Fantasy World

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When I was searching the net and looking for a certain chuch that we’d been during our trip to Tagaytay about few years ago, I came across this picture of a castle that I have seen when my family had an outing in one of the beaches in Nasugbu, Batangas. When my team captain, Grace, saw the picture she said that it’s something like a theme park. I searched about it and found out that it is called Fantsy World. It is located in located high above a mountain ridge in Barangay Mayasang, Lemery, Batangas.

I found out that this is one is actually a membership club. Only members who purchase shares will be able to enjoy its facilities. According to my research, a share will cost a buyer around Php 185,000.00. I tried to find their website but didn’t find any. 

Oh well, maybe we can just take a trip around it as perspective buyers. Who knows, I may own a share someday and enjoy its services and amenities. :)

Tagaytay City

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My friends Manoline, Arview, Khaki and Marez took a day off at Tagaytay City yesterday. I asked them to buy a Señorita banana for me when they get there. And, they were so thoughtful that they didn’t forget it. Though it’s kinda heavy :) Thanks guys!

Señorita Banana

My last visit to Tagaytay was about 3-4 years ago. I don’t really remember. But it was in May. My sister who is a member of CFCA had a birthday outing then. She was born on May 28 and so she was one of the birthday celebrants of the month. My mother used to be an assistant coordinator. I actually wasn’t part of the trip but, mama told me to dress up and have my bag ready for something like a “chance passenger”. If not all celebrants will come then I will have a spot. Luckily, I was able to join them.

We took C5 road then to Alabang so the trip is shorter than an hour. Tagaytay City is part of Cavite province. It is famous not only because of its cool climate but because, there lies the smallest volcano in the world, Taal Volcano. It has been said that the “volcano” which is visible to the human’s eye is actually the creater of a big volcano which is submerged within the Taal Lake. There are some who call it a volcano within a volcano.

Taal Volcano

My mother had a countless visits there and she that she never had a clear view of the volcano until our visit there. She said that I was lucky to see the volcano in clear view.  :)

On our way to Tagaytay we passed by a church which I forgot the name. I’m not sure if it’s the Calaruega but I doubt it. It is just a small church but the ambiance is very solemn. I even told myself then that I would like to get married there. :)

We first went to People’s Park in the Sky. It used to be called Palace in the Sky.  Stories said that it was built for the Marcoses during President Marcos regime as their rest house.

People’s Park in the Sky

The park overlooks Tagaytay city. It was very relaxing there and you can really spend time for “emote” moments. :)

Our next stop then was Picnic Grove, for we had our lunch there. :)

Picnic Grove

I even volunteered in grilling the chicken and tilapia so the celebrants can enjoy the place. 

When it was time to go home, we dropped by the Pink Sisters convent. Since, it was my first time to be there, I uttered a prayer and my wishes. I don’t even remember what my wishes are. But Pau told me that her wishes came true. :) 

Inside the Pink Sister’s Convent Chapel

We also went to Christ the King seminary which is just beside the convent. My Tito Nonoy used to be a seminarian and he had a lot of unforgettable memories there.

I really enjoyed my visit there. Special thanks to Ma’am Aliw and Kuya Nelson for allowing me to join the trip.

Well, I would definitely go back there. This time it will be with my little girl and her daddy. :)

New 7 Wonders of Nature, update!

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I have posted sometime in July, the Philippines’ nominees for the New 7 Wonders of Nature. And as of today, the current ranking is:

1) Puerto Princesa Subterranean River and National Park (Philippines – Asia)

2) Halong Bay ( Vietnam – Asia)

3) Cox’s Bazar Beach (Bangladesh – Asia)

4) Chocolate Hills (Philippines – Asia)

5) Tubbataha Reef (Philippines – Asia)

6) Al-hasa Oasis (Saudi Arabia – Asia)

7) Ganges, River ( Bangladesh, India- Asia)

Looking at the figures above, I am happy to know that the Philippines has been blessed with wonderful environment that Filipinos must learn to value and to take care of.

The voting will last continue through July 7, 2009. But only national nominee per country who will have the most number of votes by December 31, 2008 will be eligible to proceed to 2009.

Cast your votes now! Click here.

Push Button to Roadside Assistance

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I was talking to honey last night and he was happy to inform me that he’s working on another project again. He said that this time, he will see to it that he will focus on this project and work very hard until it is finish. As you know, Ney’s family is a contractor. They usually have road widening projects, beach resort improvement and the like.

Ney is not just a good driver of cars and owner type jeeps but he is very good operator of heavy equipments as well. His favorite is the Back hoe. Yet among the vehicles that his family owns, there is one automobile that he loves most. That is, the good old owner type jeep which he calls “push button”. One time, when I was in the province to spend quality time with him, we went to our favorite diner with Push button. It is not as good and new as their other cars, so we had experienced some mechanical problems. It was a good thing that there is a roadside assistance that we can turn to. I believe having a roadside assistance is really a big help for drivers and commuters.

We arrived at the diner an hour after that incident safe and sound. I told Ney that maybe he could get an insurance like caa insurance for we really never know what’s going to happen when he’s on the street and driving. I also encouraged him to join some auto club for he loves cars and equipment. Well, Ney being a occasional submissive partner, he agreed to what I told him and he actually availed an insurance and joined the club the following day! :)

This looks like Ney’s “push button”. But push button doesn’t have any top load built into it.

This is a Back Hoe and ney is very good in operating it!

Manila Zoo

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Antoinette will turn 3 this October 28. Since she’s fond of animals, I plan to bring her to Manila Zoo. Manila Zoo and Botanical Garden is the oldest and popular zoo in the Philippines. It was born on May 18, 1959 by virtue of City Ordinance No. 4135 and was inaugurated on July 25, 1959 under the administration of Mayor Arsenio Lacson.

It houses wild animals and other animals and I know Nonet will really enjoy viewing. I like her to see the mighty elephant and her favorite big cats, the Lion and the Tiger!

Mighty Elephant!

Roaring Lion!

Nonet’s Favorite – Tiger!

I can no longer wait for that day and maybe if our budget will allow us maybe we’ll take a trip to Manila Ocean park as well. :)

Taking a Break in Rome

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I have mentioned in my previous post that if I will in another country , or I will be given a chance to visit another continent, it would be Europe. And I would definitely take some city breaks in Rome.

As I continue my research about this historical city, I learned that there are many places that I will be interested in. Well, not only I, but other tourists who would love to taste Rome city breaks and be part of its rich past and cultures. Even if you would only spend some Rome short breaks, that would be long enough to take pleasure in its prehistoric times.

Aside from my dream of visiting the Vatican City, there are a lot more places that Rome has to offer. Places that will definitely give you comfort and take you back in time on how Rome earns its name today.

These places that would be interesting for tourists and I are:

Vatican City

A visit to Vatican museum and St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the place of interest when visiting in Rome.

St. Peter’s Basilica

The Colosseum

Colosseum is an arena, which was designed to hold more than fifty thousand spectators. The remains of the Colosseum could ba a dramatic sight, but taking a tour inside it would reveal its history.

The Temples of Ancient Rome

The above picture is the temple of Venus and Rome.

This is where the ancient Romans worshipped their gods and goddeses. They even built temples to honor those who are feared most. These temples of include temples of Saturn, Castor and Pollux. There were also built commemorating the goddesses Venus and Roma.

Sant’ Andrea al Quirinale

This church is considered one of the Bernini’s finest works. It has been regarded as a Baroque masterpiece. It was built sometime in the 17th century and its interior creates such a statement.

And another one in my list is Rome’s Seven Hills.

Rome’s Seven Hills

Capitoline Hill

Palatine Hill

Aventine Hill

Rome’s Seven Hills played a huge part in Rome’s history. All the seven hills are located in the east of the Tiber River. But due to natural disasters, most hills will now be hard to find due to erosion and buildings are being built in its slopes. The Seven Hills are: Capitoline, Palatine, Aventine, Caelian, Esquiline, Viminal, and Quirinal. Today, Capitoline Hill is the most visible as well as is the Palatine. Those hills are the most visited hills in Rome.

I know someday that I will lay my feet on those hills as well. :)

New York, New York

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There are so many popular cities in the US that tourists from all over the world go to. Most likely, New York City is one of the most visited cities there. My friend and sister in Christ, Mayet, found her love and the person she like to spend the rest of her life with Phil. He’s a US citizen and he brought Ate Mayet there. When we are on chat the other day, she told me the excitement she felt when she first visited the New York City. She said that they took the JFK Airport Shuttle when they get off the plane. The shuttle sent them to their hotel somewhere on 125th street. She said that one thing she would never forget in their visit is the shuttle. Go Airlink Shuttle which website is www.goairlinkshuttle.com offers affordable, reliable and safe ground transportation services throughout New York City and surrounding suburbs. She said that she asked her husband to bring her first to Statue of Liberty. Of course aside from Disneyland, Universal Studios, the Hollywood and the Golden Gate, the Statue of Liberty is one of the famous and historical tourist spots in the US. For it is not only a sign of liberation, but also a friendship between the countries France and USA.

As she gazed the magnificent statue, she said that she could not believe that she is looking at it in its great form and no longer in pictures!

As we end our long chat, Ate Yet told me she and Kuya Phil are yet to visit soon other places in the US and she will send me pictures of those places. Well what do I need to tell her but, enjoy!

Boodle Fight at Tayabas!

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Boodle fight is a term used A boodle fight is a messy and seemingly uncivilized yet extremely practical way of serving a meal to a large group of people when in the middle of nowhere and eating  utensils are not easily available. In simpler terms, when you put banana leaves on a flat surface and then pour all the rice you have and the viands of veggies, meat and seafood, then you can start the boodle fight!

I remember when I was 10 years old,  we went to what we call our “bundok” which my grandmother inherited from her parents. I went there with my paternal cousins, titas and titos. We brought along 12 cans of sardines and there we had a picnic. There were no utensils available. I remembered my Tito Afin cut several banana leaves we ate there with our hands. Just nice to remember the old days in Quezon. :)

Well, there are places in Tayabas, Quezon which the whole family can really enjoy boodle fight. There’s an available utensils there, though. But the whole family can really enjoy eating with their hands. If you’re heading to Lucban, Kamayan sa Palaisdaan will be on the right side of the road. When ney and I had our visit to Lucban, we had our lunch there.  

Of course I had my picture taken there.. :)

Another resto that you can go to is located in the opposite side of it. It is called Palaisdaan Restaurant. I researched on the owners of the two restaurants and found out that they’re actually siblings. Hmmm..

Ney and I had a lunch here as well during one of my visits to Lucena. We had a lot of fun for we were serenade by their staff. :)


Aside from enjoying the feast, the ambiance, the two restos are actually floating restaurants!

Another place that I love going to in Tayabas is the Graceland Estate. I believe it was patented to Elvis Priestly’s Graceland in the US. But you need to be a member to enjoy its facilities. Luckily! Ney’s father is a member and ney is a dependent. So, we’re able to enjoy the place and its facilities.  A family can have picnic, go swimming and enjoy jacuzzi, which we did! :)  

Of course! How can I forget to have my picture taken?!?

Well, like many other places in the Philippines, Quezon offers great places to go to.  And I really love going to these places. Hope you can visit them, too.

A visit to Manhattan with AirLink Shuttle on the side..

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I have always wanted to visit Manhattan Street in New York City. Well it’s because of a certain ice cream shop that I wanted to visit there. I am not sure if it still there, but since I love the movie Serendipity, I wanted to spend time walking down Manhattan and who knows I may get into some fortunate accidents. Going to Manhattan will not be easy enough for first time visitors without a little help from JFK Airport Shuttle. It’s an airport shuttle that will take passengers from JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark Airports and hotels, residences and businesses between Battery Park and 125th Street. And ofcourse to Manhattan. They even offer $5 discount on round trips if your going to book online through http://www.goairlinkshuttle.com.

Aside from the discounts they offering, they’re service are very dependable specially on holidays. What about that, huh?!? So, one will not need to go after and chase one cab to another. From the airport, the shuttle will take you right through where you stay. I bet they’re drivers are as professional, courteous and really knows the city as we expect them to be. So, the trip will be as convenient or even more than yo expected.

Well, I hope I could visit Manhattan soon with Go Airlink Shuttle on my side. :)

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