10 Hours in Baguio

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Mines View Park

Finally, I had mustered all my remaining energy to write this post, which is not that entertaining in the first place. Before the formal classes started this semester, I went to Baguio City and tried to compress all possible spots to go to in less than a day. We were supposed to ride the Victory Liner but unfortunately, all trips were fully booked that day so we had to find a different bus line. We rode the Joy Bus along EDSA Cubao. The fare was a little bit higher compared to Victory Liner but the travel was comfortable so it might be worth it (thankful for the big leg room).

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Baguio Cathedral

We left Manila at 4:30 AM and arrived at Baguio by 9 AM. Our first stop was the Baguio Cathedral. After praying (pray talaga?), we spotted a Strawberry Taho vendor and wouldn’t want to miss the famous chuck.

Near the cathedral is the Zola Cafe, a place recommended by a friend. Baguio is said to be strict in the implementation of their Anti-Smoking ordinance especially in public so when we arrived at the cafe, my companion was relieved that the place has a smoking area. We ordered pancakes and coffee (which is unlimited until 11 AM).
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After the so-called brunch, we went to Burnham Park which is approximately a 5-minute walk from Zola cafe, ata πŸ˜‚.
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We didn’t get to try the boats but we rented bikes for 30 minutes.
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After tiring ourselves from biking under the 12 noon Sun (parang tanning na rin), we went to Good Taste for late lunch and ate buttered chicken which was a lot for us two. Subsequently, we found our way to Mines View Park and coincidentally met a sorority sister in the jeep (liit ng Baguio, sis).

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There were a lot of tourist in the site so it was really hard to find a good spot to take good photos. We spent a few good minutes and went to the souvenir area to buy whatever that interest our weird hearts (charot) or mind. I bought a cactus for my desk table (and I haven’t sprinkled some water into it ever since πŸ™ˆπŸ™Š).

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The last leg of our trip was Camp John Hay. The place was nice to just set up a tent, camp and chill but unfortunately, the only thing we can do is find a bench and chill 😁. Before going home, we stopped by in their market place to buy souvenirs shirts and their famous take home food specialties like ube jam, peanut brittle and lengua de chorva.
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AND that’s how I spent my day in Baguio City of Pines. I should’ve looked for pine trees though.

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