To visit the National Museum of Natural Arts is a must

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard 

I am that kind of soul who jerks when I hear the word “museum”, it meant beautiful things for me, it meant that I am allowed to take a peek of what was back in time, it meant travelling for me, it meant the feeling of a dancing soul.

If I have the opportunity to visit those I wanted and I can, I will. So when we get the chance to stay somewhere in Manila, our itinerary included the museums.

We visited the “National Museum of Natural Arts” one weekend. The six – leveled building recently opened officially to the public last May of 2018. It used to be the “Agriculture and Commerce building” before it became the seat of the “Department of Tourism”.

It boasts a Neo-classical facade including its’ over-all interiors, a type of architecture that focuses on simpler lines, huge columns and blank walls generating grandiose. A far cry of Rococo style which it preceded.

I found this artwork symbolizing classical facades of museums, and surprisingly it’s created by a kid.
Photo source: https://www.metmuseum.org/blogs
I just have this thing with doors. #thisthingwithdoors

The Designer of the building was a Filipino Architect: Antonio Toledo during the late 1930s. While the renovation was taken cared of Dominic Galicia Architects from the year 2015 to 2018.

It surprised us that upon arrival, there’s a long queue (people of all ages), and mostly are students. Another thing that was a surprise is that the entrance is free. I wondered where will they get the budget to maintain it, though it made me admire the government since this kind of perk enables more visitors to appreciate the museum and what it has to offer.

I noticed too that there are no leaflets or maps that were provided as a guide, so we were a bit lost as to where to go first. Like you can roam around the whole area as you please. There are usherettes stationed in some areas but not in all areas to guide you. We used the ramps to go the next level.

Ramps are with these pretty windows.

Enjoy the rich collection of the country’s flora and fauna, artifacts which some can only be found in the Philippines.
I specifically targeted the hundreds of butterfly species kept intact, there’s a room filled with different species of trees which we weren’t able to visit because it was almost 5pm when we reached that floor, different kinds of minerals were also showcased, there is also a replica of the world’s largest crocodile (in captivity) popularly known as “Lolong”. I think he is one of the major attractions of this museum.

All that is gold does not glitter. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

It’ll also bring you to the depths of the sea. =)

I’m in front of the submarine’s hull, though it isn’t yellow. =p
Navigation area inside the submarine.
“Apat na sikat” (An old meme that means “The Famous Four” =)

There are too many corners that are “Instagrammable”. =)

Staircases – one of my most favorite subjects.

Personally, what initially lured me is the white canopy with geometric designs that connects to the tube-like elevator that I later learned they called the “Tree of life”.

Giving natural light beautifully.

Find time to visit, it is literally a learning and rewarding experience. It is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm from Tuesday to Sunday and closes during Mondays.

The National Museum of Natural Arts along with the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the National Planetarium which is known as the National Museum Complex located in Rizal Park, Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila.

A special corner is dedicated to our National Hero: Dr. Jose Rizal.

Jen’s tenacious to see the rest, she’s wanting to see the Spoliarium by Juan Luna. It is somewhere in the National Museum of Fine Arts. While I, itching to have a photo on the collections of Juan Luna and Felix Hidalgo mounted on pink walls. =) Maybe one of these days. =)

PS: The restrooms are immaculate too. =)

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Batanes…Beyond expectations

Batanes – Beyond Our Expectations

I am so fortunate to witnessed the unspoiled and undisturbed beauty of Batanes, if not for the Ivatan’s (True Insulares) uniformed goal to preserve mother nature, this will not be achieved. Thanks to my soul buddy, for this once in a lifetime experience. (–,) ♥♥♥

Batanes map
Photo grabbed from: http://attyreycdar.blogspot.com/2014/07/wonders-of-batanes.html

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My soul sissy brought this for me claiming it must be part of my wardrobe.

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We only spend a few days in Batanes though it is enough to leave me lifetime memories to cherish. It was raining most of the time on that first week of December. It is very cold, windy and wintery. We can’t go out without layers then.

I imagine Batanes during Summer yet since it is not when we visit, I see Batanes as fascinating during the Rainy Season. They control the number of visitors so we felt like having the island all on ourselves. It was a unique feeling, since more often than not traveling usually requires us to deal with other visitors too.

There is bliss when we arrived and all through out our stay.

 

Sonya’s Garden…

SONYA’S GARDEN…

“Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ~Hans Christian Andersen~

It was always great to look back at times when you spend times with your parents. Especially to a bewitching place like Sonya’s Garden. It is one of Tagaytay’s pride if I may say. And I can not contain my excitement when I got there. The place transported me to a foreign place.

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This used to be the focal point of the place..

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Cabbage rose..

I was like a child taking photos from every corner. Of which the endless floating flowers are my favorites. There are lots of them.

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They say some of the flowers at Sonya’s are edible..

The place is scented, it was a natural sweet scent emanating from everywhere dancing along the soft blow of wind. I guess it’s coming from the flowers themselves and the leaves of every tree and plants surrounding the place.

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I have been seeing these tiles in most places in Tagaytay.

You would not believe, some of the petals are edible too.

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Sounds of rippling waters are so relaxing..

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Blue, indigo, violet.

It was just a day trip, but it’s worth it and I am certain this is not my last time to visit. I especially loved their food, some items from the “panaderia” which we brought home, and the soothing feeling I got from their spa. The sound of rippling water which comes from the glass panel windows during the massage session was definitely relaxing. It was also a surprise to see a bowl of flower when it was my turn to lie on my chest. Truly a breather.

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I actually wanna lie down here, though it has become a favorite spot for picture taking. There is already a queue waiting for their turns.

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Can’t wait for my turn. Swedish please. =)

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Puka shells and some wooden beads created a soft lovely sound as the wind passed by them.

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Under my bed..when the attendant asked me to turn, so she can massage my back, I was surprised by the view under..

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An old banca turned to bench..

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Glorious!

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Capiz for me felt so country..

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Before leaving, we bought some breads from the pastry shop..=)

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Have a sit! ❤

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I guess, this is goin’ to be just one of my memorable visits at Sonya’s Garden. Who knows, I might even spend a day or two here. Crossin’ my fingers..<3