Quest to Find Granny

Trip Start Nov 13, 2007
Trip End Apr 19, 2008

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Friday, March 14, 2008

While Patrick is out of town and back in the USA, Gilbert came to Manila to take his place.
Gil for those who don't know is part Philippino and his Granny lives here on the isle.

Now getting there is a different story.  Apparently you can fly there, but you only can fly in on Friday morning and leave on Monday morning... which of course means we would miss two days of work had we gone that route.  BUT we could drive?

Now driving we hear involves 6 hours of road time each direction.  We got a referral on a driving service ad rented a van and a driver to get there.  His name is Tony.  Tony did good by us and aside from the distance the trip was fantastic.

We spent the promised 6 hours driving north into the area known as the "summer capital of the Philippines", Baguio City.  Baguio as it turns out is a city on top of a mountain.  To get there you've got two routes, plane, or a very long twisted road up the backside of the mountain... scenic only starts that description!

A land of fertile valleys, pine-clad hills and mountains, lush vegetation, and an abundance of minerals such as copper and gold.  The Americans fist came in 1900 and saw it as an excellent retreat from the sweltering heat of the cityscape below.  It was definitely cooler there, I could see vacationing there easily as it was like out door air conditioning.

Along Kennon Road to the top we stopped at a place called "the Lion's Head".  This landmark was created by The Lion's Club around 1970.  Pretty cool sculpture on a very large scale.  There are shops below the head that you can buy gifts at, and we took the time to look around and do a little bit of shopping as we were in full tourist mode.

Turns out Tony is from Baguio and after a short call to Gil's uncle he got directions to find Granny's place.
Upon reaching the top we drove a good distance through the city and pulled up to the house.  There was a flurry of activity around the house as it was obvious granny was excited and anticipation Gil's arrival.  We were greated by her and her family and friends with smiles and a table full of home cooked local food.  It was VERY tasty!  Nothing on the world like the food "grandma cooks" :)

Gil visited with his grandmother for a few hours while the rest of us visited with his cousins and his granny's majong partners.  We even did a little singing... believe it or not.

After goodbyes were said we loaded back up in the van and headed out for some more site seeing.
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