Baguio has been a home for me for eight years. When I left her one evening, I knew I am going to miss her with all my heart and mind.

This Panagbenga 2016, I am planning to fix my schedule to spend at least a night in the city I once called home. I am looking forward to experience these things again:

The Natural Aircon Inside the Office

I am one of these who keep asking the permission of others to switch the aircon off. I am not used to the artificial cold air inside an office.

I spent a fair three years and four months at New Media Services as part of the Public Relations and Communications Department. There, no air conditioning or humidifying machine was needed since the air could drop as low as 10 degrees Celsius leaving everyone wearing thick sweater.

Whenever I see a pine cone, I start remembering the foggy mornings in Baguio and the pine trees swaying with the strong Siberian winds during "Ber" months.


Guinataang Hito at Good Taste Restaurant

I swear, one of the first things that I would do when I come home to Baguio is to eat at Good Taste Restaurant. And I will order buttered chicken and guinataang hito, two of my favorite dishes.

I remember treating my cousins to dinner at Good Taste Legarda near the famous Burnham Park. We sealed the night by sipping cups of coffee.

Last night, I was chatting with one of my cousins asking me to treat them again. She also shared a sad news that Uncle Father Virgilio Balanza died of stroke. (Photo courtesy of Open Rice)


Hot Coffee and Cold Beer at the Veranda of SM City Baguio

After the last day of our classes back in school, my classmates invited me for coffee at the biggest mall in the city. However, we ended up ordering bottles of beer.

Watching the city draw into the claw of the night while fooling around with good friends is quite a luxury I do not enjoy nowadays.

Mind you, SM City Baguio veranda is the perfect spot to drink coffee.


The Ilocano and Kankanaey Languages

As a Cordilleran native, I speak two other languages aside from Filipino and English. I miss cursing (my bad) in the Ilocano.

When I feel bad at work, I speak to myself in Kankanaey. It comforts my soul. Every time I speak to agents, I try to spot Ilocano-speaking people because I just wanted to talk to people who can speak either of my home languages. 

Whoever speaks Ilocano or Kankanaey becomes my instant friend.


Jogging at Loakan Airport

Because weight loss has always been one of my concerns, I loved jogging at the Loakan airport in the morning and in the evening. I would wear thick jacket and proceed to the not-so active airport.

I miss my running mates- Katherine and Francis, two of my workmates then. (Photo courtesy of Pines City)


Country Music in the Countryside

While I’m very tuned in to Opera, Classic and Celtic music, I am raised listening to country music. Every time I hear Garth Brooks, Billy Cyrus, Shania Twain, the old Taylor Swift, etc. sing, I would imagine myself riding a jeepney going to La Trinidad, a town next to Baguio.

In Baguio, 99.9 FM is authority when it comes to country music. It features latest country music hits and gives updates about the biggest stars in the genre.



Honest and Helpful Taxi Drivers

Riding a cab in Baguio City is one of the best experiences one will get in the mountainous city. When I was living in Loakan, I always ride the taxi because I was too lazy to walk to the jeepney station near the former McDonal Session Road.

Taxi drivers in Baguio, who are usually Igorots, open the door of the taxi when they see you carrying a huge load. They give back your P10-peso change. These are luxuries in Metro Manila.


On top of these on the list, I miss dealing with nice people who answer your questions politely.