Nuvali – Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Since we have already started our weekend little adventure, after the Tagaytay getaway, we have decided to go and see Paseo de Sta. Rosa and Nuvali Park which was recommended by one of our friends.

From Olivares Terminal, we walked right after the Olivares Plaza and found the Van Terminal bound to Alabang, Baclaran and Laguna.

Since it’s still early and too hot to roam around the park, we’ve decided to go to Paseo de Sta. Rosa first and visit factory outlets of different branded shoes and slippers that offer cheaper prices.

Fare from Olivares Terminal for van is P60. It will only take you about 40mins to an hour at most to get there.

Paseo de Sta. Rosa offers a wide range of restaurants and a lot of branded outlets to choose from!

The place is huge and that it has 4 parts (paseo 1, 2, 3 & 4). Paseo 4 (if I am not mistaken) is the part of which is only walking distance to Nuvali through a bridge that’s connecting them. On the other hand, if you are in Paseo 1 and don’t wanna walk, you may opt to ride a tricycle to go to Nuvali at P35.

We didn’t get too much pictures as we are very busy in window shopping. Haha! We decided to eat lunch here and afterwards decided to go to Nuvali Park.

Welcome to Nuvali Park.

It is not just a park but also a business center. There are several business units situated inside the viccinity. Same as Paseo, there are also different food shops and restaurants to choose from.

There are several activities that you may do during your stay. Kiddie rides operated by Timezone and what really catches our attention was the robot-like 4D game where you would really feel that you are inside a car that you drive.

Experience it for P100.

Other activities that you might be interested are as follows:

Biking, you may rent a bike for P60 an hour and use it for exercise or just a vehicle to roam around.

Feed the fishes. There are a lot of coi fishes along the lake of Nuvali. You may feed them with the food that can be bought just in front of the lake. You have to buy P15 worth of fish feeds.

Boat ride experience, maximum capacity of the boat is 6 persons and that if you are less than 6, you have to pay for the other seats. This is for P30 per person and it will just give you a joyride back and forth. The lake is not so big but guess it would still be a good experience. There are safety vest as well, children are allowed as long as they are accompanied by adults of course.

There is also a wakeboarding area, which is located at the back of the Nuvali Park, but we’re not able to visit the place as we  are a bit tired of walking.

You may also do some picnic over the grass-land area of the park and feel the quality air of Nuvali.
You may also take a nap and take lotsa pictures while enjoying the atmosphere.

We didn’t really have had any activities, we just wanted to see the place and breathe.

The place is highly recommended especially to families who plan to escape the city and bond with nature. It is always fun to create moments with families, indeed.

And with this, you guys have a happy feet!

Sky Ranch – Tagaytay Highland

After all the sacrifices in school and the overtime at work, today is the perfect moment to start another goal in the list–to travel and have fun!

It’s been a tough battle for me these past few weeks as the exams and my workload has been haunting me and its really been a crazy moment in my life.

Time to get out of the shell and spend some good time, and say hello with the sun, embrace the greenies and breathe quality air.

We started our little adventure at 5:00 in the morning to catch the bus at the Buendia Terminal bound to Nasugbu, Batangas. We planned to go to Tagaytay and have politely asked the bus driver to drop us off in the Sky ranch, Tagaytay. Regular fare at P87 while student’s fare at P70.

We were dropped off at the Petron Gas Station, just after Olivares. From there, we rode a jeepney, fare at P8.50. It was so easy to know that it is already your destination as it has a big signage along the highway.

This signage was situated inside the viccinity with souvenir stores.
We arrived at 7:00am and the sun is so up. There were no open restaurants at the time but there’s a nearby McDonald’s. And so we enjoyed the walk and the cool air to go to the other side and eat breakfast.
We went back to the Sky Ranch proper to check out if they’re already open. During weekends entrance fee is P80 (supposed to be P100 but they are in 20% off promo) and during weekdays entrance fee is P50.

And we’re ready to explore the ranch! 

Once you have this, you can go out and enter the ranch whenever you like, and explore the whole area.

Basically, the area is like star city, there are several fun rides for kids.

For kiddos, yes. But will still enjoy all these rides at my age!

The Super Viking! Mostly of the rides are P50-P80 worth.
The famous ride in the Sky Ranch is the Sky Eye. The largest ferris wheel in Tagaytay, with P150 ticket fee for 10minutes. This is the same Sky Eye as the one in Mall of Asia.

We didn’t actually ride any of these rides. It’s just so fascinating to just watch and breathe, just feeling and appreciating the place is enough for us. 
You can also do horseback riding. But we didn’t. Haha.
There are also a lot of food stalls to choose from aside from the restaurants infront.

There are shops for souvenirs! 
And the most wonderful thing and main objective is to see the beautiful creations of God.

Breath-taking view of Taal Volcano. 🙂 

Oh so peaceful and beautiful. ❤️
I think the place also do offer zipline, but during our stay we did not encounter tourists who would do zipline, we opted not too.

The point of origin for the zipline.
There are picnic huts as well, in case you just wanna sit, relax and eat (and take pictures!)

Not a crime to take lotsa pictures, yeah!

Christmas atmosphere and nature at its finest! 

Other souvenir shops from the other side of the ranch.

This place is really good for families and a good getaway to relax and just bond with friends and love ones.

If I may suggest, its better to go here in the afternoon, when Mr. Sun is not really that hot to burn your skin.

To go back to Manila, just travel via jeepney or tricycle going to Olivares Terminal. There you may catch buses going to Baclaran or perhaps dropby Laguna to see what it offers.

Nonetheless, have a happy feet! 

Manila Ocean Park -Nature and Animal encounter 10.13.14

Busy as bees and always on the move like ants, and you want to just stop and breathe for a moment. For one second, I felt tired and needed to come out for a fresh air, to see the sun and be tickled by the raindrops. Do I need to wait to be burned out to pause and see that life is so good to just let it pass? Hell no! I love my work but I still love my life more than all the paper and presentations lined up.

I was just working late night when I suddenly want to fly high and give myself a break. Good thing, this little gadget-that-makes-the-world-go-round today has something to offer. I had a glimpse with Metrodeal’s homepage and voila! Even before knowing I have already tickets waiting for us to use! 
It is never a crime to enjoy a day with magic and cute things! And today, I have declared an amusement park moment day~

Welcome to Manila Ocean Park!
It has been years now when this was erected and I never had the chance to see it way back but hell yeah, I have the time in the world and I’m not letting this week to just come and go without saying hello to my fellow seacreatures (I used to believe I am a mermaid and a fairy all at the same time!).
Birds and Prey Kingdom

This is where you will see the mighty birds flying around. The inside is like a huge box where you could have a personal and actual glimpse of birds.

You may have your camera with you and take as much as pictures as you can.  Yet, you are not allowed to take pictures on the area where photo opp with birds so close to you. Instead, you need to let them and you have to pay P200 for a 6R size photo. I know, expensive huh. 

Anyways, I’m good with my iPhone and capture these high flyers as they roam around the area.

Hello up there! 
The Dancing jelly fairies!
Here, you’ll see different kinds of jelly fishes inside these huge acquariums. Matched with classical music and different lights to jive with their beautiful steps. 
Too many to count!

Oh the community of jelly fishes! 

Haha. Feeling like a jelly fairy too!

The tube acquarium!
After seeing these jelly fairies, we decided to rest our feet and bond with our friends, little fishes in the Fish Spa corner.

We can’t stop giggling and laughing out loud as these little fishes tickle our feet! 

They made us laugh and made our feet feeling lighter at the same time! Thankies fishes! 
Now we are ready to go and see our penguin friends but we stopped over by the hallway with our minion friends to have some pictures with them! 

And so we reached Antartica for some fun adventure!

Oh the happy feet! It’s hard to take pictures of them as they are literally energetic. 
And so we left these little cutie creatures and went straight to North Pole (Snow Village) to visit the coldest place in the Ocean Park.

Too cold indeed!

Knocking at Santa’s door.

Iceeee everywheeere!

Thanks to this jacket for keeping me warm. Oh this is free and they will give you one at the entrance.
There’s also an indoor icy-slide but was not able to take a vid during the ride. I was just too excited that I forgot! I can’t almost forgive myself after the ride. Haha!
Outside the area is the Peguin museum where you can see and read facts about penguin species. Very informative, indeed.

He’s enjoying knowing and learning more about peguins! 

The map of Antartica! 
After the snow experience, we’ve decided to enter the main attraction which includes the tunnel of the ocean where all types of sea creatures are present.

The entrance way. 

Now here is the start of the little adventure.

I actually don’t know all these sea creatures but they’re all beautiful and unique.

If there is ‘the rock’ here on earth, in the deep sea, there is a rock fish. 

I thought they’re just as big as I am but I was wrong, this fish is actually about 3x bigger than me! 😱

So beautiful and scary at the same time. Haha!
You don’t need too much money to enjoy and go to places you’ve never been. And before exploring the faraway places, why don’t you try to explore first your neighborhood? Sometimes it’s a lot better to escape from work stress, instead to enjoy and appreciate what the viccinity could offer. 
Set aside the paperworks and live a life, man. There’s so much to enjoy, to see and to experience.
Have a happy feet!