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Brigada: Adventures in Marogondon, Cavite

I was a guest and co-host for this segment of Brigada to feature Maragondon as the next travel and adventure destination near Manila. Go watch and discover what the town can offer for tourism.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The start of our holiday tripcation in Tagaytay part 1

December 21, 2013 is the start of our holiday vacation and trip, me and my family decided to stay in Tagaytay City for 4 days and we plan to go back home on December 24th because we want to celebrate Christmas eve with the rest of the family, and also to give time for myself to buy their Christmas present in a nearby mall hahahaa.

I’m not totally prepared for the trip and vacation, because I have some left over backlogs and I need to finish it before December 23rd, but then as soon as the clock ticks to 7am, I scrambled out of my chair and started to pack my stuff in one back pack. And I forgot that it was a 4 day stay in Tagaytay and not an overnight, so I removed my stuff out of my bag and grabbed another bag just to load up my gadgets and electronic things in another bag.

[ I used the word TRIPCATION for this blog series , tripcation means = trip + vacation, going out of a trip for you vacation and being far away from home]

I can say that I’m ready after I saw my two bags full of clothes for 4 days and another bag with lots of gadgets and two tripods. I carried everything because I need to do find some ways on how to be productive whenever I’m on vacation, the last time I was in Tagaytay was few weeks ago and during that overnight stay, I found the right vibe in doing some time lapse photography and video. It’s a trial and error thing and after the two test shot, I fully understand the difference of a time lapse in photos and in full video capture.

Our 1 of 4 days stay here in Tagaytay City is a challenge, Our mission is to commute around the city and not use our car in going to different food hubs and parks. So I armed myself with some unlimited mobile internet, Foursquare, Apple Maps, and Google.

I started my search on day 1 and found some the most common place to visit, I decided to start from there because we are not yet familiar with the area, by riding a public jeepney, I will understand the loop of travel going to the point of our destination. It will be like our Hong Kong trip, and this time, no more stroller for my 3 year old son.

Here’s my morning view at 8am, our time going from Cavite to Tagaytay City.

And my 2nd morning view… me riding in a back trailer of a mini truck hahahah
we borrowed this mini truck just to transport some items in a house along the way.
I’m glad that I wore my jacket and bonnet that morning, it was soooooo cold at 8am here in Cavite.

After some hours of rest in Tagaytay…we started our adventure right away.

mission --- go to Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite.

That’s me riding the front seat of a jeepney, our first trip is to visit Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite – a petting zoo and farm. At the back of my reflection is my wife and my son.

We rode the Mendez bound jeep from Olivarez terminal, the jeepney driver told us that he can drop us to a tricycle terminal going to Paradizoo.

I took photos while the jeep travels on the highway. I need to take pics just to add some familiarization

here I spotted the Malago Hotel and restaurant
Hall of Justice in Tagaytay
ahhahaha. it reminds me of Super Friends

I just saw the Mahogany Market in Tagaytay
I’m going to check this out soon

Inter Asia Bank – a thrift bank

I spotted a nice condo unit rising -- Wellington Courtyard

On the highway going to Mendez

I spotted the Mer-bens bulalo restaurant

Dorie’s bulalo

we just landed in an accident prone area

the jeepney driver.

Balinsasayaw restaurant
ohhhhh…I tried this resto already back in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
the food is a winner here!

We just reached Mendez crossing
an intersection connecting Tagaytay-Nasugbu road and Tagaytay-Mendez road

uy Andoks!!!

There’s Mendez crossing.

Spotted: Rowena’s buko tart store here in Mendez crossing

I’m no longer familiar with this road…. we are entering Patutong Malaki South

I smiled when I saw this Saulog bus transit. I rode this bus in Manila whenever I go back home to Cavite.

the sign says – we are now leaving Tagaytay City
I think we are in Mendez already.

I used my iPhone4s and its Apple Maps just to monitor my location and our point of destination, with this map, I will have no worries in getting lost.

Here in Paradizoo…. I let my son Ashton use my Olympus E-PL1 camera

Its funny that he acts like a PRO hahahaha. viewing the LCD monitor in a funny way.

He started to take some pics of the mountain and also the flying butterfly

“daddy!! there’s the mountain ohhh!”

After the Paradizzo trip, we took a rest in Robinsons Summit Ridge mall and there we bought some food for our dinner.

Back at the place where we stayed for 4 days…. its “work away from home” time for us!!
here I helped my wife Lace in editing her video presentation that was recorded live by me during their #1internetday and DigitalFilipino.com 10th anniversary, the event was organized by Janette Toral.

That’s our day 1…whew!!
watch out for my 2nd post for our story and trip to Paradizoo.

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.

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