Christmas and Family Photoshoot at Louisse Private Resort – Taytay, Rizal

My 2 sisters and their family living in Australia and Riyadh went home for the Christmas holidays few years back and it was the time we’re all complete (sans my dad). Nothing compares to the bonding times that we had as a family. Since we are complete, we decided to have a family portrait that we all can keep. Looking for a place where we can have our photoshoot, my sister stumbled upon LOUISSE PRIVATE RESORT online, which happens to be just near our place. She browsed their website and inquired while she’s still in Riyadh.

I was the one who was assigned to contact them through phone and I immediately book a slot for us. I called them via phone, reserved a slot and paid the downpayment at BPI. We took the 22 hours reservation that is from 7:00pm-5:00pm for P21,000 and luckily we got the DEC. 25 (yes, Christmas day) – Dec. 26 slots for our photoshoot and swimming too. We also did visit the place few days before our reserved date to see if it nice and we’re impressed upon closer inspection of the place.

We had our Christmas Party at the resort: opening of gifts and family picture taking were indeed so much fun. A karaoke was also available for us to sing while wi-fi is available but it is weak that we can’t even connect. We stayed up a bit late singing at the karaoke and exchanging stories, jokes and all.

Louisse Resort at night

Since we are having a formal photoshoot the next day, we woke up early around 5am because the make-up artists are already there. We are clad in red formal dresses and with our nice make-up on. We took the photography services from GREAT IMAGE at SM Taytay. A professional photographer and his assistant came to the resort as well to take photos of us. (Sorry, but i will not be sharing our family photos here). Their service took around 2 hours.

After the photo session, we are already itching to dip and dive into their pool. In no time, most of us are rushing and swimming at the resort’s pool.

We had up until 5pm to stay at the pool swimming, singing and having fun at their nice resort. The water was a bit cold at their infinity pool that time so I didn’t stay much in the pool, but the kids and the teens have so much energy swimming and staying in the water.

We got 3 rooms during our stay (1 master and 2 guestrooms) which are all air-conditioned and spacious.  The kitchen was also spacious and we had our dinner and lunch at the gazebo where we had our buffet. There are quite numerous no. of toilets there, if I’m not mistaken there are 2 upstairs and 2 downstairs.

To inquire at their resort, contact them at:

Website: http://www.louisseprivateresort.com/
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/LouissePrivateResort/
Email: louisseprivateresortofficial@gmail.com
Super Late Post: Travel Date: Dec. 25-26, 2013

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 Singapore Vacation: Day 1- Departure/Arrival

Day 1 of 6- July 2, 2012 (Monday)
Departure –
NAIA 3, Philippines
Arrival –
Changi Airport, Singapore

I traveled with my mom, sister-in-law and her daughter and 2 nephews/ 1 niece via Cebu Pacific.  Since I don;t want to be late for our flight we left the house early for our 1:30 pm flight.

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Travel taxes:
P 1,620.00 for adults
P 810.00 for my 9yr old niece

Since we are there early, the counters of Cebu Pacific were still closed so we waited for few more minutes for it to open. Our baggage are excess of 20 kilos so what we did was to get some of the stuff that we have and put them on our hand carry luggage.  We are only allowed 60 kilos for the 7 of us.

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over baggage !!

After doing some minor changes on our luggage, we weighed  them again. The weight is 69 kilos so we have 9 kilos excess.
Excess baggage = P400/kilo = 9 x P 400 = P3,600, but the teller made us only pay for P600, yey ! .

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This travel is memorable for it was the 1st time for my 9yr old niece to ride an airplane that’s why she was scared and excited at the same time. We arrived at Singapore’s Budget Terminal at past 2 pm and it was raining a bit and quite hot when we arrived. Wheel chairs are available so we took one for mom so she will not have a hard time walking.

After waiting for 30 mins, my sisters, BIL and friend arrived to get us. We all  stayed (10 of us)  at my sister’s friend at a nice subdivision at Bhukit Thima.

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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

Ang Pinaka Livable Cities in the Philippines

Ang PINAKA TV show of QTV11 has listed  Ang Pinaka Livable Cities in the Philippines.

10. Manila – Capital City of the Philippines
9. Bacolod – City of Smiles
8. IloIlo –  Princess City of the South
7. Baguio – Summer Capital of the Philippines, City of Pines
6. Davao – Highly Urbanized City
5. Tagaytay
4. Puerto Princesa– Green City
3. Quezon City – City of Stars
2. Makati City – Commercial and Financial Center of the Philippines
1. Cebu City – Queen City of the South
Cebu_CityImage source: Wikipedia

Puzzle Mansion in Tagaytay City: Home of the World’s Largest Collection of Jig-saw Puzzles

After going to Sky Ranch, we initially wanted to have a Mother’s Day (May 12) lunch but the restaurant that we wanted was still full so we just decided to go to Puzzle Mansion. You’ll never miss Puzzle Mansion because of the numerous big arrow signage along the way telling you where it is located and how many more kilometers.

Puzzle Mansion, is now the home of the “world’s largest collection of jig-saw puzzles” by Gina Gil- Lacuna and just last Nov. 29, 2012, she was awarded by the Guinness Book of World Records. Her more than 250 framed puzzles that she collected for the last 25 years are displayed at the Puzzle Mansion located in Tagaytay city.

Puzzle Mansion

the very stiff road leading to the Puzzle Mansion

Our van could not come down there but fortunately they have a jeepney service for their guests but you need to pay P10/each (sana libre na lang!! hehe). We’re 11 all in all and while we’re travelling down, we jokingly scream as if we’re in a roller coaster ride. Our driver even drove it fast so we can enjoy..lol

Entrance fee: Php100

Puzzle Mansion 2The Puzzle Mansion’s jeepney service that can accommodate around 15 guests.
Fee: Php 10.00 each – I thought this is a free shuttle service

Puzzle Mansion 3The Puzzle mansion used to be their summer rest house but it was converted to gallery for her puzzle collections, Bed and Breakfast where there are numerous rooms where you can stay and enjoy and also a business center.

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Las Hilanderas – 10,000 pieces and this is said to be the hardest puzzle

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Mickey’s Racing Team- The curator said this is the very first puzzle that Mrs. Gina-Gil Lacuna has made

Puzzle Mansion 8Puzzle Mansion 7various puzzles on display: 2d/3d/4d puzzles, wood/paper puzzle and more!

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Posing at one of the biggest puzzle – Retablo de Santa Columba- (with 18,000 pieces!) on display with her Guinness award certificate

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Us with the owner, Mrs. Gina Gil-Lacuna (on white skirt), who talked to us and showed us around the souvenir shop

We’re fortunate that time because Ms. Gina was around that time to talk to us and other guests telling about her collections. She told us that she is assembling another puzzle with 32,000 pieces that she will enter in Guinness once again to break her own record! Amazing and ang tyaga nya!

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This is the current puzzle with 32,000 pcs. that Ms. Gina Gil-Lacuna is trying to finish as of this writing

Puzzle Mansion 14You can buy puzzles, shirts and other stuff at their store. You can even order a customized puzzle with your own photo or whatever for P3,000.

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of course, I will not be going home without buying a souvenir shirt

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Also bought 1 box (P350) of their famous creamy buko pie, which is delicious!

Puzzle Mansion Puzzle Mansion lots of plants displayed, I think some of them are for sale.
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Purok 4 Cuadra
St. Barangay Asisan, Tagaytay City, Philippines
Email Add: puzzlemansion@gmail.com
Web site: www.thepuzzlemansion.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PuzzleMansion

Call us for inquires or reservations
Tel: 02 661- 0019
Tel: 0905- 225 0229

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