A Visit to Doll Joy Factory and Museum

It’s funny to hark back on the past especially during our childhood days…those days in our lives that all we knew is to have fun playing around.


A zest feeling looking back  especially when we had a chance to see different varieties of dolls at Doll Joy Factory and Museum; We had an opportunity to visit the place as my son’s one of this year’s school learning adventure and fieldtrip was held here.

Assigned Staff will welcome you as you arrived in the area. They will serve as the tour guide while inside the factory and also they will give you an entry ID to be use while having a tour inside the gallery. This entry ID must be surrendered in exchange for Doll Joy Token after the tour and before going out to their factory.

Collection of Dolls wearing school uniforms of different schools can be seen as you enter the first building of the gallery. Doll joy made dolls to the students who came to visit the museum.


Next is the simulation area, where you can showcase the process of making dolls.

Precious Moments collection – known dolls for its teardrop-shaped eyes, can be seen also inside the gallery. Videos and picture taking in this exhibit is not allowed due to its license to manufactured dolls.

Inside this room is the precious moments collection

Various fairy tale and Disney characters are also made and seen in the gallery.


The famous frozen characters – Olaf, Elsa and Ana

One of their activity to the kids was the dressed your own doll, were they give reward to the fastest kid to finish the activity.

Community Helper Dolls and Cute Presidential Dolls are displayed too.


President Rodrigo Duterte Doll

On the second building, you can see the jungle and forest toys. They also have theatre where they film the dolly joy history in animation form with special screening also of a short film.

Christmas village, wedding dolls and dolls around the world can be also found in the gallery

Christmas Village
Potray Nativity Dolls – Mama Mary, St. Joseph and Baby Jesus
Wedding Dolls
Dolls wearing national customer of each country


Jungle and animals toys are also found inside the museum

Dolls wearing Philippine costumes also exhibits here

Souvenir shop is also available where you can buy their dolls for a lower price compare to the mall price.

We enjoy touring around the museum, great learning experience especially for the kids and to young at hearts.

Doll Joy is open from Mondays through Saturdays but as per appointment only.


Dolly Joy Factory and Museum
No. 31 C. Raymundo Avenue Caniogan, Pasig City, Philippines 1606
Phone: (632) 672 1939 / 8818163 /   641 2686 /
Fax No. (632) 671 0253    Mobile: 0922 839 0553 – 54
E-Mail: inquiry@dolljoygallery.com


Kids Day-Out at Rainforest Pasig City

It’s better if we able to expose our children elsewhere and beyond the four corners of their classrooms once in a while so that their minds will be Relax and able to enhance their learnings, and also to appreciate and experience new things. We always allow our son to join when there is a school outdoor activity such as field trip. It’s enjoyable thing to do and at the same time they will learn more.

My son had his educational trip a few weeks ago, and one of their destinations is at Rainforest. It is a park-life funded by the government and unexpectedly located at the middle of the Pasig City. And because it is funded by the government going to this place is very affordable and a great deal. They also give special discounts for the people living in Pasig City with proper identification.

The park offers nature, leisure and adventure that why it is also known for its name RAVE (Rainforest Adventure Experience) and a great for family, group and educational activities.

A lot of things can be seen and be done with their offered amenities such as Adventure park, Amaze Garden, Boating Lagoons, Botanical Garden, Camping area, fitness center,  flower fields, kiddie play ground, zoo, picnic grove, mini train ride, amphitheater, promenade area and water Park.

Dinosaur statues will welcomes you as you enter the park.  We also guided and toured by their assigned staff inside the park.

The place is clean and well maintained. It also allows people within the metro to enjoy without going out from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Just packed and prepare food because there are just a few stalls inside.

Our kids and also we parents enjoy our trip here at Rainforest. ❤

Rainforest (RAVE) Pasig
F.Legaspi Ave. Maybunga, Pasig City
Rainforest Admin: 02-642-5280
Rainforest Waterpark: 02-628-4291
Opens at 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Food Trip at Happy tummy

with their Tag line – “eat good, feel good”

Because we love to eat and explore something new, we tried this new burger joint here in Calamba – “Happy Tummy by Kitchen Central“… The place is perfect hang-out spot because of their cute interior and individual cribs inside where you can relax because of its instagrammable and comfortable ambiance.

As you enter, the crew will give you order slip where you can write your order based on their menu list. You will be made as you order so you need to wait for 20 minutes or more for your order to be served.

Their specialties – burgers and milkshakes, they serve gourmet burgers on their premium and colorful buns. Each patty is in quarter pound sizes made from pure and juicy beef. Burger Price starts at 89Php

Happy Tummy Burger – single quarter pound beef patty, vegies, cheese and sauce with flavored fries
Double HappyTummy Burger – two quarter pound beef, cheese and special sauce with vegies and fries
Superman’s Tummy Burger – single quarter pound beef patty, vegies, pineapple, egg, cheesy onion rings with their special sauce and fries

Their freak milkshakes are tastes good and insanely indulgent. Toppings are decorated and whipped up with cookies, chocolates, marshmallows and creamy sauces piled into mason jars. Milkshake Price starts at 59Php.

Kitkat Craze

They also have nachos, flavored and gourmet fries and rice meals such as tapa, pork sliced BBQ and Longgalog. All rice meals are topped with egg and can be serve as Ala carte or with flavored juices such as iced tea, blue lemonade or cranberry.

Their signature  “Thebesttapaever”

Great food and experience… Happy eating!!!! 🙂

Food ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Value for Money ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Place ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Service ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Location: 2nd floor fronting Building, National Highway Halang, Calamba City
Operating Hours: 12:00NN – 12:00MN; Monday to Sunday
Contact Nos: 049-306-1875
Facebook: happytummyhalang

Disclosure:  I wrote this article with my own biases, opinions, and insights.

Staycation at St. Giles Makati

It’s a great feeling to relax and have a vacation once in a while especially when it’s made out of town and be able to refresh yourself from stress, whereas not everyone had that chance to take a vacation especially busy working people like me.

But, is it possible to relax while working?

I would say YES! And if you have the opportunity why not?! There are instances in your life that you can do both relaxing and working at the same time. And as the saying goes: “when opportunity knocks, don’t let fear hold you back. Open the door and embrace the opportunity that has come forth”.

I had the opportunity to relax while working, I attended a 2 days live-in training/ seminar sponsored by the government. Of course it feels good because at first it’s free, different ambiance from your ordinary surroundings and finally far and free from stress.

Our training/ seminar venue was held in St. Giles Hotel and it’s situated at the heart of Makati, the central business and financial district of the Philippines. The location was excellent and very accessible to anywhere you go – near restaurants, spa and massage clinics, bars, shopping centre and mall.


Pleasant and very accommodating staffs welcome you as you enter the hotel lobby. Hotel staffs are also nice and friendly with their guests.

Front Desk – Hotel Lobby

A great place for seminar and other events for its big and great Function rooms, we able to do our training workshop and group exercises well…

Kalayaan 3 Function room located at the 3rd floor

Check-in is fast and we stayed at the 30th floor – twin sharing bed deluxe room). The higher floor is better, less noise compared to the lower floors. The rooms were good, clean and comfortable, just right size to accommodate number of person to use the room and it’s nice that all necessities were provided; strong wi-fi connection, mini-safe for valuables, toiletries, hair blower, LCD flat screen TV, mini ref, iron and iron board. There was also a room complimentary tea and coffee.



Evening view of Makati City from my room on the 30th floor
Morning view of the busiest city

Hotel Security feature is appropriately okay. Need to use door card as key to function the lift and be able to access the upper floors.

The pool on rooftop (exactly located at the 35th floor) was refreshing. Gym location is very ideal – glass panes above the pool with panoramic view of the city.



Breath taking view of the City from the 35th floor

The buffet at the Bay Leaf Restaurant located at the 2nd floor is good. Great food selection, serving different food variants for breakfast, lunch and dinner that will surely make you really full. Buffet Price for adult is 595 and for children 6 yrs old to 12 yrs old id 297.50. Opens Mondays to Sundays for Breakfast Buffet and Mondays to Fridays for Lunch Buffet.

Overall, it was a lovely stay and represents value for money. When there’s another chance I will surely back here.


St. Giles Hotel Makati
Makati Ave Corner Kalayaan Ave. Makati City
(02) 988 – 9888

Tiny Garden Creature


Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain – Henry David Thoreau

And my aster has a visitor, Tiny creature easily attracts to the open range of the flower petals, and it can help in the process of pollination.

A little creature that makes a big difference. heart

Flower and Garden Show at UPLB

Twice a year, flower and garden show is being held at UPLB. The show was headed by the Los Baños Horticulture Society.

Last October 7, 2016 the mid-year flower and garden show where been opened to the public. Landscapes from different gardens exhibitors were been displayed. Varieties of plants and flowers were being showcased in the event such as ornamental, herbal, fruit bearing, aerial, cactus and succulents. There are also several booths installed in the event wherein you can buy the plants you want. Ranges of the plants are from 35php and up depending on the type of plants you wanna buy. Aside from plants, there are also food stalls and some handmade water hyacinth products available.

There is only a minimal entrance fee as you enter on the show, price range from 5php for kids, 15php for students and senior citizen and 20php for adults.

The flower and garden show will be open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and it will run until Oct 16, 2016.

Landscape 3rd Place Exhibit
Landscape 2nd Place Exhibit
Landscape 1st Place Exhibit
Special Prize Exhibit


Cactus and succulent mini landscape
Malaysian Mumps
Violet Dendrobium


Tillandsia or so called “Cotton candy Plant”



A Visit to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church

I went to Lipa City, Batangas yesterday for my follow-up medical check-up. But when I got to the hospital, my doctor had an emergency so I have to wait for some time to reschedule my consultation.  Hospital is far too away from my house so I decided to think place where I can go while waiting for my doctor.

At first I went to the mall, but because I feel so bad I quickly got tired, suddenly I thought to go to Mt. Carmel also known as Our Lady Mt. Carmel Church (Our Lady of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace) It was my first time to visit the place and I don’t know the exact spot all I knew it was located near the Lipa Cathedral; I reached the place by inquiring and asking to people passing by.


I heard Mt. Carmel with my former colleagues (It is a Church and a monastery) They said that it is a miraculous and one of religious well known place in Lipa City Batangas because of the held apparition of Blessed Virgin Mary to a nun, Sister Teresa Castillo in 1948 and followed by the rose petals with Jesus Christ, Mama Mary and other religious images that fell in the sky decades after the famous apparition. It was also featured in some television shows, so I said to myself that if I have opportunity and free time I’m going to this place.

Novena and Prayer Devotion Area

I was amazed as I entered the place because of its simple modern design and architecture with a beautiful landscape. The main highlight of the area is the monastery garden where the apparition was held. It was so clean, quiet and solemn, a great site to reflect and pray. For sure I will be back here together with my family.

viewing deck at the prayer hall to look closely with Our Lady of Mary Mediatrix of all Grace and with the monastery garden. This is also the place where the apparition during 1948 happened.

View from the second floor of the prayer hall

How to get to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

  1. From Turbina/Manila/ Cubao/ North Area via Star toll way: Ride a bus with “Batangas Pier/ Tambo Exit” Signage and alight to Tambo exit. Ride a Jeepney with “Lipa Palengke” Signage and ask driver to drop you off to Mercury Drug Store (jeepney fare is 7php). Get on a tricyle tell to driver you go to Carmel Monastery (Tricycle fare is 20php).
  2. From Tanauan/ Calamba: You can ride a jeepney drop off to Lipa Cathedral and ride a tricycle going to Carmel Monastery
  3. From Batangas City: Board on Bus with “Lipa/Tanauan Signage”. Alight to Mc Donald’s Bus stop and take a jeepney ride going to “Lipa Palengke” ask driver to drop you off to Mercury Drug Store. Get on a tricyle tell to driver you go to Carmel Monastery.

Carmel Monastery is at the left side of the road in-front of Miraculous Village.

Address: P.Torres St. Poblacion Lipa City Batangas

Telephone Nos: (043) – 756- 2232

Mass Schedule: Monday to Friday – 6:00 am / Saturday – 6:00 am and 8:00 am / Sunday – 6:00 am, 7:30 am, 9:00 am and 11:00 am / 1st Saturday of the month – 5:00 am procession from Lipa Cathedral to Mt. Carmel, Mass starts at 6:00 am, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 4:00 pm / Every 12th day of the Month – 3:00 pm procession from Lipa Cathedral to Mt. Carmel, Mass starts at 4:00 pm

Website: http://marymediatrixofallgrace.com