Thursday, June 05, 2014

How To Enjoy Rainy Baguio In A Day



9:15am departed from San Juan, La Union via Partas Bus

After a two hour drive from sunny La Union, Baguio welcomed us with thick clouds and fog. We were staying here for a night and we've got a lot planned for the day. But then rain clouds started forming and a few minutes later the heavy rain poured.  We've got to make some changes with our plans and make sure we still make the most of our overnight stay in Baguio.

11:30am Baguio/Checked In at Paladin Hotel




Checked-in at Paladin Hotel. Read article about our stay at this hotel HERE.

Paladin Hotel
#136 Abanao Ext cor
Carino St., Baguio City
+63905.298.7967 (Globe)
+63923.731.5993 (Sun)
+63908.441.9209 (Smart)
http://www.paladinhotelbaguio.com/


12:10pm Lunch at Good Taste Cafe and Restaurant




First in our original itinerary is to have lunch at Good Taste Cafe and Restaurant. People are raving about this restaurant and the "must eat" suggestions -- Buttered Chicken and Lechon Chopsuey. The restaurant is wallet-friendly and very ideal for group dining. Full article HERE.

Good Taste Cafe and Restaurant
No. 8 Lapu-Lapu St. (old branch)

Otek corner Carino St. (new branch)


1:00pm Victory Liner Terminal




Next in my itinerary is to buy First Class return ticket to Manila. This is where things started to not conform with the plan. The 1:10pm schedule was already fully booked. We got the 10:10am instead which means we can only manage to have breakfast the following day and all the other activities scheduled in the morning will no longer push through.

Then the heavy downpour. We stayed for another thirty minutes at the terminal before finally deciding to brave the rain.

More about Victory Liner HERE.

Victory Liner Baguio Terminal
Gov. Pack Road, Baguio City

1:30pm Cafe By The Ruins
 



Instead of spending precious minutes at Victory Liner terminal food court, we hailed a cab and went to Cafe By The Ruins. It seemed like the rain won't stop in an hour. A hot chocolate will somehow make us happy.

More about Cafe By The Ruins HERE.

Cafe By The Ruins
25 Shuntug St. Baguio City
(074) 442.4010
Dining Hours: 7am - 9pm

3:00pm Good Shepherd Convent




We will be leaving early the following day so we decided to buy "pasalubongs" at the Good Shepherd Convent and make a side trip to the nearby Mines View Park. The rain has stopped but it was difficult to find an empty cab. After five minutes, we were on our way to a place where strawberry jam and ube jam are the yummiest.

More about Good Shepherd Convent HERE.

Good Shepherd Convent
15 Gibraltar Road, 2600 Baguio City


3:45pm Souvenir Shop/Mines View Park





A short walk from the Good Shepherd Convent you will find numerous souvenir shops. And across the street is the entrance to the Mines View Park. It was raining very hard but the tourists are unstoppable when it comes to shopping. The Mines View Park was like a ghost town though.

Read more HERE.

It was past five when we decided to call it a day. The rain kept pouring and there's no cab in sight. We took a jeepney back to the city. The fare costs P10/person (compared to the P98 we paid going here). We alighted at the jeepney terminal somewhere near Burnham Park. It was difficult to hail a cab so decided to walk back to our hotel. The streets and establishments are somewhat familiar we were able to find our way to the hotel.

It was cold and we were so tired we just ordered room service for dinner. Our plan to go to the market the next morning did not materialize. We were just too lazy to wake up early.


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