We were again in Baguio last weekend and had to bring the kids to the market to buy some trinkets for trading at camp. This was a quick stop before heading back to Baguio Country Club. There is so much traffic (vehicle and pedestrian) around the market, it's chaos.
We targeted a small souvenir shop near a side entrance. Look at all these trinkets! Each of the necklaces cost P25 (50 cents). The kids loved the birthstone pendants. The boys liked the tooth pendant (what kind of tooth, I'm not sure). There were tons of colorful friendship bracelets that were selling for P5 each.
I liked the beaded pen holder which was P100 ($2.50), and G loved it too so we bought ourselves one each. I've been down from Baguio a few days and still have it around my neck--it keeps my iPhone stylus handy for when I play Draw Something in the car. My opponents don't know what hit them--I'm drawing with enthusiastic precision now.
Beaded pen holder necklaces
I was so tempted to choose the trading trinkets for the kids but realize that I have to let G choose what she's attracted to, and not what I'm attracted to. Otherwise 11-year-olds at camp might not trade with her. I liked the beaded earrings and these slippers lined in woven fabric (3 for P100!). They are so comfortable as bedroom slippers, I bought for everyone in the house.
But the Baguio product of all time is the walis tambo, or a broom made of dried reeds. Even when we lived in the States, our home was never without this broom. Nothing sweeps up the floor better than a walis tambo. I didn't have time to go inside the market and look for the brooms this time since this was a ten-minute side trip.
The best broom in the world comes from Baguio
The CISV Baguio delegation (with adult leader, Ada) to the Bacolod Village 2012.
One other delegate not in picture.
Can't wait to go back to Baguio again. The weather there is 10 degrees cooler than in Manila. Maybe one more time before July? Otherwise, Marissa, I'll send you a list for the market (including the P10 bags of baby potatoes!). And you can send it down on the midnight bus to Manila.