My sister Pearl & I backpacked Baguio for two nights this February. We left Manila a day before the 30th year anniversary of EDSA, the night of Madonna’s “Rebel” concert. Victory Liner’s deluxe bus is highly recommended: the wifi worked, clean, comfy, non-stop. We covered the must-have tourist spots for Pearl’s first-time: Hill Station, Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Cafe by the Ruins, BenCab Museum, Burnham Park, Mine’s View & Good Shepherd for jams and cookies, Cafe de Batirol & a tour of Camp John Hay, strawberry picking at La Trinidad and a hike of Tam-awan Village, Forest House for bagnet & pastillas, and Narda’s.
And this post is a shout out to Baguio’s Balai Bed&Breakfast at Interior A Balacbac, owned and managed by mother-daughter team: Nanay Rose and Tess. A random click of a Facebook ad turned love at first sight, and intuition says this one is for a long haul. A case of “ohmy, it’s a small world!” Serendipity. Tess happened to be a very good friend and kumare of our lovely kababayan and UPV batchmate, who also happened to be Pearl’s college instructor. Indeed, “balai,” a Visayan word for “house”, became exactly that for us, and we were grateful.
You’ve seen photos of friends, like what we have here, in this interactive 3D museum in Cubao and you are raring to go this coming holiday or summer vacation. Here’s how not to get lost: it is near LRT-2 Araneta Cubao station, and coming from EDSA, at the back of Gateway and Cubao Expo!
If you are a commuter, this is exactly where you should exit: at the back of the building. The road leads you to Cubao Expo. It is a hip place: artsy and vintage shops; good restaurants and coffee shops. We had lunch at Alan’s Grill. Awesome kare-kareng bulalo at a reasonable price.
Then you can do a walkathon to Gateway for both MRT-LRT 1 or LRT 2 connecting stations.
Art in Island opens at 9:30 am. Come early. Have socks (you have to leave your shoes/slippers at the counter). Have fun!