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 partnered his steak with Vanilla Shake. Not a bad combination after all. I tried it but it’s too sweet for me, though.
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.
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!
While waiting for the main course, we are served with complimentary bread along with our ordered cappuccino and one shot of espresso.
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.
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.
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)
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).
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!
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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)
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.