Due to work-related stress, I just thought I needed a break- and voila… we just decided to go to Baguio for the International Seminar for English Teachers this November. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone (Bonding with colleagues and learning at the same time :-))
When I learned that my colleagues will be staying in Teachers’ Camp, I was really scared because of the ghost stories I heard and read. I have opted to book in Villa La Maja Hotel instead. Thanks to my roommates- Ma’am Carm and Ma’am Gracy who patiently accompanied me in our 3-day stay in the hotel. The hotel allowed us to have an early check-in so we had the chance to unpack and take a shower before we register.with roommates.
We headed right away to Teachers’ Camp to meet our colleagues who were given the opportunity to have the “first class suite”.
After the registration at 8 am, we went to explore some tourist attractions. Our first stop was at the Botanical Garden.
After the tour in Botanical Garden, we went to Mines View Park to see the breathtaking view.
Lunch time! And it since it was my birthday, of course the day won’t be complete without spaghetti!
In that particular day, I had time to find myself and I was able to discover a lot of things. REALIZATIONS: At the end of the day, I realized that I shouldn’t stress myself with nonsense. Everyday, we get to deal with different creatures. It’s your choice HOW you are going to handle them.
The best way to start a morning is to smile and of course (the one I can’t live without)- my coffee.
Day 2 of the seminar- is it worth the money that I spent for the registration? Yes! I have learned a lot of strategies in Reading that I can use in the classroom. The speakers are all good. It’s about time that we apply those strategies and make learning even more fun with the new technology. Say goodbye to the traditional way of teaching.
Yay! Graduation day! Too bad, we had to leave Baguio on that day. We didn’t have enough time to explore Baguio and get some nightlife. We were planning to hit a coffee shop with a nice ambiance, but since we were really tired, we weren’t able to do so 🙁 I accompanied my colleagues to go to the night market. I never thought it was worse than Divisoria. All I wanted to do was to take a good night sleep and have my beauty rest to have strength for the following day.
Because we thought the graduation will be at 3pm, we have booked for our bus trip at 5:30pm. Surprisingly, it ended before lunch. We stayed in the room til 2pm and we headed to Victory Liner. We bought “pasalubong” for the last time and got ready for the trip back to Cubao. It was really tiring because we had to go to school after sleeping for few hours, but it’s all worth the time.
Next time though, I will go to Baguio with my family and I will make sure I will get to explore the place in a week. Swimming in the hot springs is one of my to-do list. Watch out for that.
TARGET HOTEL: Azalea Baguio or Microtel