Kabagang, sawang sawa ka na ba sa init ng kamaynilaan? O sa sandamakmak na bagay na inaasikaso mo sa work? Feeling sad, depressed or just feeling under the weather? Do you want to have a little get away from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila?
Then, I suggest you head over to Paradizoo in Tagaytay to cool off! It is just 1 h 50 min (69.3 km)away via S Luzon Expy/Pan-Philippine Hwy/R-3.
Our group left Makati early so we can be in Paradizoo, Tagaytay in time for the start of the final leg of Paradizoo’s “Power of Three”. It is a yearly event of Zoomanity Group (Yupangco Group of Companies) at Mendez, Cavite wherein they showcase an array of different kinds of flowers, different breed of farm animals & different kinds of vegetables plus different seminars from industry leaders in the field of flower, plants and animal industry!
Upon arrival in Tagaytay, we were asked to proceed to Paradizoo Cafe, where we were served hot soup compose of healthy vegetables fresh from Paradizoo’s garden!
Being a first timer, I don’t know what to expect. But I like the ambiance of the cafe!
My co-bloggers and I had a fun time feeding “Sexy” the resident Labrador of Paradizoo.
After eating, we were asked to go to the Animal Farm section of the theme park to have a direct interaction with the animals and witness the very first ever animal race in Paradizoo involving, ducks, roasters, pigs, rabbits etc.
After the race, we had a photo session with the resident staff who were dressed as flowers, animals and trees. It was fun. I do appreciate them, they had to bathe themselves in latex color paints in order to give happiness to everyone. Thanks you guys!
We were then asked to proceed to Orchids Center where we attended the seminar on Honey Bee Keeping / Farming! It was so cool! Even before the seminar ended, I am really convinced with the idea. I now want to be a honey bee keeper!
The speaker, has a 38-year experience up on his sleeve here and abroad. You can feel his passion with the way he talk and explains everything about honey and honey bees.
He smashed the myths that common people like you and me had on honey.
Did you know that?
Real honey flows flawlessly! Smooth flowing honey is the real deal. Sugar coated or arnibal-laced honey can shoot up your blood sugar so be careful where you buy your honey! He also said that green honey is not true. Real honey is brownish to light brown not green!
Did you know that forever exist in real Honey? Wooot! Yes! Real honey does not expire! Not in a million years!
The speaker also introduced a hi-tech beehive that can produce honey through a simple turn of a key. The so-called new technology is called Flow Hive! It is a revolutionary beehive invention, where you can harvest warm, fresh honey without opening your beehive and has a minimal disturbance to the bees. Less labour, more love! All you have to do is turn the key and watch as pure, fresh honey flows right out of the hive and into your jar. No mess, no fuss, no heavy lifting. It comes with a hefty price though. So, for starters you can try the traditional beehive for as low as Php19,500. ( Does not include consultation fee).
I harvested honey at Paradizoo! I had to brush up my hair because the bees hate hair. Lol! It is a good thing that I was wearing a white and black Mickey Shirt. I learned from the bee keeper that they hate dark clothes too! Better take note of that future bee farmers!
Honey bees are needed to balance the eco-system. The flora and fauna of Paradizoo is perfect for bee keeping! I wonder if they will allow me to be a bee farmer there! Ha ha ha!
Yes, kapuso! I would always cherish that one whole day of fun and adventure in nearby Metro Tagaytay! I am very grateful to have been invited to Paradizoo by Ms. Grace Nicolas! I do appreciate it po. Thanks much! I really needed a little break! Thanks Zoomanity group! Mabuhay po kayo! More power!
Watch out for the seminar on bee keeping in Paradizoo, to be announced real soon!
Ikaw, gusto mo bang makibahagi sa pag balanse ng eco-system at maging bee keeper? Tara na sa Paradizoo!
The place is so romantic! It is ideal for couples who would love to walk hand and hand while traversing the tunnel in a cold Tagaytay setting.
Wondering where to propose? The Residence Inn in Tagaytay is a great place to do a marriage proposal!
Selfie mode at the million led lit tunnel.
It is so cold there at night. I bet, you would love Tagaytay even more once you experienced the Residence Inn brand of hospitality.
The two consecutive photos above were taken by Flordeliz. Thank you Flor <3!
The up and down tunnel would surely give you a good exercise!
A wedding would also be cool there!
Best of all, the million lights would surely give your face a glow.
There’s more! You would also love the magic show and animal show at Residence Inn . We also had a close interaction with the tiger cub, lion, monkey, turtles and fishes. We even heard the tiger growl and saw the camel kissed the back of Gerald’s head, lol! His wife Rhia captured that magical moment in film.
What do you say when you committed a mistake?
Ha ha ha!
Residence Inn Entrance Fees are very affordable and super sulit!
Adult – 249.00 Php Kid 3 ft. to 4 ft. – 199.00 Php Kid below 3 ft. – Free.
It was a super fun ride! All five of us fit inside one cable car.
The cable car ride brings back memories of my Great Wall Adventure in Beijing, China.
Residence Inn is a 6 in 1 destination.
One- It is a zoo, where you could have a close encounter with the animals.
Two- You can ride the cable car and the zip line. You could opt to go solo or with family and friends.
Three- The food they served whether it is puto bongbong and pancit for merienda (snacks) or adobo and rice for dinner, the only words that will come out in your mouth is “delicious”.
Four – Shop. Yes, you can shop at the different stalls they have inside Residence inn
Five- Animal show and Magic show.
Six- It is a hotel where you could spend the night in comfort and style.
I would love to come back again at the Residence Inn in Tagaytay! See you there!
I’m back! Welcome to my blog! After a long hiatus, my blog is finally back in the worldwide web! Yehey!
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In the past few months, I traveled to Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte, where I stayed for four days and three nights. You might be wondering why Dapitan City? It is because I wanted to visit Dakak and lolo Jose Rizal’s museum for the longest time. Our national hero had live a full life in that island a long time ago. He turned the negative into positive. Mind you! You’ll be amazed with the oracle he made more than 100 years ago! I got a chance to try it myself inside Lolo Jose’s Museum in Dapitan City.
Try to visit Zamboanga del Norte in Mindanao. Meet locals and experience for yourself the Filipino hospitality at its best!
I also visited Dipolog, Capiz , Isla de Higantes and Boracay!
Enjoy the ride of life! Let’s rock n’ roll together!
Remember to love yourself so you could also love others! Be more forgiving and kind and yes along the way don’t forget to make your mama and papa proud!
For any questions you could leave a comment below <3
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Roxas President’s Inn: A Comfortable And Affordable Home Away From Home
Visitors who wants to experience the unique Capiznon laid back provincial life have the opportunity to do so without giving up on the amenities that are required by the modern tourist.
Roxas President’s Inn, in fact present an interesting contrast between the traditional facade and setting to its innovatively designed interiors. Rooms are individually designed with minimalist furniture and antique touches, yet they retain a hip and contemporary look. The hotel offers 5 main room types, mainly:
- Deluxe Single
- Deluxe Matrimonial
- Deluxe Twin
- Deluxe Full
- Presidential Suites
In each room type, one can also find individual and elegant designs, with a number of original features such as its Capiz laden headboard makes the hotels relatively unique.
This is the LCD TV and lazy boy at the deluxe matrimonial room.
Antique cabinets adorned the sides of the second floor. A feeling of awe enveloped my whole body as if embracing my whole being. I fell in love with my room in an instant. It is like a home away from home.
The hotel maybe old in terms of years, at 18, it still proudly stands strong amidst Yolanda. If you still don’t know, that super typhoon had also ravaged and badly damaged the whole province of Capiz. It is a good thing that the building were made from strong materials with strong foundation and flooring. It took the owner 10 long years to complete the hotel. Well, it paid off. The hotel stood the test of times. Knowing that fact definitely made me feel more secure and safe in this homey hotel.
Did you know that at the height of Yolanda, Roxas President’s Inn, whether you believe it or not, had only suffered a gutter damaged, no flood, its roof remained intact. They had a generator set and a wifi that made it possible for news anchors, writers, reporters to deliver the news and does their jobs well in real time. Both local and international news organization could attest to that fact.
We requested for an early check-in, it was approved, we request for a late check-out, it was approved also. Did you know that even on an off season time, some hotel would not have approved that request?
The hotel manager were very helpful in giving advice as on what to do in Roxas City and the whole province of Capiz in general. She even endorsed me to the head of tourism and culture of the province Mr. Al, thank you everyone!
Breakfast were good, they served me Iloilo longganisa and eggs with a hot chocolate made from cacao. Oh, the hot chocolate of Roxas President’s Inn were highly recommended to me by one of my best college friends who now resides in Pan-ay.
Btw, they told me that they can customized your meals whether you want fresh fruits and juices, fried eggs, sliced salmons and everything you would want for your meals.
*With a corresponding charge
I stayed at their Ramos Suite together with my ate Dindin and it was everything I hoped it would be. It is strategically located in the center of the city and everything is within walking distance or is just 5 to 10 minutes away by trike. The rooms were spotlessly clean. I can say that it was one of the best hotel rooms I’ve ever stayed in. It is just like a home away from home. It has a very homey ambiance. The included breakfast was absolutely delicious. My favorite is the dangit and flower fish plus hot coffee. The prices of the items at their mini bar inside the room were actually cheaper than buying from a sari-sari store.
The overall decor and feel of the hotel was great and it served as an excellent base to explore Capiz and its adjoining province Iloilo all year round.
Most 5-star hotel rooms generally offers a good air conditioning units to help keep guests comfortable for the duration of their stay. The inn may not have that star grade but I tell you, the air conditioning unit of this Inn has a cooling capabilities that helped me sleep like a baby. It created and maintained the right temperature within the room. So that is super cool and I totally love it.
Fast, Secure and Free Wi-Fi
Despite the fact that generally, people were expected to narrate or share their adventure with their family and friends. Many hotels in different parts of the Philippines and Southeast Asia have yet to offer free internet to its guests. Well, I am so glad that guests staying at Roxas President’s Inn hotel can expect to have fast, secure and FREE Wi-Fi in every area of their hotel, from the restaurant, second floor and third floor as well as in their conference room. Nowadays, wifi is considered a necessity. Especially when it comes to businessmen who need to check on their businesses and also to those who wish to connect with their family and friends back at home. So this makes Roxas President’s Inn stands out from others because guests don’t have to worry about their Wi-Fi bill every time they use it. Hey, that happened to me before in a different hotel and that sucks big time! NOTE: You will never experience that with Roxas Presidents inn because they provide it for you FREE of charge.
Large Size Bed
Roxas President’s Inn has a large comfortable beds. According to the amiable manager they have large king, Queen, double and single size beds to ensure a comfortable stay and sleep for their guests. These beds offer guests more room to move while sleeping and easily allow them to relax and unwind from a hard day’s work or adventure due to the fluffiness of their pillows and mattresses.
The room that I occupied has a 50-inches flat screen, high definition TV complete with various cable channels. The TV quality was exceptional. It gives me a clear pristine images and colours.
While it’s not a 5-star hotel, its room service is exceptional. It is comparable to my stay at the presidential suite of a 5-star hotel in Manila! Boy, the staff at Roxas President’s Inn are exceptionally fast and reliable. Just dial the receptionist’s number and your request will be fulfilled in a jiffy. I believe that hotels should come with this type of room service, no matter what grade they have. Truth to the fact, I was really amazed that they cleaned my room every day during my stay even if I did not request for it! The Roxas President’s Inn’s room service helps to make the hotel stand out from others. As you know, in the hospitality business “Service with a smile” made Roxas President’s Inn staff a stand out.
Safety Deposit Box
Guests who have money and expensive things with them while they’re traveling can ask the hotel manager to safekeep their valuables during the duration of their stay. This will give guests peace of mind knowing their items are safe. I, on the other hand just left everything in my room and guess what? Their personnel are trustworthy, I never lost a single item during my stay! I later learned that almost all the staff were still the same original staff they had 18 years ago. The latest staff hored were already on its fifth year with the company. That’s a tough act to follow. Congratulations to the owners and manager of the hotel. I should learned a thing or two from you guys on how to keep employees stick for the long haul.
Hot and cold showers
This accommodation provides both hot and cold shower.
Roxas President’s Inn rooms come with their own soft white clean towels, which comes in a set of three. Towels were hung up at the bathroom ready for guests to find when staying in the hotel room.
I was pleasantly surprised and delighted when I saw bananas and bottled water on my table each time I arrived from my tours. Oh, I heart the staff who does that! You made me feel so at home whoever you are. Thank you.
Roxas President’s Inn rooms are designed to give guests a luxurious experience when staying in their hotel. It does not only reach out to its guest but also bends backwards and does an extra mile for the comfort and satisfaction of each and everyone of their guests.
Oh, their rates were truly very cheap compared to the luxurious amenities and comfortable stay. You bet! I would definitely recommend this hotel to each and everyone I know including you. Roxas President’s Inn is a real home away from home hotel in every sense of the word.
Room Tip: Ask for Ramos suite, Noynoy Suite or Duterte Suite
For reservation or for more information regarding the current rates, please contact:
Roxas President’s Inn
Address: Rizal Corner Lopez Jaena Streets, Roxas City, Capiz Philippines
Toll Free:1-800-843-4343 loc.3349
Tel: (036) 6210-208
Fax: (036) 6211-040
Interested to share your own Roxas City, Capiz story then shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.
Did you know that?
Vigan City was recently adjudge as one of the New 7 Wonders City and UNESCO World Heritage city? Cool isn’t it?
Vigan City has a special place in my heart because of its amazingly restored old churches, museums and houses. It reminds me of the old town in the capital city of Penang in Malaysia called Georgetown.
Famous landmarks of Vigan
You could not deny the fact that Vigan City is world famous. Especially its world renowned street in the heart of VIgan — Calle Crisologo. The whole stretch of Calle Crisologo has antique architecture and historical houses, its road is filled with old cobblestone. From time to time horse-drawn carriage passes by and offer “Kalesa Tours“. Walked back in time and experience a wonderful time as you do your selfie and snapshots. You could even go live on Facebook and let your family and friends watch you in real time as you do your tour of this famous landmark. Go visit Vigan and be transported to a place where the old world meets the new.
The city is also famous for Baluarte, owned by Chavit Singson, a rich politician up North. His one-of-a-kind zoo is open to the public for free. For me, it is the happiest place up North. Animals that resides there includes a bunch of ponies, ostrich, deer, tigers, python, parrots, alpacas, giraffe, ducks, turkeys, horses. Aside from its butterfly garden, Baluarte also has albino anaconda, Palawan bearcat, raptors and reptiles. All of the animals in Baluarte are exceptionally well taken care of. And you can have your picture taken with the animals up close and personal with zero charge. Yes, they don’t charge anything if you visit and go sightseeing, even if you ride the small kalesa ( carriage ) which is being pulled by the ponies.
The largest falls in Ilocos Sur.
The province of Ilocos is not only world famous for its heritage houses and cobblestoned road but also because of its people, food and falls!
Way back in 2008, I had a chance to visit Ilocos with my classmate. I had a kalesa tour in Vigan and was brought to different parts of Ilocos Sur by my classmate’s family who happened to be based in Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur.
Fast forward to 2016, I finally met in person travel blogger par excellence Edmar Guquib. He served as our guide on our last day in Vigan. This time around, he guided us to the off the beaten path destination of Ilocos, the Pinsal Falls!
The majestic landscape somewhat gives me a sense of calm. It is only a few minutes walk from where our hired trikes parked. I really thought it would be very difficult for a person with disability like me. I am a ruptured brain aneurysm survivor and my sense of balance is really off. But it was worth the journey. When we reached the falls and upon seeing the view up close and personal, I have to admit that these kind of beauty is what I really missed from my 5-year hiatus. The view from the nipa hut where we sat was really breathtaking!
Bring food with you and don’t go there without a local guide. If ever you need a guide, I highly recommend Edmar Guquib. He’s not only knowledgeable about Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and Abra, he is also very passionate about the place of his birth.
As I step inside the modern hotel main door I was welcomed with a smile by the hotel guest relations officer (GRO) in the front receptionist desk even though it was just 5 o’clock in the morning. It was nice to be welcomed with so much warmth. No wonder the Ilocanos are famous for being hospitable all over the world. A good first impression indeed!
Just across the hotel reception desk is a comfortable sofa, an unpainted wood carving, plants and a wall made of small square mirrors, tiled out to look like a window to give the optical illusion of what you wish was there, instead of what really is a mirror. It was indeed a very good way to make the area look wider. It has created a larger more open-feeling space, that also gives depth to the space without weighing things down.
Did you know that?
Mirrors are useful when space is short, they can also bring a wow factor to a well-proportioned room, lending a sense of drama while maximizing the feeling of size.
I learned these information from my architect neighbour / friend Joyce. She further said that a space combined with a soaring ceiling will instantly doubled by adding a wall of framed mirrors and mirrored doors. The end result will be a lovely sense of symmetry, and you can further make it twice as fabulous by adding a showstopper chandelier and everything in that space will be awesome!
Geez, those throw pillows are so dainty! It features a woman in a Filipiniana attire.
Just adjacent the main hotel building is the building that houses the Spa and Jacuzzi room of Metro Vigan Fiesta Garden Hotel. Again, the use of mirrors provided a beautiful illumination of its surroundings and bounces the light around and brighten the space. Note: Did you noticed the beautiful cobblestone flooring? It looks just like the flooring in Calle Crisologo!
This particular photo was taken and owned by Kev Hernandez. Thank you Kev!
As you traverse the hallway going to the hotel’s restaurant or to the hotel’s vip room located at the second floor, you’ll pass through this wonderful view.
The MVFG Hotel’s Fountain
As you climb the stairs, you can’t help but notice the beautiful wood carvings of the hotel’s initials conveniently stashed at the vertical metal stair handrails.
Beautifully carved ceiling of the Fiesta Garden Hotel.
The hand-carved door of the hotel’s presidential suite.
Each room is elegantly designed to give a festive vibe for a most relaxing stay. I can say that I discover comfort in all of the rooms with uniquely accented “carved fiesta theme” doors.
I was bowled over by the festive artwork on each of the wooden door of the 53-Rooms Hotel. I bet you’ll also appreciate each of the masterfully carved festive door carvings that they had made all the way from Paete, Laguna. Whoah! What a dedication to Filipino art and culture!
The Presidential suite bedroom. My bed. Joke. Hi hi hi! I wish #WishKoLang
Our breakfast of rice and scrambled eggs on our first and second day at the Fiesta Garden Hotel.
My fellow blogger, Vigan’s number one travel blogger Edmar and I had a great time when we went night swimming in this beautiful swimming pool. It was very convenient because you could take a shower anytime of the day or night because hot water is readily available in every room.
The best place to stay
I also appreciate the fact that they provide newspaper every morning for their hotel guests.
- Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
- Cable TV
- Mini refrigerator
- 24-hour security
- daily housekeeping
- 24-hour front desk are on the list of things guests can enjoy. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms feature television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning, desk. The hotel’s peaceful atmosphere extends to its recreational facilities which include dart board, outdoor pool, spa, massage, garden. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Ilocos Sur, Metro Vigan Fiesta Garden Hotel will make you feel instantly at home.
Travel pa more!
Note: I paid for my own transportation going to and from Vigan but my hotel accommodation together with other bloggers were sponsored by MVFG Hotel.
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