Spent the weekend in Boracay! Didn’t bring my laptop and slr—just wanted to relax and have a good time! Managed to keep in touch with my family, friends and clients with the help of BBM! Speaking of BlackBerry, get yourself a new blackberry smartphone this Christmas! Markdown prices for as low as 35% off at the BlackBerry hubs in SM! Click HERE for more details!
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I was invited by The University of Cordilleras for a 2-week stay in Baguio last month. As much as I wanted to stay that long, I had to cut my trip down to 4 days because of work. Instead of lugging my bulky camera with me as usual, I decided to only take photos using my phone. I’m thinking this might be a new segment on my blog. What do you think? Anyway, here are some photos from my trip—instagram style!
Took the Victory Liner Deluxe bus (php715)—equipped with its own washroom, reclining seats with foot rests, free wifi, complimentary snack and drink plus a stewardess! Haha I was so amazed! Travel time’s 5 hours via SCTEX.
We arrived in Baguio at 4am. We were all ready for breakfast but all the restaurants were closed so we had to sleep with an empty stomach. Woke up around 12noon (and so hungry), we tried the 50’s Diner along General Luna Road. They have good, inexpensive comfort food (php65-php240). The servings are crazy huge! Like something out of a Man VS Food episode!
Baguio is known for having a lot of haunted places and stories. According to the locals, the white house along Leonard Wood is the most haunted place in Baguio. They never opened the house to the public but for that particular day, it was! Went early in the afternoon cuz we were pussies haha!
The white house was built in the 1920’s and was home to the Laperal family, the oldest clan in Baguio. Japanese soldiers occupied the house during World War II and most of the Laperal family was brutally murdered in this house.
Went to Hill Station for some coffee and Mt. Cloud Bookshop for some good read (lol not really, I just took photos haha). Located below the Casa Vallejo hotel, just below SM Baguio. Such a nice place to chill.
Late night thrifting at Harrison Road. If you wish to score great deals on signature items, you need to have excellent bargaining skills and a lot of patience. You’re scouring through piles of racks of secondhand clothes—you have to keep your eyes open!
Late dinner at Pizza Volante along Session Road. The food is okay. I like their pizza but not a fan of the kebab I ordered. I heard they have the best apple pie! Will definitely try it when I come back!
Woke up around 10 in the morning and went to our new favorite breakfast place! The cheap food in Baguio is making me eat more than I should!
Went biking (php40/ride all you can) and boating (php100/hour) in Burnham Park. Call us lame but these are some of the things that we don’t get to do in Manila so we really enjoyed haha! P.S. What can you say about my badass-looking purple and pink bike? lol
Stopped by Choco-Late de Batirol for some hot chocolate (php95) and bibingka (php105). Compared to the other restaurants we tried, this was the priciest! We also ordered sisig na pork (php280) and paksiw na lechon (php290). I recommend the hot bibingka—it’s really good! Puro kami kain ‘no? Haha
Went to SM Baguio to leech wifi aaaaaand I was able to get my hands on the last piece of the most amazing banana bread from Baguio Country Club—well at least for that day. But still!!! lol
My friends had to go back to Manila because of school so I transferred to a different hotel, took a cab and had some alone time at Mines View Park.
Came across this artsy vegan restaurant (Oh My Gulay) located at the fifth floor of La Azotea building. It’s just along Session Road so it’s pretty easy to find. There are no elevators nor escalators so you’d have to climb all the way up the 5th floor! But..as Hannah Montana would say, “life’s a climb…but the view is great.” lolwhat
The place looks like a giant tree fort with bridges, caves and ladders with a lot of interesting artworks.
Not a fan of vegetarian food but I was up for it because Baguio’s known as a popular source of fresh vegetables (I sound so old). Ordered putanesca pasta with cayenne peppers (php130), pumpkin blossoms (php70) and mango crepe (php90).
Aaaaand it was time for some thrift shopping once again (they call it wagwagan in Baguio). I was able to score printed button down shirts for only 50 bucks, the camo jacket for 400, the camo rucksack for 280 and the shoes for 600!
Bumped into some of my blog readers at Camp John Hay and Mines View Park! So great meeting you guys! Kayo na pwede mag jacket araw-araw! haha
I was invited by the University of Cordilleras to judge for their event. Everyone who showcased their work did an awesome job! Congratulations to everyone!
Taking a cab in Baguio is crazy cheap compared to Manila (I never paid more than php70). Not to mention ALL the cab drivers in Baguio are very honest—they give the exact change! LOL irrelevant. Just wanted to share that! Haha anyway, met my blog readers from University of Cordilleras!
I’m ready to go! Luggage from Lazada (php3,600). Thank you University of Cordilleras, Royal Residences and Hotel Veniz for an awesome trip and taking care of everything! I’ll be back this Christmas!95 notes
Went to Palawan for the weekend to take a break from school. Whenever I travel, I make sure I pack light and bring only what’s essential. Also, I’m a budget traveler, I am in the lookout for the cheapest tours, restos and accomodations. Low value or low cost should never translate to low quality. In Go Hotels, you get value for money (got my 3 days 2 nights accommodation for only Php2,388)! Not to mention they have the comfiest bed and sheets! Ahhhh perfect for relaxing after a jampacked day!
Go Hotels Puerto Princesa is a 15-20 minute drive from the airport and stands next to the newly-opened Robinsons Place Palawan Mall!
The concept of Go Hotels is pretty much the same with its sister company, Cebu Pacific Airlines. Wherein the earlier you book, the lower the rates (as low as php388) you enjoy.
Each room is fully air-conditioned, has a full-length mirror, 2 pillows, an in-room safe and an option of 2 single beds or 1 double bed. Give me a bed like this and I can sleep forever!
I love a good hot shower. The bathroom is modern and clean + it has hot/cold rain and handheld shower. A+++
And the best part, free wi-fi everywhere!! Also, they have a 24/7 transport service, a spa and offers tours around the island! One stop shop in the convenience of your hotel!
They don’t have cabinets but they have these hooks on the wall.
Best Buy—since it’s September already, you might want to consider this as Christmas Gift to your traveler friends: Volume Rebate Travel Bag from Crumpler (Php1,900). Includes a shirt bag, a shoe bag and a sock tube. These compacting compartments maximizes suitcase capacity and organizes your stuff—something I’m not very good at. So you end up with more luggage space!
I was able to stack 4 board shorts and 4 shirts in the bag. All good for the whole trip!
With the shoe bag, just load in your shoes, squeeze out any trapped air via the end vent, then stow away in your luggage/backpack! Crumpler is available in Trinoma, SM Mega Mall and Bonifacio Highstreet.
The room is equipped with a 24″ LED TV with cable—look what’s showing! Hahaha
Housekeeping services are provided daily from 11am to 2pm. Just hang the “Make Up Room” sign on the door. Go home to fresh new sheets!
Longanisa and eggs for breakfast, php118+ (charged separately).
Go Hotel’s rates vary depending on booking, timing, season, and demand. Availability is limited so I strongly suggest that you guys book early to avail of the lowest possible rate! You can book online via http://gohotels.ph Have a good trip!84 notes