We toured some balikbayan relatives a few months ago. My cousins have been here before, but they were too young to remember their last trip in Manila. We wanted to take them to our fave places in Luzon, and hoped that they’d love it as much as we did.
First stop was Tagaytay (but oops, I forgot the name of the place, sorry!) I loved how homey the place was, it made us feel like we owned a grand house with a beautiful view:
My cousin taught me and my brother how to play “Clocks” by Coldplay.
We had a delicious lunchtime feast! Bulalo, adobo, pomelo salad, chicharon, tawilis with mango-tomato-onion relish. Yum!
The place was filled with pretty art and knickknacks:
There were birds everywhere, and monkeys! We saw a mother monkey with a child, picking off fruits from a nearby tree the next morning. Try to spot the monkey here:
I love this fuschia santan:
We also went to Bataan, and stayed at Las Casas de Acuzar, for that “like Vigan” experience, but nearer.
The houses were beautiful during daytime, but creepy during the night. I asked my brother-“What if you’re given an overnight stay here for free, but the catch is it could only be for one person, and you’d stay in the really old houses without electricity, only gaseras? Would you do it?”
Then, Baguio! It was freezing cold when we went, I was wearing several layers of clothing–first time to do it in this tropical country!
I like the breakfast served here:
I met the friendliest beagle in the world:
The brief Baguio trip is now a bit hazy, but here’s what I remember from it: The whole family visitng our fave Mt. Cloud Bookshop. Meeting Aileen, a friend I met online. Sharing meals at Hill Station (ice cream that looked like paint!). Drinking minty hot tsokolate e and eating ensaymada at Camp John Hay, while the sun bid us goodbye.
Life is beautiful. :)