Campsite Philippines: Paradise Adventure Camp & Resort- Bulacan

In this day and age, children are rarely seen playing with their friends in the park/playground. The games my friends and I used to play like tumbang preso, taguan, habulan, agawan base, langit lupa, and all other physical games for kids were replaced by computers games, TV, and other electronic gadgets. Maybe kids nowadays don’t even know the games I’ve mentioned. It was my trip to Paradise Adventure Camp & Resort (Yes, it’s now a resort) that I got to see kids have fun, show team work and learn about discipline and taking care of  the environment – yes, without cellphones or computers.

This was my 2nd visit to Paradise Adventure Camp & Resort. If you would like to read on my previous post, you may click on this link: Paradise Adventure Camp. A lot of  additional amenities have been added to the place which makes it more exciting. Just from the entrance, I could see the well-maintained landscape that is so inviting.

Figures of animals and famous cartoon characters adorn the different areas of the camp. Kids and kids at heart enjoyed having their pictures taken with these characters.

This path starts from the main gate leads to the Administrative Office, then to the pool area.

The latest addition to the Resort- 4 swimming pools for Water Survival Activities.

One swimming pool is 3 feet deep. Two pools are 4 feet deep. The largest pool is 6 1/2 feet deep.

This sign welcomes guests to the Main Activity area and cottages.

Guests are gathered here in the Pavilion for briefing. Games and other fun activities are conducted in this covered area.

This is one of the areas to take lunch or meal breaks.

They now have a hotdog stand and a sari-sari store.

The camp/resort has different activity areas. They have maximized the place by building amenities for more fun-filled activities guests can enjoy. Even with construction going on, they take into consideration the protection of the environment. They have tree preservation and maintenance and they have placed trash bins in designated areas.

A line-up of Land, Water, and Air activities are prepared for guests for an awesome Paradise Adventure Camp & Resort experience.

If you’re brave enough, you can try rappelling down this 45ft tower.

You can go the other side of the tower and try wall climbing.

You can also try the zip line, tagged “Slide for Life”. This is nerve-wracking but definitely an awesome experience.

Kiddos can try the Kangaroo Ride.

Test your balancing skills in the Tree Top Hanging Bridge.

Can you cross the  Tree Top Swinging Log?

Friendly, Fun-loving and well-trained facilitators are present to lead you with the activities throughout the day.

Obstacle courses are designed for different age groups. Challenging and fun activities help improve self-confidence. This is the right place for kids to boost up their confidence and shine.

It’s not only about having fun. Games can teach children camaraderie, teamwork, and social skills.

Parents and guardians also have a set of games and activities. There’s no dull moment here in Paradise Adventure Camp & Resort.

You can choose where to have your lunch or snacks. There’s the tree house, gazebo, and cottages to choose from.

Here’s the newly-build dormitory/ Retreat House for those who want to stay overnight. … Happy Campers…

I would like to thank Ms. Juna, for inviting me to visit Paradise Adventure Camp & Resort. I was here 2010 to accompany my nephew. I felt like a child again. Happy and Free. I knew most of the guests felt the same way. 2012, PAC&R has become better with all the improvements and developments. Clean and well-maintained. Two thumbs up!

To the owners of PAC&R, Thank you for bringing smiles to your guests. Satisfaction and Safety Guaranteed!!!

It’s a clap, clap, clap for Paradise Adventure Camp & Resort.

Paradise Adventure Camp

Paradise 1, Tungkong Mangga, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

Contact #: 666-5106 /546-9504

Mobile: Sabrina or joel

0917-5153839
09228-302305

HOW TO GET THERE: Paradise Adventure Camp is 7 km away from SM Fairview. From SM Fairview, turn right and drive all the way until you reach Tungkong Mangga, San Jose del Monte Bulacan. When you see Jollibee Tungko, you turn right. You will find Paradise Farms High School, and from there you will find a .50 meter rough road on the right side, drive until you reach Paradise Adventure Camp.

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Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s Inaugural Concert & Street Party- QC Circle

Though I didn’t cast my vote last election, I must admit, Noynoy would’ve been my bet. I just thought that even if I vote or not, he’d win anyways. Hehehe… Politics isn’t my interest and I have no plans of getting involved with it. With more or less than half a million people in Quirino Grandstand, I opted to stay home and watch the inauguration on tv. Maybe it’s just that historical ‘craze’  thing that dragged my feet to Quezon City Circle.

It was 3pm when we arrived at the venue. Not minding the heat, people clad in yellow patiently waited for the concert to start. It wasn’t a boring day after all; there were stalls that sell food, commemorative items, and yellow trinkets that caught my eye. Oh, there’s also free drinking water for everyone.

It was past 4pm and the concert had not started. Good thing I saw a man on a walking stick and a couple more wearing Noynoy and Manny Pacquiao mascots. They definitely drew the crowd’s attention.

Loyal supporters waved their banners and showed off the Laban “L” sign. It was an amazing feeling, seeing people unite and show nationalism. It made me feel proud to be Filipino.

The concert started past 5pm. I didn’t stay any longer since it was already drizzling that time. According to the news, there were more than 100,000 who attended the event. Celebrities from both Kapuso and Kapamilya networks performed. And…yeah… the president sang a couple of songs. ‘Twas indeed a huge victory party for President Noynoy and VP Binay!

Club Manila East Resorts and Hotels

Swimming ain’t just for summer days, it can be anytime even on a cold December.
 I missed the Boracay trip with college friends last year and so we thought of  going to the beach before 2009 ends. Too bad only 4 of us could go, the rest had corporate parties and were busy for the holidays. This trip was some sort of a “strike anywhere” thing…we couldn’t go out of town as well since my friends only had a weekend off from work. Making things short, we ended up at Club Manila East -Taytay. My friend found out about it in the internet. The website doesn’t look appealing but we decided to go anyways.
CME is a resort that offers 10 different kinds of pools… lap pool, kiddie pool, sun-screen pool, pool where you can use the kayak, pool with giant slide…name it! We were excited to use the kayak; only a bunch of people were there those days so we were able to enjoy kayaking as long as we wanted.
The place is huge— it has an area of 9,100 sqm and is designed as a miniature Laguna De Bay.

"Get that beach feeling!" --- Club Manila East

pink and blue room

kitchen area

dining area

 We were escorted to our room using a mini cab; we checked out the room, turned the A/C and TV on. The bathroom was the 1st “failure” we encountered (yeah there’s more).  The faucet near the sink is leaking and the toilet is also busted, water keeps flowing even when not flushed. We called for assistance so we could transfer to another room but the person in the front desk told us that they would just send someone to check the leak. 2nd failure came when we asked 2 extra towels, toiletries and linens since there were 4 of us. It took them more than an hour to do all those things.

We wanted to stroll and take pictures but we didn’t know where we were headed to. They didn’t have a brochure or a map inside the room, and so we went back to the front desk to ask for one. dang!

How about trying surfing lessons, pool basketball, golf lessons, wall climbing, rappeling, and zip? Exciting huh? That’s  ACCORDING TO THE BROCHURE… But hey! We couldn’t find them. We asked the guard and one guy who watches the kayak and  they said it’s not available yet… probably it’s for summer 2010. boo hoo! 

We went kayaking and swimming and that’s it… no wave pool because they only operate at a certain schedule. The buzzy river is closed for repainting. haizzz!

CLOSED --- only for summer time... boo!

plants everywhere... ~nice~

more flowers

meet the one-legged owl

 One thing I liked about CME is that you can place your order and have your food delivered anytime you want except after 9pm when the kitchen is already closed. This is nice, especially that the villas are not so near the restaurants.

MENU - - - mostly pinoy favorites

what's for dinner?

We had tinolang manok, lechon kawali, chicken and pork adobo, sinigang na baboy. My friend ordered sweet and sour fish fillet but they brought fish fillet steak tagalog. When asked about what happened to the sweet and sour fish we ordered, the staff said it wasn’t available. ok? so… they decided to bring another fish dish anyways. Was that good or bad?

Food was oily and salty but bearable, just drink lots of water. hahaha… we had dessert to have something sweet in our palate. Thumbs up for the fruit salad and almond lychee. Good thing there’s still something enjoyable about this place.

I don’t think there’ll be a 2nd time here in CME. Spending Php3300 for 2, plus Php700 for each additional person for a lousy service is like watching your money go down the drain.

Manila Ocean Park

I haven’t seen a real shark in my entire life…as in yung  face to face.  The thought of it scares me…really! Well, the time came that I had to face my fear. It was April 2008 when a friend and I went to The Manila Ocean Park .


rainforest


Upon entering the oceanarium, a calming rainforest welcomed us. The sound of the water falling and the freshwater fishes made us feel far from the busy Manila. This section is called AGOS (Flow).


There was this area with baby sharks and starfish in a wide tank. Nagtataka ako bakit madami tao dun sa area na yun. I found out that people are allowed to touch the starfish but not the sharks. Umpisa pa lang challenge na ito. My friend was pushing me…insisting me to touch the starfish. Paano? May mga sharks kaya na nakapaligid. It took me 15 minutes or so just to touch the starfish with my fingertip. I remember I was screeching and jumping…maybe hyperventilating just to do that while kids around me had no fuss.


 starfish


 Next was the BAHURA (The Reef). Colorful corals can be seen in this area. I was looking closely to check if the corals were real…I found out that artificial lang pala. Anyways, it looked good and majestic. There I found creatures new to my eyes. Iba’t ibang klase! May giant crab, fish na steady lang at hindi gumagalaw, fish na mukhang worm, at madami pa. Pambihira ang Bahura!


 crab


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Sumunod naman ang Laot (Fishing Ground).  Habang tumatagal mas dumidilim, mas lumalaki ang fish tanks, mas natatakot na ako. The Closer I Get To You ang drama ko, the closer I get to the sharks, the more bumibilis mag work ang imagination ko. Paano kung mabasag ang tank? Ang dami daming isda na ito!


aquarium


I found the 25 meter walkway tunnel as the best section in the park. It may be shorter than the tunnel in Singapore, yet it is unique because of the 220-degree curve not found in other oceanariums.  It was like every creature put in one place. Halo halo na silang lahat. Rambulan na sa BUHAY NG KARAGATAN (The Living Ocean)!


 stingray


Natuwa ako at panandaliang nawala ang pagkatakot sa shark. Sa KALALIMAN (The Deep), mas marami pa akong nakita na nakakatuwa. Nang mapatingin sa itaas, may kakaibang aquarium na nakita.  Ito ang PAGI (Stingray) na nasa Overhang Tank. Aaah…stingray…aaaah…ayoko nyan. Yan diba yung nakapatay dun sa Crocodile Hunter..si ano… i Steve Irwin! They were not so scary after all. You can go close and feed them pa nga. Hingang malalim… ok naman pala.


 LAST… ang PATING (Shark)… ang dakilang pating. I pretended not to see but the tank was huge not to see. Again, my friend pushed me closer to the tank and waited until a shark passed by in front of me… inches away…separated by the glass na I imagined na mababasag.  Happy to find myself safe…I stared and got used to seeing the sharks. HAAAY!!!Finally!!! I was relieved.


 


sharks


More attractions awaited us as we went to the 2nd level… such as the fish/foot spa area and the  glass- bottom boat ride that made us appreciate the beauty of the Philippine marine life. Restaurants and a marine- themed mall can also be found in the Manila Ocean Park.


I’m happy I’ve faced my fear.


Tickets are 400 pesos for Adults and 350 pesos for Kids 4 ½ feet and below.


The Manila Ocean Park is located behind the Quirino Grandstand Luneta, Manila, Philippines.


Check on their website for the operating hours and schedule of shows: www.manilaoceanpark.com