072012 The Urban Tracker (In Baguio): Finding Pearly In Slippery Bakakeng Norte

Condo construction greeted us as we lay foot on the interiors of Bakakeng.
inding a lost friend whom we have no contact for so long became our first-day agenda in Baguio in our preference of a homestay than renting out a room. 

It’s more of an idea to explore the interiors of Baguio in a way how it fared on its march with urbanity.

Without a clue to our prospect's whereabouts or reference landmarks, we unloaded from a taxi into the part of Bakekeng Norte.We began the search by the roadside amidst the blight horizons and a smell of dampness and pine tree. We were looking for a long lost friend who's gonna be hosting us for the rest of the day. She's known by the name Pearly.

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Pine trees screen the skies on our move to ask lead from the neighbors.
The roads were messy and murky with the succession of rains. We kept our balance to keep from slipping while burdened with our hand-carried luggage. Pine trees were aligned with the growing presence of constructions as we breathed a smoky air. In a one or two household we approached, we threw an inquiry for this hairdresser named Pearly who operates a beauty salon down in this area.

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The search led us to a hidden signage among the garden of roses.
One concerned neighbor pointed us in a compound where Pearly just relocated few steps from where we earlier stopped. We followed the hint and stepped into a compound and found this hidden business sign and it's a little tricky that it's hidden among the garden roses from the sight of a passerby.

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Our longtime friend Pearly casts a radiant smile as we barge in even without a warning.
We found her at last, our dear friend host Pearly all so glad to see us back. She told us she just moved in this place just a few meters from the original spot. She wanted to close the salon but insistent demand made her decide otherwise,  Her growing clientele’ was too hard to resist and sought her service even in this new homy place where it seems she's concealed.

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A post ad sign for a condo showcase. Reserve now!
After hauling in our stuff, we took out for a fix and surveyed the neighborhood outside. This public post gave me a confirmation that condos are fast rising stuff in Bakakeng side for house hunters delight. A lot of constructions were undergoing in the area occupying and saturating most of Bakakeng's corners and spaces perhaps due to surging profitability of property development.

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Great scot! The houses stand like dominoes among the hills and trees. 
As we furthered our neighborhood uncover, the streets were becoming treacherously sliding and downhill. We reached the part of Bakakeng Central and view revealed the clustered houses dominating the hillside as if dominoes mounted on it. Bakakeng's neighborhood developments ruined those hills. It’s  easy to dismiss if safety measures are being observed in these constructions or proper zoning is implemented by city engineers authorities with this freaking arrangement.

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Treacherous roads can either be sliding, sloping with sharp drops or curves.
The crooked pathway on this neighborhood was ominously inconsistent. Residents must have acquired the right balance to muster these roads. It's a no-no for the bikers and motorcyclists due to sharp drops and curves. And for a returning wanderer, it's a thrill since there’s an eccentric sense and overall Baguio still retained its charm in most cases.

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Even in streets sayote vines grew untouched and in an unmonitored condition like they were decking green some yard fence.
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Potted plants add zen to this nice one neighbor simple garden.
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Hold on to the bar or you're gonna roll in the deep.
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The chill and smell of pine trees are imminent in the part of the sunken church of Bakakeng.
Returning from this uphill climb was a grueling task even for an ordinary stroll or just neighborhood peeking. Though something had been undone or gone unusually with Baguio's overall landscape, it's not a necessary cause to absorb the effects of urbanization altogether nevertheless overlook.

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The fogs in an uphill battle with skies always blinded by fogs
It’s still a relatively relaxing snooping venture to take advantage of appreciating a typical Bakakeng neighborhood. Even the simple of homes came with a modest landscaped garden with shrubs and foliage that could take a shape of itself.

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A typical Bakakeng home has a modest landscape.
Even the street fence became wild with sayote vines. And that simple joy of winding and rolling into the streets with a sloping view of either side still counted nothing short to a thrill. And fortunate enough for a homestay with Pearly’s warm reception.
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