Baguio City: Arrival and Mines View Park: Saint Bernard

Upon arrival at Baguio City (Victory Liner terminal), you will be greeted by tourist officers.  If you don't have a reservation to any hotel/guest house, these tourist officers will happily assist you.  They will also accompany you to your chosen accommodation for a minimum fee (I think that's 50 - 100 pesos.  That already includes the service car (see? you don't have to hire a cab).

Since we were already very tired, we opted for the nearest one - Tuvera Pension House.  The room is clean though the tiles were not well-maintained.  The pension house is walking distance to the bus terminal, SM Baguio and Burnham park.

After a few hours of resting, the Baguio City tour began.
Our first stop - Saint Bernard at Mines View Park

We took a jeepney going to Mines View Park and saw Botanical Garden, The Mansion and Wright Park along the way.  We did not get off the jeep to check those places out.  Instead, we went straight to Mines View and agreed to drop by the other tourist spots on our way back.

Upon entering the park, you will be greeted by this giant named Dee-jay (I invented the spelling of his name <3).  He's the first Saint Bernard to greet the tourists and locals alike making him the most popular.
This picture had completed Kiboy's Baguio City tour :)
My turn :)
Oh, how we missed Bruno and Max!
I think there are four Saint Bernards but two of them were rather small.  So we decided to have our pictures taken with only the two biggest.  The first is Dee-jay while the second is Mr. Shady (I also invented his name <3).

Super bigat!

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Baguio City: How we got there

Since I was a little kid, I've always wanted to visit the City of Pines, Baguio City.  When I got a lot older, read a lot about different places and been to quite a few of those nearby,  it was amazing that the desire to see Baguio is still there.

Maybe it is because the kid in me wanted to see what those students had seen during their field trip to that city a couple of years or so ago.  That field trip which unfortunately, due to some serious financial reason, I was not able to join.

Or maybe because everybody is talking about having been there - the weather, the parks, the zigzag road.  Their reviews weren't all good but still, I wanted to go.

Or maybe because...I simply want to.

So there!
When Kiboy agreed that we spend our first wedding anniversary out of town (and he's suggesting Ilocos), I saw that opportunity to include Baguio in the itinerary.

And came the objections.
Until one day, he learned that Mines View Park is actually home to the lovely dogs, Saint Bernard...and he soooo love dogs!
Objections? Nothing of course!

That, my friend, had placed Baguio City as our first stop.

Saint Bernard
We took the Victory Liner bus (Caloocan Terminal) going to Baguio City.  The trip is roughly 6-8 hours.

Tip:  Be at the terminal early.  Travel at night as the travel time tends to be longer during the day (considering the traffic situation).

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