When we were kids, Ma and Pa would always bring us to Baguio every summer.
While they're mingling with fellow pastors and church workers, me and my
siblings are busy rolling in the grass or playing hide and seek in the giant
pine trees. Sometimes, we're with older cousins so they bring us to town and
accompany us boating or running along the Burnham Park. Those memories were
ages ago. Hahaha. The last time the whole family's there was before I entered
high school. After that, because bus fares are rising and we're becoming
matakaw, Ma and Pa would leave us at home and do our endless movie marathons
nalang. Hahaha. We missed Baguio soooo much. I mean, it's part of our colorful
childhood. Hahaha. Anyways, when we learned that my sister, Nik would be
studying there, we're happy! Well, we're also sad cos she's gonna be home only
on semestral and summer breaks but we're also happy because we'll get the
chance to stay there if we want too. She's got a big room in her dorm so she
can let us have our vacation there. Yay!
It took us a while before we finally decided to have a little
vacation at her dorm. Usually, she would go home and spend her long weekends
with us. She doesn't fail to bring us some goodies from up there like chocolate
crinkles, strawberries, peanut brittle and tons of bagsak-presyong gulay. So we
thought, kami naman ang aakyat. Me, Tel and Bet with our cousin Ate Margie and
his cute five year old son, Josh were all set to go to Baguio. Yay! Ephra
wasn't able to come because he has a competition in Tagum City. Ma and Pa
allowed us to go on our own. Cool!
We weren't able to catch the 11pm bus ride at Genesis so we waited
for the 1am land trip but we also failed to make it because of the very long
queue. The bus manager told us that the next trip would be by 2am but God's
really good because after 30 minutes another bus came in and allowed passengers
to get in.
Fast forward. We arrived at Baguio by 8am. We missed the Street
Dance Parade because we were too famished to go to the streets and watch the
flower-costumed students dance. It could have been a nice experience. After a
few hours of rest and lunch, we decided to go to Mines View Park because Josh
wants to see the wishing well there (his funny wish: become a Monster Galaxy
and fly. hahaha).
We never expected A LOT of people to be in Baguio. As in ang dame
talaga! Because we can't squeeze our bodies to go to the actual viewing deck at
Mines View, my siblings and I just decided to take a lot of pictures. Then we
went out. There were also no taxis available so we decided to walk down the
road “less traveled” (hahaha) until we found an empty one.
We visited Mount Cloud Bookshop—one would love the dreamy ambience
inside that shop. The wooden bookcases and stairs and even the piped-in music
complements the past-era feel. I haven’t got the chance to chat with the shop
owner (I’m a bit shy. Hahaha), so we just flipped through the books. I actually
smelled them. Hahaha. I love that musty scent of bookpaper. Hahaha. May saltik
lang. Anyways, beside Mount Cloud is a cute café called Hill Station. We could
have stopped by to eat dessert kaso mejo high end so next time nalang. Hahaha.
Oh before I forget, the path we went through just to get to Mount
Cloud was the ever famous Barrio Fiesta Stairs with Life- Size Figures—from native
Igorots to Philippine icons like FVR, GMA, Cory and Cardinal Sin. Cute lang. Hahaha.
We capped the day by going to the public market to buy
pasalubongs. We bought the usual: strawberry, blueberry and ube jams, peanut
brittles, lengua de gatos and strawberry-flavored pastillas. My cousin also
bought walis. Then my sister accompanied us to the bagsakan area. Ang galing
For ten pesos, one would have a kilo of baby potatoes. 15 pesos
naman yung large potatoes. Broccolis are sold 30pesos per kilo. Other veggies
like carrots, lettuce, Baguio beans and bean sprouts cost cheap. Baguio serves
as one of the commercial hubs in the north before they’re finally shipped to
Manila or other downtown provinces, hence the cheap prices for these raw
products. We also bought knitted sahals from Sagada and ground coffee beans.
They have different flavors and variants: Benguet, Arabica, Hazelnut, Barako
and even Alamid, the one that comes from the poop of Philippine civets. On the
average, the ground beans are sold for 200 per kilogram. Alamid, on the other
hand, is priced at 1,200 pesos per fifty grams. I so want to try it kaso
sobrang mahal, e grepa me so next time nalang ulet. Hahaha.
When we got home, we’re all dog-tired so nagkatamaran na bumalik
ng ukayan. We decided to eat early and sleep early too. While waiting for food,
we watched the first half of Hugo. By 9pm, everybody’s already snoring. Zzzzzz.
We all got up early so we can get a nice place to watch the Flower
Float Parade. My sister told us it would start by 8am but when we got there,
wala pa, so we went to Burnham Park first. Because of insistent public demand
(si Josh lang naman), we tried boating. He chose the dolphin-designed boat. By
the time we got in the middle of the lake, he told us he’s already feeling
seasick. Sabe ni Tetel, he can’t be seasick cos we’re on a lake. Hahaha.
Everybody just laughed. Hahaha. The bangkero’s also astig tulad ni Kuya Jun sa Laoag Sand Dunes
4WD. We thought he’s an ordinary bangkero—he told us that the Burnham Lagoon is
actually an extended lake. There are fishes there—carps, tilapia and janitor
fish. Then he told us that there are springs from underneath the lake. Hmmm, ok
yung mga trivia ni Kuya sabe ko. And then he started talking about the microbes
found in water and that Baguio’s situated under a dead volcano. That’s the
reason why there are springs underneath—hot springs pa daw. Wow lang. I finally
found the courage to ask, “Kuya, nagbabangka po talaga kayo or hobbyist?” He
told us he’s a former professor at the University of Baguio. Ahhhh. He already
made a lot of studies about IPs and other interesting things here at the
Cordilleras. Ahhhh. And because he’s friends with the owner of the boats,
he makes boating his daily exercise. Ahhhhh. Ikaw na talaga, Kuya. You already.
After our boating, we already wound our way towards the streets of
Baguio to watch. We left Ate Margie behind because she has to feed the fat
Josh. Haha. Ok. So there we are in a sea of people waiting for the floats to
come out. At last! The Mayor and other officials began the parade. All I can say
was “Wow!” There’s an Angry Birds’ themed one, then the SM float was a dragon
with a fuming nose. The best one for me was the Star Wars float complete with
OB1s and Yoda (wasn't able to get a nice picture tho'). Hahaha. There were also
floats from establishments in the city like Mang Inasal, Aegis People Support,
Nestea and Nestle. Television networks like TV5, ABS-CBN and GMA7 also
adorned their floats with thousands of flowers. Of course, their biggest stars
are also there to grace the event. TV5 has Amy Perez (everybody’s shouting “Face to face!”), Tuesday Vargas, Nina
Jose and Valenzuela Councilor Shalani Soledad- Romulo (“Family Apir! Putukan Naaaaa!”). Hahahaha. GMA7 brought
in Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes. The float with most fans, I guess, was
ABS-CBN’s. They’ve got the Showtime gang in there—Kuya Kim and his infamous cowboy hat (I think he should
patent that), Ryan Bang, Jugs and Teddy, Jhong Sample and Vice Ganda. Miss
Earth Philippines’ winners were also there.
By 11am, the parade officially ended and everyone’s like
soooooooooooo gutom. We initially planned eating at 50s Diner but we ended up
at Vizco’s. So much for hunger. After filling our grumbling tum-tums (Yap, eternity), we headed to the
public market again, this time for ukay time. Dameng choices kaso the remaining
moolah we have is for our bus fare so yun, wag nalang.
Finally, we’re home again to pack our bags and head back to the
bus terminal. It was a struggle for us to hail a cab that would take us to the
terminal. All exit points kase are jammed with heavy traffic. When we’re able
to ride a cab, it took us an hour to get to the normally 15 to 20 minute ride
to the terminal. Our Amazing Race Baguio Edition did not end there. We had to
find a bus ride Express Manila and wala ng ino-offer ang Genesis. Good thing
there’s good ole Philippine Rabbit. So kahit mas mahal ng mga 30 pesos yung
fare and hindi ganon ka-cozy yung seats, keri na, makauwi lang. Six more hours
and we’re home sweet home. We would have wanted to tell tons of stories kina Ma
and Pa kaso they told us matulog muna kame tas bukas nalang. Haha. Oh and we
also learned taga- Tondo na kame starting on April 15, explanation on my next
blog post. :D
It was totally a blast! “Looking forward for another weekend (Black, 2010)” like this! :))))
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