Few months ago, we planned to have a family trip to Baguio City to celebrate my parents' 40th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, a month before their anniversary, my father was hospitalized, hence, the trip was cancelled. We just went to Sorsogon, a three-hour car ride away from our Naga City home.
I was very “atat” to go to Baguio so, I made it happen but instead of going there with the whole fam (my parents, siblings and nieces/nephews), I went there with just my husband and daughter and her yaya. It was a less than a week preparation. That’s the good thing about going to a place via bus, you don’t need to book a flight months in advance. The fare is constant unlike airfare.
I booked our bus tickets two days prior our departure. I think it’s still advisable to buy tickets in advance especially if you’re travelling with kids. Iba talaga pag may kasamang bata. Everything must be planned and considered. “Bahala na” is a big no-no. So, for the first time, I made a very detailed, child-friendly itinerary.
We left Manila at exactly 6:00 am via Victory Liner. Unexpectedly, my daughter barfed several times and kept on saying, “Mom, my tummy hurts.” It was her first time to feel sick during travel. And that made me feel worried and made my husband very very very worried. He even googled HOSPITALS IN BAGUIO. We are OA parents. I know. We haven’t improved in that department yet. Fortunately, she got better. We arrived in Baguio at around 12 noon. The hotel check-in time was 2PM so we first had our lunch at Good Taste.
It was my first time to eat at Good Taste. I just learned about it in the internet. So, I did not expect that there was a queue before you can enter the restaurant, and it would take them more than 30 minutes to serve the food. That’s how jam-packed the restaurant was. Their servings were also unexpectedly hefty and cheap. As to the taste, I have to be honest, the taste was good, but not exceptional. Kaya siguro Good Taste ang pangalan ng resto hindi Excellent taste. Lol. But definitely, our dining experience was worth the wait.
From Good Taste, we went straight to Forest Lodge Hotel. It was located at Camp John Hay. I really preferred a hotel outside of the center of the city. You know, I wanted to chill. I wanted to commune with nature. And Forest Lodge did not disappoint.
At around 5pm, Baby C, Ate Ma and I went out, and explored the area while my husband slept. We were supposed to go to Burnham Park but our commute to Baguio made him very tired. I did not insist because after all, we went there to relax.
We did not go out for dinner, and just ate the leftover food from Good Taste.
The following day was our "gala" day. We woke up at around 6 am, and had our breakfast. The hotel room rate that we paid did not include breakfast so, we ate at Tapa King which was just a few steps away from the hotel.
At around 9 am, we started the Baguio “tour.”
Our first stop
Then we dropped by the church near Botanical.
It was drizzling, so instead of going to Wright Park, we had our early lunch at Ketchup Food Community, across Wright Park. Our first choice was Canto Restaurant but it was full, and we did not want to fall in line again. So, we ended up eating at Rancho. The food was so-so.
Then, we went to Wright Park. Baby C was scared to ride a horse. Actually, she was scared of horses. So, we just let Ate Ma had her first horseback riding experience.
Mines View park
We had our dinner at 50s Diner. I have heard so much about it so, we tried it out. I thought it was at par with Biggs, a 50s styled restaurant in Naga City. However, I was wrong. Without bias, the food at Biggs was better. But, the price of food at 50s Diner was cheaper. Borrowing the tagline of Burger King, taste is king.
On our last day, we went to Baguio Market. I wanted to buy vegetables, walis tambo, longganisa and whatnot but my husband thwarted the idea. “Mag bubus lang tayo. May kasama tayong bata blah blah blah.” So, we just bought pasalubong (lengua de gato and ube jam), ate breakfast and went back to the hotel. We rested a bit, checked out and went back to Manila.We all had fun and we are all looking forward to our next travel.
Bus Fare P2,700 (450x3)
Taxi Fare 698
Good Taste 700
Tapa King 630
horseback Riding 200
Snacks (corn/water) 205
Boat Ride 250 (tip included)
50s Diner 700
Forest Lodge 7000 (2 nights)