The City of Pines, Baguio City

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The Baguio famous Strawberry Taho!

We work for an Australian company, which means we take our breaks when the Australians take their breaks. In line with this, all businesses in Australia shut down on Christmas period, and so does our office.

Baguio is a famous vacation place in the Philippines especially from those who live in the heat of the Metro. it’s 8-10 hours bus ride away from Manila, and it is a city on top of a mountain, thus the cold weather. I have relatives that live here, which is why it’s ironic that I haven’t gone to here until last Christmas break.

We went there December 24, 2012. There were too many people then! Some of them were vacationists, too. Transportation was a little hard but it did not stop us in enjoying the chilly temperature, the sights, the cheap but yummy foods and the local yummy products that Baguio offers.

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Aboard the Victory Liner bus to Baguio at around 12 midnight. The seats are comfy and very apt for the long ride.

After leaving our bags at our host’s house, we left for the Ukay Ukay market! Unfortunately, we could not take pictures because it’s a huge market and I’m afraid someone might just get the iphone from my hand *paranoid*. For a price of less than 500 php, I got to buy a bag, 2 jackets, and tons of shirts and tops and pairs of trousers! It was the best ukay ukay experience I had yet! Then we headed for lunch.

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The famous restaurant, 50’s Diner! Superb serving, fine taste and selection and good price!

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Burnham Park. Another well-known for tourists. Boat rides and bikes for a fee!

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Mines View Park! I think though it’s become toooo crowded with stores.

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You can have a picture with the St Bernard! The dog looked medium with Mario, it’s huge though. 🙂

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Awesome views at the Mines View Park.

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Good Shepherd – a place to buy greaaat tasting Baguio goods! Particularly the Ube Jam!

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The Mansion – the Philippine President’s Baguio residence.

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Botanical Garden is relaxing! 🙂

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There are Igorots (natives) at the gate of the Botanical Garden and you can take a picture with them for a fee.

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My favorite – Trinidad Valley Strawberry Farm! Sellers of strawberry wine, strawberry jam, strawberry fruits and strawberry ice cream flock this place. You can pick the strawberries yourself as an experience 🙂

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Ahh, the “Good Taste” restaurant! Two very wide floors but very much crowded by customers! I don’t doubt though! They serve tasty food generously for a good price! Must try!

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Tam-Awan! An art gallery located on a foresty part of a hill. The place is pretty cool 🙂

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The gallery has a cafe that serve Benguet coffee – simply great tasting! They also serve snacks and sweet breads.

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Touring the place requires a bit of a hike. Up and down.

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Wishing well, except that you have to shoot that coin in the bamboo pole.

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Beautiful sunset, sea of clouds and a view of the South China Sea from our host’s terrace.

<3,

Jules

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