Baguio in a Jiffy

Work took me to the City of Pines last week.  Oh, how I always look forward to visiting Baguio, because of the weather.

Our engagement there was scheduled on a Tuesday, so we all left the office Monday afternoon, arrived in Baguio at half-past 9 in the evening, then went home the following day (Tuesday) after lunch.   I think mas mahaba pa ang traveling time namin kaysa sa stay sa Baguio hihi!

But no complaints.  I’m so used to this set-up (i.e., braving the long hours of travel by land, getting home late and then reporting to work early the next day) that my body will feel the exhaustion only after a few days.  In this case, my body called for a long rest last Saturday so we just stayed at home.

One good thing about this trip, though, was the change of scenery.  Add to that the almost winter cold temperature in Baguio, and you will definitely find it hard to work hehe!

Our group stayed in one of the cottages inside Teacher’s Camp.  All the pictures below were taken just a few hours before our scheduled dialogue, also at Teacher’s Camp.

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Some pictures from the cottage we stayed in, which was really big for our group (of 5).

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The “T.C.” here, of course, means “Teacher’s Camp”  =)

Sorry there were no photos of our rooms.  As soon as we arrived at Teacher’s Camp on Monday night, we unpacked our bags and hit the sack instantly.

But before that, we enjoyed a super late but enjoyable dinner at Solibao Restaurant in Session Road.

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You should all try the puto bungbong there.  So delicious and perfect with the chilly weather!

Since there was no time at all for a stroll at Session Road or to visit Camp John Hay, I spent whatever free time I have (before work started) walking around Teacher’s Camp.  It turned out to be a very refreshing walk for me, with all these lovely blooms in sight:

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I also got a boost in energy (sugar rush!) just by looking at this colorful assortment of nuts and candies being sold outside the conference hall.

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Eye-candies!

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These seemingly uneventful and random activities inside Teacher’s Camp – walking on patches of garden with colorful blooms and seeing a colorful (and unique) street food by chance – made my very short stay in Baguio sweet and memorable.

Simple pleasures. They are indeed life’s best.

 

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    • says

      Yes, we tried the sinigang na bangus belly (and sinigang na hipon). Puro maiinit na sabaw kse ang hinanap namin when we got there hehe. Sarap!

  1. says

    Oh, by the way, my CK order came in today. No tax whatsoever. Happy day. Will message you pag o-order uli ako. At mukhang mawiwili akong umorder. 🙂

  2. says

    Yes. I bought the 20th birthday backpack kasi for my daughter, and I was so kabado when I went to the Post Office. There are a number of horror stories kasi of being charged exorbitant (and unaccountable) fees. I was prepared to pay ~1K (for 12% VAT). So color me surprised when I wasn’t charged anything. Send me (thepseudoshrink [at] g m a i l [dot] c o m) your email address para next time na mag-order ako maisama kita. I’ll squeeze in all that I can in a single order kasi sayang ang shipping fee (20 GBP!!!).

  3. says

    It’s been years since I last visited Baguio. Na-mi-miss ko tuloy 🙂 Added to this the fact that I haven’t fully explored the place. Hay Your photos made me want to revisit the place. Hopefully soon 🙂

    Btw, medyo eepal lang sa conversation nyo with Ms. TPS 🙂 CK means Cath Kidston? Naiinggit na naman ako. Baka pwede sumali sa pag-order (seryoso ako)

  4. Mara says

    Hi there!

    I enjoyed reading your post and was impressed with the photos. My parents, baby sister and I are going to Baguio for her national science contest this February and we’re looking for a nice – yet affordable place to stay. Its going to be held at Teacher’s camp so naturally we’ve considered this option. But we’ve searched photos of it online and it was quite disappointing – like the overall condition of the room and not to mention the horror stories that came with it. However the cottage you stayed in is really pretty!

    Can you tell me which cottage it is, how much it would cost and how to make a reservation? Ive tried calling them with the numbers that Ive found online – but got no answer. So really hope you can help!

    Looking forward to your response and more power! 🙂

    • says

      Hi Mara! We stayed in a 4-bedroom cottage, I think the rate is P2,500 per night.

      I wasn’t able to take pictures of the rooms cos we arrived there super late at night na. I have to say that the rooms are kind of old na talaga but comfortable naman tulugan. You have to bring extra blankets and comforters, though, since this is not a hotel and talagang kung ano lang yung nasa rooms, yun na yun hehe.

      I’ve heard about the ghost stories also but sa himbing ng tulog ko di ko na namalayan kung may katabi man ako haha!

      I found this blog post with their contact numbers in it (http://irwinagnes.blogspot.com/2011/04/teachers-camp-room-rates.html). I hope this will help.

      You may want to consider Ridgewood Hotel (http://www.ridgewoodhotel.com/). Malapit ito sa Teacher’s Camp.

  5. mheng says

    hi,

    Are the above pictures are shots from the room wehere you stayed in the Teacher’s Camp? Does it have a kitchen where we can cook meals?

    • says

      Yes, you can cook in the kitchen =) They got cooking pans and pots for cooking, and plates / spoons and forks that you can readily use.

  6. jhem says

    hi! plano po namin ng family ko mag bakasyon this june.. itatanong ko lang malayo ba parkingan ng sasakyan dun?? at anu ba pagkakaiba ng guesthouse at cottage?? hehe ang ganda ng mga kuha mo maam.. ano bang camera gamit mo.. hehe slmat

  7. Kay says

    Hi, Leah!
    Thank you very much for this blog post. It’s really hard to find photos of Teachers Camp’s cottages but luckily, I found your blog. Your photos of the cottage are the most decent ones in Google search. 🙂

    I’m curious, you didn’t spoke about the bathrooms in the cottage that you occupied. During your stay there, were they in good condition and with hot shower? 🙂

    Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Kay! The bathrooms are average; parang bathrooms sa dorm but malinis naman. I don’t remember that it was equipped with a shower but yes, may hot water naman =)

  8. Marinel Sanchez says

    Hi leah!

    Thanks for your blog!
    Nahihirapan n ko maghanap ng place to stay kasi were planning to go to baguio by december. Ok nmn pla s teachers camp. Been hearing a lot of stories kAsi pero sa photos mo mukhang maayos naman. And mahal n mga nakikita kong iba especialy we’re a big group ndi n pasok sa budget ko.

    Malapit lang ba sya s mga tourist spots i mean walking distance lang?

    We’re 12adults and 3kids anu kaya puede namin rent n cottage? We plan to stay 2n 3d.

    Thanks!

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