Third Time’s A Charm: Another Day at Pinto Art Musuem

If you haven’t been to Pinto Art Museum (considering that you are currently living in the metro), my darling, you are either living under a rock or just.. I don’t know. Well you have your reasons. :))

I’ve gone to Pinto Art Museum thrice already. Nothing much has changed between my first, second and third visit, maybe just some new pieces of art or the arrangement of things, and oh yes, the entrance fee – which has gone up from P150 to P180. Although there is nothing much new to see whenever I go back to visit, there is no argument that it is absolutely always a very pretty place to be in.

So.. for the people who know me well, I guess it’s no shocker for you that I took tons of photos here! OF COURSE! How can someone resist to take photos when every spot where you pose has a perfect backdrop? That piece of art below agrees! (I think.) :))

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Good thing they allow DSLRs inside! You can even take as much photos of the artworks as you want, just remember not to touch any of them unless they are interactive pieces of art. Also, take note that they have a strict policy when it comes to changing outfits and doing prenup and whatnot photoshoots inside. The first time I went here I had full make up on just because (hello, I’m a very girly girl who by the way also LOVES make up and posing for the camera) So the admin lady warned us that we can’t do any photoshoot inside their premises OR ELSE! Chill po manang, pangInstagram lang po. :)) They also have security personnel within the area that roam around so be careful if you are going to be sneaky! lol.

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Lakas maka-madame dba? :)) Seriously though, this place is ABUNDANT with white background – perfect for your curated, hipsterish, millenial Instagram feed! You just gotta be creative!

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If you notice in the picture below, the clear blue sky is such a pretty contrast against the green leaves and also serves as a nice background! #nofilter Now, if only I had a different pose… :/

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Tip: Since Pinto Art Museum is not your typical museum, (it has a pool but you can’t swim in it and almost 65% of it basks under the sun and the moonlight!) I suggest go at around 3PM so the sun wouldn’t be as harsh. Plus you’ll get to take nicer photos and will be able to catch the “golden sunset” for more drama in yo takes! 🙂 Good lighting is KEY!

You might be wondering, why I didn’t post any pictures of the artwork, or why I did not cover as much of the museum through this post. WHY are the pictures all ME? Hahaha. :)) Well, that is because 1) I really enjoyed having my photos taken and I dressed up for this so cut me some slack and just appreciate. Lol. 2) and the more important reason is, for you to be surprised and be in awe of how amazing and beautiful this place is! I swear the photos I included here show only .01% of Pinto’s interior and exterior beauty. Please do yourself or someone else a favor. Surprise your girl and take her here. They have two restaurants where you can eat or order a mango shake (which btw is super yum!). Or you can take your whole family here or you and your friends can take as much photos as you please! If you are an art or architectural/interior design enthusiast, you have to come check this place out!

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When you have decided to go, here are a few reminders:

  • check their Facebook account for any announcements such as closed for the holiday, an event, prices have gone up, etc. It’s always good to be updated and kept in the loop! I’m sure you don’t want to drive up to Antipolo for nothin’!
  • Bring sunblock for obvious reasons! It is of utmost importance to take care of our skin not just because we want to look pretty and flawless but because the skin is an organ too that we should keep healthy! 🙂
  • Bring water! The place can get really humid and you’d have to walk around under the sun so keep in mind to drink up to stay hydrated! You can also buy fruit shakes at their restaurant or ask for house water.
  • Charge your batteries and bring a powerbank. WHY? Are you seriously asking me why?
  • Bring extra shirt/top! Since you will be exposed under the glaring sun, if you are someone who sweats profusely, you’ll need to change your shirt!
  • Bring a hat. Not only will it add more detail to your ootd, it will double as a protection for your face against the sun. I don’t recommend bringing an umbrella because it will just add to the weight of whatever you are carrying. Keep in mind that you will be walking around leisurely and looking at pieces of art, and taking pictures in between. Please spare yourself the hassle of bringing an umbrella and wear a hat instead – for your ootd, convenience and sun protection!
  • Wear comfortable shoes. I highly suggest not to wear heels. If you really want to, I’d go for a wedge cause you’ll be doing a lot of walking!

 

I trust that you Pinto Art Museum virgin have updated your planner or have called up your friend to go to this amazing place! Let me know how you find it! 🙂

 

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The Forest House Review (super late post)

*Disclaimer

This is a super late post (Based on August 2015 stay) so the information mentioned here might be nonfactual anymore. Nevertheless, I hope it will help you decide where to stay in Baguio!

 

We drove up to the City of Pines to celebrate my 25th birthday!

With your birthday falling on a rainy season, one would probably have a hard time deciding on where to celebrate especially when you live in a tropical country. I currently live in the metro where there is fortunately a number of nearby beaches but with a tropical storm approaching, I had to take the sandy shores off the list. Well, some people would still prefer to go to beaches despite the typhoon warnings but I guess I was just not in the mood for that at the time and besides, I was really looking forward to wearing this military parka and woven cropped top I bought at a thrift store months ago (which I will share on my next post!).

So with beaches off the list and my winter clothes at the ready, I decided to celebrate my 25th in the City of Pines, also known as Baguio City!

We had no reservations, no itinerary, no nothing! I only had a list of places where we could go to eat and stay at. I even had to go to my then potential employer to sign contracts and whatnots on the day of my birthday! I guess the older you get, the more sacrifices you have to make. At least, I got a birthday present in the form of a new job and company. 🙂 So no complaints at all!

After almost six hours of travel from Makati via Kennon Road (yes, it didn’t really help due to a lot of road works) we finally arrive in Baguio City! Hm hm hm! First on our to-do list was to look for a place to check in. We looked for Guest Haven first but we just couldn’t find it even if Waze said we were already there. So we called their number but then the person I talked to didn’t give me directions, instead, kind of schooled me on booking ahead of time. I was like, “sheesh, I was only inquiring!” Plus, I really wanted to check their place out and see for myself Baguio’s number one bed and breakfast on TripAdvisor. The lady didn’t give me directions or anything and was slightly rude if you check my customer service meter. So off we go to check other inns and found a quaint, cottage themed B&B, The Forest House Baguio.

Upon entry, the staff greeted us with a warm smile and attended to us right away. The Forest House only has 5 rooms and luckily the cheapest room was still available at P2,200/night with awesome breakfast meals (regular rate is P3,700)! One of the perks of your birthday falling on a rainy season is that you get to enjoy discounts like this one!

IMG_4023The excited birthday girl!

Upon entering The Forest House, you will see the fireplace behind me as well as their restaurant.

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The Keanu Room!

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Love love love welcome drinks more especially so when they’re not the staple iced tea! We got mango nectarine with real mango slices that came with motivational quotes!

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The bed! Yes, I brought three hats for this three-day trip!

The place is quite old so I was expecting an old cabinet smell but when we walked into the room, it smelled like freshly laundered sheets!

Trivia/Tip: One good thing about old hotels/condos is that their sizes are way more spacious so if you’re the type who likes to stay in big rooms, go for hotels that were built in the 80’s, 90’s or early 2000’s.

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A table where you can do your make up! Although the lighting is absolutely waaaay darker than what’s in this picture!

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Aside from the room size, their cabinets boast lots of space too! You can stack over 20 pairs of shoes in these shelf compartments, keep your luggage and suitcases inside and hang your clothes on the racks! They provide around 5 hangers for you to use too.

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They also have a window with a view. 🙂

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I wish they change their shower curtain to match the overall theme of the room.

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Their bathroom is equipped with a water heater and shower head. There was no pail or a dipper in the shower area, so I had a hard time to wash the things I had to wash if ya know what I mean! Haha. They also provided a pair of toothbrush, strawberry soap and shampoo and toothpaste.. I think? That soap dispenser, btw, had no soap to dispense and the water faucet had no heater. Nevertheless, it was a pretty decent and very spacious bathroom!

Right outside the Keanu room, here is what you’ll see: A dining area with a view!

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There’s also a staircase leading to the rooms downstairs.

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More seats and a fridge where you can chill your wine for free!

And!! Their breakfast is awesooooome and super delicioso! Nicely plated, can be customized the way you want it to be cooked and of decent amount! Not like other free breakfasts that scream, “well, you get what you pay for.”

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I got the bangus and it comes with rice, egg a fruit juice/coffee and atchara on the side! Super yum and filling!

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FREE breakfast also comes with not just one but TWO eggs. Yayyy! This one’s their tapa!

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Overall, I’d give Forest House a 9/10! It’s affordable, location is good cause it’s right along Loakan Road which is near other must see places in Baguio, and their customer service is superb! If their TV had cable and the bathroom sink also had heater, I’d give them a perfect 10! But for other travelers, I know this wouldn’t be a problem. I’m just maarte that way. :))

I highly recommend Forest House to be your temporary “home” the next time you visit Baguio! 🙂 Did I mention they serve awesome food too at their restaurant? Guess that’s another thing I must write about!

The Forest House details:

http://foresthouse.ph/

(074) 447 0459