8 Things to Experience When in Rainy Baguio

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Why have a tour to Baguio on a rainy season? I say why not!

When I was informed by my friend that I'll be going to Baguio by the last week of June, I immediately asked myself, "What can I do around Baguio when it's all wet outside?". Apparently, I will not be able to walk around the prominent parks, strawberry fields, roads and famous. So what's the point, right? 

But with Azalea Residences Baguio , I'm glad to share with you some of the must-experience things that you should definitely try when in a rainy Baguio. Even I did not know all these things were kept before me and how I was not able to do this on my prior visits to Baguio.

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1. Enjoy a cup of French Press at Cafe Yagam

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Cafe Yagam
#25 J. Felipe St., Gibraltar, Baguio City
This cafe offers coffee and local dishes that every wanderlust would fall in love to. Adding the instagram-worthy chimney and the relaxing ambiance of the place, everyone would definitely fall in love with this place the moment they step into this residence-turned-cafe place.

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Their locally grown, freshly roasted coffee press were to die for! Sipping some brewed coffee on a cold night would definitely make friends have a great time talking to each other and appreciate everything around them. Hey, I also had my shots of flashback as I enjoy my cup.

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You also cannot leave this place without trying this Basil Cream Cake! It's like a pesto-turned-cake with a cream that is a tad sour just right to match the pastry's sweetness. Get ready to reach Cloud 9 with just one bite of this goodness. 

TLW NOTES: Coffee starts at Php 80; Beer starts at Php 55; Food starts at Php 100 per serving

2. Feed your artsy soul with a visit at BenCab Museum
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BenCab Museum
Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadlangan, Tuba, Benguet
For just 100 pesos per head, anyone can have an experience of looking around BenCab's most precious artworks. 

For those of you who do not know BenCab yet, "Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, better known as "BenCab", is a Filipino painter and was awarded National Artist of the Philippines for Visual Arts in 2006. He has been noted as "arguably the best -Selling painter of his generation of Filipino artists. "

He is also famous for making over a hundred artworks of "Sabel", a lady street dweller. 

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Sharing with you one of my favorite artworks found at the Erotica Gallery. This is the Artist's Model Nude (ca. 1950) by Antonio Garcia Llamas. The illustration is so empowering. For me, it shows how a woman should see herself first by being confident about herself in general. Confident may be an overused word but most women nowadays tend to not possess it.

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Cafe Sabel is also found at the Farm & Garden Level of the museum were you can stop and get your daily dose of coffee and pastries. 

3. See locals weave products at Easter Weaving Room, Inc.

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Easter Weaving Room, Inc.
No. 2 Easter Road Guisad, Baguio City, 2600 Benguet
 
Easter Weaving offers a wide variety of souvenirs, weaved or not, that are perfect as pasalubong for our family and friends back in Manila.

Observers can see the actual weaving area were locals work hard by weaving. This room is just too colorful and I can not help but appreciate all the efforts done in this room just to produce locally weaved products worth exporting.

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The UP Sablay were also done here, FYI.

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4. Take a lunch out at Slaughter House

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Balajadia's Kitchenette, Slaughter Compound, Baguio City
If you do not prefer eating local Cordilleran dishes, fret not! The Slaughter House in Magsaysay Avenue is a compound of eateries are available to serve you traditional and aphrodisiac (if you want to try out something new) viands for a heavy lunch. Who can not say no to this hot, soothing, bulalo on a cold weather?

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The place may look like your normal carinderia, but with friends, you really would not mind were you're eating. :)

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5. Have your Portrait Sketch taken at Tam-Awan Village

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366-C Pinsao Proper, Baguio City
Artists unite! Tam-Awan Village is a reconstructed Cordilleran village where the remains of the old Ifugao huts lurk along with Baguio's current art and culture scene. I love how they were able to manage retaining some hints from the past for people of today's generation to appreciate and learn from.

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At least five local artists were there in a certain spot at Tam-Awan village to sketch your portraits. Prices of portrait sketch depends on the artists that you'll hire. But for as low as 200 php, you can have yours done in 15-30 minutes. Better prepare your facial muscles because you have to keep still for almost the whole time! 

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You also get to dance with the community or grab a hot choco at the cafe just within the vicinity. Prices of the pastries were reasonable that's why this can also be a chill spot were you can bring your friends into.

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TLW NOTES: Get here in Jeep: Quezon Hill-Tam-Awan Jeep or Long-Long via Tam-Awan Jeep from Kayang Street, Baguio City Market

6. Try Tartland's famous Lengua de Gato

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I honestly think that this is the best Lengua de Gato I've ever had my entire life. Not only because of it's thickness, it also smells and tastes buttery all over! Unlike other Lengua de Gato which are plainly sweet and nothing in between.

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7. Go on a Fright Tour with your group to Baguio's Most Haunted Destinations

If you are the eager beaver who want to test your scary limits, then Baguio's Fright Tour is definitely for you. Touring around Baguio Cathedral, Teacher's Camp, Laperal House, Hyatt Hotel and Laokan, a tour guide shares the history of the place and scary experiences occuring to these places in present time. What makes this even scary is that he shows actual photographs taken in the same spot where we're at.

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Pine City Fright Tour
This is where I've reached my limit in all these scary wanderings. I'm a scaredy cat and when I felt that something touched my ankle (maybe a wind, am I just scaring myself? I don't think so), I know I already reached the bar over trying to be brave with horror stories.  

What makes this fright tour extra exciting though is, since we're now on the rainy season, thunders roar while Anton, the tour guide, shares paranormal accounts in particular places. This definitely adds up to the eerie feeling at that certain moment.

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TLW NOTES: Tour starts usually by 5 pm and a minimum of three people are required for the tour to push through. Adults are charged Php 500 / head while students are charged Php 350.

8. Host a horror movie night with your group

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If you're after the cheaper but still fun activity to do during your stay in baguio, you can opt to watch a horror movie with your family or friends. At least, in this manner, you get to enjoy this alone time with your loved ones while scaring the hell out of each other. Sounds fun, right?

Kudos to Azalea Residences Baguio for hosting a movie night to end our few days stay at Baguio last June. Love the effort you guys pulled up! :)

After experiencing all of these, Baguio has been redefined in my mind. Now, the reasons why I should visit Baguio has been updated and I wouldn't mind making Baguio my second home.

Posting more about my recent trip like the impromptu food crawl that I did with friends and Azalea Residences Baguio, the official hotel residence during my trip with other bloggers soon! Hope you'll stay tune!  

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