In haste to reach Benguet in 5-hour trip only, we left Pasay City around 5:00AM. My hubby and my son were on alternate drive. Thanks to NLEX, SLEX and TPLEX for making our trip fast.
The view of the grassy hill and the start of cool temperature served an appetizer for a fresh meal of amazing scenery ahead of us as we were approaching Baguio City. But as we moved on I was surprised to see that it was now highly urbanized with houses made of modern architecture and with less pine trees. And there was a heavy traffic along the way.
I was used to Baguio City’s provincial appeal way back several years ago and these changes somewhat bothered me. But this should not dampen my mood. We’re here to chill, relax and be invigorated as we will visit again the city’s famous tourist spots.
We are going to Benguet to fetch my sister, her family, my mother and my daughter who already spent a one-week vacation chilling around in the coolest place in the country. This was part of my sister’s refreshing vacation coming from California apart from visiting their apartelle in Benguet.
I thank Noel, my brother in law for the invitation and for a wonderful three-day stay in their apartalle.
We arrived in Benguet a little late after lunch. My mom cooked a delectable chopsuey with cauliflower, carrots, young corn, cabbages and Baguio beans. With banana and watermelon for dessert. All were freshly bought in a nearby mini-market. The meal was very appetizing and of course very healthy!
After our hearty meal and a happy conversation, everyone took comfort finding each place to settle for the afternoon rest. There was a downpour afterwards which made it much cooler. My Mama was sitting near the window reading my favorite Nancy Drew pocketbook. My hubby and Pao slept in the room. My sister was watching tv. Our two little girls were playing with their dolls. Noel was busy fixing house repair.
I found my serene moment in the balcony. My eyes were feasting a bucolic setting, a farm with verdant vegetation and lots of pine trees. This is indeed a perfect day to relax, a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.
I just can’t help it. The weather was so cool, so refreshing and so I doze off too.
Rain totally stopped by 4 pm. Wearing sweatshirt and cap, me, my hubby and Pao went for a long walk nearby.
Our hands were in our pockets as we strolled uphill. This was our first time to be here and it was so nice looking at pine trees everywhere. I would have thought we were in the middle of a virgin forest if not for the concrete road.
Benguet is ringed by green valleys and rolling hills. This is what I missed here, its natural beauty and its cool temperature. It never fails to impress me.
But just like in the city, there were more houses erected on mountain tops, almost dominating the beautiful landscape. Development is relentless. It was crowded now compared the last time we visited Benguet.
Again, I should not worry about this thing. Today, I want to cherish the refreshing breeze of Benguet which I was deprived of this blessing in Manila.
We continued walking and stopped atop the highest part of the hill. Our stroll is definitely worth the view. I was delighted seeing fleeting white clouds hugging defensively the pine trees. The stressed out city girl like me was standing there and quietly staring the view which was perfect to heal a weary soul. Savoring and embracing nature’s finest gift.
Dinner came. Fresh veggies were again served on the table. No crispy and deep fried viands. It was a healthy food. Good for our bodies.
Fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, cool climate. How I love Benguet so much.
After another hearty meal, we went to the balcony. We sat in a mono-block chair swapping stories. The night was so cold and so quiet. When I was left alone, I gazed at the stars above and feel the moment. There’s enough solitude to contemplate on many things and to thank God for.
As I went to bed, my buddies were snuggling against the warmth of the blanket. All windows were closed. There’s no electric fan in the apartelle and yet it was so cold. The night owl me was the last one to surrender. Thanks to the lizards crawling in the attic, it helped my eyes from drooping fast to sleep.
Good night chilly Benguet!