Honeymooning: Baguio

July 30 – 31, 2014

Day 1

The day after Kuya Oli and Hilda’s wedding, the family decided to leave for Baguio in the wee hours of the morning. Land tripping was no biggie for my siblings, they’re so used to long drives in and out of Houston, within Texas or even out of state. They might have enjoyed this more, considering the fact that when we drive out of Texas, they’re used to seeing flat lands, fields and the occasional deserts—the drive to Baguio was definitely more interesting. To us honeymooners, this trip was just another chance to travel and enjoy each other’s company as a newly married couple…as I said, we’re milking this “honeymoon thing”! Haha.

You know you’ve finally reached your destination when you see the famous Lion’s Head along Kennon Road. And here’s our obligatory photo with the lion.

Wood carvings they were selling at the side of the street during the “lion-head” stop over.

And we made it—Baguio Townhouse Condominium, nothing beats free accommodation.

The Ramas siblings (previous generation, haha)

Our home for the night.

After we settled in, we went to visit the little tiangges by Mines View Park for souvenirs and decided where to eat lunch.

Baguio souvenir shirts and a whole lot more…take your pick!

taking #ootd shots by the souvenir shops

My sister Pauline, going for the Kpop look. Haha, I’m kidding langga.

My sister Angelie and her “I’m-too-cool-to-care” look. Haha.

Foodstop #1: Zenz Bar and Restaurant

We googled this place up, they had nice reviews and they just happen to be close to the place we were staying at, so lunch at Zenz it was. Thank God the place was empty, it felt like it was entirely ours.

The kids love sisig so we went ahead and ordered one—very tasty, a must try!

One of their best sellers, Pork Sinigang with Strawberries (P190.00)

Chocolate Bibingcrisp — a must try especially the Strawberry one.

The patio outside Zenz, the view there is amazing!

Rhea and Marco with happy tummies. Scrumptious meal indeed, good choice sweetie!

The view from Mines View Park

Talked my siblings into taking the obligatory Igorot photo. It was no problem since all of them like to dress up in costumes just like their ate. Haha

Mmmm hmmm sweetie… True sentiments? Haha.

John and his B.I.L (Brother-in-law)…haha, he made that nickname for Marco at the entrance of Mines View Park. My dad and my aunts ended up going to the grocery, we brought the kiddies to Burnham Park for a bunch of recreational activities

Marco driving the girl who was “in pain”. I bet you just didn’t want to ride the bike.

Bicycle Maniacs stopped so I could take a photo of them

Sidecar-ing with my sweetie, it doesn’t get any sweeter than this 😀

These dorks were trying to race

Been ages since I last biked, I was going for “no-hands” but only managed to do “one-hand”

While they were busy biking around, I was busy taking pictures and trying out this Strawberry-flavored taho. In my 28 years of existence, this has to be my first.

Next stop…boating

Look at the faces of these happy campers, they really were willing to try anything. Well it’s not all the time they can come home to the Philippines so I’m guessing they’re making the best out of this trip

This reminds me of Swan Lake in Enchanted Kingdom, only difference is we had actual paddles instead of bicycle pedals

The Captain and his 1st mate 😀

And of course we were going in circles..haha! Marco was trying to teach the kids the concept of paddling and which way to move the oars to row to whichever direction

After a long day at the park we headed back to the condo and rested for awhile until the next meal

Foodstop #2: Sage

How quaint this little place in all its pastel glory….reminds me of candy. Yum!

Everything we tried for dinner was impressively good but of course I went gaga over the desserts posted above. Below is a copy of their sample menu. Good call again, Marco! 2 out of 2 so far.

sage-menu-1 sage-menu-2

Here’s a copy of the current menu of Sage.

Day 2

The main agenda for today was to take the kids horseback riding. That has always been something my brother and I would look forward to every time we’d visit Baguio when we were younger. Our trip was never complete without this activity on our itinerary and my dad made sure of that, he’d tell us stories about his

Tres Marias—Me, Pauline and Marie

John

Marco

Pop

Angelie

Nicole

The only photo taken of all of us on horses and it had to be through an iPhone. #grrrblurr

The kids petting the horses at Wright Park.

We were ganging up on the “Korean looking” one (no racism intended)

Someone is clearly not in the mood for photos. It’s soooo easy to guess who….

We ❤ Baguio

Foodstop 3: Happy Tummy

ketchup-food-community

This place is actually located inside what we call the Ketchup: The Food Community— a melting pot for all sorts of cuisine, perfect place to be if you’re a foodie.

The best place to eat since it’s located right across Wright Park where we went for our horseback riding, how convenient is that.

Wood furnishings filled up the rather small but cozy area of this restaurant. I’d say it was going for a Filipino rustic vibe

Clearly loving Baguio and the Thai food that we’re about to have. Bon Appetit!

Last stop—Philippine Military Academy

My dad wanted the kids to take a look at some tanks and artillery , mostly left overs from WWII

Korean War Memorial

Honeymooners

Marco helping B.I.L up the tank

Pauline

Ann Marie

My hubby with the Ramas sisters (2nd generation)

Goofing around with the husband

Souvenir hoarding before driving back to Quezon City

Had a photo with some military men who happened to pass by

Baguio #ootd

~Rhea

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A Day In the Family Farm

I remember coming here almost every Sunday when grandmy was still alive. She, Dada and Mita always looked forward to a relaxing and peaceful Sunday in the farm. Fresh air, no electronics, good food, fried bananas and fried kamote, what more could you ask for. I miss you so much grandmy, wish you can see the kids enjoying the farm…it’s their first time here.

Papi Ros and Grandy Joe meeting us as we enter the main house.

Hi Grandmy!

Preparing for lunch

The extension house, mita bo’s lair. haha.

Inside the extension house

Outside the extension house

The gate to the broilers is right across the farm

We’re missing one pair, somebody a.k.a Ann Marie didn’t bring her blue brogues.

First time we’re visiting the family farm as Mr. and Mrs.

Here is today’s #OOTD:

(TOP: crop top,Metro Ayala Cebu, P99/ SHORTS: high waist, thrifted/ SUNGLASSES: round frames, Jatujak Bangkok/ SHOES: perforated brogues, 579)

We were heading out real early to the family farm and you could say I was running a bit late so I had to grab the most comfortable outfit I could find…you can never go wrong with a croptop and washed out denim shorts, this outfit was literally a grab-wear and go.

I originally bought these 90’s inspired croptop to use for working out. I usually like them loose and comfortable when I’m jogging so I bought two of these (of course in different designs) for P90/each at a local mall here in the Philippines, that’s roughly US$2/each , but you can practically get them anywhere.

I might have showed too much skin but I didn’t care too much because I was amongst family plus I needed the ‘ventilation’…hot hot day today.

 And I usualy dislike it when my outfit is drab and dull so I opted to wear my red brogues to add some color. Besides it’s always best to wear closed shoes in the farm…you never know what you’re going to step on (mud and manure).

~Rhea

This Old House

The Old Gaston Mansion at Hacienda Rosalia, Manapla—an hour (or so) drive away from Bacolod city proper. My husband couldn’t believe that he’s never brought me here considering my family’s fascination over historical houses and such, so one fine day he finally took me and I was beyond ecstatic. Thank you so much Tito Joey Gaston and family for allowing us to spend the afternoon scurrying about the premises of your ancestral home.

The child in me wanted to explore every nook and cranny of the house and my mind wandered off trying to imagine the lifestyle of the Old Gastons and what went about their daily lives. Every inch of that place was rich in history and full of character. Here are some of the photos I took with Reno, my Canon EOS1 and Marco’s iPad.

Dungaw

Trivia: This was the house that was used in the critically acclaimed film Oro Plata Mata in 1982 directed by Marco’s Tito Peque Gallaga.

My husband told me they used to play a lot in this shoe house when they were younger, so I’m guessing there was no “Old Lady who lived in a shoe”. haha

The Gaston’s old pool—wide and deep.

Chapel of Cartwheels

This house of worship definitely has a very unique design which utilized tools from the farmers in the hacienda which clearly included cartwheels.

What I Wore:

(HAT: Icing/ TOP: white razorback; American Eagle/ SHORTS: floral rugged/SHOES: peptone wedges; Xappeal/ NECKLACE: mint statement necklace; Icing/ SUNGLASSES: Aussie wayfarers from Kuya JV/ BAG: vintage camera bag from Amazon)

 

There’s no science or any fancy explanation on today’s outfit, it was a hot, bright sunny day and I knew we were going to be walking about so I grabbed any Filipina’s fashion staple—- shorts, tank top and open toed sandals or wedges, really easy, simple and comfortable. I merely added a hat to block the sun’s violent rays and sunglasses to protect my eyes. Accessorize as you please, I opted for a pastel statement necklace.

~Rhea