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Baguio City

We are blessed to originate from a province less than 2hours travel to one of the top tourist destination in Luzon…Baguio City. Had another chance to visit Baguio last year and we are joined by our grandfather on this trip. Since Baguio is less than 2 hours from Pangasinan we just had our day tour.

Lion’s Head-you would not miss this gigantic statue if you are coming from Kennon road on your way up to Baguio.

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The Mansion – located in Leonard Wood Road, it was built in 1908 to house the US governor and generals. There are days where you can get inside but is close to public most of the time.

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Wright Park – located across The Mansion and known for its manmade pond called “Pool of Pines”. Children and those children at heart will enjoy the main activity here which is horseback riding.

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 Mines View Park – located 4kms from the city proper where you can see the panoramic view of Benguet province.

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Burnham Park – located at the city proper and the most well-known tourist spot in Baguio. There are a lot of activities here, boating, biking, and strolling. You can also pitch a tent if you just want to sit and relax.

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Las Ventanas, Tagaytay

It’s our wedding anniversary once again and we are on our 9th year as husband and wife. Just like what we did last year where we just spent the whole day on the beach in Camaya Coast, we went out of town just to relax and unwind. Again, I purchased a promo from Metrodeal for Las Ventanas in Tagaytay. For P1,900 per night on a weekday (with additional P1,000 if you are going there on a weekend or holiday) you can stay at their twin room inclusive of plated dinner and breakfast, free use of swimming pool and a 60-minute whole body massage for 2.

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accommodations

Going there is easy even if you are commuting. On our way to Las Ventanas, we took the van from Starmall going to Balibago, travel time is around 45 minutes. From Balibago terminal, we rode the jeep going to Tagaytay Market, travel time is 30 minutes. On our way back to Manila, we took the bus going to Lawton, travel time is 2.5 hours.

Once you arrived at the public market, you will see Collete’s store across the street. There is a narrow path besides the store and you need to walk a steep road, about 300meters to reach Las Ventanas. You may opt to ride a tricyle.

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dinning hall

Las Ventanas is a 2,600 sqm property tucked in a highland of Tagaytay. Amenities include swimming pool, massage area, garden and dining hall.

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massage area

Rooms have no aircon which is quite ok since the breezy wind of the highlands will make you feel cool and comfortable. There are no tv and wifi as well because they want their visitors be detached to the busy world. The place is also surrounded with plants and trees to make you feel more relax while enjoying the nature.

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inside one of the rooms

The place is simple and unassuming although some area needs to be maintained. For me, the original rate of P4,000 is pricey and P1,900 promo rate is acceptable considering the free meals and massage. But for the purpose of relaxation and bonding moments with your love one, being detached with the hustle and bustle of the metro and communing with nature is definitely achievable here.

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swimming pool

So how much did we spend for this trip:

Day1

Las Ventanas Metrodeal promo                                       P1,900

Van from starmall edsa-balibago terminal                     P140

Jeep from balibago-tagaytay market                               P80

Tricycle from market-las ventanas                                   P30

Snacks (drinks,chips,bread,fruits)                                     P160

Tip for Massage                                                                    P100

Day2

Tricycle from market-olivares terminal                           P20

Jeep from Olivares terminal-diner’s                                 P20

Lunch at Diner’s Bulalo overlooking taal volcano          P490

Bus from Diner’s to Lawton                                               P190

                                                                                                P3,130/2 pax


Rizal Windmill, Pililia Rizal

This windmill is the one nearest from the metro and overlooking Laguna de Bay.

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27 wind turbines in 4,515 hectares of land under Alternative Wind One Corporation.

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San Ildefonso of Toledo Parish Church, Tanay Rizal

One of the old churches in the province of Rizal.

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Built between 1773 to 1783 and was declared a National Treasure in 2001.

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Catanduanes, My First Solo Backpacking Experience

I chose Catanduanes simple because it is the only province in Bicol Region that I haven’t visited yet. Since this is a solo trip, I opted to stay and roam around Virac, the capital of Catanduanes.

From the airport, I went straight to Rhaj Inn (contact number 09123180857) and secured a place to sleep in. I got a fan room at P375 (no a/c room for now since I will shoulder the expense all by myself).

rhaj inn

It was a Sunday so after I settled my things, I went first to Cathedral of Immaculate Conception to attend Mass (was not able to get a picture of the church façade because it is currently under renovation).

cathedral

Next stop is the Museo de Catanduanes, located in the Old Capitol building. Unfortunately, the museum is close on Sundays (which is quite unusual since most of the museum is open during weekends).

museum

There are plenty of beautiful beaches in Virac but based on blogs that I have read, Marilima beach is the most stunning. So, I went to the tricycle terminal located in front of Virac Town Center (VTC) and ride the public tricycle going to Batag, fare is P30/head and distance is about 13kms to Marilima Beach. True to the blogs that I’ve read, transportation is quite scarce going back to Virac. Bloggers even suggested to rent transportation when touring Virac. Typical tour rate is P500 for half day rental which is costly for a solo traveler. Glad to meet kuya Joe, the driver of the tricycle I rode from Virac. Since I was the last passenger to get off, he volunteered to just wait for me. He even took some of my pictures in the beach 🙂 (you can contact his number 09182209345 for tours). Another truth to the blogs that I’ve read, Marilima is dramatically pristine and unblemished. An unspoiled beach situated just along the highway. But Kuya Joe told me that the place is already sold to someone and they will eventually turn it into a private resort (another raw beauty that will turn into an overrated commercial site).

miralima beach

From Marilima, I went back to Rhaj Inn and took a nap. At night time, I went to VTC to have my dinner and buy some souvenirs. I thought it was just a mall but when I reached the back area, there are food stalls, park and a stage with a huge LED. They call the place VTC Metrowalk and I think this is where locals usually stay to unwind.

town center

 Need to end this blog by thanking my travel hubby who, after my several attempts, finally allowed me to do this solo backpacking. Because of this, as a traveler, I feel complete.