It’s the morning of another day. I had a peaceful sleep because of the wonderful weather. And this view greets me as I open my eyes.
And, yes, I was on the extra bed. There was five of us in a family room of 2 queen sized beds. I didn’t mind being on the extra bed because I will not be on the direct path of the wind from the outside. Most of us got up late because of the exhaustion of yesterday. We managed to be prepared by 9 AM to go look for breakfast.
We went to Citylight Hotel for their breakfast buffet. The hotel is just a few walks away from the Baguio Cathedral on Upper General Luna Road. I must admit that I am happy with this breakfast buffet. They have a wide selection of food from viands, to pancakes, to siomai and siopao, and even bread. I will say that the price is worth the goodies. I definitely had a blast enjoying the buffet. After we are all done, we went back to the hotel for the others to take a bath.
We decided our fate for the day and wanted to go to the strawberry fields!
We go outside of Baguio City to the town of La Trinidad to go to the strawberry fields. It was sad, though, that there are no strawberries to pick because it’s not yet their season. The experience would have been better. We didn’t go home empty-handed though because we bough vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower and Sagada oranges.
The midday will be spent on souvenirs and pasalubong so we went to Good Shepherd for their delicacies. Good Shepherd is on Gibraltar Road. My office mates wanted me to buy Alfajor and Choco Flakes. However, the shop ran out of Alfajor so I had to buy them at the market. We were just able to buy Ube Jam and Lengua de Gato. Both of which are also tasty.
And just across Good Shepherd is Mines View Park. Mines View Park is a view of the Amburayan Valley and it never fails to take my breath away.
We had to put down all the stuff we bought at the hotel before we continue with our adventure. And by good, or not, chance, it rained. They were a bit apprehensive about continuing to the haunted buildings while it was raining hard. I said that it would add a creepier twist to what we will be doing. Also, we don’t want to go there during night because, honestly, I won’t.
I was so excited to see it when we arrived at the gate. It is raining and the place is abandoned. What more can you ask for?
This is the Diplomat Hotel. It’s a long way from Downtown Baguio. It was once a vacation house for the Dominican Order of the priests. It was later turned into a refugee camp for those escaping the Japanese during the World War II. The Japanese bombed the place at a later date. It was then turned into a hotel after it was reconstructed. Now, you’d understand why the place is haunted.
However, it is now turned into a tourist spot with the hotel remodeled to be a function hall. I don’t really know why they did that. I just hope that they’d leave it to its original state but still have security for it. And of course, we turned it into a good photo shoot opportunity.
We toured the place and I was sad that we weren’t able to get to the top of the building. It would have been an awesome view.
After we were done with the place, we went directly to another one of the haunted places in Baguio City.
The outside gives me the creeps. That will not make me want to enter the house. But, as we were in Baguio for this, I joined in. The Laperal White House is found on Leonard Wood Road. You can easily see it adjacent to Teacher’s Camp. It is isolated in the sense that there are no establishments to its left or right.
The Laperal family is one of the largest clans in the Baguio area. And like how most ghost stories started, the Japanese made this a garrison during World War II. There were a lot of torture and torment that some of the souls weren’t able to cross to the other side.
The first floor is now turned into a Bamboo Carving Art gallery. The other floors are free for the tourists to explore. We were there when it was almost sunset. So, you can just imagine how terrified I am by that time. I wasn’t staying away from the group because I was so afraid.
I wasn’t so keen on taking pictures because there might be surprising effects when I see them. And all of the feelings inside the house made me all hungry.
My sister was raving about this place called the 50’s Diner and it’s a good thing that it’s just near the area.
50’s Diner is a place on General Luna Road. It’s not far from the Laperal House so it was accessible to us. We had to wait, though, for a free table. We were sixth in line and that just added to my hunger. I was supposed to order yet another burger but further inspection of the menu brought me to pasta and garlic shrimp. Yes. Probably, a good choice. Plus, a strawberry milkshake. Because when in Baguio, you never run out of stuff you can add strawberry to.
After dinner, we headed out to look for a spa that can accommodate all of us. But, lo and behold, we were defeated. No spa is open at the hour and since it’s a holiday, there weren’t really open in the first place. So, we came back to our place and I was so tired that I didn’t have time for before-bed bantering with my friends. I just laid there until I fell asleep.