RARING TO GO

Summarizing my second day in Baguio in just a few words is actually pretty difficult; with tons of challenges that surprised us the moment we have started our day, it was surprising to feel extra happy instead of feeling exhausted even until our day ended. Our first day was really fun and interesting, but our second day was actually more than that. Excitement, nervousness and blissfulness were the emotions that I felt particularly during the second challenge that for me was the most backbreaking one.

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But of course, before any adventure started to happen, a dainty buffet breakfast awaited us. Bacons, sausages, veggies, breads and eggs were one of the dishes that we had at Tradisyon Cafe. Everything was fresh and appetizing, but there was one thing that I really loved that thinking about it right now, makes me crave even more!

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What was it? (drumroll please..) It was Tradisyon Cafe’s hot chocolate! It was a cup of satisfaction and delightfulness that made us oohed and aahed in every sip of it! So, if you are planning to have a staycation at Azalea Residences Baguio, this must be the first thing that you should try!

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By 10am, our first challenge was discussed and asked us to group ourselves into four; because we were loyal, we just stayed in our circle. So, my group-mates were my roommates: Seph, Sarah and Ana. The first challenge was an OOTD challenge where one of us has to have a complete ensemble from a thrift shop that only costs 1,000php.

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We were given an hour to shop and to take a photo of the outfit, while wearing, then post it right away on Instagram. The first plan of Sarah and Ana was actually a vintage shot of Seph and I while wearing a quaint ensemble, however, the clothes were pricey, which actually not what we have expected since it was a thrift shop. As a result, they have decided to just put up an outfit for me that was still vintagey.

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And here was my outfit! We chose a perfect venue that has old-fashion look and ambience to fit with my look. So, as an every-year-tourist-in-Baguio, Ana suggested this bookshop called Mt. Cloud. It was the perfect place to shoot because of its picturistique and old-timey interior! Hence, we had a great outcome and… we won!

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At exactly 12noon, we headed back to the hotel to have our lunch. Then, after an hour and a half, the second challenge was explained and the thing about it was that the group should already be comprised of random persons from each team. Each of us picked one paper in a fish ball where the number that we got was our group number. Being grouped with the others was really fine with me, but there was one thing I worried about.

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The second challenge was a cooking challenge, and the thing was I do not know how to cook – this was the problem! And unfortunately, my group-mates had the same problem as well. Luckily, Rochelle, a member of my team, has a husband who is good at cooking so he assisted her through sms. On the other hand, I thought about doing something that does not need any cooking at all. Similar with the first challenge, we were given 1,000php to be spent for the ingredients that we need in the market.

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Fortunately, Seph was teamed with Sarah who was a culinary graduate! While Ana was grouped with the expert moms – which means, cooking is just an easy-peasy thing for them to do.

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After two hours of cooking and preparing, we were gathered at Tradisyon Cafe for the evaluation of the Chef for the dishes that we made.

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On the left was what Ana’s team did while on the right was what Seph’s and Sarah’s team cooked.

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For my team, we did a coconut dish and a strawberry graham dessert. The dessert was the one I did and I am proud to say that everyone liked it even the chef! It has Nutella in the middle, which actually surprised them when they took a bite. But of course, team Ana’s dish has really amazing presentation and appetizing taste, which made them deserve the win!

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After the food evaluation, we finally had our dinner! What made me happier was the make-your-own pasta area where you can put as many toppings as you want!

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Trice Nagusara Azalea Residences Baguio

Then of course, the perfect partner of pasta, pizzas! What intrigued me was the vegetarian pizza that was enjoyed by my vegetarian friend, Ana. Too bad I was not able to try it because I forgot to leave a space for it in my tummy!

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Trice Nagusara Azalea Residences Baguio

Special teas and wines were also available during dinner, but of course, I opted to have a hot chocolate! Yummm!

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Trice Nagusara Azalea Residences Baguio

Later after dinner, we went to Baguio Country Club to buy some raisin breads. Everything in there was mouthwatering! Unique flavors of chocolates and cakes can be seen in there that will definitely convince you to buy even if you are on a diet.

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Our night ended in night market. Compared to the first thrift shop that we went to, in the night market everything was cheap and affordable, however, I noticed that there were only few stunning stuff to buy unlike in the first thrift shop. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our last night in Baguio!

Haven’t read my Azalea Residences Baguio hotel review and my blog post about our first day in Baguio yet? Then, here are the links:

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