Thursday, March 10, 2011

Eurotel Event: Baguio Bliss 2011

February was bustling, a P78.38 electric bill should prove our nomadism for this month. When March came, I thought I could finally stay put for a while and recharge my weary muscles... Until I received a surprising email from Eurotel. It was an invitation for their Baguio Bliss Bloggers Event.

Eurotel Baguio along Abanao Extension.

2011 just got better! After escaping mummyhood duties, with vacations spent in Batanes and India, I was then offered a free hotel stay in Eurotel's Baguio branch (inclusive of a spa session) plus a tour around the city.

It got me excited. I have never checked in a decent hotel since our honeymoon night fifteen months ago. Poshness ain't really my thing.

The participants were to meet up at Eurotel North Edsa. We still currently reside in Baguio so I informed the group I will head straight to the hotel. And I embarrassingly got there late. I sent a text message to Claire of Lakwatsera De Primera asking where I should go next. She told me to come up to their room.

I rang the doorbell of room 618. Claire opened the door and greeted me with a big smile. It was awesome to finally meet her. She introduced me to her roommate Jennifer of Marriage and Beyond. They told me there were eight of us. Most of whom I haven't met yet.

After about an hour of kikay and geeky conversations in their suite room, we proceeded downstairs to the in-house resto where I met the rest of the gang: Melo of Out of Town Blog, Jonel of Let's Go Sago, Iris of Pinay Ads, and Montsch Yipee Media. Jen Adams of The Sexy Nomad was to join us in the evening.

I also met Ivan Aoki, Eurotel's Marketing Assistant who sent me the invitation.

Seafood delight!

We were served with their specialties and best-sellers for lunch. Sinigang na sugpo, bulalo, and crispy pata to name a few. The head chef described some of the dishes he prepared for us but I was too famished to pay attention. We finally ate after snapping tons of shots and a discussion on white balance. I capped off my meal with fruit salad. Its serving, enough for two people.

There was an itinerary initially set for us, but they asked us what we wanted to do in the afternoon. It was the last weekend of Panagbenga and there were still shops lined along Session Road. We all agreed on checking it out.

Eurotel's service dropped us off in front of Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, more popularly known as Baguio Cathedral.

Believe it or not, it was my first time to take a photo of it.

Next we went to SM for a panoramic view of downtown Baguio, then to Oh My Gulay where we had tea and coffee... the drinks were on Melo. Hurrah to post-birthday celebs!

At almost 4:00 PM, we strolled back to Eurotel from Session Road. When we arrived, I was finally given a room, which I'll be sharing with Jen.

My pseudo-home for two days.

Like I've mentioned, I don't usually check in such pricey hotels (though I'm sure a lot of people will find P2,126 for a standard room very affordable). My usual budget range for accommodation is P150-300. So our room not only provided me creature comfort - it brought me a feeling of royalness. I don't mind getting used to such at all!

And oh, the room's not entirely the highlight of the day. Will soon let you guys know. Well... it's got something to do with karaoke!


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38 comments:

Gabe said...
March 12, 2011 at 5:41 PM

The food looks yummy... (drool) :p

AJ said...
March 12, 2011 at 5:44 PM

You were the one from Baguio - and you were LATE?! Hahaha!

Anyway, I never imagined Eurotel to be this posh-looking. It has a different rep here in Manila - that of the 3-hour kind. :))

The food looks good too. I'm sure I can wolf down that good-for-two dessert by myself. :)

Looking forward to the karaoke post! I hope it comes with a video. ;)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 12, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Gabe, I had too much crispy pata!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 12, 2011 at 5:51 PM

AJ, IKR! Sooo embarrassing. Eurotel Baguio's a full on hotel, not the 3-hour kind. Maybe I should try the ones in Manila/QC for comparison?

lakwatsera de primera said...
March 13, 2011 at 11:28 AM

excited na rin ako sa part II lalo na ang royal massage experience natin hahaha

Pinoy Adventurista said...
March 13, 2011 at 12:29 PM

d2 sa Manila, pang "short-time" lang ang alam ko sa Eurotel... hehehe.... thanks for sharing us the "other side" of this hotel... =D

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 13, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Claire, the spa session might be included in the part 3 of this post. Haha! Loads of stories to tell about that awesome weekend!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Mervz, yeah. I thought their branch in Baguio's that kind too. It's actually a nice hotel.

Aileen said...
March 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM

There's a Eurotel in Makati that's a few steps from where I live and it looks exactly like this one. :) I want to visit Baguio again. It's one of my favorite places on the planet. :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 13, 2011 at 8:07 PM

I super love Baguio, Aileen. We're seriously contemplating on permanently residing here one day.

Micamyx said...
March 14, 2011 at 3:16 AM

I miss Baguio! Might as well check out Eurotel the next time i go there. Gusto ko nang mabasa ang videoke session. I bet si Melo nanguna sa kantahan :))

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 14, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Mica, slight. More than half of us nakiagaw sa mic! Busy kami uminom ni Melo. Libre rin drinks, dami beer. Nalango kami!

Norazam said...
March 14, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Hi there,I LOVE THE FOOOOOD..YUUMMMYYY.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 14, 2011 at 10:07 PM

I super love seafood too Norazam!

Tina said...
March 15, 2011 at 7:35 AM

bulalo on a cold weather! yum! :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Nothing beats good 'ol bulalo :)

Nonoy said...
March 17, 2011 at 12:27 AM

Wow. This is just awesome! I haven't been to Baguio but I can already imagine the bliddful experience there. I wish i can go there this year.

Eurotel. A very intereting hotel. Probably this hotel can match the first class Cebu hotels. :-)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 17, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Hey Nonoy, will check out that link. Thanks for sharing!

chyngreyes.com said...
March 18, 2011 at 6:23 AM

wouldnt mind staying in there kung free din! hehe
videoke time na! =)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 18, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Chyng, yeah... basta libre :) Parang di ko pa rin kaya bumunot ng 2thou for a double room.

Nonoy said...
March 18, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Hi Gaye. I have already subscribed to your blog through rss feed in my myyahoo. cheers! :-)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 18, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Thanks Nonoy!

Nicely said...
March 20, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Ei der, pinaytraveljunkie! Thanks for the drop at travelingnicely.com!

I haven't tried Eurotel Baguio yet as I always check in at Venice Hotel. Looking forward to visiting Baguio again this summer. I hope I can get a room at Eurotel :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 20, 2011 at 8:35 PM

It is always fun to pry on another traveler's escapades, Nicely :) Is that the same as Hotel Veniz? Yup, try Eurotel this summer. Safe trips!

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...
March 21, 2011 at 9:00 PM

ang swerti naman! =)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 21, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Onga eh :) First time ko na-invite sa isang bloggers event!

lakwatserong tatay said...
March 23, 2011 at 11:36 AM

wow...sarap naman mainvite sa blogger event...pangarap ko yun para makita ko kahit ilan lang sa mga idol ko pagdating sa adventures and trip...btw...maganda pala ung eurotel...d2 sa Manila kasi...iba dating nyan eh...hehehehe....pero lastly...ang maganda dun libre siya....sarap nga buhay...^_^...

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 23, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Someday ma-invite ka rin :) Oo, sarap ng libre! Minsan lang din mangyari yun. Hehe.

Earl (Suroy Pilipinas) said...
March 23, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Whoa!78.38 electric bill? Traveling sure does more than just broaden our perspective, it helps us save in power consumption too! : ) Nice post Gay!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 23, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Haha! Yeah :) But then we spend heaps on traveling!

pusang kalye said...
March 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM

not bad naman yung room pero medyo pricey nga for 2k plus. di ako nainggit sa uerotel, na inggit ako sa electric bill mo.hahaha

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 23, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Hahaha! Anton, we unplugged our fridge. We don't really need one in Baguio anyway.

Hilary said...
March 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Sounds like you had a fun time. Great opportunity.. and yummy looking food. Thanks for your visit to my blog. :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 24, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Thanks for dropping by too, Hilary!

ZehnRe said...
March 26, 2011 at 10:51 AM

the food is delicious. baguio is a nice place, i will visit there someday.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 26, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Thanks for dropping by ZehnRe!

thepinaysolobackpacker said...
March 28, 2011 at 8:29 PM

yeah, I understand AJ, honestly when I rcvd the invite I was hesitant at 1st mainly bec of that 3-hr rep in Manila that's why I asked agad sa PTB kung sino pa my invite, then started researching online. Found out the one in Baguio looks ok and with good reputation. Too bad wasn't able to fix my sked since it was a short notice eh d sana napakinggan ko boses ni Melo ng live! haha
Rum8 mu din pala si Jen, baet nyan, rum8 ko din xa sa Minesview Hotel at si sexynomad met her in Baguio too. :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 29, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Si Jen, as in SexyNomad ang roomie ko. Learned so much from her. Sarap kausap :)

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