[BAGUIO, BENGUET, PHILIPPINES] ▬ It's been a long while universe. Recently, changes in my work schedule wasn't friendly. I have to adjust, hence, updating my blog was a struggle. I am still figuring out how will I allot my time to the different things I love doing. It's nice to be back, anyway, blogosphere!
[BAGUIO] ▬ CAUGHT IN ACTION: THE AMAZING RACE HAS STARTED.
[BAGUIO] ▬ THE ASSEMBLY HAPPENED IN MELVIN JONES GRAND STAND.
[BAGUIO] ▬ MY TEAMMATES: CAROL, CHELLE, JEMAN, THERESE
Then it's time to visit the pink structure on a hill. Of course it was, after all, the Baguio Cathedral. This consumed our time. We used the long stair leading you up to the hill (Mt Mary). In fact, we could have just walked to the main entrance and have our photos taken from the road and make everything easy but we were tricked by the stair we saw along the way thinking it was the easiest access.
[BAGUIO] ▬ CLIMBING THIS STAIR WITH HUNDREDS OF STEPS WASN'T EASY.
[BAGUIO] ▬ THIS CATHEDRAL IS AN ICONIC LANDMARK IN THE CITY.
[BAGUIO] ▬ WE'RE ASKING FOR DIRECTIONS.
[BAGUIO] ▬ SO WE HIRED A CAB.
[BAGUIO] ▬ I WAS SEATING BESIDE THE DRIVER.
[BAGUIO] ▬ WHOAH! THE TRAFFIC JAM!.
[BAGUIO] ▬ TSK! WE'RE TRAPPED.
Eventually we reached Mines View Park.
[BAGUIO] ▬ ON OUR WAY TO THE COSTUME PICTORIAL.
[BAGUIO] ▬ WE MADE IT!
[BAGUIO] ▬ NOW THE OBLIGATORY GROUFIE WHILE WEARING THE COSTUME. (PHOTO FROM ORANGEMAGAZINE.PH)
[BAGUIO] ▬ RIDING A PINK PONY IS ONE OF OUR ASSIGNMENTS.
We're down to our next assignment—take groufie with the pink ponies of Wright Park. We have to walk just before we reach the destination to defy the traffic jam.
[BAGUIO] ▬ THE PINK PONIES OF WRIGHT PARK: I DON'T HAVE THE GROUFIE WITH ME THOUGH.
[BAGUIO] ▬ RACING TO THE BOTANICAL GARDEN.
[BAGUIO] ▬ THE IGOROTS OF BOTANICAL GARDEN.
We had a quick time there as we needed to be quick to reach our next destination: the Lourdes grotto and the abandoned allegedly haunted Diplomat Hotel.
[BAGUIO] ▬ THE PANAGBENGA PARK WE ALMOST MISSED.
[BAGUIO] ▬ WE'RE RUSHING BACK TO THE CAB.
[BAGUIO] ▬ WE REACHED LOURDES GROTTO WITH HIGH HOPES.
[BAGUIO] ▬ LOURDES GROTTO
[BAGUIO] ▬ DIPLOMAT HOTEL
We went back to our base (Azalea Residences) and we were welcomed with great food. We were so tired but it was a great experience we will never get tired of reminiscing.
[BAGUIO] ▬ ONE OF THE DISHES SERVED AFTER THE RACE
[BAGUIO] ▬ OUR TEAM LEADER, JEMAN, REPORTING ABOUT OUR GROUP
[BAGUIO] ▬ #TEAM|AZALEA|BLOGGERS
We landed on third place. Applause! We all believed that our price was better than the winner though. So, no regrets.
INDEX: INSIDE THIS BLOG SERIES
[UP NEXT] ▬ IT WAS A GOOD NIGHT, BACK TO THE 90'S!
[BAGUIO] ▬ VIP Treatment Vacation the Azalea Way
TEASER ► Inside the room, I felt like I'm a VIP again. This is probably one of the best rooms in Azalea. I felt privileged. This staycation kicks ass.
| Part 2
[BAGUIO] ▬ Ilocano Food Reigns at Kalapaw Restaurant
TEASER ► This restaurant highlights the Ilocos heritage and culture in spite of the fact that it's located in Baguio City.
| Part 3
[BAGUIO] ▬ Night Market at Harrison Road: What to See and Expect?
TEASER ► The foot traffic is huge. Merchants shout to encourage passersby to purchase their products. But some are just hawkers.
| Part 4
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ 5 Interdependent Worlds in Strawberry Farm
TEASER ► I know they need something that's why they need to do something. You see great hope in their eyes.
| Part 5
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Bahong Flower Farm: Rose Capital of the Philippines
TEASER ► ...they will transform into beautiful, fully-bloomed flowers and that will be the end of their life because they will be cut and head straight to the flower shop.
| Part 6
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Jewel Igorot Restaurant: Non-Igorots Should Eat Here!
TEASER ► Say anything you want to say and this cool restaurant along the main road in La Trinidad will still find its way to become superior.
| Part 7
[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Jewel Igorot Museum and the Maid-to-Millionaire Story
TEASER ► Greatness does not only come from huge quantities and fat funds. My conviction is something is already great when you are able to put up that something from scratch with a purpose to educate and inspire.
| Part 8 | Part 9
[BAGUIO] ▬ 2600 Gastropub: When Zip Code Turns Into Night Life
TEASER ► Then, the playlist went on and it made me wild, almost shedding tears, remembering the good old days in favor of nostalgia.
| Part 10
[TUBA] ▬ BenCab Museum: History, Arts and Culture
TEASER ► ...everywhere is a learning realm. Everywhere is an answer if you have questions. Everywhere is a definition if you look for meanings.
| Part 11
[BAGUIO] ▬ Tam-awan Village: Old-School Igorot Living of Today
TEASER ► The present has almost erased all the things of the past but some individuals have always been interested in bringing the old back to present.
| Part 12
[BAGUIO] ▬ Tree Top Adventure: What to Expect? + Things You Must Know
TEASER ► The facilities are well-engineered—truly a work of the experts. Pine trees are part of the activities and they claim that no tree was harmed.
| Part 13
[BAGUIO] ► Azalea Residences Hotel Review: My Experiences in Details
TEASER ▬ The room where I stayed is even bigger than our house—complete with a kitchen, a dining area, a sala (with a couch and a twin bed) and another two rooms within the room. Swanky!
 This experience was made possible through Azalea Residences Hotel in Baguio City. I was invited to experience the Azalea hospitality.
 All maps I used on this post are the works of Eugene Alvin Villar and Mike Gonzalez published on Wikipedia. Source: 1 | 2
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