Sunday, May 8, 2011

Zipline at the City of Pines

I'm a sucker for ziplines so you'll see a lot of me with this experience in different places. Every time I would travel, I would check if they have one.

This year I spent Holy Week at Baguio City. This gave me the chance to visit Camp John Hay and once again was able to do a zipline over the mountains and pines trees. (my first one was Asia's longest at Bukidnon) When we reached Tree Top Adventure, we were given a brief orientation on the activities they offered. The littles one went for canopy while I took my goddaughter and niece, Bianca with me on Superman and a canopy ride too. It cost us 450 pesos for two rides. Below, you'll see the prices. Going to the superman ride area, we first passed by the canopy and silver surfer ride then we walked down. It's always fun going down but never going up. The staff were very friendly and will make sure you're in good hands. Actually, they were making jokes about safety. Just like the staff in Dahilayan Park, Bukidnon. Maybe this is a way for them to ease the people's mind on freaking out. They have the same strategy. The line is said to be around 200m but just 175m zipping. It will push you backward at fist then it will pull you forward. It will give you time to enjoy the height, the trees, the mountains and the thrill of thinking that you're stuck there. I wished I was able to spread my arms on the side which would be more comfortable than hanging on a triangular support. Overall, it was still amazing. I'd do it again but Bianca was kinda freaked out. 

Run by the same Subic-based company
Orientation and the price list

The staff was making me laugh

going backward



and going forward


you'll see on our face how happy we were

Going down was fun. Going up wasn't.
 We felt the Canopy ride was slow after experiencing the superman ride. We had to wait for seats to arrive from the other station. It was three lines-transfer. It gave me time to relax and enjoy the height and trees again. What I regret not doing was the silver surfer. It looked fun. Though it was something to look forward to when I go back.        

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Baguio Highlands Hotel & Spa

I've been visiting Baguio since I was in college. I went with classmates, friends, the rest of the youth population and colleagues. I've experienced staying in transient apartments, hotels and the famous Teacher's Camp. This year, I went with relatives and their friends and families. We have been discouraged to go there at first because it was Holy Week and they said it would be swamped with tourists. Still...we went. 

Good thing we did. We were excited to reach Baguio Highlands. It's easier to reach the place from Marcos Highway. A little far from downtown but once you get there, it's like a haven. Up on the mountains, clouds within reach and it's very peaceful. A place away from the city but a place where you can see the whole city. I enjoy the high lands because I am usually stressed out by the Metro. It reminded me of the country side when I went to London. Baguio Highlands has a touch of a European style. It even has a chimney which we were not able to use because the temperature was just about right. We stayed at a three-storey villa. I only have a few photos of the inside to share because the moment we got in, everyone just started to find and marked their favorite place. So I was not able to take photos of the whole place on its original state. Let me describe it at the best as I can. First floor would be the dining and living room with a terrace, counter, maid's/storage room, kitchen and a toilet and a bathroom.  The second floor has the master's bedroom with a terrace and it's own toilet with shower and another room with a separate toilet with shower. The third floor is a spacious attic where it has beds and a huge space you can roll over. It is fully furnished. The attendant has almost everything we need. In case you need to get a hold of basic needs, there are stores before you enter the Green Valley Village gate. Outside, it has it's own playground (swings, see saw and slide) and a grilling station. It has a court where you can shoot the ball or play any raquet sports. Kids can ran and play around safely. A good jog or walk up and down the hill is also recommended. 

This experience had made me fall in love with Baguio for the first time even if I had visited the city several times. I hope to have my rest house up on those mountains one day.    

Thanks to Sir Val and Sir Mike who owns the place for welcoming us. Check out this place at Phase IV, Green Valley Village,Sto. Tomas Road, Dontogan, Baguio. 


The living room with TV that has cable service
Master's bedroom's terrace

Dining area

The counter and kitchen

Thanks Sir Val and Sir Mike
The clouds is within your reach