Day 1: The City Of Pines

April 21: Day 1

On the road to…2 kids and a

2 kids and a “baby”!

Baguio!Hello Baguio!

Just had to take this mandatory shot before setting foot at Kennon Road.

And we meet again Mr. Lion!The lion head!

My Baguio trip won’t be complete without having a picture of Mr. Lion. Lol.

Since Max, our teacup Pomeranian, was with us, I had to look for a place that is pet-friendly and can accommodate 8 people (that’s us!) comfortably. My option was to look for a reputable transient house. Good thing I remembered that my former neighbor has a place that’s being rented out up in Baguio. I negotiated with her, checked the pictures and closed the deal.

Transient House

This was our lodging at Upper Phil-Am Homes. The place has 3-Bedrooms, 1-T&B, fully equipped kitchen, gated, round the clock caretaker and a spacious backyard where you can grill. Not bad!

Upon unloading our things, we went straight to Burnham Park for the kids’ boat ride. The park was less than 10 minutes away from our lodging.Burnham Park

The last time we where here, our kids weren’t able to try this.Burnham Park

While waiting for their boat.

Boat ride

Ralph and Ella with their chaperones. So, who will row the boat now?

Burnham Park Lake is a man-made “lake” about 10ft deep located at the center of the park where you can rent boats priced at Php100.00 for 30 minutes. You can row your own boat or hire a rower and pay an additional Php50.00 for 30 minutes.

Nothing to do while waiting for everyone so, here we are… Just smiling for the camera. 😉
The boys

The boys: Chuckie, Daddy Henry and Max.

Chuckie and Me

A walk smile in the park

We also bought fresh strawberries being peddled around Burnham Park for only Php150.00 a kilo. By 6pm, the price dropped to Php100.00 a kilo! Whatta bargain!Fresh Strawberries

And this is Max getting really bored… Like a boss!Max

We were welcomed by a heavy downpour in the evening while hearing mass inside Baguio Cathedral. And since the relentless rain seemed like it would go on forever, we decided to just buy some food to-go and take it back home. We couldn’t even grill because of the rain. We eventually just called it a night right after dinner.

Quick Facts

How to get there by land:
1.) Kennon Road starts at Rosario, La Union and winds upwards through a narrow, steep valley.

2.) Aspiras-Palispis Highway (previously known as Marcos Highway) starts in Agoo, La Union and connects to Palispis Highway, at the boundary of Benguet and La Union Provinces.

3.) Naguilian Road (or known as Quirino Highway) starts in Bauang, La Union.
Source: Wikipedia

Weather:
Baguio is 8 degrees Celsius lower compared to the average temperature of the rest of the country. Average temperature ranges from 15 to 23 degrees Celsius.
*The coldest temperature we experienced was 16 degrees Celsius during our first night.

Clothing:
Jacket, umbrella, cap and probably a scarf when touring Baguio in the early mornings or late evenings. You may wear casual clothes like t-shirts, shorts, or similar types during the afternoon.

Transportation:
Jeepneys and taxis.

To be continued

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