Around Baguio in 30 hours (more or less), part 1

I really had no intention of traveling in the early part of 2013. But since I won a hotel voucher during our company’s Christmas party and hubby wanted to use it before summer comes, we planned our Baguio trip for March 8 to 9.

Truth be told, I was feeling kinda Purita Kalaw that time, so it was quite a challenge to budget the trip. We had to forgo a few nice-to-haves (except the resto that I wanted to eat at, more on that later) and stuck with a plan that allowed us to enjoy what the city had to offer.

So here’s part 1 of our Baguio experience, which basically covers our arrival in the city and at the hotel. More or less the first 5 hours of our trip.  Part 2 (and probably a part 3) will tackle on the places we visited during our 30-hour-or-so Baguio mini-holiday.

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We arrived at Victory Liner Cubao Station before our scheduled trip at 3 AM. Hubby decided to sleep through most of the drive to Baguio.

Believe it or not, it's our first time to travel out of town, just the two of us. We call this our honeymoon, almost 5 years in the making.

Believe it or not, it’s our first time to travel out of town, just the two of us. We call this our honeymoon, almost 5 years in the making.

Three stopovers and 6 hours later, we arrived at the bus station, which was near Microtel.

Ack, hindi talaga ako nilubayan ng trabaho, hahaha!

Ack, hindi talaga ako nilubayan ng trabaho, hahaha!

I have no idea why, but we decided to walk from Victory Liner to Burnham Park. Lack of sleep leads to poor decision making, trust me.

Playing around with the statues of Bakahan at Manukan.

Playing around with the statues of Bakahan at Manukan.

Here's hubby and his friends.

Here’s hubby and his friends.

After a few minutes, we arrived at Session Road (that was quite a walk!).

After a few minutes, we arrived at Session Road (that was quite a walk!).

We walked to the overpass near Tiong San via Session Road and made our way to Burnham Park.

The lake in the middle of Burnham Park.

The lake in the middle of Burnham Park.

Sunflowers! And I mean real ones.

Sunflowers! And I mean real ones.

Recommended by a colleague: Strawberry Taho.

Recommended by a colleague: Strawberry Taho.

Hubby actually loved it.

Just noticed that the taho’s colors matched his shirt and headphones. Interesting.

Since we knew that the Strawberry Taho won’t last us until lunchtime, we chose to grab some heavy breakfast at the nearest food place… Chowking.

Kinailangan pa talagang mag-Baguio para makakain ng Congee. Naman!

Kinailangan pa talagang mag-Baguio para makakain ng Congee. Naman!

It was still too early to check in at the hotel, so we decided to scour the former Bayanihan Hotel after brekkie. Wow, 3 floors and 4 hours of ukay-ukay galore, imagine that.

Guerilla photography, with hubby's not-too-hidden camera.

Guerilla photography, with hubby’s not-too-hidden camera.

We spent enough time in Bayanihan — enough to be able to check-in at the place we’re staying at.

Lucky to have won a voucher for an overnight stay at this hotel.

Lucky to have won a voucher for an overnight stay at this hotel.

Baguio Burnham Suites is along Kisad Road, directly facing Burnham Park.

View of the hotel from Kisad Road corner Shanum Street.

View of the hotel from Kisad Road corner Shanum Street.

The guys at the reception are pretty busy.

The guys at the reception are pretty busy.

The on-site restaurant, Azzurro.

The on-site restaurant, Azzurro.

We were booked for a stay at the hotel’s Deluxe Queen room on the 3rd floor.

The door! Wala lang.

I think hubby felt woozy upon seeing the bed. Apologies for the blurry photos.

I think hubby felt woozy upon seeing the bed. Apologies for the blurry photos.

Me, him, and the bathroom.

Me, him, and the bathroom.

The view from the window. Our room had no balcony.

The view from the window. Our room had no balcony.

It was 2 PM, and we haven’t had lunch. We decided to go to the place that was considered the “non-negotiable” in our itinerary. But that story will have to wait.

Part 2: the next 2 hours, at Hill Station.

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