Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Journey to the North - Part 3

Eating corn-on-the-cob and fresh strawberries on Boxing Day (Dec. 26), now that’s a Christmas treat!

John and the kids explored Burnham Park while I caught up with family at an Internet café. They had a blast – row boats; bumper cars, pedi-cycles and candy floss. They had humongous grins when we met up again. My grin was not quite as big as theirs but I was pretty happy about having been able to talk with my parents, my sister and her family, and John’s parents.

Baguio City is known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines. The cool temperatures make it a natural draw to tourists. The pine tree forests are unique to this part of the country. We spent the afternoon in the Historic Core area of Camp John Hay. Early in the 1900’s, when the Americans discovered the cool climes of the area, which the original mountain people had managed to keep hidden from the Spanish, it was built up as a “rest and relaxation” base for military personnel. Unfortunately, the entire city has continued to grow, and the crush of people and traffic wasn’t that relaxing. I wish the original inhabitants of the area had been able to keep it hidden for another few centuries.

We arrived back in Los Baños in the dark, in the wee hours of the morning, as we had left it. We drove through the night back from Baguio to our home. We’ve been in our apartment less than a month but we were thankful to experience one of the sweet, sweet comforts of home - resting your head on a familiar pillow.

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