Rainforest Park Cebu - The Oceanarium


Reiko's 4th birthday is coming up. As an early birthday gift, I wanted to bring him somewhere he hasn't been yet. He's very fond of animals because he watches them on YouTube so I decided to bring him to a zoo. 

Yep, he's almost 4 but he hasn't been to a zoo because I'm lame like that. But since I'm living up my word of the year which is #ENJOY then I have to make things happen. I first thought of Cebu Zoo but it's too far from home so I decided to bring him to Rainforest Park Cebu which I read about first from Coffee, Tea, or Death



Rainforest Park Cebu offers a mix of entertainment, adventure, leisure, dining, and relaxation for the entire family or team. 

I was sold right away because it was very affordable and it's just near my workplace so I met with my husband and Reiko after work last Saturday afternoon. 


We went to their Oceanarium and Aviary. The entrance fee is Php50 for each area. The entire place is actually quite small. I kind of expected it to be bigger because it was supposedly a rainforest. But well, I only paid Php100 each for the 3 of us, so I guess it was just fit for the price.

I think I took a million photos (hehehe!) so in this post, I'll talk about their Oceanarium first and will talk about their Aviary on my next post. Alrighty! 




This is the entrance to the Oceanarium. There's also a restaurant inside where they cook and serve fresh sea food.






There's this big stuffed animal that Reiko was scared of. LOL. And there's a small souvenir shop on the other side.






So like I said, I expected the park to be bigger and the Oceanarium to be large too but it was actually just big aquariums on walls. 








I don't have the names of all the sea creatures though. They also have other animals which I was kinda scared of. LOL 


ALLIGATOR GAR - The body of alligator gar is torpedo-shaped which serves them well as ambush predators that rely on sudden bursts of speed to capture prey.



I was more of scared upon seeing the snakes and the crocodile. Mind you, just taking a photo of them and looking at them now is really like going out of my comfort zone. I feel the hairs at the back of my neck standing in fear.


ASIAN BOX TURTLE - Present from Assam throughout Southeast Asia and central to southern China northeastwards to Japan and southeastwards to the borders of Wallacea and into Indonesia and the Philippines. 


Below is a  friendly reminder.



Overall, the experience was good enough for Reiko to see what I wanted him to see in real life. He usually just sees these sea animals on videos so Php50 entrance fee was fine. 



Up Next is the Aviary which we enjoyed more than the Oceanarium. :) They also have an Adventure Jungle that I want to try but I'm too old for it and Reiko is too young for it. Boo. 

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Visit their website for more information about the rates. 

F. Cabahug St. (Ayala Access Road) 
Panagdait, Mabolo, Cebu City



Street



When you spend more than an hour of travel everyday of your life, two things can happen -- first, everything that you see along the way will probably look the same to you and you won't normally care anymore; second, you tend to notice little details and try to think of the differences between yesterday and today.

Voda Krasna Beach Escapade


voda krasna, alcoy, cebu

Plan a beach trip. 
It's one of the things I really want to accomplish this summer and I'm so happy to say that the plan came to life! Wuhhooo!!!

Right after work last Saturday, Pearl and I embarked on our short and not-so planned beach escapade. With barely any sleep at all and payday being quite far from the truth, we headed to South Bus Terminal to catch an early trip to the south. We had to be home on the same day.

Turned out that what we thought was an early trip at 8 AM wasn't early at all. There were so many people waiting for the next trip!! We weren't gonna back out of course. Armed with our sunnies, Android phones, monopod, and adventurous spirit, we patiently waited until the next air conditioned bus arrived. 

Alas! We left the city at 9 AM and braved the 3-hour ride to our destination! A million stories, pieces of sapin-sapin, and three packs of Carcar chicharon after -- we're finally in Voda Krasna!!! 

It was our first time there but we never had to worry about getting lost because the resort was just right beside the highway. We just hopped out of the bus and voila, beach!!


Voda Krasna is a strip of beach in Tingko. It's a private beach and rather smaller compared to the beaches I've been to before but it was truly a super nice haven. Trust me. Or should I just let the photos speak for themselves? 

I haven't been to the beach for quite some time so I took lots of photos for you! And they weren't over-edited because I really want to show the true colors of this beautiful place.

Details are from their official website. All photos are mine. I just summarized the fees and to make sure there aren't any changes, feel free to visit their website. Shall we start the tour? Right outside the reception area, this is what you will see. Beautiful right?



The weather was so good! It was a nice and sunny kind of day so I had the chance to sit like a queen on this cozy couch. Why not! Can I bring this home? Haha




I marveled at this beautiful beach. It's so good! I didn't have to spend too much just to see it!



You'll love it here for sure! I won't really pass as a model figure but who the heck cares! HAHA. Take as much photos as you want, but never forget to take all the beauty in and for once just forget about Facebook and Instagram!

There is free wifi but when you're down the beach, the signal is too weak anyway so just change your profile picture later. Lol. From the top, the beach already looked so breathtaking!!! Gaahhh, I swear I can live here. I'm so glad that when we arrived, there weren't too many people.


 Well, look at that!!



We rented a table with umbrella for Php300 (day use) since there were only 2 of us. Three-hundred pesos ONLY!!! You don't have to pay the entrance fee anymore. It's Php600 for overnight stay and good for 4 persons.


They have beach huts. Php1700 (day use), Php2500 (overnight) -- maximum of 10 persons (Php160 per head for excess). They also have tents for rent for Php400 if you want to stay overnight.



And villas. They had Php5000 (good for 4 persons with breakfast), Php6000 (good for 6 persons without breakfast). And there I had to hide beside the bushes so you can see how the rooms look.

There's also Php7000 - Deluxe Room (good for 2 with breakfast). I just don't know which room is which.






Their restaurant is near the reception area. They'll bring the food down the beach right on your table. I must say we received such a good customer service. This is chicken cordon bleu for Php250. I'm not kidding, it's effing gooooodddd!!!!


Then we had fish and chips also for Php250. One big cup of rice each and we're solved! There were even left overs. If you want to bring your own food and drinks, they charge Php250 for corkage.


And this. This is Voda Krasna in all its goddess beauty! There were quite a few people who were on the beach that time, but it really wasn't crowded. One of the staff did mention that the beach turns into a party place during weekend nights.




There were actually people in the beach huts having karaoke session. I prefer beach without karaoke and loud music, really. So I guess if you want to have a quieter environment, it would be best to go on a weekday.




I tried taking a panorama shot of the neighboring public beaches. Voda Krasna's part of the beach is rather smaller.



We went home at 5 PM and arrived at almost 8 PM. Not bad for a quick summer getaway right? Goes to show that you don't always have to go far just to chill, relax, and spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You don't have to spend much too! Win! 

Hope you enjoyed this relatively long post! The beach is very clean by the way. Those are natural sea weeds below. Hehehe. 

voda krasna beach resort, alcoy, cebu


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Daanlungsod, Alcoy, Cebu

For Reservations
 +63 917-304-4233
+63 915-856-1082
+63 (32) 483 9060
+63 (32) 483 9063


Note: I didn't receive any compensation to write this post. All expenses and all opinions expressed are my own.


Visit Rizal Shrine When in Dapitan



Rizal Shrine, Dapitan

Whether you're a history buff or not, whether you're a fan of Jose Rizal or not - chances are you and I both went through the same Philippine History subject. I graduated from college last 2009 so I kinda forgot some details. Help me out, will you?

If you're not so familiar (maybe you're not from the country), Jose Rizal is the national hero of the Philippines and on July 17, 1892, he was sent to Dapitan as a prisoner where he was on exile for four years.