Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Summer Road Trips

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stay·ca·tion.  noun \ˈstā-ˈkā-shən\
 A vacation that is spent at one's home enjoying all that home and one's home environs have to offer.
-Merriam-Webster Dictionary


If you do not have any plans of going out of the country this summer, why not take some time to discover the beauty of our own islands - take your brood for a staycation

For the circus that I call family, we go on staycations regularly, whenever there are long weekends/holidays that allow it.  Staycation ideas for families abound for us here in Manila; we are lucky to live in a country with diverse topography – all nearby.  There are road trips to do, mountains to climb, beaches to visit.  There are a number of attractions waiting to be explored. 

Take advantage of living in a tropical island and take a pick of any of our beaches.  Beaches feature a number of activities that the whole family can enjoy, such as kayaking, jet-skiing, snorkeling, etc.  Just imagine:  azure blue water, white sandy beach and verdant coconut trees…  

Slather on the sunscreen, put on those sunglasses and go out!

Here are some suggestions:
1.  Go on a Food Trip to Pampanga, the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. 
2.  Kids love to visit Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm in Tagaytay
3. Tagaytay's Paradizoo is another must-visit place in Tagaytay
4. Tagaytay also offers a lot of restos, so you (and your pants) might as well squeeze in a Food Trip
 
 

6.  Stop over at Nuvali on your way to any of the Southern destinations
7. Swim in the best infinity pool in Laiya, Batangas (Acuatico Resort)
8.  See Bataan in a whole new light by staying at Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Resort 

 
9.  Subic in Zambales is a joy to visit now because of the SCTex.  Visit Ocean Adventure, enjoy the rustic stables of El Kabayo, or pay the wild animals a visit at Zoobic Safari.  We usually stay at the Subic Yatch Club, but you can also read Mom-Friday's post about her Subic accomodations.
scenic El Kabayo taken from my pre-blogging days
10. Villa Escudero, in the border between the provinces of Laguna and Quezon, is also another option for your wanderlust toes.  Admission fee already includes:
~Lunch with your legs halfway dipped in flowing water as the dining tables are situated right below the hydroelectric dam 
~A visit to the Escudero family museum which is housed inside the Villa Escudero church contains the family's private collections.  

~ go around the plantation on a carabao-driven cart
~Kayak on native bamboo rafts along the peaceful Libasin Lake, home of the country's first working hydroelectric plant.

I bet I have you packing already…



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3 comments:

RONE said...

Perfect summer post. I've done most of them but I had no idea about the Ilog Maria bee farm. Will look into it.

Mom-Friday said...

Wonderful post! And thanks so much for the link back :)

We missed Ilog Maria and the hydroponic farm last year, but hopefully we can go there sometime. I will feature the of our Subic day trip soon. I also failed to join mama on their Pampanga food trip.

jen laceda said...

You are indeed lucky to live in such a beautiful country. I miss living in the Philippines - like you said, the azure seas, verdant coconut trees. Sigh...I wish we had the same natural beauty here in Ontario :)

I remember Villa Escudero. I used to enjoy going there with the carabao rides and lunch time at the dam. Brings back many great memories!

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