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Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Optimist Creed

Thanks to my good friend Jules for sharing this creed. Prior to knowing about this, I have strived to remain optimistic in whatever situation I face. True enough, with faith in God and faith in His plans, things always work out for the best. I still have a lot to accomplish, but hey, this is a great aid in achieving those.

The Optimist Creed

I Promise Myself
To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person I meet.
To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwile in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best
and to expect only the best
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet.
To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world.
not in loud words, but in great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on my side,
so long as I am true to the best that is in me.

Author: Christian D. Larson
Source : http://www.thesecret.tv/prints/A4/A4_optimists-creed.pdf

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Goodbye Cool Job!

It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement (yes, an odd combination but it wouldn’t be from me if it’s not a tad peculiar) that I am bidding farewell to what I consider as the coolest job I’ve ever had.

For several months, I was hired for the position of Travel Specialist and was tasked to create adventure tours, establish contacts within the industry, test adventure sports, read travel magazines, attend press conferences, meet amazing athletes, media people and bloggers.

I did not experience the usual office set-up. Sometimes, my office for the day would be in a kayak or on a raft. Sometimes, I’d be in a zipline perched 4,700 feet above sea level or sometimes, commute to work involves river trekking. Sometimes I'm out of the office tagging along at press launches or cocktail events. Sometimes, I'd be in a meeting with people I used to see only in blogs or on the news.  I still  had to report to a normal office with tables, phones and internet access though when I'm not traveling.

My workmates on the other hand are all incredible people. I will surely miss all our gastronomic adventures and laughing bouts. I will miss my forgiving and understanding boss with her boisterous laugh. I will miss the elevator girl with her Daily Horoscope and all the other unique aspects of that company.

As with any regular work, it wasn’t all bliss. The first few months were especially challenging as I adjusted to a less stringent type of work environment. Prior to coming here, I was an operations analyst in an account where we don’t have much room for missing deadlines. My escape from that environment was to travel, climb a mountain, explore and write about my adventures and that is how I landed my post.

Work was more like play despite all the other annoying aspects of it. I moved in an industry where I felt at home and knew a lot of people.

It is also where I discovered more of myself and realized that it’s not what I wanted to do. What I needed was to explore for fun than deal with all the nitty gritty details of adventure travel.

I am very much grateful for the opportunities that were given to me and for everything I have learned under my company. It is an excellent training ground. It is where I learned to be more confident, more sociable and open to meeting people. I learned to live and to relax more.

I feel sad about leaving because I had already fallen in love with my job and with my team,  but I am sticking to the plan. I will be off somewhere where I know I can fulfill a bigger dream.  I will be moving into an entirely different arena. I know there’d be tons of opportunities to learn, some boring bits and perhaps more stressful situations to face but I’m mentally prepared for it. I am moving because I am aiming towards a greater adventure which I will share as soon as my plans materialize. :) 

To everyone who put up and prayed with me the past couple months, thank you!

Image from : http://www.escapedtoperu.com/

I'm going to need someone to take my place - someone who can conceptualize, organize and market adventure tours. We need someone who loves the outdoors and willing to try every adventure there is.  If you are interested, send me your resume at christine.fernandez@primergrp.com. :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Just A Thought

Today, I am thankful for all the awful things that have happened to me because it made me stronger and more appreciative of the blessings that come my way. :)

(and thanks to Figaro for the free unlimited brewed coffee at the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards). It's amazing what coffee can do to my thoughts. :P

Thursday, December 9, 2010

This Is It! The Corregidor International Half Marathon

 "Set against the paradox of a breathtaking landscape amidst the contrast of a serene backdrop and an unforgiving terrain,contenders will attempt to be part of a race to immortalize the heroic legacy of a glorious past. The distant bygone arena of valor belongs to the present. And the present becomes the ultimate touchstone of running athleticismin the Corregidor International Half-Marathon." - CIHM website

I've been quite busy and tired the past two weeks that I haven't had much time to digest the fact that I'm joining the Corregidor International Half Marathon (CIHM) this December 19, which I joined without thinking. When our marketing officer asked who wanted to go because we had free slots, I immediately volunteered myself because of the word "Corregidor". I completely forgot about the other part which would involve a 21 KM run. Oh why do I always get myself into situations that involve heavy breathing, intense perspiration and aching joints?It would be my 3rd time in enchanting Corregidor and my first time back after high school. If only I didn't have to run, I would have been jumping up and down with excitement. I haven't been on a boat for a while either. Last one was aboard a kayak last September so I'm don't think that counts.

Though I am no stranger to running, I don't consider myself as a strong runner especially not road runs. It's because I have a lazy ass that prevents me from getting out of the house early in the morning to train. My only redeeming quality is that I can do uphill terrain well because of those muscles that involuntarily developed from playing football. Hehe!

 I feel slightly panicky because I haven't had the chance to train adequately. My most recent run was at the Salomon Blaze the trail race in Subic which was last November 13.  I joined the 11KM and had a strong finish  though- all thanks to my survivor's kit - Stinger Energy Gel, Pocari Sweat and my inimitable mental attitude to come out of any situation alive and kicking.  I just needed to constantly watch after my heart rate and water intake because I came across news about deaths in races because some athletes were pushing their bodies too hard. My goal for every race, given my lack of training (blame it on my lazy ass!) is to survive and cross the finish line smiling. I think for this instance, I shouldn't set my standards too high and aim for a podium finish. Please, I am not that delusional, just occassionally. :P

I was actually reading about the race details earlier and  had to pause for a while and take a deep breath before I read again. The CIHM is part trail, part road. Now I can do  trail, but road? I used to join road races before but never really got hook to it. It was just another adventure that I wanted to try. This would be my longest road run to date and from now onwards, I commit myself to train the best way I can. I got to ease up on those carbs  and increase protein intake so I won't feel bloated. For now, I will have to temporarily say goodbye to sweets and junk food and get back on the jumping rope and focus on the finishers medal. I saw it and it looks cool. I definitely want to earn one. Hehe.

Thanks to my every supportive employer - R.O.X. and the organizers for the complimentary race kit. See you in Corregidor!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Office for the Day

As with any other normal work, my job can be quite annoying and stressful because I organize adventure tours/lessons and it involves dealing with a lot of people. But what's amazing about it are those days when I have to get outside and  experience adventure.

Pictures below were taken from yesterday's paragliding session. I had to meet with our contact from the paragliding industry to finalize some arrangements and he managed to drag me to the site. I was also supposed to do a tandem flight with a licensed instructor but it was too windy so the guys did ground handling lessons and some power kiting. I really had to get some work done so I stayed inside the 4x4 and worked on my laptop for a couple of minutes but then I began to feel bored. It was too nice outside so I tried to get some work done for a few more minutes before I gave in to the call of the "wild" and sat on this blue chair just staring at the wide grassland with a happy smile on my face. It started to rain so we had to abort paragliding for the day. Oh well, I'll leave it for another day.

The ladies room - marked by purple wild flowers

Saturday, November 27, 2010

One Day

I stand firmly by my fantasy that one day prince charming would finally find me. He may not own a castle or come riding atop a horse, but I know he will be someone who will make me smile and exert rigorous efforts just to be with me.

Despite my optimism, there are times when I feel panicky. What if he has died and I’ve been waiting for no one? Or what if I’m destined for single blessedness for the rest of eternity and never have the chance to feel deliriously in-love? I’m not in my early twenties anymore and people my age are either getting married or engaged to someone . Me, I’m still waiting, like Rapunzel on top of a tower. Oh why doesn’t my prince know how to use a harness?!

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not desperate for love. It’s just the I’ve always wondered what it’s like to have another guy in your life who’s neither a friend nor a relative , what’s it like to be introduced as a girlfriend, not a teammate from football or someone who likes hiking or adventure. It would be cool if the time would come when that special someone will introduce me as their adventure partner for life. Hehehe, cheesy but cute eh. :P

Well, I’ve done my part. I’ve prayed, I’m constantly working on myself. I’ve learned to be patient and more caring. I learned to dress better and I can now cook without causing severe damage to the pan. I learned how to talk to a guy I like without stuttering. I finally learned the art of playing cool even if deep inside, I’m worse than an ice cream melting under the sun. Yet for some reason, perhaps by divine intervention, prince charming and I managed to avert each other in our daily routines. Now, I don’t want you giving me advice and all that – “he will come when you least expect it.”, I am way past that. Now, I am just waiting – patiently, lovingly so that when he comes, I will be more ready than Romy Garduce when he climbed Mt. Everest.

I prefer my fairy tale over any other story and so I am prepared to wait – like a paraglider waiting the whole day for the proper wind speed (I’m currently in a paragliding site as I’m writing this, thus the comparison, hehe), and when it comes, I am up in the air experiencing the best ride of my life.

I will see you soon Prince Charming and you better know be ready for an extreme adventure. :P

Friday, November 26, 2010

Surprises Surprises

I hate surprises. There's something about getting caught off guard that annoys me.

The other side of it which flatters me though is the amount of effort people put to pull it off.

The very first time my friends threw a surprise birthday thing for me was in High School. Everyone suddenly ignored me. I thought I did something wrong. I felt extremely annoyed that they seemed to be talking about something else and not telling me about it. When I entered the cafeteria during that afternoon, I saw most of my friends gathered on three tables and they all yelled - Surprise! I felt a mixture of annoyance and happiness.

The second time my friends surprised me, I was close to throwing a fit. We were walking towards the gym and my friends were all saying mean stuff about my bag. When we arrived at our lockers, my friend pulled out a Speedo gym bag from hers and yelled surprise. Everyone chipped in for that green Speedo bag and I felt so blessed to have friends who can sacrifice their allowances just to get me a present.

The third time my friends surprised me, I caught them planning about it and I ended up inviting my crush. I was like, "Hey, I think they're planning to surprise me tomorrow night for my birthday. You should come!" Haha!He did came for my party and my friends still managed to surprise me because they were able to successfully make me believe that the party wasn't pushing through.

Yesterday, two friends suprised me by going to my work to bring me my green birthday cupcake (wee, I miss Sonja's! I was just thinking about it) and a new fuschia sports cap. :)

Today's my birthday and I feel extremely blessed and thankful for all the greetings and the surprises. :P

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Missin These Days

Taken January 2010. Me and my friends  hiked around Sagada until we got so exhausted, we had to sleep on the grass to recover.  I don't get to do these much lately. I miss these.   

House of Dakay in Batanes

June 2009

The driver brought us down at the corner of the House of Dakay, which is one of the must-sees in Batanes. It’s the oldest stone house in Batan Island from 1887 and has been featured numerous times in various local and international publications.  It is also a UNESCO Heritage Building. The current owner is lola Florestida, a friendly  woman in her 80’s who has also become famous because of their house.  I also read from several blogs that she is perhaps the most photographed woman in Batanes.

My friend and I took pictures of the house from the outside. Usually, visitors only take pictures of the façade and leave. I was not satisfied. I wanted to go inside and take a look and have a chat with lola Ida. We walked with hesitant steps towards the house. I was actually afraid there might be a fierce dog somewhere who will spring and bite me on the leg. (Yes, I am vividly paranoid!)  

Slowly, we made our way to the door from the left side. I saw an old lady walking in the middle of the room. Oh, she must be that famous Ivatan! In my most active tone, I yelled, “Good afternoon pohhhh!”. The old lady jumped two steps back and held her heart. She remained speechless and frozen in her place for a few seconds. Her eyes bulged and she looked at me as if I were a ghost or perhaps a criminal. For a brief moment, I thought I had caused her a heart attack because she remained motionless for a few seconds. When she regained her composure, I apologized profusely from the door. Remembering the efforts we made to get there, I asked her if we can enter her house in a timid voice. To my relief, she said yes. She seemed to have forgiven me and we were able to chat nicely after that.

She sat on her bed while our eyes wandered around. The house was more like a small room. The floor and tables were dusty. I felt sad. Here was a UNESCO building and only the façade appeared to be in good shape. I wondered if she was receiving help from the government.

I took out my camera and turned on the video. She began telling about the house in a clear voice. Since I have already read from blogs most of what she told us about their home, I began asking her juicier questions. I asked about her lovelife, the answer to which she averted with poise. Hehe. I was just curious you know. She did mention about a son and about a sister she lived with. I forgot about the rest of what we talked about but before we left, we gave her something to help her out.  She never asked or made a hint to give her something in return. It’s just our own little way of thanking her for accommodating us warmly and somewhat of a  peace offering for accelerating her heartbeat. :P

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sea Air – Bringing Batanes Closer to Travelers

Sea Air, a local airline that heavily promotes leisure travel has launched a contest that will enable 7 winners to be part of their Batanes Bloggers Tour during its winter season  - where temperature can go as low as 7 degrees Celsius!!! As an adventurer and a no friss traveler, the mention of Batanes, with its promise of enthralling landscapes, activates a level of excitement in my bloodstream. As the northernmost province of the Philippines with its community of friendly, honest people living humbly in a unique bucolic setting this destination has and will perpetually mesmerize travelers.

To experience winter particularly in the Philippines is a dream adventure of mine. For some reason, cold weather makes me feel elated. The layers of clothing don’t bother me. I even went to great lengths of investing in apparels to better equip myself to cold weather. Having to grab of cup of coffee to warm up my body, makes me feel like a child who just picked up candy. I have traveled and experienced butt-numbing bus rides for a great adventures in places with cold weather like Sagada, Batad and Banaue.

I want to be part of this because aside from traveling, I love to share and write about my adventures. If in certain occasions I cannot write, I talk about it with an infectious level of excitement that I am able to influence the person I’m talking with to crave traveling.

If I win, I will be extremely grateful for the free airline tickets that Sea Air doesn’t even have to feed me or give me shelter. I just want to get there! I have slept in an airport, a cold pavement in a gasoline station, a scary motel in Surigao, slept in mountains during camping trips and slept soundly through thunderstorms. My optimistic outlook allows me to have kick-ass, fun-filled travels come what may. Though I have been to Batanes before, I haven’t had enough and I am practically on my knees for another opportunity to go back there on my dream season – winter!

I deserve to be part of  Sea Air's tour because no matter what happens during travel, I can be trusted to enjoy it to the fullest! I fell on a bridge while trekking in Mt. Kinabalu. I got knocked down for several seconds and when I opened my eyes and saw the look of shock of my companions, I just laughed away though my neck and back hurt. We managed to trek another hour around the park after that. I also incurred 7 stitches in a rock climbing accident in Wawa last year, and I managed to get down the mountain, devour a boodle feast with my friends before I was brought to the emergency room for my stitches. Even if the pain was strong enough to knock my breath on several occasions, I manage to laugh as I talk to the doctor and text away as he started with the minor operation. Several weeks after that, I flew to Busuanga with my friend and I was able to reach the top of Mt. Tapyas using one foot because my stitches have not been removed. Then the month after that, I climbed mt. Asog where my stitches incurred an infection because I had to crawl in mud. Suffice to say, nothing and no one can stop me from wandering!

Though I’ve been to many places and experienced a lot of exciting adventures, I became more aware of the fact that there is still more places I haven’t seen and this realization has only made me more humble. I don’t sneer at people who do not travel, I help fellow travelers as much as I can and I am open to gaining more knowledge from the places I go to or from the people I encounter. Aside from an open spirit, I seem to find ceaseless reasons to be happy about something even if not everything turns out well.

We are fortunate that we have airlines carriers such as Sea Air that allows people to safely go back to their far-flung hometowns faster or explore incredible places within the Philippines. Sea Air is a travelers’ access to a great adventure. Aside from Basco (Batanes) Sea Air also has flights from Manila to exciting destinations such as El Nido & Taytay (both in Palawan), Tablas (Romblon), and the illustrious Boracay. Both Tablas and Taytay are unusual destinations that arouses the curiosity of travelers. To know more about Sea Air, flight schedules or book a flight, log on to their website.  This is also where you can get pertinent travel information on Boracay, Batanes and Clark.

It is also advisable to Like their Fanpage on Facebook as they often have a lot of promotional activities where they give out plenty of prizes and enticing free trips such as this!

And since I am a big fan of sharing, here is how you can also get a chance to win in three easy steps
1. Log on to Facebook.
2. Like the Sea Air Fan Page
3. Go to their notes page, specifically this page to get the full details. :)

Ready to fly?!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Early Morning Visual Food Trip

When I am able to drag myself out of bed early in the morning – that’s before 5:00 a.m., I ralk. That’s my term for the kind of exercise I do – a bit of running and lots of walking! I used to like running on the pavement but I grew tired of it. Now I only want to do runs in the mountains or do a lot of hiking.

This morning, I was able to run at the the Maysilo circle in Mandaluyong where a lot of runners, joggers and walkers converge on a daily basis. I chose this area solely for its accessibility but it’s not my favorite place to have a relaxing run because of this one major detail. There’s too much food establishments along this route that a foodie like me find it very difficult to concentrate! I almost collided with another runner and in another instance against a tree because I kept looking at all the restaurants across the street. Though majority of them were still close, the signages and pictures fronting these establishments taunted the foodie in me. I was both perspiring from the run and drooling inside – imagining all the great food these places could offer. They also have interesting names like Momsy’s or Mama Atay’s. There’s also Soms Noodle House, Little Ongpin, Kazam’s Kebab, Kowloon West, Pan De Manila, Senior Pedro, Andok’s, Baliwag, this other chicken house which I forgot the name, Tapa King, a 24-Hour Shakey’s and MORE! You can spend an entire day along this area eating and still miss out a lot. There are also several spas and a 24 hour Thai Massage within the vicinity, plus a dozen popular fast food chains.

I only ran for a few minutes. I tried to regain focus by running after this guy in red like a bull. I think he may have slightly noticed I was chasing him but as long as he doesn't report me to the nearest police station, I don't care. I have no idea who he is or what he looks like. He was running faster than the others and I thought I could overtake him. I almost did but I felt myself giving up my little race. I was out of shape. I walked a bit and started feeling dizzy. I tried to regain my composure. There is no way I am fainting on this pavement surrounded with strangers. I began to feel normal after a few more minutes of walking.

I was able to do only 30 minutes of my so-called morning exercise which took away the stress I’m feeling on my back. I returned home feeling rejuvenated yet very much famished. Who wouldn’t be, the names of these restaurants were enough to spark my stomach into a feeding frenzy. I can sense a food expedition coming in the next couple of weeks. :P

Friday, October 29, 2010

Last Minute Climbing Trip in Gulugod Baboy, Batangas

This trip was back in 2007 when I was pretty new at organizing trips. Me and my friend finalized the venue like a day before we left. I have never been to the place and only found about it because a friend suggested it was a safe place for two crazy girls on a last minute mountain adventure.

My hiking buddy for that day is a good friend from HS who I trust with my life. It was her first mountain climbing trip and she had been wanting to try the sport. I had been hiking in mountains since college but I wasn’t an expert. I just love  the outdoors. I got the itinerary and information by researching from the web. (I love Google!)

We started trekking around 10:45 AM. Sun was high and there was no wind. I can still remember how humid it was. We didn’t see anyone else climbing and we almost missed the entry point to the mountain. We just laughed it off. In fact, laughter got us through all our misadventures that weekend. Less than an hour of trekking, Bitchay’s shoe – last used in HS when she played for our school’s volleyball team, gave up and she climbed the rest of the way barefooted! Way to go gal pal!

We reached the summit after 3 hours of trekking. We ran into a mountaineering group who invited us to camp with them but we felt shy to join them. We opted to go down the same day and check in at Phil Pan resort which is the nearest resort to the jump-off and a popular stop for mountaineers. On our way down the mountain, about 30 minutes on foot from the resort, we decided to hitch on a passing jeep. In it were three young guys. Hehe! They generously gave us a lift and we got down quickly.

When we reached Phil pan, we found out that the rate per night was higher than what we anticipated so we bargained with the owner. She was kind enough to help us out. She was intrigued with us because she normally sees huge groups of mountaineers but rarely two little ms. Sunshines.

Water Misadventure!
After showering and taking our dinner, we easily fell asleep. The following morning, we wandered around the area and reached another resort where we met a young male caretaker who let us borrow their kayaks for free! 

Thing was, I didn’t know shit about paddling but we had a great time anyway even if we wandered a bit far from the shore. We actually got caught in the current and started heading for the open waters where there were passing boats. We started yelling “Open water, open water! Helpp!”. 

Seeing that yelling would get us nowhere, we stopped panicking and thought of what to do. This I gotta hand it to Bitchay. She completely took over. She was at the back part and directed me where to paddle. I listened. I had to because we were at the open water already and the current was strong. Our tandem effort worked and we reached the shore safely. We immediately returned the kayak after that and made our way back to Phil Pan but before we got back to our resort, we saw some tractors and had our pictorials there. I’ve always had a thing for heavy machinery. One of my dreams is to drive either a tractor, backhoe or a bulldozer. Haha!

After that, we dined at an eatery before we returned to where we checked in.
The rest of the day went by – me and Bitchay laughing and talking all the way. We again ran into the group we met at the mountain the day before and we hanged out with them for a few minutes. Then we had to pack and head home. This definitely boils down as one of the best adventures I’ve experienced because of the company I was with and now, I am so happy to announce that my gal pal, is embarking on another adventure – with me and her special guy to the most awesome adventure ever - her journey to the altar. 

Congratulations gal pal! 

Getting started with kayaking :P

Saturday, October 23, 2010

My Dream Baguio Trip

I terribly miss Baguio’s cold, gloomy weather. Last time I was there was last April 2010 when I participated at a trail run event organized by The North Face. I was with my favorite trail running buddies. I was also able to meet with a friend who now resides in Baguio and currently running his own bar with his brother – former football playmates of mine. My friend took me to Oh My Gulay, a restaurant that serves vegetarian meals amidst a cozy setting of  plants and old furnitures.

Well, I’ve always had fond memories of Baguio. Me and my mom used to go there a lot back when we were monitoring the renovation of our property there. We never lived in it. It was given to my dad as payment for his services as a financial adviser or something and we sold it during hard times. Since I was not into backpacking back then, I never had the chance to roam alone and explore it for myself.  Even when I got older, Baguio was always a destination with friends.

Now I want to go back to Baguio and embark on a solo adventure. I don’t think I’d get lonely because Baguio’s awfully crowded lately.

I also want to check out Bencab Museum which spiked my curiosity when my friend found this painting of a woman who  looks eerily  a lot like me and posted it on his Facebook and tagged me. I hope the painting’s still there when I drop by.

I wish I can go this weekend but I really can’t. For now, I am sharing you my itinerary. Perhaps, you would want to try this as well. Happy Traveling!

Information Sources:


2011 On My Mind

2010’s barely over but I am already setting new goals for myself for 2011.
  • Have a podium finish at a trail running event. Hehe!
  • Compete in a 50 KM Trail running event.
  • Reach the summit at the Kinabalu Climbathon. When I joined for the first time back in 2009, I was able to reach as far as KM 6 which is 2.72KM away from the summit. Though I still had strength to continue, we were not allowed to proceed because I did not make it to the cut-off time. For 2011, I hope to be a finisher.
I really hope and pray that when I read this again some time in the future that I have accomplished these all. : )

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Baguio Travel Information + Itinerary

Hola! I'm sharing some Baguio travel information I researched for a friend who’s going on a budget date to Baguio. :) 

Disclaimer : All information provided are based from online research and what I read from trip advisor. I have documented all information sources as well. 

How to Get to Baguio 
Visit this link to get the schedules and fares of Victory Liner buses going to Baguio. Victory Liner is a favorite of many travelers as it has numerous trips and terminals from Manila. Fare coming from the Cubao Terminal is 445 Pesos (one way). Victory Liner also offers Deluxe buses, supposedly more comfortable but I've never tried it as it's more expensive (715 Pesos). I never had problems with the regular aircon buses so I'd like to think I'm not missing much. 

Where to Eat
1Oh My Gulay –romantic vibe, artsy restaurant – near KFC Session Road; Price of Food : 200 Pesos/Meal (with Drinks); Tip: Upo ka sa pinakataas kasi maganda sunset dito. Tska romantic atmosphere.hehe; Type of Food : Vegetarian;
Address : Top Floor, La Azotea Bldg., Session Road, Baguio City, Benguet

2. 50’s Diner Address: 92 Upper General Luna Road, Corner Brent Road, Baguio City: 
Contact Person : Toni Candelaria at 09166595555 Price range: P65-230 per person
How To Get To 50’s Diner, Baguio City - From Session Road, take Leonard Wood Road ;  easy to spot the restaurant at the intersection of General Luna St., Brent Rd., and Leonard Wood Road
    3. O' Mai Khan – must eat in Baguio according to Trip Advisor reviews; They serve Mongolian Buffet for 200 pesos
Address : 12 Otek St | Rizal Park, Baguio, Luzon, Philippines
Number (074) 442 5885

For more top pick restaurants of Trip Advisor travelers in Baguio, check out this link.

Cheap Accommodation in Baguio:
1.Hotel 45 - near SM Baguio
Address : 58 Session Road, Baguio
Wifi Access - stronger lobby area
*There are 2 Hotel 45 in Baguio.
The other one is  located here: Newer and more quiet (based from visitors feedbacks)
Bagong Bayan St., Brgy. Salud Mitra
Baguio City
(with country and area code) Tel. #: 63-74-4466306; 3042963
Cell #: 0917-7008805
Rate : 1,300-1,600 per night
Check out reviews here.

2. Hotel Veniz – the best budget hotel in Baguio according to Trip Advisor reviews; near Burnham Park;there's Mc Do here and a grocery
Address : One Abanao St., Baguio City 2600, Philippines
Rate : 1295 pesos (good for two);
Phone: (63) (74) 446 0700 to 03
Cellphone: +63 0917 506 0701
Telefax: (63) (74) 446 0704
Email:  hotelvenizbaguio@yahoo.com
Call our toll free number: (02) 871-1510 (Manila)

Information Sourced from  Hotel Veniz
Day 1 :
Arrival in Baguio
Breakfast at Cordillera Café
Check in at Hotel Veniz
1:00 PM –Walk Near hotel Vicinity
Dinner at : Oh My Gulay or O’ Mai Khan

Day 2 :
Naguilian Area:
(Sights) Lourdes Grotto, Easter Weaving Room, Tam-awan Village, Wood Carvers Village, BenCab Museum
 (optional: add 4 hours) plus Asin Hot Springs, Nangalisan River
(Duration) 4 hours - 1 day: sightseeing, shopping, picnic meals, swimming

Day 3 :
Camp John Hay Area:
(Sights) Historical Core, History Trail, Eco Trail, Bell House, Bell Ampitheater, Scout Hill, Shalan di Kabadjo, Igorot Garden, Butterfly Sanctuary, Mini Golf, Golf, Driving Range
(Shopping) Mile-Hi Center
(Optional: add 4 more hours) Philippine Military Academy, Balatoc Mine Tour
(Duration) 4 hours - 1 day: includes sightseeing, nature hiking trails, shopping, golf, arcade games, meals

Other Places to Visit in Baguio
1.Tam-awan Village  - From city proper, you can ride a taxi going here. Around 70-100 pesos ang fare. They also have a cafe, museum and a gallery.
Entrance Fees :
Adult : 50 pesos/each
Open: 8AM-6PM

2. BenCab Museum
Address: KM 6 Asin Road, Tuba, Benguet
Number : (74) 442-7165
Website : BenCab Museum
Taxi: 15-minute drive from Baguio City center.
Public transport: Jeep to Asin from jeepney terminal near Baguio market
Museum hours:
Open daily except Mondays, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day
from 9:00am to 6:00pm (last entry at 5:30pm)

Admission to the Museum:
General: PHP 100.00

For other great suggestions on where to go around Baguio, visit the following links : 
Travelog Philippines
Travelling Dork

(Post updated October 2012)

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