Day 1, Manila to Baguio
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April 10th, 2003 – by: jilltrekker
5:00 a.m. Caught the bus on time. I couldnâ€™t help thinking while I took my seat that if there would be an accident, Iâ€™d be the first passenger affected because I sat beside the driver. I was paranoid that the suitcase that nobody seemed to own was a bomb. They finally put it into the baggage compartment underneath the bus. Itâ€™s a wonder that I slept.
6:30 a.m. Woke up to discover that we were caught in an early morning traffic jam.
9:30 a.m. The ringing of my mobile woke me up. My boss was calling.
11:00 a.m. Baguio in sight! Wow, the mountains seemed denuded. I expected pine trees, not this rabbit-warren of dwellings perched almost on top of each other. It was sunny. Despite the higher altitude, it seemed hot.
12:30 p.m. Checked into Inn Rocio -- a 70s-style hotel. My room had basic twin beds, wooden furniture, white walls, fluorescent lighting, white-tiled bathroom. TV with cable, yay! The hotel seemed empty of people.
1:00 p.m. Walked down to Burnham Park. It was a hot summer day in the summer capital of the Philippines.
2:00 p.m. Lunch at CafĂ© by the Ruins, which was as quaint as always. I indulged myself with a complete meal of green salad, shitake mushroom and spinach soup, â€śbistekâ€ť Tagalog with red mountain rice, strawberry shake and maruja dessert.
3:00 p.m. Waiting for a jeep at K. Street to get to T. Street where Tam-awan Village was. Took Quezon Hill jeep, and asked the driver to drop me off nearest to the entrance.
6:15 p.m. Tam-awan village was awesome. J. showed me around. We went up the path that wove around the authentic Ifugao huts, carved bamboo poles and giant dream catchers, up the hill next to the telecom tower that had a view of both Baguio City and Trinidad Valley. He was of Ifugao heritage, and he took lots of pictures of me with my camera. Back in the â€śvillageâ€ť, I looked into the gift shop and the small but interesting art gallery. I found out that Iâ€™d lost my Gucci sunglasses, which fell somewhere along the path. I left with regret, no longer attempting to look for it. I bought cheap new sunglasses when I got back to the city proper.
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