Originally, I was supposed to spend my birthday in Seoul. The round trip tickets I bought back in March, my visa requirements ready for submission, hotel booked, itinerary done. Then stuff happened. Ganun talaga. So from Seoul, I ended up spending my birthday weekend in Baguio! I was thinking of going to the beach but December naman daw, and masayang pumunta ng Baguio in December kasi malamig, sabi ng GBFF ko (gay best friend forever). Okay, siya na nasunod kahit ako may birthday, lol.
This I would say is my most low key birthday celebration because it did not involve going to the airport, taking the plane and having an elaborate itinerary for the next couple of days. So, our goal for the weekend was to go to places in Baguio that we have never visited yet. Maiba naman, ganun.
We left Manila at around 3 in the morning and arrived Baguio City proper at roughly around 8am. We looked for a hotel, had breakfast and took some much needed nap since all three of us were dead tired from all the traveling – we all know how to drive so we all did our part driving from Manila to Baguio, hashtag teamwork, lol.
All of the places we went to this weekend were all thanks to Google, Google Maps and Waze. Thank you internet gods. We started with this:
This is Benguet’s version of favela paintings in Brazil. It took us a bit of a while to look for this place, we were looking for a massive hillside full of painted houses, mainly because it looked so much promising in photos, lol.
Since it was already past lunchtime, our next stop was the Ili-likha Village. It doesn’t look much from the outside, but don’t be fooled.
It’s like the food parks that we have in Manila, but it’s designed like a tree house, where you have to either go up or down the stairs to visit the many cute hole-in-walls. I highly recommend visiting this place, and not just to eat, but to also take a look at the design of the place itself, and the many things you will see inside.
Before heading to our next stop, we dropped by the church, thankful for so many things, and because 2016 was epic!!
Our last stop was Baguio Country Club’s Christmas Village. Obviously, this one is for kids, so don’t expect too much out of it, oki. Buti nalang we didn’t expect anything since we had no idea what’s inside, lol.
Since our place is right across Burnham Park, dinner was at one of the many food stalls around the area while going around the ukay-ukays.
We actually all slept a little early that night, because we are old people, hahaha.
The only place left on our agenda was going to the old Diplomat Hotel, because wala lang.
It was not scary at all, or maybe because it was 10 in the morning. There was nothing to see actually. Oh well.
Hindi ko din gets bakit may creepy standee at the entrance.
We had lunch at Ketchup Community, then for our final meal before heading back to Manila, we dropped by Batirol for some hot choco and bibingka!
This year, I am still at a loss on where I would want to spend my birthday. But just like every year, things will happen the way it should happen, so I’m not too stressed about it. 😀