All Hail Zola
All Hail Zola

What was supposed to be a 3-day Sagada adventure turned out to be my most unforgettable Baguio experience ever.

This is PHI Class 2010 at their finest, or should I say, most juvenile.πŸ˜€

Just before the start of internship, we planned an overnight get-away in Baguio right after our annual Dagupan trip with the brods and sisses in Dagupan. We were supposed to go to Sagada and do caving and trekking (to Siena’s delight, haha), but due to time constraints and the effect of the global recession (yeah yeah..haha) the greatest summer adventure that was supposed to be was reduced to a mere overnight stay in the summer capital.

Mile Hi Inn
Mile Hi Inn

Just the same, we planned to make the most out of our little time to enjoy our 3-week summer vacation just before hell breaks loose. Maan and I, while still in Palawan, haha, reserved three rooms in an old but one of the cheapest “inns” in Baguio, the Mile Hi Inn located inside Camp John Hay. We were supposed to get a big three-bedroom suite at the Bloomfield Hotel but it was fully booked so we ended up with our second choice. Most of us wanted to spend a little more for lodging since, “minsan lang naman kasi mangyari ‘to” – (Dayrit, 2009).

From Dagufun to Baguiowww!

Dagupan was a blast! We had a humongous slumber party of almost 60 brods and sisses staying and sleeping in one room! Soon after the sizzling heat of Dagupan, Miya and I, the designated drivers of the two-car convoy drove the rest of the batch (Gera, Mel, Alvin, Bjay, Maan, Reci, and Nikki G) straight to Baguio through Kenon Road. It was our very first time to drive up to Baguio, and we nearly got lost finding where the jump-off point to Kenon was.

Welcome to Baguio!
Welcome to Baguio!

We were all used to the unremarkable sights and scenery in Marcos Highway (save for the defunct Marcos bust) that we found Kenon Road so marvelous! Kenon was right smack in between two big mountains, which is the reason why it is so prone to landslides. We were in awe with the spectacular rock formations and deep gorge! Especially our resident tourist Gera whose last visit to Baguio was about 12 years ago! We were welcomed by the Lions Head (which actually don’t look like a lion at all, more like a gorilla, haha), and after smelling the fresh pine scent and feeling the winter (WINTER DAW?!) breeze, we soon found our way to Camp John Hay.

All Hail ZOLA!

Staying inside John Hay was a very good choice. One of our must-do in our trip was to relax and have a well-deserved rest from the hustle and bustle of Manila/PGH life. We would be negating our cause if we did stay in the city proper won’t we? In John Hay, you can really feel the serenity and freshness of Baguio, sans the smoke and noise! We found Siena and Pierre at the Mile High Inn and after checking in and settling in our rooms (and checking if the toilet is dirty c/o Miya and Maan haha), I bought a new pair of Havaianas replacing my almost 4 year old pair which got lost in Dagupan, hahahaha (kinuha ng boatman!). We then heard mass, wherelese? but in the Baguio Cathedral, and soon found Jo Thomas! Siena then suggested we grab dinner at ZOLA…which later on played a very central role in our trip! Hahaha.πŸ™‚

Zolalicious!
Zolalicious!

ZOLA was the place to be in Baguio (well, probably next to Nevada Square, ahahahaha!). It’s a resto-bar ala-Mister Kebab type with lots of food, drinks and _______ waiters! Hahaha. Kayo na bahala to fill the blank.πŸ˜€ One waiter actually said when asked “Sir, anong pasta meron kayo?” (pertaining to the type of noodles they serve). He said, “Uhm, ma’am, we have istapeggi, petuchene, angel hair and …..” If you know me really well, you’ll know that it took me a whole lot of WILL POWER and 10,000 kJ of energy to stop smirking and laughing out loud! Hehe. Anyway, despite their ______ waiters, ZOLA really got our attention when Bjay and Reci’s sandwiches came up! They were unbelievably HUMONGOUS! Apparently, everyone’s orders were all hugely parted, and with the not so hefty price tag….IT WAS A STEAL!

Siena and Pierre actually got to Baguio way earlier than us and apparently already went around town by themselves. They arrived in Baguio early morning and it was in Zola where they had their breakfast. They went around the city, and from, I guess, walking from Wright Park to Mines View, got hungry and ate at Zola for lunch. When we met them in the afternoon, we then had dinner at Zola…THREE MEALS of Siena Ona, she ate in Zola! Haha. That is why we call her the Face of Zola. Hahaha.πŸ˜€

Sexy Ladies in the House

Sexy Ladies
Sexy Ladies

After dinner , I dragged everybody to Nevada Square which, according to my online research, is THE-PLACE-TO-BE in Baguio. Being a night person that I am, of course nothing would be greater than to party in Baguio right? So we invaded a newly opened bar, 4 U 2 C. When we went in, we were the only ones there, save for two people! Haha! The-place-to-be indeed! But their offer was irresistible. A bucket of San Mig Light or Cocktail Pitcher + Fries for only P250! I think we were in a roll!πŸ™‚ Music was KOI-ish, but the sisses were mesmerized by the changing colors of the tables. Hehe. Sana magka-ganyan din sa Koi. haha. The manager even gave them a plate of ketchup and mayo which says “Sexy Ladies in the House!” It wouldn’t be a Phi night without the ceremonial batch toasts.πŸ˜€

Because we were tired of traveling from Dagupan to Baguio, and really wanted to rest, and yes…sadly, because ageing is inevitable, haha, we went home BEFORE 12mn. :[ The plan was to drink the wine Richmond bought in Dagupan, but I think after watching a Filipino horror flick in Cinema One, everyone grew really tired and wanted to SLEEP. So…zzzz…it was.

It’s All About Regression

The following morning, we were greeted by Jo! She volunteered to tour us around HER city, naks.πŸ™‚

Regression to childhood was the theme of the whole trip, doing the things we loved when we were still kids: eating lots of food (at Zola! haha, ALL HAIL ZOLA!), riding boats (and racing with the other team!) and bikes (and nearly hitting a child!), blowing plastic balloons (and deciding who can blow the biggest one! apparently it was Miya, hahaha), going on a street-food foodtrip (especially ICE CREAM ni SIENA!), kwentuhan, tawanan, takutan, kodakan, people watching and capping the whole experience with a sumptuous dinner (no, not at Zola, haha) c/o Jo’s hospitable mom and dad! Thanks Jo!

Alvin Chu and his copycat! Haha
Alvin Chu and his copycat! Haha
Biking
Biking
When was the last time you blew one?
When was the last time you blew one?
Food Trip
Food Trip
Z for Zola
Z for Zola

One Foggy Night

After dinner with Jo, it was time for us to leave (so that SOMEONE could catch her plane to PALAWAN the following day! haha). The initial plan was to go down thru Marcos Highway since it was safer and more well lit. But a tip from Jo’s dad made us go down thru Kenon. It was really foggy then, and since Kenon was a road built in between two mountains, WALANG FOG dun. Marcos runs on the side of the mountain = ZERO visibility. True enough, when we *tried* to pass by Marcos Hway, we couldn’t see a thing. So we back-tracked, and went down thru Kenon.

They say Kenon is alot dangerous when driving in the dark. I say, it’s all in the driver. *hint hint* Hehe.

Thanks to the new SCTEX and the apparent disappearance of cars in the wee hours in the morning, we traveled 250KM in just 5 hours! (10PM – 3AM)πŸ™‚

We all have our own individual Baguio experiences when we were kids, but it was a whole lot funner eminiscing and reliving everything with the best and closests brods and sisses you could ever have. Thanks batchmates!

Phi Class 2010 + Jo Thomas
Phi Class 2010 + Jo Thomas

So, as we start the best year of our med school life, and become the kings and queens of PGH…good luck to us! See you all again in Boracay 2010! =D