Villa Escudero Plantation and Resort day Tour with Lunch

Our family went at Villa Escudero Plantation and resort for a day tour.  Actually, we got lost on our way there since our rented driver didn’t want to ask for directions. Arghh… if only we knew of the google map or waze app then I’m pretty sure we got there with ease.

Anyway, arrived at Villa Escudero in no time and we are greeted with beautiful natural surroundings with lush trees and all. It was almost Christmas time when we visited there so there are nice Christmas lanterns and decors. We enjoyed our ride to the resort proper because a carabao-drawn cart accompanied by a musician and singers serenade us with folk songs. However, I’m also a bit sad bec. the carabao (named Mutya) must have a hard time pulling our cart  because we are 18 all in all.  Going there during the holidays was not the right thing to do, I must say. Why? The place is too crowded with people eating at the “fake” waterfalls that only made me dizzy because of the very strong current.

We had our lunch at the foot of the hydroelectric Labasin Falls, which I said was over crowded that day being December (21). There is a long line at the buffet table and when it is our turn there’s not much food left at the table. We even had to go to our buffet tables but still the same, long lines and not much food because some people put a huge mountain like food on their plates hahaha.. The staff are not quick to replenish bec. the kitchen is far from the buffet table aside from them going to the water and stepping on the big rocks. We didn’t enjoy the food that we had like pansit, chicken, lumpia etc) The taste is just ok and nothing spectacular.

After eating at the table with cold water on our feet, we watched a Philippine cultural show where native dances are shown, which we enjoyed. It was also fun to have picture takings with the singers and dancers wearing Filipino costumes.

There are also pools at the back end where you can swim if you stayed at their resort. A bamboo raft was also available where you can paddle and cruise along the river and it was the activity that my nieces and nephews actually enjoyed. A life vest must be worn all the time even if you know how to swim.

We also toured the family-owned church museum with tons of antique relics and artifacts. We learned that those collections are dated back from Pre-History, Spanish colonial times and World War II.

Despite the sad and annoying things that we encountered on our visit at Villa Escudero, still, we had a good time and it was a must see place too bec. they are showcasing Philippine heritage.

Date of Trip: December 21, 2013

VILLA ESCUDERO PLANTATION AND RESORT
Website: http://villaescudero.com/
Km 91, Tiaong, Quezon

Contact Numbers: +63 (02) 523-0392, +63 (02) 521-0830, +63 (02) 523-2944, +63 917-583-7727, +63 919-993-4744, +63 923-741-0605

Our 6D/5N Singapore Itinerary

We’ve always wanted to go to Singapore for a visit but budget and schedule hinder us from flying there.   My sister’s friend who is already living there also keeps on inviting us to their house so finally we’re able to have a vacation there and we all had a grand time.

passportAll the itinerary where made by my sister so when I flew to Singapore with my mom and SIL with her daughter, I have no clue where we are going so I just followed.  Here is our 6D/5N Singapore Itinerary which is really short for a vacation because the 2 days where eaten up by the arrival and departure days, so all in all we only had 4 complete days in Singapore.

We flew via Cebu Pacific that has Terminal at NAIA 3. We safely arrived in Singapore after 3 1/2 hours at Changi Budget Terminal. The flight was a breeze and we passed the Immigration quickly enough.

6D/5N Singapore Itinerary
Day 1- Departure/Arrival
Day 2- Dukw Tour, Singapore Flyer, Vivo City
Day 2- pt. 2  Night Safari
Day 3 – Universal Studios
Day 4 – Sentosa Island , Bhukit Thima Market & Food Center
Day 5 – Jurong Bird Park, Ion Mall and Orchard Road
Day 6 – Departure Changi Budget Terminal

Our Singapore Vacation: Day 6 – Departure Changi Budget Terminal

Goodbye Singapore!! Hope to be there again!

We had a grand time in Singapore and the 6 days that we are there are to short to see all the wonderful places that they have. Actually, we have not been to other tourists spots for we are pressed for time but we hope we can come back in the future as I learned that there are more attractions that opened in the last 2 years.
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We flew back to Manila via Cebu Pacific and it was at  Changi Budget Terminal where we waited for our flight. The terminal is quite small compared to their main terminal and I learned that it is under construction right now. There are free computers that travelers can use so while waiting for our flight, I used one of the available pc for few minutes just to kill the time.
changi2 changi3 Thankfully, we don’t have excess baggage going home for we already put some of our stuff  on our carry on and personal bags.

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After an hour and half….. we’re back in Manila! Traveling is tiring BUT it’s so much fun!manila~~~~
Check out our:
Our 6D/5N Singapore Itinerary
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 1- Departure/Arrival
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 2- Dukw Tour, Singapore Flyer, Vivo City
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 2- pt. 2  Night Safari
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 3 – Universal Studios
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 4 – Sentosa Island
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 5 – Jurong Bird Park
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 6 – Departure Changi Budget Terminal

Our Singapore Vacation: Day 5 – Jurong Bird Park

This is a fun filled day once again in Singapore and today we went to Jurong Bird Park, home of various beautiful flowers, birds and animal species. It was  around 9 in the morning  when our service dropped us off there.

jurong bird park1JURONG BIRD PARK
2 Jurong Hill, Singapore
www.birdpark.com.sg

Opening Hours:  8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Ticket Prices/ Admission Fee
Adult – $25.00
Child (3-12 yrs old)- $16.00
Senior Citizen – $10.00

Exhibits inside:
African Waterfall Aviary, Royal Ramble, Lory Loft, Southeast Asian Birds Aviary, Hornbill and Toucans Exhibit, Penguin Coast, Dinosaur Descendents, Pelican Cove, Window of Paradise, World of Darkness, The Riverine, Jungle Jewels Flight Aviary, Parrot Paradise, Swan Lake

Upon entrance, luscious greenery and beautiful flowers such as  different varieties of orchids will greet every visitors. We stopped for a while to take lots of photos and this is my first time to have seen vast orchids in one place. Simply beautiful!

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PENGUIN COAST
It houses 4 species of penguins such as the Humboldt, Rockhopper, Macaroni and the majestic King Penguin. These penguins are just so cute and adorable and how’d I wish we can cuddle even just one of them. They swim around their enclosed cold pool to the delight of the visitors.
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FLAMINGO POOL
This is one of my fave place inside Jurong Park as it is home to beautiful  Chilean Flamingos and Caribbean Flamingos. These peach flamingos are just so cute. Feeding time is at 1:30 pm.
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BIRDS OF PREY
This is where we watched the bird shows. Hawks, eagles and vultures are beings shown here. My sister a nephew even volunteered here at the KING OF THE SKIES SHOW.
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The Breeding & Research Centre (BRC)
This center showcases the growth process of  birds that they have in the park. Comparison of biggest to smallest birds are there, very interesting place especially if you love birds and how they grow.
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WETLANDS & RAVERINE
WETLANDS

BIRDS  & BUDDIES SHOW
This is a not to be missed bird show as it is very exciting, interesting and fun as these birds can do tricks and can make us laugh. Visitors can join the show and can even get up close with some of the birds.
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LUNCH TIME
Our hungry stomachs lead us  at Bongo Burgers and Hawk Café.  I craved for burgers so me and my nephews came with me.

LORY LOFT
We boarded the tram that took us at the LORY LOFT where we had the opportunity to feed the birds. This aviary is home to beautiful lori birds that are also heady to be fed and photographed with you.
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LORY FEEDING
You can actually feed these beautiful red, yellow, green and blue Lories inside the aviary. They actually fly and come near you once they saw you holding their food. At first, I was so scared but got excited when they stepped on my head, hands and body. This is a MUST-TRY experience when you are inside Jurong Bird Park.

Look… 3 Lory birds are on me!
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AFRICAN WATERFALL AVIARY
This is home of more than 1,200 birds that are free flying as well. The rainforest paths and mangrove swamps will connect you to nature indeed. There is also a 30-ft man-made waterfall inside this walk-in aviary.
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Stayed at Jurong Bird park till 2:30 pm and went to ION MALL via MRT then later on went to ORCHARD ROAD for a quick and very rush shopping for souvenirs…

Tiring day.. home by past 9 pm… Our last day..!

Day 5 of 6 – July 6, 2012 (Friday)
Jurong Bird Park
Ion Mall
Orchard Road

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Check out our:
Our 6D/5N Singapore Itinerary
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 1- Departure/Arrival
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 2- Dukw Tour, Singapore Flyer, Vivo City
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 2- pt. 2  Night Safari
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 3 – Universal Studios
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 4 – Sentosa Island
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 5 – Jurong Bird Park
Our Singapore Vacation: Day 6 – Departure Changi Budget Terminal

Our Singapore Vacation: Day 4 – Sentosa Island

We really enjoyed Universal Studios Singapore and for our new adventure and on our 4th day in Singapore we spent  the day at Parkway Mall and Sentosa Island.

It was rainy and gloomy day but of course we are not stopped from enjoying the city eventhough we got wet while walking at Parkway mall. Since I only got one umbrella, my sis and other got wet ..lol  Anyway, we did a quick shopping and had our lunch because our 3 pm our service (sister’s friends) took us at Sentosa Island.

The view from Faber Point is simply breathtaking!Sentosa1 sentosa2sentosa3Singapore Cable Car
Riding the cable car via Mt. Faber is a must before you can arrive at Sentosa Island. I was with my mom, SIL, BIL at the cable while my sister and the teens are on other car. I got scared every time I ride a cable car because I have fear of heights. However, the view on top was beautiful and the ride is exciting and scary (for me..) sentosa4 sentosa5

Our first stop was at the TIGER SKY TOWER- Singapore’s Tallest Viewing Tower. It offers a panoramic view at 131 metres above sea level across Singapore, Sentosa and the Southern Islands. It is open daily from 9am – 9pm daily
Rates: S$15/Adult / S$10/Child
sentosa6The air conditioned cabin is  slowing spinning and allows guests to view the scenic and breathtaking sceneries. The tower made me a bit dizzy and I was not feeling well after riding it. Yay!SKYLINE LUGE
My nieces and nephews and even my sister still ahve lots of power so they decided to try Skyline luge wherein they have tried riding a Luge and Skyride. Luge is like a mini-golf cart that goes so fast while Sky ride  is like a lift above ground. As usual, I have not tried any of these because I was a bit sick that time.. boo.

SNAKE CHARMERS
Sis J, niece and nephew were able to hold the snakes for a fee of S$5.00 each and have their picture taken. I did not dare myself holding a snake for I will go crazy..lol
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We explored the place and arrived at the MERLION WALK. Merlion is a mythical creature which is half lion and half fish which is believed to be guardian of prosperity . The statue is 37 metre-tall and this symbolizes Singapore.
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You can actually go inside the Merlion and we had the chance to go inside the mouth and its head for a fee.
Rates:
Standard Rates
S$12 / Adult
S$9 / Senior Citizen^ / Child+

Local Resident Rates
S$10 / Adult
S$7 / Senior Citizen^ / Child+

BREAKTIME
Tired and hungry so we had some snacks and later on ice cream that we bought at STICKHOUSE Delicious for I ate chocolate with bit of almond on top.NOT FEELING WELL
I got sick because of that spinning Tiger Tower so I didn;t enjoy Sentosa that much… Sad..4D ADVENTURE LAND
You can choose among the 3 rides on a virtual 4-D roller coaster “Extreme Log Ride” and 4-D Interactive Shoot-Out game happening at “Desperados” and Pirates
RIDES

Unfortunately were not able to watch the SONGS OF THE SEA because my sister wanted to go home already. I didn’t even saw the beach. Arggghhh! Oh well I guess we are all tired and hungry already but we should have not missed that!! We left Sentosa Island at around 8pm.Later on we went to BHUKIT THIMA market and Food Center for our dinner but I didn’t like the place for it was dirty and noisy. We’re home by almost 10 pm…and we are all so dead tired!

Day 4 of 6 – July 5, 2012 (Thurs.)

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