I am always fascinated with the different dialects we have here in the Philippines. We’re wired differently and has different set of values. But it is nice to know that no matter what is your language or dialects, we have the same set of the 10 commandments.
Have you seen the 10 commandments written in Ilocano? When in Ilocos, try to memorize the ten commandments in Ilocano!
Holiday Haven Azalea Residences Baguio is the perfect place to stay after a full day of action-packed team building activities! I believe big corporations must treat their employees to a huge range of fun and recreational corporate team building activities at Tree Top Adventure and Nature Park and nurture their soul and body at Azalea Residences.
Azalea’s homey atmosphere radiates on each of their 99 suites, which by the way has a complete amenities that can only be found in five-star hotels.
Azalea Residences Baguio is somewhat a tourist destination by itself. Why? Because of the big Azalea Flower Globe Fountain that welcomes each guests. This majestic flower symbolizes abundance. Yes, in Asia, Azalea represents elegance as well as wealth.
It comes in white, red, yellow, purple and pink. Typically, there are five petals for the azalea.
However, there can be azaleas with six petals on it that are all joined at the base of the flower.
According to my friend Tof, for local folks in Baguio. they call the flower globe the”Big Ferrero” because of its big resemblance to the yummy chocolate brand. Don’t you agree?
Upon entering the hotel, we were welcomed by the staff. We were then asked to sit down to relax and were given a welcome drink right after. Cheers! Azalea, thanks for the free welcome drinks!
As you know, guests ease into vacation bliss as soon as they walk inside a hotel door and after the customary welcome drink. Unfortunately, we arrived so early in the morning that a lot of guests has not check out yet. So, there’s no ready room yet for us. Our luggages were then taken by the bellboy and the hotel supervisor had it stored somewhere safe because the hotel was enjoying a brisk sale and was to its full capacity when we arrived at around 9 o’ clock in the morning. So, to wisely make use of our time, we ate breakfast first then we went to tree top adventure park afterwards for our team building challenge!
For this trip, I stayed at room 415 together with four(4) other bloggers. The master’s bedroom with its own bathroom and bath tub were occupied by the husband and wife team of Cheryl and George, then the other two (2) bloggers stayed at the convertible double sofa bed at the suite’s living room, I on the other hand occupied the room with a single bed. This two (2) bedroom suite typically costs Php12,000 per night. They have an ongoing promotion right now, where they offer a room for as low as Php1,100 per person plus plus until end of summer I think. Better check it on their website.
My room may be small but it offers the privacy that I wanted after a full packed day of team building activities. I had to go out every now and then to use the bathroom which I shared with the two gentlemen, Wilmar and Clint. Not that I am complaining. It is okay with me because we were able to come up (silently) with a scheduled pattern on who gets to use first the bathroom in the morning so we will be able to join the breakfast together as a team.
The only downside I think, which I hope the management will be able to control are the noises made by passersby and neighboring rooms when they open or closes their respective rooms. Sometimes, it seems that they were having conversations on the hallway or right in front of my window. I overheard people talking without intending to.
The staff who prepared my room left the window open inside my room. I had to stand on a chair and pull the window to closed it. No biggie. Maybe that’s the standard practice to let the air flowing inside the room? I don’t know. It is okay with me. I just preferred it closed for added security and I thought shutting the window might muffled the noises created by others outside our room. The LED TV inside my room helped me a lot to divert my attention from the noises to the program shown on television. So Five (5) stars for the TV!
My little room has a very comfortable bed, two (2) fluffy pillows and comforter so soft I easily drift off into dreamland each and every night. The two side table balances the bed structure. I love it that Azalea did not scrimped on the outlets! I had two outlets on each side of my bed!
And that is so cool! I also love their ceiling fan! It keeps the room really cold inside my room. It is amazing that the room temperature inside my room is similar to a room with air conditioner. Yeah, you bet, one would think that the room has an air conditioner inside the room. Five stars for that Azalea. I’ll make a review at Trip Advisor for you. I am a level 6 hotel reviewer. You deserved it.
The closet has two (2) bathrobes, I used one bathrobe and gave the other one to Clint for him to use while we were there.
The customary slipper is also good. I even went down each morning using your hotel slippers. Ha ha ha!
Each one of us were happy because we were given individual towels and bath set.
Their kitchen has coffee and tea-making facility, plus kitchen appliances like microwave oven and kitchen essentials like plates and utensils, as well as dining table and chairs.
Buffet Breakfast is free at Azalea’s very own restaurant aptly called “Tradisyon”.
I love their Chocolate de Azalea!!! Made from imported chocolate blocks served to perfection. Five stars again!
On our very first breakfast at Azalea we were fortunate enough to dine at the tent!
No sleep yet. Picture taken right after we arrived from a four hour trip plus one hour trial and error joy ride from Manila, ha ha ha!
Another notable dish that I super liked at Tradisyon is their sinigang and bagnet! Oh they’re so good I temporarily forgot my name. Ha ha ha!
They also operate a bar lounge aptly called 8 degrees. Simply because Baguio City is eight (8) degrees cooler on any month than any place in the lowlands including Metro Manila.
There’s also welcome fruits and somebody also gave us biscuits. Thank you “somebody” whoever you are. Thank you Azalea.
I would definitely recommend Azalea Residences for value for money, location, friendliness and cleanliness. Plus ample free parking for their guests! I would like to commend the management and staff of this holiday haven! Keep up the good work guys!
I recommend Azalea Residences Baguio City for the whole family and for corporate gatherings!
AZALEA RESIDENCES BAGUIO is conveniently located at #7 Leonard Wood Loop, Brgy. M. Roxas, 2600 Baguio, Philippines. Azalea Residences is just a short walk from the Pink Sisters Convent, and within a very short commuting distance from Mines View Park, Good Shepherd, Camp John Hay, Wright Park, Botanical Garden, The Mansion and Burnham Park.
Enjoy your summer vacation!
Oh, geez! This particular ice cream vendor caught my attention because of his creativity!
He wrote on a piece of carton the following words:
THE FIRST AND THE ORIGINAL!
SPECIAL STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM
20 – Pang Facebook
25 – Pang Hashtag
30 – Pang Instagram
40 – Pang Snap Chat
50 – Pang Forever
Pang patibay ng relasyon! ( It will make your relationship stronger!)
Kain na! ( Eat now!)
Ha ha ha! I don’t know if his strategy were effective though because there’s a lot of ice cream vendors in the area.
I bought mine from an ice cream vendor who gave me ten peso discount, I got the pang forever ice cream for only Php40.
I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time! Yes, just in time for the strawberry festival in La Trinidad, Benguet! Yehey!
Amazing fact: You get to pick your own strawberries for only Php100 per kilo. Can you believe it? This is really an amazing experience!
You should try it too the next time you’re in Baguio!
My summer vacation in Baguio City would not be complete if I have not tried the canopy ride inside Tree Top Adventure Park. For nature lovers like me, it is the ultimate natural playground one can experience while in Baguio City. It provides endless fresh air and space for your mind and body to stretch out and enjoy.
To tell you the truth, the daredevil in me wanted to try their superman ride, silver surfer adventure ride and tree drop but ended up utilizing the motorized canopy ride only. The medical team did not allow me to try all the other rides for my own good. Ika nga, safety first. They don’t want me to take the risk because of my medical condition.
First things first, I was made to put on a protective helmet and buckled with safety harness at a designated area. Then, I was instructed to sit down and wait for my turn.
While waiting for my turn, I observed that all the structures are designed to allow trees to grow free of restriction. That’s nice, I think.
After a while, I was made to stand and step on an industrial steel matting. I was dizzy at first when I look down at the open mesh platform on top of the trees. I then slowly made my way up to the edge of the platform.
Then, I was made to sit in a sturdy plastic canopy seat suspended in mid-air. I was then safely secured and buckled up by the friendly Tree Top assistant. He also double checked, actually triple checked whether I was properly attached to the wires. There were words about safety, how to hold the your cameras tightly with your hands because once it fell down it would be goodbye to your camera na, how to lean back and cross your legs, and mostly, how to just enjoy the view. It is a good thing that I am not afraid of heights.
I was suspended approximately 100 feet above the ground in a harness attached to a thin wire, motorized device and travelling at around 5 maybe 8 km/hr. I felt so safe. I almost took a nap. Ha ha ha!
Well, you may think it was so easy for me to say all these because I don’t have a fear of heights. Well, I may look and sound strong, but I must admit that I was also nervous the first time I look down. After you get over your initial nervousness, you’ll get the hang of it and you’ll get to appreciate the wilderness of nature just below you. I tried exploring wildlife among the tree-tops but didn’t find any. Maybe next time. The tree-tops was beautiful up there!
I enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Tree Top Adventure’s property located deep within the Cool Cordillera Mountain from a perspective unlike anything you’ve ever experienced!
Summer is the perfect opportunity for the adventurous-at-heart to kick their stiletto heels and soar high in the sky! Even if you’re a bit nervous at the start, everything will be okay. You will receive a thorough explanation of all of the quality equipment and hardware used, which eases the fears of even those that historically have a fear of heights. If you have any further questions about the course or equipment, feel free to call their attention.
Not all canopy tours are created equal! In fact, I had experienced how it was in Beijing in China. And there’s a huge differences when comparing the Baguio Canopy ride to my nervous laden canopy ride in China. The one in China were meant for daredevils because you don’t have any harness only a thin round pipe prevents you from falling down! Unlike many other canopy rides, Tree Top Adventures and Natures Park Baguio offers a canopy tour that’s perfect for everyone. The speed and heights are enough to provide an adrenaline rush, but even small children has no trouble doing the ride through the course by themselves.
I was transported in three (3) different stations for a bird’s eye view of the amazing nature park. I saw different wild flowers, trees, and the magnificent partial view of the South China Sea.
There is nothing quite like seeing the world from a tree canopy, it’s a new way to appreciate the great Baguio outdoors. I walked away with memories to cherish and sense of accomplishment.
And for you healthy beings, try to challenge yourself with the different ultimate WOW factor experiences inside the Tree top Adventure and Nature Park!
Take your pick of the fun work out trekking a portion of the park, or you could opt to indulge in the breathtaking views and the extreme thrill of the Superman Ride or silver surfer adventure ride and the thrilling tree drop.
Explore your senses whilst developing your fitness and reflex skills.
So, the next time you’re in Baguio get up-close and personal with native pine tree and visit the team park located just inside Camp John Hay.
Tree Top Adventure and Nature Park cater for most age groups and fitness levels. Bookings recommended.
Tree Top Adventure and Nature Park is located at Loakan Road, Camp John Hay, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines.
A more colorful La Trinidad, Benguet welcome us as we made our way to the famous strawberry fields.
The popular tourist destination is now an eye candy! Painting hundreds of houses in Barangay Balili into one big mural is really nice.
Over 18,000 square meters or 150 houses was painted according to our guide.
La Trinidad is the neighboring town of Baguio City.
“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” -Kenyan Proverb
Tree Top Adventure Park Baguio offers eight (8) unique team games, the first of its kind in the Philippines. The package rate starts at only Php800 per person and that already includes the following:
- team building kits (name tags, arm bands, and materials to be used for the chosen activities)
- and company certificates of participation.
Our team is called Team Tanders ( someone who is old. Matanda. Aguy! Slang for Nirarayuma. Ha ha ha! ) Because most of our members are in their 20’s 30’s, 40’s and 50’s I guess even in their ’60’s.
With nature as our backdrop. Everyone had tons of fun during our team building adventure! We were all laughing and everybody is in good spirit. The cool Tree Top Adventure and Nature Park Baguio has a really positive effect on people. Nature really heals. The unique setting helps us to loosen up and the breezy cool air helps a lot. You could see from the faces of each and everyone who participated in the event that they really had a good time! It brought back memories of my college years and corporate stint. My mind and my heart were filled with joy and selflessness. It must be the good quality of air inside the Tree Top adventure that made us more level headed.
Selfless. Yes, that’s what you become when you play together with your teammates. That’s the secret ingredient to a champion team. In order for a team to be successful you have to had ONE common goal. To row in one direction and to become as one with all of your other teammates.
Our first team challenge was the ABC GAME
Our team, which is compose of eight (8) individuals were asked to form two (2) opposite straight lines with four (4) members on each line. We were made to stand with our back from the back of our other teammates on the opposite side of the Skywalk. Each team member has to recite one letter from the alphabet, as the team tries to recite all the letters of the alphabet in its proper sequence.
Easy peasy. Yeah, it seems easy at first, because everybody knows the alphabet by heart, right? But, hold your horses! The challenge lies on the rule that was set.
The Rules: The person beside you, be it on your left or right and the person in front of you cannot utter the next letter! Toink! That complicate things, ha ha ha! Plus the 4 meters distance while you’re standing on the opposite side of the skywalk with your back from the other players will greatly reduce your hearing comprehension!
Since, I only got to met some of them once in a while from bloggers event, I am not really close to them. And in the case of Clint, it is the first time that I met him in person. So, I am not really familiar with their voices except for Axl and Cheryl.
Lesson learned from the activity: Shut up and listen. Lol! Oh, my gulay! That’s hard for talkative people like us. Ha ha ha! Imagine, we’re standing on our back, far apart from one another ( a good 4 meters away from the other line that constitute the other four team members and about 2 meters away from my teammate on my left side)
The Secret: Listen intently and louder your voice, be humble accept the fact that you need each other to complete the task!
Yes, I listened intently at the voice of my teammates and shout with all my might so that the next person will be able to hear and deliver the next letter.
Tip: Familiarize yourself with the speaking voice of your teammates, stop, listen intently and deliver what is expected of you!
The valuable lesson I learned was to know how to stop talking and learned how to listen well. Plus a louder voice could help your other teammates to hear you well so they too could deliver their end of the bargain. Yes, peeps! Teamwork is wherein eight individuals works as one.
Our best time: 11 seconds. Not bad, huh!
- Ms. Grace Bondad Nicolas of TAG Media
- Tree Top Adventure Baguio
- Sir Jace Mendoza and Sir Rilley of Tree Top Adventure
- Sir Paul, Ms. Maki, Mr.Arfourth and most especially to Sir Adrian
- Azalea Residences Baguio
Better Run with Veterans Bank commemorative run happening on April 2, 2017!
You’re assured with a Better Run with Veterans Bank Bataan Freedom Run on April 2, 2017! Where your whole family including your pet dogs can pay tribute to our fallen heroes as our nation celebrate the 75th year anniversary of the Bataan Death March.
Support the BATAAN FREEDOM RUN. You could even register on site just be there early, before 5 a.m. please because the race will start at exactly 5 a.m on April 2, 2017 in Mariveles, Bataan.
Register online via withoutlimits.ph or at the following establishments and locations:
- any 711 branch near you
- or pay via credit card, debit card or at any Banco De Oro branch
- old San Fernando Railway/Train Station (KM 102 Museum).
- Chris Sports at SM North Annex
- Chris Sports at UP Town
- Chris Sports at BGC
- Chris Sports at SM Megamall
- Chris Sports at SM Pampanga
- Bataan Tourism Center
- Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) office
- Fabila Office
- Balanga Capitol
MARIVELES – SAN FERNANDO – CAPAS FREEDOM TRAIL 2017 happening on April 9-10, 2017
Both are presented to you by
BETTER RUN with Bataan Freedom Run 2017 and help rebuild our Bataan Death March markers and other memorials on its 75th year anniversary!
You can register on site just be there before 10 pm of April 9.
Or you can also register online just visit http://bit.ly/
Note: All Pictures shown here are for illustration purpose only.
Show your love for your country! Join and support the Bataan Freedom Run 2017 and the Freedom Trail on April 9 to 10, 2017. Don’t forget to register yourself, your kids and your dogs!
Bring the whole family and teach your kids about our history!
See you there!
Hi, people! The scorching heat the past few days here in Metro Manila makes you want to be somewhere else, right? But the problem is that you’re in a budget dilemma! Worry no more! To your rescue is the Asiatravel.com’s Travel Expo 2017 happening at Century City Mall on March 31 to April 2, 2017! Woot!!!
You can now kickstart your summer! Just like those famous local celebrities, who have brought the heat to different social mediums by posting photos, videos and blogs of their travel adventures. You may even have liked or shared these posts. Your buddies may have even tagged you on some with a hashtag #hanggangdrawinglang (pertaining to planned trips that never happen)
Maybe it’s high time for you and your buddies to stop tagging each other and start planning your own “barkada” adventure.
Since, it is now school vacation, plan a family vacation with your wife and kids! Create memories for your family to cherish in the years to come!
Some soul searching perhaps? How’s your bucket list going so far?
On March 31 to April 2, 2017 Asiatravel.com in partnership with Citibank will hold its Travel Expo 2017 at the 4th Level Activity Area of Century City Mall from 10am to 8pm.
“Asiatravel.com is Asia’s leading online travel company that understands travellers’ needs, from hotel bookings, affordable flights, attractions to BLeisure (Business+Leisure) packages.”
Don’t waste the summer sun inside the four corners of your room scrolling and searching for airline tickets, booking hotel accommodations, tour packages ending up paying more.
Asiatravel.com’s Travel Expo 2017 has got your back, bringing over sale packages of up to 75% off on bookings for international and domestic travel packages. All you need to do is pack up your suitcase and file that vacation leave!
Did you know that for every Php 2,000 single and/or accumulated spend in any Century City Mall establishments on March 27-April 2, shoppers will get to receive Php 1,000 worth of AsiaTravel vouchers that can be used during the AsiaTravel Travel Fair on March 31-April 2. Yehey!