Trip to Baguio

Trip Start Mar 04, 2008
Trip End Apr 18, 2008

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Well, week two in the Philippines is in the books.  Over and done.  I'm having a lot of fun, but tending to become pretty homesick on the weekend when we are not as busy.  The trip to Baguio was a God send.  The purpose of the trip was primarily to visit Gil's grandmother.  He had not seen her in 18 years!  Second of course was to do some site seeing, which we did a lot of considering the trip was only one day.  Ideally the trip should be made over a weekend, but we did not have the luxury of time on our side.  Pat Mar was arriving back in Manla on Sunday and I had to check into my new place at the Asian Residence.  We hired a driver for the day for 10,000 pesos split between three of us evenly.  We left at 5am Saturday morning(actually 5:15, I was alseep still when driver arrived.  Darn snooze button!).  The trip from Manila to Baguio is approximately 250 kilometers(or 150 miles).  Doesn't sound that far does it?  Should only take a couple of hours, huh?  Nope.  It took a little over six hours to get there because of heavy traffic and slim roads.  We drove though one small town after another where the traffic gets pretty thick and things can really slow down.  The drive has some wonderful vistas along the way including huge rice fields, mountains, a waterfall and tropical setttings.  The temp in Baguio was in the 70's with a nice light breeze which was really nice.  Back in Manila it was HOT. 
It was really nice seeing Gil reunited with his grandmother.  What a nice family he has here.  It was his first time in the Philiippines even though he is Filipino.  The last time he saw his grandmother was in the states.  We were treated to quite a feast.  It kind of reminded me of a Filiipino version of the family in 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'. 
The trip back to Manila was brutal.  It took over 8 hours.  We kept getting stuck behind truck after truck carrying loads of sugarcane stacked about 15 feet high.  Needless to say, we got back to our places pretty late and were all very exhausted.  It was a great trip though and I feel blessed by the Lord to have experienced it.  I'll let my photos tell the rest of the story from here.  Enjoy!

Cya all next time.  God bless
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