The City of Pines
Trip Start Mar 08, 2008
17Trip End Mar 21, 2008
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That's when the day started for me as I got up to get ready for the big road trip to Baguio with Derek and Chris. The plan was to meet over at their building, Vivant, where we would meet the van that would be driving us to our destination. After walking over to Vivant, I sat downstairs with Derek waiting on Chris and the van and like clockwork, the van with our driver, Tony and a fellow co-worker, Roy showed up so all we were waiting on was Chris.
Yea! We're underway to Baguio (new link) after waiting on Chris since his alarm clock had a bit of a hiccup. It never ceases to amaze me how big metropolitan cities never sleep and Manila is such a cityBaguio (new link) so he knew the area.
We arrived at my grandmother's house a little bit after 11:00 AM and it was awesome not only to see her but to to be in the house that my mother grew up in. We visited for a little bit before having lunch and what a lunch it was! Everyone gathered around the table where there was pancit, lumpia, jumbo prawns, shrimp, veggies, pork and chicken adobo. Yum! Afterwards everyone was sitting around the table quite full and satisfied from such a good meal. During the meal some of my grandmother's friends were doing karaoke so that was fun to listen to and Derek even sang a song. It was good to visit with my grandmother though, we talked about my job and I gave her pictures from my wedding and talked about Danielle and what she did. We did walk around the house and my grandmother told me where my mum and her brothers and sister slept and there were some pictures of my mum's family that I looked at as well. The other cool thing about the visit is that Roy, the gentleman who joined us in the excursion who works for the company we are working with out here, he's my cousin! His grandmother and my grandmother are cousins, so that was quite the surprise
We didn't stay too long as we were wanting to tour around Baguio before heading back so we left and headed to the SM mall for a look around at the surrounding areas that bordered the mall. Afterwards we went to The Mansion, Mines View Park and finally the Baguio Market. Quite the whirlwind tour of the city but we eventually left around 4:00 PM and took the Marcos Highway back to the MacArthur Highway and then back down to Manila. Night time traffic was equally challenging but Tony navigated the slow moving sugarcane trucks and the usual amount of traffic with somewhat relative ease. We arrived back in Manila around 11:00 PM despite the traffic we encountered once we arrived in Manila.
The next time I think a flight will be much better now that I know the flight schedule. While the road trip was a good way to see the countryside, a 50 minute flight beats a six hour trip one way. LOL