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On my most recent trip to Baguio, I got to try out quite a number of restaurants for the first time – one of them is Oh My Gulay. I have heard a lot of good things about this restaurant so I was really excited to taste their food. I got so winded after the long trek up 5 flights of stairs, but was immediately appeased at the sight of the restaurant’s interior.

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Oh My Gulay is housed at the Victor Oteyza Community Art Space (VOCAS) so be on the lookout for random art scattered all around. The space has a high ceiling and big open windows that invites a lot of natural light in. It is so calm and serene, perfect for an afternoon of chitchat with friends while eating good food.

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When we walked in, the place was a bit swamped which was quite surprising because it was already way past lunch time. We took our time perusing their menu which wasn’t really that varied, in my opinion. When we all had our picks, we beckoned a waiter over to our table only to be disappointed when almost everything we ordered were out of stock. We asked for more time to re-pick our orders and by the time we were ready, we were informed that the kitchen is temporarily closed for additional orders without any assurance on what time it will open again. WTF?!? My friend who recommended the place took matters to his own hand and ordered directly from the kitchen – which apparently was not closed. LOL what is up with that?!?

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We settled on three items to be shared among us four.

Anak ng Putanesca | Php130Our version of putanesca, enriched with a hint of cayenne pepper.
Don’t be fooled by all that cheese, this was as tasteless as a piece of paper. We had to add a loooot of ground pepper (we would have added some salt but the waiter never got back to us when we requested for some, seriously what’s up with the terrible service?!?). I think I should also mention that we never got any individual plates so we all had to eat off the serving plates haha. Back to the putanesca, the only good thing about this dish is that the noodles were cooked al dente.

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Pancit Gulay | Php135Egg noodles with tofu and ten assorted vegetables in season with your choice of spicy or non-spicy special pancit sauce.
To start off, the tally of vegetables did not come up to ten. At best, there must have been five in there. Rip off! But the good thing is that the egg noodles were perfectly cooked and the sauce was tasty. It felt like eating Chinese-style pancit canton without all the grease.

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Talong Parmigiana | Php135Breaded eggplant over whole wheat bread topped with our special red sauce, pesto and cheese.
My favorite among the three dishes we got that day. The sauce was tangy and slightly sweet and the fried eggplant tasted fresh. However, I would have wanted the bread to be more crisp (I swear I am not nitpicking!)

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We would have loved to order some coffee to beat off the cold but with the kitchen situation going on, we figured we should just spare ourselves the trouble. In fact, some diners got so pissed off that they refused to pay the service charge.

I seriously hope that it was just an off-day for Oh My Gulay because I honestly believe that their food have great potential. It’s cheap and healthy, and the ambience is really a hit so maybe I will give them another try on my next visit to Baguio.

Oh My Gulay is on the 5th Floor of La Azotea Building along Session Road and tehy are open from 11am to 830pm

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Anyone who has ever been to Baguio most probably have already visited Wright Park. It is commonly known as that place in Baguio where one can ride a pink-haired horse.

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It is also well-known for its “pool of pines” which is not meant for swimming but rather a long walkway with a well manicured garden and towering pine trees along its far sides. Unfortunately, the flowers were not in bloom when I visited but the yellow flowers peppering the “pool” were still pretty.

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All over the park are peddlers selling all sorts of local fruits and novelty souvenirs. I passed up on the touristy key chains but the enticing Sagada oranges were too sweet to resist. I got a couple of pieces which I had for breakfast the next day.

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Climbing down more than a hundred stone steps, I came across some elderly Igorots decked in traditional clothing. But I was more interested with these cute kids posing for their parents as they rock them colorful woven garbs. So precious!

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Going further down the stairs, my nose began to twitch at the smell of horse manure. I’m not really into horses so after a few snaps, I moved on.

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The entrance near the horses’ stables is lined with vendors selling succulents and a whole lot of other plants. This is where I went trigger happy and snapped at the lovely flowers on display. I was seriously mulling over buying a few pots but decided against it when I realized that I will have to lug all of them all around. I just contented myself with the photos I took instead.

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To be quite honest, I didn’t find Wright Park too interesting. There really isn’t that much to do aside from riding the horses. However, I still think it is worth a visit if you’re in the area anyway.

During my last trip to Baguio, I got to try out a couple of restaurants for the first time. First on the line is Vizco’s Restaurant and Cake Shop. It is located along Session Road so upon alighting a Victory Liner bus, we simply trekked a short way from the terminal to the restaurant.

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It’s a good thing that they were open early enough for us to grab some breakfast, or else we would have ended up at one of the 24-hour operating fast food chains. All their -silog meals are served with free coffee, which is a good way to warm up in a cold Baguio morning. Their breakfast meals range between Php100-Php125, which is not too bad I think. However, they all tasted pretty average, nothing special to write about.

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While reading up some online reviews of this restaurant, almost every article raves about their Strawberry Shortcake. There are whole cakes on display along with other flavors, but to be quite honest, I only had my eyes on this beauty.

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And even though it was not even 8 in the morning, we couldn’t help but order a slice of their Strawberry Shortcake. To be fair, that’s just one slice among the three of us so I didn’t feel too guilty about having cake so early in the day.

Strawberry cake with fresh strawberry filling, icing and glazed topping – this is how it was described in the menu. It was heavenly! It was perfectly creamy, not too sweet, and the strawberries tasted fresh and juicy. And a slice is only worth Php80. Such a steal!

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If you ever find yourself along Session Road, go ahead and pay Vizco’s a visit. And never leave the restaurant without trying out their Strawberry Shortcake.

 

 

There are things in life that just can’t be achieved in an instant. Saving up for a house, getting over a heartbreak or maybe as simple as venturing to unfamiliar places – these things might take time to accomplish. But this doesn’t mean they can’t be done. With continuous effort and perseverance, those things that were seemingly unattainable on the onset will be ticked off on your to-do list one by one. Little by little. Baby steps, my friend. Baby steps.

 

 

*Photo taken in Baguio City, Philippines