Moomy-Me-Time in Baguio City

I never thought that long distance traveling alone could rejuvenate and bring you rest. Sounds ironic, right?!

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Photo fromΒ Victory Liner

On November 27th, after a long time, I found myself packing my stuff for a quick escape to Baguio City. I committed to grace a friend’s wedding and to catch up with my girlfriends. It was my first time to travel without N, more so, to sleep for 2 nights alone since I gave birth to her. I admit that this thought made feel anxious; but I still gave it a shot even if I wasn’t sure of how N would take it.

I decided to take a day trip to Baguio City. My friend and I chose to ride a Victory Liner Deluxe Bus at their Cubao Terminal.

It was my first time to ride their “extra special'”Β bus trip because I am used to riding their regular A/C bus whenever I go there. It was such an exciting journey for me because I wanted to know if my PhP720.00 (PhP715.00 + Php5.00 insurance) fare would be worth it.

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The Victory Liner Bus has only 3 seats per row. If you’re traveling to Baguio alone, the seats on the right side of the bus is perfect for you. You don’t need to deal with strange passengers even if you doze off during the travel.

Yes, that is an electric outlet you’re seeing at the photo below. Each seat of the Victory Liner Deluxe Bus has its own socket that you could use for free to charge your electronic gadgets: mobile phone, tablet, music player, or even a laptop. So cool, isn’t it?

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I am taking this time to rave about the amazing experience I had at the Victory Liner Deluxe I rode that day. It has really nice facilities and provided good customer service during our 5-hour travel. How I wish I have attempted to try riding this during my “Kaydet Girl” days.

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Photo from Victory Liner

These facilities and services include:

  • free snacks (a bottle of distilled drinking water, a pack of chips, and a small piece of butterscotch bread)
  • free newspaper/broadsheet
  • free WI-FI on board (though it was quite slow)
  • free use of electronic tablet (Yes, TABLET, as in COMPUTER TABLET!)
  • personal electric outlet/socket to unlimitedly charge your gadgets
  • enjoy clear movies shown on a flatscreen TV (we have 2 onboard)
  • clean restroom with adequate toilet paper and hand washing liquid soap
  • spacious legroom and reclining seats
  • not to mention that we also reached Baguio City on the dot at 5:30PM because there were no long stopovers!

I’m not sure if there’s more that I missed out mentioning, but the list above are the things that I’ve personally seen and experienced.

Read: Victory Liner Deluxe Bus Baguio Schedule

Like what I’ve said earlier, my friend Tin and I arrived in Baguio City at about 5:30PM. That was almost 2-hour time savings from the usual 7-hour journey with the regular Victory Liner Bus.

When I set my foot on Baguio soil, I did not feel any heaviness or sort of “bus-lag” because the travel was indeed smooth. I was spared from waiting for other passengers to finish eating their Mami or Arroz Caldo at Sison’s (a Victory Liner’s famous stopover).

A Β few minutes away from reaching Baguio City, I started craving (not pregnant, OK??!) for Sisig while waiting for our other friend, Amor, who’s also only a few minutes behind riding another bus, all the way from Clark Airbase.

When Amor finally arrived, we agreed to go to SM Baguio for dinner. We went straight to Dencio’s and ordered Sinigang na Baboy, Sizzling Chicken Gambas, and of course my Crispy Sisig (and off the record 5 cups of rice for us, 3 girls).

After dinner we decided to grab some hot coffees (Hooray for Starbucks Hot White Chocolate Mocha!). Did you know that I don’t usually order hot coffee in Starbucks when I’m in the Metro? Hot coffee tastes like heaven in Baguio City! After deciding where to give those Starbucks stickers to, we immediately headed to our first free accommodation: Hello, Camp Allen!

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Good morning from Camp Allen!

Just a little trivia for you: Did you know that Camp Allen used to be the old Philippine Military Academy base/campus before World War II?

Then comes the morning of Tasha’s Big Day. We all got up early to go out to Session Road and look for some brekky foods.

We also hunted for a salon to satisfy our vanity needs before the wedding, and found ourselves at the door of David’s Salon in Porto Vaga Mall along Session Road (in front of the RCBC Building).

20131208-013319.jpgBest wishes to M&C DR, and cheers to these amazing girlfriends who ended my November with a bang!

We left the salon at 1:30PM and proceeded directly to Mark & Tasha’s wedding ceremony. The church, though not that grand in terms of architectural and interior design, offered tranquility and solemnity to the exchange of vows. We left the church at about 6:00PM for Baguio Country Club (BCC) for the celebration hosted by the couple. The wedding reception was really well-orchestrated and beautiful!

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For that night, we were accommodated by our friend (the bride) at BCC. That evening after the wedding was also fantastic because we had a little girl’s night out at a local bar, followed by a very early morning coffee drinking session at Camp John Hay. I enjoyed my BCC bed at almost 5:30AM!

I sat my alarm at 9:00 to prepare myself and my stuff for home. As soon as I finished doing what I needed to do, another good friend, CJ of Planeville Mom, told us that we need to take our breakfast altogether.

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Yummy breakfast at BCC with ze girls

I won’t let this post end without recommending you to go and check out BCC’s Bakery that sells the yummiest Banana Cake for me! Thumbs up! I also won’t forget dropping by the Good Shepherd Convent for their delectable Ube Jam! πŸ™‚

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With Planeville Mom at the Baguio Country Club (BCC) Bakery

I left Baguio City that same day and took the 2:15PM bus bound for Manila. Yes, I took the bus alone, and I decided to take the deluxe bus again! The travel back home was quite long since I went back on a Friday.

I was sleeping almost half of my travel time, but I did not miss taking a look at the newly-opened Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX). I enjoyed traveling this road even if there wasn’t much to see. I am very excited for TPLEX to be fully operational since it promises to cut short Baguio’s travel time from Manila to 4 hours.

It was so quiet and relaxing, and it would surely make you feel a little “emo.”

20131208-013419.jpgThe Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX)

I enjoyed this quick Baguio trip alone since I felt like having a “Mommy Day-off” is something I very much needed these days. Β Just a day free from the busyness of performing my responsibilities as wife, mom, and homemaker. Admit it, sometimes, the tasks are overwhelming and they just burn us out, isn’t it? I suggest you do this if you can — travel alone or with some girlfriends for a little relaxing time, and think about just yourself.

I hope you enjoyed this long read of my Baguio travel. I also hope you learned something that could help you in planning your future Baguio City trips this Holiday Season.

What is your favorite Baguio City spot? Any recommendation where else to explore since I will be going there again 2 weeks from now with the fam bam?Β β™₯

5 comments

  1. Baguio City People says:

    Hi Ms. Glaiza! We’re happy you enjoyed your Baguio trip. I was wondering if you ever had the chance to come back to Baguio more recently especially now that TPLEX has cut down the travel time to Baguio significantly. Looking forward to more of your future Baguio adventures! Thanks for sharing.

  2. irish dominique says:

    Hi Ms. Glaiza. I really like your posts about PMA (some memories never leave you, right?) and Baguio. Baguio is my second home (I studied in UP for 4.5 years) and all the must-see/visit places there is PMA. The visit to that place evokes a feeling of Baguio-ness (must be the super cold air and the greenery of the camp itself). Anyhow, I’ll be reading your posts every now and then. I love your writing style. Are you a journalism grad or communications grad? Makes me think. =)

  3. Marinela Diaz says:

    You have a new “home”! Congratulations Mommy Glaiza! πŸ™‚ I love it because I find it sleeker and loads faster than usual. The photos are easy on the eyes too! You’ve made a great move! πŸ™‚

    On to your post. πŸ™‚ i haven’t travelled via bus for such a long time. The last time I set my foot on a bus was 5 years ago, sa Negros Occidental pa! And to tell you honestly, in my 30 years of existence, I haven’t travelled alone outside Laguna. What a shame! πŸ™‚

    I think your P720 bus fare was all worth it. Flight stewardess lang ang peg ni ate na may hawak ng basket. Very professional ang dating nila ni kuya. The bus looks very clean at winner ang facilities nila. I wish to go back to Baguio City. I’ve been there 14 years ago pa, my first and last. Is it still chilly there? A cousin who went there just last week told us that it’s not chilly anymore. It colder pa daw sa Tagaytay.

    Hope to see your next post about Baguio City pag kasama mo na ang family mo. πŸ™‚

    • Mommy Glaiza says:

      Hi Marinela! Thanks so much for complimenting the sleeker Moomy Musings! I’m really committed to make this a pleasant blog reading experience for all of us. I’m really glad that you liked it! πŸ™‚ Yes, I agree with your cousin. It’s not that chilly in Baguio anymore, unlike the older days. Imagine, I wasn’t able to make use of that thick jacket I brought with me. Pabigat lang sa bag! But of course, I couldn’t still stand taking a bath without a heater! I will surely tell you that story when we come again to Baguio before the year ends. Thanks so much for reading! I really appreciate it. πŸ™‚

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