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Showing posts with label Baguio. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Baguio. Show all posts

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Live Long Detox Bar and Organic Shop: Living Healthy Has Never Tasted This Good!


Live Long Detox Bar and Organic Shop: Seriously Best Tasting Organic Shop in Town


Me and my partner are no strangers to healthy eating. In fact, we've long been fans of healthy foods even when we were in Iloilo!

We would order homemade good food, so we were both thrilled to learn about Live Long Detox Bar and Organic Shop


Live Long Detox Bar and Organic Shop 
They deliver within Baguio. 
Call or text them at (074) 244-8318 / 09172483008

As I type this in now, I am still literally having goosebumps (in a good way) at how delicious their Goddess Grilled Chicken is! I seriously couldn't believe that the taste of freshness and healthy could co-exist in such humble packaging. 

The chicken meat along with the fresh salad are just honestly such a perfect combo, I kept asking myself, "Is this real life"? I kid you not! 

 Live Long Detox Bar & Organic Shop Menu

Wrapped in paper box (yep, not styro foam!), the foods were neatly and so organizedly delivered in our place in less than an hour (so much earlier  and quicker than most delivery options - even way faster than 'fast foods'. 

Address: Address: Philhealth Bldg, 19 Leonard Road, Baguio City

Photo Courtesy of Live Long Detox Bar and Organic Shop Facebook

If you're in Baguio, you totally shouldn't miss out the chance to visit Live Long Detox Bar and Organic Shop and give their Goddess Grilled Chicken a try and I couldn't wait to visit their actual place for their smoothies too. In the meantime,  I am yet to try the Cute Cabbage wrap and my Queen Quesadillas but both already got my partner's stamp of approval, so I'm sure they'd be such great healthy treats too. 

To contact them for order or delivery within Baguio city, call or text them: (074) 244-8318 / 09172483008, they're pretty friendly and quick! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

BBC: Best Baguio Cafes - Great Food and Free Internet

Restaurants and Cafes in Baguio with Great Food and Free Wifi

Whenever we visit a new city, it's very important for digital nomads and entrepreneurs like my partner and myself that there's plenty of restaurant and cafe choices that offer free wifi. 

Within two weeks being in Baguio (you may check my blog post about our travel from Iloilo to Baguio on The Huffington Post) we've been to several restaurants and cafes in Baguio and here are some that truly stood out.

I'd say stay away from the usual recommendations such as SM City (wifi pretty much doesn't work!), Max's restaurant's wifi was absolutely useless and Zola, which is a 24-hour-cafe was full of smokers (they did not even try to dedicate a place for non smokers) and filled with youngsters and too noisy.

It's quite tricky to find the best restaurants here in Baguio as most of the really good ones (read: not overrated) are those with unassuming facade. Yet, once you get inside, the foods are just amazing and such revelations. I only have simple criteria: service must be great, food must not taste bland and there must be decent internet connection (with the speed not just to post on Facebook or Instagram, but to be able to check emails!)

1. FOTD

From pasta, to adobo, to the eggplant with minced pork, pizza to panna cota, this place has got it all right! The foods taste really good and their staff are so quick to every order and never did disappoint us during our two visits. Brownie points for serving service water infused in lemons and peppermints!

Food: 4.5 out of 5
Service: 5 out of 5
Wifi: 3.5 out of 5


Eggplant with minced pork at Php 120

Panna cota and Blueberry cheesecake

Business Hours: 10am to 10pm
Phone: (074) 442 2888
Address: #2 2nd Road Quezon Hill, Baguio City
10am to 10pm

2. Arca's Yard

While the travel to Ambuclao Road may be a bit too far (at least 30 mins from the city centre), it was definitely all worth it. The place was truly breathtaking and the food had that homey feel to it. While most restaurants and cafes felt too commercialized these days, Arca's remained untouched and the level of tranquility you'll feel in the place is just bar none. 

Food: 4.5 out of 5
Service: 4.5 out of 5 (there was only one person serving by the time we were there so it took awhile for our orders to be served and all the other customers needed to wait as well. It could be improved if there's at least 2 persons in the staff)
Wifi: None (their food is too good not to be included in the list. You need to bring your SMART pocket wifi with you. Globe doesn't seem to work in the area)





Business Hours: not sure
Address: (777) Tiptop, Ambuklao Rd.
Phone: 0922-825-1880

 3. Cafe by the Ruins

It's highly recommended by my friends and while we haven't had a chance to try their foods, I'd recommend the place for coffee (or tea), they have loads of tasty pastries as well and really lovely fireplace.

Watch out, the teapot is as heavy as two irons! :D

Food (Drinks): 4 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5
Wifi: 3 out of 5


Business Hours: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
 Address: 25 Shuntug Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines
Phone:+63 74 442 4010

4. Figaro in SM City Baguio

Figaro serves nice coffee, their beef tapa is a bit too salty but over-all, Figaro is a really nice place to hang and have coffee and their internet connection is pretty much the best among the cafes in the list.

Food: 3 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Wifi: 4 out of 5



Business Hours: 10am to 9pm
Address: 3rd Floor Mountain View, SM City Baguio
Phone: 0917 349 1905

 5. Patch Cafe 

Sharing the same building with the Bloomfield Hotel, Patch Cafe has an unassuming facade but very quirky on the inside with comfy couches. While I'm not a fan of their all-day breakfast meals, I'd have to give hands down to their omelete! 

Food: 3.5 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5 (it's quite difficult to get their attention, they need a bell or something as most of their staff would group in front of the cafe and since there are walls that divide the dining area from the cashier area, staff couldn't easily see what the customers need we'd have to go to the cashier to tell them what we needed or if we decide to order more)
Wifi: 2.5 out of 5

Miner's Breakfast


Business Hours: 10am to 10pm
Address: #3 Leonard Wood Road Baguio City, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines
Phone: (074) 446 9112

So far these are the restaurants we've found to have nice food and decent internet connection. Most cafes and restaurants use the cheesy and now overused cliche "We don't have wifi. Talk to each other". If you're a digital nomad and looking for great restaurants in Baguio without sacrificing your work, have a look at those cafes mentioned and share with us in the comments if there are new places we might have missed!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

You Would Not Know These Things About Baguio Unless You Visit the City

Must Visit Places in Baguio


The year 2014 started off really awesometastic! I got a chance to finally go to one of the places in the Philippines that I've always wanted to go - Baguio (the Summer Capital of the Philippines)

It was through the Youth Empowerment for Stronger Communities (YES-C) Program Workshop on Using Social Media to Empower Communities held at the Consuelo Center for Leadership and Social Innovation, CFSPI Baguio City.

This photo collage pretty much sums up my Baguio experience - nice weather (a little too cold for  me but hey it was cool!) and nice people!

I've got to meet and help mentor 71 aspiring youth leaders who attended the Youth Empowerment for Stronger Communities Program that was organized by the Child and Family Service Philippines, Inc in partnership with the Embassy of the United States of America - Manila.

Me speaking in front of the youth of Baguio reminding them of the importance of ABC when using social media - Always Be Checking

During their workshop, they've personally met the US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and got the privilege to ask him questions such as his favorite Filipino foods and even his message for the youth.

After the workshop, I've gotten a chance to explore some of the must-see places in Baguio like Burnham Park, Botanical Garden, Mines View Park, Wright Park and even stroll the streets of Session Road and noticed some of the things that I probably wouldn't have learned about Baguio if I didn't go there and see and experience for myself. 

1. The fruits and vegetables are really so fresh and so affordable!

Baguio supplies huge amount of fresh vegetable and fruits that's being consumed in the Metro Manila. On our way to the session road, I see some fruits being sold like grapes at Php 90 / kilo (normal seedless grapes are being sold Php 180 / kilo).

The cleanliness of the streets were so noticeable too! 


2. They have really breathtaking view!


Overlooking the Mines View Park - Appropriately names for its breathtaking view of mountain ranges and Baguio's "mineral bowl where gold,silver and other ores were once quarried.

 3. You can buy happiness for Php 250 half an hour!


Okay maybe not 'happiness' but horseback riding for half an hour..which to me is almost the same.

4. They may have the coldest temperature in the city, but they sure do have some of the warmest people!

The youth which I taught on how to use social media responsibly were kind enough to show me around the city and I learned  from them about the history of Baguio, about which places to go and not to go.

 5. They have this view...


6. And this one too...

And probably many other breathtaking places and more (that I didn't get a chance to go on the little time I spent there), plus I've only been to the 'touristy' places and not in the those path less traveled so it's not fair to say Baguio is really pretty because I know there are so many other beautiful places in that city that I've never been! If you're in the Metro Manila, plan a trip to go to Baguio because it's just worth it. 

It's definitely a different experience. 

Would love to thank the CSFPI Family for the warm welcome, US Embassy - Manila (special thanks to Jay de Jesus and Eren Joy “Ej” Bautista) for allowing me to take part in such a wonderful program that truly inspires the youth to become their best selves and to realize their potentials and really empower them and of course, thank you to all the mentors who helped in facilitating during the event.



Thursday, September 13, 2012

U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Baguio City Opens its Doors to “Virtual Tourists”


The U.S. Embassy in Manila is pleased to share with you a short video featuring the historic U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Baguio City which was recently included in the U.S. Secretary of State’s Register of Culturally Significant Property.



Manila historian and cultural activist Carlos Celdran leads viewers on a virtual tour through the nooks and crannies of this historical house, including the famed “Yamashita Room.” This seven-minute video can be viewed by visiting the U.S. Embassy Manila’s official Youtube site.



The video underscores the important contribution of the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence to Philippine-American relations from time it was built for the U.S. High Commissioner during the Commonwealth period, to the Japanese occupation and surrender of General Tomoyuki Yamashita in 1945, and more recently, as a solid witness to the unwavering friendship between Americans and Filipinos.

The launch of this video coincides with a visit to Baguio City by Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. during which he will honor the memory of those who died fighting for freedom in World War II in a wreath-laying ceremony on September 5 at the Veterans Park Memorial on Harrison Road.