Tagaytay Adventure

Just when I thought that another of our Tagaytay trip will be spent in any of our comfort zones – Starbucks, Carlos Pizza, Yellow Cab or just feeling the chilly wind in People’s Park – I was so happy when another idea came into the picture. We thought why not bring our baby boy to Residence Inn for a change. It will be his first and ours have been several years already since the last time we visited it.  Besides, being inside the mall on a Sunday is already starting to be a bore for all of us.

The plan turned out to be better than expected. Coming from La Salette after hearing mass, my wife remembers that foods are not allowed to be brought inside the place so we decided to have lunch before coming in. After discussing where we’ll have our noontime meal, we choose to stop over at Bag of Beans. We were here for almost a year already and that time we only had a quick coffee since it was late in the evening. This time we tried the rest of their menus.

Its no Starbucks, but believe me it may even be better.

It's no Starbucks, but believe me it may even be better.

Sunrise breakfast. Php 275.

Sunrise breakfast. Php 275.

Filipino breakfast. Php 185. I got this one and I think its worth it.

Filipino breakfast. Php 185. I got this one and I think it's worth it.

After the hearty lunch (although we ordered breakfast menus) that made us more ready and eager to burn the collected calories, we headed straight to our main destination – Residence Inn’s zoo. Upon arriving at the place, the parking seems to be a letdown because I can’t exactly remember if I parked our car several years ago inside (or near the inn’s entrance) or it’s been this way that parking for visitors is just along the road side – left entrusted to the delicacies vendors. Another surprising thing we soon discovered was that the entrance fee has already soared from just around Php70 before and is now at Php199. Ti abi. Despite feeling ripped, I paid for two (no fee for 2 years old and below) and proceeded.

The sulky feeling though quickly dissipated once we got inside. Seeing our little boy wide-eyed at the white lion just at the start of the trail cheered me up in an instant. And sooner as we went along the other cages in the zoo, I forgot all about the parking and the pricey entrance fee. My wife and I felt like small kids as well.

Inns entrance. The people shown here are picking free foods for the animals and birds.

Inn's entrance. The people shown here are picking free foods for the animals and birds.

A parrot welcoming everyone to the inn. This guy must be the most photographed among other birds and animals.

A parrot welcoming everyone to the inn. This guy must be the most photographed among other birds and animals.

Youll need at least an hour to complete this route.

You'll need at least an hour to complete this route.

This is also my first time to see a white lion...but Im not letting my son notice.

This is also my first time to see a white lion...but I'm not letting my son notice.

Anyone can have his photo taken while feeding the tiger.

Anyone can have his photo taken while feeding the tiger.

For Php 50 you can have your photo taken with this playful cub.

For Php 50 (per head) you can have your photo taken with this playful cub.

A camel in Tagaytay? No kidding.

A camel in Tagaytay? No kidding.

Spikey, stinky and cute porcupines.

Spikey, stinky and cute porcupines.

Stopping to check the overlooking view.

Stopping to check the overlooking view.

There used to be a pot-bellied pig in this cage. I dont know if the lion has something to do with its disappearance...

There used to be a pot-bellied pig in this cage. I don't know if the lion has something to do with its disappearance...

Fans of this inns pot-bellied pig will be delighted to see that theyve multiplied already.

Fans of this inn's pot-bellied pig will be delighted to see that it has multiplied already.

Checking one of the aquariums.

Checking one of the aquariums.

One of the snakes on display.

One of the snakes on display.

 

Whats going on every Sunday.

What's going on every Sunday.

We spent more than an hour roaming around the whole zoo. Our baby boy, although being carried all the time, has already fallen asleep right after the last stop at the aquariums. But little did we know that the best of this trip is yet to come. We will be visiting the Paradizoo farm and a coaster will take us from the inn – all inclusive from the entrance fee we paid earlier. Not bad, huh? If they would have made this clear in the first place, I would not have complained.

Free turon for everyone. You may get as much as you want - nice way to get the most out of the Php 199 entrance fee.

Free turon for everyone. You may get as much as you want - nice way to get the most out of the Php 199 entrance fee.

The ride from Residence Inn to Paradizoo took us approximately 15 minutes. The moment we arrived at the farm, we were immediately greeted by a guy who we soon learned will be our tour guide as well. I never thought that the farm visit will be this organized as I was thinking that we will be dropped off and will be left on our own to discover what’s in it and just to be picked up after an hour. Gladly, another of my assumption and expectation that day came to be wrong once more.

The farms flow of the tour. And to enjoy it best, I suggest that visitors come during Saturdays & Sundays at 3 PM to be able to see the animal parade which is being held only during this time.

The farm's flow of the tour. And to enjoy it best, I suggest that visitors come during Saturdays & Sundays at 3 PM to be able to see the animal parade which is being held only during this time.

A very accommodating tour guide.

A very accommodating tour guide.

The diversity of animals in this farm is unbelievable. Shown here is just the first stage of the tour.

The diversity of animals in this farm is unbelievable. Shown here is just the first stage of the tour.

A Dromedary camel up close.

Goat breeding area.

Goat breeding area.

The farm is littered with signs, directions and reminders. This is one of them.

The farm is littered with signs, directions and reminders. This is one of them. I just don't know if this is addressed to the passing goats.

This is a plant called Mickey Mouse due to its shapes resemblance to the famous Disney character. This by the way belongs to the eggplant family but is only used as an ornament.

This is a plant called Mickey Mouse due to its shape's resemblance to the famous Disney character. This by the way belongs to the eggplant family but is only used as an ornament.

A farm personnel orients visitors regarding the honey production process.

A farm personnel orients visitors regarding the honey production process.

How I wish this is my own back yard.

How I wish this is my own back yard. This is the farm's vegetable garden.

Farm visitors watching as a herd of sheeps parades in front of them.

Farm visitors watching as a herd of goats parades in front of them.

Greyhound dogs were also participants of the parade. However, instead of marching around they were made to race against each other for just a lap. The farm breeds and sell them.

Greyhound dogs were also participants of the parade. However, instead of marching around they were made to race against each other for just a lap. The farm breeds and sells them.

A 5-legged bull joining the animal parade.

A 5-legged bull joining the animal parade.

A group of Llamas that participated in the parade.

A group of Llamas that participated in the parade.

The farm also has a souvenir shop (right) and a cafeteria (left).

The farm also has a souvenir shop (right) and a cafeteria (left).

I never knew that our Sunday will be like no other Sundays we had. And likewise, I never knew that somewhere in Tagaytay are two better places than the pricey coffee shops or pizza parlors. Being closer to nature and seeing the animals at the zoo are more exciting and educational than being inside the air-conditioned and over-crowded noisy malls.

 

 

 

Mood: 2/10 Honks!

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