After breakfast at Zola we went to Jash his house, where we met his ÜBER cute nephew Kadence. Freshenend up and ready to explore Baguio. The weather in Baguio is very pleasant, really different from Manila. The breeze is cool and it’s not too hot nor too cold. This region is known for it’s ‘cold’ weather in the Philippines. For us, as Northern-Europeans it’s perfect and not cold at all! Imagine that hot day with the perfect cool breeze, it’s like that in Baguio. This day we toured around Baguio and visited; Burnham Park, OMG artists café, the white house (haunted house), botanical garden and the minesview park.
Located at the heart of Baguio is Burnham park with it’s characteristic lake. Burnham park is popular among locals but also offers a lot for tourists. One could enjoy boating in one of the rented boats available, outdoor concerts, jogging, biking, picnics and last but not least: relaxation. Be aware that even in Baguio there are people trying to sell you someting, from a bike ride to a flute. ‘Ma’am, Sir!’
After Burnham park we strolled our way to the SM-Mall of Baguio, yes there is one in Baguio. On our way to the mall, we stopped at some second hand mall-like places. Super cheap and treasures can be found if one looks long enough (Skyworld Commercial Center on Session Road). We also stopped at a place called OMG (Oh My Gulay) artists café, Jashers favorite place when he was in college.
Oh my Gulay artists café
There is a lot of rave about OMG café, especially for their food. Unfortunately, we didn’t order any food here.. Even though we hadn’t tasted their probably delicious food, our eyes had lots of other things to handle. This place is filled with artworks and is a piece of art itself. Paintings, wooden statues, recyclable art and so on, were all a lust for the eye. Overwhelming as this place was, it had this certain calm feeling on the other hand. It could have been the fantastic view! Nothing more to say than to see it with your own eyes ;-). First, you need to find this place. It is located in an old building on the top floor. You need to climb some beautiful old stairs first and then you will enter this magnificent place, decorated with all kinds of art and a little pond with fish. (La Azotea Building, 108 Session Road, 2600 Baguio)
P.S. OMG Café Menu
The white house (haunted house)
Jasher told us the story of the haunted house. Which we were not sure to believe, since he makes up stories sometimes to scare us. Or just for fun. Anyway, it was about a stephmom living with her husband and stephchildren in the house. She got so jealous (and crazy) that she murdered all the children one by one, including her husband (If recalled right). After that she felt so lonely and guilty that she couldn’t live with it, and killed herself.
The story is that she’s still wandering around the house and, occasionally, staring from her room. The house was empty, obviously. Most people in the Philippines believe in ghosts or supersticious stuff (not all of course). The fact that the house was empty said something anyway. The city council is trying to get people in the house by organising art exhibitions etc.
(Correct us if we’re wrong Jasher!)
Baguio Botanical garden
A little further along the road is Baguio Botanical Garden. No explanation is needed.. right? There was no entrance fee at the time we visited, not sure if there is any at all. As in any botanical garden, we just wandered around and studied the plants etc. The special thing about this botanical garden is that there are underground tunnels, made by the Japanese army during WWII. It’s possible to enter the tunnels, which is pretty cool and scary because there are no lights. We had some fun here and recorded a ghost video in the tunnels. At one point, when we wandered through the tunnels, Jasher and Vincent tried to scare me (Johanna) (or at least act like there was something going on). I got kind of frightend and grabbed Vincent his shirt. It all happened so fast, suddenly everyone started running and eventually some of us almost fell because of the mud on the ground – typically a case of ‘you should have been there’.
Minesview Park offers a spectacular mountain view and enough vendors for souvenirs. Souvenirs are pretty expensive here because of the park its popularity. The cute local products are really nice though, and most of them are handmade. Next to vendors, you could also take a picture with St. Bernard dogs or .. UNICORNS. Yes, unicorns. There were little pony creatures for pictures. Jasher told us they were real unicorns because they were purple, pink and had little stars on their bodies. So unicorns do exist. The unicorns were born in Baguio and came from rainbows.. Actually, these unicorns are just sad little horses! Their hair is coloured and they look so sad. All of the entertainment of the tourists right?.. Just keep in mind that there are always negative sides of tourism and tourist attractions.
Near the entrance of the park there is a souvenir store on the left side that is our favorite. We bought two identical necklaces of P 200 / € 3,36 (photo coming up). This shop has a good view as well and a lot of Igorot items (a native tribe living in the region).
Stay tuned for what we did at night!
* Note: all the prizes are according to the exchange rate at the time of travelling
Vincent & Johanna