Friday, April 03, 2009

baguio summer getaway 2009

meow! its been a while since i've updated my blog and had been neglecting my other blogs as well... argh so busy the past few weeks and will continue to do so for some time, so expect that my post will be sporadic... but let me just share you some photos of my baguio trip which seems aeons ago when in fact it was just two weeks ago.
twas my 3rd time to visit the mountain city but this is the first i got a chance to have a photo at the lion gate :) coz the first time and last year's visit we took the marcos highway and havent really had teh chance to actually go and see the lion.
we left at friday night after office hours and reach the lion's gate via kennon road at around past one, and yey we had the place to ourselves :)its just annoying that the lion' paint is black and i think it looked like a dog now, or maybe it was just too dark and the only light illuminating us was the headlight.
the family who adopted this cat in that baguio trip which was planned like 2 days prior when low and i saw each other again (we haven't seen each other for months) and are you free this weekend yeah, ok lets go to baguio, and that was it all was set. i really love unplanned vacation :D
we reached their house at around 2am and when we woke up at around 9ish or 10ish cant remeber, i saw this nice warning sign from the house across the road. of course trip to baguio would mean going to the same usual tourist spot and our first stop is at burnham park
buying strawberry taho for breakfast
kei doing her "japan japan" pose :) heheeh i was so amazed when i saw how big kei has grown up and still remember how small she was the last time i saw her. how time flies
a man selling bonnet / hat at burnham park with very enthusiastic buyers :0
am surprised to find a kiddie amusement park called FUN RIDE, with big inflatable balloons as playhouse and slide for kids, a skating rink inside as well, bump car, mini carousel, and some of the rides are still on going construction, anyways we really didnt stayed long inside coz we thought that most of the rides are for toddlers
we were just leisurely walking at the park and got hungry again, they bought lumpia while i chose buchi, a nice smorgasbord of food being peddled at the park.
and we also saw this group having some training of sorts am not sure for what but it was funny watching them
just took the photo coz i find the bag cute :)
of course a trip to burnham park isnt complete without the boat ride :D still at 60 pesos per 30minutes, well actually it depends on the boat you're going to rent, by this time most of the prices are up to 80-100 per 30minutes. and this is what i really find cool here, there are vendors selling ice cream, chips, etc, as in everything while boating :0
and we visited the mansion, hehehe adik me, picture picture pero me kausap sa phone, buti sana kung chika lang kaso work related waaaaaa, pati sa baguio sinusundan ako ng tarbaho arg
low in fornt of the lake or whatever they call it, this is at wright park just across the mansion, what's icky is that i thought i saw a dead cat floating but closer inspection revealed that it was a bloated dead rat ewwww
kei doing the jump shot, she's a good model who can do really nice jump shots :)
then we headed to mine's view park but had lunch first at one of the restaurant's there, i cant remember the name but i think the name of the diner is called JC, and they have these pasalubong goodies, and if you're at mines view park, this is the place to go, they have the lowest price for these pasalubongs, e.g big choco flakes is only 80 but at other stores it was priced 90-100, trust me i checked the other stores as well and i came back to them :D
upon entering mine's view park you'll be greeted with lots of tourists and f course everlasting flower and assortment of cactus chenelyn
a honey bee vendor, i find his necklace cool! i just wonder if it's a real bone or what? i didnt ask
and another pasalubong stuff again, wooden this and wooden that including the infamous barrel man :)

an old igorot lady waiting for a customer for her igorot costume
family picture at the deck
ume-emote hehehe
it is a thirving business at baguio, this costume thing :) hhehehe i tried it already the first time i visited baguio so no igorot costumes for me this time
small corner selling films and disposable cameras and people were really ogling at the photos of celebrities (including us), though the only striking celebrity i was able to name first was jollibee, seems jollibee is everywhere too, saw his pic at the chocolate hills too. if you look closer at the photo or enlarge it the notice says "hindi bawal ang tumingin huwag lamang gagalawin"
see how many people are there trying to escape the heat at the metro? and i know it is much packed this april and the coming holy week
a nice view, we had an annoying incident at mines view park which isnt worth mentioning anymore its just that it was so annoying how people judge you by what you wear, all of us were wearing slippers when we visited the park and had some misunderstanding with one the locals and we were immediately tagged as poor visitors, (well poor naman kami talaga) it was just annoying and a remark from a local vendor saying "turistang pinoy" as if it is our fault that we are pinoy who visits baguio
after that annoying incident we go ahead to the good sheperd and bought some ube jam, they have the best ube, proof is they have a long line of waiting customers waiting.
then we went to the botanical garden, there were lots of nice flower blooms and i'll be posting a separate post for my "flower series" as kei said, coz she saw me taking tons and tons of flower photos

didnt know that there's a tae park inside the botanical garden hehehhe
see this little girl really knows how to do a jump shot :D
felling ko nanood ako ng korean novela, hehehe having a jollibee picnic inside the garden, love triangle ba itetch? lol
nice trees and bended road, and bended kei
i almost forgot that they have this large statues inside, i only remeber the black wooden igorot and the small nipa huts
and another one of those big statues
mga anito, mag alay kayo daliiiiii
we also visited the grotto and offered candles
and said our quick prayers
am not sure when this jesus statue was added at the grotto but im sure that it wasnt there last year i visited
after that we went home then went out again at session road for dinner at sizzling plate and i had steak. we strolled for a while and check out some ukay ukay stores along session road but most of the stores are already closed so we just bought some beer at 7/11 and had inuman at the house, low and i slept at around 2ish and had to wake up early since we were planning to visit strawberry farm at trinidad
full circle, life cycle of strawberry from flower to red ripe berry :) all in the same stem cool diba

pretending that i am picking strawberries hehehe, we were actually late and most of the good strawberries were harvested already, besides the fee if you're the one whose goign to pick your strawberry is 250 per kilo while if you just bought it already in a box its only 120, so baket pa ko magpakahirap pede naman project lang lol
now this is the real mc coy, real strawberry picker
they also have a nice salad garden, salad lovers will salivate at these rows of nice leaves being watered
and another first for me to see at the strawberry farm, some sections had flowers, like a flower farm :) will post more flower photos in my flower series
and of course cheap vegetables only at baguio
and strawberry ice cream. we went home after visiting the strawberry farm and low cooked corned beef with broccoli for us, yummy actually mine and kei's didnt have broccoli . after lunch we went to pma

took this photo from another canon
cant remember what is the name of this chapel/church inside pma
melchor hall
found this cool vehicle in front of pma's headquarters
the tree house, again surprised and annoyed to see that the grounds near the tree house are now concrete!
naihi na si kei sa pagod pag akyat :D joke joke lang kei hehehe
after pma we went straight to the baguio cathedral and attended part of the mass. and left after the homily :D
and this is my favorite, chicharon bituka yummmy this is what we had for dinner, we just bought rice at sm city baguio and ate this at home, yummy yummy
oh if you're at sm city baguio they have a 3day sale on going till april 5. before going home strolled session road again and look for some ukay ukay and i found a nice hello kitty shirt that i still have to wash and post in myukayukay
goodbye to the sun, goodbye baguio, so long heheheh

ps am tired and sleepy please forgive the grammatical errors and wrong spelling, just doing the post in a hurry because im off to tarlac and pampanga in a few hours from now.

7 meow:

Ely said...

weeeeeeehhh, akyat din ako sa May. Curious ako dun sa annoying experience mo sa Mines View? I bet ndi mga locals mga yun kc ndi nila gawain manlait dun. Malamang mga nakikitira lang din mga yun sa Baguio. LOL.

Rico said...

The lion looks more like a gorilla, hehe!
That truck in front of the PMA's headquarters looks so cool! I want one.

chuva said...

Talaga naman!! Super vacation lagi... naku malapit na... malapit na!!! :D

Amor said...

buti nabasa ko ito, punta rin kami ng Baguio next week.

Anonymous said...

TAE BAEK CITY PARK - "Tae Baek" is a Korean name. It is pronounced as "teh" not as "ta-e". ^_^

kathangisip said...

Stawberry taho :) Did you know you can ask for a refill of taho arnibal in Baguio? We got a free arnibal refill from our visit in Baguio. :)

c_h_a_r_m said...

salamat at nkakita din ako ng pic ng chicharon , super favorite ko yan at di kumpleto ang baguio visit ko pag di ako nkakakain nyan, un lng di ko sya natatandaan kung san exacto nabibili un, san nga ba un? post ko ung pic mo na chicharon sa fb ha,kc nagccrave talaga ako nyan at till now di ako makagetover...ty


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