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Museo Pambata

I was chaperone to my son in his last school field trip and found myself inside  a children's museum along Roxas Boulevard, after an hour or so of travel. 

Alone I would not brave this museum's location.  There were so many hawkers and bystanders outside, the streets heading to the museum was busy and traffic so bad.

Having said that,  Museo Pambata was still a worthwhile travel.

This museum is like a huge play ground, where kids can learn, while having fun. They are sure to enjoy the many interactive exhibits the museum has to offer.  And it is not just a museum - summer art programs, various play activities are also offered here for free or at minimal cost.

The museum has eight (8) theme rooms.

(1) Kalikasan
(2) Old Manila
(3) Career Options
(4) I Love my Planet Earth
(5) My Body Works (which my son enjoyed a lot)
(6) Pamilihang Bayan (which was my favorite, the kiddie size stores and shops  were so cute) 
(7) Global Village
(8) Karapatan Hall

Word of caution: Be ready to answer lots …

The Crocodile Park Manila

I found this field trip to the Crocodile Park (CP) surprisingly entertaining! The park runs bird shows and exhibition stunts (with live huge crocodiles) Wednesdays to Sundays at 4pm - so make sure you are on time for the show schedules before heading to CP. The location is dusty and quite run down, but the shows were A+. In fact, I found the CP's Super Bird show more engaging compared to the Ocean Park HK bird show I have seen.  I honestly enjoyed my Manila bird show more (then maybe it could  be because, the Manila show was in Filipino - figures!).  After the bird show the group was led to the crocodile breeding area and treated to a stunt exhibition of a dancing tight rope artist (did I mention that the rope was suspended across a pool filled with crocodileS?).  I can't hardly breathe, while the poor man crossed the tight rope doing various stunts in between!  The closest I have seen such a stunt was when we went to Thailand and a crocodile handler placed his head inside the cr…

Subic Bay (the Beach)

A stroll along Subic beach by the Waterfront Road, together with the mandatory Post Exchange (PX) goods shopping are agenda regulars, whenever we visit Subic. It has been a while since our last trip here and I was honestly a bit sad to see how dirty the beach shore line has become (visitors have been literally trashing the beach - bad! bad!).   On the east side of the beach now rise restaurants and establishments that has taken away most of the beach front, previously meant for leisurely beach strolls.  Visitors would have to cram on whatever is left of the beach (or pay extra to get a good view from one of the expensive restaurants along the beach shoreline...haiz!)

Paradise Ranch Clark Pampanga

Paradise Ranch is a perfect family park located at Sacobia Valley.  It shares the same entrance as the Zoocobia Zoo. For a little over P450 you get to enjoy both Zoocobia and Paradise Ranch. The inside of the park was a feast to our eyes.  Trees and plants everywhere with garden beautifully manicured and maintained.  We took a raft going to the middle of a man made pond and fed fishes.  My boys were ecstatic to see all the fishes get excited over fish food.
There were few butterflies inside the butterfly sanctuary, I wish there could be more.


    Just lovely....

Bayfront Hotel Subic

We initially made reservations at the Grand Hoyah Hotel (given the very good net reviews 4/5 it has received) for this unplanned Subic trip. Ordinarily we book trips way ahead of schedule, however, this one was quite a last minute decision (booked on a thursday night for a saturday trip).
We booked via GHH's official website.  Booking via net was a breeze, or so we thought. Grand Hoyah called us friday night to inform us of some airconditioning problems on the room we reserved (although it sounded more as a mix up - double booking perhaps!).
Really traggic, as this is the first time ever, that this happened to us. Normally we would get additional discounts or room upgrades on accommodations! It was really a ngarag moment this time around. Grand Hoyah did made efforts to transfer us to another hotel.
We were booked at the Bayfront Hotel located facing Subic Waterfront. As a seasoned traveller, I hurriedly looked up net reviews of this hotel. I was honestly a disappointed …

Microtel Mall of Asia

It was a decision between the 18th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta at Clark Pampanga and the 4th Philippine International PyroMusical Competition at the Mall of Asia (MOA) for our family's weekend stress breaker (hmmm...). We haven't been to either event, so it was a rather difficult decision.  However, since we have just been to Clark for a pre-New Year staycation, we finally decided to do MOA.  Our first bet for best view of the fireworks display was Microtel MOA. It is located 5-10 minutes walk to MOA (the hotel also has a shuttle that services guests to and fro the mall) and has a perfect view of Manila Bay. I am an advance planner and booked the hotel months in advance. And it was a good thing, since my sister who made last minute decision to join us, wasn't able to get any vacancy.  I on the other hand have secured a top floor-bay view room for my family.

 My family totally loved our stay at Microtel Mall of Asia!  Microtel MOA is located at Coral Way Ave. corner Sea…

F1 Hotel Pool

For a small hotel, BEST WESTERN PREMIER F1 Hotel happens to have three swimming pools: a kiddie pool, wading pool and an infinity lap pool - which was perfect for family fun time. A staycation is not complete for my kids, without a dip into the pool right after breakfast. 

My hubby and my youngest son, playing while waiting for kuya to finish his laps.

F1 Hotel at the Fort Taguig

The first hotel in Global City Taguig, hence its name F1 Hotel is located along the 32nd street BGC across St. Lukes Hospital. My family and I stayed in one of F1 hotel's deluxe room for New Year's Eve 2012.  The hotel was fairly new. The room size was adequate with just enough space for my kids to run around.  The room was also equiped with 32 inch LCD TV and ipod dock, that kept my boys entertained and busy as they wait for Santa to show up.
The Bath was immaculately clean.
The room also has a sitting area, my boys tried this one as well. Would have easily given this hotel a 9, if not for an unattended request. 

Before leaving the hotel for some last Christmas shopping, we requested for tone down and room cleaning service through housekeeping.  However, when we got back we were dismayed to see the room as we left it.  Raised my brows a bit since I was expecting better service from a Best Western Premier hotel.  Oh well canb't have it all.

Location - 8
Food - 9
Room - 9
Service -…