Day 4 – Part II – Baclaran

It’s still December 30th, our 2nd full day in the Philippines.  Directly after we left our amazing day at El Dorado, we went to SM Mall Bitcutan to freshen up and grab some refreshments.  From there we went to Baclaran Market.

The market was filled with individual vendors. We found it amazingly odd that they allowed cars (and even a mini bus like the one we’re travelling in) through the small streets of the market
This shot shows you how busy the market gets
We really had to make sure we stayed together as a team
In the market you can buy all sorts of different food, clothing, electronics, you name it. This lady is selling buco (young coconut water)
Here’s 2 other unique drinks you can purchase named…(don’t know?) Write a comment below if you know what these drinks are called
The stall in the background sells children’s clothing while a lady pushes a cart selling eggs (cooked)
You can even get mattresses!
Or prom or debut dresses
Or religious items
We enjoyed our time in the market. It was a real cultural experience. As the sun goes down, we rendez-vous with our other teams to head to our “special” dinner
01 - Dancers
We went to a restaurant called Singing Waiters and Chefs
The talent there was amazing – literally every waiter, server, or chef was good enough for Canadian Idol

We were thoroughly entertained.

Some of us were even serenaded (ahem, Britishawna)
02 - British
Britishawna decides to show her gratitude and have some fun by going onto stage

We were all super entertained while we waited for dinner to be served
Grace before meals is lead by Nicole
During dinner, a full out dance party breaks out
Everyone gets up out of their seat to join the party!
British takes centre stage!
As we all sing to “I will survive” (Gloria Gaynor)
There’s a special appearance from Psy which makes even Katrina get up off her seat 🙂
You can probably guess what song we’re dancing to here
Ms. Curtis is a Gangnam Style expert
It’s more fun in the Philippines!” Now we know why this slogan was created!

More serenading and dancing happens. First Katrina.
Then Nicole (awwww!)
And even Jeff, who solo danced with his partner singing, “Someone like you” (Adele)
Great entertainment. Great food. Great friends.
Ms. Hyles even gets up and sings a song by Whitney Houston
Group shot with our amazing performers
Another shot with the signature “Look up, Look up” pose

What an amazing jam-packed day.  Here’s a recap:

  • Large group games and dances with children of El Dorado
  • Small group games
  • Serve lunch
  • Community clean-up
  • SM Mall
  • Baclaran Market
  • Singing Waiters and Chefs
A day we will never forget

Tomorrow will be another fun-filled day with our city tour in the daytime and  New Year’s Eve fireworks at night!

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20 thoughts on “Day 4 – Part II – Baclaran

  1. Will never get enough of the Singing Waiters and Chefs hahah. Best restaurant ever. Glad to see everyone enjoying themselves! 🙂

  2. Baclaran market was great. It was like Pacific Mall on every street! Also, those singing cooks and waiters got the hots for us! #takemeback

  3. Looks like you had a fantastic day and I loved the singing waiters/chefs that looked like a lot of fun.

    Happy New Year everyone!

    1. Happy New Year! It was definitely a jam packed day (games, community clean-up, Baclaran market, entertaining dinner). Making a difference, learning about the culture, putting our faith into action, and having fun at the same time!

  4. This has definitely been my favourite day so far! Going to meet the kids at El Dorado was amazing. Going through the community to clean up was devastating and uplifting because even though the community was filled with garbage the kids were not hesitant to help out when they saw us cleaning. In Baclaran market I think I spent more time bargaining than actually shopping. Lol! I will miss you Mark (the waiter at the restaurant)

  5. Truly incredible experienes, you know you are having outstanding days when one day has a part II.

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  6. It was fun bargaining with the store owners..”Tita 200 for both…”sorry no 250 for two only” ahahah we spent like 30 minutes helping Danielle purchase dresses for her daughter. The market was worse than boxing day in TO, way too crowded. Had a great time at The Singing Cooks and Waitresses..although British always takes the guys. Whatever though ahah! Definitely a new and fun experience for me.

  7. The Singing Cooks & Waitresses restaurant was one of the best dinner’s throughout the Philippines trip that you really could not replicate back in Canada. Definitely a great experience that they all had I’m sure!

  8. Driving up to Baclaran Market made me think it was going to be like a normal flea market we would see in Toronto; oh how I was wrong. I was shocked by the amount of people in the market! Dinner at Singing Waiters is a night I will never forget! They were so talented and really connected with everyone, and the food was great too!

  9. BACLARAN MARKET!!! It was craaaaazy! Seeing so many people in every direction you looked. My group literally held hands for almost the whole time we were at the market because if you let go for just one second you would get lost!
    It was also sooo loud. Sellers that had horns used it no matter how annoying they got (I wondered whether they even realized that they were pressing on the horn because they literally did it every second of the day. I know this because while you stuck in the see of people that weren’t walking, the sellers were squeezing the horn in your ear. :P).

    SINGING WAITERS… The whole time we were there, I told Mike every second of the day that I would live in the Philippines just to work there. It was amazing and I wish we got to go there more than once. I loved being in there, it was a dream come true. It reminded my of High School Musical. (:

  10. Baclaran Market was crazy. All the vendors and people were overwhelming but it was fun to bargain with them. We all had to hold on to each other so we wouldn’t get separated. Everywhere we turned there were loud horns being blown and people trying to sell us things.

    We all had a great time at Singing Waiters and they made sure we were entertained every second. Some of them should have been famous with the voices they had! The food was really good and watching Melissa get jealous of British was the highlight of the night 🙂

  11. Baclaran market was like shopping at Eaton’s on boxing day, it was just that packed. The only difference was that the prices were extremely low. I actually felt cheap for thinking twice about buying shirts that were 100 pesos or $2.50. Dinner at the singing cooks and waitresses was a meal to remember! The food was delicious, the entertainment was great and spending it with the PH fam made it even better.

  12. I enjoyed shopping at Baclaran! I wish we had more time 😦 I got a lot of clothes for good deals and low prices because most of the vendors pretty much agreed to me when I bargained haha. Oh and those 2 unique drinks, they’re called “palamig” or refreshments, it’s just mixed in different flavours. 🙂

    Dinner at The Singing Cooks and Waiters was so fun and entertaining I really wanna go back!!! I enjoyed our party on the dance floor LOL that was unexpected! It’s so funny how Melissa seemed so jealous of the girls who got flowers from the singers hahaha poor Mel!

  13. Baclaran was so much fun! However, almost immediately after getting off the bus and going into the market, myself and a few others got separated form the rest of the group D: Thank God Mike had told us where the meeting place was prior to getting off the bus, or else we would have been lost for much longer! We all met up at Baclaran church to divide into smaller groups to make shopping safer and easier. 🙂
    Dinner was…eventful to say the least. 😉 British really got along with that one waiter! The waiter who serenaded me was so sweet 😦 I couldn’t stop smiling! Also, I’m 110% sure Jeff needs dancing lessons!

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