Back to the city groove after a mercy flight from Asian Spirit that got us out of rustic Batanes.
Now it’s time to continue with snippets of my neglected travelogue on Baguio City.
I wish I can say am tired of Baguio but it certainly was a changed city when I got there this time around. The change was evident in Mines View Park, a famous tourist landmark near Hotel Elizabeth which has this splendid view deck for admiring the city landscape. Mines View Park was so called because it was here where one can see the gold mines of Abra and Benguet from a distance. It is like being on the Tagaytay ridge (sans the volcano), except that Baguio weather is cooler and much more perfect in January.
Gone are the kids who hustled you for alms.My impression of Mines View now is that of a well-organized tourist landmark with clean comfort rooms and nice quaint shops displaying the best of Baguio handicraft. The best thing about it I guess are the photo ops you can have for ten pesos per shot. No “commercial” photographers to hustle you either…. we were just too happy to have our pics taken with my Sony Ericsson camera phone.
Photo above shows my twins riding a pretty pink pony. Same-colored ponies can be found in the Baguio’s public horse riding site Wright Park.
There were a couple of ladies who made a living out of being garbed in their native Igorot costumes and we also made it a point to have a picture with them. Again, for P10. Note the amused expression on our faces…I think Mr. Z was goofing around and was making us laugh.
Ah yes, there he is…. my bedimpled honey 😛 I like the photo booth concept, again for P10. Mr. Z and I now look like we’re adopted natives of Ifugao!
More Mines View photos: