Sunday, June 22, 2014

Gastardo Family Tours Tagaytay

As promised that once the family car in the metro I will tour the family around, so Tagaytay was first in line, considering that one, it's adjacent to Metro Manila, two, it's Sunday and the city's places of worship run aplenty, three, there's plenty of tourist points, and last but definitely not the least, the climate is colder. 

Our journey started with attending a Holy Eucharist at the Pink Sisters, then ala-picnic-breakfast at People's Park. Attending a Sunday Mass is free, it only cost us P20.00 for the parking space inside the church's vicinity. The picnicking however cost P50.00 entrance fee per head (free for children aging 4yo and below) plus P35.00 parking fee and P100.00 table charge. Fun rides here have separate charges at one's choice, but the viewing of the Taal Volcano and the lake is totally free.

Followed by a visit to the Puzzle Museum and a lunch of "bulalo" at Mahogany Market. The entry to the Jigsaw Puzzle Museum was expensive, it cost P100.00 for each person (still free for children aging 3yo and below). We took home a souvenir photo in jigsaw puzzle pieces, so P500.00 was an additional expense of the trip. Parking space is free, though.

The tour closed at Skyranch. It was far more improved that the last time I was here with some friends. There are plenty of funrides (e.g. zipline, skycruise, carousel, giant wheel, roller coaster)  to choose from; they each cost a hundred pesos or more, plus the P80.00 entrance fee per head. We did not take any ride this time; we may have it some other times in the future. 

On our way back we had a short drop at Rowena's for the buko pie and ube tart. All in all, the family tour to Tagaytay cost me P4,825.00 as broken down below:

Parking fee at Pink Sisters                         P     20.00
Entrance fee at People's Park                    P   350.00
Parking fee at People's Park                      P     35.00
Table charge at People's Park                    P   100.00
Entrance fee at Puzzle Museum                  P   800.00
Souvenir photo                                          P   500.00
Lunch of Bulalo & Tawilis                          P1,400.00
Parking fee at Skyranch                             P     50.00
Rowena's buko pie & ube tart                   P   370.00
Fuel (full tank)                                           P1,200.00

Monday, June 9, 2014

Landtrip with Parental Guidance

I intend to do staycation in June 2014 following my 11-month project with AARC (Ireland) providing technical assistance to DepEd in implementing public financial management reforms. It turned out to be a 7-day vacation however, since my parents were insistent in starting the journey, which is landtrip from our place in Surigao to Manila, driving our Toyota Innova.
Two times we boarded the Roll on - Roll off boat, one in Lipata (Surigao)-Benit (Southern Leyte) and another in Allen (Northern Samar)-Matnog (Sorsogon)

Montenegro Liner, one of the Roll On - Roll Off (RORO) boats crossing the straits of Norther Samar and Sorsogon

That was sunset when we passed San Juanico Bridge

New tourist spot within Cagsawa Ruins

It was when we passed some municipalities in Albay when the beautiful Mayon Volcano showed herself to Papa Tantong and Mama Dulcing

We  (Papa, Mama, Celoy our alternate driver, and Tiyo Mauro, my father's bro) made a sidetrip to Cagsawa Church Ruins