Almost two years ago, I got to experience Azalea Residences Baguio’s care for three days, with a lot of planned activities just to let us feel how enjoyable it was to stay in Baguio even just for a couple of days (Check out my blog posts here: A Barrel of Fun, Raring To Go and A Last Hurrah). And just last week, I luckily got a chance to experience it once again, but this time, with different prepared activities and new friends to hangout.
Seph and I stayed in a two-bedroom apartment suite with front view balcony. It has one master’s bedroom with one queen sized bed and one private toilet and bath, and one guest room.
There is also one common toilet and bath in the living room.
On our first day, we spent our afternoon chilling at one of Baguio’s picturesque and dainty coffee shops, Café Yagam, which offers authentic cordilleran food and coffee.
Its cozy and warm ambiance is surely better at night. Just imagine: you, sitting in front of a picture-perfect fire place while you feel Baguio’s cold breeze with hot delish, coffee in hand – everything sounds so perfectly relaxing. Unfortunately, the sun was up and summer’s heat hindered the occurrence of cold, hence we tried its coffee and desserts instead.
To be honest, I am not really fond of brewed coffees, but I opt for one whenever I am trying to keep my eyes from shutting and to boost my focus notably when working, and this Arabica Coffee is exactly one of those coffees. Taste wise, the brew is a bit chocolate-y with light nutty notes.
For the desserts, we tried Café Yagam’s Kiniwar, a local version of sweet sticky rice with coconut cream! And I may say, this one is so delish and the balance between the sweetness of the sticky rice and the creaminess of the coconut cream complements each other!
While Inanchilia or Kalinga Sticky Rice has a texture similar with tikoy but firmer. Unlike Suman, this one has lesser taste of sweetness, which I think the reason why I did not enjoy it that much. Also, I do not like latik or toasted coconut milk crumbs that much. But the Pesto Sandwich is my favorite because the pesto sauce is really good and it goes well with sliced eggs and tomatoes!
As the clock hit 10:00pm, we went to Baguio’s Night Market at Harrison Road to shop for our thrift market outfit challenge. Like my previous Azalea Baguio experience, we were divided into five teams and each was given Php500 to expend during the shopping.
Surprisingly, the clothes in the night market are much cheaper than the thrift stores in other areas in Baguio. Sweaters are only Php10 to Php50, blazers and jumpers are Php100 to Php180 and jeans are Php50 to Php150! Almost everything is still in very good condition – just check the clothes thoroughly before buying to be hundred percent sure! Also, there are a lot of cheap leather jackets, but sadly, I was not able to go back to buy one as we only have limited time, but hopefully next time!
Nevertheless, we came up with these three stylish outfits that were all bought from the night market!
The next day, we headed over to Chinese Temple, BenCab Museum and Diplomat Hotel.
(Click the link to see my previous blog post about BenCab Museum: http://lapetite.ph/a-last-hurrah/)
And of course, I grabbed this chance to dine at Café Sabel!
It was my first time to see Diplomat Hotel even though I have visited Baguio several times. The place is old and big but because we went there at around 11:00am, it looked less spooky because of enough light that was coming in. Also, my blogger friends told me that unlike before, they already improved the place, which I think the reason why it is already allowed to go to the second and third floors.
Just a quick trivia: Diplomat Hotel was used to be a rest house and a seminary, and was developed into school and then turned into a hotel. Based on research, Tony Agpaoa, the one who managed the hotel was said to be a businessman, psychic surgeon and spiritual healer, which was why some people who stayed in the hotel were his patients.
And so, after Agpaoa’s death, Diplomat Hotel ceased its operation and eventually became one of the tourist spots in Baguio as it was said to be haunted. Gladly, we did not have any creepy experience as we roamed around the place!
Afterwards, we went back to the hotel for lunch and then visited another instagramable café, the Arca’s Yard.
As mentioned on my Instagram post, I am not fond of Camote but this Camote Pie is exceptional! It tastes very good with vanilla ice cream as it balances the thickness of its texture. On the other hand, the Cloud Tea Latte is superb! It has a taste of milk tea but not as sweet as that! It is served lukewarm and has enough level of sweetness!
After an hour of staying in Arca’s Yard, we headed back to the hotel to take some rests. And then by dinner, Azalea served Mexican food such as Pizzas, Pastas and Tacos!
Subsequently, we spent our last night with beer pong, karaoke and a lot of food and drinks! Indeed, it was a fun stay and experience that was again hosted by Azalea Residences Baguio!
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