Places to visit in Tagaytay and nearby areas – New Normal Travel Escapes – The Transport Queen

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:

1. CROSSWINDS

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.
  • The rustic vibe of Cafe Voila
  • The windmill landmark of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
  • I would love to try to book an overnight stay 😁
  • Check out more photos here

2. PRAYING HANDS

Location: Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City

What  I love here?

  • Free
  • Open space
  • A chance to be reminded to Pray

3. TWINLAKES

Location: Nasugbu Hi-Way, Laurel, Batangas

What  I love here?

  • Overlooking Tagaytay Volcano
  • Starbucks
  • Bag and Beans Coffee
  • Sight-seeing
  • More photos here
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Twin Lakes Condominiums/Hotel

4. MAHOGANY MARKET

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
  • Fresh Fruits and vegetables at a cheaper price
  • Of course the weather!

5. Talisay-Tagaytay Road

Location: Talisay-Tagaytay Road

What I love here? Just look at the photos 🙂 

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and our favorite the long and winding road

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6. Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm

Location: Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm, Km. 47, Aguinaldo Hi-way, Lalaan, Silang, Cavite

What I love here? Another source of health and beauty products for my online store – Happy Antz Online Store

  • Beauty of nature
  • No crowd, a hidden gem in Silang
  • Of course, their soaps!

Ilog Maria Honey Bee

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7. Taal Maranan Farmville

Location: Brgy. Iba East, Taal, Batangas

What I love here?

  • Food! Yes, I love their fresh food, the ingredients were picked from their own farm!
  • The pool is relaxing, its size was just enough if you have a small kid with you
  • Mulberries 🙂
  • the view

8. Yoki’s Farm

Location: 003 Tabluan Road, Palocpoc 1, Mendez, Cavite

What I love here?

  • Everything! The animals, the vegetables, the orchids, and their yummy, fresh food!
  • Read this before going to Yoki’s Farm!

9. Kaybiang Tunnel, Ternate, Cavite 

Location:  Kaybiang Tunnel, Ternate-Nasugbu Road, Ternate Cavite

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.

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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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Yoki’s Farm – What you need to know and why you should pay a visit

Farm tour is one of the activities our family loves to do. Last year alone, we have visited around 5 farms. And this time, we visited a surprisingly unique farm in Mendez, where almost all of what we love to do are rolled into one farm experience!

Tagaytay tour itineraries seem to be the same over and over and this wo nderful farm may be a sweet addition to your travel list.

So what did we discovered at Yoki’s Farm? And why you should include this on your next Metro-Tagaytay itinerary, find out here:

Yoki’s Farm

📍Located at 003 Tabluan Road, Palocpoc 1, Mendez, Cavite

📍 Contact (046) 4097527, 09178079588 / 0464097527

📍 E-mail yoki_farm@yahoo.com

📍 Like their fb page at Yoki’s Farm

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FARM MAP Conan is excited to explore!

Yoki’s farm is a 10-hectare farm brainchild and owned by Mr. Wilson Ong nicknamed Yoki founded in 1996. Right now, only 4-hectare of it are used for tours, the other parts of the farm are still off limits to guests. It is the biggest hydroponic farm in CALABARZON and managed by his son. Plans for development like having additional playgrounds for children and a resort are on its way and which we can expect in the future.

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Kids enjoyed their learning of hydroponics farming. Yoki’s farm is the biggest hydroponics farm in CALABARZON

Touring Yoki’s Farm

1. Hydroponics Farm – Hydroponics farming fans will surely enjoy their visit at the largest hydroponics farm at Calabarzon which is the Yoki’s Farm. Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, which is a method of growing plants without soil by instead using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. In Yoki’s they grow their plants in coconut husks. The tour has a 15-minute orientation to learn about hydroponics farming.

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Yoki’s farm is the largest Hydrophonics Farm in Calabarzon

HYDROPHONICS FARM

You can pick and pay for just Php 100, and pay Php 200/kilo of Lettuce varieties

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LETTUCE
Violet lettuce variety
LETTUCE FARM
These lettuce are grown from coconut husks and of course water.

2. Vegetation of all types – we saw a variety of vegetation growing in the farm this includes tomatoes, cucumbers, papaya, bittermelon (ampalaya), Chilli, among others.

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Papaya, ampalaya and other vegetables

3. Mulberry Trees – We were amazed at how big their mulberry fruits are, indicating the rich soil of the farm.

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Stop and pick some mulberry fruits as you tour around the farm
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Mulberry tree

4. Orchidarium and  ornamental plants – Yoki Farm grows orchids and they sell it too!

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Orchidarium

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5. Aviary – the farm showcases different collections of birds, dwarfed chickens, peacocks, parrots are just a few of their aviary collections.

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Golden Pheasant

EAGLEAVIARY

Lady Amheist Peasant
Lady Amheist Peasant Origin: China, Myanmar
PEACOCK
Common Peafowl

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As if entertaining the guests, the common peafowl showed off her feathers

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A peacock at the Buddah Museum displaying her majestic feathers
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They have a display of different colored variety of parrots
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There are different varieties of birds in these aviaries, and small chickens are roaming around the area too!

6. Reptile Park

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Tortoise their shells are really hard!
SNAKE
Albino Burmese Python
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Can you see me? ask the little frog
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Snake
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Turtles

7. Inter-active zoo – Get up-close and personal with your favorite zoo animals!

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At first, I was hesitant to try the parrot ride at Conan’s shoulders, but after trying it myself I think he can do it too! Quite afraid but he loved the experience!
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Me saying to this creature – “Stand still! haha!”
ZEBRA
Zebra
INTERACTIVE zebra
See how happy Conan is feeding the amiable zebra!
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You can get up-close to the pony but still be careful not to stand behind
OSTRICH
Hello Guests! this ostrich seem to say! Look at how cute she smiled at the camera. Photo credits to my daughter @juliennecolene
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This is the area where the ponies and goats freely roam. Encased are the zebras and ostriches.

8. Museum – Here you will see the vast collection of Mr. Yoki’s Buddha sculptures and other interesting finds. He loves collecting antique made of bronze and brass sculptures. Among his collections are pieces of sculptures depicting some god/goddesses from other lands. There are I think a thousand collections of ceramics, porcelains, Buddha sculptures, Egyptian statues, bronze wares, jade model ships, vases of all types, and other interesting items including SULTAN (A head sculpture which seemed to open its eyes at night). There are also other items like old telephones, typewriters, and creepy things too! He also have a collection of wine and liquor bottles. Good thing Marie Kondo is not trending at the time, or else we might not be enjoying these collections. It is as if Mr. Yoki wouldn’t want to throw anything and that made it into this huge court of antique collections. I thought I might find the dragon statue here, lol! Pls. check out my fb page for more photos Diaries of a Transport Queen

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You will be welcomed by the biggest laughing Buddha in the Philippines

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Green Jade Dragon Boat
Green Jade Dragon Boat
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Bronze collections
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I was surprised to see a collection of typewriters too!

9. Accommodation – To complete your farm experience, you can check in at any of their available rooms. The rooms are clean, and with an old look homey feel. Check out the room that is most convenient for you or your family. All rooms are inclusive of breakfast and farm tours. 

YOKIS FARM ROOM
TWIN/DOUBLE Rate: P4,500 good for 2 inclusive of breakfast
Premiere room
Premiere good for 4 persons, Rate: P7,200 inclusive of breakfast

family room

Family room, Rate: P9,000 good for 5 inclusive of breakfast

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Swimming pool for guests with accommodation
room rates
Contact them at the numbers posted here

10. Farm to table restaurant – I love the concept from the restaurant interior and of course the farm to table concept of food preparation. Freshly picked vegetables will be served. Staffs are all friendly and will ask you from time to time if you need anything else. We also loved the big servings of their dishes. 

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Dining area of their farm to table restaurant.

Yoki’s Signature SaladFreshly picked vegetable salad with mulberry and edible fruit . This salad would be much better if the dressing weren’t mixed at the time of serving. It cooked the lettuce which lessened its crispiness. Also, it is great if there’s a choice for other type of dressing like the famous TID or Ceasar’s. I love the generous addition of mulberry fruits.

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Yoki’s Signature Salad P290, the bowl is big good for the whole family to enjoy

American Breakfast – Generously served soft scrambled egg, sausage, bacon, grilled tomato, and sliced toast. This plate is too big and can fill up good for 2 persons. I love the sausage and bacon!

American Breakfast

American Breakfast – Sausage, bacon, tomatoes and egg sandwich, P320

Mediterranean Chicken Skewers – grilled chicken, onion, bell pepper, garlic yoghurt sauce, pita bread or buttered rice

Mediterranean chicken skewers
Mediterranean chicken skewers P295

Mushroom Arugula – white sauce, shitake mushrooms, button mushrooms, arugula. Arugula is a popular vegetable and salad ingredient that is full of nitrate and very good for your health – Medical News Today. It was my first time to try a very healthy pizza like this, the sauce is yummy and offers a different taste to your palate.

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Mushroom Arugula P325

Tenderloin Beef Tapa – homemade beef tenderloin tapa, fried egg, garlic rice, salted egg and tomato relish. This dish is a YES for me! I love the softness of the beef and the sauce it’s a twist to the usual beef tapa.

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Tenderloin Beef Tapa P290

Parmesan Crusted Fish Fillet – white fish, dill cream sauce, garlic tomato quinoa, French beans

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Parmesan Crusted Fish Fillet P290

Beef Kebab – tenderloin beef, onion, bell pepper, garlic yoghurt sauce, buttered rice

Beef Kebab
Beef Kebab P295

DRINKS – If you are a fan of vegetables you better try the basil lemonade and pipino calamansi. I tried the Pipino Calamansi Fresca and the taste was more of cucumber, I hope they can improve on this one by balancing the calamansi with the cucumber. The strawberry yogurt was a refreshing treat.

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From left to right – Pipino Calamansi Fresca P85, Basil Lemonade P85 and Strawberry yoghurt smoothie P185
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Have a coffee or two at this garden table
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Restaurant crews were stationed here

11.  Landscapes – Enjoy taking photo ops at their green landscapes

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Of course, what do kids love but to run and run!
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In this side of the landscape, is a wooden fence overlooking trees and vast grass greeneries. We thought of having a jump shot! We had fun trying to have a good shot!
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Landscapes
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Japanese inspired parks perfect for your photo ops
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Tired of walking from the tour? then take some time to sit and relax at this Japanese inspired mini park

12.  Playground

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Time to play!
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Happy at play!

Yoki’s Farm Farm Rates

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The Farm Table Menu

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photo grabbed from Yoki’s fb page
YOKIS MENU
photo grabbed from Yoki’s fb page

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We enjoyed our tour with the assistance of tour guide Ms. Katherine, who cheerfully answered all our queries during our farm tour.

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Our Tour guide for the day

Comparing to those we have seen so far, this one is the biggest plus there are variety of things you can see aside from vegetation alone. The collection of animals are also interesting and we noticed that there are no unusual smell which is common in some farms. Their farms are well kept, clean and not smelly. The animals seem to be taken care of properly. The ponies though as mini as they seem still should be tied to a tree when guests are roaming, during our visit one of the male ponies went on to one of the female (of course, we got scared). But the staffs handled it all fairly well. It was a pleasant experience for adults and kids alike to get a close encounter with the animals, feel their environment and get to know more about them. My little kid loved the farm, he also loved running on the landscapes and jumping here and there. He really loved the visit that we find it difficult to get him to say goodbye to the place, ha! ha!

I enjoyed looking at the vegetation, in some farms I’ve visited there are only the same types of vegetables like lettuce, basil and some herbs. Here at Yoki’s there’s a wide variety of vegetables they grow which includes ampalaya which I seldom see at other farms we visited.  I saw some tomatoes and cucumbers falling off the ground and unharvested, I wish they do something about it to prevent the foods from being wasted.I love art and sculptures, and their museum out beaten all the museum we visited comparing to Bencab and Orlina Museum, they have an awesome collection of brass sculptures from different cultures.  We suggested though to put labels in the collection so we can know where those came from, from what era, if it’s antique or just replica.

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Plus, you can feel the personal touch of the owner, the collections speaks of the owners rich love for sculpture and history, the vast love for his collections which was kept and continued on by his son. It was really an awesome experience!

Yoki’s farm is highly recommended for kids and kids at heart. For educational tours, and those who want to learn hydroponics farming. You can be a Farmer for the day for just P1,500! I would definitely wanted to be back at Yoki’s Farm!

LEARN HYDROPONICS

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A day at Yoki’s Farm with The Happy Tandem @standoutconan

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Disclosure: Our food and farm tour was sponsored by Yoki’s Farm. However, I wrote this article with full honest opinion. 

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Museo Orlina – A Virtual Tour

It was a fine Saturday, and our family decided for a quick get-away to Tagaytay. I was thinking of places we haven’t visited yet, and finally decided to check out Museo Orlina – which I’ve been seeing mostly in google searches for places to visit in Tagaytay. Finally, we arrived.

It was a 30-minute drive from Gen. Trias going to Museo Orlina in Tagaytay. You could easily find the place using Google Map or Waze. The road leading to Museo Orlina is steep, so better be careful esp. those with vehicles.

Museo Orlina is a former residence of the internationally acclaimed Artist/Sculptor Ramon Orlina. It was one his dreams which finally came true to have a museum of his artworks. The building design itself is an artwork and once you get inside numerous glass sculptures will greet you.

My husband asked me “I think your getting fond of art these days?” After featuring the carvings of Paete with ice, wood, and fruit as mediums now I get to see Glass Sculptures. Once inside, we instantly recalled the Bencab Museum of Baguio City. One can compare the almost identical ambiance of the building and the garden. But the main difference is the medium or instrument used to display the art.

Museo Orlina’s glass display is very UNIQUE & AMAZING. I instantly thought of having one these pieces as a piece of furniture, a design maybe on the living room or on the bedroom. One can relate the artwork and can actually use for everyday living since the artwork designs are minimalist and modern.

Let me take you to a virtual tour!

GALLERY

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Replica of the 1976 original glass sculpture

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The Sculpture Garden

OPERATING HOURS:

  • Tuesdays to Sundays (Closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
  • 10am to 6pm

ADMISSION FEES:

  • Adults and Professionals P100
  • PWD, Senior Citizens, Students with Valid ID P80

CONTACT INFO:

MUSEO ORLINA
📌Hollywood Subdivision Road, Brgy. Tolentino East, Tagaytay City 📌Landline: (046) 413.2581
📌Mobile: 0906.434.0862 📌Email: info@museo-orlina.org
📌Website: http://www.museo-orlina.org

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Recommendation: Over all visiting the Museo Orlina can be a real family bonding experience. The only thing that we were not able to do is the interactive activity as shown in the brochure. Some parts of the art galleries are closed for renovation or cleaning I guess. The Cafe is also closed at this time. But despite of this, one can enjoy the art of Museo Orlina. I can say it is a “must place” to visit in Tagaytay specially when you have younger ones with you.

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Tagaytay Finds — Discover Kookay’s Foodhouse :)

When talking about food in Tagaytay, the first thing that comes to mind is “Bulalo.” How about a different treat to our sight and palate, plus added fun bonding with our friends and families?

Tagaytay is the most loved weekend destination of our family! Considering it’s just a 2-hr. drive away from Manila and 30 minutes from Gen. Trias. We have visited most of the tourist spots in the city and tried different restos. And thought we have seen most of it — until we checked in at Kookay’s Foodhouse.

Kookay’s Foodhouse is located at #53 Tagaytay-Nasugbu Hi-way, KM.61, Brgy. Mendez East, Tagaytay City. It has a cute little sign that you may hardly notice. In this serene city, this is a foodhouse that will satisfy not only your tummy but also your craving for instagram feed. Not only that, just use your imagination and let out the inner kid in you, you’ll surely be mesmerized by the place and merge in.

Before coming in, please read the rules posted on the window:

Once in, we were greeted by the site of cute little unicorns and flowers.

I was surprised to see my daughter enjoying herself while taking selfies and photos of the place.

At first, she was hesitant to try the onesies on. What? a costume at a foodhouse? BIG YES! To totally feel the “aura” of the place I suggest you try their onesies. These are costumes made of soft cotton and are available in all sizes. Some of the designs were tigers, alligators and of course UNICORNS!

Once you tried the costumes and take selfie or groupie photos, the kid in you will soon come out and instantly bond with your kids. Costumes or onesies are free to use when you avail of the group food package. Just be careful not to rip or soil, or you may have to pay for it.

Next, I found myself diving into a pool of balls with my toddler.

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Finally, my 1st time to dive in a pool of balls with my baby
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balls and the kiddo

You can do all of the above while waiting for your food to be served or just play UNO, Monopoly and other board games.

Just ask Jessa – Kookay’s very cheerful staff, she’ll be happy to assist you.

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Now, what’s on the menu?

Rainbow colored pasta anyone? It is sumptuous as it appears to be. Guess what, these are carbonara and seafood pesto. Looks very identical right? But once you tasted it you can clearly separate the tastes of the two dishes. The carborana were sprinkled with bacon and garlic. Seafood pesto was cooked with calamares, tahong, crab sticks and other spices.

We loved the twinkle milkshakes, the colorful designs are made of mallows and candies wrapped in chocolate with cookie mallows, pretzels and ice cream cone on top lavished with candy sprinkles and marshmallows 🙂

rockyroad, mango graham and chocolate fudge

yummy!

You can also try other great food from their menu:

Rainbow colored waffles
Nachos and chips
Fries Baby back ribs Buffalo Wings Chicken Wings Halo-halo Hot Pot
and many more!

We enjoyed their onesies and did some photo shoot 🙂

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Our baby Conan enjoyed the onesies too and the stuff toys 🙂

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baby unicorn

Express yourself, leave a note in their shout out wall before leaving

or feel nostalgic at this side

How to get there:

By commute:

🦄FROM MANILA

⏩Ride a bus at Genesis Terminal at Pasay, left side from the MRT station Edsa, with the signboard “Balayan or Nasugbu”. Ask the bus conductor to drop you off before Mendez Crossing at Nanay Dorie’s Bulalohan (few meters away from the police station). They are just across Nanay Dorie’s, the pink store beside Country Sampler Inn.

🦄FROM OLIVAREZ PLAZA
⏩From Olivarez Plaza, ride a jeep bound for Mendez/Crossing Mendez, Indang or Alfonso.
⏩Ask the jeepney driver to drop you off before Mendez Crossing at Nanay Dorie’s Bulalohan (few meters away from the police station)
⏩They are just across Nanay Dorie’s, the pink store beside Country Sampler Inn.

By Private car:

KINDLY click the link below for exact location:
Kookay’s Foodhouse map

🌈STORE HOURS:
Monday to Sunday 1:00pm-10:00pm

Reminders:

🌈 No entrance fees

🌈You can wear their onesies for only 50php. But if you only order drinks, they charge ₱100 per onesie.

🌈 Please take care while eating inside the foodhouse as per their policy, ANY DAMAGED/STAINED STUFFED TOYS AND ONESIES WILL BE CONSIDERED SOLD.

🌈Please like their page and message them directly for any inquiries ⤵️⤵️⤵️

Kookay’s Foodhouse page

🌈 You may also call 0995 132 2495

I hope you enjoyed reading! See you soon on my next adventure 😚

p.s.

All photos are taken using just my cellphone, credits to @juliennecolene for the great shots 🙂