Baguio City 2012 (Day 1)

8:42:00 PM


From QC, my boyfriend and I rode a Victory Liner Bus (Cubao Terminal) at around 10:15am via SCTEX. We were on a Deluxe Aircon Bus (P715.00 each) that comes with a portable restroom and free wifi. Unfortunately, the connection was a bit unstable due to number of users on board. The trip was 6 hours long which was earlier than expected (estimated travel time from Manila - Baguio is 7-8 hours). We took a cab and went straight to our hotel to check-in. We stayed at Starwood Hotel located at Kisad Road cor Marcos Highway along the BGH Rotunda. We got a Deluxe Room (P1,400/night) + P300.00 fee if you use their AC. Here's a picture from Starwood's website.


For rates and other details, you can check their website at www.starwoodhotelbaguio.com

After unpacking our stuff, we went straight to Mines View Park. We checked the shops there and bought some snacks. It was getting dark and due to unpreparedness, we forgot to bring a camera (oh noooo not the camera!!!). We won’t be able to take photos of the views using our camera phones without flash so we decided to head to SM Baguio to purchase a camera, luckily it was on sale. yey ^^

Say cheese!

After checking out the mall, taking pictures and watching a movie (and crying, thanks to the movie One More Try starring: Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban and Dingdong Dantes. lol) we felt hungry. We started looking for a place to eat at Session Road and ended up at Steak and Toppings Resto Cafe which was an easy choice for us since we love steaks. Great food and reasonably priced.

The restaurant’s facade - photo grabbed from mommylara17.blogspot.com



Before heading back to the hotel, we bought a slice of the famous Strawberry Shortcake at Vizco’s Restaurant and Cake Shop. Special thanks to google for suggesting this dessert.lol I loved it! This cake really is a must try :)

Vizco’s Strawberry Shortcake (P80.00/slice) -photo grabbed from www.pepper.ph

You might want to check out Vizco's Facebook Page for other must try cakes.  

Sorry for all the photo grabbing, I was so busy enjoying this lovely cake and totally forgot to even take a picture of it. lol. After having dinner and desserts, we went back to the hotel. No need to turn on the AC as the Baguio climate lull as to sleep. Need this great sleep for tomorrow’s adventure. ^^


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  1. Baguio is one of the places I like to visit often. But it has recently become too crowded and there has been traffic almost everywhere! I like the Baguio two decades or so ago.

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    1. Good thing there's this newly opened expressway from Manila to Baguio. I've been reading a lot of good feedback about how their travel time going to Baguio is now just around 4-5 hours ^^

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  2. Baguio is such a beautiful place and every foreigners would love to go there not just us Filipinos. I would like to go back in Baguio if only theres air travel going there. I had terrible travel during the Panagenga 2012, our travel time gping back to Manila is more than 8hrs! Heavy traffic! Gosh! I hate long travels esp land travels

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    1. So true! Our trip going back to Manila that time was more than 8 hours :( But I would love to try a newly opened expressway that was opened early this year that cut the travel time of 8 hours to I think, 4-5 hours :)

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  3. Am I having a de javu right now? I think I have read this post before and have commented. But anyway! I haven't been to Baguio and though my Mom and I really want to, we're both (well, including my Dad) afraid to travel due to the different accidents that happen to and from that place.

    Camera is the one thing we should never forget during trips. Luckily for you, there was a sale. And luckily now, we have smartphones that has good quality cameras we can use in case we forgot the other.

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    1. Hi Louise, you're right. You've read and commented on this before. I just have to make each post again (from wordpress to blogger) because I've been hacked several times on wordpress. Unfortunately, I am unable to transfer my comments from disqus to blogger. I'm totally back to zero so I need to join comment exchanges all over again :(

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  4. It's been so long since I've been in Baguio that I don't even remember it anymore. Huhu! I would love to try everything you did here! :O

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    1. Me too, I'm just reminiscing in this post. haha I really love to be there again soon ^^

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  5. Baguio looks such a beautiful place to visit. I have not been to this place yet but definitely on my list to travel.

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    1. There's so many places that you should visit in Baguio. Plus the climate is really nice :)

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  6. Travelling. Yay! I'll make sure to bookmark this and use it as a guide when I visit this beautiful place :)

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    1. Thanks :) I still have 3 more posts about my Baguio Adventure. Hope you get to read them once I post it ^^

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  7. I have only been there once and it was a long time ago. I would love to come back and see it again.

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    1. Same here, I just can't get enough of Baguio ^^

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  8. It almost seemed like genting highlands! nice one :D

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    1. I had to google Genting Highlands because I'm not familiar with that. What I saw was so beautiful and colorful! :)

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  9. Would be great if you could share more photos. I would like to know more about this Baguio City..

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    1. I will :) I'll be posting 3 more from my Baguio trips. How you get to read them as soon as I publish them ^^

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  10. I love Baguio too, if only it was not too hard to drive there. Although compared to 2012, the new highway connecting SCTEX to Rosario, La Union is now nearing completion so the time of driving will be significantly cut shorter. I love staying in hotel beside Mines View Park, my favorite view of Baguio.

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    1. I think the highway is now operational :) My friends told me that compared to the usual 8 hour drive, it was now cut short to like 3-4 hours ^^

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  11. Baguio is such a place that brings back good memories of my stay there. BTW , your bf looks familiar to me.

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    1. Really? Where did you guys meet (if you can still remember ^^)

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  12. I love steaks and toppings though I prefer their chicken barbeque. You should try the sans rival of Sizzling Plate, which is a sister restaurant of Steaks and Toppings. It melts in your mouth and you get to taste the soft crust and the butter flavor.

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    1. I didn't know Sizzling Plate serves sansrival. I'll definitely try it soon. Thanks for the tip ^^

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  13. oh wow the cake looks quite yummy. I am happy you had a great trip and stay.

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    1. It really is yummy! Thanks, it was such an enjoyable experience. :)

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  14. That slice does look good! Looking forward to reading about the rest of your adventure!

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    1. It's really good :) Thanks! Hope you get to read more as soon as I publish more of my Baguio Escapade ^^

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  15. One of my dream destination is Baguio. My mom always tells me her experience when she visited the place and I always fantasize to be in the same situation and the same place.

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    1. You should visit soon so that you get to see what your mom discovered in Baguio :)

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  16. Would love to go back to Baguio City again. I believe there are lots more things to do and improvements by now. It is a beautiful place with friendly people.

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    1. True :) I was actually surprised to see a Tree Top Adventure at Camp John Hay. I bet there's more improvements now compared to my last visit there.

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  17. WOw, the Strawberry Shortcake really looks yummy! Lotsa whipped cream though, is it very sweet?

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    1. Sweetness is just right. It didn't overpower the strawberries. Such a great treat after a meal. :)

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  18. Poor bf holding your red handbag! Haha, he look so awkward. Love your strawberry shortcake!

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  19. Wow I'm impressed that it took you only 6 hours to travel up to Baguio. I know it's really longer than that. Seems to be an enjoyable trip with the BF, how often do you go on trips?

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    1. I know, 6 hours was fast. :) Although, going back to Manila took us 9hours T_T We usually travel during December to celebrate our anniversary. ^^

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  20. Great of you spending time with BF at Baguio City...cold bonding ika nga..Camera is a must for bloggers.

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    1. We actually travel lang during December for our anniv. :) Nowadays, I bring 2 cameras na po, haha so I wouldn't miss any of those must capture moments ^^

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  21. That strawberry shortcake indeed looks yummy. It's been years since I last went to Baguio. Hopefully I could try that the next time I go. :)

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  22. I miss Baguio! I have not visited it for so long! I miss the weather most especially ; )

    xoxo
    MrsMartinez

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  23. The Pine City is one nostalgic place and even if I have been there for the nth time I would still go back to this place.








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  24. I love Vizco's especially their cakes :)

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    1. Haven't tried the other cakes. What cake do you recommend? :)

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  25. Never been to Baguio for so many years and we miss it sooo much!

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    1. Me too! Missing the weather, the food and the beautiful places to visit.

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  26. thanks for the photo credit yvonne.. :)

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  27. Dami mo readers pala. Can you tell me where are the best and affordable steakhouse you go to sa manila?

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    1. Hmmmmm bsta ang best steakhouses for me so far ay syempre, Racks and Tenderbobs. ok din sa MadMarks (Kapitolyo). Uncle Cheffy also offers very affordable meat platters. :)

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