Azalea Residences: A Holiday Haven In Baguio City

Azalea Residences Baguio

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. 

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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 Baguio Facade

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.

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It comes in white, red, yellow, purple and pink. Typically, there are five petals for the azalea.

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However, there can be azaleas with six petals on it that are all joined at the base of the flower.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Buffet Breakfast is free at Azalea’s very own restaurant aptly called “Tradisyon”.

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I love their Chocolate de Azalea!!! Made from imported chocolate blocks served to perfection.  Five stars again!

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On our very first breakfast at Azalea we were fortunate enough to dine at the tent!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

Smile always!





La Trinidad Benguet: Strawberry Ice Cream Marketing 101

Strawberry Ice Cream Forever Marketing 101

Oh, geez!  This particular ice cream vendor caught my attention because of his creativity!

He wrote on a piece of carton the following words:

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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.



BAGUIO CITY: Unique Way to Discover Nature

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.

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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.

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Safety first.

Tree top harness area

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And for you healthy beings,  try to challenge yourself with the different ultimate WOW factor experiences inside the Tree top Adventure and Nature Park!

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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.

La Trinidad, Benguet Colorful Houses

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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.

BAGUIO: Summer Team Building At Tree Top Adventure

“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” -Kenyan Proverb
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Last weekend,  I participated in a team building activity with 15 other bloggers at the Tree Top Adventure Park in the summer capital of the Philippines—Baguio City.  It was a breath of fresh air to personally experienced again how it is to be a part of a team building activity.
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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:

  •  facilitator
  •  team building kits (name tags, arm bands, and materials to be used for the chosen activities)
  •  and company certificates of participation.
We were divided into two groups. Wherein the other group were composed of 9 individuals and our team had 8 members.  They have an import from Azalea, her name is Maki and Nicole the daughter of the photographer, who also blog! The more the merrier! She’s such a sweet kid I am glad that she also joined the fun!
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Team Tanders members.  Photo from Axl

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.

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The other team’s name is Team Pia ( I guess because they idolized 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach).

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.

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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

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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!

A bar lifting challenge that requires marbles to be balanced in bars.  Our facilitator called it gems!  Personally,  the first time, I’ve heard him saying “gems” I was expecting to see diamonds, sapphire, ruby, emerald, amethyst and the like,  ha ha ha!  But it is marble after all.The bar lifter balance is a fun game that tested our team’s patience and coordination skills.  I am glad that we passed with flying colors!  Perfect!Realization: Communication is key for the success of a team.
Using only our index fingers,  each of us team members, tries to lower a loop from one loop stand to another loop stand as fast as we can without any gems falling.  This activity thought as to practice patience and coordination.  At first, I thought the loop is heavy.   The nice realization? When you’re with a group of people or with your team everything becomes lighter! Yeah!
Since our team (Team Tanders) had finished the first three challenges first, we were asked to wait for the other team ( Team Pia) at the van.   After waiting for them for like forever lol, we headed back to our hotel and ate a sumptuous lunch! I love Azalea’s Sinigang! And the Chocolate de Azalea!  Wait that’s another story!
After lunch, we came back to Tree Top again and face five(5) more challenges.
Cheering Competition
Team work
First challenge: Each team were asked to compose a cheer and execute it. With only a few minutes to prepare,  we brainstorm for ideas and Orlee, our team leader, came up with “We will rock you” song as our entrance “pang gulat” song as we enter the imaginary stage.
My idea was for everybody to shout out each letter of our team and for each team member to execute the letter using body language! Yay!
George,  our “youngest” team member thought our team’s name was T H U N D E R S.  He was so hilarious! He said we’re the only thunders who moves very slowly.   His wife, Cheryl, called his attention and told him that our team name was T A N D E R S  ( meaning old because most of our members are in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s,  Clint was the oldest team member at 26. Ha ha ha!).
Clint came up with the idea of exclamation point because our team’s name has only seven (7) letters. Ha ha ha! Atta boy!
Rence, suggested to imitate UST’s cheer that changed to Tanders became, Go Tanders! Go Tanders! Go, go, go!
We lost in this particular category according to Sir Jace, but one of the judges, Sir Paul said he marked our cheering performance the winner.   Thank you Sir Paul for not settling to a recycled cheer performance from last year, Ha ha ha!
To the other judge, your taste sucks! Ha ha ha! Joke!
Realization:  One of the signs of a great leader is their capability of communicating well with his team, and vice versa.
This one is easy!  We were able to hone our coordination skills and accomplish a perfect cube drop using push and pull strategies in the fastest time possible.  We clock at 26 minutes!  We won this particular game!Being responsible, an effective communicator, a trustworthy listener and being willing to understand different ideas and perspectives, are all qualities that will help us adapt to many different challenges.
Team Tanders,  nailed this particular activity!  Everybody in our team cooperated wholeheartedly and listened intently for the instructions.  And it paid off!  We had zero accident and each of the members had fun time balancing using our hips ha ha ha! The idea of this activity is to strike a balance in the fastest time using a kamikaze-inspired see saw to test the team members patience and communication skills.Because knowing how to adapt is essential for working effectively in teams, in both personal and professional capacity. This is owing to the fact that the workplace environment is constantly changing, as is the world as a global marketplace. Team-work and team building skills have become crucial for success in the corporate sector.
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Our team, Team Tanders were composed of eight (8) individuals and we relied on one another to travel from one station to another station without touching the floor using only the four planks of wood provided.  It was one of the most difficult tasks we had done during the team building! We’re all sweaty after we successfully surpassed the activity!  If there is trust within the team, productivity will increase and there will also be a boost in the team’s confidence.
Each of us, team members were given short pipes ( around twelve (12) inches long ) which we used to transfer a ping pong ball from one pipe to another that started from one station then finally transferred to another station without letting the ball fall to the ground.
Realization: Conflict within a team is nearly unavoidable because of the varying viewpoints, personalities, experiences, and skills of each team member.  When a team member is facing a difficulty they should feel confident that they can speak with their leader, who will then address the problem, and help resolve it in a professional manner.
This is the final challenge for both teams. We were given  a jigsaw puzzle (cut pieces of a map) that we formed into one whole picture that made us able to see the bigger picture and determine the exact location of the treasure.  Two (2) deignated team members, run and retrieved the treasure after which,  we were given another puzzle to solved.  Almost all of us were so physically and mentally tired that day! I can’t think clearly anymore by the time this activity were presented to us, ha ha ha!
Can you solve this under time pressure?
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Working effectively as a team creates momentum, improves morale, wins contests, and can even save lives!
Team work ROCKS
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” – Michael Jordan
We were so happy that our group emerged as the overall champion! The secret?  We just stop, look and listen.  We just enjoyed ourselves, laugh uncontrollably, did our best and followed every instructions given to us and of course we pray together !  Team Pia, with all its bells and whistles lost, aguy! Ha ha ha! Seriously now, though my team, team Tanders were declared officially the overall champion and were awarded with fresh vegetables and mug, I honestly think that both teams wins!  Why? Because each team members selflessly shared their individual time, talent and energy to conquer all the obstacles and fight until the end!
So, congratulations is in order for both teams, Team Tanders and Team Pia, congratulations!   As cliché as it may sound,  I think we should all care about one another and not backstab other team or team members.  After all we are all Filipinos and we belong to the same blogosphere!
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Doing all these different activities under the Baguio sky and cool environment of Tree top Adventure and Nature Park made me realized that in order to succeed in a contemporary business environment the ability to adapt and to work in the team are the two most essential qualities that could propel you to a greater heights!
So, for all the companies out there, why don’t you try the team building package of Tree Top Adventure and Nature Park in Baguio this summer?  I personally believe, that a company had to have a healthy work environment to have both team leaders and team members to be able to trust and respect each other.  This is vital for a company to continue to grow and improve.
Aside from the standard packages available at Tree Top Adventure and Nature Park, you can customize the Team Building activities that you want for your employees. Yes!  You can come out with your own team building activities that you want to experience.  Don’t worry you’re safe at Tree Top Adventure Park.  They have competent staff members and medical rescuers on standby.  So, I can say you’re in good hands with Tree Top Adventure Park.   Isn’t it amazing? Amazing!
For inquiries click here.
Loakan Road, Camp John Hay, Baguio
This Summer Get away will not be possible if not for the following:
  • 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
Daghan Salamat po! Sa uulitin!
#TreeTopPH #TAGmedia #FeelTheThrill #BeWithNature #AzaleaResidences #Baguio #TravelBaguio #Travelonshoestring #Yummytales #Travelona


Better Run with Veterans Bank commemorative run happening on April 2, 2017!

Bataan Freedom Run 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.

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Register online via 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
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Actual design may vary from the illustration above.
The fun will begin at Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) Compound, then for the 42k full marathon, you’ll go up at Bataan Provincial Highway,  then you have to take a u-turn before going down the dam, from the dam you have to go back to Bataan Provincial Highway, then take a u-turn then you have to proceed to Karagatan Village Phase I (one) and follow route going back to FAB Compound.
Not a serious runner? Don’t worry! This event has several family side events for the family such as 10k, 5k, 3k and 1km run for kids and even for your pets.
Water stations and Medic stations are located every 1.5 kilometer to 2 kilometers.
Bataan Freedom Run 2017 Map
So, what are you waiting for? Better Run with Veteran’s Bank Fun Run is happening on April 2, 2017!  Mark your calendars and register now na! This event is one of its kind, providing race distances for professional runners with the 42 km Ultra marathon up to the family events of fun run distances.
As far as I know, this is the only event that supports our heroes, the veterans who fought and died during World War 2.   Your registration fees and donations will help rehabilitate and preserve the history of the Bataan Death March.
Bataan Freedom Run 2017 Cash Prize Chart:
Bataan Freedom Run Cash Prizes
Please support and join also the first ever Mariveles-San Fernando-Capas Freedom Trail for ultramarathoners, bikers and big bikes on April 10, 2017!
Historic Ride 2017
Join the Historic Ride! Wherein you can start at any of the historical stops and watch the re-enactors! Woot!
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Those who will join the Padyak Para sa Kagitingan will receive a special arm sleeves, bike stickers, and experience a historical tour with a designated tour guide from KM Zero in Mariveles, Bataan to the Capas Freedom Park in Tarlac. Claiming of race kits will start on March 27, 2017 to April 7, 2017. The Padyak para sa Kagitingan is a non-competitive event.
Better Run Freedom Trail 2017
Online registration for Padyak para sa Kagitingan:
Participants will be treated to a journey in history as they passed different historical sites of the different struggles during World War 2 in Bataan.

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

Note: All Pictures shown  here are for illustration purpose only.

Prize Matrix:

160 km prize matrix

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!’s Travel Expo 2017 at Century City Mall

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’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 in partnership with Citibank will hold its Travel Expo 2017 at the 4th Level Activity Area of Century City Mall from 10am to 8pm.  

Travel Expo 2017

“ 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.’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

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!

Travel Tips When You’re Flying: Batteries Allowed in Carry-on Bags

Hi, peeps!

As some of you know, I was bitten by the travel bug way back in 1993.   Whew!  Traveling via land is cheaper and has lesser complications but it will test your patience and your butt because you’ll be in a sitting position longer than you’re used too.

I was introduced to airplanes in 1995. ( OMG, am I exposing how old I am right now? Lol)

Flying takes shorter travel time and is very much convenient. ( At least, for me! 😛 )

So, if you’re fond of flying and you’re a constant traveler you should be aware which batteries are allowed on your carry-on bags.

I researched about it and learned about which battery is allowed and which are not. So here you go:

Batteries Allowed in Carry-on Bags

  • Dry cell alkaline batteries; typical AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, button sized cells, etc.
  • Dry cell rechargeable batteries such as Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Nickel Cadmium (NiCad).
  • Lithium ion batteries (a.k.a.: rechargeable lithium, lithium polymer, LIPO, secondary lithium).
  • Consumer-sized lithium ion batteries [no more than 8 grams of equivalent lithium content or 100 watt hours (wh) per battery]. This size covers AA, AAA, 9-volt, cell phone, PDA, camera, camcorder, Gameboy, and standard laptop computer batteries.
  • Up to two larger lithium ion batteries (more than 8 grams, up to 25 grams of equivalent lithium content per battery) in their carry-on. This size covers larger extended-life laptop batteries. Most consumer lithium ion batteries are below this size.
  • Lithium metal batteries (a.k.a.: non-rechargeable lithium, primary lithium). These batteries are often used with cameras and other small personal electronics. Consumer-sized batteries (up to 2 grams of lithium per battery) may be carried. This includes all the typical non-rechargeable batteries for personal film cameras and digital cameras (AA, AAA, 123, CR123A, CR1, CR2, CRV3, CR22, 2CR5, etc.) as well as the flat round lithium button cells.

Fill that energy gap and have a safe travel! 

Smile always!

JAPAN: Sapporo City

Are you planning to visit Japan to chase the snow wonderland in Japan? SATISFY YOUR WANDERLUST IN SAPPORO CITY!
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Sapporo (札幌, which means “important river flowing through a plain” in Ainu language) is the capital of Hokkaido and Japan’s fifth largest city. Sapporo is also one of the nation’s youngest major cities.
Japan welcomed 20 million tourists, mostly from China and Taiwan in 2015. Thirteen million of them visited Sapporo City in the north. Sapporo City is unfamiliar to us Filipinos because most of us prefers to travel to Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.
But I know in no time, the adventure-loving Filipinos will fall in love with the dynamic capital of Hokkaido. Sapporo is ready to satisfy our wanderlust, and it has fantastic offerings that Filipino families and young travellers can’t resist.
A can’t-miss attraction is the Sapporo Snow Festival in February, which is one of Japan’s biggest events with millions of visitors each year. This winter spectacle displays snow structures and ice sculptures from local and international participants. At night, they are colorfully illuminated to the delight of night-time viewers.
Snow Activities
With its reputation as a world-class ski-resort destination, having hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972, Sapporo is an ideal place for winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. It also boasts of outdoor hot springs where you can soak your body while surrounded by Sapporo’s awesome snow scenery.
Nature Worship
On warmer months, the city is also postcard-pretty. The cherry blossoms are as stunning as those you can see in the southern parts of Japan. The mountain trails beckon you for a climb. And even if you just walk around, you will surely behold the natural wonders of Sapporo.
Foodie Heaven
Sapporo is famously called the “City of Food,” because it is a paradise of ingredients from its dry field, rice and dairy farming and fishing industries. It is known for its Ramen noodles, Japanese curry, sweets, “Genghis Khan” mutton and seasonal sushi. All these culinary dishes can be paired with sake or fresh flavor of Classic, a variety only found in Hokkaido, or other beers available only at the Sapporo Beer Garden.
Shopping Paradise
Sapporo is in step with whatever trend is sweeping Tokyo’s fashion set and the habitues of Harajuku. The shopaholic will find her retail paradise in Tanukikoji, a shopping arcade that has been in operation since the frontier period. Tanukikoji is an approximately 1km-long arcade with around 200 shops that runs east to west in downtown Sapporo. It’s also a great place to buy Hokkaido souvenirs.
Clean City
Just like Kyoto, Sapporo is known for its functional grid of streets and avenues, making it more convenient for visitors, whether families or solo travellers, to move around and explore the city and its environs. The residents are courteous, well-educated and disciplined. Thus, Sapporo prides itself in its clean surroundings and sustainable way of living.
Convenient Stay
Sapporo is as cosmopolitan as any first-class city. Five-star hotels, apartment hotels and affordable inns are all over the city at rates that whole families or solo travellers will enjoy. You can stay at a place that is nearest to the tourist spots you wish to visit. Transportation and traffic is smooth that there won’t be a problem getting to your desired location.
So set your sights on Sapporo – even if you are a frequent traveller or a first-time visitor to this wonderful city.  It will always charm you with its irresistible offerings and countless attractions. For millennials and the hardworking Filipinos, Sapporo City is, definitely, the destination in 2017.
Sapporo Snow Festival
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The 30-meter “Play Mountain” at the Moeremuma Park located at the outskirts of Sapporo is the perfect location for sledding where lots of kids and their parents flock to have fun in the snow.
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The snow sculpture of the HBC France Square at the Sapporo Snow Festival stands 49.8 meters high and 44.8 meters wide and is lit up every night in the color of France’s flag.

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The first dome in the world equipped with a system for switching between turf for baseball and football – the Sapporo Dome is the northern most all-weather dome in Japan.
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The Historical Village of Hokkaido, or Kaitaku no Mura, is a 54-hectare outdoor museum located at the Nopporo Forest Park in suburban Sapporo. The museum is organized into 4 sections: a town, a fishing village, a farm village, and a mountain village. Each section creates an atmosphere that effectively gives you an idea of what life was like in different parts of Hokkaido during the olden days.