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D'Mall's Boracay

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D'Mall is  Boracay Island's tourist trap. D'Mall strip is laden with shops selling all sorts of beach stuffs you can think off (but beware that prices here are quite steep compared to Boracay's D'Talipapa)

If you are going pasalubong shopping, I suggest you skip D'Mall and head straight to D'Talipapa.  There are more choices there at half the price. 

Ilog ni Maria Honey Bee Farm (road less travelled)!

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I have read such good reviews of Ilog ni Maria from the internet. So, on our way home from our last Tagaytay trip, me and my boys decided to give this much reviewed stop over a visit. It took us a while to find the place.  We had to stop for a couple a times and ask locals for directions (who similarly doesn't have a clue about what we are looking for). When we finally saw the signage, we were led to an unpaved narrow (one-way) road.  It took us another 3-5 minutes to reach Ilog ni Maria.
We finally saw the farm entrance and a small shop, displaying the farm produce.  I hurriedly took a small native shopping basket and began prowling the place for "pasalubong" and possible giftable items.  I got healing massage oils and propolis throat spray.  My boys love night massages and Ilog Maria's massage oil were just perfect.  Products and price, I think are comparable to other organic/eco-shops we have in Manila. I was expecting something extra (I think, this is a long way fro…

Museum of History

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Hong Kong has obvious high regards of its history and culture.  For such a small country, it boasts more than 50 first class museums. They have a museum for just about everything...  One of our favorites, whenever we are visiting is the HK's Museum of History.  My kids love the replicas and re-creation of old Hong Kong.  A visit to this museum was more like a make pretend game rather than a education fieldtrip. 





 If you are travelling with kids to HK, I suggest you go museum hopping and experience first class museums which are actually both fun and informative.

Porta Verde (Gate to Greenery)

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I snatched an overnight stay for me and my family at Porta Verde Resort in Cavinti Laguna  through a group buying site.  I thought it would be a perfect-unwind-weekend from the hustles of work; and I was correct!
I was surprised at how fast we reached our destination via Lumban-Caliraya-Cavinti Road.  In just less than 2 hours smooth travel from Taytay Rizal we were warmly welcomed by Porta Verde's friendly resort staff.

Road condition was perfect (newly paved road, with ongoing widening of the highway), less the toll fees and traffic, if we opted for SLEX. 

We would definitely be regular visitors of Laguna and Quezon, from this time on!

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PORTA VERDE is truly breath-taking.  

We are surrounded by Mother Nature at its finest, the resort fronts Lake Lumot (a man-made lake), with the Sierra Madre Mountain ranges as our backdrop.  The cloudless starry night accompanied by a symphony of insects completed the "back to nature" ambiance.

We felt like camping…

Porta Verde Boat Ride

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The Lake Lumot boat tour came free with our Porta Verde overnight package.  It was a 20 minutes tour via a motorized banca around Lake Lumot.  Lake Lumot is man-made reservoir / embankment dam for the Kalayaan hydroelectric plant located in Cavinti Laguna.


Sunset view may not be as magnificent as the others we have in the Philippines, but this one is still special, viewed from a man-made lake surrounded by mountain ranges.


Science is Alive - Science in the Park

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Just across the Mind Museum entrance is an outdoor science at work experience. It features an artfully designed playground themed after nature's elements: sunlight, water, wind and greenery. 
The park is divided into play pockets, with the Water pocket as the park's main attraction. We could have easily spent an entire afternoon - having fun making gigantic bubbles! 






Get ready to be WET!!! 



Visit the Mind Museum and jump start your kids' love for Science! 



The Mind Museum - Tickle Your Mind!

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Science came to life in our last museum trip!  We would normally only get to enjoy interactive exhibits and displays in museum trips abroad, but now I am proud to say, finally we now have a couple of worthwhile-world class science museums in the country. The Mind Museum is a two-storey modern building, housing numerous interactive exhibits divided into five (5) galleries ~ Atom, Earth, Life, Universe and Technology, plus extension outdoor science discovery centers - Science in the Park and JY Campos Park.  For ticket prices - please check the Mind Museum Website: http://www.themindmuseum.org We were ushered in, by this female robot.   My boys were all ears!


My kids favorite was the Universe Gallery. My astronaut wannabes were simply thrilled!
There was a mini-3D theater (my boys were hooked right away to the featured presentation on how life on earth began). The T-rex exhibit was by far my favorite (great for picture taking too)!


A dinosaur footprint - right next to mine (somehow I felt pun…