Category: Travel Diary

Lego Store in the Philippines

Are you a Lego fan? Then you should be excited that the first Lego Store finally opened in the Philippines! The store is located at Bonifacio Global City Taguig!

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Selfies at #SelfieEscolta

We always tend to look for adventures in unexplored islands or places not knowing that there are beautiful spots that were once at their peak, but now have been forgotten. Instead of searching for the unknown, we went searching for our past to rediscover the beauty of a street that used to be “THE MAKATI” of its time, ESCOLTA.

I got an invite from a friend to like a page entitled #selfiEscolta. I am not stingy giving “likes” on pages but this one really caught my attention. Escolta is one of the oldest and used to be a famous street in Manila during its glory days. I never knew that because I was probably too young, or maybe I wasn’t even born yet at that time. It was the commercial district. It was “THE” place to be at when people in the 1950s needed to shop, unwind, and socialize. However, after a number of decades, businessmen started to build new establishments to catch up with the times. Slowly, the brightness of Escolta started to dim until most of what was left of it are abandoned buildings and memories. NOT! This year, 2014 marks the beginning of its revival.

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IloIlo Trip: Higantes Island

I have been in a state of hiatus! This is something I need to get over with. Since we are back to the rainy season here in the Philippines, let me reminisce and post about my summer escapade. I have been to Boracay countless times and I can say that it has its unique beauty. However, I have to admit that there are more islands and beaches in the Philippines that can beat the beauty of the well commercialized La Boracay. In my Iloilo City trip last summer, I was able to tour a little with the limited time I was given to stay in the City (my travel was intended for work). The highlight of them all was my trip to Higantes Islands.

When you research about Iloilo City, you’ll read about Guimaras Island. This was exactly what I had in mind. I was so ready to see Guimaras. However, the locals that me and my colleagues got to know told us that we shouldn’t miss, and we DEFINITELY had to go to Higantes Islands. I got my phone and checked on the unfamiliar name and boom! Seeing the first picture made me decide immediately to change my Guimaras plan to Higantes Islands instead.

Let’s start first with our tour in some parts of Iloilo. We went to Miag-ao Church, one of the historic churches in Iloilo. After this, we dropped by Sulu Garden, a Japanese inspired restaurant, where we had our “merienda”. This is just a few walks away from UP Visayas. From UP Visayas, we took a jeep (or s shuttle) to Garin Farm. Too bad it was already late afternoon. The farm closes at 5pm and we arrived there 4:30pm. Thus, we decided to walk and see this old but beautiful San Joaquin cemetery.

Check out the vlog of this trip here.

Although I would love to share in this blog the prices/rates of our Higantes Islands trip, the locals were very kind to treat us so I wouldn’t know exactly how much a trip here would cost.

From Iloilo City, we travelled 2 hours to Estancia. From Estancia, a boat ride for another 1 1/2- 2 hours took us to the beautiful Higantes Islands. Of the many islands of Higantes, we were able to go to Cabuyao Island, Tanke Island (Tank), and Antonia Island. There’s no better way to admire the wonders of these islands than a video!

Here’s the trip to Higantes Islands.

The islands are soooo clean! They are not salty at all so I enjoyed swimming! If you guys happen to travel in Iloilo, ask about Higantes Islands. It is one of the hidden paradises here in the country!

Amused in Star City

When I was younger, Star City was the nearest amusement park and the happiest place to be! After years of not visiting it, it was time to see the changes in it. I was amused to see that Star City has gotten better and better. They still have their signature rides and new ones for the kids and kids at heart. Now who wants to check out Star City?

The Star City Map

Kiddie Rides.

  • Kiddie Bumper Car*
  • Kiddie Wheel
  • Magic Tea Cup
  • Ball Pool*
  • Rodeo*
  • Quack Quack
  • Little Tykes

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Water Ball
Water Ball

Family Rides

  • Happy Swing
  • Dragon Express*
  • Magic Forest
  • Giant Star Wheel*
  • Red Baron
  • Wacky Worm*
  • Telecombat*
  • Grand Carousel
  • Giant Star Wheel
    Giant Star Wheel
    Wacky Worm
    Wacky Worm
    Telecombat
    Telecombat

    Dragon Express
    Dragon Express

Kids at Heart

  • Tornado
  • Bumper Car
  • Jumping Star
  • Bumper Boat
  • Blizzard*
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Blizzard

Extreme Rides

  • Star Frisbee
  • Viking*
  • Star Flyer*
  • Jungle Splash (Which I remember as “Wild River”)*
  • Surf Dance
Jungle Splash
Jungle Splash
Star Flyer
Star Flyer
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Viking
Viking
Viking

Attactions

  • Time Tunnel
  • Gabi ng Lagim*
  • Peter Pan
  • Pirate Adventure*
  • Dungeon
  • Land of the Giants
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Gabi ng Lagim
Pirate Adventure
Pirate Adventure
Pirate Adventure
Pirate Adventure

There are special attractions like Laser Blaster, Scream Adventure (a ride with film showing), Snow World which we went to, and Zip Aventure (zipline).

SNOW WORLD is cool! Since we don’t get to experience snow in the Philippines, this is the closest we can get without leaving Manila. Just make sure you wear close shoes so you do not have to rent for theirs which can cost you 20 Php. Digital cameras and cam-cording device are not allowed inside Snow World. Do not attempt to bring it unless you want your gadget to moist and eventually malfunction. It is really freezing inside. They have an official photographer in case you want your pictures taken inside. A picture costs 100 Php.

TICKET PRICES:

Admission Fee is 65 Php

Ride all you can is 420 Php (This does not include the special attractions)

Laser Blaster is 100Php (per game)

Snow World is 130 Php

Scream Adventure is 120 Php

Zip adventure is 100 Php

This visit to Star City definitely amused me. We weren’t able to try all the rides because we arrived late and didn’t get enough time before its closing. Nevertheless, Star City is a trip for everyone who wants to have fun. It continues to update its rides and attractions for new and returning clients. If you want to visit Star City, you can check the information below.

Star City is open daily. M-TH 4pm onwards, F-SUN 2pm onwards

Visit their website here.

Add them on FACEBOOK.