Posts Tagged ‘panagbenga 2014


i woke up the following day with a splitting headache but thankfully the tour guys took care of me aka gave me a sheet of advil, hahaha! we were late though, i think everyone kind of slept in and for that we had to walk through closed routes to session road. the grand float parade participants were already busy preparing in the streets but we caught one late float that’s made to look like a train. very creative!


and so our attempt to watch the grand float parade has failed. we ended up in the wrong side walk and this is the most decent pixxor i have, oh hai minions! lesson learned, i will invest in a monopod and tripod, which are very useful for events like these. dear kami-sama, please lessen our taxes, so we can save more.


we decided to eat instead because taking pixxors were futile at this point. there was a thick mass of zombi– err people and you can never get a decent shot without adding someone’s head. shane found another good place to eat, which was sizzling plate baguio. i know i know, we have this in metro manila as well but…


it was very inviting, from the ambiance of the place, and the funny waiters, and the smells wafting from the inside were mouth watering. we all had some murky looking soup which tasted ok, and roasted chicken for me, and steak for mai and shane.

after we all checked out of the hotel, we had some free time to do some last minute pasalubong shopping. but the three of us, mai, shane, and i went to the baguio athletic bowl instead. as suggested by one of the locals, since we were having a difficult time taking pixxors.


we made the right decision to go because we got to really see the floats and all the pretty flower design details up close. my favorites were the minions and the plants versus zombies themed ones! but the best one for me would be…


the float with my name, hahaha! this was that tv network in kamuning’s float. as i mentioned before, mai, up top, has the same name as me, so we both were eager to have our pixxors taken with this float.

i really enjoyed this year’s panagbenga festival. the highlights were of course, being able to see the colorful parades, finding small keepsakes, enjoying nature and breathing clean air, being able to travel by myself and take care of myself and zombies–i mean making new friends. will go back next year!

yun lang.

♥ melai

we all went to buy our pasalubong at mines view park which is nothing like a park but more like a maze of souvenir shops where they sell…


hand towels, bonnets, keychains, back massagers, and strawberry shaped purses and magnets… in heaps.


i found some cute minion and panda caps too but decided against buying because i thought i was too old already. but then again, i’m asian and could get away with it, i should’ve have bought the panda, hahaha!


they sell penises too, wooden ones; other fertility figures, oh and giant spoons and forks, and bowls.


all the food preservatives in the world! err, i mean jars upon jars of strawberry jam, peanut butter, peanut brittles, pili nuts, and crinkles.


one of the stalls where you can buy shirts that profess your love for baguio city or… strawberries.


they sold plants too, mostly cacti and garlands of a flower the locals referred to as ‘everlasting’.


if harry potter was filipino, he’d ride one of these brooms, lol. i was looking for the smaller version of the rainbow colored brooms, the ones which you could use on your keyboard but all i found were the large ones. must find one when i get back!


and lots and lots of fruit! although people would mostly ignore the others and go for the strawberries, i gorged myself with a kilo.


our final itinerary for the day was wright park, all of us were too tired already though and we didn’t stay long. was able to take a pixxor of the pool of pines, it’s pretty cool and the flowers are nice but they should definitely clean the water. and no, that tree was not going to fall off.


ended the day with strawberry taho, which were sold in front of the park. it reminded me of cough syrup but it was ok, it was warm and brimming with sago.

yun lang muna.

♥ melai

after the grand street dance parade, we headed to camp john hay for lunch. it’s a very pleasant place, with lots of trees and flowers and most importantly… food!


since my two companions are still full, we just roamed around for a bit. the cap john hay trade and cultural center really needs a paint job or maybe they could cover it with washi tape, hehe.


there’s lots to see here, i found the pathways interesting. they could be used as patterns for photoshop. oh hai again, my trusty old pair of chucks. and then of course…


flowers! lots and lots of flowers. i think this is a good sign, makes me realize i’m still a girl, lol. there were so many people trying to take a photo of this installation though, took some ninja skillz to get a pixxor without any one of them.


the camp sold pretty hanging plants and cacti, and even lucky jade! would’ve bought some if i wasn’t touring with a group. so we just walked around and found that


there’s always something pretty growing in the sidewalks and in the little nooks and crannies of this place.


the trees there are perfect too, they won’t protect you from rain, but they’re the breezy kind and will partially give you some shade while you still enjoy a little warmth from the sun. and then


more flowers! my favorite were the pink ones. will definitely buy some when i get back! anyhoo, while mai and shane were exploring other stores and stuff…


i found a little shop called country home, it sells a lot of items that are ‘country style’, taylor swift would be pleased. i’m more of a color-block person when it comes to decorating but i liked some things…


i thought the tableware, teapots, and the little vegetable decors were cute. i bought one of the chevron mugs in the middle!


they have dolls too but i like the piggy banks more. they look small in the pixxor but those were huge.


the store had a ceramic wellington boot in the corner, the owner said she was planning to put umbrellas in it, i thought that was smart. but the most ozumm items were…


these witty signs! ‘will trade coffee for gossip’ will be perfect for my neighbors, haha. and ‘i kiss better than i cook’ definitely applies to me!

we were hungry by this time and shane had found a nice looking restaurant called…


everything nice cake shop and cafe. shane is like a girlier version of maki, who keeps finding new places for us to eat and who’s been my eating buddy ever since. on a side note, i will bring maki here if we ever go to baguio. the shop though, lives up to its name, everything is nice.


this is one of my favorite pixxors, their steel grating doormat was pretty intricate. i hope i can find a similar one for my house din.


their interiors are just simple and clean, with glass windows that make the place look bigger than it is.


the cakes and pastries would probably appeal to maki more though, hahaha! their cassava cake is the softest and the best i’ve ever tasted.


they have pretty and nice customers too, not to mention camwhoring ones. and finally, the most important of all…


they have delicious food! mai had gambas and soup, which looked nice but i didn’t really get to taste them but shane and i had baguio longganisa served with balatinaw rice, which is organically grown and goes through a more rigorous process than regular rice, plus, two eggs.

baguio longganisa is kind of a cross with your regular ones and that of longganisang lucban–the one that sells like hotcakes in quezon province and squirts oil when cooked. ang hirap i-explain, hahaha! but yeah, it’s really really good! the bottomless pit that is my stomach was very happy.

the three of us lounged around here before we had to go to our next stop in the tour. never had more fun with people i just met just the previous night.

yun lang muna.

♥ melai


after leaving our stuff at the hotel, our tour group trudged to session road for the grand street parade. the street signs in baguio are way nicer than the dilapidated ones in metro manila.


and super clean too, my chucks are pleased.


found these group of kids who claimed one of the better spots in session road. it does help to be really early because people start to pour in hordes an hour before the parade, they also close some streets by that time.


there are a lot of merchants roaming about before the parade. they sell various things from strawberry taho to buttered corn, i bought some gummy worms though. they were the coldest gummy worms i have ever had in my life. hahaha! i made new friends with some of the solo travellers, pretty shane is the one on the left, i got scared of her at first because she’s not afraid to speak her mind. mai is on the right, we have the same name, how ozummm is that!


there are other stuff being sold, i liked these laced hats but they were too expensive for hats. i took a ninja pixxor instead while talking to the seller. hehe!


now, if you get bored with all that panagbenga merchandise, there’s always nature to look at. session road is full of plant life, even the gutters and sidewalks have well trimmed grass and wild flowers.

and then after so much waiting, and gaping at things, lol, the parade finally started. here are my favorites…


this is one of the most energetic and colorful parades i’ve seen! all the little flower details worn by the dancers were creative, so much sunflowers!  i like the last two pixxors the most, when the dancers were in mid-jump and well, yeah, they have cute butts (they’re minors!).

yun lang muna.

♥ melai

i found a travel agency called travel factor on another blog and they do tours all over, one of those, is a trip to baguio for the panagbenga festival. i decided to join since it’s been years since i’ve been to baguio and i haven’t seen the festival live. so i’ll be sharing my adventure here in five parts!


we arrived at green valley hotel, takes about twenty minutes tops to get there from victory liner, before we turned into ice lollies. i was wearing my uniqlo light down but it was still so cold. i wonder if those native statues were freezing too.


the hotel had a vintage feel to it, like an old country club or old mansion in the middle of the mountains in japanese movies, you know, the ones that never run out of fog… and mysteries. hahaha!


at least the inside of the hotel was a bit warmer. they had a native thing going on too. they had a nice table at the lobby with wooden statues for its legs.


the amenities were ok, although i will not dare go swimming when the temperature is lower than 0 degrees. on a side note, lots of cute korean boys were hanging out in these places.


and to keep up with the native theme, they reflected this in the art hanging in the walls. i specially liked the tapestry with the dancing couple. it looked better in constrast to the sign next to it. hahaha!

despite the lack of telephones and wifi, which could be a good thing for people who want to get unplugged, the place is pretty nice over-all and the ambiance is pleasant, the staff are smiley and accommodating too. oh, and again, it is infested with cute koreans!

yun lang muna.

♥ melai

hello, my name is melai and i write to document the places i’ve been to, the things i’ve seen, and the books i’ve read. sometimes, i also write about food.