March 15, 2020 – Lockdown began in the Philippines particularly in the National Capital Region (NCR) and related provinces including our province Cavite. Since May, we started to enhance our new livelihood – online selling and deliveries of Fresh-Freeze beef and seafoods, and all other items from Cavite, like Cafe Amadeo, Dried Fish, Fruits and Vegetables. Thus, Happy Antz Online Store and Delivery was born. We went in and out of Tagaytay but just for the purpose of buying essential needs, and we went as far as Batangas to buy plants and tilapia. Going in and out for essential needs, those activities I do not consider as “leisure travel” or “pamamasyal.” Oftentimes, we just drive past thru closed restaurants, we cannot even stop at an overlooking spot for fear of getting exposed to Covid-19 and/or getting caught for “leisurely” going out.But since MGCQ began, around September, restaurants were open once more and tourist spots in Tagaytay were now open to public (following IATF age guidelines).So here is my 2020 list of Tagaytay Places to visit in this new normal. (I’ll be updating the list as I get to visit other places).
Feeling burn out? Looking for some place to breathe? Here’s my list:
Location: Brgy. Iruhin, Central Calamba Road, Crosswinds Resorts, Tagaytay City
What I love here?
Over 20,000 pine trees surround the property, thus you’ll take a momentary relief and breathe of fresh air. We love going here because of these lush greens and natural scopes where one can freely run around.
Location: Mahogany Market, Mahogany Ave., Tagaytay City
What I love here? Mahogany Market is my source of extra income since 2017, it sustained our livelihood during the lockdown. We get our supplies here from our suki! Who could have known that during the Covid-19 lockdown, our once “sideline,” would become our main source of income. You may order online from us at Happy Antz Online Store.
What I love here?
Agricultural products for my Happy Antz Online Store (Beef, Fruits, Vegetables and Dried Fish)
The people whom I’ve met and known for a long time
What I love here? Kaybiang Tunnel is the longest road tunnel in the Philippines. It bores through Mt. Palay-Palay and connects Ternate to Nasugbu, Batangas. I love here the road which is now home to monkeys, they seem to grow in number as human activities was limited due to lockdown. We saw a group of monkeys when we passed by just after the GCQ was lifted. This is my go to place, when I just want to see the quiet ocean but don’t actually want to swim. There are now 2 view decks here (but I prefer the old viewing site here, the one with no structure it feels so close to nature), the view of sunset as it resides on the quiet ocean plus you can buy fresh seafood along the way!
10. Patungan Island Cove
Location: Patungan Island Cove, Maragodon, Cavite (you have to ride a small boat from Ternate to get there)
What I love here? I love the island hopping + the historical background + and the fish that looks like a milkfish that is uniquely harvested there. If you go for an island hopping tour, you can get to see the Carabao Island and the Fort Drum (which is actually already Bataan.
Have you visited these places recently? Share your stories below in the comment section.
If you know of a place that must be on my list, comment it here too!
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TANAY, RIZAL is a place I’ll never get tired of visiting. Last September, 2019, I achieved a climb of 560 MASL with a combination of trekking, mountain and rock climbing without the use of any harness or special mountain climbing gears. This was an achievement unlock at the age of 41! Read the full story at https://bit.ly/2v8pdC4
We were invited again to see a new tourist attraction at Tanay, with only an idea of a hike and a campsite but we were in for a great surprise! Come and read along and discover another amazing Tanay Hane Adventure!
Fresno Agro Forestry and Eco Tourist Campsite is the newest Hiking destination in Tanay, Rizal, owned by an IP named Mr. Mabini Dela Sada, and Merly ( a native Dumagat), developed and managed by Reynaldo Zapanta Fresno.
The advocacy of Fresno Agro is to provide livelihood programs to the Indigenous People from the (10) Mountains in different Barangays of Tanay , recognized to be an Ancestral domain, including non-IPs. Fresno Agro also promotes Eco – Tourism in the Municipality of Tanay. One of the advocacies of Fresno Agro Forestry, are :
Livelihood enhancement, preservation of the beauty of the mountains and to save our Mother Earth were among the advocacies of Fresno Agro Forestry. In coordination with the DENR, Fresno Agro started planting fruit bearing trees. You will also see that 90% of their employees are natives or “Katutubo” as well as 100% “Katutubo” serves as tour guides.
Things to do at Fresno❤
1. HIKING – Mt. Kulis and Mt. Sambong
To see the beauty of nature is to walk thru it – literally walk and climb up the mountains. There are 2 mountains to hike at Fresno – Mt. Kulis and Mt. Sambong.
Mt. Kulis is the first mountain that will greet you at Fresno. It is a climb of 629 MASL (Meters above sea level). The mountains at Fresno is a hill type climb with narrow rough roads, and edges. Do not be fooled by the look of it as it is tiring once you are uphill. Ooopppsss, you can cheat climbing as a tricycle ride can take you uphill for just P20 for group of 3. The key to riding the trike is to put heavy bags at the back of the trike and put your weight it front. Though you will think that riding a tricycle is easier but your adrenaline will start to rush as you start braving the rough road ahead, plus get ready to brave the bumpy ride uphill. You might even consider walking for fear of getting thrown. But don’t worry, the tricycle drivers are all natives of the place so getting you up and down the steep hill would be easy. Cars are also allowed to go up (provided that there are available parking space). Mountain bikes, motorcycles, SUVs, Pick-up, sedan are also allowed. You have to be wary though of you and your vehicle’s capacity in climbing rough road terrain as there are no car/motor repair shops nearby.
Getting on top of Mt. Kulis by trekking is an achievement itself, but the hike is worth it. On top of Mt. Kulis you will be greeted by an incredible sight where I was urged to sing one of the Trapp Family’s “Sound of Music”. Everywhere you look there are green and mountains!
Mt. Sambong will be your second destination. Located at the back of Mt. Kulis is Mt. Sambong. As the name suggests there are a generous number of sambong plants in the area. Sambong is a native plant that is known for its healing properties for urinary, kidney, and hypertension problems. Climbing Mt. Sambong will just take you 3 minutes, but again you have to be prepared for a steep, rocky, up climb ahead. It is not advisable for elderly people specially on a hot weather. Parents should also take necessary precautions when taking kids on this hike. As there are rock formations on a cliff, perfect for instagram shoot and “buwis buhay shot” but a very dangerous area.
2. TREKKING – Noah’s Ark
After Mt. Sambong the guide will guide you to Noah’s Ark. Hiking to Noah’s Ark is optional. Getting there will take you 30 to 45 minutes depending on your pace. You have to be physically fit before embarking because the trail involves mountainous slopes, rocky and grassy areas. It is best if you start hiking at 5am to be at the summit around 6am perfect for the Sea of clouds.
3. Achieve your squad goals at the SPIDER WEB
You might want to try the giant spider web before hiking up Mt. Sambong. The giant spider web is made of nylon ropes. To climb over I suggest you wear your rubber shoes before finally removing your shoes as you crawl thru the web. As the name suggests, it is best if you crawl like a spider to reach the center of the web. Then ask Manong (the tour guide) for your best IG shots.
4. Experience the thrill of riding a toro-toro
Going to Campsite B (Lion Falls, Flower Garden, Hanging Bridge, Twin Mountains) requires you to ride a toro-toro (a makeshift 4×4 vehicle), unless you want to tire yourself from the long walk. Riding on top of it will make you scream, you have to hold on tight. You have to try to feel the thrill!
5. Spider Hanging Bridge
The 1st drop for Campsite B is the Flower Garden but since we were so tired we opt to make it our last drop. It was a bumpy ride going to the Hanging Bridge. Once there, the view is breath taking. It is a perfect place for your pre-nup shoots, emo, or whatever you would want to call it. Be careful though as you would just hold on to the ropes designed as webs. I didn’t attempt to cross the bridge I just stayed at the middle haha! Only a maximum of 7 persons are allowed this is for safety purposes.
6. Enjoy the view of the Twin Mountains
So once you are in the Hanging Bridge, be mindful to take a look around and you will see the Twin Mountains. The thing I love the most at Fresno is the breathtaking views of green landscapes everywhere.
7. See the Mini-River Falls
8. Swim at the Lion House Falls
It will take you 20 minutes to trek your way to the Lion House Falls. Going there will require you to step on rocks and steep vertical ladders. Once there, you will be greeted with a natural swimming pool with just the right level of coldness for you to dunk in. Kids can swim at the side where the water falls, make sure that adults supervises them well as there are areas that are 6ft deep.
9. Flower Garden
This site was our last drop off for our guided tour. The Flower Garden is a man made heart garden shape. It have colorful and beautiful flowers. Depending on how you project a pose you could create different angles and beautiful photoshoots. Try shooting for pre-nup poses or relive your younger days.
10. Play with ducks and chickens
While waiting for our ride back to the Registration area, we noticed a flock of ducks and chickens. So, we kill the time by playing around, they love to go near people, trying their luck for some food. While waiting, we did some jump shot (haha! We still have some energy lol). And Conan, my little boy, suddenly screamed — the reason – the ducks came near him 😂
As we are staying here for an overnight, we reached the Registration area at 6pm and decided that we will have dinner there. We were served with “Siningang na Baboy“, “Papaitan”, and Pork menudo. We opt to leave the car at the Parking area near the Registration then had a tricycle ride going up again at Mt. Kulis. It was a horse back ride as you should hold on tight and place your weight in front of the vehicle, with heavy bags at the back and boys at the backride. The tricycle can only accommodate up to 3 persons, for safety purposes. We had the option to stay at “Cardo Dalisay’s” kubo but we chose to use the tents. Sleeping in tents is a perfect way to feel the cool weather and the “camping”.
The weather is cold but tolerable. We didn’t chose to pitch at the Mt. Sambong since it is too high up and there are no comfort rooms around. But upon seeing the Sea of Clouds, I wished I should have chosen the Mt. Sambong tent area.
12. Star gazing
This is one of the attractions here but of course it will depend on the current weather. On our stay, there weren’t so much stars but it was alright, since we were also too tired to gaze at the stars.
13. Sea of clouds
We were so blessed that the Sea of Clouds appeared. It was literally a sea of clouds, as the fog is so high that it even reaches the tents near us. The sea of clouds envelopes Mt. Sambong and Noah’s Ark. It appeared at 4am then lasted until 7:30am. It is a marvelous site! Someone even exclaimed: “We even went so far at Kalinga, Apayao just to experience sea of clouds, but here look just a few hours from Manila and the cool weather is so tolerable, that I actually enjoy viewing.”
The Sea of Clouds is a natural beauty to behold. It sends a calming feeling. It was really beautiful!
14. Sight seeing
Hiking here at Fresno are all but optional. If your not into hiking, you will still enjoy the beauty of the place by just sight seeing on top of Mt. Kulis. The best place to stay and see the view is at the back dining area of the “Kainan sa Mt. Kulis.”
15. Act like Cardo Dalisay and Alyana
You may also take photos of “Bahay ni Cardo Dalisay”, the nipa hut where the long running tv show “Ang Probinsyano” took place.
16. Dine in at Kainan sa Mt. Kulis
Don’t be mistaken, there are no fancy restaurants here. If you want to try authentic “Dumagats dishes”, (native Tanay cuisine), try it here at the kainan beside “Cardo Dalisay’s” nipa hut.
17. Go Mountain Biking
We asked ourselves, can mountain bikes go up here? Then, suddenly, a group of bikers showed up! So the answer is Yes, Bikes can go up 😃
CAMPSITE A 📌A. Sight Seeing Php 100 per head – Mt. Kulis – Mt. Sambong
B. Hiking Php 150 per head – Mt. Kulis – Mt. Sambong – Noah’s Ark
CAMPSITE B 📌A. Swimming & Hiking Php 100 per head -Lion House Falls – Twin Mountain – Mini-River Falls
📌B. Sight Seeing Php 150 per head – Hanging Bridge – Flower Garden – Lion House Falls
📌Day Trip Tour package: Php 200/pax 4:00AM to 3:00PM 📌Day Trip Tour package with Hike, all destination including Hanging Bridge and Spider Web : Php 300/pax 📌Overnight Tour Package with Hike and all destination: PHP 350/pax *4:00PM to 1:00PM
⛺Kubo Rental Day Trip : PHP 2,500.00 Overnight : PHP 3,500.00 (Good for 6) ⛺Kubo Rentals Near the Falls Daytour Trip : PHP 500 Overnight: PHP 1000 (Good for 3) ⛺Kubo Rental Talahib Day Trip : PHP 1,500.00 Overnight : PHP 1,500.00 (Good for 4)
*Kubo rental includes beddings
⛺Tent Pitching Php 150
⛺Tent Rentals Php 400 (Good for 2) Php 600 (Good for 4)
There is no ROOM ACCOMMODATION
Required for Noah’s Ark and Lion House Falls
Php 500 up to 7pax
Cooked foods, snacks, drinks are available at the Registration area and at Mt. Kulis. You can order a Tapsilog or tocilog for just P100. You also have the option of “paluto”, just ask Ate Janice at the Mt. Kulis.
NO RESERVATION NEEDED
No room accommodation, the place is purely a campsite
Keep trash in its proper place
Do not leave cigarette butts, let’s maintain and protect the environment
Bonfires is not allowed
Barbeque is not allowed
The option for cooking is to bring a butane stove or request a “paluto” at the Kainan
Things to bring -you may check this list for things that will make your stay pleasurable
📌Jogging pants if you are staying overnight 📌Blanket 📌Towel 📌Toiletries 📌Short 📌Sports shirt 📌OOTD outfit *optional 📌Hat 📌Sunblock 📌Lotion 📌Camera 📌Cellphone 📌Powerbank (there is no electricity in the area, only solar panels run the street lights and Kainan 📌Memory Card 📌Water (with ALKAROCK for your portable alkaline water, message me on this for info) 📌Snacks, candies, food 📌Jacket
HOW TO GET THERE
How to get there: 🚐From Araneta Cubao (in front of Gateway Mall, along Aurora Ave), ride a jeepney (PHP 25 pesos) or van (PHP 35 pesos) going Cogeo Gate 2. Proceed to Cogeo Market (Blue and white building). Ride a jeepney (PHP 45 pesos, first trip 5:AM) going Sampaloc and ask the driver to drop you off at Sitio Maysawa. 🚐From Sitio Maysawa waiting shade, you can take a walk to Fresno Agro Forestry and Eco Tourist Campsite for 20 to 30 minutes, but you can also ride a tricycle for PHP 150 per way
Private Car 🚘
Just search Fresno Agro Forestry and Eco Tourist Campsite at Google Maps or Waze🔍
CAVITE – It was quite a long time since I thought of writing these down, and finally, came to a NEED to publish this since I was surprised that some Caviteños didn’t even know or had been to the usual malls we love going to in Cavite. Ever since we transferred in the South, it became our habit to explore the area, actually there are malls everywhere in Cavite, a balance of urban and rural life which we loved. But here were just a few that became some of our favorite places to go.
THE 12 BEST MALLS IN CAVITE 1. The Acienda, Designer Outlet
What we love:The Acienda, as the name itself says is a Designer Outlet, a hub for shopaholics wherein you can buy numerous choices of designer items – Bags, Shoes, clothes, etc. Sports shoes are always on sale here for up to 50-70% OFF. It is definitely 100% instagrammable, a perfect place for your family to enjoy.
What we love: Cold weather and pasalubong shops! Yes, we truly go over here for the cold weather plus to buy some of our favorites: Guyabano juice, Turmeric tea, Muscovado sugar, lettuce, among others. Plus, we also get to visit the Original Hot Sauce Store, their sauce was featured at Guinness Book of Records holding the chilliest sauce ever – better try it for yourself. Plus they have Ahmad Teas of London which have different variety of teas. Sometimes, I came here to buy lots of teas for resell, and buy sauce too, perfect for my chicken wings! They also have Japan Home Center, S&R and have awesome finds at their mini bazaars at their mini park area. Conan however, loved the Timezone area here while me and my daughter loved the “tiangge” area where you can buy really nice clothes at a cheaper price.
3. Fora Mall, Tagaytay
Location: Rotonda Tagaytay Emilo Aguinaldo Highway, Silang Crossing, East
Tagaytay City 4120
What we love: Open park. The beauty of their open park inspires me to write a separate blog about this just to showcase how serene it looked. Fora Mall are for those who loved exclusivity, it is not your usual crowded mall but it boasts of shopping choices and also caters to your needs. At the back of it is a hidden park open to the public where you can enjoy the cool breeze of Tagaytay, the kids can run freely and you can also enjoy taking pictures at their beautiful garden.
What we love: Location, restaurants and grocery. Due to its proximity to our home, this is our “go to” mall especially for meet-ups. We usually hang out at Starbucks for meetings, dine in at Pizza Hut then do some errands at the Market Market grocery. Plus, they also have Mercury Drugstore so its like a all-in-one shopping center plus there’s a play/game zone too for kids!
What we love: Play area. CityMall is a small mall but has everything you need – dining area, groceries, plus they have a big play area for kids which the kids can enjoy for FREE! In this area, there are also various activities as well like zumba, and belly dancing. I think these dance classes are free.
6. SM Center Imus
Location: Along NIA Road, Brgy. Alapan 1C, Imus Cavite
What we love: A park inside a mall where you can just be lazy around along with others who just simply enjoy an indoor park. Plus, our habit of buying at Dunkin Donuts and Shawarma whenever we visit here. Doing your banking needs here with BDO is recommended too, transaction less the crowd. Plus, this is the home of the awesome Awesamgyupsal is
What we love: As their slogan says “We got it all for you!.” So, SM City Dasma is one of the few malls where you can watch cinema! Plus, there’s a big outlet of H&M here, National Book Store, and Cyberzone. Plus of course, this is the place of the yummy licious Black Scoop Cafe
What we love: Overall ambiance from their grocery, furniture shops, Coffee Project and kids area. Definitely 100% instagrammable, plus their ALL HOME have everything we are looking for when we improved our home. This is where we bought our Air conditioning unit, and other items at home.
What we love: ALL HOME! Should I say more? This is where we bought our tiles for our home improvement. Plus, their kids play area beside the Coffee Project is our favorite stop over for Conan to play and mingle with other kids. Playing is 100% FREE!
What we love: Location, Play area while we do banking. Best things in life are FREE and this is definitely true at The Square. We frequented this place to cater for our banking needs while letting Conan play at the playground at the back of the mall. Aside from its proximity, the place is exclusive so you can have some peace of mind while you let your kid enjoy playing. They have slides, swings, see-saw and other baby animal shaped rockers. Plus, there are variety of restaurants to enjoy too!
What we love: Decathlon and playing areas for kids. Yes, Robinsons Place is the home of Decathlon Philippines, an outlet for sports buff. At Decathlon, you can enroll and enjoy some sports for free or for just a very minimal registration fee. Last November, they had Yoga for free every Saturday. And still ongoing is their Karate session for just P120. Just visit their facebook page to register. Also at Robinsons, there are kiddie area at the 2nd floor, this is where our usual hang out whenever we visit Robinsons.
Evia Lifestyle Center – why bonus? because Evia is located at the boundary of Bacoor and Las Piñas, so let us adopt Evia to our list
What we love: Interior and exterior design, branded shopping outlets, restaurants, indoor park, fully air-conditioned, 100% instagrammable plus enjoying all of these for FREE! Yes, dropping by at Evia is a MUST if you want to relax and just enjoy strolling. The way their “indoor sky” was designed will leave you in awe. Especially, their indoor park is so cool and cold too! So you won’t have to sweat out. If you love watching cinema without the crowd, then definitely try it here. My little Conan enjoyed running here and there at their open park, while daddy enjoys checking out at the nearby branded outlets.
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DECEMBER 7, 2019 – You still have 5 days to watch and support your favorite athletes of Sea Games playing at the New Clark City. Many are being misled that the New Clark City is at Clark, but actually it is located at Capas, Tarlac.
Before heading to New Clark City, read this guide:
THINGS TO DO
New Clark City or NCC boasts of a very impressive state of the art Sports facilities, in this blog I will give you a heads up of things to do at NCC, and how to get there. Read on :
1. AQUATICS – Watch and Cheer for your favorite athletic Swimmers.
Get to see the Aquatic Venue of NCC where the swimming and diving events are being held. Get your tickets online at any SM Ticketnet outlet or get tickets at the venue (but it will depend on slot availability). We got our tickets for FREE at the venue but we waited first for the ticket holders to get in before we were given tickets.
DIVING AREA at Aquatic Center, New Clark City
You can get your tickets at the ticket booth at the Aquatics Venue, beside is the Baggage counter. To avoid the hassle, check out the list of prohibited items to bring inside the game venues. Getting your packages after the games will take you about 30 minutes to.1 hour due to long lines and the packages are not organized. No locker available for 300++ spectators. At the time of our visit (December 5, 2019), despite of me getting past the line (PWD Priority), it took about 30 minutes for them looking for my tumbler but still didn’t find it, so I decided to just go back after visiting all the areas at NCC.
Check out the Game schedule online before going.
2. Athlete’s Village
Get to see the Athlete’s Village, this will be your drop off site when you ride a shuttle from the Aquatics. Outside the buildings, you will see different flags where the athlete’s stay. It was hanged outside on the building for every country they represent.
3. ATHLETIC STADIUM – Watch and Cheer for your favorite Runners
At the time we went here, there are no scheduled game for Track and Field. How we wish that they have available games on a daily basis or at least have maximize the venue. Like the place was so big but you cannot see everything. If your coming from the Metro or just like us from the South (Cavite), you will be quite disappointed if you can only watch an hour of games. So better check out the game schedule and go where you can watch at least 2 games. When we visited the place, the games were only for Aquatics (9 to 10am, and 18:00-19:00). It is prohibited to enter the Athletic Stadium or other venues if there are no scheduled games.
4. Take a pose at the sensational 50M Cauldron.
Yes! So, most of the goers here at New Clark City are eyeing for a shot at the famous cauldron (kaldero) of the Sea Games. The cauldron is basically a stainless steel pot built on stainless steel and is meant to lit during the whole Sea Games event. The cauldron symbolizes the game’s competition and Spirit.
Conan and the cauldron
5. Pasalubong and Shopping Centers
We noticed that people flock at the Souvenir shops especially that of the store (beside Basic Shop) where you can buy sports t-shirts and jackets with Sea Games logo and free personalized embroidery for every purchase of P2,000. T-shirt price starts at Php 799 for kids up to Php 1,500. As much as we would like to get some for us, we cannot stand the long cue. Yeah, these items are very hot items and Sea Games supporters also support these merchandise.
Across this building (where the Basic shop is), were convenience stores, Food stalls and other Filipino product merchandise and “pasalubong“. Among our favorites were the Go Lokal! Stores, DTI Likha Ng Central Luzon and Tarlac Tourism.
Sea Games souvenirs
You can also buy souvenirs at the Open parking area, they sell Sea Games mugs, t-shirts and this tumbler.
We Win As One Sea Games souvenir 500 ml. vacuum flask for hot and cold beverage. Sells at P900 at the New Clark City Open Parking area. Try to haggle though, they might give you discounts. You can also order at The Transport Queen fb page and get 30% discount when you use the code “THETRANSPORTQUEEN30”
Tickets for the Aquatic Center were already sold out for December 7, 8, 9, you can still book your tickets for the Athletics games at any SM Ticketnet outlets or at the New Clark City. Check New Clark City fb page for updates.
PROHIBITED ITEMS at any of the Games Venue
To avoid the hassle of getting in and out of the games venue, avoid long cue lines at the baggage counter, read this infographic of prohibited items.
I have summarized for your convenience:
Weapons & firearms
Bottles, Cups & Cans
Large bulky objects
Outside Food & Beverage
OUTFIT & Bags
I highly suggest to wear cool and light wear clothing like sporty attire and bring umbrella and caps. Maybe due to the proximity to nearby volcanoes, it is hotter here than in the Metro or the South, heat is so high and there are few shades trees in the area. Apply sunblock and wear rubber shoes as you will walk from sometime to get from point A to another point.
Don’t worry to get hungry as food is available everywhere at the New Clark City. Here’s a list of the food stalls available (which I have noted:)
Available at the Open Parking, Aquatic and Athletic Stadium
A slice of pizza costs Php 75
Chicken and rice is at Php 130
📌Coke and other beverages
Bottled water costs Php 30
📌Milk Tea shop
📌Selecta ice cream
📌Jollibee take out stall at the Athletic’s Stadium
📌Rice meals beside Jollibee which offers your typical Filipino food (tocilog, tortang talong, etc.)
📌Carinderia your typical filipino store with coffee, rice and different cooked meals, candies, bottled water etc. located at the open parking
📌Halal Foods are available at the Go Lokal! Store, concessionaires include Asian Food Cuisine, Hen Lin, Magic Melt, Rajput Halal Pak Cuisine, La Rose/ Aqua Panem, Bricks and Copper, among others.
📌Convenience Stores – the presence of these are a big help specially for those roaming the area with kids. Biscuits, soft drinks, cold teas, water, and ice cream were among the goods that you can buy here.
How to get there?
From Metro Manila
1. You can take a bus going to SM City Clark
2. Ride a FREE shuttle at designated areas at SM City Clark going to New Clark City
3. Check out Shuttle schedule
TRINOMA Mall QC straight to NCC – Via GENESIS Transport Service
The following P2P trips from Trinoma will drop off passengers straight to New Clark City — and from New Clark City to Trinoma — for the remaining duration of the SEA Games:
Trinoma Mall, QC to Athletics Stadium, New Clark City:
Athletics Stadium, New Clark City to Trinoma Mall, QC:
Free shuttles are available inside NCC, but it prioritizes rides for the Athletes, Senior Citizens, Persons with disabilities (PWD), and those with children. Getting on foot around NCC is suggested for you to maximize your visit at the biggest sports venue in the Philippines.
New Clark City Coaster Shuttle Team
Of course, I would like to have a place here in this article, the people behind your transport team servicing your favorite white shuttle in New Clark City. We thank our guests for the positive feedback we received regarding our Team.
Being there at New Clark City for the second time around, especially having seen the City from dawn till night brings feeling of amazement, awe and curiosity. 1st, we are looking at a vast hectare of newly developed land. All of the development -roads and buildings that you can see once you enter the area were all new and was just developed for the hosting of the Sea Games. On some part of the areas you can still see farmlands and vast forestry (which how the land looked like before, which was once a home of Aeta community, and they were moved to gave way to NCC development for Sea Games). It is better if I could see some Aeta’s as crew or workers at NCC just like in a restaurant in Clark City wherein all the staff are Aetas. So that all can really benefit in this development. The facilities are really world class. At night the city shines like a star in its glorious lights, really awesome to behold! But to some extent, especially for me, an environmentalist myself brings also sense of sadness as dozens of trees were cut off, those caretakers of the forest were driven away, a community was sacrificed. We just hoped for the better that this New Clark City will bring fortune to all, as opportunities for Sports Tourism, investments and jobs will come. Hoping that the Aetas will be included in the picture.
Overall, being behind the scenes of any Government events is a proud experience for our team. Watching Sea Games is an experience that will be part of our country’s history. Go ahead and include in your schedules a time to watch our Filipino athletes, and cheer for them. After all, this is just a once in a lifetime opportunity, unless you have the capability to watch it overseas haha! On December 11, is the closing ceremony of Sea Games that will be held here at New Clark City at around 6pm onwards. Mark your calendars and see you there!
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Baguio City & Benguet are those places we never get tired of going. Whether you want to enjoy cold weather during Summer or get even colder during cold season it’s the #1 choice for a quick family get-away.
Our family visited Baguio for three times now and we usually explore the place, checking out the places to go on google and hire a taxi to tour us around (this is much cheaper). I want to take you to a tour with the places that we have visited in Baguio City and take you to a virtual photo gallery tour.
Baguio City is located at Northern Luzon part of the Philippines. It is also commonly called “The City of Pines” because of the abundance of pine tree growing in the area. It is a mountainous city and the original dwellers are called Igorot. Baguio boasts of tourist spots with rich historical and cultural background.
Here, I have compiled the Top Things to do in Baguio City which our family have enjoyed visiting so far, still Baguio have new places to offer; which will be on our next bucket list!
1. Panagbenga Park
Panagbenga Park is a small park located at the corner of Loakan Road and South Drive. Nothing much can be seen here except for lush greeneries and some flowers. Though, we haven’t seen the full Panagbenga Festival, a visit to Panagbenga Park will somehow give you that feel.
2. Town Marker – The Lion’s Head
Of course, I cannot be said to have visited Baguio if you haven’t stopped over at the Lion’s Head. The Lion’s head has been the town’s landmark since the 1970’s. It is a statue which is made of a large rock that is naturally shaped like a male lion which was then carved into a lion’s head by an Ifugao artist named Reynaldo Nauyac.
3. Tam-Awan Village
Our favorite village in Baguio is the Tam-Awan Village or Artists Village. Maybe sooner I can do a blog on our visit to this wonderful village. Inside, you will find paintings, sculptures and a Ifugao hut. The village also have a short eco-trail which will lead you on top of a hill to see the overlooking site of Baguio City. This overlooking hill was once said folks used to check the safety of the Town. Tam-awan Village is a reconstructed Cordillera Village which showcases the arts, crafts and culture of the Ifugao people. It is located at Pinsao, 4 kilometers from Baguio City Center.
4. La Trinidad Public Market
One of our favorite things to do in Baguio was to buy lots of vegetables. Most of the vegetables being sold in Manila comes from here- Benguet which they say the Vegetable Basket of the Philippines. Here at La Trinidad I was able to buy 3 kgs. of broccoli for just P100! When in Manila, a kilo of broccoli would cost you at around P150 – P200. So make sure your pocket is also full, as this is the best time to hoard vegetables. I bought a total of P500 of vegetables goodies, yum yum!La Trinidad Public Market is located at Benguet.
5. Strawberry and Lettuce Farm
Just across the La Trinidad Public Market is the Strawberry and Lettuce Farm. Here, you can pick fresh strawberries and lettuce straight from the farm, have it weighed and buy it directly from the farmers. Bring your kid(s) with you as this is a great experience for them to learn farming.
6. Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls was named as such because of its waterfalls that look like a veil. It is located along Kennon Road. You may easily find the location of the Bridal Veil Falls as it can be viewed along the road. You will have to cross a rusty bridge. At the time we visited here, there are no tour guides, nor entrance fees. We just asked some folks living nearby on how we can get to the falls. And they just show us the bridge that we have to cross, it was a dangerous bridge I tell you because it swings as you walked along. The hardship in reaching the falls, will be replaced with awe and refreshing feel as the falls is magnificent to behold. You can dunk in and swim in its cold water. But of course be always careful while climbing rocks and the deep water. Please comment below if you have an update on this infamous tourist spot in Baguio.
7. Mount Costa
Mount Costa is a new attraction in Baguio. It boasts of 24 gardens and entails families for a nature trip. You have to spent a day to enjoy the tour as this entails walking on its 5,500 meter trails. It is ideal if you will spent an overnight to truly enjoy Mount Costa. Mount Costa is located at Pico-Lamtang Road, La Trinidad, Benguet.
8. Bencab Museum & Eco-trail guided tour
Benedicto Reyes Cabrera or Bencab is a National Artist and popularly known as a master of Philippine contemporary art. You will find his collections at Bencab Museum plus enjoy the eco-trail available for the adventurous types. We spent about 3 hours here at Bencab. I suggest to truly enjoy Bencab spent at least a half-day here, enjoy the falls and the eco trails. Bencab Museum is located at Asin Road, Benguet, a quite winding road down but truly a wonderful experience once you get here at Bencab. Get to know of Bencab Museum at this site Bencab Museum.
9. The colors of StoBosa or the Valley of Colors
10. Hot Springs at Palm Grove Resort
Once you’re done with BenCab Museum, traverse your way down to Palm Grove Hot Springs & Mountain Resort. Here, we enjoyed a quick dip at the swimming pool and enjoyed a really hot steam bath. Be careful as you dip into their hot springs as this is really hot (about 40c). The trick is try to dip as slowly at first as you can then submerge your whole body once it has adopted to the temperature. To know more about Palm Grove check out their Facebook page Palm Grove Hot Springs
11. Night Market at Session Road
Of course our favorite! One of the reasons we kept coming back to Baguio is because of their “wagwag or ukay-ukay”. I really make it a point that I have enough money to spent coz most of my favorite shorts and jackets have been brought here.
12. Kennon Road View Point
Along Kennon Road, you can stop by here at their Mountain View. Here you can see vast vegetation of different vegetables like lettuce, carrots and many others. Be careful though, as stairs are slippery and this is still a high cliff.
13. Wear Igorot costumes at Mines View
Mines View Park is one of the places that is always at #1 in Baguio itinerary. Here, you can take a photo wearing Igorot costumes. Last time we went here, that aside from taking photos with the horse or the Labrador, is that there also “pasalubong items for sale” plus cactus plants for sale at a very affordable price. I bought 3 succulent cactus at a price of P100.
14. Burnham Park
Ride a boat, or rent a bicycle here in one of the most sought tourist spot in Baguio.
15. Baguio Botanical Garden
We visited this Botanical Garden twice, the 1st time was just a quick tour, then the 2nd time around we really spent some time exploring the whole park. The things to see at Botanical Garden was enough for me to do another blog (I’ll update it soon!). Explore the area as there more than flowers and trees. Now, it also have other interesting statues, plus the “pasalubong shops” here offers a very cheap price compared to other pasalubong center in Baguio. Here I can buy keychains for just P10 each, or sometimes 20 pcs for P100, a kid’s guitar for P100, and also succulent cactus for just P35.
16. The Mansion
The Mansion is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. Nothing much to do here, unless maybe you go inside The Mansion with the President haha! But for ordinary tours, a tourist is allowed to take a photo in front of The Mansion, just a little distance from the gate – this is if the President is not in residence.
17. Philippine Military Academy
Or simply the PMA, is one of the interesting places to visit in Baguio. But to truly have a feel of the PMA you should visit here at a time that soldiers do their early morning jogging routine. Inside PMA, you will see old army vehicles, trucks and airplanes.
18. Benguet Public Market
My favorite part of Baguio! Here you can buy goods at a much cheaper price. The last time we visited I bought the following:
3 assorted bonnets at a price of P100
3 pcs. native (wooden) place-mats for P100
3 pcs. scarf for just P100
Good quality broom for just P120
My favorite part of traveling is buying local products. I usually hoard goods since I know these comes at a very cheap price, plus to support the small businesses in the area.
19.Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
Climbing up the Lady of Lourdes Grotto, would be a great way to start your Baguio trip. At the top, you will see the view of the whole town of Baguio City plus a good start to reflect before you continue your travels.
20. Bell’s Church (Baguio Chinatown)
21. The Good Shepherd
22. Laperal House
23. Tree Top Adventure
Enjoy fun, adrenaline adventure at The Tree Top Adventure! (More photos and info updating soon)
24. SM Baguio
25. Butterfly Sanctuary
26. Wright Park
27. Camp John Hay & Camp John Hay Mile Hi Center
28. Cemetery of Negativism
29. The tunnel at Asin Road, Benguet
30. Teacher’s Camp
31. Choco-Late De Batirol
32. Good Taste Cafe & Restaurant
33. Enjoy dining in at Volante
34. Host an event at the Crown Regency Hotel
To summarize the ultimate list of Top Things to do in Baguio City
1.Panagbenga Park 2. Town Marker – The Lion’s Head 3. Tam-Awan Village 4. La Trinidad Public Market 5. Strawberry and Lettuce Farm 6. Bridal Veil Falls 7. Mount Costa 8. Bencab Museum & Eco-trail guided tour 9. The colors of StoBosa or the Valley of Colors 10. Hot Springs at Palm Grove Resort 11. Night Market at Session Road 12. Kennon Road View Point 13. Wear Igorot costumes at Mines View 14. Burnham Park 15. Baguio Botanical Garden 16. The Mansion 17. Philippine Military Academy 18. Benguet Public Market 19.Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto 20. Bell’s Church (Baguio Chinatown) 21. The Good Shepherd 22. Laperal House 23. Tree Top Adventure 24. SM CityBaguio 25. Butterfly Sanctuary 26. Wright Park 27. Camp John Hay & Camp John Hay Mile Hi Center 28. Cemetery of Negativism 29. The Tunnel at Asin Road, Benguet 30. Teacher’s Camp 31. Choco-Late de Batirol 32. Good Taste Cafe & Restaurant 33. Enjoy dining at Volante 34. Host an event at the Crown Regency Hotel
Baguio City is a place to go all throughout the year. So if your looking for places to go, here are some of our favorite itineraries. These are DIY itineraries, we just planned it at random and hire a taxi upon reaching Baguio (Sample 1). I highly suggest you hire a Car for rent (courtesy of Proud2Rideor ROADRACTSC or taxi (yes, hiring a taxi in Baguio for a whole day tour is cheaper!) especially if your coming by group or for Balikbayan who wants to enjoy a no-rush tour.
BAGUIO TOUR ITINERARY Sample 1 (2 Days 1 Night)
DAY 1 – Tour typically starts at 6am, stop over for each site is recommended at 15-30 minutes each stop:
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
Bell’s Church Chinatown
Phil. Military Academy
LUNCH at restaurants nearby PMA
Baguio Botanical Garden
Good Shepherd Convent
Camp John Hay
Tree Top Adventure (sightseeing only)
Night Market at Session Road
Warm body massage near your hotel
Recommended Hotel: Sta. Theresa Inn
DAY 2 – Travel starts at 5am
Bridal Veil Falls
Kennon Road View Point
BenCab Museum & Eco-Trail
Lunch at Riverview Resort and Restaurant
Palmgrove Hot Springs Resort
Tunnel at Asin, Benguet
BAGUIO TOUR ITINERARY Sample 2 (1 Day)
Camp John Hay Mile Hi Center
Bell’s House and Museum
Cemetery of Negativism
Tree Top Adventure (Trekking, Canopy and Funicular Ride) – allot 2 to 3 hours for this adventure
Baguio Botanical Garden
Night Market at Session Road
BAGUIO TOUR ITINERARY Sample 3 (1 Day)
Benguet Public Market
The colors of StoBosa or The Valley of Colors
Meryenda or Lunch at Choco-Late de Batirol
Baguio Botanical Garden
Good Shepherd Convent
The Crown Regency Hotel
* Will update this blog for sample car hire rates or you may message me at email@example.com for personalized private tour rates*
TANAY, RIZAL – A perfect tourist spot for motorcycle roadtrips, mountaineeers, adventurers, and even for those who hates trekking but still wants to enjoy mountain views and bathe in refreshing waterfalls. Tanay is located east of Metro Manila, just a few hours away if your coming for the weekend. Commuting to Tanay is also easy as public utility transport is available at Cubao and Shaw Blvd.
I am glad to be invited for a FamTour activity for Bloggers sponsored by the Municipality of Tanay under Tanay Tourism Office, headed by Mr. Jeffrey M. Pino.
Mr. Jeffrey M. Pino, Tanay Tourism Officer
Of course I was excited the moment I was chosen to join the FamTour. Packed my things for the expected itinerary (I have a very huge baggage consisting of extra clothes, Maong jacket, toiletries, etc. I never run out of clothes to wear on a travel but usually I bring light clothes to wear – no maong pants, all shorts).
So I slept at around 8pm, and woke at 2am, left Cavite at 3:30am and arrived Cubao at 4:30am. Call time is at 5am, we waited for the whole team at Jollibee P. Tuason, Cubao.
Upon the arrival of Sir Aldren, our Tour Guide for the day, he welcomed us with seashell garlands. Courtesy of Honorable Mayor Rex Tanjuatco and the Tanay Tourism Office. It was such a warm welcome to start the day.
Read on as I start our journey to the Home of Adventure and Nature Experience – TANAY!
1st Stop – Municipality of Tanay
Our first drop is the Municipality of Tanay where we were oriented on what to expect on our Daytour plus the town’s history and culture. “Hane” the common expression of the locals means “Is it Ok?”, or to get someone’s attention. Sir Jeffrey Pino adopted it and coined HANE on Tanay’s Tourism Slogan:
(H) Home of (A)Adventure and (N) Nature (E) Experience! HANE!
Town of Tanay history – A short village on Monte Tan-ay, now Inalsan. Under the jurisdiction of Pililla from 1573. Tanay became an independent parish under San Ildefonso in 1606. In 1620 it was transferred to San Antonio (Pan-tay). When San Antonio was burned in 1639. The people moved to the present site and founded the town in 1640.
We have full load of activities on the list which made us even more excited.
2nd Stop – Tanay Church and Town Plaza
Location: M. H. Del Pilar St. , Tanay, Rizal
The ecclesiastical administration of Tanay belonged to Pilillia up to 1606 when the first Church was built. The first church was completed in 1783. Tanay Church is also commonly called Saint Ildefonsus of Toledo Parish. The Tanay Church was actually declared by the NCCA (National Commission of Culture and Arts) as a National Cultural treasure church.
In front of the Tanay Church, was a dead 100-year old Acacia Tree where it was graced into life by turning it into a huge sculpture or Our Lady of Guadalupe and San Ildefonso de Toledo.
3rd Stop – Rambull’s Bakahan sa Tanay Fastfood Restaurant
Location: Manila East Rd., Tanay, Rizal
We picked up our packed breakfast and lunch at Rambull’s Restaurant – Bakahan sa Tanay. It was amply called “Bakahan” or cow/buffalo slaughterhouse, because it was located beside a “bakahan.”
They prepared us macaroni spaghetti with sandwich for breakfast, and Chicken Adobo with Chopsuey for lunch. Inside Rambull’s is a miniature cow bull statue where you can ride for photo ops. Rambull’s set-up is that of a common eatery, I have yet to try their Bulalo – if it’s meat is comparable to that in Tagaytay.
4th Stop – Daranak Falls
Location: Daranak Falls Rd., Tanay, Rizal
Getting to Daranak Falls is just about 20 minutes away from the town center. And kids and adults alike will enjoy the view of Daranak less the hassle of trekking. Yes, it has cemented pathways and it is just about up to 5-minute walk from the entrance.
Daranak Falls is one of the flagship destinations of Tanay and a popular summer get-away for locals and tourists from in and out of the country. Daranak Falls nestles at the foothills of the verdant mountains. Its main attraction is the 14-meter high waterfalls cascading into a deep catch basin that serves as its natural pool. Its stream feeding from the fascinating view and beautiful pieces of rocks. The stream flowed serenely through massive different rock formations, creating pools of jade green and blue crystal blue waters ending up in the deep catch basin of the waterfalls and rivers. – Hon. Rex Tanjuatco, Tanay, Municipal Mayor
We enjoyed the breathtaking view of the falls. Rainy season is the best season to view the beauty of Daranak, though be extra careful since the waters are raging fast. Most tourists flock here during Summer, when the waterfalls was just enough for bathing.
Take a look at the amazing Daranak Falls in this short clip;
TIPS and Budget:
No Liquor and drunk persons allowed
Operating Hours: 8am to 5pm
Adult and Children P50.00
Picnic Shed P300.00
Picnic Table P200.00
5th Stop – Calinawan Cave
Location: Barangay Tandang Kutyo, Tanay, Rizal
Situated just a few minutes away is the Calinawan Cave. It is said to be the hideout of the Japanese colonizers during World War 2. The Calinawan cave is a huge cave system which can reach up to 7 levels. But only 5 levels are available for public tours.
For beginners, only Level 1 & 2 are for viewing. Levels 3 to 5 can be accessed but not during rainy days. The water inside the cave can reached up to waist deep. To trek Level 3 to 5, one must walk on his knees, so we were contented with exploring Level 1 and 2 where challenged also surprised us ahead.
Calinawan Cave is a famous “shooting spot” for action movies both local and international films. The tour guides will take you into a historical yet fun trip while you explore the cave. They even let us experience “zero visibility” for 10 seconds. Yes, we didn’t SEE ANYTHING for 10 seconds of silence and off lights. It was a thrilling experience and I imagined how did the occupants survived their stay at the cave. Take note that Calinawan Cave once became a shelter of Japanese occupants during World War 2, it was their hospital and home. It is also said that during those times the cave leads to Montalban (now Rodriguez), Rizal and was walk-able for 9 days from end to end, they used this as a hideout and access to escape.
TIPS and Budget:
Entrance Fee P20.00/person
Guide Fee P100.00/person
Operating Hours: 8am to 5pm, sometimes they extend up to 6pm depending on the weather
Attire: Wear helmet, bring flashlight or headlight, wear proper hiking sandals or slippers, bring bottled water, tissue or wipes *it is muddy inside
It’s nice to travel solo or with group, but it’s best to have a travel buddy. Thanks to Milet Miranda of Project Gora, she’s been my constant companion, we assisted each other and took turns in taking photos.
6th Stop – Nagpatong Rock Formation
Location: Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal
The highlight of our tour was the climb to Nagpatong Rock Formation.
We stopped at Brgy. Cuyambay, the jump off point, for a lunch. The locals prepared us a boodle fight of fish, ginataang puso ng saging (Banana heart in coconut milk), together with our packed lunch from Rambulls Restaurant – chicken adobo and chopsuey. We had a full lunch, just enough for the climb that we were about to take.
The tour guide had a short orientation before leaving Brgy. Cuyambay. Beginners like us might take about 2 hours to reach the Summit. Nagpatong Rock Formation is a 3.3 kilometer walk and with 560 MASL (metres above sea level).
Nagpatong Rock Formation is composed of 2 towering rocks facing each other. Ahead of Nagpatong Rock is Mt. Masungki (another 2 hours from Nagpatong base camp). Big rocks were formed on top of another, hence its name “Nagpatong.” Adjacent to the platform for tourists, the other rock, is a place for the tour guides to shot wonderful photos. They were trained to instruct tourists on how to achieve that “perfect shot.” It was wonderful to see numerous rock formation along the way. And while seeing all of these, makes me wonder “how did all these limestones get here?”, “why Tanay?.” In this inquiries of mine, our Tour guide Rhodel and Sir Aldren, however still tried to answer, they said that since a long, long time ago, the Philippines was buried in water, that only Palawan Island can be seen in the surface. That even Tanay was once buried in water. Hence, might be the explanation of the numerous rock formations as if the gods have played rocks and spread it in Tanay.
Hiking or trekking to Nagpatong is quite easy compare to that of Mt. Daraitan. For non-mountaineers like us, we took about 40 minutes to reach the 1st stop, where the sign of Nagpatong Rock direction can be seen.
At my age, 40 (going 41 in 7 days after my climb), plus living mostly sedentary lifestyle, I considered it a BIG achievement to be able to trek the 2-hour walk going to Nagpatong – without panting and fainting. Also having a weight like mine made it difficult for me to climb over the rock. This is my VERY 1ST TIME and a dream come true for me to finally take what they call “buwis buhay” shot.
Special thanks to all the tour guides who assisted me, specially to Rhodel and Sir Aldren, and Kuya who never left my side during and after my trek to Nagpatong Rock. We wouldn’t make it to the top if it weren’t for their patience in guiding us along the way. They are so adept in the route and also minute by minute asking us if we still can continue, and informing us of what to expect along the way. Plus, they are good photographers!
TIPS and Budget;
Rock/Mountain climbing is an extreme sport, never ever try if you have heart conditions, an asthma, a vertigo, or have fear of heights;
It is not for the faint of heart,
After climbing up the 2 storey wooden ladder, you will hold on to a tied rope and push yourself to climb over the big rock to go on the platform;
You may slip if you missed your step and fall;
Falling is fatal, climb at your own risk
Bring at least 1 liter of water (there’s no water to buy nor clean spring along the way);
Bring jellyace, gatorade or chocolate bars for energy and hydration
It helped that I applied Haplos Ginhawa Moringa Oil as an anti-mosquito repellent as well as it instantly soothe my muscle
Bring a stick or be resourceful enough to get a bamboo stick along the way, it’s very helpful;
It is a nice hiking experience since most of the trail is an open area and flat,
The climb to Nagpatong base will take you 15 to 30 minutes of assault climb;
Wear comfortable clothes, travel light as much as possible
Registration Fee: P100/person
Guide Fee: P500 (maximum of 5 persons per guide)
Total climbing hours for beginners may take 5 hours (back and forth).
After our very challenging Nagpatong Rock adventure, we headed to Pico de Pino Restaurant to freshen up and for snacks. We were already so tired to take photos of the place, I was glad Sir Aldren had these photos. I enjoyed the food especially the pancit and brewed coffee. They also have a small shop – perfect if you need to buy extra clothes, slippers or some souvenirs. I bought a pair of slippers to freshen up my feet (my rubber shoes and socks were wet and muddy), for just P150.
Due to time limitation, instead of passing by at Ten Cents To Heaven, we headed straight to 3 Springs Mountain Park. But unfortunately, I together with 2 other bloggers didn’t make it to the lobby or restaurant of 3 Springs. Our van got stuck up in the mud, and folks have been trying to get it out and took about an hour before successfully pulling itself out of the mud. The three of us who were sitting at the back decided to stay inside the van for added weight (maybe it will help while they try to get the van out). But after about 15 minutes, the two of us, @peculiarlymade, decided to get down and walk towards the location of the 1st group of bloggers. Flock of students, tourist buses were already moving out, but we were moving forward to where they are coming from. Though tired from our already exhausted day of hiking, we enjoyed the view of sunset.
But we didn’t make it to the resort, the 1st batch who headed earlier were already coming back to where we came from. Said the dinner was cancelled because of the delay in our schedule. So, we also took a ride at their vehicle and head back. Once back, our van was still hopelessly trying to get up from the mud, and at last after about 5-8 minutes, our van was right on track! It was alright for me to finally be heading back home, after all, I miss my kids!
Special thanks to Tanay Tourism Office (DOT Tanay) Sir Jeffrey M. Pino, for choosing me to be one of the bloggers for this FamTour and all the staff of Tanay Tourism for the warm welcome and accommodation.
Want to experience Tanay? Feel free to contact their local tourism office:
Tanay Tourism Officer Jeffrey M. Pino 0998-988-1590/7361059
Address: Ground Floor, New Tanay Municipal Hall, M. H. del Pilar St., Tanay, Rizal 1980
Contact numbers: (02) 6551773 loc 212-213 / 09985788199
You can ride a Van or jeepney at Starmall Edsa or Cubao or choose your options in this list – Commuting to Tanay
Once in Tanay, you can ride a tricycle going to places
It is best to get to the destinations by private car (preferably SUV for areas with rough road)
We missed these destinations though in our itinerary;
A feel of 3 Springs Mountain Resort
Ten Cents to Heaven – Team Building Venue, Longest Zip Line in Luzon
Bakasyunan – Bali of Tanay
Parola/Lakeshore – Panoramic View of Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Mt. Makiling, Mt. Banahaw, Talim Island, Tagaytay City. Perfect Sunrise/Sunset photography.
Now as of this writing, and checking on the web about those destinations that we missed, my passion for adventure was ignited, and I am longing to go back to Tanay and consider an overnight stay for more ADVENTURE! I am inspired to get fit so I can brave the other mountains of Tanay! We can do it, TANAY, HANE!
Special thanks to my Tanay Bloggers Family for making the tour a fun, and unforgettable tour to remember, follow their blogs too!
In today’s digital and millennial world, there are proven to be a lot of challenges when it comes to educating our kids. Internet and gadgets, plus the availability of numerous influential factors that are hard to contain. Our kids get a lot of information & influence from the outside world which is mostly uncontrollable. Plus, the diversity of each parent’s work environment and schedule leads to the growing number of families turning to homeschooling.
According to Wikipedia: Homeschooling, also known as home education is the education of children at home or a variety of places other than school. Home education is usually conducted by a parent or tutor or online teacher. Many families use less formal ways of educating.”
This is where Einstar Education plays its role as the “Air BnB” of modern homeschooling. Einstar Education helps share a home and other spaces to be used as a classroom to facilitate beyond-the-school learning. More than that they are willing to assist teachers and/or parents on how to do homeschooling and to share their spaces too! This is via their program at Einstar Education.
We joined Einstar’s Agri Field Trip last July 20, and read on as I share with you our experience.
AGRI FIELD TRIP THE EINSTAR WAY!
Agri or agriculture and farm tourism are one of the growing eco businesses today. With lots of vacant lots turning into a farm and Resort too, our children have many activities to do in these farm tours. But we were surprised and met the unexpected during our Agri Field Trip, and these surprises are amazing!
We were a bit late for the tour since we haven’t got the chance to ride on the van service Einstar have (because of our location), so we waited for Daddy to fetch us at Evia Daang Hari. Nevertheless, we still got the chance to see the demo equipment for the bean to bar demo and got in time for the real adventure — the visit to the Cacao plantation.
1st Drop – AUSPERE NATURE FARM
Auspere Nature Farm resort is located at Castillo St. Purok IV, Lumil, Silang, Cavite
1. BEAN TO BAR DEMO – The bean to bar demo was demonstrated but none other than the owner Mr. Ricardo Perez. The kids learned to process basic hand-crafting chocolate making from cacao beans to pure chocolates or otherwise known as “Couverture Chocolates” or Healthy Chocolates. And got to taste them after we came back from the visit to the cacao and Mahogany plantation. And I tell you, they are YUMMY Chocolates, Conan really loved it!
2. CACAO FARM EXPLORATION – This is what we loved the most and was truly unexpected – TREKKING! Don’t be fooled like us thinking that Cacao Farm was just like an ordinary farm, Cacao Farm is different! We enjoyed walking along a hilly-terrain, went up and down and being careful along the way (it was high and mountainous). It was at the heart of a natural low mountain rainforest (feels like your in Baguio). I was amazed to see something so natural as this existed at Silang. It is a 1-kilometer trek so better get prepared if you decide to visit Auspere. Wear your rubber or hiking shoes, with proper clothes, and bring extra ones too! I never expected that we will be sweating hard haha! It was a fun, adventurous experience. You may also check the natural spring for a more added adventure.
3. FARM ANIMAL EXPERIENCE– There are few farm animals along the way to the cacao plantation but we didn’t get the chance to take a close encounter since we were focused on conquering the trek haha! I’ve seen a rabbit on the cage and a few chickens on the way.
4. MAHOGANY PLANTATION – There are 1,500 mahogany trees planted just beside the cacao plantation. As per Mr. Ricardo Mahogany trees consume so much water and contribute to the imbalance of the ecosystem at the farm, so they are planning to harvest the mahogany soon and replace it with other trees or crops. Be sure to apply insect-repellant lotion, apply sunblock once you go on for a trek. Be careful with the ants too!
We had lunch at Ricardo’s Kitchen, also located at Auspere Nature Farm. We had cornsilog and tapasilog for us. And afterward, we convene at the lobby and tasted the cacao chocolates!
2nd Drop – GRATCHI’S GETAWAY FARM RESORT
Gratchi’s Farm is located at Kabangaan Road, Brgy. Cabangaan, Silang Cavite
1. BAHAY KABUTE
– The kids and especially the parents too, get to enjoy and learn about mushroom “kabute” culture, how to grow and harvest properly. They also did had a feel of the mushrooms as its sprouts on its sack.
2. VERMICULTURE – The kids learned how to do vermiculture and get a feel and touch the African Night Crawler. It is a type of worm, where its waste is used as a natural fertilizer and pesticide. You may do your own vermiculture at home:
Dig a place where you can put wastes such as potato peel, carrot peel or any biodegradable wastes.
Cover it with enough soil
Place African Night Crawlers (this can be brought at garden shops)
Wait for 2 – 3 months for the waste to decompose
You already have your own fertilizer
3. Close encounter with the OSTRICH-Experience to get up close and personal to these two lovely ostriches. Colene (my eldest) and I tried feeding them, and they bite every bit off your hands in a snap! Conan wanted to try too! but the guide didn’t allow since his hand is still soft and might easily be bruised. Conan holds the ostrich’s egg instead and curiously studied its shell.
4. CROP PLANTING – Our next stop was planting crops. For this time instead of trees, Gratchi’s have corn crops for our little kids to plant. Conan willingly tried to plant one, and let the tour guide assist him. Bet he was so happy about his accomplishment. The crop will bear fruit in 3 months’ time, and we are excited to see harvest time.
5. FISHING – Finally, after all the walking we had, it was our time to sit and relax while fishing! Yes, the kids enjoyed fishing! Some got very small fishes and they returned it to the fish pond. Others had big fish ready for cooking! Too bad, my Colene and Conan didn’t get any, but still, they were happy to experience how to fish!
In between these tours, the children also enjoyed socializing and playing with the other kids. Auspere’s got a slide where the kids took turns, and Gratchi’s got a mini playground the kids enjoyed the see-saw and swing. Truly a wonderful experience for all of us 6 families who joined the tour.
Einstar Mission is to provide affordable personalized basic education to Filipinos.
Meeting at City of Dreams with business partners, friends and family is our regular habit. We usually hang out at Starbucks, or at Casino to play. I’m glad that now City of Dreams has The Garage, perfect for hang-out and family meet-ups.
The Garage is a VR (Virtual Reality) Zone and Food Park that enable guests to delve into immersive Virtual Reality games experience while enjoying the casual dining experience. Though, I haven’t yet tried the VR Games but will soon try it out with my fambam.
Here’s a glimpse of what you can see and what to eat at The Garage City Of Dreams.
The Garage’s VR Zone features a new generation entertainment facility that uses top of the class VR Technology. It is meant for the strong-willed and wanted to experience the extra-ordinary thrill and adrenaline experience.
Tickets are available on site. Single player ticket price is available at P450 nett; while packages are available for those playing in groups or pairs: P800 nett for two persons playing Ski Rodeo; P1, 200 per person for three activities; and P1, 600 nett for a group of four persons playing Hospital Escape Terror or Mario Kart GP VR.
Hospital Escape Terror – This immersive horror room game is open to thrill-seekers ages 13 years old and above. Hospital Escape Terror’s players have the goal to escape and survive altogether the dark, cursed, and abandoned hospital within nine minutes while being restrained on a wheelchair.
Conan trying out the VR machine
VR ZONE OPERATING HOURS
Sunday – Thursday : 12PM – 1PM
Friday – Saturday : 12PM – 12AM
Food & beverage outlets (except The Roaster)
Sunday – Thursday : 11AM – 11pm
Friday – Saturday : 10AM – 12AM
Bucket N Basket Menu
With spacious dining and areas for coffee, beer or just hanging out.
They also have live performances from time to time.
We have tried coffee from The Roasters and some Japanese food.
Highly recommended if you just want to lazy around, and grab some snacks with the whole family. City of Dreams is not just for playing Casino, just wander around and you’ll see child-friendly places like The Garage and Dreamplay. A very IG-worthy place to hang around without breaking your budget. Your kids and kids at heart will surely enjoy!
MANILA, Philippines, 07 May 2019 – Citadines Salcedo Makati, the first Citadines property in the Philippines, is celebrating its 5th Anniversary on May 2019. This month marked the launch of a month-long celebration of five years of fun.
Since its opening five years ago, Citadines Salcedo Makati has established a new kind of unparalleled service in Makati. Our guests keep returning not only because of the facilities we have, but because of the bond we have created, especially with the enthusiastic service from our associates,” said Daniel Wee, Country General Manager.
SPECIAL PROMO RATES
Take advantage of the special anniversary room rates valid on all Fridays to Sundays of May. For weekdays, book a Studio for only Php 5,000nett with complimentary upgrade to a One-Bedroom Deluxe or Php5,500nett for a One-bedroom Deluxe. Enjoy a weekend retreat in the city for only Php6,751.25nett for a One-Bedroom Deluxe. Ascott Star Rewards member get a special weekend rate for a One-Bedroom Deluxe for only Php6,143.64 nett. All these offers come with standards inclusion like complimentary WiFi, breakfast for two at Flying Pan, and use of amenities. Guests are in for a treat as they get to choose one special inclusion valid on their next stay which includes a complimentary 3:00 PM check-out, one additional daily breakfast, massage voucher for one and upgrade from Studio to One-Bedroom Deluxe.
The celebratory mood continues at the lobby where a month-long indulgence and game booth is held for guests as epitome of fun.
Citadines Salcedo Makati will cap off the celebration on 30 May 2019 with a celebrated affair by the poolside, indulging aficionados in an amusing experience.
The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. It has more than 58,000 operating units in key cities of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as about 42,000 units which are under development, making a total of more than 100,000 units in 670 properties.
The company’s serviced residence and hotel brands include Ascott, Citadines, Citadines Connect, Somerset, Quest, The Crest Collection, lyf, Préférence, Vertu, Harris, Fox, Yello and POP!. Ascott’s portfolio spans more than 170 cities across over 30 countries.
Ascott, a wholly owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited, pioneered Asia Pacific’s first international-class serviced residence with the opening of The Ascott Singapore in 1984. Today, the company boasts over 30 years of industry track record and award-winning brands that enjoy recognition worldwide.
Ascott’s achievements have been recognised internationally. Recent awards include DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’; World Travel Awards 2018 for ‘Leading Serviced Apartment Brand’ in Asia, Europe and the Middle East; TTG China Travel Awards 2018 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Operator in China’; Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards 2018 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’; Business Traveller UK Awards 2018 for ‘Best Serviced Apartment Company’ and Business Traveller China Awards 2018 for ‘Best Luxury Serviced Residence Brand’. For a full list of awards, please visit https://www.the-ascott.com/ascottlimited/awards.html.
About CapitaLand Limited
CapitaLand is one of Asia’s largest real estate companies. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, it is an owner and manager of a global portfolio worth more than S$88 billion as at 31 December 2017, comprising integrated developments, shopping malls, serviced residences, offices, homes, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and funds. Present across more than 150 cities in over 30 countries, the Group focuses on Singapore and China as core markets, while it continues to expand in markets such as Vietnam and Indonesia.
CapitaLand’s competitive advantage is its significant asset base and extensive market network. Coupled with extensive design, development and operational capabilities, the Group develops
and manages high-quality real estate products and services. It also has one of the largest investment management businesses in Asia and a stable of five REITs listed in Singapore and Malaysia – CapitaLand Mall Trust, CapitaLand Commercial Trust, Ascott Residence Trust, CapitaLand Retail China Trust and CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust.