August 27, 2008

Going home

Finally, just a word about our accommodations and travel. We stayed at the small and old Burnham Hotel just off Session Road, which is Baguio City's busiest commercial avenue. I found it on the web when I found out that The Manor Hotel in Camp John Hay was fully booked. This old place allowed me to book online, unlike the newer hotels that I found. Inside, it doesn't look like a hotel, except for the front desk. It actually felt like staying in the guest room of one's grand aunt, if you know what I mean. It could use more lights though, both in the common living room and the bedrooms—it was a bit too dark to read comfortably.

living room of the Burnham Hotel in Baguio City
I think I mentioned at the start of this series that we just took the bus from Manila to Baguio. We took Victory Liner's special, express bus. It's 'special' because each bus only accepts 29 passengers—three people in each of ten rows. The seats are recliners with leg rests, and they're wide and the leg space is roomy! I'm tall, and when I sat down, my knees were nowhere near the back of the seat in front of me. Bliss! But why only 29 passengers when there's space for 30? Now that's the reason why it can be an 'express' bus and not have stopovers. That last space is taken up by a lavatory, very similar to that of airplanes. A great convenience and a faster trip—love it.

Victory Liner's special, express bus with lavatory
And now for a small gripe. I like Victory's bus terminal in Baguio City. It's wide and clean, the waiting area is nowhere near the ticket counter so it doesn't get too crowded, and the second floor has souvenir shops. Why can't their terminals in Metro Manila be like it? The ones here are downright dingy and do not help promote local travel. I wish they'd fix up their Metro Manila bus terminals—and have more special, express buses to other destinations. BAGUIO CITY SERIES #9

Victory Liner bus terminal in Baguio City

10 comments:

pusa said...

wow meron na palang luxury bus ang victory :)

Eki Akhwan said...

From the look of the photo, yes I think the room is a bit dark. But it surely has a cozy look about it.

I like the look of the bus interior and the station. They look clean and comfy.

Laurie said...

Oh, I'm so charmed by that cozy room! I prefer the small inns and Bed and Breakfasts (do they have that term in Manila?) over bigger hotels.

This has been so fun taking a journey with you. Your photos and commentary make me feel like I'm right there.

Oh, and that bus looks great. The only bus rides I've taken have been cramped and uncomfortable.

Olivier said...

très belle chambre, pas trop dur le retour ;o)

ken mac said...

The first pic looks like an old Irish pub! Super cozy.

jill said...

I'm just catching up with your trip Hilda. Things are very different there from what I know and have experienced. I am learning a lot!

Kris said...

Looks like a good trip.

HZDP said...

Hilda
Hi, my first visit to your Manila and beautiful! Indeed, I'll check here regularly~

mirage2g said...

I dont remember the Baguio terminal to be like that...do they still have the Espana terminal? I used to take the 12midnight train going up baguio nd spend a whole day there then come down to manil via the 12midnight bus again =D

metromanila said...

This whole Baguio set is amazing. I love the photographs, dig the texts. Thank you so much, although you make me miss Baguio even more. I'm glad you two had a wonderful time together.

I have been trying to post a comment on them. But either my browser and/or my connection (Globelines) has/have been giving me a hard time, I can't even post on my blog in some days.