When I think of Baguio, my mind instantly goes back to two periods of my life: childhood and college. As a child I have fond memories of being in Baguio with the family: staying at Pines and Hyatt Hotel, taking early morning swims at the Hyatt’s indoor heated pool, biking all afternoon at Burnham, eating at the 19th Tee at John Hay (ice cream and steak sandwiches, yum!!!). When my family finally bought a house in Baguio when I was in college, there was Spirits disco (Oh.Em.Gee.), bareback trailriding on the Marlboro Trail, spending Holy Week and half of the summer there and gaining 10 million pounds in the process and spending Christmas break there all bundled up and actually using our fireplace.
The last time I went to Baguio was when I took some Chinese friends for a day tour when I came home from China for Spring Festival. Last week was the first time I stayed in our house in over 5 years! I’m so happy to be back, now with little Basti in tow.
We actually didn’t get to do anything because it was SO COLD (my China-winter tolerance is gone!!) and it was kind of rainy. Ok, I confess. We were just relishing the cold that gave our bedrooms a hotel feel and just stayed mostly in bed all day, napping. Basti included. We had dinner out once, at a place called Oh My Khan! (spelling, not sure), a Mongolian barbecue place that was just so-so. Sweet Inspirations in Katipunan is better, which says a lot, considering Oh My Khan! has the best ingredients Baguio has to offer, including watercress.
One place we didn’t miss though, was the BenCab Museum.
It was such a nice way to spend the day. We walked through the many galleries showcasing the artist’s vast collection of paintings and sculptures. I’m glad we went off-season; I can’t imagine walking through the halls if there were a lot of people around. We had lunch at Cafe Sabel. It was nicely situated at the base of the museum, and has a lovely view of the museum’s farm, pond and garden. It was so relaxing. My mom said that we should come here everytime we go up to Baguio.
We had a really nice lunch. My favorite was the Chili Eggplant Surprise. It was a beautiful pan-fried catfish fillet served with an eggplant dish of some sort. My dad had their adobo with mountain rice. I had a spicy tuyo pasta that was okay. I’m going to try and recreate it here at home.
It was a great way to spend our last day in Baguio. We’ll come for another visit, on our next trip, soon!