Our Baguio trip: tips + experience

This past weekend was 4 days long for us Manila folk. We took this time to relax, recharge, and free ourselves from the stresses of work.

My husband and I drove up north last Friday, and spent our long weekend in Baguio City.  The city is known for its cooler climate, and has been dubbed the City of Pines and the Summer Capital of the Philippines.

Some tips for the Baguio-bound traveller:

  1. Leave early. Baguio is a 3-4 hour drive from Manila via the NLEX-SCTEX-TPLEX route. However, since it is a popular destination during summer, long weekends, and holidays, it is advisable to leave Metro Manila early in the morning to avoid traffic. Leaving early also ensures that you get to spend the big chunk of your first day in Baguio City enjoying the sights, the food, and the cool air.
  2. Book your preferred accommodations in advance. There are a lot of hotels and lodges within the city to fit each and every budget. Find one that suits your tastes and needs, and book early to avoid hassles. There are quite a number of listings on AirBnB, as well. My husband and I booked a small house thru AirBnB for our trip, and we couldn’t be happier.
  3. Plan your itinerary. The City of Pines has a lot of tourist spots! There’s Wright Park for horseback riding; Burnham Park for its numerous Strawberry Taho and Strawberry dirty ice cream vendors, rowboats, expansive gardens, and playgrounds; Camp John Hay for golf, picnics, food tripping, and other fun family activities; the BenCab museum for art appreciation. There’s so much more to do in Baguio that it pays to plan out your itinerary in advance in order to maximize your stay.
  4. Eat your heart out. Baguio is known for its fresh vegetables and fruits, and this is evident in the dishes they serve. There are a lot of restaurants around the city to cater to every palate. On our first day, we ate at the Ketchup Food Community, which is a compound containing 5 different restaurants (Rancho Norte, Canto, Happy Tummy, Green Pepper, and Rumah Sate). Each restaurant in the “community” serves different cuisine. The best part about this place is that you can sit at one restaurant, and then cross-order from any other restaurant in the compound. Our favorite was the sisig bagnet from Rancho Norte. Yum! Another restaurant worth trying is Cafe by the Ruins, which we believe serves the best longanisang Baguio in town! There are also a lot more restaurants along Session Road and in other parts of the city that we would love to try in the future.
  5. Relax and have fun! Our trip to Baguio was a welcome respite from the intense heat in Metro Manila, and also from the daily stresses of work. We found that we truly enjoyed ourselves on this trip because we let go, let loose, relaxed, and just savored each and every experience. Breathing in that cool, fresh air left us recharged for the week to come.

Makeup travel essentials

Aside from it being Labor Day weekend in the Philippines, the ASEAN Summit is also in town, so we officially have a 4-day weekend! While a lot of people are headed over to Boracay Beach to enjoy the soft white sand, the sparkling sea, and the endless parties, my husband and I decided to drive up north to seek respite from the sweltering summer heat. We’re going to Baguio City!

Baguio City is also known as the summer capital of the Philippines. The climate there is much cooler than in Manila and in other parts of the country, which is why Filipinos tend to flock over there during the summer to cool down. Hence the moniker, summer capital. I’ll do a blog post on our itinerary when we get back. 🙂

Just like any makeup junkie, it’s difficult for me to just choose just certain specific items to bring when travelling. I have such separation anxiety from my home makeup station each time, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. So here’s what’s in my makeup bag for this trip:


Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray in Oil-Control. I love how tacky this primer becomes, making sure your makeup just sticks to your face the whole day. Major points also for keeping my oils at bay.


Make Up For Ever Ultra HD in Y365. I CANNOT live without this foundation. A pump and half for my entire face and neck, and I’m good for the rest of the day.


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla is great at concealing and brightening. It’s also good enough to use alone, whenever I feel like going out sans foundation.



Setting Powder

COTY Airspun Loose Powder in Translucent Extra Coverage to set my undereyes and the rest of my face.


Benefit Cheekathon Blush Set because it contains everything I need: Hoola Bronzer, and my favorite Dallas blush. Coralista, Dandelion, and Rockateur are also there if I ever need variety.

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette because of the handy, travel-size packaging and the variety available.




Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette because it’s my favorite eyeshadow palette ever!! I love how looks can easily go from day to night with this.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Extravagant Mascara because it gives me the length and volume I need. Plus it’s extremely waterproof.

Anastasia Brow Definer in Medium Brown because I need my brows to be on-point every single day!




NARS Liptensity in Smoked Almond: Love this lipstick not just because of the color, but also because the formula is non-drying.



Setting Spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray in Oil-Control just does a great job at bringing all the makeup together, and making it look like skin. Makes my make-up last all-day, and keeps me virtually oil-free.

Makeup Remover

PureDerm Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are handy makeup wipes I can bring with me everywhere to remove my makeup, and to also provide hydration to the skin.

Okay so………………. looks like I ended up packing a lot of makeup items for our trip. Just because I am so extra, I’m also going to be bringing my portable lighted mirror with me — in case our AirBnB has poor lighting. 😉

What items are in your makeup bag this weekend?