Baguio 2014 - Day 2

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Our 2nd day in Baguio was still pretty much the same in terms of traffic. But we were able to visit more places. Yey!

Our first stop was Mines View Park. There really wasn't much of a view because, hello tons of people!

But my family was able to get a photo as proof that they were there, and that's sort of all that matters. Hehe!

Excuse the photobomber on the left. Hahaha!

So, what else can you do while in Mines View? If you can't see the "mines" because of the hordes of people, you can just walk around the place. You'll be surprised at all the other things you'll find.

We found this little area where you can rent authentic Igorot outfits for cheap. Igorot basically means mountain people. They are the natives who live in and take care of the mountains in Luzon. The folks manning the outfit area were Igorot senior citizens and they were really sweet!

My family and I went for it and donned the outfits for a photo op.

Don't you just love all the colors?

Of course, you can also shop for pasalubong at the many shops outside of Mines View Park. Don't forget to haggle!

After going through the crowded Mines View Park, we were famished so we looked for a place in nearby Camp John Hay. We didn't bother looking around that much. As soon as we spotted Shakey's, we hunted for a parking space and hightailed it to place our order. Haha!

After we scarfed down our pizza and chicken 'n mojos, we hopped back in the car and made it to PMA (Philippine Military Academy) with 20 minutes to spare before closing. The guards at the gate were considerate enough to warn us that they close the place to tourists at 5pm and that we might not have much fun with such a limited amount of time. We said our thanks and took our chance anyway, promising to pack up and leave at exactly 5pm.

There was virtually no traffic inside the PMA compound, so we were able to hightail it to the area where the tanks were. It was really, really cold, so we were glad that we got a few cups of very hot coffee at Starbucks in Camp John Hay before heading out to PMA.

In the 20 minutes that we had, we were able to take a lot of decent photos that didn't have huge crowds included in them. Haha!

That pretty much capped our tour during our 2nd day in Baguio. We headed back to Manila the next day, so you could probably say that we weren't able to go to all of the tourist spots that Baguio had to offer. But because my brother and his wife were only in the country for 2 weeks, we were glad that we were able to squeeze in a quick trip to Baguio anyway. My sister in law's never been there. And sure, the traffic was awful, but we enjoyed the weather anyway. I mean, how often do you get to bundle up in thick clothes when living in the Philippines? Haha!

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