Monday, April 11, 2016

AZALEA BAGUIO

From being wrapped up like a popsicle to sweating like a barbecue, I'm back in forever sunny Manila! Makes me want to go back to Korea and spend the rest of the summer there but that would be costly. And there's work, too. Good thing Baguio is just a few hours drive away.

Now that I've mentioned it, let me share to you the last time I went up the summer capital of the country.
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Prior this trip, the last time I remember taking the bus to Baguio was way back in 1989. It was my first time.

Over the years (and after several non-bus rides later), I still find myself going up Baguio every now and then. Like Boracay, you don't get tired or say no to Baguio.
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Photo taken on the last day going home.
You go to Baguio for two things: it's either for a reason or none at all. Now, I went there for a little of both. Actually, my reason's petty. I just wanna have a perfect backdrop to shoot my clothes at because some of them weren't that appropriate to wear anymore (jacket, anyone?) in the metro. And to think it was just early January when I went there. So there I was, bags (and yaya/photographer) in tow, taking the bus on my way Baguio for the nth time.

We left Cubao past 1:00 in the afternoon and arrived a little over 7:00 in the evening. We stayed at Azalea Residences --another exciting reason why I came back. Azalea is just a few minutes taxi ride from the bus terminal, by the way.
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This welcomed me.
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I mustered the strength I didn't have to call it a night and just looked forward for breakfast at Tradisyon, Azalea Residences in-house restaurant, the following day.

I was excited to try this social media peeps-approved cup of hot chocolate. It didn't disappoint. This is on my list of what not to miss when staying at Azalea Baguio. It's delicious!
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I skipped coffee over this. I had two (or was it three?) on my first day.
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With good breakfasts to look forward and not much for the rest of the weekend, my stay at Azalea Residences Baguio was something I needed.
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And stay, I did. I was able to catch on my reading...
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Spent some time just staring at the sky...
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Went trigger-happy snapping Instagram-worthy photos of the property...
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And just enjoyed everything Azalea Residences has to offer. We stayed at a 2 Bedroom Suite complete with a balcony. Other room options are a 1 Bedroom Suite and a Deluxe Room (no balcony).
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I specifically requested for a room with a view like this.
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The 2 Bedroom Suite has a convertible sofa-bed in the living room area
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on top of the two bedrooms.
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It's perfect for a big group of 6-8. Of course, you have to pay for the extra beddings.
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Same as Azalea Boracay, I particularly like the well-stocked bathroom
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and the kitchen, where you can prepare and cook some of the fresh produce you can buy at the local market.
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See? It's complete!
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You practically don't need to go out of Azalea Residences to fully enjoy Baguio.
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But if there's a need to, Azalea Residences is conveniently located on Leonard Wood Road just across Teacher's Camp. The hotel provides guests with easy access to the city's points of interests, most of which are just a 5 to 15-minute drive away. Now, I've been to a lot of tourist spots in Baguio that's why I decided to just go to the closest ones near the hotel.

The Laperal White House is just a 5-minute walk from Azalea Residences.
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And if you go further down for another 5 minutes, you'll reach the crossing where the 50's Diner is located.
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It was also my first time to eat here.
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The food was just ok.
And if you really enjoy walking that much, you can reach Burnham Park in 15 minutes.
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The Botanical Garden is a 10 to 15 minute walk from the hotel if you go the other route.
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And that's just me being tamad. There are more accessible spots from the hotel. All you have to do is Google. Azalea Residences has an excellent wifi connectivity, by the way.

Now, for the "petty" reason why I went to Baguio:

Look #1
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Uniqlo jacket | Straightforward shirt
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Topman trousers | Puma sneakers
Look #2
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Topman shirt | Memo jacket and pants | Hush Puppies shoes
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Look #3
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Folded & Hung shirts and jeans
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Look #4
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Kidding =)
Sigh. I miss the cold weather. I miss Baguio. I miss staying at Azalea Residences.
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Azalea Residences is located at #7 Leonard Wood Loop, Brgy. M. Roxas, Baguio City, 2600, Philippines.

For more information, visit their website at www.azalearesidencesbaguio.com or like them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AzaleaResidencesBaguioCity/) and follow @azaleabaguio on Instagram.

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