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.

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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.

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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.

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Inside this room is the precious moments collection

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

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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.

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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

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

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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

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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
http://rave.pasigcity.gov.ph/

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.

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

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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…

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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.

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Evening view of Makati City from my room on the 30th floor
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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

A visit to Pepe’s House

My five years old son starting to wonder, “Who is Dr. Jose Rizal? And why He has a monument/statue?”  So I answered: “He is our National Hero and serve our country a long time ago, when we have free time we will drop by to his house…” He’s so like me when I was at the same age, but during my time my grandmother gave me children’s book about Jose Rizal’s childhood life written in Filipino….

So last Sunday right after we attended the holy mass I told to my son that we will visit Jose Rizal’s House since it’s a walking distance from St. John the Baptist Parish Church. (The house is right across the town church where He was baptized)

Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal also called Pepe as his nickname which derived in Latin, were they always followed “P.P” letters in San Jose’s name that stands for Pater Putativus (St. Joseph is the putative or commonly accepted Father of Christ) in which Spaniards pronounce “P as Peh”, giving Jose’s nickname as Pepe.

Dr. Jose Rizal was born at Calamba City Laguna, where their ancestral house was built. Unfortunately, the original house was destroyed during World War II; thereafter exact replica of the original house was rebuilt using the same materials from the original structure.

Now, Rizal’s shrine is one of the tourist spots here in Calamba aside from hot spring resorts. It serves as a museum of the memorabilia’s of Rizal childhood.

No entrance fee but donations are welcome. Opens Tuesday to Sunday 8:00 AM to  4:00PM

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How to go to Jose Rizal Shrine:

  1. From Manila: ride a bus with Sta. Cruz Signage, ask conductor to drop you off to Waltermart Calamba, from there, ride a tricycle and ask the driver to drop you off to Jose Rizal Shrine. You can also ride a bus with Mayapa/ Calamba Signage, tell the conductor to drop you off to the Crossing Terminal beside Calamba Medical Center, then ride a tricycle and ask the driver to drop you off to Jose Rizal Shrine.(Regular Fare is 10Php but if you want a special trip it cost 40Php)
  2. From Alabang: ride a bus at Alabang South Station, look for a bus with Mayapa/Calamba or Sta. Cruz Signage Tell the conductor to drop you off to Waltermart (for Sta. Cruz Signage) or to Crossing Terminal (for Mayapa/Calamba Signage) from there ride a tricyle and ask the the drive to drop you off to Jose Rizal Shrine
  3. From Batangas: Ride a bus going to Alabang/ Cubao/ LRT (make sure the bus will not pass-by to Star tollway) ask conductor to drop you off to Turbina. From Turbina, ride a jeepney with Crossing/SM Calamba Signage, From there ride a tricycle going to Jose Rizal Shrine.

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One Fun Day at Isdaan Resto – Fun Park

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I’d like to come back here and repeat Zyke’s Funny Post… We had been here years ago, as I remember we celebrated here our anniversary; how time flies: Today’s moments can be tomorrow’s memory! And we didn’t realize that we are making memories, all we just know is we were enjoying and having Fun!!

This is a place that you shouldn’t be missed when you go to Laguna. Delicious food, good service and a relaxing ambiance awaits you here at Isdaan Resto-Fun Park!

Isdaan is a Floating Restaurant serving Filipino dishes and it is located along National Highway Calauan, Laguna.  This restaurant is famous their huge size displays, and its beautiful architecture that you will feel that you are in another country because of its Thailand Theme.

Aside from their delicious food, there are also other activities that you can while inside Isdaan such as: Free Boat ride (just give 20Php Tip to the bangkero,) Buy Souvenirs, Face Painting for Kids, watch performance of acrobats, Play Tacsiyapo (Shame on You in English) to release negativity and burdens, all have to do is to smash and break the plate on the wordings found on the wall…

Soon we’ll be back here 🙂

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How to go to Isdaan Floating Resto – Fun Park:

  1. From Manila or Cubao Area: Ride a Bus with Sta. Cruz signboard and ask conductor to drop you off to Isdaan at Calauan or Ride a Bus with Alabang signboard and drop off to Alabang South Station Terminal, From there ride again a bus with with Sta. Cruz signboard and ask conductor to drop you off to Isdaan at Calauan
  2. From Crossing, Calamba: Ride a Jeepney or Bus with a Sta. Cruz signboard and tell to driver/ conductor to drop you off to Isdaan
  3. From Batangas Area: Ride a Bus going to Manila and ask conductor to drop you off to Turbina, From Turbina ride a jeepney going to Walter Mart and wait for a bus with Sta.Cruz signboard and ask conductor to drop you off to Isdaan at Calauan.

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Paradise + zoo = Paradizoo

Opportunity is the key! We always wait for the day that our rest days will match so that we can able to have our long “WE TIME”…

My son really loves animals, we also love nature so this time we explore the Paradise and Zoo in one – PARADIZOO; a Theme Farm located at Mendez, Cavite just few minutes from Tagaytay City.

Lots of attraction can be enjoy inside the farm such as close interaction with different kinds of animals, horseback and camel riding, animal feeding (which cost 60Php for a bundle of feeds), Zip Line, Fish Spa (but under renovation during our visit), learning the honey bees and butterflies, vegetable picking where you can buy and bring it at home at cheaper price, and take note that all vegetables are organic! (I bought ½ kilo of lettuce for only 50Php plus 10Php for each sweet pineapple)

Here’s my commuters guide to Paradizoo:

  1. From Olivarez Tagaytay ride Jeepney or bus with Mendez/Indang Sign board and tell to driver to drop you off at GalicaIII Mendez – in-front of Generica Drug Store (along mendez-indang road) and a few minutes before heading the town market (Fare: 15 Php)
  2. Ride a tricycle ask drive you’re going to Paradizoo – left side after Anuling- Maglabe drive intersection (Fare: 25 Php)
  3. There are tricycles passing by in-front of paradizoo where you can take back to the Mendez-Indang Road going back to Tagaytay

Regular Day Tour Entrance Fee to Paradizoo is 150Php but thanks to Coupon we only got for 79Php. They also offer cabins where you can have your overnight stay price starts at 900Php.

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This Café serves rice meals aside from coffees and drinks
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Welcome to Paradizoo!!!
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Hey there cute little bunnies!!!!

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wanna ride to this lil pony?!!!!
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You can also feed this Ostrich… at first I tried, but I step back when I saw his big beak 🙂
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Mr. Cow with not just four, but five legs…
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There is a free taste to these pineapples, and its sweet even not fully ripe
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Carrots blossoms, once it blooms the carrots are ready to harvest
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Lettuce: great for salad, you can pick and buy them in cheaper price

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beautiful swan landscape
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Mickey Mouse Plant

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Colored foot prints as guide for each areas

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Butterfly Garden

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Pet Cemetery where you can bury your beloved love pets and animals

Meditation Garden is a place to relax and great place to unwind the stressful mind

Overall, Paradizoo one of the best destinations to discover kid’s wonders, enjoy nature and experience farm life in a day while spending quality time and bonding activity with family and love ones.

This theme farm is also ideal and recommended for educational trip, picnic and other outdoor activity.

We had an awesome day experience!

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