Friday, February 3, 2012

Baguio Adventure Day 1: At SM City Baguio

As my wife, Lei, and I sat on our comfy seats at Starbucks, SM City Baguio, hours before we take the 12:10 AM Victory Liner trip, I began to contemplate the past few days of our wonderful vacation in Baguio. It was an enjoyable and at the same time a very memorable experience.

It all began the morning of January 24th. My wife and I hurriedly rushed to the Victory Liner Terminal at Cubao. Happily, we were still able to catch the 9 AM trip after the mad rush hour. After a long 6-hour drive, across 3 stop-overs and 2 rather good movies (Gladiator & Columbiana), we finally made it to Baguio. At first we thought that we might not see the sun in Baguio since it was so foggy on the way there.

Foggy Zigzag Road by israelv
Foggy Zigzag Road, a photo by israelv on Flickr.
But as we entered the town proper, our trepidation turned to relief as the hot sun shone through the windows  of the bus and into our faces. We've decided to head first into SM City Baguio before proceeding to our accomodation.

At first we were thinking that SM City Baguio was just another SM just like all the other SMs that we've already visited.  But upon stepping on the wide open deck, were we in for a surprise! The view was so nice from that location. The cool winds caressed us as we savor the seemingly endless vista before us. My wife and I concluded right there and then that SM City Baguio is the best SM ever! It's the most picturesque, the most relaxing, and definitely the coolest among all the SM Malls we have ever visited!

SM City Baguio by israelv
SM City Baguio, a photo by israelv on Flickr.
After the amazement and wonder, our stomachs grumbled. Greenwich was the first choice but Lei decided that there were hundreds of Greenwich back home so we decided on something different. To Point and Grill we went. They have a nice selection of food at an affordable price. Lei ordered crispy pork binagoongan while I, much to my regret later on, ordered a Mongolian BBQ meal.

Crispy Pork Binagoongan by israelv
Crispy Pork Binagoongan, a photo by israelv on Flickr.
After the nice meal, Lei and I wandered around SM City Baguio until sundown. I took the picture below from one of the viewing decks during the golden hour:

Day's End by israelv
Day's End, a photo by israelv on Flickr.
Exhausted from the long drive and deprived from sleep, we then hailed a taxi and headed to our accomodation.

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