Tuesday, July 22, 2008

fogs over hills

days before my trip to Baguio City, it was raining hard because of tropical storm Helen. i was a little bit worried as this might affect my plan to travel to one of the mountainous towns of Benguet. i visited the PAGASA website everyday just to check the storm's direction and intensity. here comes Friday, the sun was out and tropical storm Helen was now in Taiwan. so i traveled by bus going to Baguio city. before our stop over at Tarlac terminal, our bus bumped an SUV which caused a delay on the trip. no injuries from the passengers of both vehicles but there were slight damages on the SUV's back end. i decided to transfer to another bus as it was already having an hour delay. dark clouds was now forming when we reached Dau exit along NLEX. heavy rain poured down by the time we reached Tarlac but the rain stopped when we reached Pangasinan. arrived in Baguio late, had some time to chat with Darwin, Binx, Lyn, Abby and Jeff along session road eating pasta with hot chocolate until 1:30am. then, we traveled to La Trinidad as i was set to stay at the guest house of Benguet State (BSU) La Trinidad.
woke up and the sun was out. it's just my second time to be in La Trinidad so i took some time to walk around the area and visited barangay Balili which was at the back of BSU.
by noon time, i noticed that fogs started to cover some of the hills around the town. i decided to visit the Benguet provincial capitol just few minutes away from BSU. since it is elevated, you'll have a good view of the town of La Trinidad from its front ground.La Trinidad being the capital town of Benguet, is also known as the strawberry capital of the Philippines. the strawberry field can be viewed from the capitol. went back to BSU and noticed that the fogs are now thicker that it started to reach the ground and cover the hills. you can observe how the fog covered this hill taken from the BSU soccer field. who would not love to play soccer there?

at the back of the campus,
there's a creek that separates the campus from a hill. one hanging bridge and another bigger bridge connects the campus to the hill. more houses can be seen and are mostly dormitories for students studying at BSU.rested for a while as i was preparing my self for a longer hike in the mountain range of Benguet the next day.

48 comments:

alicesg said...

Nice photos. I had been to Baguio (long long ago...lol), it is a nice city. Love the cool air there. Your photos bring back nice memories for me. :)

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

naku baka nxt week pupunta ko dyan kasama ng family ko..anu paba ang magaganda lugar dyan?halos lahat kasi kala ko napuntahan ko na,pero yung byahe mo,may mas magaganda pa pala lugar dyan,hmm! masipat nga!

The Islander said...

wohoo!!! i miss the fogs of the cordilleras. i miss baguio. i miss session road (my favorite spot in baguio. and i dont know why). i miss benguet (kahit hanggang la trinidad lang hehe).

have you dropped by Nevada Square?

the donG said...

>hi alicesg, cool air alone makes it worth going to baguio again and again.

>ever, depende din. saan saan ka na ba nakapunta sa baguio? i recommend sto tomas. maganda ang view doon. kung gusto mo talaga magandang view kelangan mo bumyahe outside baguio going either to kapangan, kibungan or kabayan.

>islander, oo kasi ang ganda pumasyal sa lugar na maganda na malamig ang klima. hindi ko pa napupuntahan ang nevada square. saan nga pala yan?

mahal na mahal ko na rin ang benguet. gusto ko na nga ring matutong mag ilokano or kahit ibaloi or kankaney.

redlan said...

step by step ha. yung clouds parang mahuhulog. hindi pa ako nakakita ng fog na malapitan.

to be continued na naman. it's exciting.

btw, nabasa ko pala yung porac kung saan located ang katutubo village, binisita ni john lloyd noong last birthday niya, june 24 ata. kaya pala sabi mo maraming artista nagpupunta dun. mabuti pa sila binibisita. hehehe

EM said...

Ayan! Namiss ko na ang Baguio! When we went there once na-experience namin yung fog creeping down on us. Nasa highway pa kami...we can only see the lights of the vehicle infront of us.

I so love nature. And those countryside trips are trully priceless!

thanks for sharing.

tina said...

wow wow. nice photos of Baguio you have there.. and the clouds!


was there nung April. i enjoyed the place.

the donG said...

>redlan, mae-enjoy ka pag nakita mo ang fog ng malapitan kasi wala ka ng makikita. hehehe... to be continued talaga kasi maraing pictures. hirap ilagay sa isang post. marami ngang pumupunta doon para daw ma update din sila sa showbiz. hehehe...

>hi em, it's always fun to see those fogs moving towards your way but as you've said, there's also danger. i think it's not a problem in baguio as they are already used to it. my pleasure to share these experience.

>hi tina, i actually wonder what's the average number of people visiting baguio and la trinidad every week. everyone seems to really enjoy their stay because of the climate.

SandyCarlson said...

That's quite a sequence. I love fog photos. That bridge in the final shots would make me nervous!

Jaki said...

"eating pasta with hot chocolate until 1:30am" - was it @ volante? :D

Photo Cache said...

some people like sunny days. i do too, but not as much as foggy days. foggy days are a bit mysterious. i have not been to benguet. looks like a fun trip.

the donG said...

>hi sandy, you'll see more fogs in the next post. that bridge looks old but is still quite strong.

>hi jaki, you guessed it right! it's at volante. are you from baguio?

>photo cache, i hate rainy days. hehehe... foggy is okay as long as there's no rain going with it. sunny days are fun but not when it's too hot.

Jaki said...

Nah, i'm not from benguet. Although me and my friends always try to look for a good excuse to take the 7- hr trip up north, one of which of course is volante.

CARLO said...

The pictures are fantastic. Aral ka? Great shots dude.

I'd love to go back to Banaue, would love to visit Batanes too.

Daming magandang puntahan... la lang time. hehe

estan said...

that's doubly cold in baguio siguro during that time. okay na okay din tingnan ang fog na ganyan no?

estan said...

dong, is the guest house at the BSU open to anyone or not? kung open, how much?

TENTAY™ said...

ang ganda non pichur non nasa nlex! astig kaya non pichur pramis. waw edi anlamig nyan don sa baguio.. at teka, for sure nadaanan mo un fresh catch isdaan restaurant sa may gerona tarlac! ang ganda kaya don. twing punta kami pangasinan don kami kumakain pabalik ng manila. try mo. =)

the donG said...

>hi jaki, astig ah! ang sarap ngang tumambay sa baguio kahit kumain lang at magpalamig. masarap nga ang pagkain dun at a cheap cheap price.

>carlo, maraming salamat. mag aaral ako pag may dslr na ako. maganda nga talaga sa benguet at syempre sa batanes pero hindi pa ako nakapunta dun.

>estan, mas malamig nga nung time na yon. ayos talaga sa paningin ang fog kasi sa manila smog lang ang nakikita natin sa umaga.

hindi ako sigurado kung open yung guest house sa lahat. may mga kakilala kasi ako dun nagtatrabaho. try kong itanong. hindi ko rin alam kung magkano kasi sila na rin ang nagbayad. pero ayos talaga dun. tingin ko mura lang.

>hi tentay, maraming salamat. ang lamig nga nung time na yon. sayang naman at ngayon ko lang to na post. nadaan ko sana yon kaya lang nasa manila na ako.

next time. parang masarap nga yata talaga doon. take note ko yan.

dr_clairebear said...

gyud, ang saya-saya talaga maglakwatsa. have never been that far north. recently visited baguio after more than 10 years of not going and was so surprised by how urban it's become. i guess progress was inevitable, but i did miss the abundance of trees, fresh air, and lack of traffic that i remembered from my few visits as a young girl. :P

ifoundme said...

there's something about old bridges that i like... ewan ko kung ano meron dyan...

beero said...

i've never been to baguio. tsk, tsk. sana lang makapunta ako jan. mahilig din akong bumiyahe kaya lang alang budget. hehe

nice pics kuya dong!

R-yo said...

i've been to the strawberry field quite a number of times. sana ma-improve na yung accommodations dun para mas maraming tourists. ang daan papasok, masyadong masikip. Nice shots, as usual, especially the night pic.

Nanaybelen said...

miss ko na rin ang Baguio. dyan ako nag first year college. Foggy pa rin

Nanaybelen-Survivor mom

the donG said...

>hi drclaire, as they say, baguio is not as beautiful as it was years back. it's good to know that you've seen it way back when pine trees are abundant. but what makes it special even until now is its climate.

thanks for dropping by.

>hi ifoundme, baka dahil sa mga old memories.

>beero, makakapunta ka din doon. madali lang naman puntahan from manila kasi daming bus. ipon ka lang pakonti konti.

>r-yo, oo nga. medyo konti pa nga ang accomodation sa la trinidad kaya buti na lang na ilagay ako sa BSU guest house. salamat sa pag appreciate sa mga pictures.

>hi nanay belen, sana makabalik po kayo. madali lang naman ang byahe. nakakatuwa naman at nakapag aral na kayo doon.

Napaboaniya said...

Dong, how I envy you being able to travel around Philippines!! :P
The food street in the night picture looks pretty 'happening' :)

Tink *~*~* said...

You sure do photograph some beautiful countryside! Those red trucks would make a good Ruby Tuesday post. :D

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

Dakilang Islander said...

parang sarap ng feeling dyan ah...malamig kabaligtaran sa sobrang init dito ngayon

Pietro said...

I like very much fog and clouds pictures.
I should like to visit these nice and charming places!

the donG said...

>hi napaboaniya, yes it sure is. that's baguio city's busiest road. you'll surely have a great time there.

>tink, thanks a lot!

>dakilang islander, doon nga lang ang malamig sa area na yon. sa manila ang init pa din.

>pietro, thanks! i hope you will be able to visit this part of the philippines. it's about 5-7hours travel by bus from manila.

ma-ni-ni-yut said...

Galing ng shots! IDOL....hehehhe wish i could do shots like that pero nag-iipon, nagsisideline pa, tumatangap ng labada para maka afford ng magaling na camera...

Punta ka Davao... dami gandang place dito para gawing subject. Malapit lang din sa IGaCoS.. ganda din don...

acey said...

whoa, that fog is... biiig!

Lawstude said...

i had my share of baguio and benguet this year and would not probably return there this year. kaya lang miss ko na ube ng good sheperd. ingats.

see u in zambales.

the donG said...

>maniniyut, maraming salamat. point and shoot camera lang naman gamit ko. kaya kayang kaya mo rin tong mga to.
oo punta ako next year pero wala pang specific date. dami ngang pwedeng puntahan dyan.

>hi acey, sarap kapiling ang mga fog. hehehe...

>lawstude, ako dapat last ko na to na punta pero tingin ko babalik pa ako within the year.

see you on saturday.

Heart of Rachel said...

Hope you had a great trip despite the weather. I could imagine how cold it was there judging by those thick fog formation. Great photos.

jericho said...

wala bang closeup pic ng mga naglalaro ng soccer? hehe. sama mo ako sa next trip! chos!

Eric said...

I miss my trip in Baguio..and I still consider Baguio as one of the best relaxing places to visit..maybe its because of the cold weather and the environment its offer.

BlogusVox said...

Okay sa alright talaga ang byahe mo ngayon donG. Dyan ang magandang mag "nature-trip" lalo na pag may dala kang isang "stick".

Random Ramblings said...

ive never been to la trinidad pero i have been to sagada. i guess nadaanan namin yon right?

atticus said...

huwaw! i love the photo of the hanging bridge.

masaya!

iva said...

nice shot ng bridges. pero the girl in the pic is creepy, seems to me she has no face.

haaay, i miss baguio. the last time i went there was about 5 years ago.

the donG said...

>hi rachel, it was cold but it was one reason why i was there. hehehe... the trip was quite tiring as there was a delay.

>jericho, hehehe... yon pala hanap mo. sige kaya lang ngayong weekend puno na ang slot.

>eric, tama ka dyan. kaya kahit hindi na ganun ka ganda pero yung klima ok pa rin talaga kumpara sa manila. kaya relaxing kahit tumambay lang sa session road at uminom ng kape.

>blogusvox, ayos talaga! sorry ha, ano yung isang stick?

>hi arlene, not sure kung dito kayo dumaan kasi may ibang way din doon. pero kung sa baguio kayo nangaling, siguradong dumaan kayo ng sagada. simple lang ang la trinidad. parang baguio na rin dahil sa dami ng bahay.

>hi atticus, salamat!

>hi iva, ang tagal na nga nun. sana makabalik ka na ulit at sana makapunta ka rin ng la trinidad.

yung babae may mukha naman sya nung dumaan sya sa harap ko. para bang multo? hehehe... nakatalikod sya kaya hindi kita ang mukha.

bw said...

It's been ages since I went to Baguio. I love the cleaner air ( hope it is still clean) and the temperate climate of the place :) I hate humidity and winters so Baguio would be an ideal climate for me :)

bingskee said...

it was a very long time ago when i visited Baguio. wonder how it looks now.

i love that pic with the morning walk.

iva said...

nyahaha, may mukha ba? buti naman nyaaa. nakakatakot kasi talaga. :p

BlogusVox said...

donG, nung kapanahunan ko ang tawag nila dyan omads, joint o maryjane.

the donG said...

>bw, fresh pa naman din doon pero siguro hindi na kasing linis nung dati. sarap pa rin tumambay doon.

>hi bingskee, it's crowded already in the nearby hills. there's sm that offers a great view of burnham park. plus same old places to visit.

>hi iva, meron. hahaha... parang may third eye ka pa yata.

>blogusvox, yon pala yon. hehehe... obvious tuloy na hindi ako addict.

equilibrium2008 said...

I remember last July 2007, we went there in Baguio, raining too. Ouchies love the weather but for me I find it too cold. But since I was with him, I find it romantic now :)

Ely said...

Nostalgia. I lived near this place for 3 years...

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