It’s time for something new! Experience, after all, is gold – especially true for writers like me who are dependent on said priceless treasures for inspiration whenever we write. Day Two of our Baguio adventure is all about the undiscovered. Let’s roll!
Day Two, Friday, April 25, 2014
8:00 am – After an early breakfast, Mommy and I get started on our itinerary! We hired a car just for the occasion! Kuya Roland was really nice :) I wasn’t used to having a driver wait outside while I went off to go sight-seeing. Oh well, I guess it’s part of the whole ‘this-day-is-for-the-undiscovered’ thing. Haha!
First stop, the La Trinidad Strawberry Fields! Ahhh! The plantation! Farmville doesn’t do the real thing justice at all. I didn’t know strawberry plants were sooooo small. I was thinking along the lines of bushes but was I wrong. The picking experience was a little too expensive, so Mommy and I decided to just buy pre-picked strawberries and take pictures around the fields.
Next, it’s off to Dinosaurs Island and Holy Land, new attractions found at a place collectively known as the Baguio EcoPark along Marcos Highway. Both parks are new and there was still plenty of stuff still under construction. What’s more, to get to all the fun stuff, you had to walk, walk, walk and walk some more. In Dinosaurs Island, there was also a lot of climbing involved. Had to catch my breath several times! Still, I had lots of fun! It was a pretty good idea for us to head over here early – we practically had the place to ourselves! I really appreciate the tour guides imparting bits of trivia here and there. Both places have a lot of potential, plenty of room for improvement. I’d personally like more interactive parts to the tour. :) Like, feed the dinosaur or help Samson break the columns. Haha. Or have actors really portray the stories behind the exhibits, not just statues! That would be awesome!
I’M EXHAUSTED. I blame my physically unfit self for getting tired so easily! The day isn’t over yet though! Next stop, the BenCab Museum – s’yempre, kasi cultured kami! :))
Owned by one of our National Artists for Visual Arts, the BenCab Museum doesn’t just feature BenCab’s works. No, the collection is diverse but nonetheless, amazing and beautiful. The four-storey building has paintings and sculptures that are more than just eye-candies. Special collections include one on the Cordillera Art, Contemporary Art, and Art from the Masters (works from National Artists). What’s more, the garden is equally as breath-taking! I’d love to spend an afternoon there with a notebook and pen at hand. Seems like a great place to relax and just write.
Ahhhh! What a tiring morning! To top it all off, time for a trip to the bookstore! And not just any bookstore, Baguio’s very own Mt. Cloud Bookshop. This place is quaint but definitely has a lot of character. A definite standout from all the bookstores I’ve been in before. :) I wouldn’t mind being left here for a whole day. The books are open and potential buyers are more than welcome to spend time browsing and reading. Kewl~!
Fatigue from all the morning excitement as well as the rain that came that late afternoon made us head back to the hotel early. Rest and dinner via room service! Woooh! What a day! How’s that for discovering the undiscovered? :)