We arrived in Baguio lunchtime last Thursday after 5 hours drive. Yes, only 5 Hours going to Baguio and thanks to NLEX-SCTEX-TPLEX (exit to Paniqui)... Imagine hom much time you'll save if the TPLEX will all be operational, they say it will only be 4 hours to Baguio. Woot woot!
We checked-in at Microtel by Wyndham Hotel, rate: P4250 per night for a queen sized bed and a sofa, inclusive of breakfast, free wifi (in the lobby area), P100 charge for 24hour wifi access in your room which we didn't avail and complimentary drinks: water, coffee, tea, milk, hot choco. What I love in Microtel is the friendliness of the staffs, the food and the location. Microtel is just beside Victory liner bus terminal, and is very accessible to all our destination.
We had shopping on the first day we arrived in Baguio. The Commisary (Mile Hi Center) in Camp John Hay is the place where you can buy imported goods at a lower price. Afterwards we had food trip (will post separately for the restaurants that we dined-in).
The next day, we visit places... Places that we've been to 10 years ago. The google map served as our GPS, hubby was the driver and i was the navigator.
Strawberry Field in La Trinidad, Benguet. It is 7.5km away from the city and it took us an hour to reach our destination. The sun was so intense although the place was still cold because we arrived at lunch time in the area so I bought the hat for P40. The last time we were here, it was not the season of strawberries, so we had no chance to see strawberries from its roots. And now, we were so lucky that we came here on the right season. Strawberry picking costs P400 for 1 kilo and buying 1 kilo of strawberries is just P150... So we chose the latter. But the vendors allowed us to still go to the strawberry field and take pictures, I picked 1 piece of strawberry though, hahaha!
We also bought some brooms (Walis - double stitched) for pasalubong P280 for 3 pieces and tried the strawberry ice cream P25 each.
On our way back, we dropped by to the Bell Church. It is my first time to be in a Chinese temple but the temple itself is closed and no picture taking was allowed inside. So, i took the opportunity to have pictures on their park instead.
Afterwards, we went to the Good Shepherd to buy more pasalubong. I know there's Good Shepherd in Tagaytay but they don't have the cashew brittle (P215 each), then we add some more of the choco flakes (P115 each).
Mines View park is just beside the convent so we also just dropped by and see if there's something new to see. Had some pictures with the famous St. Bernard (P50 for 4 shots). I was scared because the dog was too big, but hubby is much more scared than me so I braved to have a picture alone with it.
And became Igorots for P10 unlimited shots. And because hubby knows I have no experience riding a horse, he urged me to try the horse back riding (stationary lang.. #takotAko) also for P10 only.
We could really have the real horse back riding in the Wright Park just below Mines View park, but when we were there, i could not take the smell of the place, so we scrapped the idea.
We went to Ibay's store to buy silver earing for hubby, but he found nothing that suit his taste. Then, we dropped by the Botanical Garden. I was expecting lots of flowers in the area but found very few, as in parang wala nga eh. Medyo pinagpawisan kami pag akyat sa pabalik sa mines view park so we already took off our jackets here.
We had our lunch at 3PM, then went to see the Black Market, we thought we could buy a lot of things there, but we just saw imported perfumes, soaps, etc, and money changers, I can say it is just regular market and nothing special in there. We were not interested, so we looked for the Skyworld, the ukay-ukay that I went with Kate last 2011. As expected, we were not able to buy anything because we are not both fond of buying in ukay-ukay... Ganda lang ng experience, so the next time may gustong magpasama, we can bring them to the area.
Went back to the hotel to freshen up then we went out to Camp John Hay for dinner. On our way there, we saw Le Monet, the ever beautiful chandelier in their lobby is what I can always recall the first time I saw it. I really liked to check-in at either Le Monet or The Manor Hotel sana but both were fully booked. So for experience, we just dropped by the Le Monet hotel for a while and had some shopping in the stores beside it then went for a walk to checkout if we can buy some more in R.O.X before going to dinner.
We were supposed to checkout the night market in Harrison Road, another ukay-ukay which starts from 9PM until 2AM, pero tinamad na kami, we know we will not be buying anything from there and the weather was so cold that night, 14 degrees at 9PM so we chose to stay in the hotel.
The next morning, Saturday, we are supposed to drive down and go to Vigan. But we woke up late and i wasn't feeling very well, so i asked hubby if we can just go back home. Hubby was telling me, I might be pregnant (i know he is so excited for a baby) because I missed my period that day (that was the first time i ever missed my period) but I know the feeling and it was just dysmenorrhea. True enough, by today... I think my period is starting. I am not showing na malungkot ako because of this... Still praying to God to bless us with a baby soon... Very soon sana.
So this is the end of our honeymoon trip, but we promised to make everyday a honeymoon. :)