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Science is Alive - Science in the Park

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!

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: 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…

Taal Vista Hotel Tagaytay

We are frequent Tagaytay travelers, but this is the first time we have actually stayed at Taal Vista.  We got a Premier room at the Lake Wing with a grand view of the Taal Lake.  Reviews weren't exaggerating, when they said it is a long walk to the Lake Wing of the hotel, but it was well worth the extra walk. It was a cozy room with a balcony with Taal Volcano as the backdrop!  A sip of a regular 3-in-1 coffee, almost tasted brewed (hahaha!) and expensive, while seated at the balcony! 

LOCATION - PerfectSERVICE - AAA+++ Check-in  and check-out were a breeze, Staff were all very attentive and efficient!PRICE - On the expensive sideROOM - AverageGROUNDS - The hotel grounds is expansive.  Garden is well manicured, picture perfect and overlooks Taal Volcano.AMENITIES - There is an outdoor pool, gym, kids' play room and activity/game room, however, these were all located on the old wing (it was quite a walk from where we were staying - it was really far!) of the hotel. …

Café France - lunch dates

Lunch at Café France is a default option, whenever, me and my lunch-buddy husband can't seem to decide on where or what to eat.  The Café France branch we frequently visit is the Valero branch in Makati. It is conveniently located just a few meters away from where we work.  Ambience is relaxed and food is delectable.  Our favorites Adele and Pierre lunch trays - pasta, half sandwich (bread of your choice), soup, fruit juice and chocolate for dessert!

They also have promo set meals at discounted prices.  Equally as good!

For complete, delicious and healthy meals - I suggest you give Café France a try...

Vigan River Cruise ~ a missed cruise :(

We were so looking forward to this river cruise.  Unfortunately it was closed on the day of our visit :(  We would just have to make do with picture taking by the river cruise dock!

BSA Twin Tower Pools

I was quite impressed to know that for a small condo-hotel, BSA Twin Towers in Ortigas has two (2) pools.  My boys love the water and swimming is a must whenever there is a pool around! BSA has a lap pool and a lagoon (sort of) inspired pool.  There was also a jacuzzi, but it was close when we went there, hence can't say much about it.

We were having such fun, when my husband cut himself on one of the pool's broken tiles.  He ran a deep cut on the sole of his foot, so we hurried the kiddos out of the water (my poor paps... ). I don't want them to hurt themselves, those broken tiles are dangerous).

Post script: We reported the broken tiles to one of maintenance staff before leaving and I do hope the hotel fixed it soon before somebody else gets hurt.   

Wiling-Wili sa Willy's Rock

My 5 year old calls it, a "huge rock - with trees".
We were quite fascinated with this unique rock formation found 30+ meters away from the beach front.   You literally would have to wade across into a waist deep water to reach Willy's Rock.  It was quite fun really and my boys were giggling as we made our way towards the rock.
Water was just about hip deep and there were plenty of small fishes swimming around Willy's Rock.  My boys were excited they finally got to use their snorkels and play freely around the rock (water was the calmest ever...).  "Sayang" we should have bought bread for fish feeding with us.

Best time to go there is in the morning, while there are still few people. It can get pretty crowded mid-day and late afternoon.