Baguio City 2012 (Day 2 – Part 1)

1:35:00 PM

Day 2 of my Baguio Adventures, I searched the net for an affordable breakfast buffet. We saw Le Monet, Le Chef and the list goes on, unfortunately its beyond our meal budget since our Christmas Bonuses haven’t reached our ATM cards yet. Too bad :( Then I encountered Veniz Grill Breakfast Buffet. Veniz Grill is located at the 3rd floor of Hotel Veniz (1 Abanao St.) Here’s a map from the Hotel Veniz website.

For more information, you can check their website at
Their breakfast buffet costs P275.00 per person. Their dishes were the usual tocino, scrambled egg, crispy dilis, fried rice, longganisa, etc. The food was not that exciting, but it tasted good. For the beverages, they have orange juice, iced tea and coffee. They also have cereals for the kids (and the kids at heart. :p) The only downside with their cereals are the milk containers that were so small, one serving is not even enough to fill my cereal bowl and the staff took so long to come back with the refill. All in all, we had a great breakfast and we are now ready for our tour.

Jayvee enjoying his breakfast. Happy Tummy :)
We rented a cab to bring us to the places we wanted to visit. First stop was at the Strawberry Farm. The farm is located at La Trinidad, Benguet which is about 3km from Baguio City Proper. Upon arriving, we saw different stalls leading to the farm entrance. They were selling souvenir items such as shirts, hats, etc. Of course, there were lots of stalls selling freshly picked strawberries, jams and strawberry ice cream and strawberry taho. I tried the taho but it was too sweet for me. On the other hand, Jayvee and I loved the ice cream. Too bad, I wasn’t able to take a picture of it as it was that good, I finished it all up in a flash. Lol

Yummy Strawberries :)
We found out that the Strawberry Picking costs P500.00 and you get to keep a kilo of strawberries you freshly picked. It was a bit steep for a kilo of strawberry which costs P150.00-P200.00 if you buy at the stalls near the farm. I felt sad knowing this, good thing was that you can enter the farm even if you don’t avail the strawberry picking fee. I just wanted to look around and take several photos so that’s what we did.

They also have Baguio Lettuce at the farm
After taking some photos, we headed back to the cab and the driver suggested that we visit Tam-awan village Garden in the Sky (Longlong, Benguet Rd). Upon arriving, you have to pay for the entrance fee. P50.00 for adults, P30.00 for students and P20.00 for children. As what I have researched, Tam-awan Village is a reconstructed Cordillera Village established by the National Artist BenCab. Here are some of the photos we had inside the village.

Traditional Ifugao Dance
Too bad the doors were locked :(
Crossing the bamboo bridge
While wandering around, we saw a huge crowd looking amazed at one part of the village. We checked it out, and it was the Portrait Sketching. The artists here are the Baguio’s most talented so I was very excited to try it. Fee are as follows: Solo – P100.00 Couple – P300.00. If you want a colored portrait, just add P50.00 to the fees mentioned. Here’s our portrait:

It took them 10-15 minutes to finish our portrait and it was a great privilege to be drawn by these artists. After receiving the portraits, we went back to our cab and asked the driver to head to our next destination which was the Lourdes Grotto (Dominican Hill Road, Mirador Hill). Before reaching the grotto, you have to climb 252 steps or if you are not up for this challenge, you can use your vehicle or ask your hired cab to use the road on the sides of the hill to bring you to the top.

Reminds me of Kung Fu Panda. :p
Once you arrive at the top, rest for a while and you can pray, light a candle and of course, appreciate the views from above.

With all those steps, we were completely exhausted and can’t wait to eat. So, we asked the driver to bring us to Pizza Volante. I saw this restaurant on the internet as a must try pizza place in Baguio. There were actually three branches in Baguio (if i remember it correctly). I saw one near the Wright Park (Leonard Wood Rd) while commuting; the other one was at the Ayala Land Techno Hub Retail Plaza at Camp John Hay and along Session Road. We dined at Session Road Branch. Upon arriving, we saw a menu board with lots of mouthwatering choices.

photo grabbed from (i wasn’t able to take photos due to my excitement. lol)
 Here’s what we ordered:

– vanilla milkshake – P46.00
– chocolate milkshake – P54.00
– Pasta Alfredo (Large) – P265.00
– 10″ Four Cheese Pizza – P269.00

Typing about these makes me want to go back to Pizza Volante, I really hope they branch out here in Manila someday.

*Droooooling* Oh I miss you :(
This has been a long post so I divided Day 2 into two parts. From all this typing, I remembered how exhausted I was on this trip. Anyway, ending this blog with the 4 cheese pizza photo makes me want to go back to Baguio. See you again soon!!

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