Three-hour drive to Baguio
Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines and located in the mountainous region in the north, is a favorite destination of residents of Manila and nearby towns. It is about six hours from Manila by private vehicle or non-stop bus, and can even exceed if one will ride the regular bus routes.
I recently went to Baguio two weekends in a row. Both were for different activities, and not really for pleasure. Yet, despite the hectic schedules, my friends and I were able to sneak for a few hours for a dinner at 50’s Diner, reminiscient of the Hollywood days during that era. Posters of movies shown during the 50’s fill the small-spaced diner. The food is tremendously delicious and the servings in large quantity. The pancake was indeed towering.
Another dining place we visited is the House of Waffles in Camp John Hay. Again, it was a filling dinner of Filipino delicacy. The cold of the night was just seeping through the wooden walls. Pine trees surrounding the area make the feel even colder than ever. Good thing there’s a Starbucks coffee shop next door.
The Baguio market is famous to both locals and tourists. Fresh vegetables and fruits fill the place. I bought some apples to take home. And with the chill in the air, I also purchased a blanket to keep me warm throughout the trip. I brought this again on the second weekend I visited the city.
For food and souvenirs, the Mines View Park and nearby Good Shepherd are the must-go places in Baguio. It was surprising to find a little bit of traffic jam in this area.
All in all, my two visits were refreshing as they were also a time for me to reconnect spiritually as well as to renew and continue old friendships and make new ones.
Baguio is six hours away from Manila. Not to count the traffic caused by road constructions and repairs. But we were able to go home in just three hours. As I look back, the three-hour drive is a first for me. Thank God we got home safe and sound. Till next road trip then.