It's not always the place sometimes but its the people you spend with, however, when the place is also good, then that's another wonderful story. It is an icing on the cake that makes the vacation worth remembering.
It was another long weekend for us (2nd week of August), Thursday as St. Dominic Feast Day and Friday as the last day of Edil Fitr. A vacation that fits for the season, knowing August means unpredictable rain, it would be a quick getaway near Manila.
Situated just south of Metro Manila is a 36-hectare leisure park,
Island Cove. With all its facilities, Oceania Water Park,
Animal Island, the Bayside Live Music & KTV, the Adventure Zone,
Fishing Village and the Island Spa, nobody will have a dull moment during
their stay. Other attractions are outdoor Giant Chess, the Play
Concert Ground and more. Getting to Island Cove only takes about 30
mins via Cavitex. Of course, it depends where in Manila and the situation of traffic you'd be
This is the room where we stayed before we messed up. The after photo is not really appealing so I am leaving the actual condition of the room to your imagination when we left, it looked like it just survived from the storm Maring. Half kidding.
From one of the paintings on the wall, this caught me by surprise. Before you even ask me if it's mine, I would answer you "no." This is not my painting. I could draw, yes but only on a kindergarten level. The signature just looks like mine. Joy actually saw this in their first visit but she forgot to take a picture so I did.
At iCafe. Because we have no pocket wifi, we went to iCafe to connect to online world. Awts. They have strong wifi and even stronger wifi at the pool side. I don't have serious business, I just need some lives. No kidding.
I rarely do this but since I comfortably posed like a tourist, then I should include this even if it's not really related to my post. Teehee.
Tram. In a 36-hectare leisure park, a tram is a vehicle that transport the guests of Island Cove from one place to another. Oh, the photo below is not the tram. We were at the station waiting for the tram but the electric tram is not available at that time and still needed time to fully charge. .
Fishing Village, the first place that we explored.
I hope you guys enjoyed the meal?! I disclose the real story behind those smiles and laughters of Mendiola couple. "Okay, the food is great! That's it." Haha.
Duirng high tide, the water can go up to 15 feet and could even reach the floorings and on low tide it can go only up to 5 feet deep.
We went to Animal Island but did not explore much of the place. The kids just enjoyed the swing for a while and headed back the room.
Along the way we saw Makahiya leaves. They were fascinated with the leaves and thought the leaves have its own life. Buti pa makahiya they are not thick face and easily hide themselves when touched.
Swimming. Borje Familly came later that night coming from a family reunion in Cavite so I only have a few photo with them. Nevertheless, they never wasted a time and enjoyed the cool water while us, moms, multi tasked and watched over them while doing our business online.
This is what I love waking up the next morning with a cup of coffee in a different view, far from my usual sight at home. No matter where you are, you should enjoy every morning giving enough caffeine in your body to start the day. Now can you imagine, how lovely this sight is. So calming. And we're just a few kilometers away from Manila.
When sun finally went up, we proceeded to giant slides where the kids enjoyed the pool a lot. This is not the best pool for me because the area is too big and couldn't see all the children in one look. They have enough personnel at the pool including the lifeguards who are very attentive and alert. I could hear the whistle from time to time whenever they see children not obeying the rules at the resort. At least I know the staff are doing their job well..
Us! I was wearing a black shirt from bloggershirt.com. I have other personalized shirts with caption "PR3 ang Blog ko." Sad to say, I lost my site's PR3. :( Thought I couldn't wear it unless I gain back my rank.
Now this is the Tram.
Before we headed back to Manila we stopped by at fishing Village again. We were fascinated with a man holding a giant guitar and asked for photo ops, along then interviewed what those were. They gave us a short song number of their own rendtion of :"Just give me a reason." though my ears were already fed up hearing the song over and over again, I love their rendition and gave them the big applause that they deserve.
And that was another wonderful weekend with family and friends. I want to conclude this post with a look-up shot inspired by Raiza Mae, and that's where I got my post title. Haha.