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Mount Pulag

Benguet, Philippines

It was at the peak of Mount Pulag where I saw the best Sunrise in my entire life. The peak provided a very great view of the horizon and clouds.

Mount Pulag is the second highest mountain in the Philippines at 2,922 meters above sea level. The mountain is very temperate with rain showers throughout the year. The four trails that you can pass are the Ambangeg, Akiki, Tawangan and the Ambaguio. As you trek the man paths of the mountain, the endemic dwarf bamboo and Benguet pine trees cover you with cool shades and wind. I just loved trekking the mountain forests, and the grassland summit. The weather brings very shivering winds and fog. The experience is very refreshing, and I would like to think of it as a pilgrimage. And by pilgrimage, and the best part...standing at the peak while staring at the sun blessing its rays on a sea of clouds.

permalink written by  On Foot on March 17, 2007 from Benguet, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Philippines, North, Forests, Summit, Cold and SecondHighestPeak

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Pug-os Beach

Pug-os, Philippines

There is a beach in Ilocos Sur that is located in Pug-os, Cabugao. It is not really the great beach that I expected, such as having nice amenities. But the resort is perfectly solemn place at the far north of the Philippines.

Visit Pug-os beach if you want to escape from the noise and pollution of the metro. The beach has fine winds that calm your senses. The resort even has convenient rooms equipped with air conditioning, bed, and bath. The rooms are really just simple as they do not have television sets, yet it would be perfectly fine if you are there for the solemnity. The simplicity of the beach is what makes it very beautiful. You can enjoy walking on the white sand, or swimming with the waves hitting the shores. Alternately, you can also go to the resort swimming pool which is located in front of the beach. Just relax and enjoy simplicity at its finest.

permalink written by  On Foot on March 27, 2007 from Pug-os, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Beach, Tropical, Philippines and North

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Banaue, Philippines

I wonder why the averaged Filipino would rather cruise around the metro rather than take an exciting escape to the provinces, and nature. Having around 7,000 islands, the Philippines offers people 7,000 reasons to explore the wonderful country.

I am talking about Sagada. This peaceful place is situated in Banaue which is a 10 hour bus ride from the city of Manila. Sagada has many economical lodging houses and hotels where you can stay for the night. You can easily avail a bedroom for two for as low as 200 pesos. Do not expect to always find urban amenities especially in the remote areas. Yet, this does not mean that Sagada is not favorble. The best things in Sagada are the great mountain views, wonderful natural resources, and the exposure to the mountain community, which brings a uniqe and refreshing experience. Bored with the usual city life? Come to Sagada!

permalink written by  On Foot on April 9, 2007 from Banaue, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Philippines, North, Sagada, Banaue and MountainProvince

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Cafe By The Ruins

Baguio, Philippines

Baguio is a very fascinating place. Being the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City is an ideal destination to beat the heat and relax your body. One of the best places to refresh your senses is the Cafe By The Ruins. Tourists and locals visit this place all year round.

Cafe By The Ruins is the most unique restaurant in Baguio City in terms of its philosophy, menu, and structure. Also called the ruins, the cafe is a stretch of Stone wall across the street from Baguio City Hall. Inside the restaurant, bamboo slats, poles, and weaves nestle against the Stone and lush greenery. It also has windows which invite the cool Baguio air. The food is so fantastic as it is changed quarterly according to seasons. The food is homecooked, and reflects health and ecology of Baguio and the Cordilleras. Cafe By The Ruins is indeed very much alive in the city.

permalink written by  On Foot on August 25, 2007 from Baguio, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Philippines, North, CoolWeather and SummerCapital

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Camp John Hay

Baguio, Philippines

Camp John Hay used to be the Rest and Recreation center of the United States Army personnel in the Philippines. Because of its cool climate, the area was suitable and ideal for the American army. Today, Camp John Hay is a beautiful vacation spot in Baguio City. It is the resort of the mountains.

The moment you enter Camp John Hay, you will be astonished by its beauty. You will notice a large bentgreen grass-filled golf course within the camp that is designed by Jack Niclaus, which is accessible to members and nonmembers alike. It is also great to cruise the pine tree-lined roads while feeling the cool breeze and viewing the beautiful landscape. Camp John Hay also has great hotels such as The Manor Hotel, a shopping center, and a convention center. Although the camp has changed over time, it still remains a wonderful and relaxing place for everyone.

permalink written by  On Foot on August 31, 2007 from Baguio, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Golf, Philippines, Baguio, North, Recreation, UnitedStatesArmy and Manor

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Mines View Park

Baguio, Philippines

One of the most popular and most visited spots in Baguio City is Mines View Park. It is the most visited park in the city which lays on a gentle slope that overlooks Benguet's gold and copper mines The park has a wide observation deck where you can experience a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.

Minesview park is usually the next stop after visiting the Mansion and Wright Park. Once you enter the park, you will pass winding stone-covered pathway that slopes downward leading to the observation deck. There are also rock benches that lay along the pathway where you can simply rest and enjoy the view. I recommend that you visit the park in the morning because fog starts to move in during the afternoon, which obstructs the view. Of course, there is a wide assortment of “pasalubong” or gifts that make Minesview Park an enjoyable place.

permalink written by  On Foot on October 18, 2007 from Baguio, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Park, Philippines, Baguio, North and Benguet

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Burnham Park

Baguio, Philippines

If you are on a budget, and would like to spend the afternoon in a laid back environment, Burnham Park is the place to be. The park is situated at the heart of Baguio City. It is is centered around a man-made lake.

One of the famous activities you can indulge in is skating. A circular skating rink allows you to rent skates, and it is located at the southern end of the park. There are also basketball and tennis courts for the active sports enthusiast. Other things you can find at Burnham Park are a few restaurants, children's playground, outdoor kiosks, and an orchidarium. The football Field hosts lots of activities such as parades, concerts, carnivals, and display booths. If you plan to visit Burnham Park, do not forget to bring your camera to capture great moments with family and friends. Burnham Park is one simple and enjoyable ways you can spend your time in the city.

permalink written by  On Foot on October 26, 2007 from Baguio, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Park, Skating, Philippines, Baguio, North, Recreation and Fauna

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TLG VII Or, Hot Pot, ya'll??

Qiaotou, China

Southern Hot Pot! Why order off the menu when the staff is eating wonderfully warm hot pot one table over. We only get spicy dipping sauce, not the sesame and/or spicy they offer in Beijing, the home of hot pot. [I'm guessing on that one but it is a Northern dish.] Veggies and organs are washed & chopped and in tubs on one of the restaurant tables, of these we can help ourselves. We are given the choice of Chicken, bones in, or beef for the stock. No lamb? We are definitely not in the North! The green veggies are numerous but the scallios disappear before I can grab a plateful. There are glass noodles, too - a favorite of mine. We eat till stuffed. Aaaaahhhh....

Here, rice is rarely served in individual bowls. A wooden bucket, or large bowl of rice is placed on the table for all to share family style. I like it.

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 8, 2012 from Qiaotou, China
from the travel blog: Yunnan, China
tagged Beijing, HotPot, North, FamilyStyle, Organs, Veggies and Scallions

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