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Weekend Baguio Trip

Note: This is a super duper late blog post about Baguio.

It’s been weeks since my friend and I went there. Some Baguio-goers would follow the usual Baguio itinerary. What we did was so simple. We just visited the museums and allowed ourselves to immerse with so many artworks.

Ben Cab Museum

Museums are gift of humanity to the world. I would never skip any museum in every place that I visit. Hehe. Here are some of my favorite art works from Ben Cab.

 

Baguio Museum

We rode a taxi from Ben Cab Museum going to Baguio Museum. That cost us 120PHP I think. Unfortunately, Baguio Museum was being renovated so there were only few pieces for exhibit shown when we went there.

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Baguio Food Trip

After visiting some museums, we did our personal errands like eating lunch, strolling around the Burnham Park, and eating merienda. At 2:00PM, we went to our hotel and leave our bags there. We napped for a while, then went out again to eat Visco’s cake!!!

Here are some pictures taken at Burnham Park.

Lastly, we also visited Baguio Cathedral. Here’s what you can see inside.

 

Baguio Night Market

We looked forward to visiting Baguio Night Market. Here are some photos we took there. This is my favorite part of the day btw! 🙂

These photos are taken at the streets.

Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet

Of course, we cannot skip Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet. You can pick strawberries for 400PHP and up. It depends.

Here’s an up-close look at freshly picked strawberry.

Mines View Park

Okay. We went here because we bought pasalubong at The Good Shepherd’s Convent. Here are some of the flowers we saw at Mines View Park.

Mt. Cloud Book Shop

This bookshop is one taxi away from Mine’s View Park. Well, everything is accessible with taxis! Haha. Mt. Cloud Book Shop is an indie book store that sells indie and some traditionally published books. I believe, they are friendly to new authors. Don’t skip this place in your Baguio Itinerary! 🙂

There are really lots of places to visit in Baguio. You can enjoy Baguio in weekend as long as you could prioritise the places you wanted to visit. Hehe. For us, it’s mostly museum, food, and of course, church.

Here is our suggested itinerary in Baguio for weekend.

Baguio Weekend Itinerary

Day 1 

5:00AM – 8:30AM – Travel time to Baguio

8:30AM – 10:00AM – Breakfast at The Ruins

10:00AM – 12:00NN – Ben Cab Museum

12:00NN – 1:00PM – Baguio Museum

1:00PM – 2:00PM – Burnham Park

2:00PM – 3:00PM – Checked in our hotel

3:00PM – 5:00PM – Strolled at Session Road. Lunch. Etc.

5:00PM – 6:00PM – Dinner along Session Road

6:00PM – 9:00PM – Strolled at Night Market

 

Day 2 

9:00AM – 11:00AM – La Trinidad Strawberry Farm

11:00AM -12:00NN – Slow down for personal errands.

12:00NN – 2:00PM – The Good Shepherd, Mines View, and Mt. Cloud Book Shop

2:00PM – 4:00PM – Lunch at SM Baguio, Coffee, and Merienda.

5:00PM – 11: 00PM – Rode the bus going home.

 

Here is our basic Baguio Budget for Weekend.

Joy Bus going Baguio – 520PHP (Student Discount)

Victory Liner – 400PHP (?) (Discounted)

Hotel for one night – 1,500PHP (split into two)

Food, Entrance, Taxi – 2,500 (Estimate)

So that’s roughly 4,170PHP. We splurge our money on food and taxi. So if you want to explore Baguio budget-friendly, then public transportation is really recommended. 🙂

 

Stay safe and sane, guys.

 

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Camiguin Island Day Trip

This post is only about our day trip in Camiguin Island. Have fun reading!

Last week, I attended my friend’s wedding in Cagayan de Oro City. Since, we had enough time to stroll in the region, my friends and I decided to visit Camiguin Island.

We arrived in Camiguin on a Friday evening. I only had one whole Saturday to roam around the place since we need to be back in Cagayan de Oro city on Sunday afternoon. I had work on Monday, thus, I badly need to follow this hectic schedule.

Anyway, I thank God that we were able to enjoy our Camiguin Day Trip fully no matter how bad the weather is. Camiguin Island is one hour away from Balingoan Port in Misamis Oriental.

Our schedule in Balingoan Port is 2:50. I believe their last schedule is 4:30PM. Please do your research, though. Sometimes, schedule changes.

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We spent an hour going to Camiguin Island. There were many offers from the locals regarding motorcycle rentals, motorela rentals, and tours. Please compare prices. When we got off from the boat, we were offered 600PHP for a motorcycle. But, we found a cheaper rate for this. We got ours for only 350PHP for 24 hours.

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There were people who will convince you to rent their motorela going to your supposed hostel. I suggest, ride a jeepney instead. We paid 20PHP for a ride going to Mambajao.

From Mambajao, we rode another tricyle heading to our hostel, Caves Dive Resort. We paid around 800PHP/night. Do not expect that much. Inside the room, there were only two single bed, a table, and electric fan. There were two chairs and a table outside too. You will share washrooms who also stayed in another room. I think, this only justified your payment. If you wish to rent a room that has its own comfort room, you may afford it. It’s about 1,500PHP.

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We arrived in our hostel at 5:00PM. I guess, the time and the weather that day convinced us to rest and to eat. We found a pizza store that offers dinner to. They also offered Tapsilog in their menu. It was quite pricey for the cheapest meal that we had cost 120PHP. It was lami (tasty) so I guess, it was worth our money.

We strolled some parts of Mambajao, and found out that there were also live singings and mini-concert in some restaurants. There were drinks, and some gigs, too. If you are the kind of person who is into this, then try it. For our group, we just listened to few songs and headed home.

 

Day 1. The only day we experienced Camiguin Island.

 

Our group woke up at 5:00AM. Left our hostel at 5:30AM. Scheduled a boat going to White Island at 6:00AM. If you wish to take pictures at the White Island without too much photo bombers, then follow our schedule. There were only few people that time, for it was too early. The sun was not friendly, somehow, we thanked God that this event saved our skin from future sunburns.

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We also ate our breakfast in a carinderia here. My friend and I spent only 120PHP. Both of us. With coffee, extra rice, and three viands plus pansit. Good deal, I guess!

After an hour in White Island, we headed to Mantigue Island. Mantigue Island was wider and bigger than White Island. However, when we reached here, it was raining hard and the wind brought coldness to us. My friends, enjoyed the waves though. I had no choice but to play with it, too.

I got no picture in this Island because it was raining! I had to safe keep my camera.

After an hour in Mantigue Island, we headed near the port and had our lunch there.

After our lunch, we literally explored Camiguin Island using our rented motorcycle. We attempted to visit falls, but due to its location, we were not able to do so. But then, we enjoyed how the island looked. So refreshing to our eyes. It’s simply elegant!

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We reached Sunken Cemetery and viewed the famous cross. We could have rented a boat going there, but it was raining. We did not have the chance.

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After Sunken Cemetery, we went back to an Old Church Ruins. This ruins was said to be established by the Spaniards. But, due to a volcanic eruption, everything turned to ash. Only some pillars were left.

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After visiting the old ruins, we passed by the steps to an old volcano. We had limited time, so we skipped this part.

We had so much fun after vising Ardent Hot Springs. Never skip this spot in Camiguin Island! So relaxing and soothing to one’s soul. Before we entered here, we had our early dinner first. We ate grilled pork, isaw, and chicken. Everything was perfect.

There you go. In just one day, we managed to visit six spots in Camiguin Island. I bet, you will fully enjoy Camiguin Island for three days and two nights. In our case, we only visited this in a day due to lack of time and day job.

 

Here is our Camiguin Island Itinerary.

6:00am-7:30am – White Sand Island

7:30am-9:00am – Breakfast + We went back home. Hygiene. Yes.

9:00am-10:00am – Travel to Mantigue Island

10:00am-12:00nn – Travel + Stay in Mantigue Island

12:00nn-1:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm – Supposed visit to falls, but went back due to logistics problem.

2:30pm-4:30pm – Travel + Sunken Garden + Old Ruins

4:30pm-7:00pm – Travel +Ardent Hot Springs + Dinner

 

Here are some of our expenses:

White Island Boat Rental   450PHP / 4Pax

Hostel                                     1,400PHP/ 2 nights

Motorcycle Rental                350PHP/ 24 hours

Mantigue Boat Rental         600PHP/ 4 Pax

Ardent Hot Spring                50PHP/ head

Food depends on the location.

 

We had to sleep early at 8:00pm because we will leave our hostel at 2:45AM. We rented a van going straight to Cagayan de Oro City. We paid 530PHP for it. This included the fare in the boat, plus other expenses. We left Camiguin Island with so much happiness, and hope to be back here anytime soon!

 

Recommendations.

  1. Visit Camiguin Island for at least 3 days and 2 nights. You could spend one week here, but 3 days will be enough to explore everything.
  2. Always compare prices. Never deal with those people who would approach you just right after you got off from the boat. They never let you haggle.
  3. Find the cheapest yet worthy hostel. Our hostel offers overpriced food. Maybe, you can look for one that has cheaper deals.
  4. You can save money for food if you choose to buy goods from Mercury Drug or in the Market in Mambajao. Always bring bottled water with you, too.

 

We reached Cagayan de Oro City as early as 6:30AM. Please check out my post about my HALF DAY TRIP in Cagayan de Oro City! Thank God for this gift! 🙂

 

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Budget Day Trip in Antipolo

Antipolo has been one of the nearest weekend destinations which you can enjoy within your budget. Even if you are coming from North, South, or even from the East, then you should experience how Antipolo can satisfy your travel needs.

Here’s the answer to your question: Where to go in Antipolo?

My friend, Ate Beth, and I woke up early for our trip. We’re both from Rizal so it’s easy for us to take the road less traveled. Going on a weekend or a day trip tour in Antipolo required us to wake up early in the morning.

From Tikling, we rode a jeepney going to Hinulugang Taktak. Jeepneys from Crossings, and UV Express from Antipolo surely passed here.

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Here’s an enchanting view in Antipolo that you should not miss. It offers scenic view like the typical falls that you see on pictures. When they say Antipolo, Taktak must be the first thing that comes into people’s mind. There are spaces here where families can eat snacks together. Swimming pool and venue are available for use as well. You can also buy pasalubong before you leave. There is an entrance fee worth 30php for students. PWD and Senior Citizens are free from this payment. (TIP: Always bring your student ID to enjoy unimaginable perks. Hehe.)

After some time, we went out from Hinulugang Taktak, we went to Parish of Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is the exact church where Popoy and Basha got married. You’ll enjoy the feels once you enter this majestic church.

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Parish of Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Mass schedule is 9:00am and 10:30 ( I think. If my memory serves me right). Get ready to pray to look for your own Basha/Popoy. Fast Fact: This is the parish where the Bishop of Antipolo stays.

After visiting this church, we went to our next venue: Pinto Art Museum. It was only one tricycle away. I think we only paid fifty pesos. Riding tricycles in this area was such a big help for people like us. However, I think, this was quite pricey. Just be ready with your coins, though.

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Pinto Art Museum is filled with amazing structures and designs which can make your heart melt.
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It also showcases art works, sculptures, and paintings that captivate one’s soul.
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My favorite part is this ethnic side of the museum.
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T his is my favorite view. I love how the color of the water, sky, and trees complement and blend.

The entrance fee in Pinto Art Musuem is 200 pesos. But, if you are a student (undergrad or graduate), you can enter here for only 100 pesos. Amazing deal, right? For Senior Citizens and PWD, they can avail for 20% discount. There’s a lot to discover in this Museum. There’s even a map where people can use once they feel groovy in roaming around the museum. This location is perfect for instagrammable locations.

It was 12:00 noon when we felt the urge to eat. Thus, our next stop was in Mom’s Pot Restaurant.

18622580_1567612433257253_8263769183885979798_n If you want to eat a lot in this trip, then you should try Moms Pot Restaurant. Enjoy their home-prepared meals for only 125 pesos . This surely fills your tummy with delectable lutong bahay meals. You can choose from plain or java rice. There’s a wide variety of viands. PLUS, there’s also dessert.

After eating here, we rode another tricycle which headed us to Cloud 9. 🙂

The 360 View in Cloud 9 is what people look forward to in going here. Before somebody gets to the top, he has to pass through a narrow bridge. This bridge is so breathtaking. We definitely are nervous in walking through this. Huhu, we’re proud that we are able to cross this challenging bridge.

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360 degree view from Cloud 9’s highest peak.

There’s an entrance fee of fifty pesos before you can experience this. In the same area, there’s also a restaurant where you can satisfy your tummy’s needs.

I would love to see this venue in the evening. I wished to imagine how lights flicker while I stare at them. I wanted to know how the starts look from this spot.

It was two in the afternoon when we managed to finish our trip. We’re supposed to go into another cave found in Antipolo. However, I suddenly felt tired and hungry at the same time. So, we went to the city itself and looked for a cafe where we can charge our phones and our tired bodies.

Here’s our expenses.

Transport going to Tikling – 50 pesos

Hinulugang Taktak entrance fee – 30 pesos.

Trike going to PIHM – 30 pesos

Bottled water – 50 pesos

Trike going to Pinto Art Museum – 50 pesos

Entrance to Pinto Art Museum – 100 pesos *discounted*

Trike going to Mom’s Pot – 50 pesos

Mom’s Pot Buffet – 125 pesos

Trike going to Cloud 9 – 100 pesos

Cloud 9 entrance – 50 pesos

Total: 645 pesos! This changes if you are coming from a distant location. I think 800 pesos is enough. You can also add Antipolo Cathedral in your trip. In our case, we are already familiar with the church because we often go there every Lent.

Do you recommend other places to visit? I am still looking for more places to visit. Places within the area or near Rizal. Any suggestions?

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