Summer Family Vacay @ CJH Part 2

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In my previous post, I already have toured you in our spacious suite. Now, I will tell you about our second and last day in The Manor @ Camp John Hay.   After getting disappointed because I wasn’t able to use the jacuzzi at the Health Club, we decided to go back to the room and take a shower.

We had a problem with the toilet because the one that we have in the bedroom is clogged.  Unfortunately, the water basin didn’t flush so we had to go to the smaller toilet in the living room and we have to wait for our turn if needed.  That was uncomfortable on our part.

After packing our stuff and getting dressed up, we headed to the restaurant.  Oh yes, everytime we have a staycation or in a press trip, I always look forward to the buffet breakfast.  Before we entered  Le Chef, we were able to clear things out with the additional charges with the staff and I already have asked the hotel about it prior to our arrival and everything was settled.  There were plenty of tables inside but we opted to sit outside where we can see the beauty of God’s work.

It’s a good thing that they had corned beef, hashbrowns and chicken sausages at that time.  I was quite pleased with what I have chosen. The hot congee and sweets made it perfect.  I didn’t go for coffee that morning; instead, I settled for pineapple juice.

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My youngest just tried the sweets but my other kids had taho– this is a breakfast ritual for them eveytime they are in Baguio.

Hubby picked fruits as usual.

Out of 5 stars, I would give 4 to their buffet breakfast.

After we filled out our tummies, we went for a walk around the area.  We decided to spend the rest of the hours there because we will be checking out in a while.  The kids were amazed of the animal statues, park and mini playground.

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We were enjoying our walk outside and we didn’t want to go back to the room yet but we had to because we had to get ready for check out 😦  I got a letter when we got back to the room, reminding me that we had to leave before 12nn.

I had no issue with the check-out.  Kudos to the hotel staff!

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Check-out was hassle-free.  Thanks to the staff!

So, another sad part is this:  we had to walk with our suitcases and other luggages from the hotel entrance to Ayala Technohub where we looked for a place to eat, but unfortunately, the restaurants were jampacked with people.  Luckily, there was a vacant table @ Pizza Volante.

Here’s my rating for The Manor:

3.5 stars

Should I come back?  Not sure.

Would I recommend it?  See and experience for yourself, haha! If ever you would, bring your own car.

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TBIP’s Microtel Baguio Review 2017

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When we go to the Summer Capital of the Philippines, we always pass by Microtel Inn & Suites in Upper Session Road.   I couldn’t help but to notice the cute blue structure next to Te Quiero Tapas & Bar Restaurant and Victory Liner.  It was just recently that I discovered that there is a shortcut from Te Quiero leading to Victory Liner Bus Terminal.

We traveled last month via Joy Bus because I thought that Victory Liner doesn’t have De Luxe so I didn’t bother to check.  (That was actually my fault!)  From the drop off point, we had to get a cab to bring us to the hotel (which was more of a hassle).  I was contacted by the reservations staff few days before we travel and I told them that our arrival will be around 9am, but because we had the non-stop bus, we have reached Baguio City at 7:30am.  There were no available rooms yet so I just settled the full payment and we just left the luggages in the front desk.  After few hours of strolling in Burnham Park and Botanical Garden, we went back at 1pm and luckily, we got a room. 

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Because we were dead tired when we checked in, I wasn’t able to take photos of our 2 Queen Beds Room.  As the name already describes, the room has two queen beds and a daybed.  I inspected the bathroom– it was ok, there were free toiletries but the shampoo was too small and obviously it wasn’t enough for all of us there.  I couldn’t help but to compare it to the other hotels we’ve checked in before.  If there is a kid or another person, he or she would be included in the toiletries.  On Day 1, we only had two toothbrushes.  We just bought another one in a pharmacy near the hotel the following morning.

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On our Day 2, we left the room unorganized, with towels, clothes and pairs of shoes everywhere, but to our surprise, when we came back, it was clean.  Hehehe, I just noticed that we left the sign on the table (we didn’t do that on a purpose but thanks to the staff!).  Also, they placed a new small bottle of shampoo and two boxes of toothbrush and replaced the towels.  (Too late because we already bought another toothbrush and sachets of shampoo and conditioner because I didn’t like the scent of their shampoo).

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Unlimited Coffee

If there is one thing that I like with Microtel aside from its very convenient location is that they have free flowing cofee in the lobby.  There is also a hot/cold water dispenser so you don’t have to spend much in buying bottled water.  Another thing, even if Baguio has already a cool weather, they still have airconditioning in the rooms.  In the other hotels, they do not have aircons anymore– they only provide fans.

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Mang Domeng, our private driver and tour guide in Day 3

If you will go out, taxi drivers are already waiting outside the hotel to drop you where you will go.  If there is none, the guard will help you look for one.  Unfortunately, it was peak season when we visited so it was seldom that we find a cab outside the hotel.  We were able to book Mang Domeng in our Baguio Day 3 Tour because he gave us his contact number the day when we arrived.

The room rate is quite reasonable already @ P3,300 per night with free breakfast.  (My review about Te Quiero will be in a separate post).

In our last night in Baguio, I found out that my booking with Joy Bus didn’t get through, so in my pajamas, we went to Victory Liner to purchase tickets.  There were many people on queue, but we patiently waited for our turn, and ALAS!  After an hour and few minutes, around 1 pm, it was already our turn and luckily, we were able to book bus tickets to Cubao at 9:50 am.

The check out was a breeze, the staff were efficient and we even got luggage help from the room to the bus station.  How convenient it was!

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If you plan to have a Baguio trip, I recommend Microtel Inn & Suites, however; there are things that they need to improve:

  1.  Give enough toiletries (shampoo and conditioner please!)
  2.  Provide iron and ironing board in the rooms.  My clothes were crumpled in my bags.
  3. One closet isn’t enough for 2 adults (probably that will work for others, but I was the only one to utilize the closet.  Hubby and my kid used their bags in storing their clothes.
  4. Consider having a fitness center and spa in the hotel.

These are just minor things, but if they will consider, it will give them a higher rating.   Other than that, no more complains— we LOVE Microtel Baguio and we will definitely be back!

MICROTEL INN & SUITES BAGUIO

Upper Session Road, Baguio City

(074) 619 3333

https://www.microtel-baguio.com

 

 

Le Vain: The Leading Bakery In Baguio City

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If you go to Baguio frequently, you must know by now that Le Vain is the leading bakery in the city of Pines.  People are already sick and tired of the the ordinary breads and pastries that they order and they want something different.  It’s my pleasure to announce (if you haven’t heard yet) that Le Vain Bakery, the first Korean style bakery in Baguio, offers premium breads and desserts.    Le Vain Bakery has two branches:  the first one we visited is located in the busy Legarda Road and the main branch which is located in Outlook Drive (beside Villa Silvina Hotel)

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LE VAIN Legarda Branch

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Inside Le Vain Bakery Legarda Branch

 

If I was impressed with the presentation of the breads and pastries in their Legarda branch, the more that I was dumbfounded when we reached the main branch in Outlook Drive.  Upon entering, I admired the stylish interior design (from the ceiling, wooden racks, lighting, and even the food trays used). The bakeshop also utilizes premium ingredients as well and makes sure that they satisfy their customers.  There is a tarpaulin sign that explains about the origin of the name Le Vain and the process how they bake the breads and pastries.

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I wasn’t surprised anymore why there were many people when we visited– they wanted something special for snack or breakfast.

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As I peeked in to the cake displays, I couldn’t help but to salivate over the cupcakes.  I knew that I was on a diet, but it was holiday season during that time so I thought it was all right to gain a little weight.

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Cupcakes @ Le Vain Bakery

Here are the desserts and drinks that we have tried during our Baguio Press trip.

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The desserts at le Vain Bakery

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The heavenly Custard Bread 

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Yummy!  Up to now, I still dream of this Strawberry Praise Cupcake 🙂

 

Le Vain is not only limited to selling premium breads and pastries– they also offer pasta and other drinks and beverages.  In the photos above, hubby chose the Strawberry Juice, my daughter picked Cookies and Cream Frappe and because I’m a coffee lover, I settled for the classic Cappuccino.

During my visit, I also had the opportunity to take photos of some of the premium breads that they sell.

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Bara Brith

BARA BRITH @ P85 each is a premium fruit-like cake topped with walnuts, chestnuts, cranberries, almonds, green peas with cinnamon powder

 

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Baguette

BAGUETTE @ P120 each is a premium daily freshly baked French bread with chewy taste inside baked with a golden crust (sugarless)

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Pizza Baguette

                                PIZZA BAGUETTE @ P120 each is a toasted baguette topped with appetizing pizza ingredients

Espresso

Espresso

ESPRESSO @ P95 each is a coffee flavored bread filled with mocha butter cream.

They also offer delicious breakfast rolls with bacon and hotdog fillings.

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Bacon Egg Roll, Bacon Hotdog Roll and Toasted Ham & Cheese

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Mini Sugar Donut  @ P95 per pack

 

                       MINI SUGAR DONUTS @ 95 per pack look like Munchkins at Dunkin Donuts.  The only difference I guess is that the mini donuts have the classic sweetened taste.

 

 

Thank you to Le Vain bakery accommodating TBIP and for making it possible for me to share this to my readers.  They have interesting promos during Le Vain Day (every 2nd Wednesday of the month).  Check their FB page for more information.  Don’t miss this kind of opportunity if you are in Baguio City.

Le Vain Bakery

#15 Unit G 1, Outlook Drive, Baguio City

(074) 244-7871

https://www.facebook.com/levainbreadcafe/

 

Affordable Meals @ Route 55 Baguio

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One of the reasons why I blog is because I would like to share something to the readers that they would be beneficial of.  In my recent press trip to Baguio, I am very fortunate to have managed to squeeze a visit to Route 55 in my Baguio Day 3 itinerary.  I’m pretty sure, if you are a tourist in Baguio City, you are not yet familiar with the restaurants and cafes that you need to try and I’m very pleased to share with you guys a cozy place in Baguio where you can just chill and have an affordable meal.

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Route 55  Diner is situated at 55 Legarda Road, Baguio City.  When we visited last month, it was under renovation but they were still operating.   During our Baguio tour with Mang Domeng, our driver and tour guide, he informed us that Route 55 was utilized by the Forevermore cast particularly Enrique Gil in their episodes where the latter was a vocalist in a band.  Upon entering the restaurant, it will give you a homey feeling because you can relax and enjoy Baguio’s fresh and cool weather.

 

Here are the meals and beverages that you should try when you are in Route 55:

  1.  LEMON BASIL FRUIT SHAKE
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Lemon Basil (P95)

Well, it was my first time to taste this kind of fruit shake, but I liked the taste of basil combined with the lemon.

2.  CLASSIC PIZZA

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Classic Pizza (P245)

I’m a pizza lover and I am glad that there’s still a restaurant that offers a classic pizza for simple customers who don’t want unusual ingredients in their pizza.   I remember when I was a kid, I used to eat this classic pizza topped with salami, mushrooms, white onion, bell pepper and quick melt cheese.  At home, especially during New Year’s Eve, this is what i also prepare.  The only difference is that they use thin crust which makes it even tastier.

3.  CHIPS AND DORY

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Chips and Dory (P215)

I was quite surprised of the price– I don’t think it should be P215.   My daughter loved it and to think she doesn’t like fish but she loved the crispy dory fillet served with chips.  This is good for those who would just like to hang out and talk with your pals while watching TV at the restaurant.

3.  CHICKEN WINGS & RIBS COMBO

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Chicken Wings & Ribs Combo (P265)

This is one of my recommended meal.  I liked the honey-glazed chicken wings  served with flavored rice and chips.  If you need to be fueled up but you have limited budget, this one is perfect for you.

4.  ROAST BEEF

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Roast Beef (P285)

I liked the tenderness of the beef and Mang Domeng actually liked that it was paired with mashed potato instead of rice.

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Strawberry Cheesecake 

A trip to Baguio won’t be complete without strawberries.  Hehe, this dessert was the finale to our happy and satisfied tummies.

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Route 55 is open from 8am to 12 midnight.  They also serve alcoholic beverages aside from the delicious meals.  According to its manager, Ms. Apple, it’s actually the food that the customers are raving about and I agree about it.   Thumbs up to the owner, Mr. Adrien Tagumpay for the excellent job— good food plus affordable price = ROUTE 55!

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With the manage of Route 55, Ms. Apple

Check them out the next time you visit Baguio City.  I’m sure you will love the food 🙂

ROUTE 55

55 Legarda Road, Brgy. Burnham, Baguio City

https://www.facebook.com/Route55/

SAGE: A Prime Cafe in Baguio City

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If you are planning for a Baguio trip and you are a picky eater like me, I highly recommend SAGE Cafe in Military Cutoff Road.  It’s very seldom that I eat meat– particularly pork and beef and only my relatives and close friends know how fussy or finicky I am when it comes to food.  Who would believe that in my recent Baguio trip, I would try the dishes I used to reject– and that is all because of SAGE Cafe.

 

 

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Outside the cafe, you won’t imagine how elegant it was inside, but as you enter, you will be amazed on how they manage to maintain the cleanliness and  style of the establishment, professionalism of their crew and quality of their food.  Since the name of the cafe was derived from the sage plant its dominant color  is purple.  I admired the lighting, the tables and tiffany chairs with purple cushions and table mats.  Even the printed menu is very classy.  If it’s your first time to visit SAGE- because of its first class ambiance, you might think that foods are pricey.  Well, we were surprised to find out that they offer quality meals that everybody can afford.

As soon as the crew greeted and guided as to our table, we were given their menu and served a pitcher of water with lemon slices.

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pitcher of water with slice of lemon

Here are  meals and beverages at SAGE Cafe that we have tried:

  1.  ICED DELIGHTS
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Iced Delights:  Mango Surprise (P90), Cucumber Lemonade (P110) and Salted Caramel Macchiato (P110)

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We started our Baguio tour since 8am that day and even if we have a transpo service, it was still very tiring on our part because we had to maximize our time.  It was past 2pm when we reached SAGE and it was worth the wait when we tasted their iced delights– those were thirst-quenching and refreshing.  Of the three, I liked the Cucumber Lemonade best, but I also tasted the Mango Surprise and even consumed half of the Salted Caramel Macchiato.

2. CREAMY BULALO STEAK and BAKED PRAWNS

 

 

The photos above are two of their house favorites:  On the left is the Creamy Bulalo Steak served with Mashed Potato (I loved the tenderness of the bulalo steak and its creamy taste). and next is the Baked Prawn with Boursin Garlic and Herb Cheese.  (I am not a seafood lover, but would you believe I actually loved it?).  I think one of the reasons why customers love the food is because of the way each dish or meal was presented.  It was really appetizing that you would have the urge to taste it and SAGE was successful on that part!

3.  NACHO PLATTER 

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Nacho Platter in Cheese, Ranch and Salsa Dip

I enjoyed their Nacho platter as well and it is best (for me) if you will try it in the Cheese dip.  I only eat ground beef in spaghetti that my father personally cooks, but this time I tried it with the nachos.  Usually I would prefer plain nachost the ground beef– hehe, I don’t know what kind of spell did Sage cast over me that I actuallu loved the nachos with the ground beef!  For its huge serving, it can actually fill the tummies of 4 to 5 people.

4.  BACON CHICKEN BOMBS

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Bacon Chicken Bombs (P150)

The chicken bombs are one of my favorites too!   I liked the way the chicken was wrapped with the bacon and the cheese inside and the spicy taste of barbecue sauce and pepper.

5.  SHRIMP POMELO WITH SESAME DRESSING

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Shrimp Pomelo with Sesame Dressing (P180)

These shrimps taste even better with the sour blend of pomelo.

6.  SOUP OF THE DAY:  SEAFOOD CHOWDER

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Seafood Chowder (P85)

I found this unusual, that was the first time I have tried a soup (made out of shrimps and salmon) inside a thick bread.

7.  DESSERTS

And this is my favorite part: their sweet endings!

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The Apple Cinnamon Tortilla

Personally, I prefer the Calamansi Dulce De Leche (I like leche flans) blended with the taste of calamansi.  I also like the taste of the Peaches and Cream Roti– the way it was placed on top of the Indian bread and garnished with vanilla ice cream and caramelized sugar.

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with the SAGE staff who accommodated TBIP.  Thank you so much!

With what I have personally experienced at Sage, they are successful in their mission and vision.  They are consistent in serving delicious food and refreshments to their customers and you can depend on their team as far as customer service is concerned. They make you feel cozy and at home in Sage Cafe.  There are still a lot of interesting affordable, quality and tasty dishes that you must try in their menu (The dishes are Asian-Mexican fusion). 

Kudos to the owner of Sage Cafe, Ms. Arlene Alcantara-Sy and to the crew for making Sage one of the restaurants in Baguio that the residents will be proud of.

SAGE CAFE

95 Military Cut-Off Road, 2600 Baguio City

(074) 4222954

https://www.facebook.com/sagebaguio/

Baguio Trip 2017 Day 2

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Our previous day in Baguio was kinda stressful because of our struggle in finding a cab and Grab car, so we decided  to just explore some places in the morning by walking.  We went to Te Quiero Tapas Bar & Restaurant at 6:30 a.m for our free breakfast buffet which was already included in our room accommodation in Microtel Inn.  After our breakfast, we walked from our hotel to the market.  It was fun discovering places and burning some calories at the same time.

Breakfast @ Te Quiero

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We followed the signs to know where the market was

We passed by the Igorot Stairs and were impressed by the giant statues.  There are restaurants in the area like Pamana Restaurant, Barrio Fiesta and Tsokolateria.  As much as I would like to try the hot chocolate and some food there, we had to go right away because we have an appointment after lunch.

 

 

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SM Baguio

We also passed by Casa Vallejo and North Haven Spa.  We walked until we reached SM Baguio and walked again until we reached the market at Session Road.   There were Ukay-Ukay finds, but the clothes and footwear were kinda expensive that’s why we haven’t bought anything there except for my daughter’s brand new pair of slippers.   (Too bad, Microtel Inn Baguio doesn’t include free pair of slippers in the room.)  As usual, we didn’t find a cab AGAIN so it was a wise decision to walk back to the hotel from the market.

I finally saw North Haven Spa in Casa Vallejo but it has a creepy feeling that will make you have second thoughts of going there.  Honestly, I wasn’t impressed with the exterior, but I haven’t tried the service yet so I can’t judge it yet based from what I see from the outside.

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We walked from the Igorot Stairs to the Session Road

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While waiting at the Microtel entrance

When we got back to the hotel, we rested for a while and had our lunch (sandwich and water for me since I am on a diet).   We were picked up by Ms. Jonie Flores, marketing consultant of JIC English Academy Baguio before 1pm and we had a tour of JIC Baguio located at 73 Nacia Apts, Upper West Kennon Road Camp 7, Baguio City.  It’s interesting to know that finally, there is an English academy in Baguio that offers accomodations to students who are enrolled in their courses.  Just to share,  I am a licensed teacher here in the Philippines (currently teaching English to Grade 8 students) and also a certified TESOL teacher (I got my certification online via LTTC-The London Teacher Training College).  Before I got hired in DepEd, I planned to study onsite in Thailand, but I need to consider the tuition fee and other expenses, so I looked for a school here in the Philippines and the only city offering TESOL in 2009 was Cebu.  I opted to enroll online instead and tried my luck in Deped Antipolo.  I didn’t know about JIC Baguio; otherwise, I would have enrolled there.  I will have another blog post about JIC Baguio– watch out for that!)

 

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With Mr. Takashi Mitsumoto, part of the JIC Baguio Marketing Team in their famous wall.

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The IB/IELTS Center

After the JIC Baguio Tour and meeting some of the managers, head teachers and some foreign students, I had the chance to meet the President, Mr. Leo Im in one of his restaurants, the Baguio Red Station in 12 Legarda Road.  Beside it is a bakery that he owns, Le Vain Bakery.

 

 

We also visited the main branch in Outlook Drive and I was not surprised why many people go there and why they have positive reviews.  The Korean bakery is pleasant to the customers’ eyes not only with the cute interior design, but because of the variety of breads and pastries that they offer.  (I will have a separate post about Le Vain Bakery to showcase the breads and pastries that they offer).  We were able to taste some of their cakes and they were all DIVINE.  My diet was ruined, but it was a temptation that I won’t regret for the rest of my life, hahaha!

The sweet temptations @ Le Vain Bakery

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With Ms. Jonie Flores (Marketing Head of JIC English Academy) and Mr. Leo Im (President of JIC Baguio and owner of Le Vain Bakery)

 

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i had the chance to strike a pose with the Korean manager in Le Vain Bakery

After that, we headed to Samgyeop Pocha and a dinner was arranged for us at 7pm.

 

While waiting because it was too early, we went to Café Lusso in Gen. Luna Road cor. Assumption Road, one of the popular cafes in Baguio City.  I won’t let the day pass of course without having coffee there, but unfortunately there was no hot Café Mocha that time so I just had the cold one.

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Cafe Lusso

 

Because my hubby was not feeling well and was having LBM at that time and bad timing that we couldn’t get a cab, we were not able to go back to Samgyeop Pocha for dinner.  After waiting for almost an hour, we finally got a cab back to Microtel.  I transferred the payment for the bus tickets online to Iwantseats.com for a hassle-free trip (I didn’t know that it will be a total disaster!)  We slept early to recharge our bodies because we booked for a whole day Baguio tour the next morning.

NOTE:  I promise to feature the food in Baguio Red Station, Samgyeop Pocha and Café Lusso the next time I visit Baguio City. I might be able to feature the rooms in their dorm in JIC Baguio.  Thank you so much to JIC English Academy for making this post possible.

My Baguio 4-Day Itinerary 2017

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It’s been a tradition for me to go to the City of Pines every year and probably it was blessing in disguise when we rescheduled our trip after Christmas due to the typhoon last August.  We were not able to refund the bus tickets, but thanks a lot to Microtel Baguio because they granted our request to rebook.

I have already experienced to go to Baguio City after Christmas and as expected, the places were jampacked with people.  It was very difficult for us to have taxi or private car rides. Anyway, though the case is like that, it’s relaxing to bond with your family and lucky for me— it’s like hitting two birds with one stone!  It’s actually family bonding and press trip at the same time 🙂  To be organized, I designed a 4-day itinerary for out Baguio trip.

baguio day 1

9:00 am-  Arrival to Baguio City

9:00-9:30 am– Leave the luggages to Microtel Baguio Frontdesk

10:00am–  Cafe Review

12:00 nn.–  Lunch

1:00 pm- Check in and unpack

3:00 pm– Camp John Hay Strolling

4:00 pm-Spa Review

8:00-8:30 pm-  Restaurant Review

9:30-10:00 pm-  Back to the hotel to have a good night sleep

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7:00 am- Breakfast

8:00-12 nn– Strolling and lunch

(Mines View Park, Burnham Park, Wright Park, Botanical Park, The Mansion, Grotto, etc.)

1:00pm- 7:00 pm – Cafe and Restaurant Reviews

7:30-8:00 pm- Go back to the hotel

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7:00 am- Breakfast

8:00-11:00 am- Strolling, Biking, Horseback Riding and Pasalubong Shopping

12nn–  Cafe Review

2:00-6:30 pm- Spa Review

7:30 pm- Restaurant Review

8:30-9:00 pm- Go back to the hotel

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7:00 am Breakfast

8:00-9:30 am– Strawberry Farm

10:00-11:00 am- Buy veggies at the supermarket

11:30 am- Check Out

12:00 nn – Restaurant Review

2:00 pmProceed to the bus terminal

 

There might be some changes but at least there is something that we will follow for an organized trip this Christmas break.  I will be posting about this very soon.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

TBIP’s Upcoming Baguio Trip

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Hello!  Since December is the only month this year where I can have a short break and unwind, I decided to have my press trip in Baguio City.  We are really busy and we still have work until 22nd and a lot of parties and other events are also scheduled that’s why I have chosen to have our vacay on the 27th til the 30th of this month.  We will be staying in Microtel Baguio (one of my favorite places to stay when I am in Baguio).

In our four-day stay in the Summer Capital of the Philippnes, I will be featuring different cafes, restaurants, bakeries/pastry shops and spas to visit.  (Watch out for that- I will be posting these establishments in my Facebook and Instagram account as well.)

Aside from that here are the activities that we will be having:

  1.  The Lourdes Grotto Challenge
  2.  Pasalubong Shopping
  3.  Strawberry Picking
  4. Horseback Riding and Biking
  5.  Oh My Gulay (Vegetables)  and Fruits Haggling Challenge
  6.  Halukay sa Ukay-Ukay

Originally, we are booked only until the 29th but since I have a lot of businesses to feature, I extended another day.  Thank you, Microtel Baguio for granting my request 🙂    I will see if I can still squeeze some time to have more activities.  Any suggestions?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

 

Should I Stay in Camp John Hay?

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         Last summer, I received an invitation to blog about The Manor and Forest Lodge in Camp John Hay, so when I decided to go to Baguio City to chill before I finally get back to work, I made it a point to visit this attraction.   I thought that was a great opportunity to share my experience to the public — to give them an idea what to expect if ever they will visit the place.

 

        Whenever we go to Baguio, ever since I was a kid, we always visit here, that’s why I was too excited to go there and get the chance to dicover and explore so I can share it to the world.  The view was still as relaxing as before, but as a traveller, I have considered few, but important things.  I do NOT own a car, that’s why I use a cab to travel.  Expect to have higher fare when going to CJH and worse, you need to have a very long walk in order for you to explore the different attractions there.  It is advisable to at least have your own car/service when going there.  We waited for eternity and had a loooooong walk before we finally got back to our hotel.  

                 Our first stop was the Bell House.  When I was a kid, I’ve been there and all I knew then was that the had a great significance to the lives of the Americans who lived here, but honestly, i don’t know about the details.  Since it is open to the public, I think the visitors should be educated about this place.  The info written there is not enough– people won’t spare much of their time to read those.  As we explore the place, I find it creepy, just like the way I felt when I was in the Teacher’s Camp.  

                 We decided to take a walk and looked for a rest room because my daughter wanted to take a pee.  At last, we found a restroom in the abandoned building, seemed abandoned, but you have to pay (I forgot if we paid P2 or 5).  

                  While we were walking, hoping that we can go to the new shops where we can buy imported goods, we easily got exhausted and all we wanted that time was to go to the hotel and rest.  I saw The Manor , a hotel that I considered when I was looking for a place to stay in Baguio– the building is already old and creepy.  The price per night was also not practical, and I made the right choice of sticking with Microtel because staying in CJH it’s too far from the other attractions in the city.  You won’t be comfortable unless you have your private car/service.  I actually didn’t enjoy going there– I was bored to death.  Instead of going to SM to dine, I just opted to stay inside the hotel and had room service to feel comfortable.  

Note:  I came back just this December 2016 with my co-teachers and son.  We were six and cabs won’t let you ride if you are in a group of more than four.  Luckily, we had the cab but our 3 friends waited for more than an hour and they weren’t able to get any cab.  They just walked from CJH to Victory Liner (near Microtel Baguio).  It was indeed a horrible experience for them and I was thankful that we were able to get the ride or else we could have experienced the same 😦

 

 TIPS FOR THOSE WHO WILL GO THERE:

1.  Make sure to have your own service/car so you’d be able to explore the whole place.  Prepare your P2k to P3k.  Most of the taxi drivers ask for P350 per hour.

2.  Try the picnic grounds with your family and friends.  This is a cool and inexpensive alternative for having lunch with your family. 

3.  Do not expect much–as there is nothing new (except for the few stores), but still boring.  Because we didn’t have our own service, we weren’t able to go to different stores.  I would really like to go to the Duty Free Shop to buy some stuff.

4. Consider booking other hotels (closer to the other attractions).  I highly recommend the following hotels:  Microtel Baguio and La Silvina Hotel in Outlook Drive.

 

            I personally don’t recommend this place especially if you are with senior citizens or kids.