Monthly Archives: October 2011

postcard perfect: lion hologram card from zoobic safari


I’ve got this card when we visited Zoobic Safari on my Jared’s birthday. Although it was costly compared to the usual cards I normally buy, this one is just fascinating since this is actually the first time I’ve seen a hologram postcard. The hind legs of the tiger moves as you switch the cards position, cool, right? Although, I have no plans of sending this for personal swaps, I have got a perfect way to use this card, as a freebie on my travel blog. Check out the details on my travel blog’s very first giveaway post.  I look forward to your entries, right? 🙂

I wish I’d bought another one for me to keep as part of my collection, but imagining the delight of the person who will win this once the giveaway ends is enough to put a smile on my own face. I will just keep the photograph as its memento.

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zoobic safari birthday adventure + a giveaway

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We went to Zoobic Safari to celebrate my little one’s 2nd birthday in August. We have never visited a zoo before, plus I know that my little man loves animals so I scheduled this different kind of birthday celebration.

We left home a bit late than scheduled, but it was all good. We enjoyed passing by the vast rice fields + think, lush greenery. The view of the mountains is simply breathtaking. We saw this village situated at the foot of the hill, it was fascinating. It was our second time to pass by this way {we took a trip up-north over the summer}.

We arrived to Subic around lunch time, just in time for the next batch to take the Safari adventure trip. Participants are to ride the Zoobic Safari Tram that will bring us around the vast zoological park. After a brief orientation, we headed to the tram waiting nearby for our adventure.

The first stop was the Serpentarium, + as the name suggests, it was the home of the serpents + other reptiles. We saw this fascinating yellow snake {a phyton or other} + turtles + monitor lizards {indigenous to the Philippines}, among other reptiles.

After which, we are treated for an animal show courtesy of dogs, cats, wild pigs + some exotic birds who all performed a trick or two. Jared totally enjoyed this show + was so entertained watching animals dancing + drawing a picture, even.

After the show + a quick trip to the loo for a dappy change {+ a stick of ice lollies on the side, two for Jared’s dad, after we’re done :)}, we are aboard the tram again to head to other parts of this very huge zoo.

We visited two caves, one featuring taxidermy of animals found in the park, followed by our visit to the lions’ lair for one close encounter. As a precaution, we are told to watch out for the lions’ tail, we are to keep in mind that if the tails are up, they are most likely to take a pee + that we are to duck or run away as lions’ urine has strong smell + if we have the misfortune of being caught dead {figuratively, of course} in the middle of it, the stench will stick for about a week or two {if I remember it clearly!}

After the close encounter with the kings + queens of the jungle, we are off to the Croco Loco for some close {not that close, thankfully!} encounter with the crocs, this time. The crocodiles lie lazily around all day, only lifting their humongous head to catch snacks of chicken bits which visitors hang on fishing rods like bait. We took a couple of souvenir shots and went on to our next destination.

For our next safari adventure, which is probably the most adventurous of all, we are to ride this custom-built jeepneys, specifically designed to withstand tiger attacks! Yes, you read that ride, we are going deep into the tigers’ den + watch them up-close in their natural habitat. For an optimal experience {+ to lure the animals near our jeep}, we bought P200-worth of raw chicken to feed the tigers. A zoo personnel goes with us in the jeep to take care of the feeding tasks!

We also browsed through the souvenir shops + got a stuff toy of the white Zoobic Safari lion for the birthday boy. I also managed to grab this very cool postcard:

Zoobic Safari, postcard, souvenir, travel

The last stop was the aviary that housed hundreds of exotic birds. We only managed to see a few as it started to drizzle when we began our walk inside. We do not want to risk walking under the rain + getting the little man sick.

It was really an adventure of a lifetime to visit this place + be this close to nature + to the tigers. The next time we go back, I will make sure to have a souvenir photo taken with the baby tiger.

If you’ve read all the way here, thank you for your patience + I hope you find it a worthwhile read, plus, here is a surprise 🙂

My very first travel giveaway

This giveaway is to celebrate the birth of my travel blog. I have a few little tokens to give out in exchange for a few simple steps for you to qualify. The lucky winners of this giveaway will win:

  • One {1} Zoobic Safari Voucher for 2 pax
  • One {1} .INFO {TRAVEL} domain
  • One {1} Lion Hologram Postcard from Zoobic Safari
  • One {1} Travel Kit {with Nivea products}
  • Five {5} Zoobic Safari Postcards {for 5 winners}
Note: I will have to confirm with the voucher company first if I can send the voucher as a gift, otherwise I will just replace it with Paypal Cash equivalent. For the Lion Hologram Postcard, it will be the winners choice whether he/she would like me to mail it or send it in an envelope {Mint Condition}. The Zoobic Safari Postcards will be mailed to the winners 🙂

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So, what are you waiting for? You’ve got until the 3rd of November, 2011 to join.

malolos city ~ my hometown

Malolos had been my hometown since we first moved here when I was about 7 {yeah, all those many years ago!}. Originally from Taguig, my parents decided to uproot the entire family + start anew in this thriving town 45 kilometers North of Metro Manila.

Malolos City, Barasoain Church

Malolos, comprised of 51 barangays, which officially became a city in November of 2002, is known for the historical Barasoain Church,  where the First Philippine Republic was formed in 1898. The city also became the country’s capital for a short period of time. I went to College next door to the church, so I get to visit it often + will usually attend our first Friday masses there.

You will be in for one historical + cultural adventure when you visit our city. Check out historical spots + landmarks which have been part our rich cultural history. You can also drop by any of the museums that are situated in the city, Casa Real + the Barasoain Museum ought to be in your itinerary!

I do hope you get to visit Malolos City soon 😉

Check out more about my hometown in this post.

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weekend blog follower caravan #26

It is that time again for the Weekend Blog Follower Caravan + I am joining with this fairly new blog of mine. To everyone who followed me via GFC the last time, thank you so much! It is much appreciated.

For this week, we are to follow all the participants via GFC once again + it is just what I needed so I can build up on my travel blog‘s followings.

Joining the Weekend Blog Follower Caravan not only earns you followers + fans, it also gives you a chance to win $5 every week, thanks to our lovely sponsors, which for this week by the way are ~ Chika Bits and Dens Online.

So what are you waiting for? Join now + follow away. For details + instructions, simply click on the badge to get to our hostess’ site + remember to leave your comment loves so I’ll know that you visited. Grazie! 🙂