Dinner at Hill Station Baguio

We had a chance to have dinner twice in one of the romantic and old restaurants in Baguio – the Hill Station. Our first visit was in April 29, 2013 when Hon had his Rib Eye steak and Vanilla shake and for me, a cup of latte and a slice of cheesecake. We both agreed that the food is great so we made a pact to come back again. And so we’re back last June 13, 2014.

The following photos are what we ordered last April 29, 2013 (good thing, the photos have dates :P).

Hon's Fave Steak at Hill Station Baguio City, PH

Rib Eye Steak for Hon at Hill Station
Baguio City, PH
Price: Php 960/order or roughly $22

Hon partnered his steak with Vanilla Shake. Not a bad combination after all. I tried it but it’s too sweet for me, though.

Vanilla Shake at Hill Station Baguio City, PH 2013

Vanilla Shake at Hill Station
Baguio City, PH 2013

These were mine. Two hours before we went to Hill Station, I already consumed some carbs and here, adding more… I love the cheesecake, it’s just perfect for my coffee.

Cheesecake and Latte at Hill Station Baguio City PH, 2013

Cheesecake and Latte at Hill Station
Baguio City PH, 2013
Price: can’t remember, sorry =P

The following photos are what we had last June 13, 2014. Hon tried to rekindle his first romance with the Rib Eye steak but it was not successful because he ordered the one below by mistake. He didn’t notice that they are different in the menu. Can’t remember what is this called, actually. But it’s still a steak, that’s for sure!

Hon's Fave Steak at Hill Station in Baguio City, 2014

Hon’s Fave Steak at Hill Station
Baguio City, PH 2014
Price: 560.00/order or roughly $13

Seafood Carbonara at Hill Station Baguio City, PH 2014

Seafood Carbonara at Hill Station
Baguio City, PH 2014
Price: Php 360.00/order or $8.50

While waiting for the main course, we are served with complimentary bread along with our ordered cappuccino and one shot of espresso.

Bread for appetizers

Complimentary Bread at Hill Station, Baguio City, PH

Espresso and Capuccino at Hill Station  Baguio City PH, 2014

Espresso and Cappuccino
Hill Station
Baguio City PH, 2014

Below are other photos we took during our first visit. Hill Station is adjacent with other establishments like Casa Vallejo (their Bed and Breakfast Inn), North Haven Spa (where we had our most unsatisfying massage, no offense but it’s not worth it) and Mt. Cloud Bookshop for readers.

Hill Station at Baguio City, PH

Hill Station, Casa Vallejo, Mt. Cloud Bookshop, North Haven Spa
Baguio City, PH

Inside Hill Station at Baguio City, PH

Inside Hill Station
Baguio City, PH

Outside Hill Station, Baguio City, PH

Outside Hill Station, Baguio City PH
I love the mint plants.

Hill Station at Bar and Coffee Bar Baguio City, PH 2013

Hill Station’s Bakery and Bar
Baguio City, PH 2013

Overall, our two visits in Hill Station are both satisfying. We love the ambiance and the people there especially the crews who are always smiling as they do their job. The food may be a bit pricey for some but I’m sure that it will compensate the taste. By the way, the resto has a dress code so make sure that you are properly dressed if you wish to eat there. Oh, the irony of it is that we are wearing shorts and shirts during those times. :P

Here are random information about our visit in Hill Station, Baguio City, PH:
Date visited: April 29, 2013 and June 13, 2014
Time: Dinner at 9:00PM
Price: average of Php 750 per person or roughly $17 each
Location: Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Session Rd, Baguio 2600

Important note: The aim of this article is to share our experience with Hill Station in Baguio City, PH. The restaurant did not asked or paid me to do this article.

No-Visa Requirement to Japan for Philippines

Posted by: liza on May 06th, 2014 in news

For those who are excited like me, here’s the latest pubic announcement from the Embassy of Japan website about the lift of visa requirements to the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. False Alarm, guys… :P

Recently, false news have been circulating regarding the Japanese Visa for nationals of the Philippines, Indonesia and Viet Nam. The news mentioned that Japan has lifted its Visa for the Philippines, Indonesian and Vietnamese.

The Embassy/ Consular office/ of Japan in the Philippines would like to clarify to the public that Japan has not lifted the visa requirements for nationals of the Philippines, Indonesia and Viet Nam contrary to the recent reports. However, Japan has opened multiple-entry Visas to nationals of the Philippines, Indonesia and Viet Nam. (Japan will continue to accept and deliver Visa applications for Japan through accredited agencies.)

For details about the Visa application and issuance of multiple-entry Visa please refer to the information at: (http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp)

Source: Embassy of Japan in the Philipines

Welcome to Cheung Chau Island

Posted by: liza on May 01st, 2014 in featured, HongKong

Part of our itinerary in Hong Kong is a visit to Cheung Chau Island. I have to mention “Biyahe ni Drew” again because we learned this place from one of his Hong Kong episodes. This place completed our list of things to do to have a laid-back vacation in Hong Kong.  The island is small but definitely has a lot of exciting things to offer. As a matter of fact, I don’t know where to start!

For us, going to Cheung Chau Island is a breeze. Well… the only challenge is the long walking to get to the Central terminal in a very cold afternoon. Cheung Chau’s pier is #5. We rode the fast ferry boat that took us 30 minutes to reach the island.

The interval of ferries is 30 minutes and not all schedules have the fast ferries available.  The fare is HKD19.70 (roughly $2.54 or Php113.63).

Cheung Chau Ferry Station No. 5

Cheung Chau Ferry Terminal #5
Hong Kong 2014 – [Click photo to enlarge]

Below are photos of the fast ferry boat — outside and inside. This boat, despite of being “somehow” old has a free wifi inside. And I bet you, it’s faster than my PLDT DSL!

First Ferry Boat to Cheung Chau Island

First Ferry Boat to Cheung Chau Island
Hong Kong 2014 – [Click photo to enlarge]

Here’s another collage of the port and bike rentals that you can use to roam around the island. There are no vehicles there except those ambulances and fire trucks so people are literally walking and biking. This is one part of Hong Kong where time runs much slower.

Cheung Chau's Island Port

Cheung Chau’s Island Port
Hong Kong 2014 – [Click photo to enlarge]

The primary source of income of the people in the island is fishing. Evidence of this are the hundreds of fishing boats docked as seen in the photo below. On the dry land, every house has commercial space where they sell various goods like dried seafood, bread and other delicacies. However, this place is known for their famous buns (Siopao) and seafood restaurants. Their bun festival is every Eighth day of the Fourth Moon, in the Chinese calendar (this is usually in early May).

Around Cheung Chau Island and boat houses

Around Cheung Chau Island and boat houses
Hong Kong 2014 – [Click photo to enlarge]

The Tung Wan beach is another attraction in the island. This is one of the popular summer places in Hong Kong where tourists can rent rooms and houses to stay. The island has almost everything that will fill your basic needs. It has convenient stores, lots of restaurants, shopping boutiques and hotels and even Mc Donalds!

Tung Wan Beach in Cheung Chau Island

Tung Wan Beach
Cheung Chau Island
Hong Kong 2014 – [Click photo to enlarge]

At night is when the party begins. Lots of tables are laid on the street for dinner. We find it more lively during this time. Of course, we had our dinner there which will be tackled in another post.

Seafood Restaurants in the Street

Seafood Restaurants in the Street
Cheung Chau Island
Hong Kong 2014 – [Click photo to enlarge]

Here are more photos that we took while we are in the island. We have so many halts because of the cold weather but we really enjoyed every minute of our stay here. We can say that it’s a good place to be away from the busy and noisy city of Hong Kong. In just 30 minutes, you’ll have a great hide out to spend the day without rushing.

Cheung Chau Island Food Selection

Cheung Chau Island Restos & Food Selection
Hong Kong 2014 – [Click photo to enlarge]

food stalls in cheung Chau Island

More food Stalls Cheung Chau Island
Hong Kong 2014 – [Click photo to enlarge]

Egg Pop and more

Egg Pops and more Cheung Chau Island
Hong Kong 2014 – [Click photo to enlarge]

Going back to Hong Kong island, we were able to ride on the ordinary ferry which took us almost 1 hour to reach the Central pier. It’s already 10:30 PM when we arrived and my hands are freezing already.

The fare is HKD18.40 (roughly $2.37 or PHP 105.86)

Ordinary Ferry in Cheung Chau Island

Ordinary Ferry in Cheung Chau Island
Hong Kong, 2014 – [Click photo to enlarge]

We’ve been to Hong Kong four times already and this is by far, our favorite place in Asia during the winter season. And now that we’ve discovered a new place to be away from the city without the need to spend a lot, we have more reasons to come back.

Notes:  (1) The currency conversion is based on the prevailing rate at the time this article was written.

(2) We find the island romantic and good for couples. We went there a day after Valentines, 2014 and saw several couples dating.

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