Location: Baguio City, Philippines
When we added Baguio to our itinerary we never realized we were about to visit the place at the height of the yearly Panagbenga flower festival. Some of our contacts have told us, while we were traveling our way down from Ilocos Norte, that it was already impossible to come through because of the heavy traffic caused by tourists coming from different parts of Metro Manila. We knew it was also impossible to book a hotel but we took our chances and stayed positive that somehow, somewhere, someone would offer us a place to stay. We reached Baguio 10:30 pm and saw large groups of people flocking from every street corner. We knew right then and there that we stood no chance of getting a room. We tried anyway but to no avail. We ended up sleeping in the car parked right outside Mine's View Park and almost froze to death because we didn't get the chance to change into more weather-appropriate clothes. I was still wearing my shorts from our Pagudpud trip and my feet went numb a couple of times during sleep. All ten of us were able to sleep for four hours cramped up in the van . Came morning, the usual shower and toothbrush was replaced with a meager wet tissue wipes and a couple of mouthwash gargle. hahaha I know that sounds gross but the situation gave us just that. It was extraordinarily cold that early morning so we ended up buying scarves and gloves to protect us from the cold.
The temperature went up by the time it was 10 am and turned really hot by 12 nn. I was already getting uncomfortable by the minute with the bulky layers so I decided to change into my trusty denim shorts but opted to retain the socks coz my feet usually gets cold. The carbon dioxide emission from cars and buses and huge amount of people was the culprit why Baguio heated up like that.
We didn't really get to experience the cold breeze that we went for but the whole bittersweet experience made it more fun and one for the books! :)
Baguio, you know i still love you. :)
(channeling the 70's hippie)
70's flare jeans - thrifted
Multicolored top - thrifted
Denim shorts - thrifted
Leather jacket - thrifted
Leather/woven belt - both thrifted
Camel shoulder bag - thrifted
Black hat - Metro Gaisano
Violet beanie - from Baguio