After getting wet and dirrrty, we immediately hit the road! It's already around 5PM when we left the Mount Pinatubo registration office so Manong Driver's already hitting the road as fast as he can!
Since Eugene had some mom-problem, we dropped him off at his house in Tarlac City before finally going straight to Pangasinan to change flight. Yeap! We rented the van just for a day so the driver still needs to go back to Manila before midnight strikes. Hehehe.
It took us around 2-3 hours before reaching my hometown. I wonder how many times Hanna asked me if we're already near/in our town. She's like Donkey in the movie Shrek... Hahaha!
Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
I told my parents days before our trip that we would probably arrive at our house in Pangasinan on Monday -- already in the afternoon, so I just let them prepare some snacks for us. But no! They were shocked to hear that we were still in Tarlac City at 6PM. I wasn't able to inform them early about how our hike went, some probs we encountered, etc, because it's dead spot in the Pinatubo area. What made it more complicated is that I emptied my cellphone batteries so I had a hard time informing my parents about our current situation. LOL. So we ended up eating in some Turo-turo (Point-point) when we finally reached my home because my parents weren't able to prepare dinner for us.
After dinner, some took a shower first in our house before we headed for Baguio. 10PM when we left my house, used our family's SUV, I as the driver.
I was wondering why dad actually allowed us to go since it's already late... I thought that he'll let us sleep in the house that night and just leave early for Baguio the next day. Kennon Road isn't really that safe yah knoe... No road lights, spontaneously falling rocks, zig-zag, steep and rough roads.
Luckily, my driving powers that night's in the max. Probably the coffee I took at home before we left. LOL. Everyone's already sleeping, I on the other hand's just listening to some random music on the CD while driving.
Next day, I woke up early... Rhenz was already awake but still in bed. I immediately went to take a bath. Hah! The heater was broken so I had no choice but to bathe in the freezing water of Baguio! T'was okay tho... Was even better because after the bath, I don't feel cold anymore.
We spent our Baguio trip just wandering and eating around. Fortunately, some of my friends have relatives there so we actually didn't spend much on food. Hahaha... So let me further share the things that happened with some pictures.
Our first stop on our first day is the Public Market! Of course, we bought there souvenirs, novelty and native items for Pasalubong! You will also be able to find there fresh vegetables and fruits in their cheapest prices.
We ate our lunch at Oh My Gulay!, a resto that's suitable for vegetarians! Oh my very hard to find! Seriously... It's located along Session Road in the building where Manel's is located. The location of this resto's in the rooftop of the building wherein students from UP Baguio created it artistically, designed the place with different types of artworks and paintings. Amazing huh? You should visit this place! I strongly recommend it.
They serve pastas, salads and desserts, and everything's made of veggies and fruits! Yummy and Healthy!
Next Stop? The Mansion House! I knoe med students are crazy but not as crazy as climbing the steel gates of the Mansion House, like what we did... Hehehehe... We were actually allowed to go inside, but just within a few meters from the gate.
It's not the gates of heaven guys! Calm down!
OBTW, the kids who catch coins were all gone nao...
Owell, some of us even had the chance to buy pieces of accessories and an almost-genuine jacket that made some of us envious. Hahahaha... The price's just right!
(R above) We were all happy to be allowed just a few meters to go inside the gates after convincing the guards and crying out loud just to let us in. Hehehe. JK.
Near the Mine's View Park's the Good Shepherd Convent... We bought more Pasalubong especially their famous Ube Jam! Yammmeeehhh....
Camp John Hay was the next stop. Their Starbucks for me is the most unique, most calm, and most sophisticated branch! Owell, I forgot to take some photos so just imagine an old cabin in a forest that you usually see in Hollywood films of green and white.
We had dinner at Hanna's Tito and Tita's place! We met her cousins, CJ and Patrick who were very smart and nice kids. We BTW almost experienced picking strawberries unfortunately, we didn't have much time already.
The following day, some of us woke up late and so we finished preparing very late. We almost haven't done anything that day except that some of us went back to the Public Market to buy strawberries to be brought back to Manila and some just wandered around the SM and had coffee again at Starbucks.
We finally met Jac's Grannies and they treated us lunch at Sizzling Plate near the Burnham Park. Yeap, during that time, I was not yet a semi-Vegan so I still ate meat. Hahaha...
That very same day in the afternoon, we said our goodbyes to Baguio City and went straight back to Pangasinan. Since I'm not going back to Manila yet, I dropped my friends at Victory Liner Bus Station and off they went! Shoooo! Hehehe...
(L) Sizzling Plate near the Burnham Park... Good food, bad toilet... Hahaha...
(M) Two of my passengers!!! Hanna and Carlos...
(R) The Driver, me. This was taken while driving my way back and down to Pangasinan.
This trip was awesomely tiring... I enjoyed it very much because of the company... Owell, Baguio's still the place to be? Probably...
Thanks to Rhenz and James for some pictures.