Obligatory tourist shot. Not.
Last Saturday, I was invited by the wonderful people from Zoomanity Group to their media tour for Paradizoo and Residence Inn. Filled with wonderful fauna and flora to make you appreciate the cold weather and nature more, this offering from Zoomanity is definitely worth the two hour drive or so to get away from all the stress that the city gives.
Paradizoo is filled with plants and flowers everywhere!
The tour lasted the whole day, with the first half spent at Paradizoo. We got to the place by around 11AM, and had a chance to listen to Mr. Atish, a bonsai enthusiast, where he enlightened us all with the details of his bonsai hobby, the effort that it takes to grow a small tree, and the art behind it.
One of the many bonsai of Atish.
If you think that a bonsai is some random tree stuck on a pot, then you are wrong. Apparently, each twist and turn of the branch is something that they consider. They wire it, they trim the leaves, and they alter it little by little through time. A tree can cost from PHP 500 to a whopping PHP1.5M, depending on its conditions. What they usually look into are the branches, its form, as well as the type of the tree and its age. It really takes a lot of passion, dedication, and effort to maintain one, and I could definitely say that I appreciated this art more than ever after hearing the talk. If you are interested to hear more about plants and things like that, Paradizoo is currently holding various talks all Saturdays until March 31 for their “Power of Three” event. You can check out the details on their website.
My favorite sunflower.
Paradizoo is actually the place of the flora. They have a huge garden with various flowers springing literally everywhere. They also have a vegetable garden, where you’ll be free to pick your choice of veggie along the way. Although they boast their collection of blooms, they also have a small place where you’d be able to interact with farm animals. If you’re the type of person who likes tamed furry friends like goats and horses, then this place is for you.
Aside from farm animals, they also have a small butterfly sanctuary, where they would allow you to touch these beautiful creatures. They also have a honey bee place, where you’ll be free to check out how bees create delicious honey, and a bird place where you can buy feeds and lure love birds into eating from your palms (it tickles).
But if you’re the type of person who likes a more daring adventure, Zoomanity also has Residence Inn, where they house various animals like tarantulas, huge roaches, a crazy ass snake, a tiger, and an iguana — among many others. They have pet shows every now and then (don’t forget to check the schedule on their website!), where they let you touch animals, plus special performances from their extra cute dogs, cats, and wild pigs.
Aside from the performances, you can also have a photo op with their animals for a minimal price. A photo op with their owl would be around 50 pesos, and then a picture with a tiger is worth 100 pesos. You’d also get a chance to feed the tiger with fresh milk! It’s a crazy experience, but all the jitters are worth it when you see the final photo.
Looks friendly… -ish
Residence Inn also has a zip line and cable car, to sustain your adrenaline rush. The rides costs around PHP 150 each, with a consignee ready to take a snapshot of you. Since I’ve spent all of my energy trying to be brave with the tiger, I chickened out from the zip line, and decided to take photos instead. I HATE heights, so I’m extra cautious when it comes to taking the ride. My family and I have decided to come back to the place sometime in February, and I think I might finally take the ride… only if my boyfriend says yes, though (yep, I’m that clingy).
All in all, if you feel like going away and visiting Tagaytay, Paradizoo and Residence Inn is definitely something to add to your itinerary. They are 10 minutes away from each other, plus they are relatively near at Breakfast at Antonio’s and Puzzle Mansion — which, I think, is just wonderful.
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Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City
Php 150.00 – Adults
Php 100.00 – Children
Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay City
Php 299.00 – Adult
Php 249.00 – Children