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A Charming Country Styled Hotel called Camp John Hay Manor

I have always wanted to stay at Camp John Hay Manor (CJHM) eversince I can remember.  I wanted to see first hand what so many, have been raving about. 

That opportunity finally came last Holy Week, when my family decided to do a North Luzon road trip, with a Baguio stop over before heading to Vigan.

As I was welcomed to the hotel's elegantly designed lobby - I began to see why travellers fall in love with CJHM and keeps coming back. 
CJHM carries with it, the charm and allure of old Baguio.


We stayed in a forest view room, despite recommendations from bloggers to get a room with the garden view. 

I have not seen the garden at night  (although I can attest to its beauty in the morning) so I would not be able to compare, but I confess to falling in love to the tranquility of the night and spent hours looking at and smelling the pines. 
The forest view room we stayed at is located away from the lounge area near the hotel's garden (but I could hear some loud music…

Loving Azalea Residences

I was truly amazed at how much more we got for only a little over P2,000. I initially reserved a deluxe room with no view, but got an email from our booking agent, that we have been upgraded to a with view room (talk about luck!), inclusive of  "buffet" breakfast for two. It was a true bargain!   
I was pleased to see the place.  Room was huge, decent and new!  The room has a kitchenette - a working kitchen and comes complete with utensils and dinning wares.  There is also a full size refrigerator, glass stove tops and microwave oven.  The place is  perfect for vacationing big families who wants to save a little by cooking instead of dining out.

Azalea Residences Hotel's location is a little difficult to find and we got lost looking for it.  Tip: The hotel is located on the other side of the Botanical Garden. Also don't hesitate to ask for directions, locals will be more than happy to assist. Since it is located outside Baguio's center, it is free from noise and polluti…

Ocean Park Manila

I accompanied my four year old son during his school Manila Ocean Park (MOP) field trip last November 2012. The park boasts numerous atractions, which will surely keep your kiddos busy and occupied ~ you would be begging your child to leave, when it is time to go home. The park has 15 Attactions: Oceanarium Trails of Antartica Aquanaut Voyage Shark EncounterJellies ExhibitFish SpaGlass Bottom Boat RideRevolution - Musical Fountain ShowMarine Life HabitatAll Star Bird ShowFantaSeaPenguin Talk ShowBird of Prey KingdomBack of the HouseSwimmingSince we were there for a school field trip  ~ we were only able to see:  the Oceanarium, Trails of Antartica, Jellies Exhibit and the Penguin Talk Show (which was a big hit with the kids). 





BenCab Museum - For the Love of Art

BenCab Museum is located some 30 minutes from the crowded Baguio City.    Travel could be a little difficult since it is not found in any of the Baguio maps sold in bookstores.  Travel was, however, all worth it!  The museum is home to the masterpieces of one of the Philippines National Artists - Mr. Benedicto Reyes Cabrera — or BenCab.  The museum has about eight (8) galleries showcasing different art pieces We found the art pieces to be quite engaging, well except for the Erotica and Print Gallery, which were off-limits to children, but was a complete hit to my husband!

Seated on this huge trunk bench while admiring Ben-cab's creations. My son admiring art :P  promising... Armed with his own camera - the boy took photos non-stop!
This was my favorite... dumb founded to learn it is the sign leading to a common restroom! Cool backdrop for a cool picture shot!
Amazing statues and art pieces filled the museum galleries!  My son grew a fonding of this native chair (just about his height!)

Baluarte ni Chavit!

Welcome to Baluarte!!!

Baluarte - owned by Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson is a sight to behold. 

It is like a mini theme park. Entrance is free and so are the rides, shows and face to face encounters with animals roaming the grounds.

We were welcomed to a small chapel located infront of the park.  There were plenty of tourist inside the park, but the chapel was obviously quiet.
At the entrance are different breeds of birds. These ones gaily posed for photo opps. Not to be missed is the free miniature horse rides.  Would you believe this mini-horse is already 12 years old (that is about 39 years old in horse's years).

My 4 year old playing cow boy :P
Yo! Cowboy... (he wont leave the souvenir shop without a cowboy hat)!
Great background more picture takings. Looked real alright!
Mid-way, uphill to the Lion's cage is a small pool for the ducks.  My boys love ducks!

This one is a Sarimanok.  I always thought they are just mytical, never knew they really existed until I saw this one…