

  • Situated on top of hills.
  • Center of commerce, business, and education.
  • in the Cordillera Administrative Region
  • Founded in 1900
  • Summer capital
  • The word “Baguio” came from the word “bagiw”, meaning moss.

Languages: Kankana-ey, Ibaloi, Tagalog

Province: Benguet

Religion: Roman Catholic

Climate: cool (15 to 23 degrees celsius)

Economy: centered on tourism and education

Festivals: Panagbenga Festival and Baguio Arts Festival

Culture: Home to immigrants and haven for artists, sculptors, weavers and poets

Thanks for reading! 😀

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