I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet cannot stand there again. -Frodo Baggins, LOTR

First times are always crucial as they leave the most impression which keep people coming (or FROM coming) back to a certain place or liking a particular experience. In short, they make or break. 😀

I always thought Baguio City was in the north-est north. What a misconception! Hahaha!  I also assumed that it was one place in the country I would never enjoy staying at because of the cold weather, and again I was wrong. 😀

Charming. If there was one word I would use to describe the place, it would be charming. A beautiful city accessible by winding roads, priding itself in a beautiful vistas and healthy, cheap produce. I fell in love. 😀

I actually went there for a training that my company gave for one of our clients. We (the bosses and I 😀 )  took some time off to do a bit of sight-seeing since it was my first time to visit the place. Here are some of the pictures during my stay in the Summer Capital of the Philippines! (Forgive the quality of the pictures, it must be the settings of the phone my boss used to take the pictures. 😀 )

Horseback riding in Camp John Hay

It was my first time and I truly enjoyed horseback riding! 😀 We did it just before dusk, rendering the scenes in sepia tone. It was the most wonderful feeling to be riding while taking in the panoramic mountainside. If i were a more daredevil-ish, I would have made Diesel run so fast it would feel like I’m flying. Sadly, I’m not. 😀

Standing tall among pine trees

Pine trees are among the things that Baguio City is most famous for.  Those evergreens were everywhere, creating an illusion that one is in a temperate country. It’s the most relaxing thing to be walking under those trees, inhaling that piney smell, watching sunlight stream through the canopy.

Welcoming myself to The Manor

The Manor is a five-star hotel in Baguio and probably one of the most romantic places in the Philippines. My boss went as far as telling me that I should hold my wedding there. After seeing the amazing garden and taking in the quaint atmosphere of the restaurant and the whole place, I thought that wasn’t a bad idea. Hahaha!

Sitting on an anito?

The ambiance of the place incited pensiveness and romance, what with all the light, water feature and a scenic view of the valley below.

Baguio City will forever remind me of beautiful sunsets and delicious food. Most notably is the raisin bread made in The Manor. 😀 All in all, it was quite magical. Not bad for a first time.