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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rice bibingka in the streets of San Pablo, Laguna - Southern food trip part 5

April 8, 2014 – Bibingka is very popular during Christmas, here in Manila we have some restaurant that offers special bibingka, but never mind the price, because they offer it all year round, the taste is very upscale and also its price too. But here in San Pablo, Laguna, their bibingka is a different kind, it is made up from rice flour or bigas, they call it Bibingka sa bigas. It is tasty, yummy and affordable.

Out of town lunch in Aristocrat Restaurant in San Pablo, Laguna - Southern food trip part 4

April 8, 2014 – Its lunch time!!!! Our group dine in here in Aristocrat restaurant in San Pablo City, Laguna, the resto is located in Ultimart Mall. Our short out of town trip 2nd leg of food trip started here. I pop out the menu again as I arrive in this resto,I was thinking of ordering the beef caldereta, but I was informed that their beef ran out of stocks on that day.. that the best seller here in Laguna?

Side trip shopping in Ultimart Mall in San Pablo City, Laguna - Southern food trip part 3

April 8, 2014 – We went here in Ultimart mall in San Pablo City,Laguna, it’s one of the 1st shopping arcade back in the 90’s and now it’s a full blown shopping mall with groceries, department store, boutiques, restaurants, cafe , gaming arcade, toy store and also a home to Aristocrat restaurant branch here in Laguna.

I learned that the owner of the mall is also the franchise owner of the branch of Aristocrat restaurant here in San Pablo City, Laguna. We are scheduled to eat here for our lunch and since that we arrived a big early, we decided to check out first the entire mall. Sayang nga eh, if ever I have a time, I can ride a trike going to Sampaloc Lake to take some photos, but that was okay, the mall is here and I put on my geek hat and go on a hunt for some good toys and collectibles.

San Pablo Cathedral Church in San Pablo City, Laguna - Southern food trip part 2

April 8, 2014 - San Pablo Cathedral Church is our 1st stop before we start our food trip here in San Pablo City, Laguna, my travel mates are excited to know the other food hubs in this town, I even started a survey in my Facebook and I thank my friends for sharing some tips on where to eat and dine here in San Pablo City, Laguna.

My 1st time breakfast at Aristocrat restaurant in Manila Roxas Blvd. - Southern food trip part 1

April 8, 2014 – Its food trip adventure time! This resto is where we started our weekday food trip to the Southern side of Luzon, Its just a short food trip but for me it was like a 2 day travel and food adventure because we don’t have any itinerary and we visit lots of locations that day, and our plan is to hunt some good food in San Pablo City, Laguna. We meet up here in The Aristocrat Restaurant in Manila Roxas Blvd. Before we leave the city, my blogger friend Arpee told us that we can eat first our breakfast here in Aristocrat, from there I met the other foodie bloggers and also the food journalist and cook Nancy Reyes-Lumen, I’m a big fan of her because me and my wife always watch her tv food show “Pinoy foodies”, I just can’t believe that we will travel with her for this food adventure, the fanboyism was kept in my bag and never let it out till I went home haahaha.

The road back to Manila via Victory Liner 1st class trip - Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 15 (END)

March 31, 2014 – Our last day here in Baguio City, it was a nice stay for 4 days and thanks to Azalea Residences Baguio for being our hotel and home, also thanks to Victory Liner for the safe lift to Baguio and back home. We booked our tickets to acquire the 1st class trip back to Manila, for a price of PHP715, we can get a comfy seat and bus ride back to Manila. We book the ticket after we landed in Baguio 4 days ago, this will make sure that we got a seat reservation and a peace of mind that we have now a ride going back home.

Nature trip in Baguio Botanical Garden - Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 14

March 31, 2014 – Its our last few hours of stay in Baguio, but before we leave the city of pines, we have to visit first the Baguio Botanical Garden, We have 1 hour remaining and we have to check out the whole garden quick hahha.

Watch Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 in an ultimate viewing event in Solaire Resort this April 13

I've experienced Solaire Resort's ultimate viewing experience last year, you can check out that experience through my blog post at

You can also watch the boxing match of Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 in Solaire

here are the details:

Mines View Park in Baguio–now a clean and spacious park - Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 13

March 31, 2014 – Good morning! Its our last day here in Baguio City and in the afternoon, we will ride the bus back to Manila at 1pm. I’m gonna miss the nature tripping here in Baguio. After taking our breakfast me and my family decided to go out and catch Edel and Marj in Session Road. We went to Session Road via a taxi and then visited a bank there to withdraw some pocket money for shopping, then we felt that we should see Mines View Park, its quite a tradition to bakasyonista to check out and see Mines View Park. I texted Edel and Marj and told them that we will be in Mines View.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Shop time at La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post- Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 12

March 30, 2014 – After our trip in Strawberry farm in La Trinidad, Benguet, we drop by to the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post, this is were all vegetables are being traded by farmers and distributors, most veggies are dropped here to be distributed for Baguio and others are for Manila and the rest of Luzon.

Play time at the Historic Core of Camp John Hay - Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 11

March 30, 2014 – It was our last tour in Baguio City, our friend tour us inside Camp John Hay, I remember that the last time I visited Camp John Hay was in the 90’s with my family and then for my first time it was in the 80’s for a Boys Scout of the Philippine Jamboree for 3 days, it was my first ever outdoor camping and this was held in the forest area of Camp John Hay.

Strawberry harvesting in La Trinidad, Benguet - Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 10

March 30, 2013 – For our 3rd stay in Baguio City, our friend brought us in La Trinidad, Benguet, it’s the only location in town that can grow strawberries and vegetables, because of the special altitude and very cold weather in La Trinidad, it’s a best spot to grow strawberry and other leafy veggies. My first time to be here was in 2009, thanks to our same friend who brought us here, and also I experience last year the strawberry picking activity.

I’m glad that it was not crowded when we visited the strawberry farm last March 30. I’m sure this holy week, it will be crowded by lots of tourist and bakasyonista from Manila.

A food side trip in Good Taste - Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 9

March 29, 2014 – After a long tour around Baguio, me with Team Seatsfortwo decided to ride the taxi and visit Good Taste and Café by the Ruins.

It was around 6pm when we arrived here in Good Taste, the taxi driver told us that Café by the ruins is located at the back of Eurotel next to Good Taste. I’ve been to Baguio twice a year and once this year, but I haven’t tried Café by the ruins yet. I was hoping that we can visit that night but we decided to go back to our hotel – Azalea’s Residences Baguio for our group dinner.

Inside the haunted Laperal House (now an art gallery venue) - Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 8

March 29, 2014 – The famous white house along Leonard wood st. in Baguio is a must visit place for adventurers and also ghost hunters and lovers.. hahaha. the old haunted house owned the by Laperal family and now bought by Lucio Tan, is now open for the public as an art gallery. The haunted house is now part museum, art gallery and also haunted house. It houses the bamboo art sculptured pieces done by the only bamboo sculpture artist in the Philippines.

Skaters in rail grind in Wright Park Baguio - Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 7

March 29, 2014 – Yup, I’m including this in my blog post series. I think there’s a growing community of skateboarders in Baguio. I saw these skaters for the 2nd time here at Wright Park, they do skateboarding and grinding on custom made rail. They brought their own rail and placed it here at the smooth pavement of Wright Park.

Family photo op at The Mansion and Wright Park in Baguio - Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 6

March 29, 2014 – We went to The Mansion and Wright Park after our lunch activity in Mother’s Garden, I know that these two sites are a nice attraction to see and visit here in Baguio City, it’s the old sites that we usually visit during the times we are in our teens when mom and dad stop by infront to park their car and do some photo ops. In this generation its still a photo op site in Baguio, a site for selfies, photo bombs and groupie pics errr and jump shots too, its also a nice site for family photo op. I want this photo to be special, because its our son’s 1st time in Baguio and we as a family of weekend warriors and food monsters. lol.

Mother’s Garden and Café : A secret garden restaurant in Baguio - Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 5

March 29, 2014 – My view for Baguio City is now changing, instead of the cold weather and its amazing nature wonders and mountain view or tourist spots, my view for Baguio changed into a food trip capital of the North. Why? because lots of restaurants and food spots are booming and the last time I went there is stuffing myself with food and having a nice dining experience. For the 2 time I visited Baguio last 2013, all I can say is that I super enjoyed the food trip and the eco tourism part.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Azalea’s pinoy comfort food: Tradisyon restaurant - Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 4

Rise and shine!!!!! Good morning, Good Afternoon and Good evening! just use any of the three greetings based on your timezone today. I am sharing here our dining experience in Tradisyon restaurant, the inhouse restaurant of Azalea Residences Baguio. We stayed there last March 28-31, 2014 for a 4 days family fun staycation with friends. We usually eat our breakfast in Tradisyon restaurant, taking the perks of having a breakfast meal per head when you checked in daily in their hotel here in Baguio City.

Eco education in Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary - Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 3

March 29, 2014 - This is our first tour around Baguio City, our guide is our friend local resident of Baguio and also a blogger. Our first visit is here at the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, the name Maryknoll is very familiar and is related to Miram college in Manila and also this was a school before when it was founded in Baguio during the 1920s. The school was converted into an education venue for students, organizations and people who want to learn more about the environment. The Maryknoll Eco Sanctuary was founded after the 90’s earthquake in Baguio, the founders decided to convert this as a learning ground and to teach the importance of taking care of our environment. The educational eco tour is not just about our catholic faith, but also its about a cosmic journey on how everything was created, how everything is connected to each other and how you can help to make a big difference in this generation.
Love it and save the planet!

Azalea Residences Baguio: Our home in Baguio for 4 days #familyfun trip - Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 2

March 28, 2014 – After getting our keycard from the hotel reception area, we went up to the 4th floor via elevator here in Azalea Residences Baguio, its our home hotel in Baguio for 4 days, we arrived here at around 8:30pm, we didn’t felt tired during the bus travel, because we took the 1st class bus ride via Victory Liner, our 6 hours ride is just like hanging out in our living room or bed room with wheels.

My wife and son are so excited to see the look of our hotel room, I stayed here in Azalea for a 3rd time and I’m sure they will not be disappointed, because if my family prefers a luxury setting for a hotel, then Azalea Residences is the best for them, because according the hotel’s tagline that they provide the modern comfort and luxury to their guests.

On the road to Baguio City via 1st class Victory Bus Liner–Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 1

March 28, 2014 – I finally convinced my wife to go with me for a family vacation and trip to Baguio City, and after she said yes, we also brought our 3 year old son, Ashton, to come with us for another outdoor adventure (usually happens every weekend). It will be our first time to together to travel via bus and first time for a long land trip, 2 hours is usually our travel time going to Manila and back home, but traveling at around 5-6 hours is a first and also a first in riding a commercial bus liner going to Baguio City.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

New blog post: - Hello San pablo, laguna... Me and the pinoy foodies lead by nancy lumen are on a trip to find the best food finds, must try, meet foodies to discover here in San pablo. What are the best food spots, food or foodie here ??

Hello San pablo, laguna... Me and the pinoy foodies lead by nancy lumen are on a trip to find the best food finds, must try, meet foodies to discover here in San pablo. What are the best food spots, food or foodie here ??

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Move it for Manny Pacquiao: Send your selfie with a boxing glove for #MoveItForManny and win a special boxing gloves

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Send your selfie online in twitter, facebook, instagram, a pic of you wearing a boxing glove (real or photoshopped)

its okay that there's no boxing glove

accdg to LBC Express FB page

"You don't need a fancy photo to #MoveItForManny! Kahit walang glove, basta nakataas ang kaliwang kamao. Post na ng selfie to show support for Manny. Ang mga pangalan at username niyo ang isasama sa special boxing wraps na ibibigay sa kanya. Siguraduhin lang na "public" ang settings niyo para makita namin ang iyong padalang padama kay Pacquiao."


The Internet is abuzz once again as the much-awaited rematch between Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao and WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley draws closer. Social media channels Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are starting to pick up a new trend to support Pacquiao in his upcoming bout.

The #MoveItForManny campaign is an initiative started out by LBC Express, the country’s largest express courier, cargo, and money remittance service company. LBC, one of Pacquiao’s many supporters for this bid, hopes to make Manny feel that he is indeed the People’s Champ.

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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