Magical Day at Fantasy World and Bearseum

Christmas vacation was going to end soon, and although I didn’t have it since I was self-employed, I still pushed through my plans of going to Fantasy World and Bearseum, in Batangas and Cavite, respectively. There aren’t many activities to do inside, but you can unleash the child inside you and take pictures.

Sample Itinerary

8:45 a.m. Departure from Taft
12:15 p.m. Arrival at Boundary
12:35 p.m. Arrival at Tricycle Terminal to Fantasy World
12:45 p.m. Arrival at Fantasy World
3:00 p.m. Departure from Fantasy World
3:30 p.m. Arrival at Boundary
4:50 p.m. Arrival at Olivarez Plaza to Bearseum
5:15 p.m. Arrival at Bearseum
6:30 p.m. Dinner at Bearseum Kitchen
7:30 p.m. Departure at Bearseum

Expenses

Transportation: Php 800
Food: Php 500
Entrance Fees: Php 350

Total transportation is the maximum rounded-up computation, which comprises the following: MRT train ticket from North Avenue to Taft (~Php 30), Nasugbu bus ticket (Php 210), tricycle fees (~Php 400), bus tickets to Olivarez (~Php 30), and jeepney rides (~Php 70).

Fantasy World

Our country should have owned a Disneyland-like park, but unfortunately, the businessman who was supposed to handle this project had financial dilemmas, causing the abandonment of Fantasy World. It now serves as one of the tourist destinations in Lemery, Batangas, operating from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How to Go to Fantasy World

  1. Ride the MRT line 3 going to Taft, and then walk toward the area where a McDonald’s restaurant, an RCBC bank, and a SOGO hotel are next to one another.
  2. Enter the narrow pathway beside McDonald’s where buses are mostly likely exiting.
  3. Ride the bus going to Nasugbu and tell the driver to drop you off at Boundary (ticket is Php 110).
  4. There are jeepneys from Boundary going to a street that leads to Fantasy World (remind the driver). The cost should not exceed Php 20 per head.
  5. You need to ride another tricycle going to Fantasy World, which costs Php 60 per ride.

What to Expect in Fantasy World

No wonder that Majika, starring Angel Locsin, was filmed here. Fantasy World featured red-bricked castles that looked like the ones in London and Germany. Tourists were allowed to take pictures on the higher floors before, but it was under renovation during our visit.

It also features a tree house, some nonworking rides, and an unmaintained bamboo maze. If you get hungry, they have a small cafeteria that serves chips, canned soda, bottled drinks, hot dogs, and fries.

Bearseum

For all teddy bear lovers out there, you may want to check out Bearseum in Tagaytay, which operates from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Not only do they have instagrammable spots that spotlight cute, fluffy teddy bears, but they also offer delicious, healthy food in their Bearseum Kitchen (reminds me of Goldilocks) and a place to stay at Bearseum suites. For booking and more information, check out their website.

How to Go to Bearseum

  1. From Fantasy World, ride a tricycle going to Boundary. I suggest you wait for company, as one ride costs Php 200.
  2. There are buses going to Manila along the highway. Tell the driver to drop you off at Olivarez Plaza (fare is Php 28).
  3. You can either ride a jeep to Tagaytay Market or, if you are in a hurry, you can hire a yellow tricycle that will directly accompany you to the museum (Php 120).

What to Expect in Bearseum

You will be welcomed by a polka-dotted building upon entering the compound. This is their Bearseum Suites, which you may consider staying in if you want to tour around Tagaytay more.

Their entrance fee costs Php 240 during weekends, Php 190 on weekdays, but don’t let the “you can roam around the whole museum for 15 minutes” rule worry you, as we were there for more than the allotted time. Besides, the museum is just small, and you can take pictures at every corner within that range. I guess this fifteen-minute rule only applies during the days where many visitors are in line to go in.

There are eight small areas and one large room to see. Motivating words are written on walls, but the teddy bears that come in different colors and sizes are, of course, the center of attention.

They also have a gift shop located at the back of the museum, in front of their Bearseum Kitchen.

What to Eat in Bearseum

During the time we were done taking pictures in the museum, we were already hungry since we only had snacks in Fantasy World. Luckily, Bearseum Kitchen offers a variety of healthy, organic food, which was perfect for my diet.

The dishes in their menu are all made from fresh, organic ingredients. The basil pesto pasta (Php 230) that I ordered had corn and quinoa gluten-free spaghetti, while their chocolate smoothie (Php 195) contained protein-rich ingredients. I wish I had taken pictures of their rice meals, which are served with red or brown rice (it looked really delicious).

Favorite Pictures

My Top 3 Favorite Murals in Eastwood

Whenever I am out to work or travel, I am always in a hunt for murals. They color the streets, transforming a plain wall to an artist’s playground. Some places such as Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Poblacion in Makati, and UP Town Mall in Katipunan have these. Like the aforementioned places, Eastwood shares some street art pieces, including my favorite instragrammable murals by Kookoo Ramos. They are so beautiful that I had to write a blog about it.

Splashed with yellow and blue-green, this mural above reminds me of my favorite comic book Hunghang Flashbacks.

What I love about this art are the scribbles painted on the woman’s face. It seemed like a love letter from the sixties, giving that vibes of a senyora writing a letter to her lover.

This woman with red-violet hair is my favorite among Kookoo’s works. The woman’s hair color complements to the green-blue background very well.

Murals exist in every corner of the metro, and I am always there to capture every bit of them, especially those that seem to tell a story. If you know any murals like these around the metro, let me know.

Living the Magic in Enchanted Kingdom

I remember the first time I went to Enchanted Kingdom. I was in sixth grade with my schoolmates, wearing an orange long-sleeved shirt and pants, bringing nothing else but a small bag, my mom’s 3310, and my pocket money. The experience, along with the movies that I have watched, inspired many scenes in my novels. Undoubtedly, my kiddie hat is on whenever I go here.

Preparation:

  1. I suggest registering in Klook and avail of the Enchanted Kingdom voucher there. It’s cheaper than the regular price (Php 900), and you don’t have to line up. No hassle at all. As of this writing, a regular weekend pass is Php 785, weekday is Php 698.
  2. Wear light clothes. If you’re planning to ride Rio Grande Rapids or Jungle Log Jam, bring an extra shirt, socks, underwear, and shorts. But if you’re the kind to bring a very small bag to trips, you don’t have to worry; there’s a large dryer there if you ever get wet, but as of this writing, it costs Php 150.
  3. You may bring water, but not food.
  4. Opening is 11:00 a.m., closing is 9:00 p.m.
  5. My suggested budget is Php 2,500. This includes a non-Klook ticket, your commute fare, and food.

Directions for Rizal Travelers

Ride a Crossing Ilalim jeep and ask the driver to drop you at Starmall, Edsa. At Starmall, look for PUVs going to Balibago. The fare is around Php 80, and the travel time is around 45 to 60 minutes. Ask the driver to drop you off at Waltermart. Look for a line of tricycles going to Enchanted Kingdom. Fare is around Php 40.

Going home, ride a tricycle going to Walmart. Ride another tricycle, and tell you to drop you off at “FX na sakayan pa-Manila.” Look for PUVs with a Crossing route. Ask the driver to drop you off at Shaw (or Greenfield). From there, look for jeepneys (located at the other side of the Pavilion, the side of Greenfield district with Chowking) going to Rizal (Antipolo, Cainta, Taytay, Angono, Binangonan).

Experience

I was only able to ride a few last November, but recalling all my experiences there, I will rank the free rides that are remarkable for me, 1 being my favorite.

  1. Disk-O-Magic. Favorite! Will repeat 10/10.
  2. Anchors Away. Safer than Sky Ranch’s Viking.
  3. Air Race. Didn’t know being upside down was actually fun.
  4. Space Shuttle. Favorite and safest seat will be on the fourth row and nothing else (lower is boring, higher is . . . no way in hell will I ever ride the last two rows).
  5. Flying Fiesta. Chill af.
  6. Rio Grande Rapids. Why is getting wet so fun? Oh . . . wait. Was never the lucky one though.
  7. Fun Kart. A chill version of Space Shuttle.
  8. Wheel of Fate. Guess I’m not too tired of heights. I love skylines and majestic views.
  9. Dodgem. Will never get tired of bump cars.
  10. Up, Up, and Away. So much chill with children and their moms.
  11. Carousel. The langit ka, lupa ako jam. Chill and kind of romantic.
  12. Jungle Log Jam. Why are people not scared riding this? My pictures are always horrifying.
  13. Roller Skater. Just tiring. Least priority.
  14. Rialto. If you have more time to chill, why not? But least priority.
  15. Ekstreme Tower Ride. Only once. Will never ride again. Left my soul somewhere a year ago at its height.

I don’t recommend going to Agila to “seek a thrilling experience.”

At peak hours, you’d be waiting for around 30 to 90 minutes. However, there are dining and shopping areas you’d like to go to as well.

Also be mindful of the following Instagrammable areas:

  1. Brooklyn Place
  2. An area near Space Shuttle
  3. Shops near the entrance
  4. Near the carousel
  5. Five and Dime Dining


Enchanted Kingdom

San Lorenzo South, City of Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Wednesday to Friday (12:00 to 7:00 p.m.); Saturday to Sunday (11:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.)

https://www.enchantedkingdom.ph/