|The most-awaited road trip for the gang|
We didn't get the non-stop bus with the lavatory. But most of the buses are air-conditioned and some have Wi-Fi access. Our bus is going to make two stops en route to Baguio.
Our stops were made in Tarlac. Tarlac is a depressing place. Everywhere you look you will see endless barren and green fields. It reminds me of Farmville and one of those B-rated horror movies.
Anyway, we thought it's gonna be a 6-hour trip (inclusive of 2 stops) but we were wrong. We crossed the Baguio border by 2:05 pm (making it a total of 7 hours) complete with fuzzy headaches and upset stomachs.
|Chilly February weather at 2pm|
When we get off the bus, we were greeted by a breath of cool air, as if we are facing the AC. Taxis in Baguio are not air-conditioned and are in FXs/Tamaraws version. Since most of the taxis will not take the six of us, a kind man with a van offered to take us to La Brea Inn in Session Road for a P100. It's just a 10-minute ride from the terminal to the inn.
Back then, tourists can still smell the scent of pines. Now, the tourists are greeted by the whisper of cold air. Nevertheless, I love the climate in the city. People wear jackets, hoodies and knitted caps. A good excuse to wear scarves, woolen beanies and one of those dorky yet cute Japanese-inspired character hats.
|View from our room|
|The heart of the metropolis|
During our first day in Baguio, we immediately head to Burnham Park for a quick stroll and start enjoying our vacay, the express way.
|Goofing around Burnham Park|
|Lots of students are hanging out at the park|
|Afternoon boat ride at the murky lagoon|