How to get to Baguio?
There are two bus lines that cater to people going to Baguio: Victory Liner and Genesis.
Initially, we tried Victory since that will be our second time. But all the Deluxe Buses were fully occupied.
Until we grew impatient because the next schedule would be 7 in the morning.
then we were desperate. We tried going to Genesis, and luckily, they had two more – in the Joybus.
So I researched, and below is our guideline for the weekend.
I. Breakfast – Good Taste Experience.
II Sitio La Presa Experience
III. BenCab Museum Experience
IV. Lunch – Cafe by the Ruins
V. Le Monet Experience
VI. Tam-awan Village Experience
VII. Snack – Under the tree Book Cafe
VIII Mt. Cloud Bookshop Experience
IX Dinner – Hill Station Experience
X Paddle Boat Experience
XI Morning Snack – Ozark Experience
I was desperate to complete my list. (the list).
We asked our driver what would be the nearest of our list coming from Tam-awan Village, and it was Arca’s Yard.
I am always in a search for book cafes so as listed, there are three. And one of it was Arca’s Yard. Unfortunately, we didn’t find the place.
So we settled for Under the Tree Book Cafe.
It is on the second floor of a building. The place may seem to be too cramped. It is. But, not so much.
If you’re from Manila, this Cafe will remind you so much of Noriter in Taft. It has wooden chairs and tables. The walls are full of post its from all sorts of visitors. Any one of the visitors may stick a post it on
one of their walls.
It is a self service type so you have to order and pay at the counter.
The cashier though was unattentive and was talking to someone on the phone while taking my order so naturally, she had to ask about my order. Thrice. and I only had two orders.
She was also very snobbish and very friendly — NOT.
He ordered for Chocolate Mint Iced.
He loved the taste and was about to finish the whole thing in a matter of seconds.
I ordered for the Hazelnut Frappe.
First, it did not taste like Hazelnut Frappe, Second, the cashier, as unattentive as she was, probably took the wrong order. Third, if it was indeed their Hazelnut Frappe, there was nothing delicious about it. Fourth, it tasted more like a coffee with whipped cream on top.
Will be ready the next time! I was a sore loser in our game of chess.
Hill Station is at Casa Vallejo along Session Road.
The place was crowded when we got there so we settled for a table just beside the door.
I wasn’t able to capture a good photo but I believe the place was elegant and a good place for a date.
Since I don’t have any good pictures, let’s go straight to the food.
He ordered for Javanese Chicken – Php 295.00
According to him, there was nothing special about the dish.
I ordered Beef Salpicao and a side order of Rice – Php 195 & 40
As always, Salpicao’s never fail. A little oil and a generous amount of garlic saves the day.
Lastly, I’ve been hearing a lot of good reviews of the Death by Chocolate Cake. – Php 120.00
And so we did.
It was moist. The Vanilla Icecream goes perfectly with the half baked cake dough under it.
We can compare it to the Molten Lava Cake from Chili’s.
It was so good. It is our favorite out of the three dishes.
Truly, our death will be justified.
I finally had the chance to go inside. You may have passed by this place and not know there was a bookstore.
The place was a bit small. You can see the whole store from where you are standing. there’s also a second floor but it was only a one long wall of display.
The store is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 in the evening.
Here are our Book Snatches for this trip:
I’ll be back Mt. Cloud! That’s for sure.
I just hope you expand this to a little quaint cafe where we can read.
We’re oozing out the artist in ourselves. Ergo, we decided to stop by Tam-awan Village.
The place is full of greenery and in every corner, an artwork.
This is a hut turned gallery.
Inside the Tam-awan Village, you will see structures of Hut. There are different types of huts as to the level of the family in the society. It will show you how the actual huts, where families actually lived.
For all the art enthusiast out there, dare not miss paying a visit to this place. You won’t regret it
One of the more popular food stop at Baguio: Cafe by the Ruins.
It’s a Garden slash forestry slash restaurant. It has a rustic wooden feel to it.
The whole restaurant was busy, it was beaming with people. You have to get listed to be able to seat.
As for me, I ordered the Shrimp and Mango Curry — Php 250.00
Prawns in coconut milk curry. It is served with 7 condiments: hard boiled egg, grated coconut, fried onions, chili, churney, papadums and peanuts.
The dish itself was so good. And I actually expected to be served only with a few pieces of shrimp but to my surprise, I think I ate about 8? and some for him too.
The plating was okay. It was full of color and was far from being dull but the plate was too busy. It had all sorts of things one cannot manage to take in everything at one time.
He ordered the Baguio Bagnet – Php 280.00
It’s a double fried pork belly, it is tenderized in lard, then redried to a crisp. Condiments are Podas Bagoong and tomato relish.
The pork was good. It was tender yet crispy. The only thing we didn’t like was the Bagoong. It’s Baguio Bagnet. Bagnets are supposed to come with Bagoong as its perfect pair.
But the Bagoong served in this dish is home made where the fish is still in its raw form. It does not even compliment the dish. The whole point of eating a Bagnet is to eat it with the
most delicious Bagoong. So without it, the dish was set to be ‘boo-ed’ like a child star actor who grew old.
The waiters were fast but they lack the smile they should be willingly giving to their customers. In addition to that, since they’re the garden type, the place was swarming with flies as
it is an open space.
Though I am not fully satisfied and impressed, I’m still looking forward to trying the other dishes on their menu.
After experiencing the tiring trek to La Presa, we head out to BenCab Museum.
Coming from the city, it would probably take you 30 minutes.
This museum permanently houses the works of our Philippine National Artist, Benedicto Cabrera. — the reason behing the Museum’s name. He is widely known as the Master of Contemporary Philippine Art.
He graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Fine Arts in 1963. He has exhibied widely in places as far as Asia, Europe and United States.
Aside from his collection, some galleries also exhibits other Filipino Artist’s Works.
General Admission is at Php 100. While Senior Citizens and Students are priced at Php 80.
You will be greeted with these paintings and you know for sure, you’re in a good place for art.
I believe you can say that he is very fond of Bulol Sculptures.
Some of the paintings you will see there.
They also have a rather popular gallery: Erotica.
I am glad we have this kind of museums that cater to Philippine Art. They deserve more time and exposure. Filipino artists deserves more attention and appreciation.
Km 6 Asin Road. Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet
After having our Breakfast at Good Taste (Experience), we headed immediately at Sitio La Presa.
Sitio La Presa has increasingly becoming popular because of the Teleserye Forevermore where most of its scenes were shot at this so called place. Not everyone knows it, but Sitio La Presa is actually called Sitio Pungayan which is not in Baguio. It is actually situated at the top of Mt. Kabuyao.
How to get there? You may rent a car at Avis, which is just beside the Victory Liner Terminal. It would cost you about Php 2,000 – 5,000 depending on the vehicle. The price is for 12 hours alone. Or, you may decide to hire a taxi just like we did.
The average rate of the cab drivers is Php 800 back and forth the city proper of Baguio. We haggled. So we were able to push our luck to Php 800 for two destinations already. Sitio La Presa and BenCab Museum for Php 800.00
You may want to go to this place really early morning. We were on our way about 8 in the morning and the vehicles were already lining up and causing traffic. From Baguio City Proper, it will probably take you about 30 minutes without traffic. Since we already experienced traffic, we went down the vehicle and walked towards the trail.
The place was beautiful if only the government keep the vendors only at the foot of the trail and limit its numbers. Both sides of the trail are full of vendors selling corn, potato chips, hats, pasalubongs and other sort of things. There are also some photo op backgrounds prepared for the tourists.
We will be back at an earlier period maybe and a stronger set of legs.
We arrived in Baguio around 4:30 in the morning. It was freezing cold but it was probably because the sun was nowhere to be seen yet. We had taho just right outside the terminal. You may even try Baguio’s Famous Strawberry Taho for Php 15 a cup.
What’s for Breakfast? I thought of the Pizza Place on my list because it’s open 24 hours. But Jude wanted to go to eat 50s Diner but it’s most likely close at that hour.
So we asked our driver what place is open at that hour: Good Taste!
Well, that’s on our list!! so, okay!
The place wasn’t exactly how I pictured it in my head. It looked like a big school cafeteria.
The place was big though — and no matter how it big it was, the place was swarming with people.
I, on the otherhand, ordered the Shanghai Meal. — Php 75
It comes with 4 pieces of Lumpiang Shanghai and Egg. I ordered Pineapple Juice for my Drink.
The Shanghai was bulky. It was full of meat unlike the other restaurants that have their shanghai so crispy but there’s no filling.
Good Taste is actually known for their Buttered Chicken.
Though we both have our eyes fixed in the Longganisa and Shanghai Meal, we couldn’t let the opportunity pass to try their best seller.
We ordered the Half Buttered Chicken — Php 175.00
It comes with about 7 pieces of Chicken. It was really tasty. I cannot remember where to compare it to.
But I love its taste! It wasn’t dry at all.
All for Php 315.00 and we still had some chicken to extend to some cab driver.
No wonder why the place was full of people: The food was good and affordable.
How to get there? Victory Liner at 8:30 pm – the last trip to Baguio. 8:30 pm – 3:30 am arrival.
You have to be really early like 5:00 am early to really pick your spot. At 5:30 am, the Session Road is full of expecting tourists already. You have to consider where the performers will stop, where the sun is and where the perfect angle for shots are.
And when you get there by 5:00 am with no sleep, you’ll be so hungry by the time the show ends at about 11:00 am if you finish the whole parade. BUt no worries as there are a lot of street vendors. You can try the Strawberry Taho – one of their signatures.
And PANAGBENGA 2014 officially starts. A month long celebration which showcases blooming of flowers.
And that’s about it for the First Day – Dance Parades. After being burnt by the sun so early in the morning, We now head to our Brunch.
Our friends wanted to eat at Shabu-Shabu but Jude and I wanted to try something new.
Grilled Pesto Chicken
Hazelnut Latte and Cafe Lattes.
Black Forest and Cheesecake
Now we head to PMA.
And Second Day? Flower Parades! 🙂
Everything that you will see below are made of flowers.
Time to say Goodbye! I was really glad I was able to see the Panagbenga! 😀 Good Job on Everything!