Food, Lifestyle, Travel

Baguio: My Happy Place


When I was younger, I spent almost all of my summers in the country’s summer capital, Baguio. My childhood best friend’s parents are super close to my parents and our families used to spend countless summer, Christmas  and semestral breaks in their lovely home. I remember going around the huge village discovering secret shortcuts, hiding around in vacant parking spaces of empty houses, and picking sunflowers (they were so abundant then!). I haven’t been back to Baguio in the longest time so when my parents asked me if I wanted to go, I agreed right away! When I arrived at the once vacant and peaceful village, I was faced with newly built apartment complexes and houses everywhere. :( Anyway, I didn’t take photos of the village anymore because it didn’t look like the way it used to. :(  Good thing I got to do something I used to LOVE doing when I was younger: Horseback riding! My dad always made sure to accompany me and my lil brother to go horseback riding on our Baguio trips. :)

Here’s my first day in Baguio in photos….

Me wearing the my newest fave red lippie from the MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection! <3

My best gay friend in the whole of Ateneo, Martin Tuanquin with his super gay horse!! Martin is a Baguio Native (he’s secretly an igorot! chos) and he was my prettyful tour guide (more of like food trip tour guide) during my entire stay in Baguio!

We went around Wright Park and I saw this super pretty church so I asked the guide to take out photo! Too bad the whole church wasn’t able to fit the frame. :(


I LOVE korean pop culture (i know, shocking! I try not to show it much. ha ha ha). Ove the years, I’ve grown to love even Korean food! For dinner, Martin recommended Korean Palace also known as Kung Jeon. The place is a house converted into a restaurant! What I love about the restaurant is that all their side dishes are refillable so I got to eat as much odeng as I wanted! :)

Korean Fried Chicken! 

I really liked their korean fried chicken! The chicken had the right amount of crispiness, was perfectly coated with a well seasoned sauce and the serving was really huge! We ordered a lot more food but I was so hungry that I forgot to take photos of the other food we ate. And this is why I fail as a food blogger! ha di ha! Good thing I’m not really a food blogger! :)

I was detached from the world for less than a day and I already needed to find a place with internet connection to do my org work and other personal work so I asked Martin to bring me to a coffee shop! After dinner, my parents dropped us off at a super cute and cozy Korean owned coffee shop! I forgot the name of the coffee shop but I’ll ask Martin when I get the chance to!

They had reaaally yummy coffee! I ordered the normal brewed coffee but the coffee had a hint of cinnamon which was lovely! Martin and I kinda overstayed and were asked to leave by the Korean owner. My dad was a bit late when he picked us up so we had to wait in the nearest sari-sari store outside the coffee shop. It was around 10pm already and I was a bit scared then Martin started telling ghost stories! Thank God I arrived home safely! hehehe

This was my first time to actually explore and see Baguio as an adult! It’s so nice to be able to go to places that you feel like you already know and still discover new things about the place!


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  • Reply Martin ;)

    Super love this sis!! <3

    11/14/2012 at 5:43 AM
    • Reply Maxine Marcelino

      hehe i love YOU! ;) sis what’s the name of the cafe again?! :)))))

      11/14/2012 at 1:13 PM
  • Reply Lea

    BAGUIO <3

    11/18/2012 at 12:04 PM
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