Sunday, September 28, 2014

Baguio Holiday Villas: Of Good Coffee, Warm Welcome and Lush Greens

Baguio Holiday Villas Couch and Logo
Inviting interiors, warm welcome at Baguio Holiday Villas
Ahh, the coffee was very good with a subtle hint of nuttiness.

We just came from three days in Sagada and two in Maligcong to cap a week-long hiatus in the highlands with a sidetrip to Baguio and a steaming cup of nutty java made for a warm welcome in this day-long transition back to urbanity.  After days of holding back on the precipitation, the rains fell just as we checked in at Baguio Holiday Villas.  I've laid claim to one of the beds in the double room upstairs and caught a nap after a quick hot shower so waking up to good coffee with this kind of weather was just perfect.

Baguio Holiday Villas Garden View with Night Lights
Even more magical at nighttime
Fact is, it's hard not to relax here.  After weaving through the busy thoroughfares of Baguio, the sight of a lush garden abuzz with bees and butterflies is like a balm that soothes instantly, a cocoon that wraps you sort of like in a green embrace.  That it's right smack along Burnham Park is a fact easily forgotten for the greenery also helps muffle the noise of traffic outside.  Perhaps I'm biased as I'm a gardener at heart.  IMHO, plants instantly uplift the spirits and improve the surroundings, more so if the landscaping was given a lot of thought and caring.  From the friendly staff we learned that V, a once popular child actor once spent a week here.  Ditto, A, a child-star turned singer who strummed her guitar and composed new songs out in the garden.  It's easy to imagine why.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sagada Rock Farm Inn in Macro Mono

The original plan was to just stay put and rest in Maligcong and Sagada though that changed quickly.  Rock Farm Inn though was a natural choice in this respect.  Considering that it was a low season where a lot of other accommodations in Sagada were offering drastically reduced rates (we visited one offering something like half the peak season rate), Rock Farm Inn has not budged one bit and their rates were the same as usual. 

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