The last time I was in Baguio, it was a quick trip with my family. I don’t even remember how old I was then. I’m pretty sure about one thing though, SM Baguio was already up the last time I was there. So when the boyfriend’s Manresa barkada organized a trip on January 21 to 23, I was totally game. The group was composed of couples–seven pairs to be exact.
We left Alabang before 5AM and was already in NLEX to meet up with two couples, Nikki + Berns and Kat + Pat. We arrived before daybreak, hence we got to have a quick breakfast at Burger King. We were in Baguio by noon via Marcos Highway and after unloading our bags and picking rooms, the boys left to buy food–and buy groceries.
Baguio weather is so nice. It was sunny. But the breeze was chilly. I wish we could have this weather in Manila! We didn’t leave the house on our first day, tired from the long drive.
We played games, drank wine, slept and watched TV. I discovered a lot of cool group games that I should definitely purchase soon! One of them is Guesstures. It’s basically like a charade but this one has a clapper where you put four cards (each card containing two words you have to act out for your team to guess) in a small slot on top of it.
It has a timer so when your team fails to guess the first card, it’ll drop inside the clapper and you have to move on to the second card. Once your team guesses the correct word, you have to pull it out otherwise it won’t count. It’s such a frantic game–we couldn’t get enough of it! 😀
But of course, the girls won! The set came with this paper trophy–so cool! Haha. “In yo face, boys!”
We also played another game, though I forgot the name–boo. It’s more up my alley, you see. It comes with a dice and little lists. The dice has a letter each per side. You roll the dice and whichever letter shows up, you have to list down whatever’s required on the list that starts with the said letter. For example, the letter that shows up is “G” and one item in the list requires a “farm animal”, you can then write down “goose” or “geese”. If you’re familiar with the old school PANTS (places, animals, names, etc) game, then you’re good to go. The key here is to find a word that you think is so uncommon your competitor won’t think about so you get points. If someone answers “goose” or “geese” as well, you don’t get any point. Oh, I wish I could remember what’s that game ’cause I want it for myself. 😀
We drank outside the comfort of a warm and cozy living room ’cause we want to shiver in the cold like that. Nah. Haha.
We all fell asleep before Mina + Dinoh and Nelsie + Gabby arrived. So sorry. But we did wake up early enough to prepare a bangin’ breakfast. And because everybody was up before breakfast was served, it was complete bedlam in the kitchen!
The girls took charge of the pancakes, which was a complete mess because the electric stove took so long to heat up. With two boxes of pancakes to cook and only one pan, we were making pancakes even after breakfast. Good thing we finished the batter we prepared though–it had chunks of bananas in it. Yum!
After breakfast, we headed out and had lunch at Cantinetta. We were informed that it will take an hour to get our food ready. Everybody was okay with that since we really didn’t have any plans that day so some of us stepped out, bought coffee and had a smoke in the restaurant’s cute porch.
Here’s another group shot, without the boyfriend, outside the restaurant. Cantinetta is in Camp John Hay, by the way. It’s beside Starbucks, an uphill walk from the Mile-Hi Center. We stopped by the Mile-Hi Center to buy some pasalubong, in case we don’t get to go to Good Shepherd the next day.
We went to The Manor afterwards for a caffeine fix. Well, most of them had coffee. I didn’t ’cause I already consumed a latte before lunch. There were cabbages hanging above doorways–I guess it’s for good luck? We were there on January 22, and perhaps they were preparing for the Chinese New Year.
We went home after an hour or so. We were first to arrive so we had to wait for the others to arrive since they had the keys. It was super cold! I was shivering like crazy, my teeth were chattering. I seriously sounded like a woodpecker. Haha.
We played another round of Guesstures. The boys won this time around. Oh well. We had to keep our boyfriends happy, so that’s that. Hahaha. Wait, did I just sound like a sore loser there? Oops. Can’t help it, I’m pretty competitive. :p
The next morning, the group went on separate escapades. Mina + Dinoh and Nelsie + Gabby left the house early to pick up the raisin bread they ordered at this bakeshop in The Manor.
Then Babe and I, Gian + Reign and Nico + Mitch went to Mines View Park. We wanted to show them around since Gian and Nico are just here in Manila for a short vacation. They’ll be flying back to Canada and Singapore in a couple of weeks.
We had the boys wear traditional outfits. They were too cute. Everybody was watching three grown men don this ridiculously loud costume and do this funny warrior-like stance. 😀
We went to Good Shepherd afterwards. We were surprised at how efficient the system has become. Plus they accept credit cards now. Although I don’t think they know how to operate it because when I tried using my card, the lady said there was an “error”. Somebody said my card must have been maxed out, which was impossible because I know I still had five digits worth of credit left. In fact, I was able to use my card the next day at twice the amount of my purchases in Good Shepherd.
We went to Burnham Park afterwards because we wanted to eat some good ‘ol street food. Too bad we didn’t find any. I’m not sure if we were walking around the wrong side of the park or if we were a wee bit early. Perhaps they start grilling at night?
The park was pretty packed so we didn’t stay longer than 30 minutes there. Besides, we were meeting the rest of the group at some gas station.
Since we had work the next day, we all decided to have dinner in Baguio. We need not go far since there was a Pancake House branch at the gas station. 😀
It was a nice, relaxing weekend in Baguio. Even though the city’s changed and they’re looking more like Manila with every day that goes by, nothing beats the Baguio weather fo’ sure.