The recent long weekend allowed me and my family to have some R&R at Baguio City. If my memory serves me right, this is my fifth time in the City of Pines, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the PH.
The weather is a far cry from Metro Manila’s moody atmospheric conditions. But if there’s something in common with the metropolis and this place up north, it’s a huge SM mall.
I feel so old remembering the fact that there wasn’t any SM there yet when I was a toddler. It’s my second time in SM Baguio, and it can get so chilly even in the afternoons, and even with the sun! Take note that this mall does not have air conditioning units running. The cold breeze is enough ventilation!
It would be nice if some things stayed the same. But Baguio has truly changed throughout the years. Burnham Park isn’t as clean as it used to be. The lake no longer features sparkling blue waters, only greenish agua probably caused by algae.
Included in our plans was to eat at O’ Mai Khan and Cafe by the Ruins. Didn’t take a photo when we were in O’ Mai Khan as it was serious business (it’s Mongolian buffet! The veggies there are the freshest too, we needed to concentrate on making our dishes and enjoying them). Lunch for our day two was at the latter.
Their Chocolate de Agua, pictured above, was a surprise. Was only expecting hot chocolate served the usual way… but considering the name of the place, there were “ruins” on the rim. Some of the stuff we tried on their menu are the following:
We also stayed at The Manor, which had posh rooms (the place looked homey, not the kind of impression one would get from hotels). And again, there were no air conditioning units. Let’s get the pictures do the talking:
No Baguio trip is complete without dropping by the Lourdes Grotto. Now, I’ll be honest, we didn’t climb all the way up as we started midway due to the drizzle.
It basically rained everyday. The weather was awesome, too bad air can’t be stored as pasalubong. The Baguio breeze alone made our short vacation definitely relaxing.