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An occasionally belligerent mother of five and an autism parent / advocate who believes that traveling, good food and good company are vital to keep one sane. I've worked as a news writer/newscaster, a quality systems auditor, a ISO9001 consultant, an FM radio DJ, a Filipino tutor, TOEFL reviewer and have gone into the food industry both as an entrepreneur and as a mommy chef, giving a sponsored demo on healthy cooking in a mall and on local TV. My favorite job however, is being a mom and a wife.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Accidental Tourist (Not Related To The Movie) The Townhouse Edition

The kids were looking forward to some R & R for the long weekend (a six day respite from school brought about by a series of National Holidays). That was not to be the case as the country was ravaged by a nasty typhoon. All our out of town plans were thrown out the window and was instead replaced by ennui and a two day power outage.
boredom and a 2 day blackout at its finest
We initially set out to get a room at the Baguio Country Club, but due to the volume of people who came up for the long weekend as well as the Baguio residents escaping the power outages in their homes, the place was fully booked. We were all dressed up and our overnight bags packed, but had nowhere to go.

Luckily, we were given a chance to relax and unwind overnight in a spacious, yet cozy townhouse within the city.  For those who aren't in the know, we're from the Summer Capital of the Philippines, which is Baguio City. A tourist destination to most, we've called it home for almost four decades.

Phee, the younger kids and I decided to play tourist for a day in a city that was, though ravaged by a storm, filled with weekenders.

We started off with our diabolical scheme to become posers (mwahaha) with a  short drive to Camp 7, (10 minutes from the city proper). Nestled in a residential area, we deposited ourselves in a spacious townhouse ( owned by a wonderful Baguio-based couple), located within the Marcons Suites Compound. Not all of its townhouses are for rent, but this particular unit is.Renting this unit is a breeze. But first, let me tell you a bit about this place (as quoted loosely from its website:)

this room's got a little balcony too
This wonderful piece of real estate has 2100 square feet of living area. 5 levels high, it can sleep around 8-12 adults max and has separate quarters and a bathroom for 2 drivers.

driver's / maid's quarters
The beds are all made up with the necessary beddings and are available for each room. There's also a closet provided with hangers for your clothes, so you won't have to live out of your suitcase.

All 3 of its bathrooms have basic bathroom provisions  (soap, shampoo, toilet paper and a complete assortment of towels) in them and have hot and cold showers as well. 

The kitchen has a complete assortment of tableware, flatware, kitchenware and cookware, an electric 4 burner range oven, hot and cold water dispenser (mineral water included), an oven toaster, a microwave oven, a rice cooker, a coffee maker and a refrigerator. Just rummage through the cupboards and drawers. You'll certainly find what you're looking for, and if not, a sari-sari store (a miniaturized convenience store) is right across the street. There are two dining tables as well, and running hot and cold water at the sink.

The living room has an electric fireplace (perfect for those cold Baguio nights),  a television and a balcony ( if you want to get a whiff of the pine-scented air). It's a great place to get a rousing game of charades going, watch a movie at HBO (yup, there's cable in the townhouse) or just snuggle by the (electric) fireplace.

the living room
The place is also near enough for fast food delivery service. A list of restaurants and their corresponding phone numbers can be found at the kitchen. Worried about the storm complicating the delivery system, we opted to buy some snackage at the Camp John Hay Commissary (the essentials, junkfood and soda lol) and some grub (burgers, burritos and a cheese steak sandwich and fries) for dinner at the Army Navy  restaurant (also at John Hay). 

the kitchen
More pictures may be found in their website. Ample parking is also available and a built in pump and heater ensures you of hot water 24/7.

Spending a night at the townhouse made us realize that not staying at a hotel or resort wasn't at all bad and has allowed us to consider renting an apartment instead of booking a hotel room when we fly off to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia in November.
MAX and I at the master's bedroom
For those who want a great place to stay in while visiting Baguio, this may just be the place for you. It may not exactly be home, but given a few minutes in it's tastefully decorated interiors, you just might think that it is. Oh, and when you make a booking to this delightful place, don't forget to tell them you saw it on The Mediocre Wanderer (just so they know how much we appreciated our stay there).

From TMW, may your wanderings be better than ours.

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