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Strawberry Farm of Baguio

Posted on 17 March 2012 by Flisha

It isn’t funny how real climate change is. You can feel it in the weirdness of the seasons, how the rains come so much earlier, how hotter than normal it is when it’s the sunny season…

Take the time we went to Baguio, first week of March. Five years ago, same time this year, it was freaking cold!! So cold we were in jackets and still shivering. So cold that we could even see and feel the fog.

This time around, it was warm during the day, though the night brought cool relief. At times, it was downright hot!

And it was hot when we went to the strawberry farm at high noon. Look at those uncomfortable smiles!!

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Yep, we were feeling the heat alright! Nevertheless we had fun gawking at the cheap prices of all the vegetables. If I could I would have bought a basketful of vegetables here, but alas I knew I couldn’t carry them all home (from Baguio to Manila is about 6 hours bus trip) so I settled for 3 heads of broccoli (3 enormous heads for P100 what a steal!), a small basket of strawberries (P50) and half a kilo of blueberries (P100).

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We had a fun time looking around in the strawberry fields…

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Jotie finishing his strawberry taho (or was it the strawberry ice cream?) and Raquel taking photos of the strawberry plants.

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Leo telling us about the strawberry farm, that actually this is really more for show as most of the farms aren’t in Baguio but in Benguet. Chris listening intently.

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This is a row of potatoes, yes! In the midst of the smaller strawberry plants.

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And here is a potato bud, soon it will flower.

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And here is a broccoli head! The leaves are so large! I wish I had a garden like this in my backyard, fresh vegetables all the time, yummm!!!

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And here we have some lettuce, and in between the lettuce and broccoli are a few onion plants.

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It was a fun day, despite the heat. Smile L-R: Me, Brian, Jotie, Raq and Chris.

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Want a strawberry?

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Jotie’s Birthday

Posted on 11 March 2012 by Flisha

It was my friend Jotie’s 29th birthday on the first of March, and we celebrated by having dinner in Gerry’s Grill in Baguio City.

(Yes, he’s the youngest in the group and while all of us are turning or have already turned 30 this year, he will stay 29 for all of 2012. Unfair!!! Hahaha, do I sound bitter???)

So, anyway, here’s a rare chance that I was bringing my camera and I took photos of him while we were singing him a happy birthday.

Look at that smile, LOL!!! Rolling on the floor laughing

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Here are some photos of the food:

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Tuna belly and grilled chicken.

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Cream dory grilled in banana leaves (this was REALLY good), but I forgot to take a picture of it with the leaves off.

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Grilled barbecue and grilled squid. Grilled squid is Gerry’s Grill’s specialty – it tastes really really delicious. I think they baste it with pork fat, that’s why it’s extra tasty.

We also got kare-kare but I don’t think I have a photo.

I wanted baked scallops, but they were out. I am so craving for scallops! Last time that I went to Gerry’s in Glorietta 5 they were also out. Hayyy….

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L-R: Leo (Jotie’s new friend from his recent travels), Jotie and Brian (chatting with Katrina who couldn’t be with us)

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L-R: Raquel, Me, Chris (my bff from high school), Leo, Jotie and Brian

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And that’s the gang who went to Baguio! (Why do I look so cold?!?)

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Landscaping Art in Baguio

Posted on 11 March 2012 by Flisha

A wonderful thing about living in Baguio, aside from the soothing cool climate, is the abundance of flowers. They grow everywhere, anywhere, in Baguio! Even the weeds sprout flowers, amazingly!

That’s why I don’t counter who says Zamboanga isn’t really the “City of Flowers” anymore – because I can see plainly that if there was ever a Philippine city that deserved this title, it would be Baguio. However, that city is already called “The Summer Capital of the Philippines”, and rightly so.

Anyway, my friends and I were there for a couple of days last week and there was a landscaping competition so I took some photos.

La Union Baguio Landscaping

Here is the winner, from a landscaping team from La Union (it was an open competition). More photos:

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The next photo didn’t win but garnered an honorable mention. I really liked it too, although the styles are a bit similar, just that the winner was more grandiose with the gazebo plus waterfalls. But I liked the garden setup of this one much better.

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I would LOVE to have gardens like those in my future home. But alas, I don’t think the flowers would thrive. Sad smile

A friend of mine told me that a square meter of land in Baguio costs ten thousand pesos. Whoaaaa!!! Oh well. I wasn’t really considering on someday living there, but if I ever want to stay somewhere cool, maybe I will go look at neighboring Benguet instead! Fingers crossed

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Strawberry Shortcake

Posted on 10 March 2012 by Flisha

strawberry shortcake cake

This is possibly the best cake I have ever tasted in my life. Strawberry shortcake.

Let me just say that I am not fond of cakes. So much so that when my friends decided to get a cake for share, I decided to get a slice of strawberry tart instead since I already knew I wasn’t going to like the cake.

Boy was I wrong!!! The cake was so delicious!!! It was a layer of whipped cream over a layer of strawberry-infused cream over strawberry-infused cake over strawberry cream again over strawberry cake, topped with fresh strawberry slices.

My God!!!! Every bite of that cake was scrumptious, melt-in-your-mouth goodness!!!

I love that strawberry shortcake. Yum!

You can get it at Visco’s in Baguio. Strawberry season is short, so go get it as soon as you can!!!

strawberry shortcake at vizcos

Visco’s Restaurant & Cake Shop
#5C EDT Bldg (Puso ng Baguio Bldg.)
#5 Session Road, Baguio City
Tel# (074) 446-7082

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Snow in Baguio, Philippines?

Posted on 14 January 2009 by Flisha

My boyfriend just texted me that he saw on TV that it was snowing in Baguio. He often likes to yank my chain (is that the right idiom for lying?), so I set out to prove him wrong.

The Philippines is a tropical country, lying very near the equator, and it can get really hot here. (I live in the southern part of the country so I know all about heat.) Baguio is a city that lies in the northern part of the country and is located 1,400 meters above sea level. (It’s built on top of a mountain.) It’s pretty cold there year-round, especially during the months December to February. But not so cold as to actually induce snow (the lowest temperature recorded was 6.3 degrees Celsius in January 1961).

I search for the term “Snow in Baguio” but nothing much comes up, except for some weird plan by the Baguio government to scatter fake snow over the city in 2006. (WTF?) So I modify the search to find the most recent entries, and what do I find but this intriguing forum post:

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) at 5 a.m. Wednesday recorded 9.6 degrees celsius which is the lowest temperature so far recorded this year.

PAGASA weather forecaster Wilson Locando said the temperature in this mountain resort 250 kilometers north of Manila and other parts of the Cordillera region in northern Luzon could further go down until next month due to the effect of the “Siberian winds”.

Records show that the all-time low temperature recorded here was 6.8 degrees celsius in 1960.

In Tuba, Benguet particularly atop Mount Santo Tomas, Jun Willy, a resident in the area, noted the drop of the temperature this morning at 8.2 degrees celsius which resulted in the formation of frost commonly known here as “andap” or thin film of ice formed overnight atop grasses and leaves.

In La Trinidad, Benguet, Dominador Dongla, supervisor of the vegetable trading post, said frosting might occur in the high-lying towns of Atok and Buguias due to the cold temperature prevailing in the area. – PNA

So, definitely no snow in Baguio. (The temperature would have to be below freezing point for that to happen. And that’s 0 degrees Celsius.) But there’s a thin layer of frost on the grass. Wow. My boyfriend may be telling me the truth after all. Anybody from Baguio care to comment???

P.S. That’s my best friend Chris in the photo, from when we visited Baguio last year.

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