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Monday, January 24, 2011

2011 Baguio City Tour in One Day: Part 3

This is a continuation of my blog post in Cebu MD: "2011 Baguio City Tour in One Day: Part 2" which chronicles our recent 1-day Baguio tour to serve as a reference for future Baguio backpackers.

It was lunch time and instead of having lunch within Camp John Hay, we decided to try the talked about "Good Taste" restaurant at the back of Magsaysay Road. Going there at noon on a Sunday was quite time-consuming because of the traffic jam. Parking was difficult since the place was full of customers and the location near the Dangwa Bus station did not help.

But it was worth the wait...

Good Taste is a Filipino-Chinese restaurant. Quite an old one by the looks of it but surprise! The waiters and waitresses have radio communications and what seem to be a Personal Digital Assistant handy device to aid in taking the orders.

We asked the waitress what were the bestsellers and she mentioned spicy butter chicken, mixed pulutan and chopsuey. Knowing beforehand that the servings are large, we ordered just half serving for the chicken but we got the surprise of our lives upon seeing the actual served food...It was indeed LARGE!!! It was just insane!

I liked the chicken and the chop suey. The vegetables in the chop suey were obviously fresh.

The mixed pulutan was gone by the end of mealtime but the chicken we had to take home because the serving was even more for the three of us. (That later served as our dinner.) The restaurant deserved its name Good Taste. And the price is very affordable. They also have set meals known better as rice toppings which actually can feed more than 1 person.

You can see from the background its many patrons. It is said to be open 24/7.
After the very sumptuous meal, we proceeded to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). It was quite far from Good Taste. The area was big and one can see the trainees having their jogging or running exercises in color-coded attire.

If you are in PMA, do not forget to pose beside the tanks and old artillery weapons, plane and chopper. (Well I hope those are no the ones our military are still using).

Enough satisfying your violent side. On the romantic side, you may want to pose also with the nice flowers within PMA and pretend you're a Bench or Penshoppe clothing brand model.
The pictures were just to many, I cannot post all of them unless I want to risk lengthening the time for my blog to load.

We managed to go also to the Tam-awan village which showcase traditional Igorot dwellings and Baguio artists' works or paintings.

We also had a nice view of the Kennon road's breathtaking zigzag paths amidst large mountains...
And prayed in the Lourdes grotto with more than a hundred steps leading to the main grotto. (Of course I did not go through all the steps because of my condition..I may collapse if I proceed). It was already also becoming cold again (I have cold intolerance perhaps like many other PKD patients also).

So that's about it. The Baguio visit started and ended with prayers. I prayed for good health and I thanked God for still being able to enjoy His creation despite my condition...for giving me the opportunity to experience Baguio anew with my wife despite my anemia and cold intolerance, to forget work momentarily and to appreciate life.

Even with PKD, life goes on for God is always around and the Baguio experience made me feel God's presence.  Enjoy too your Baguio trip in the future.

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