Back to Baguio

I clearly recall spending at least a week in Baguio every summer as a child. Half of them spent with my dad, stepmom and sister Stevie, and the other half with my cousins. One of whom is Arriane, who on the way up, had told me her memories of Baguio were all too vague already and so I was glad to have her with us as we go back for the first time in so long!

15 years ago, vacationing in the city of pines consisted of: a foggy afternoon at the playground, mini golf at Camp John Hay, some native hot chocolate by the fireplace at the Country Club, and nibbling on some corn while walking around as we look around with the clear blue skies seemingly w/ in arms reach. I used to consider Baguio as a little America, as it was the closest to nice chilly weather as I could get. I also had my fair share of special moments in this city. It was where I went on my first horse ride, where I first handled a few hundred peso bills like a boss, as we go around every nook and cranny of Mines View Park for some loots, and it was pretty much the place where I had last ridden a bicycle, and actually enjoyed it. And now, 15 years later, I go back with my little Ellie, and everything is (almost) the same. Here was how we spent this year’s trip to the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City!

The morning crew, off for some early lunch at Café by the Ruins.IMG_23241800436_231324757052473_1199859686_n

The restaurant runs on a “first come, first serve” basis and so we had to wait about 15 minutes before they could accommodate us, since they are usually packed with tourists dying to get a taste of their special dishes! We now get why that is. Waiting for 15mins more to eat after a 5-hour drive to the cordillera was way worth it, not only because they serve a flavorful selection of food, it was alsoaffordable with the prices ranging from Php100- 350/ head. We tried some amazing crispy tapa, bagnet, beef ribs sinigang, pan de sal with kesong puti, and some lip smacking strawberry jam! For refreshments my friends tried their jaimaicawhich is basically cold hibiscus tea, and their pandan iced tea. IMG_2319IMG_2356IMG_2357IMG_2358

After brunch, we then went to the Country Club for a quick “chill”.IMG_2410IMG_2412IMG_2421IMG_2383 To those who are so in love with the hot chocolate they serve at Jake’s, maybe driving up to Baguio would be easier for you cus this is the exact same one!HA HAIMG_2431IMG_2449IMG_2453IMG_2457

Garden gnome disguised as the Belle.IMG_2472

This was how we capped off the chilly evening. Not in photo: some of the best company and hilarious conversations!1622627_231125913739024_1161878191_n

Day two was spent having lunch at an all you can eat Mongolian Buffet (O’ Mai Khan), and a little sight seeing and souvenir shopping at Mines View Park, and Good Shepherd for the only pasalubong you need to get your loved ones from Baguio, UBE (purple yam) jam.IMG_2481IMG_2494IMG_2495Translated in english as “pick the  booger” cus it looks like one.HA HA yummy though!IMG_2504strawberry taho (soy pudding) is big in Baguio because strawberries are one of what it’s famous for.IMG_2516Hand- woven crafts.

IMG_2512IMG_2490IMG_2511Dried squid, fish and roasted corn is such a craving in this climate!IMG_2517IMG_2527IMG_2525IMG_2533IMG_2543IMG_2549IMG_2565IMG_2574IMG_2577IMG_2582IMG_2585IMG_2587IMG_2588IMG_2595IMG_2597IMG_2625IMG_2624

10 thoughts on “Back to Baguio

  1. Hi can you please make a blog about ellie’s 2nd birthday. i’d love to see her pictures.And I also like to know who’s your party suppliers. Please, please,please.

      1. Thanks, will definitely wait for that:)

  2. I also had my fair share of special moments in this city. It was where I went on my first horse ride, where I first handled a few hundred peso bills like a boss, as we go around every nook and cranny of Mines View Park for some loots, and it was pretty much the place where I had last ridden a bicycle, and actually enjoyed it. And now, 15 years later, I go back with my little Ellie, and everything is (almost) the same. Here was how we spent this year’s trip to the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City!

  3. Absolutely love (and miss) Baguio. I lived there alone for college and it was the best experience I’ve had being alone in a city as cold but at the same time as warm and welcoming to a lone girl like myself 🙂

    I want to ask, did you go ukay at the night market? And if you did, mind sharing us your loot? 😀

    1. If you had read my post props youd see I was w friends for most of my trip, and though I had a show at the festival I didnt attend a float or a parade, PLUS only place to buy sweets in Baguio in my book is good ol’ Good Shepherd. WHICH I would gladly line up in to get some yummy UBE and crinkles all the time. The ‘rents taught me well my friend Im sorry to break it to ya, but that ain’t me. Had that been me, why would I have the time to do photo ops if I cant manage to stay and line up in that place. Oh and also, a bunch of people did have their photos taken with me AND ELLIE. And we gladly said yes.

  4. Andi, I love your blog, and you are so pretty. I’ve always adored your honesty and how you love your daughter. You are a great example to me!

  5. hi andi, what camera are you using? 🙂

    1. for the pics on this post i used a canon 1100d slr 🙂

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