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Mar 31, 2012

How to Go to Baguio Tourist Spots: Leonard Wood

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A flower inside Botanical Garden, one of the many Baguio tourist spots.

Part 5 of Leonard Wood Baguio Tour

How to Go to Baguio from Manila, Dagupan, Vigan or Olongapo:
That’s pretty easy. All you have to do is to ride in a bus bound to Baguio. Just be aware though that some bus lines have last trips prior to the trip. Victory Liner Bus last trip from Olongapo to Baguio is at 6 PM and Victory Liner Bus last trip from Dagupan to Baguio is at 6:30 PM. Van in Dagupan though has 10 PM as their last trip.

How to Go to Leonard Wood, Baguio City:
From your hotel/transient, just call a cab then tell the driver to drop you off at 50’s Diner. From here, you can already start the walk tour to Leonard Wood. This is the easiest way to reach Leonard Wood but it is also the most expensive way.

If you are at Session Road and want to start a longer walk tour, just go straight ahead to upper Session Road. There is a roundabout there that connects Post Office Loop, Luneta Hill (that goes to SM City Baguio), Session Road, Gov. Pack Road (to terminal) and Leonard Wood.

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Mar 30, 2012

Botanical Garden of Baguio

Part 4 of Leonard Wood Baguio Tour
After staring at the windows of the famed haunted white house (or after the haunted white house stared at us), we finally decided to move on and walk a few more meters to Teachers’ Camp (just stopped for a while and took pictures but we didn’t manage to get inside as we didn’t have anything to do there).

Forests along Leonard Wood.

We then crossed a bridge and continued to walk until we reached the Botanical Garden. There are a group of Igorots in costume in front of Botanical Garden, so if you don’t want to miss the photo op with the Igorots (or if you want to be in Igorot costume), then go ahead and take a photo with them. There is a fee of Php 20 per shot, so if you are on a tight budget, just cross the road to the other side, zoom your DSLR and presto, you have it.

Baguio Haunted White House

Dare to get inside...and walk out alive. (Photo at haunted White House in Baguio)

Part 3 of Leonard Wood Baguio Tour
 The sequence should be the other way around, the walk tour first then eat in a restaurant. But we didn’t actually plan to do the walk tour, that’s why eating in a restaurant came first.

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Mar 28, 2012

Dine in 50’s Diner

Shade of different ice cream shakes only at  50's Diner

Part 2 of Leonard Wood Baguio Tour
 We started our walk tour with 50’s Diner. We did not actually plan to walk along Leonard Wood but because we had in hand a camera, we decided to visit some Baguio tourist attractions. We were supposed to eat in a restaurant along Session Road but ended riding a cab to 50’s Diner.

50’s Diner is a popular restaurant in Baguio City. This is one of the must visit Baguio restaurants. They serve good food in an affordable price. I love this restaurant because aside from the good food are reasonably priced; the restaurant also serves in stomach filling servings! I swear, your Php 100 is already sulit!

Baguio Walk Tour: Leonard Wood

A flower inside Botanical Garden, one of the many Baguio tourist spots.

Part 1 of Leonard Wood Baguio Tour
 This should be the first installment of all the trips I ever traveled. I already spent one-fourth of my life being a Baguio resident and I now know how life works in Baguio. This walk tour can be done in less than two hours. I wanted to include this Leonard Wood Baguio Tour in a travel series that deals with the different Baguio tourist spots, but I finally decided to separate it. Another Baguio travel series will be posted right after this Leonard Wood Baguio Tour.

Near the entrance of Botanical Garden. (The Botanical Garden was renovated, so this might not how it looks like now.) 

Okay, so what is a walk tour? A walk tour is a typical traveler’s tour without riding a vehicle, similar to a road trip, except that traveler is only required to walk the road instead of driving through it. Leonard Wood on the other hand is a road in Baguio City where many of its tourist attractions are located. You might have heard of 50’s Diner, The Haunted White House (or The Laperal White House), Teachers’ Camp and Botanical Garden. These popular Baguio destinations are connected with a single road called “Leonard Wood”.If you have plenty of calories to burn or if you just enjoy walking the mountain city of Baguio, then this walk tour is best for you.

HIGHLIGHTS: walking, Baguio restaurant, picture taking then back to walking again

Mar 26, 2012

How to Go to Baguio for the Panagbenga Festival

Moon with a dragon.

Part 3 of Baguio Flower Festival 2012

How to Go to Baguio from Manila:
Ride any bus bound to Baguio (Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus, Philippine Rabbit, Saulog Transit, Genesis Bus etc). I recommend you to arrive in Baguio a day before the event. If you don’t have any media pass, you have to secure a slot somewhere along the side where Porta Vaga is located. Check these maps:

Mar 24, 2012

Baguio Flowers and Session in Bloom

Have a cool summer!

Part 2 of Baguio Flower Festival 2012
I was supposed to watch it alone, but when I opened my Facebook and chatted with a friend, she was also going so we decided to be there at 5:00 in the morning.

Shalani Soledad, Tyang Amy Perez, Gelli de Belen, Makata Tawanan and other TV5 stars.

Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes for their soap opera "My Beloved".

So we got just in front of Patria de Baguio (Jollibee) at exactly 5 A.M.. We waited there like for three hours—if not forever—before the Panagbenga Festival grand float parade kicked off.

Mar 23, 2012

2012 Panagbenga Festival in Baguio

2012 is the Year of the Dragon for the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio.
Part 1 of Baguio Flower Festival 2012
Panagbenga Festival (season of flowers blooming), is yearly celebrated in the mountain resort city of Baguio. Started in 1995, the festival now draws in more than a million tourists both local and foreign to come to Baguio to witness “thousands of flowers in bloom”.

Super jump shot!

Mar 21, 2012

How to Go to Clark for the Hot Air Balloon Fest

Part 3 of 2012 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark 

How to Go to Clark for the Hot Air Balloon Fest from Manila:
  • Ride a bus north bound (Alaminos, Dagupan, Baguio, etc) and drop at Dau Terminal. From Dau Terminal, walk straight until you see Caltex. Cross the street from Caltex to the other side of the main highway. From there, ride a jeepney bound to Clark Main Gate for P8. In Clark Main Gate, look for a jeepney with Air Force City/Picnic Grounds signage. You can always ask the locals where to ride the jeepney. Fare is P10.
  • On going home, just cross the highway from the entrance of the complex. You will see some jeepneys standing by the side, waiting for passengers going back to Clark Main Gate. You can already actually stop at SM City Clark, eat there, go to the terminal and ride a jeepney that passes the road where Caltex is by the side. Drop at Caltex and walk a bit to Dau Terminal.
Clark map

Up, Up and Away from Angeles

So how about just sitting up in the air?

Part 2 of 2012 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark
Since I got this feeling that I need to travel just like every month, I finally decided to attend this 17th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark. As it is just two hours away from Camiling (my hometown), I finalized my travel to Clark on February 12, 2012.

The first which soared high--Close Up's balloon.

Mar 17, 2012

2012 Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark

A weekend of everything that flies at Air Force City in Clark.

Part 1 of 2012 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark
I never got the chance to see an actual hot air balloon when I was still a kid. So when I learned that there is a festival celebrated in Clark in tune of its hot air balloons, I eagerly googled it and planned to attend to this one of a kind festival in the Philippines.
Hot Air Balloon Festival started sometime in the mid 90’s and it was still a small event before. But now, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark draws in tourists (both foreign and local) to a staggering 100,000 in total last February 2012, knowing that the only main event was of course the flight of the hot air balloons. Other side events include the paragliding show, sky diving and night glow pushed through the night. The festival is annually celebrated inside Omni Aviation Complex at Air Force City in Clark, Pampanga. This happens every second week of February, most likely from Thursday until Sunday.

Festival Celebrated: Hot Air Balloon Festival
Highlights: hot air balloon flights, paragliding exhibition, sky diving, aircraft formation, kite flying, aerobatic flight display, night glow of hot air balloons

Plan Before You Go: Hot Air Balloon Festival Edition
Compared to other festivals celebrated in other parts of the Philippines, Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark is small. But it is still a bigger event compared to your friend’s birthday party so let’s get into some list I prepared for you who plan to attend this event in Clark.

Some kind of teaser.

Mar 15, 2012

How to Go to Subic Attractions and List of Expenses

The different Subic attractions in SBMA, Olongapo, Zambales.

Part 13 of Camiling-Clark-Subic Getaway
How to Go to Subic Attractions from Manila:
  • Ride a bus bound to Olongapo. Drop at the terminal in Olongapo.
  • To go to your hotel:
  1. Hire a tricycle to your transient/hotel/resort for P10 per head. Do not let the trike driver fool you. Some of them will make the route longer and request additional payment.
  2. Walk a bit until you are already around the roundabout or intersection of the streets and main road. Wait a jeepney along Rizal Avenue. If your hotel is located along Magsaysay Drive (or Avenue) or Rizal Avenue, ride a yellow one. Fare not more than P10 (P8 I guess).
  3. Try to hail a taxi to your hotel/resort. Taxis in Olongapo look like private cars. It is more expensive though.
  4. If your hotel/resort is located along Waterfront Rd/Dewey Ave. in SBMA, try to ride a jeepney bound to SBMA Maingate (I guess the yellow one) then hire a taxi to your hotel. Note that neither trikes nor jeepneys are allowed inside SBMA.
  5. When one wants to go back to Victory Liner Bus Terminal from Magsaysay Drive, catch a yellow jeep and drop at the roundabout. Walk a bit to the terminal.
  6. If you are along Magsaysay Drive, Saulog/Genesis Bus Terminal is somewhere near at the back of SM City Olongapo. Just a walk a bit to SM and cross the street along Gordon & East 16th Avenue.
  7. Note: Olongapo Hotels are far CHEAPER than hotels located inside SBMA.
  • To go to Subic attractions:
  1. If you are already in Magsaysay, inquire a traffic enforcer or just any local where you can hire a taxi for your trip. As in our case, we were helped by the hotel staff.
  2. Regular fixed one way fare to any of the Subic attractions like Zoobic Safari, Ocean Adventure or Tree Top Adventure at P400 (as of October 2011, rate might have increased now). Double it for a round trip fare. You can negotiate with the driver if you want to visit all the three destinations. Be sure to ask if he will bring you back to the terminal, because tourists will only be brought to the main gate where you can already ride a jeepney to the terminal.
  3. Piece of advice: Do not leave valuable things inside the van. The simple thought there is, you don’t trust strangers, do you?

Tree Top Adventure & Subic Yachts

Tree Top Adventure in Subic, Zambales

Part 12 of Camiling-Clark-Subic Getaway

Tree Top Adventure is about 10 minutes from Zoobic Safari (a zoo that offers safari ride experience). It is a park that offers another adventure that requires your stamina to enjoy fully their offered packages. The most popular of which is the “Superman” ride, because you mimic the way Superman flies to the sky—by means of zip line. Other rides include The Silver Surfer, Tree Top Tree Drop (their version of rapeling), Canopy Ride, trekking and the like. Trekking is the most affordable one priced at P100 while others like the Superman ride are priced at P300.

This is where you will be brought first--at the Harness Station. They won't allow you to enjoy the rides without the safety gears.

Look at those faces. We can't smile completely! We are standing 80 feet above the ground.

Tree canopies of the Subic forests.

Mar 12, 2012

Zoobic Safari’s Aetas’ Trail and Crocodile Farm

Crocodile waiting for the food. (Photo taken at Croco Loco inside Zoobic Safari, Zambales.)

Part 11 of Camiling-Clark-Subic Getaway

As soon as you get tired looking at some skeletons and stuffed animals (after you did the safari ride), you will again ride that zebra/tiger painted train and it will bring you to the Aetas’ Trail. Aetas are indigenous Filipino people. They do have their own culture and characteristics. In Aetas’ Trail, people will witness a cultural dance show from the Aetas.