Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Zoobic Safari

We had attended the Subic International Marathon last weekend and I was supposed to run 21 km but because of my period my boyfriend did not allow me to run, this was the argument few days before the event... I tried to reason with him, but he still did not agree.. :(

Since the run will start so early in the morning of Sunday, the original plan is to drive to Subic on Saturday afternoon and check-in to a hotel nearby the place of the event so we can rest before the actual run.  But since I lost the argument to run the 21km, I asked him if we can add Zoobic Safari in our itinerary. #PampalubagLoob.  So we left Manila at 6 am and arrived in the area at ~10am.   The zoo opens at 8am so when we arrived in the area there were already lots of people around, mostly students from different schools and families with their kiddos.

Zoobic Safari is not like an ordinary zoo that we tried here in Metro Manila where you will just pass by each cage and take pictures.  Zoobic Safari is a 25 hectares land housing different animals (except giraffes and elephants) and have different attractions in each station which includes shows and interaction with the animals.

First stop is of course the main ticketing area where you can buy your passes to the zoo:
495 php - Adults
395 php - Kids (3 ft to 4 ft)
Free - Kids (3ft and below)

You will be given option to buy the shuttle ticket for only 50 php or bring your own car to tour around the area.  It is best to ride the shuttle service to avoid the hassle in following where everybody is going and the stress in parking your car in each destination, plus you've got to interact with other families and hear the tour guide's instructions and reminders.

You will be advised to wait to be assigned in a big group and while waiting, you will also have an option to have a picture taken to the white siberian tiger for only 240 php (1-2 pax).  I really want try it but as expected my very brave boyfriend said no :( ... so i just had my picture taken outside the cage of the gigantic white siberian tiger and the tiger background #corny!

We were assigned to Mariel as our tour guide...

After the orientation, next stop is the animal show...There was a parade of trained animals doing their different stunts plus the volunteers from the audience who want to play and interact with the animals where both kids and adults enjoyed.  I did enjoy the show and was thinking of bringing my niece and my nephew next time..the kids will surely love it.

Next stop... zoobic park

I have to take note that there really are White Carabaos, they are called Albino Carabarao... i remember joking around about it and wallaaah! white carabaos are true... hahaha!
Next stop, zoobic cave where you can find preserved animals... i feel for those baby animals who died and are just serving their purpose as preserved attractions.

Next stop, Forbidden Cave... I couldn't recall why it is called forbidden and I can't correlate any picture in it.. I just know, there are some hanging bridge, night animals and owls in it.

And then, the Tiger and Safari Ride where you will have to experience feeding the tiger... it's not actually the visitors to feed the tigers but there's an assigned person in each caged jeepney to feed them.  Chicken bucket can be bought for 200 php, the strategy is for the group to chip-in for 1 bucket. Limit: 1 bucket per jeepney.

And then, next stop is the close encounter with over 20 Tigers. Be warned, when the tiger raised it's tail up, that means it will urinate... the urine of the tigers really stinks and can last 3 days to 1 week before it's gone. This is the fact that I captured from our tour guide.

And then, the battery of our camera died down... we're not even through with our tour yet... we tried to capture using our phone camera but I still haven't transferred them to my laptop.  Anyway, there are still around 4-5 more attractions left and I will try to have a follow through on this post. :)

We had ~4 hours to finish all the attractions so I suggest you allot one whole day for zoobic safari.  I will surely go back and bring the kids with me on my next visit.  This is a must visit place!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Liebster Award

The rules of the award are as follows:

Each person must list 11 things about themselves.
Recipient of the award must answer the 11 questions of the person who tagged you.
Come up with 11 questions that you want 11 persons, whom you will nominate, to answer.
Link the blogs you nominated in your post.
Go to their page and inform them about the award.
Absolutely NO tags back. Remember only to tag bloggers with less than 200 followers.

Answers to Michi’s eleven questions:
What is the first thing that you do when you wake up?

I talk with God.  This is more effective for me because I am normally so tired and sleepy when I go to bed so I can't normally finish a prayer.  I actually couldn't pray well at night.  

What is the last thing that you do before you sleep?

Do sign of the cross.

What is your comfort food?

Comfort food - chocolate!

Favorite drinks?

Buko shake and iced or hot tea

Favorite place?

My favorite place is obviously my bedroom because this is where I spend my lazy days, finish reading my book, watch TV series and rest and sleep all day.

Dream place.

I have 3 dream places which I want to visit someday: Paris, Japan and Disneyland... ang babaw noh?... hahaha! meron na Disneyland sa Hongkong, I can go there anytime, so I am thinking of replacing it with Madagascar.

What makes you cry?

A lot of things can make me cry, watching drama or TV series, reading books, old people, happiness, watching the bride walk in the isle.

What are your pet peeves?

Hhmmm... I'm not so sure... but mostly those that are so GGSS (gwapong-gwapo sa sarili).

Are you a morning person or evening person?

I think I am a  morning person, I function better in the morning.

Favorite motto?

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"

Things that you can’t live without?

Cellphone and wallet.

This may be the end of this trend since I don't know who to tag next.  Hope my answers to Michi's questions were able to give you some insights of my personality. :)

A very good start of the year

I'm not very sure if I will still receive a real marriage proposal but I am already very happy and my tears won't stop when finally we talked about our future wedding.  We want to make it a secret first from our family and will just announce when everything is settled.

Playful acts - December 2010

We were inspired by the very intimate wedding of Kate and Jops last December wherein only those close to the couple were invited.  I want the same kind of wedding but this seems impossible if we will reveal our plan this early.  Since both of us have big families, I don't want her mom or my mom inviting anyone who are not close to us.  There was a history before that his mom invited another 100 pax for her sister's wedding, and I don't want it to happen in my very own wedding.  I want it to be as intimate as possible.  Anyway, Kate's and Jops' wedding was an eye-opener to boyfriend and finally made up his mind and talked it with me... he didn't asked me if I want to marry him, he already assumed that I'm in for the the wedding... hahaha!

Kate and Jops Wedding - December 2, 2012

After our talk, my mind was so empty... I thought I was so prepared for this moment but I really don't know what to do and what things to consider and prepare for, especially that this is still a secret.  I will still need to search for everything to start planning for the wedding.  There's no set date yet but tentatively it will be before this year ends...  I know planning a wedding takes time, hope we can both handle it on our own.  Please help us God!