First things first, I lost all my motivation to write any blog posts. I’ve been too busy and occupied with work and other responsibilities that I left my blog hanging. On the other hand, I together with Ron and our friends took a long weekend vacation in the City of Pines, Baguio City! I was hoping that this trip will re-ignite the fire within me to update my blog but it did not. Needless to say, here I am trying all my best to write and post something about this trip which I (or we) enjoyed so much.
Exploring Baguio City + 2 days itinerary
Our group consists of 14 so we have decided to rent a van instead of commuting our way to Baguio. It also helped us going from different places we have visited. We left Manila around 2 AM and arrived at Baguio around 6 AM. I was clearly shocked that it only took us 4 hours to get there when it usually takes 6-8 hours travel time.
Since we arrived a little bit early for our check-in time to our rented transient house, we then took our breakfast in a local carinderia near the Burnham Park. Afterwards, we stroll around, took photos, rode a boat, and tried the go-kart. Around 9 AM, we depart the Burnham Park and went to SM Baguio to do some grocery shopping for our food stock. We stayed in Baguio from Friday to Sunday, so it is wiser for us to buy foods to cook in our house instead of dining out every time.
Bethany Bless Transient House
This is where we spent most of our time in Baguio. We could just stay here all day, which we actually did on our first day. It started to rain when we checked-in, we thought of just taking a rest and have a lunch before we go out, but the rain did not stop until that evening. So we spent our entire first day lounging around the 3-storey house we have rented, binge-watched movies, played cards, and just enjoyed the moment with such chilling weather.
It was my first time to stay overnight in Baguio because I and my family usually visit Baguio and go back to La Union the same day. The house we rented is very spacious with 6 bedrooms but only 4 bedrooms were opened which is just enough for us; the kitchen was equipped with all utensils we needed in cooking; the living room is huge enough for movie time; and there’s a security camera outside the house that is connected to the desktop computer at the 2nd floor so we’re confident that we are safe and secured for our entire stay there. And yes, there’s a Wi-Fi connection!
Baguio Botanical Garden, Wright Park, The Mansion, and Mines View Park
On our second day, we woke up to a nice cloudy weather. Our driver brought us to every famous tourist places there. It was a Saturday and a long weekend, so we’re really expecting that every place we’ll visit would be jam-packed with other tourists.
I love the weather in Baguio so muuuuuch. It may look so sunny but the wind chilled me to the bones. The kind of weather I’m needing all my life. LOL.
Our obligatory photo in native costume! Thank you to the strangers-slash-couple who took our photos and let us use their clip lens to my phone. ♥
After we visited Mines View Park, we took our late lunch in Bulalo Fiesta and did pasalubong shopping around the area and in Good Shepherd. Right after, I thought we’re already going home but our driver wants us to maximize our time and how good the weather was. We then headed to Camp John Hay.
Camp John Hay
I really wanted to visit Camp John Hay because of the scenic view of the tall pine trees and how country-ish the place looks like. We actually did nothing there but to stroll around, take pictures, and just enjoy the lovely weather.
Me, Ron, and together with our three more friends went to the public market to buy for our dinner and food for the next day, while the rest went to SM Baguio and stayed in Mines View Park. I must say, ang sarap mamalengke sa Baguio sobrang mura ng mga tinda lalo na yung mga gulay! I’m dead serious, you guys. If ever you’ll be going to Baguio, don’t you ever forget to visit their public markets.
We went home at exactly dinner time, they cook, we rested, and had our dinner almost late in the evening. Since it was our last night in Baguio, we stayed up late playing cards, Jackbox games, and whatnot.
Chinese Bell Church and Strawberry Farm
The next morning, we checked out and headed to the last two places to visit. It was a Sunday so the places are more jam-packed with other tourists, so we didn’t stay much longer – we only took photos, stroll a bit, and then went back to the van.
Too bad, I was not able to take photos in Strawberry Farm since we were not able to go inside because it’s not yet the season for strawberries. However, we got to try their best strawberry and avocado ice cream and THEY ARE SO DELICIOUS! You can actually taste real fruits and not just some chemical whatsoever. Aside from the ice cream, we also did pasalubong shopping part 2 around the place.
We departed for Manila around past lunch time, dropped by to Kennon Road to see the view for the last time, stopped over to Pangasinan for our late lunch, another stopover, and then we arrived in Manila.
Itinerary and Expenses
Going to Baguio for a weekend vacation? You may check the transient house we have stayed in at Bethany Bless transient house or check more hotels around Baguio here: