SAVVY SOJOURNS TO PARADIZOO FARM

BY PIE RIVERA

Imagine 10-hectares of rollings hills filled with farm animals from camels to ostriches, a variety of organic vegetables lined up, and fresh fruits ripe for the picking. Imagine no more, as when in Tagaytay City, Paradizoo Farm is just around the corner and is a must-visit.


During summer, there are plenty of activities you can witness just like a native Igorot dance or experience riding a miniature horse which are great for photo ops. An 18-colony honey bee breeding area used to be at one side of the area where you can buy bottles of fresh honey (wonder why I did not see this during my last visit). There is also a butterfly farm. But the highlight of the entire theme farm is the Infinity Pond (sorry folks, could not find my photos of this pond, tsk tsk). Live ducks were even present during my recent visit.


Paradizoo Farm is not new to the world of animals in captivity in the Philippines - the Yupangco's are the same owners as Residence Inn also in Tagaytay City, Zoocobia in Olongapo and the famous tigers in the wild - Zoobic Safari in Subic.

GETTING THERE 
Getting to Paradizoo Farm is quite tricky for me. The best way that I recommend is have Residence Inn shuttle you to Paradizoo Farm - since you can also buy your entrance tickets at Paradizoo Farm through Residence Inn. Paradizoo Farm is located at Mendez in Cavite but accessible to Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay City.

For inquiries :

Makati City Head Office :
Tel : 02-898-3695  / 02-895-7142 / 02-899-9824 
www.paradizoo.com.ph

For rates, please see the picture below :
 



My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.


Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.


SAVVY SOJOURNS TO PEOPLE'S PARK IN THE SKY

BY PIE RIVERA

The People's Park in the Sky was initially built as an ambitious project. Previously referred to as Palace in the Sky which was constructed in 1979 by the former First Lady, Imelda Marcos. I say ambitious as one of the highest mountains in the province of Cavite was said to be leveled into half. A construction for a presidential guesthouse intended for the former US President Ronald Reagan (who never came) changed Mount Sungay.




Had former President Ronald Reagan pushed through with his arrival, he would have witnessed a majestic spread of marriage between man-made art and natural wonders. The area is surrounded by four bodies of water such as Balayan Bay, Laguna de Bay, Manila Bay and the Taal Lake with the Taal Volcano within.

With the supposed grand plans, it took seven years for this infamous building to be enjoyed by the public under the People Power Administration of the demised former Philippine President Cory Aquino.


 The People's Park in the Sky used to possess a well-maintained Japanese Garden. During our visit though, the garden resembles a flattened Chocolate Hills in Bohol where the vibrant greens turned into brown - bermuda grasses were akin to a receding hairline and there were even tall, sharp and slender grassess (known as ligaw na damo) as seen in the photo above. The garden could use some colors with the addition of blossoming flowers. Such a pity that the abundant rainfall in Tagaytay City could not be maximized with a flourishing garden.


Concrete seating areas can be found in the garden, with some, comfortable enough with thatched roofs and concrete tables.

 

The garden was not the only thing which showed that the People's Park in the Sky is not maintained properly. As you enter the compound, the huge signage "People's Park in the Sky" lacks the letter "E" in the word "THE." Just a small thing, I know, but tourist destinations should be (almost) spotless especially if you are paying for an entrance (Php15 each) - no matter how small it may be. 




OUR LADY MOTHER OF FAIR LOVE
As you ascend to a flight of stairs built from large stones with steel railing, you will see a statue of Our Lady Mother of Fair Love carrying the young Jesus Christ.  A plaque to its right side tells a story of how the statue was brought to this place in December 1974 by Hernan D. Reyes, his four students and two workers. With the construction of the Palace in the Sky, "workers attempted several times to bring down with dynamite blasts the huge rock on which Our Lady is perched but they were unsuccessful. Upon discovering Our Lady, they left the rock intact concluding that Our Lady does not want to leave this place" the scribbling says.



STATUE OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Just a few more steps to the next floor is a huge statue in white hue of Jesus Christ, arms outstretched, with the Sacred Heart showing. This also serves as another viewing deck, an open one, apart from the guesthouse to the left. 


The statue could have and should have been left to its holy presence but vandalism, writings at the foot of the statue using blue and black pentel pens by various people were abundant and disturbing to say the least. It's not only unethical but down right disrespectful to this holy structure. Walls, much more statues of holy beings are not there for public writings - vandalism is not only a malicious act of destruction but an insult to the intelligence of those visiting this public property. Talk about manners here, it's absolutely irritating and infuriating! Good thing the panoramic spectacle, sprinkled with rainshowers made my temper mellow after seeing this form of defacement.

 
GETTING THERE
How do you get to The People's Park in the Sky?

 
VIA PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Just before the Tagaytay Rotunda, along the Olivarez Plaza where fastfood chains are abundant, jeepneys bound for the People's Park in the Sky can be found. At Php16 per passenger. Enjoy the ride as you will pass by several tourist spots and establishments on your way. People's Park in the Sky is located at the last drop off point of these public vehicles. Word of caution when going back, don't be persuaded or fooled by locals who tells you that no public transportation go up to People's Park in the Sky - during weekends, there are tons of visitors so you dont have to pay more than you should. There are still locals in this area who try to earn by overcharging, so be wary. There are jeepneys that go down at the foot of the mountain - this is another jeepney terminal (apart from the rotunda) and will bring you to various points in Tagaytay City.

 
VIA PRIVATE VEHICLE
From the Tagaytay Rotunda, turn left along Aguinaldo Highway and go all the way the road. You will be passing by several establishments (Loumar's Pies, Keni Po Rooms, etc), you will even see Picnic Grove to your right. Follow the road that leads atop Mount Sungay where People's Park in the Sky is located.    



My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.


Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

SAVVY SOJOURNS TO TAGAYTAY CITY

BY PIE RIVERA

Tagaytay City was proclaimed as a chartered city by President Manuel L. Quezon in 1938. In 1992, Mayor Benjamin Erni built the iconic fruit arch marking the city's boundary. The city is further divided into 34 barangays. Tagaytay City is part of Cavite province in Luzon region.

So what makes Tagaytay City as the Philippines' 2nd summer capital and a constant weekend destination?

Taal Lake and Taal Volcano over-looking Tagaytay ridge

The iconic view of the Taal Lake and Volcano, where you can marvel at an active Volcano located in a lake. To make it more inviting, the volcano houses another lake within and that lake has an island within. Crazy you say? For all those who have not seen this natural wonder, you have to see for yourself as photographs would not give justice to this breathtaking panoramic landscape. The more you look at it, the more you are enticed by its charm. And the Tagaygay Ridge delivers 32 kilometers of vantage points from Mount Sungay, where the People's Park in the Sky was erected, to Mount Batulao in the west. As for Taal Volcano, there were recorded eruptions from the 1800s to the 20th Century. Even the 21st Century reported news of its brewing rim. The destructive force of this small volcano has killed more than 1,300 people when it erupted in 1911 and the ashes reached Manila.


As if the scenic view is not enough, add the cool crisp whip of air that envelops you 365 days of the year. Tagaytay City is characterized by abundant rainfall keeping its temperature low and its high elevation providing cooler days and nights particularly during the months of December to February.


Delicious Bagnet from PAMANA located at Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay City


Trudging the Aguinaldo Highway, it is only 55 kilometers away from Manila. Tagaytay City has become the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. You may opt for a day tour savoring delicious dishes from various restaurants or find a relaxing respite overnight with the many boutique hotels mushrooming through the years. Finding an affordable room or luxury hotels is not a problem when in Tagaytay City.

Wonder where Tagaytay City found its name? Legend has it that the word Tagaytay originated from a folklore about a father and his son during a hunt. When divided into two words, Tagaytay would seem to come from "taga" which means to cut and "itay" meaning father. Locals say that the father with his son was on a wild boar hunt when the animal attacked the father and the boy repeatedly shouted "taga itay!" Story say that natives heard the boy's cry and became the subject of their talks for days.


Families bond through various activities. A constant scene are horse-back riding but these past couple of years, an exhilarating ride in the zipline has also become its major attraction.






Food should not be missed when in Tagaytay City. Dining in this bucolic ridge gives a different high - you savor sumptuous dishes amidst a stunning backdrop. Whether you feel like having English Pies for Breakfast, Indian cuisine to test your ability to name the spices used, to enjoying Greek food and feasting over heirloom recipes, Tagaytay restaurants will surely bring you to heightened senses.

Still not convinced that Tagaytay City is a must visit when in Luzon? Join Savvy Sojourns this month as we take a deeper look on various sights and tastes that Tagaytay City has to offer.



My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.


Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

SAVVY SOJOURNS : PRELUDE TO TAGAYTAY CITY

BY PIE RIVERA

Finally! Savvy Sojourns makes its first official article, the prelude to my several series of posts featuring one destination in a month's time. So what is this Prelude all about? It's nothing fancy, but with each month, I shall introduce what the featured destination of Savvy Sojourns is. Simply put, it's a glimpse of what a particular month has to offer.

The Philippines consisting of 7107 majestic islands is grouped intro three : Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Luzon is the northern part of the archipelago. The Philippines is further subdivided by Visayas in the middle and Mindanao at the southern end. From these regions, gave birth an inspiration for each month's posts. I shall begin with a destination in Luzon, the next month from Visayas and the next in Mindanao. So quarterly, my dear readers, we shall get to know more about the Philippines through these major regional groups. No random posts of my travels here, it's a chronological feature from each region and the cycle continues - featuring another Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao destination after three months. This way, I can give equal exposure to LuzViMin (the abbreviation for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao).



For the first official month of Savvy Sojourns, allow me to present to you one of my favorite cities, Tagaytay City. It's one of my favorites due to its proximity from Metro Manila, the cool climate and the sumptuous dishes that destination restaurants offer. It is the Philippines' second summer capital next to Baguio City and famous for its iconic landmark - the Taal Volcano in a lake. Many restaurants and hotels line this bucolic ridge and all claim to give the best view of the intriguing volcano.

This month, we shall visit some tourist spots where people of all ages will enjoy, a relaxing haunt and some deliriously delicious dining destinations.



So I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world, those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that food comes first for me, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats. Welcome to Savvy Sojourns, a journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries.


Is Tagaytay City one of your favorite destinations too? Feel free to share your thoughts.

My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.


Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

Savvy Sojourns ... Ready For Lift Off ... In 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2

BY PIE RIVERA


The anticipation is killing me!

A few stumbled into this young travel website that is a work in progress (views from the Philippines, United States of America, Russia, United Kingdom and Germany  as of this writing) has heard of this new travel blog. I am extremely excited and totally freaking out!


With the many things that I would want to do at Savvy Sojourns, I have to set boundaries to avoid a buffet of sorts.



The official work is about to begin as Savvy Sojourns lifts off as one of the newest Philippine Travel Blogs to hit the blogging world. So join me at Savvy Sojourns as I journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries.


My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.

Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

Savvy Sojourns Almost Ready For The Journey




Savvy Sojourns is almost ready for a world of pleasurable discoveries.



Though much of the leg work from the name that this travel blog will carry, the conceptualization of segments or categories, to the places that will be featured have been finalized last August 2011, it is still taking me quite sometime to officially start with this new project, a travel blog.

My food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content
Don't get me wrong, travel writing comes naturally too, though not as much as food writing (check out my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content). I felt the need to constantly check the look of this travel blog where several repositioning took place and even setting up the same name at another free blogging site.

Fueled by my passion for discovering the amazing sights our 7107 islands has to offer, I think it's high time that this travel blog lifts off!



So allow me to personally invite you to join me here at Savvy Sojourns and together, journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries.

My sincerest thanks for checking out this site and spending your precious time. Hope you continue to join me as I share my journey to a world of pleasurable discoveries only here at Savvy Sojourns.

I hope you will join me as I explore a larger world. Those who have seen my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content know that for me, food comes first, but travel is equally rewarding that is part and parcel when in the hunt for delicious eats.

Your comments and suggestions are valuable for the development of Savvy Sojourns. Feel free to write at the comment box or email me at savvysojourns@yahoo.com or pierivera@savvysojourns.net.


Let's connect through these :



Hope you would also check out my food blog, Eat To Your Heart's Content for deliriously delicious dining discoveries.

Until next time, as I always say, Live Well, Laugh Often, Eat To Your Heart's Content!

Pie Rivera is a food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine. For subscriptions to the magazine, you may email them at subscription@7107magazine.ph. You can also check their WEBSITE.
 
All photos in this site were captured by Pie Rivera unless otherwise stated.
Information and rates indicated in the articles are accurate at the time of visit by this writer.

the journey will begin soon...

Savvy Sojourns ...

The journey begins, soon.

Hope you will join me in a wonderful world of savvy sojourns!

See you soon!