Happy Sunday! I’m finally taking time to share with you our brief yet utterly relaxing Baguio staycation two weeks ago. I dunno what took me so long to blog about this—perhaps because I don’t think you’ll be that interested, anyway. I mean, it’s just Baguio, no big deal. But we have such lovely photos, andI want to share them with you. 🙂 Plus This Baguio trip was planned in December, weeks before Christmas as we know how crowded Baguio is during the Holidays.
However, The Manor at Camp John Hay was fully booked as early as the 2nd weekend of December! I also tried the Le Monet, the boutique hotel within Camp John Hay that has good reviews. Unfortunately, the telephone numbers listed on its website were no good. Ergo, postponed.
Fast forward to January. I called The Manor a few days before the 20th to make a reservation.
My gahd, fully booked again!!!
I tried Le Monet again, but still no good. Someone suggested The Forest House, a quaint B&B (owned by the family of Miss International Kylie Versoza) near Camp John Hay. I checked it out online, and I fell in love with it! Look:
Unfortunately…you guessed it right—fully booked din.
But I was tenacious—I searched and searched and searched, until I came across a privately-owned (or maybe leased?) room in The Manor that can be rented!!! May ganun pala?!? I booked it right away and off to Baguio City we went. The nice thing about The Manor is that right across it is the Mile High Inn dormitory where Dodong stayed (where drivers are usually booked–that’s what the concierge of The Manor told me).
We left Los Banos at 3:30 a.m. and arrived in Baguio at 8:30 a.m. We were allowed to check in early.
I just love the warm, intimate interiors of The Manor! It’s a big hotel but there’s still an air of intimacy.Since we arrived early, we had plenty of time to enjoy the cool, crisp air and the refreshing scenery within Camp John Hay.
And of course, um-aura ako. Randy already expected it because a few days before our Baguio trip, I spent an hour or so scouring my cabinet to prepare my OOTDs. After all, chance ko na ito to wear the clothes I’ve long reserved “in case lumamig”. Randy knitted his eyebrows when he saw what I was doing. Then I told him, “O ayan Babe ha, kita mong pinaghihirapan ko ang paghahanap ng outfits. So alam mo na na required kang tiyagain na picture-an ako sa Baguio!”
And he surely did, hahaha!
Are you ready? GGSS overload ahead!
In fairness to Randy, I didn’t look fat here even when I removed my jacket to expose my midsection and brazo de mercedes! Hooray!
- dress: Sisley
- khaki jacket (in my photos with Raviv): Esprit de Corps
- white cardigan: The Limited
- bag: Balenciaga Giant Velo
- sandals: Outland (it’s a Tita and Lola brand, but I love Outland! They’re sturdy and comfy and they also have stylish designs! I’ve had this pair for years!)
By the way, in case you like my animal-print headband, that’s just my super old, unbranded slim scarf that I just used as a headband. I love how chic it made me look…don’t you agree? 🙂
And since you’re already here, indulge me more as I show you my photos with my boys, courtesy of Dodong:
After our aura-aura cum sightseeing, we were all famished and we had lunch at Melt Bistro, one of the restaurants at the AyalaLand TechnoHub inside Camp John Hay (it looked like a much, much better version of Paseo de Sta. Rosa. I loved it so much that I told Randy repeatedly that if I were single, I’ll apply as a call centre agent there just so I’ll always be in a place that looks as awesome as this. Seryoso).
When lunch was finished, we all returned to the hotel to rest. Except for Raviv who–despite being up at 3 a.m., almost never sleept during our road trip, and kept on running around Camp John Hay—still played with his Lego as we all fell into a deep slumber. I couldn’t believe the energy of my son!
After about a couple of hours of sleep, Randy + the boys (Raviv & Dodong) and I went our separate ways: Randy went birding, while I went ukay-ing, of course!!! The birding and ukay-ing were both integral parts of our Baguio trip, hehe.
Let me show you my ukay finds on this happy, happy day:
Pretty, aren’t they? I also saw lots of lovely skirts, but I hesitated buying them because each one cost P150—that’s expensive for ukay standards. But later I decided that they’re still cheap and I’ll buy a few. Alas, when I got back to that part of the Ukay Palace (aka Bayanihan Hotel), the stall with “expensive” skirts was already closed. I swore to myself I’ll just return. 😉