BAGUIO: Summer Team Building At Tree Top Adventure

“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” -Kenyan Proverb
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Last weekend,  I participated in a team building activity with 15 other bloggers at the Tree Top Adventure Park in the summer capital of the Philippines—Baguio City.  It was a breath of fresh air to personally experienced again how it is to be a part of a team building activity.
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Tree Top Adventure Park Baguio offers eight (8) unique team games, the first of its kind in the Philippines. The package rate starts at only Php800 per person and that already includes the following:

  •  facilitator
  •  team building kits (name tags, arm bands, and materials to be used for the chosen activities)
  •  and company certificates of participation.
TEAM TANDERS vs TEAM PIA
We were divided into two groups. Wherein the other group were composed of 9 individuals and our team had 8 members.  They have an import from Azalea, her name is Maki and Nicole the daughter of the photographer, who also blog! The more the merrier! She’s such a sweet kid I am glad that she also joined the fun!
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Team Tanders members.  Photo from Axl

Our team is called Team Tanders ( someone who is old. Matanda.  Aguy!  Slang for Nirarayuma. Ha ha ha! ) Because most of our members are in their 20’s 30’s, 40’s and 50’s I guess even in their ’60’s.

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The other team’s name is Team Pia ( I guess because they idolized 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach).
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With nature as our backdrop. Everyone had tons of fun during our team building adventure! We were all laughing and everybody is in good spirit.  The cool Tree Top Adventure and Nature Park Baguio has a really positive effect on people.  Nature really heals.  The unique setting helps us to loosen up and the breezy cool air helps a lot. You could see from the faces of each and everyone who participated in the event that they really had a good time!  It brought back memories of my college years and corporate stint.  My mind and my heart were filled with joy and selflessness.  It must be the good quality of air inside the Tree Top adventure that made us more level headed.

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Selfless.  Yes, that’s what you become when you play together with your teammates. That’s the secret ingredient to a champion team.  In order for a team to be successful you have to had ONE common goal.  To row in one direction and to become as one with all of your other teammates.

Our first team challenge was the ABC GAME

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Photography by Cha Sy www.travelonshoestring.com

Our team, which is compose of eight (8) individuals were asked to form two (2) opposite straight lines with four (4) members on each line.  We were made to stand with our back from the back of our other teammates on the opposite side of the Skywalk.  Each team member has to recite one letter from the alphabet, as the team tries to recite all the letters of the alphabet in its proper sequence.

Easy peasy.  Yeah, it seems easy at first, because everybody knows the alphabet by heart, right? But, hold your horses!  The challenge lies on the rule that was set.

The Rules: The person beside you, be it on your left or right and the person in front of you cannot utter the next letter!  Toink! That complicate things, ha ha ha! Plus the 4 meters distance while you’re standing on the opposite side of the skywalk with your back from the other players will greatly reduce your hearing comprehension!

Since, I only got to met some of them once in a while from bloggers event, I am not really close to them.  And in the case of Clint, it is the first time that I met him in person.  So, I am not really familiar with their voices except for Axl and Cheryl.

Lesson learned from the activity:  Shut up and listen.  Lol!  Oh, my gulay!  That’s hard for talkative people like us. Ha ha ha! Imagine, we’re standing on our back, far apart from one another ( a good 4 meters away from the other line that constitute the other four team members and about 2 meters away from my teammate on my left side)

The Secret: Listen intently and louder your voice, be humble accept the fact that you need each other to complete the task!

Yes, I listened intently at the voice of my teammates and shout with all my might so that the next person will be able to hear and deliver the next letter.

Tip: Familiarize yourself with the speaking voice of your teammates, stop, listen intently and deliver what is expected of you!

The valuable lesson I learned was to know how to stop talking and learned how to listen well.  Plus a louder voice could help your other teammates to hear you well so they too could deliver their end of the bargain.  Yes, peeps! Teamwork is wherein eight individuals works as one.

Our best time: 11 seconds. Not bad, huh!

BAR LIFTER BALANCER
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A bar lifting challenge that requires marbles to be balanced in bars.  Our facilitator called it gems!  Personally,  the first time, I’ve heard him saying “gems” I was expecting to see diamonds, sapphire, ruby, emerald, amethyst and the like,  ha ha ha!  But it is marble after all.The bar lifter balance is a fun game that tested our team’s patience and coordination skills.  I am glad that we passed with flying colors!  Perfect!Realization: Communication is key for the success of a team.
LOOP LIFT
Using only our index fingers,  each of us team members, tries to lower a loop from one loop stand to another loop stand as fast as we can without any gems falling.  This activity thought as to practice patience and coordination.  At first, I thought the loop is heavy.   The nice realization? When you’re with a group of people or with your team everything becomes lighter! Yeah!
Since our team (Team Tanders) had finished the first three challenges first, we were asked to wait for the other team ( Team Pia) at the van.   After waiting for them for like forever lol, we headed back to our hotel and ate a sumptuous lunch! I love Azalea’s Sinigang! And the Chocolate de Azalea!  Wait that’s another story!
After lunch, we came back to Tree Top again and face five(5) more challenges.
Cheering Competition
 
Team work
First challenge: Each team were asked to compose a cheer and execute it. With only a few minutes to prepare,  we brainstorm for ideas and Orlee, our team leader, came up with “We will rock you” song as our entrance “pang gulat” song as we enter the imaginary stage.
My idea was for everybody to shout out each letter of our team and for each team member to execute the letter using body language! Yay!
George,  our “youngest” team member thought our team’s name was T H U N D E R S.  He was so hilarious! He said we’re the only thunders who moves very slowly.   His wife, Cheryl, called his attention and told him that our team name was T A N D E R S  ( meaning old because most of our members are in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s,  Clint was the oldest team member at 26. Ha ha ha!).
Clint came up with the idea of exclamation point because our team’s name has only seven (7) letters. Ha ha ha! Atta boy!
Rence, suggested to imitate UST’s cheer that changed to Tanders became, Go Tanders! Go Tanders! Go, go, go!
We lost in this particular category according to Sir Jace, but one of the judges, Sir Paul said he marked our cheering performance the winner.   Thank you Sir Paul for not settling to a recycled cheer performance from last year, Ha ha ha!
To the other judge, your taste sucks! Ha ha ha! Joke!
Realization:  One of the signs of a great leader is their capability of communicating well with his team, and vice versa.
GEM DROP
 
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This one is easy!  We were able to hone our coordination skills and accomplish a perfect cube drop using push and pull strategies in the fastest time possible.  We clock at 26 minutes!  We won this particular game!Being responsible, an effective communicator, a trustworthy listener and being willing to understand different ideas and perspectives, are all qualities that will help us adapt to many different challenges.
TEAM SEE SAW
 
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Team Tanders,  nailed this particular activity!  Everybody in our team cooperated wholeheartedly and listened intently for the instructions.  And it paid off!  We had zero accident and each of the members had fun time balancing using our hips ha ha ha! The idea of this activity is to strike a balance in the fastest time using a kamikaze-inspired see saw to test the team members patience and communication skills.Because knowing how to adapt is essential for working effectively in teams, in both personal and professional capacity. This is owing to the fact that the workplace environment is constantly changing, as is the world as a global marketplace. Team-work and team building skills have become crucial for success in the corporate sector.
PLANK STEPS
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Our team, Team Tanders were composed of eight (8) individuals and we relied on one another to travel from one station to another station without touching the floor using only the four planks of wood provided.  It was one of the most difficult tasks we had done during the team building! We’re all sweaty after we successfully surpassed the activity!  If there is trust within the team, productivity will increase and there will also be a boost in the team’s confidence.
PIPELINE
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Each of us, team members were given short pipes ( around twelve (12) inches long ) which we used to transfer a ping pong ball from one pipe to another that started from one station then finally transferred to another station without letting the ball fall to the ground.
Realization: Conflict within a team is nearly unavoidable because of the varying viewpoints, personalities, experiences, and skills of each team member.  When a team member is facing a difficulty they should feel confident that they can speak with their leader, who will then address the problem, and help resolve it in a professional manner.
TREASURE HUNT
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This is the final challenge for both teams. We were given  a jigsaw puzzle (cut pieces of a map) that we formed into one whole picture that made us able to see the bigger picture and determine the exact location of the treasure.  Two (2) deignated team members, run and retrieved the treasure after which,  we were given another puzzle to solved.  Almost all of us were so physically and mentally tired that day! I can’t think clearly anymore by the time this activity were presented to us, ha ha ha!
Can you solve this under time pressure?
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Working effectively as a team creates momentum, improves morale, wins contests, and can even save lives!
Team work ROCKS
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” – Michael Jordan
 winner
We were so happy that our group emerged as the overall champion! The secret?  We just stop, look and listen.  We just enjoyed ourselves, laugh uncontrollably, did our best and followed every instructions given to us and of course we pray together !  Team Pia, with all its bells and whistles lost, aguy! Ha ha ha! Seriously now, though my team, team Tanders were declared officially the overall champion and were awarded with fresh vegetables and mug, I honestly think that both teams wins!  Why? Because each team members selflessly shared their individual time, talent and energy to conquer all the obstacles and fight until the end!
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So, congratulations is in order for both teams, Team Tanders and Team Pia, congratulations!   As cliché as it may sound,  I think we should all care about one another and not backstab other team or team members.  After all we are all Filipinos and we belong to the same blogosphere!
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Doing all these different activities under the Baguio sky and cool environment of Tree top Adventure and Nature Park made me realized that in order to succeed in a contemporary business environment the ability to adapt and to work in the team are the two most essential qualities that could propel you to a greater heights!
So, for all the companies out there, why don’t you try the team building package of Tree Top Adventure and Nature Park in Baguio this summer?  I personally believe, that a company had to have a healthy work environment to have both team leaders and team members to be able to trust and respect each other.  This is vital for a company to continue to grow and improve.
Aside from the standard packages available at Tree Top Adventure and Nature Park, you can customize the Team Building activities that you want for your employees. Yes!  You can come out with your own team building activities that you want to experience.  Don’t worry you’re safe at Tree Top Adventure Park.  They have competent staff members and medical rescuers on standby.  So, I can say you’re in good hands with Tree Top Adventure Park.   Isn’t it amazing? Amazing!
For inquiries click here.
TREE TOP ADVENTURE BAGUIO
Loakan Road, Camp John Hay, Baguio
Email: baguio@treetopadventureph.com
This Summer Get away will not be possible if not for the following:
  • Ms. Grace Bondad Nicolas of TAG Media
  • Tree Top Adventure Baguio
  •  Sir Jace Mendoza and Sir Rilley of Tree Top Adventure
  •  Sir Paul, Ms. Maki, Mr.Arfourth and most especially to Sir Adrian
  •  Azalea Residences Baguio
Daghan Salamat po! Sa uulitin!
#TreeTopPH #TAGmedia #FeelTheThrill #BeWithNature #AzaleaResidences #Baguio #TravelBaguio #Travelonshoestring #Yummytales #Travelona

BATAAN FREEDOM RUN 2017

Better Run with Veterans Bank commemorative run happening on April 2, 2017!

Bataan Freedom Run 2017

You’re assured with a Better Run with Veterans Bank Bataan Freedom Run on April 2, 2017! Where your whole family including your pet dogs can pay tribute to our fallen heroes as our nation celebrate the 75th year anniversary of the Bataan Death March.

Support the BATAAN FREEDOM RUN.  You could even register on site just be there early, before 5 a.m. please because the race will start at exactly 5 a.m on April 2, 2017 in Mariveles, Bataan.

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Register online via withoutlimits.ph or at the following establishments and locations:

  • any 711 branch near you
  • or pay via credit card, debit card or at any Banco De Oro branch
  • old San Fernando Railway/Train Station (KM 102 Museum).
  • Chris Sports at SM North Annex
  • Chris Sports at UP Town
  • Chris Sports at BGC
  • Chris Sports at SM Megamall
  • Chris Sports at SM Pampanga
  • Bataan Tourism Center
  • Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) office
  • Fabila Office
  • Balanga Capitol
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Actual design may vary from the illustration above.
The fun will begin at Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) Compound, then for the 42k full marathon, you’ll go up at Bataan Provincial Highway,  then you have to take a u-turn before going down the dam, from the dam you have to go back to Bataan Provincial Highway, then take a u-turn then you have to proceed to Karagatan Village Phase I (one) and follow route going back to FAB Compound.
Not a serious runner? Don’t worry! This event has several family side events for the family such as 10k, 5k, 3k and 1km run for kids and even for your pets.
Water stations and Medic stations are located every 1.5 kilometer to 2 kilometers.
Bataan Freedom Run 2017 Map
So, what are you waiting for? Better Run with Veteran’s Bank Fun Run is happening on April 2, 2017!  Mark your calendars and register now na! This event is one of its kind, providing race distances for professional runners with the 42 km Ultra marathon up to the family events of fun run distances.
As far as I know, this is the only event that supports our heroes, the veterans who fought and died during World War 2.   Your registration fees and donations will help rehabilitate and preserve the history of the Bataan Death March.
Bataan Freedom Run 2017 Cash Prize Chart:
Bataan Freedom Run Cash Prizes
Please support and join also the first ever Mariveles-San Fernando-Capas Freedom Trail for ultramarathoners, bikers and big bikes on April 10, 2017!
Historic Ride 2017
Join the Historic Ride! Wherein you can start at any of the historical stops and watch the re-enactors! Woot!
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Those who will join the Padyak Para sa Kagitingan will receive a special arm sleeves, bike stickers, and experience a historical tour with a designated tour guide from KM Zero in Mariveles, Bataan to the Capas Freedom Park in Tarlac. Claiming of race kits will start on March 27, 2017 to April 7, 2017. The Padyak para sa Kagitingan is a non-competitive event.
Better Run Freedom Trail 2017
Online registration for Padyak para sa Kagitingan: https://form.jotform.me/70538782999478
Participants will be treated to a journey in history as they passed different historical sites of the different struggles during World War 2 in Bataan.
VETERAN

MARIVELES – SAN FERNANDO – CAPAS FREEDOM TRAIL 2017 happening on April 9-10, 2017

160km

Both are presented to you by

BETTER RUN with Bataan Freedom Run 2017 and help rebuild our Bataan Death March markers and other memorials on its 75th year anniversary!

You can register on site just be there before 10 pm of April 9.

Or you can also register online just visit http://bit.ly/PVBFreedomRun-FreedomTrail2017

Note: All Pictures shown  here are for illustration purpose only.

Prize Matrix:

160 km prize matrix

Show your love for your country! Join and support the Bataan Freedom Run 2017 and the Freedom Trail on April 9 to 10, 2017.  Don’t forget to register yourself, your kids and your dogs!

Bring the whole family and teach your kids about our history!

See you there!

Asiatravel.com’s Travel Expo 2017 at Century City Mall

Hi, people! The scorching heat the past few days here in Metro Manila makes you want to be somewhere else, right?  But the problem is that you’re in a budget dilemma!  Worry no more! To your rescue is the Asiatravel.com’s Travel Expo 2017 happening at Century City Mall on March 31 to April 2, 2017!  Woot!!!

You can now kickstart your summer!  Just like those famous local celebrities, who have brought the heat to different social mediums by posting photos, videos and blogs of their travel adventures.  You may even have liked or shared these posts.  Your buddies may have even tagged you on some with a hashtag #hanggangdrawinglang (pertaining to planned trips that never happen)

Maybe it’s high time for you and your buddies to stop tagging each other and start planning your own “barkada” adventure.  

Since, it is now school vacation,  plan a family vacation with your wife and kids!  Create memories for your family to cherish in the years to come!  

Some soul searching perhaps?  How’s your bucket list going so far?

On March 31 to April 2, 2017 Asiatravel.com in partnership with Citibank will hold its Travel Expo 2017 at the 4th Level Activity Area of Century City Mall from 10am to 8pm.  

Travel Expo 2017

“Asiatravel.com is Asia’s leading online travel company that understands travellers’ needs, from hotel bookings, affordable flights, attractions to BLeisure (Business+Leisure) packages.”

Don’t waste the summer sun inside the four corners of your room scrolling and searching for airline tickets, booking hotel accommodations, tour packages ending up paying more.  

Asiatravel.com’s Travel Expo 2017 has got your back, bringing over sale packages of up to 75% off on bookings for international and domestic travel packages.  All you need to do is pack up your suitcase and file that vacation leave!

Did you know

Did you know that for every Php 2,000 single and/or accumulated spend in any Century City Mall establishments on March 27-April 2, shoppers will get to receive Php 1,000 worth of AsiaTravel vouchers that can be used during the AsiaTravel Travel Fair on March 31-April 2. Yehey!

Travel Tips When You’re Flying: Batteries Allowed in Carry-on Bags

Hi, peeps!

As some of you know, I was bitten by the travel bug way back in 1993.   Whew!  Traveling via land is cheaper and has lesser complications but it will test your patience and your butt because you’ll be in a sitting position longer than you’re used too.

I was introduced to airplanes in 1995. ( OMG, am I exposing how old I am right now? Lol)

Flying takes shorter travel time and is very much convenient. ( At least, for me! 😛 )

So, if you’re fond of flying and you’re a constant traveler you should be aware which batteries are allowed on your carry-on bags.

I researched about it and learned about which battery is allowed and which are not. So here you go:

Batteries Allowed in Carry-on Bags

  • Dry cell alkaline batteries; typical AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, button sized cells, etc.
  • Dry cell rechargeable batteries such as Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Nickel Cadmium (NiCad).
  • Lithium ion batteries (a.k.a.: rechargeable lithium, lithium polymer, LIPO, secondary lithium).
  • Consumer-sized lithium ion batteries [no more than 8 grams of equivalent lithium content or 100 watt hours (wh) per battery]. This size covers AA, AAA, 9-volt, cell phone, PDA, camera, camcorder, Gameboy, and standard laptop computer batteries.
  • Up to two larger lithium ion batteries (more than 8 grams, up to 25 grams of equivalent lithium content per battery) in their carry-on. This size covers larger extended-life laptop batteries. Most consumer lithium ion batteries are below this size.
  • Lithium metal batteries (a.k.a.: non-rechargeable lithium, primary lithium). These batteries are often used with cameras and other small personal electronics. Consumer-sized batteries (up to 2 grams of lithium per battery) may be carried. This includes all the typical non-rechargeable batteries for personal film cameras and digital cameras (AA, AAA, 123, CR123A, CR1, CR2, CRV3, CR22, 2CR5, etc.) as well as the flat round lithium button cells.

Fill that energy gap and have a safe travel! 

Smile always!

JAPAN: Sapporo City

Are you planning to visit Japan to chase the snow wonderland in Japan? SATISFY YOUR WANDERLUST IN SAPPORO CITY!
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Sapporo (札幌, which means “important river flowing through a plain” in Ainu language) is the capital of Hokkaido and Japan’s fifth largest city. Sapporo is also one of the nation’s youngest major cities.
Japan welcomed 20 million tourists, mostly from China and Taiwan in 2015. Thirteen million of them visited Sapporo City in the north. Sapporo City is unfamiliar to us Filipinos because most of us prefers to travel to Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.
 
But I know in no time, the adventure-loving Filipinos will fall in love with the dynamic capital of Hokkaido. Sapporo is ready to satisfy our wanderlust, and it has fantastic offerings that Filipino families and young travellers can’t resist.
A can’t-miss attraction is the Sapporo Snow Festival in February, which is one of Japan’s biggest events with millions of visitors each year. This winter spectacle displays snow structures and ice sculptures from local and international participants. At night, they are colorfully illuminated to the delight of night-time viewers.
 
Snow Activities
 
With its reputation as a world-class ski-resort destination, having hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972, Sapporo is an ideal place for winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. It also boasts of outdoor hot springs where you can soak your body while surrounded by Sapporo’s awesome snow scenery.
 
Nature Worship
 
On warmer months, the city is also postcard-pretty. The cherry blossoms are as stunning as those you can see in the southern parts of Japan. The mountain trails beckon you for a climb. And even if you just walk around, you will surely behold the natural wonders of Sapporo.
 
Foodie Heaven
 
Sapporo is famously called the “City of Food,” because it is a paradise of ingredients from its dry field, rice and dairy farming and fishing industries. It is known for its Ramen noodles, Japanese curry, sweets, “Genghis Khan” mutton and seasonal sushi. All these culinary dishes can be paired with sake or fresh flavor of Classic, a variety only found in Hokkaido, or other beers available only at the Sapporo Beer Garden.
 
Shopping Paradise
 
Sapporo is in step with whatever trend is sweeping Tokyo’s fashion set and the habitues of Harajuku. The shopaholic will find her retail paradise in Tanukikoji, a shopping arcade that has been in operation since the frontier period. Tanukikoji is an approximately 1km-long arcade with around 200 shops that runs east to west in downtown Sapporo. It’s also a great place to buy Hokkaido souvenirs.
 
Clean City
 
Just like Kyoto, Sapporo is known for its functional grid of streets and avenues, making it more convenient for visitors, whether families or solo travellers, to move around and explore the city and its environs. The residents are courteous, well-educated and disciplined. Thus, Sapporo prides itself in its clean surroundings and sustainable way of living.
 
Convenient Stay
 
Sapporo is as cosmopolitan as any first-class city. Five-star hotels, apartment hotels and affordable inns are all over the city at rates that whole families or solo travellers will enjoy. You can stay at a place that is nearest to the tourist spots you wish to visit. Transportation and traffic is smooth that there won’t be a problem getting to your desired location.
 
So set your sights on Sapporo – even if you are a frequent traveller or a first-time visitor to this wonderful city.  It will always charm you with its irresistible offerings and countless attractions. For millennials and the hardworking Filipinos, Sapporo City is, definitely, the destination in 2017.
 
Sapporo Snow Festival
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The 30-meter “Play Mountain” at the Moeremuma Park located at the outskirts of Sapporo is the perfect location for sledding where lots of kids and their parents flock to have fun in the snow.
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The snow sculpture of the HBC France Square at the Sapporo Snow Festival stands 49.8 meters high and 44.8 meters wide and is lit up every night in the color of France’s flag.

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Brrrrr!
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The first dome in the world equipped with a system for switching between turf for baseball and football – the Sapporo Dome is the northern most all-weather dome in Japan.
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The Historical Village of Hokkaido, or Kaitaku no Mura, is a 54-hectare outdoor museum located at the Nopporo Forest Park in suburban Sapporo. The museum is organized into 4 sections: a town, a fishing village, a farm village, and a mountain village. Each section creates an atmosphere that effectively gives you an idea of what life was like in different parts of Hokkaido during the olden days.

TAGAYTAY: Paradizoo Honey Bee Farming

Hello, peeps!

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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?

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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.  

Paradizoo first impression

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!

Paradizoo Cafe

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!

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Being a first timer, I don’t know what to expect.  But I like the ambiance of the cafe!

Paradizoo Cafe inside view

My co-bloggers and I had a fun time feeding “Sexy” the resident Labrador of Paradizoo.

Paradizoo Sexy

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.

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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!

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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!

Paradizoo Bee Farm

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.

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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!

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Did you know that forever exist in real Honey? Wooot! Yes! Real honey does not expire! Not in a million years!

Paradizoo free flowing honey

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).

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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!

Paradizoo CS selfie with the ponies

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAGAYTAY: Million Lights Adventure at Residence Inn

 

Residence inn million lights Tagaytay City

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!

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Selfie mode at the million led lit tunnel.

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It is so cold there at night. I bet, you would love Tagaytay even more once you experienced the Residence Inn brand of hospitality.

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The two consecutive photos above were taken by Flordeliz. Thank you Flor <3!

Residence inn million lights show

The up and down tunnel would surely give you a good exercise!

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A wedding would also be cool there!

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Best of all, the million lights would surely give your face a glow.

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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.

Residence Inn Magic Show Cast

What do you say when you committed a mistake?

Residence Inn Zoori

Sirit na?

Zoori.

Ha ha ha!

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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.

TAGAYTAY: Cable Car Adventure

It was a super fun ride! All five of us fit inside one cable car.

Residence inn cable car ride

The cable car ride brings back memories of my Great Wall Adventure in Beijing, China.

Residence Inn is a 6 in 1 destination.

Why?

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!

 

 

Hello world! Mabuhay!

I’m back! Welcome to my blog!  After a long hiatus,   my blog is finally back in the worldwide web! Yehey!

DO MORE OF WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

It is not categorized yet but at least you could view it now either from your pc, netbook, laptop, tablet or from your mobile devices.

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

 

 

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATE ONLINE

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE MISS UNIVERSE CANDIDATE ONLINE


Vote for Maxine Medina of the Philippines! Support our own candidate from the Philippines. Ang karangalan niya karangalan mo rin!

Miss Universe fan pre-voting is now open! If you’re 14 or older, you’re invited to vote for one of the contestants in the Miss Universe competition to help her make it into the Top 12.

The Voting Period for the Fan Pre-Vote will begin at 10:30AM ET on Monday January 23, 2017 and end at 8:00AM ET on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Votes received outside of the Voting Period will not be counted.

There are 4 WAYS to vote. Here’s how…

1) Miss U App

Download the Miss U App from the iTunes or Google Play stores, log in using Facebook, Twitter or email authentication, and follow the instructions to vote. There is a limit of ten (10) votes per account per day via this method during the Voting Period. You must click on the “Cast Your Vote” button for your votes to be counted.

2) Vote.MissUniverse.com 

Visit vote.missuniverse.com, login using Facebook, Twitter or email authentication, and follow the instructions to vote. There is a limit of ten (10) votes per account per day via this method during the Voting Period. You must click on the “Cast Your Vote” button for your votes to be counted.

3) Twitter

Submit a tweet or a retweet with #MissUniverse and a contestant specific hashtag announced on the Website. You must have a public Twitter account for your tweets and retweets to be counted.

4) Vodi App

Download the Vodi App from the iTunes or Google Play stores, log in using Facebook, Twitter or email authentication and follow the instructions to vote. There is a limit of ten (10) votes per account per day via this method during the Voting Period.

Yes, it’s that easy! Here are few other important things to remember…

Only votes that comply with the instructions and the Voting Rules and Procedures will be counted. You shall not use any third party services to vote on your behalf. The contestant with the highest number of votes as determined by Administrators during the Voting Period will receive a guaranteed spot in the Top 12. The Administrators reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to reject votes cast by any individual who tampers with the voting process or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner.

Tweets must NOT contain subject matter which is, in the sole discretion of Administrators, sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, violent, discriminatory, illegal, offensive, threatening, profane or harassing. Tweets must NOT include any 3rd party trademarks, logos or slogans or any derogatory references to Administrators, FOX, Miss Universe sponsors or contestants.

The following votes will not be counted, if determined by Administrators in their sole discretion: (a) tweets from accounts less than one (1) day old; (b) tweets from accounts with less than ten (10) followers; (c) tweets from suspected spammers; (d) tweets from location based services; and (e) tweets from automated feed tools.