Posts Tagged ‘travel’
The next time we travel as a family, I will make sure to buy camp labels to be used in my kids’ gears, clothing and other travel thingies. I get irritated when they frequently call my name and asked for their things. That’s also the problem when the kids are too lazy to bring their own luggage. Their stuff are all stack in one big luggage carried by their dad. And there goes the confusion. Their stuff are all mixed up.
I’m sure going to find that labels next time.
What keeps me too much drawn to Baguio City is not actually the tourist attractions, but the beautiful panorama that seems never to change all year round. Blooming flowers and greens are over parks. Would you believe that sunflowers are aplenty on the sidewalks and on the slopes of a cliff. I believed they’re the wild variety of the sunflowers. The blooms are smaller, yet so ever radiant in yellows.
Visiting one park to another, pretty landscapes of flower beds will greet you just like here in the Good Shepherd Convent. Flowers and plants are nothing special. But, the cold weather makes those flora and fauna ever so pretty in the sense they all come alive!
They looked like plastics! Leaves are ever so green, flowers are ever so radiant in their colors!
Everything seems pretty all around. The reason why I love staying in the city. Oh! 3-5 days at the most please. Beyond that, I am gonna miss the heat in my hometown
July is about to end. More than halfway through the year. Few more months it shall be Christmas time again. Time for gifts. I so love receiving pressies.
I am all set for writing my wishlist for the holidays.
- Travel with the family this November or December.
- A whole new 6-seater round table with Lazy Susan in the middle. I am willing to trade off my oval table
- Oh. Yes. Buy me a nice dress in time for the holidays. A one shoulder red sheer chiffon, pretty please.
- For my techie wish, I am seriously checking up a tablet pc online. Will somebody so sweet hear my pleas?
Is it too early for Christmas wishes? I think not. As the old aphorism goes, “Early bird catches too many seeds”.
Spare me for posting on most of my blogs our recent Baguio City trip. Baguio is such an awesome place to visit every now and then. Much as the colder climate is one that can’t be missed, I take pride that Baguio is such a romantic place.
A friend asked me, “How was the place? I am considering if I would let my son enroll in Manila or in Baguio.” My quick reply was, Baguio creates an ENIGMA, every tourists wanting to get back from time to time. The small city is quiter, MORE SAFER TO WALK BY IN THE PARKS, there’s traffic, of course, one that can give a headache but not migraine^_^. The place is conducive to learning. Hence, large volume of the students came from the neighboring northern provinces. There’s also studes coming from as far as Bulacan and Laguna. They crawl SLU’s (Saint Louis University) more than 20k population of students. There’s UC (University of the Cordilleras) where foreign exchange students do prefer. And, oh, haven’t anybody noticed the many Koreans living in the city? And, there’s UP, too (University of the Philippines), where daughter got admitted in 2008 as a Biology student by way of UPCAT. She’s now in her senior year. (big?)
And, so much enjoying her Baguio stay. Even though she had lost an older model of Nokia phone last year and ONLY RECENTLY (July 7th, that is) she lost her laptop at her boarding house. Whew! Culprit was never found although police came investigating the “theft”. Another “charge to experience” thingy.
And, while we were at it…we did some minute touring here and there, whenever the rain permits us to do so…even doing my last stop at the Baguio public market…
This is the main alley of the market. The green polycarbonate shed makes the market ambiance a more convenient place to shop for Baguio “veggies” and “pasalubongs”…
Er, I seldom bought items there… prices were much higher…there are more shops inside the market which offer lower prices…one needs to explore and be patient…
I was looking for my favorite Baguio bloom and here at Hilltop, where one can find vendors selling an assortment of wares. Name an item you wanted to find, its there…and much CHEAPER.
Ain’t those roses too beautiful to resist? They’re in the deepest REDS. I’m sure they’re pricier when they reach Dangwa or some florist shop in malls.
Here’s one store inside the market where two blocks of shops cater to flower buyers only…the small alleyway sans muddy floor was reminiscent of a perfumery section in malls ^_^.
Who wouldn’t fall in love and be amazed at these odd YELLOW-ORANGE buds who would turn magically into a RED BLOOM. Hay! I wanted to stay longer and be captivated when all those buds opened up!
Forgive my poor mind for not Googling over the name of those pretty buds…I can only stand in awe!
After cooling off the magic cast by the flower shops, something delicious caught my senses…a bevy of rice cakes…YAY! I couldn’t control my drooling…bought some “sapin sapin”, “bibingka cassava”, and “biko”…got 2 slices each for P10/slice. We brought the “putos” at the nearby Burnham Park and served as our breakfast. Sweet!
And, oh, the market stroll was not over until catching a glimpse of these different cacti selling under the foot bridge beside Maharlika Livelihood Complex. Highest price for the potted arrangement was P120. Way cheaper than those found at Mine’s View Park.
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Last stop of the Baguio weekend. The little miss were too eager to have a rendezvous at the bikes at Burnham Park. So, off we go on a morning hike at the famed park. Better hurry, rain always spoiled the day at the city…
Newest addition just this year (it was not there at last year’s Panagbenga) was this cool cemented trellis entrance at the children’s playground. Burnham Park’s beauty really shine during these wet season. Even wet and muddy, the park still attract morning visitors.
Good thing it was a rainless morning. The little miss had much time to rent-a-bike…there’s the “ate”, as the passenger ^_^
Fun and play…
Even the not-so-biggie kids joined in for some photo ops:)
While I busy myself for capturing pretty odd rock carvings…
…and, pretty pink zinnias (?)
Then, after snacking on “puto” (rice cakes), we bought at the public market, we rested our asses and feet at this bench overlooking the pond, er, the boating area…
…whatever…the boaters, even oblivious of the gloomy and imminent downpour, couldn’t care less. They’re enjoying the ride. We missed ours!
Aside from this park, we also visited BenCab Museum.
We stumbled up on a huge Bayo sale
We did enjoyed some photo ops @America in 3D
And, we had free pizza @Yellow Cab
Whew! What a rainy but fun weekend. Wished I had brought Inspirational Quotes for me to read.
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Traveling east of our province, Nueva Ecija, Gabaldon is the town next to Laur. Only 30minutes drive from our rural town, Bongabon.
Hubs sibs were complete and after few texting when shall we go picnicking , it was decided to spend R&R here at Leivy-Lance Resort in Barangay Paltoc, Gabaldon Nueva Ecija. We made a reservation for a nipa hut cottage costing P1500, huge cottage which can accommodate 30 peeps. The place is a complete package for the enjoyment of the whole family. Check out photos of the kids playing endlessly and joyfully. Check this post also on how to get to the town of Gabaldon.
We toured the rented rooms/villas. Big villa is P5 k/ 22 hours and can accommodate up to 15 persons. Smaller villa costing P3500 can accommodate up to 10 persons.
quirky nice way to welcome guests at the villa…
Truly worth an R&R…
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