Wednesday, June 15, 2011


What's Inside Museo Pambata?

Kalikasan/Environment: Go nature-tripping and be inspired to take positive action to preserve Mother Nature.

Bata sa Mundo/Children in the Global Village: Get a glimpse of children from around the world! See dolls in national costumes, toys and musical instruments from different countries. The Karapatan Hall, a room dedicated to the Rights of the Child, is in this area.

Aklatang Pambata/Children's Library: Join a session of storytelling and discover the magic of words that can let a child's imagination soar! Available are books and videos which children can borrow to cap a day of fun and learning.

Paglaki Ko/Career Options: Discover infinite possibilities and visualize yourself in a career of your own choice.

Katawan ko/My Body Works: See what's inside your body and understand how our different organs work in harmony to keep our bodies functioning.

Pamilihang Bayan or Marketplace, where favorite neighborhood shops are all here. Pretend to shop in a row of pretend play stores and practice your entrepreneurial and budgeting skills.

I love My Planet Earth has exhibits on climate change and other environmental issues, and how you can do your part in saving our planet earth.

Address: Roxas Blvd, cor., South Drive, Manila

Telephone: 5231797 to 98/536-0595

Admission Fee: P100 children and adults

Operating Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday: 8am-5pm (September to February)

9am-5pm (March to August)

Sunday: 1pm - 5pm

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sunon Hotel - Shenzhen, China

When we went in China in 2001 we stayed in Sunon Hotel. It is located in the bustling shopping and leisure resort - East Gate walking Street. It is adjacent to Shenzhen''s Financial Centre, with Laojie Subway Station close at hand.

It has a total of 129 hotel rooms, with 77 standard double rooms, 8 couple''s rooms, 23 luxury single rooms, 13 deluxe double rooms, 6 high class business rooms and 2 superior business rooms as well. It is designed for you as an ideal place for business, leisure and rest.

During that time, we had a hard time communicating with the hotel staff. Only a few speaks English. Ten years has passed, probably it'll be easier when we come back.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Zoocobia Fun Zoo

Zoocobia Fun Zoo lived up to it's name, it's fun to visit this place. Located at Sacobia, Clark Pampanga. It's 2 hours drive from Manila via SCTEX


See unique collections of stuffed animals at Zoocology. Learn a thing or two about animals and other related matters.

Giant Fun Slides

Even I had fun!

The Barn - where many animal-related activities happen, such as bottle feeding baby farm animals, camel, horses, alpaca etc.

Zooc Ride is the first and only gravity car in the Philippines. P100/ride, succeeding rides at P80/ride

Garden Maze is an exciting challenge where one has to find a way out of the labyrinth composed mainly of topiaries.

Philippine's Pride showcases various animals and plants that are endemic to the Philippines such as Binturong, Butaan Lizard, Python, Macaque and others.

Have a very close with colorful birds perched on tree branches at Birds of Paradise

Experience bird thrill by feeding cute parakeets or love birds on your palm

And don't forget tobuy pasalubong for loved ones at the Souvenir Shop.

Special Thanks to Jerry Morata for assisting and touring us joyfully!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tam-Awan Village in 2011

Our first visit to Tam-Awan Village was in 2008. My husband, having penchant for wood carvings, art and paintings, love this place so much. So we've decided to revisit Tam-Awan this year.
A lot has changed, first of, in 2008 we were greeted and toured by a guide but none this year. The place looks a bit lonely than our last trip. The bamboo bridge that our kids love, was not there anymore. It's forgivable, because Typhoon Pepeng hit Baguio badly last year.

The beautiful huts needs total repair

The many wood cravings that were scattered around the place are fewer now.
Though certain things never changed, like when men (and children too!) wants to play pretend, and look crazy on photos...
...women can still pose and take as many photos as they want.

Tam-Awan Village may not be as beautiful as when our first trip. Arts and paintings may have vanished when Typhoon Pepeng hit, but the spirit of this place will live on. Still worth visiting, I must add.
A bonus, accidentally meeting a neighbor and a friend, Gerry Giolagon, whom I last saw some 25 years ago.