Friday, January 09, 2015

Travelogue: Baguio City 2014 Part 2 (Burnham Park, The Mansion, Camp John Hay, Good Shepherd)

No matter how many times I go to Baguio, I never get tired of it. It will always have a special place in my heart. It will always remain as my favorite local vacation destination. Aside from the cold temperature, the tall pine trees are what makes this mountain city so appealing to me. I love how cozy it makes you feel. 

A trip to Baguio will never be complete without visiting Burnham Park, The Mansion, Camp John Hay, and Good Shepherd, It is included in everyone's itinerary when they visit Baguio. 

Burnham Park - it is known for various attractions such as bicycle area and the boating lake. You will find it packed with couples and families all week long. Tourists and locals alike love to hangout here. My family and I always stop by here first because my brother enjoys riding the bike. I know, you can basically ride the bike anywhere but the feel is different when you do it in a colder place surrounded by pine trees which are non-existent in Manila.

The Mansion - it is also iconic as it is where the President lodges when he goes on vacation here. People are not allowed entry beyond the front driveway - for security purposes I guess. I don't really understand the hype with this area because really, all you see is a plain white house with big letters spelled as The Mansion. So tell me, what is so interesting about that? So what if the President lodges there? Will we get to see him? I don't think so. But still, people go here. It was unintentional that we went here. We were walking to Good Shepherd and we happened to pass by. My brother wanted a picture so I just took random photos while he is taking his. This would be my first and maybe last visit here. If I visit again next time, it would be unintentional again.

Good Shepherd  - it is also a must-visit in Baguio not because of the scenery but because of the products they sell. They are known for the extra thick and creamy ube halaya which everyone just raves about. No joke. Almost every tourist in Baguio goes here only to buy that. And I can attest that their ube halaya is the best tasting. You will definitely crave for more once you try it. They are also known for their other sweets such as chocolate crinkles, alfajor, lengua de gato, and strawberry jam. All are really, really good.

Camp John Hay - it used to be run by the US Air Force and was once exclusive to the rest and recreation of members and dependents of US Armed Forces based in the Philippines. Today, it is open to the public and has experienced many changes over the years. There are a number of hotels, restaurants, and even a BPO building. Despite the developments in infrastructure, I think the plan of Camp John Hay was very strategic that it retained and maintained its forested surroundings. There are still heaps of very tall pine and other trees.

I will visit you again soon, Baguio. :)