Though I lived in Baguio for 2 years, there are so many places there I haven't visited. Even if I go there every year, I feel like our itinerary is never the same. Yes, Camp John Hay, Burnham Park and Good Shephered are always part of my trip, there are always still some areas left undiscovered. This last trip I was able to visit 2 places I have always wanted to. I planned to visit many more places but due to time constraints (brought by extreme road congestion) we weren't able to. Hopefully when I visit again this year, we will.
Mt. Cloud Bookshop - this used to be a very old, creepy, dilapidated, and abandoned hotel. Whenever we pass by this place, it gives us the goosebumps. But in recent years, this old hotel was revived and renovated. It is now a very cozy and comfortable lodge that has a really good restaurant, a spa and a cute bookshop. It is just like any other bookshop - it sells books and stationery. But what makes this different is its quirky interior and the selection of books that they sell. Yes, they do have modern books like The Hunger Games as pictured below but most of the books they sell are second-hand academic books - books used in universities and for post-graduate studies. This is a great place to find rare books that most professors require. The ambiance is also very cozy making it a great hangout place.
Bell Church - when my friend said she wanted to go to Bell Church, what came to my mind was similar to the Bell Tower in Ilocos. I've heard of this place before but never really gave it much thought as it gave me the impression that it just a bell tower. But I was surprised when we went there that it was actually a Chinese/Buddhist memorial church. I thought it would be more Catholic but it was not. There was a shrine for Buddha. The church was really nice and well maintained. But there were too many people and many of there have really poor manners. My friend and I were pissed off. I don't know if they are tourists like us or if they are locals but they were really ill-mannered - not gonna into details but I really wanted to get into a brawl.
Tam-Awan Village - everyone just raves about this place. Here, you can find the traditional house of the indigenous peoples living in Ifugao. We were also luck to see some people in action building one. They also have galleries filled with artworks featuring the indigenous peoples of Ifugao. They also have an area where you can try the traditional outfit of the IP's. But honestly, I feel like it was just overhyped. There is an entrance fee of 50.00PHP and I think that is just about enough. The place is okay but not really something worth going to. It was too far and all you will see are traditional houses - which I have already seen and lived before (during my 1 month fieldwork in Banaue). Going there once and seeing what the hype is all about should be enough. But it is not a place you will go back to.
Hope you enjoy the pictures!