August 18, 2008

Happy birthday, love of my life!

Pardon me for disappearing suddenly again, but my husband and I went off for the weekend and Friday night's schedule was too tight to post anything. We got home from work at 8:30pm, packed, and went to the bus station at 11:30pm for the August 16, 12:15am trip to Baguio City. Baguio is about 1,500 meters above sea level and is the summer capital of the Philippines—on average, it is always 8 degrees cooler than Metro Manila. It was built by the Americans in 1900 with health and recreational facilities for its troops and citizens, to provide a respite from the heat of the lowlands. It is about 250 kilometers north of Metro Manila. We took an express bus (no stopovers) and by 5:30am were checking in at our hotel.

foggy morning in Baguio City
Right after checking in at the hotel, my husband and I went straight to the Baguio Country Club for breakfast, thanks to a friend who provided us with a letter of introduction. The club was first established in 1905, though its facilities have expanded greatly. We decided to have their buffet breakfast—a treat for my husband who celebrated his birthday on that day.

Baguio Country Club
From a small, one level cottage with a thatched roof, the Baguio Country Club now has a hotel, swimming pool, tennis court, bowling alleys, fitness center, billiards, table tennis and an 18-hole, par-61 golf course.

Baguio Country Club golf course


I know that Baguio City is definitely out of Metro Manila's scope, and each post will have more than one photo too—a double no-no in CDP. But I hope that no one minds my going against CDP's rules in the next few days. There is no Baguio City photo blog in CDP after all, and it's such a beautiful place! BAGUIO CITY SERIES #1

16 comments:

Boise Diva said...

I'll be checking in for the tour this week!

pusa said...

belated happy birthday to your husband :) i wouldnt mind seeing some baguio pics :)

Blognote said...

A happy birthday to your husband, Hilda, even if this message arrives later!!

Olivier said...

c'est une belle journée pour un anniversaire (enfin à Evry). Je souhaite un joyeux anniversaire à l'amour de ta vie. un beau post, pour un amour éternel

it's a beautiful day for a birthday (finally Evry). I wish a happy birthday to the love of your life. a beautiful post, for an eternal love

Anu said...

Happy Bithday to the love of you life, and wishing you many happy moments like this visit to Baguio city.
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Eki Akhwan said...

"There is no Baguio City photo blog in CDP after all, and it's such a beautiful place!"

It is, Hilda! And you showed it all in this first series. Well, not all. Hope to see more.

And happy birthday to your love of your life!

KAkNA said...

forget about the rules Hilda! I'm so glad I get to know somwhere i'll probably never go to...

marley said...

Rules are there to be broken! This looks a lovely place, I look forward to the rest of the tour :)

Louis la Vache said...

A belated happy birthday wish to your husband, Hilda!
"Louis" wishes you both a pleasant stay there in Baguio City and a safe return to Manila.

Neorelix said...

Hey Hilda - thanks for stopping by - and especially for checking out the book blog; I'm sure we can work something out with regard to the shipping - everyone needs to read this one :)

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metromanila said...

Happy birthday to your husband! I miss Baguio. Looking forward to your Baguio stories and photographs.

Laurie said...

Happy birthday to your husband! I love seeing this place -- rules are meant to be broken once in a while!

Layrayski said...

Happy birthday to your husband, Hilda. I was a bit worried about your absence. Its good that it was because of a last minute get away. Sounds incredibly romantic!

Dusty Lens said...

A happy birthday to your husband! A joy to see your copuntryside.

Kate said...

A brief respite in an unfamiliar setting sounds like a great way to spend a holiday and celebrate a birthday. Nice settings!!

Ming the Merciless said...

The sceneries at Baguio City is amazing. I love the view of the mountains and the hotel.

Wish your hubby a Happy B-day from all of us.