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Fun Farm

During the previous 4-day weekend in August, a bunch of my friends and I planned a trip to the Fun Farm with our families.

Fun Farm is located at Sta. Elena Estates off the Cabuyao, Laguna exit on SLEX.  Despite it being less than an hour away from where I live, being in Sta. Elena feels like you’re totally far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  It is quiet, green and serene.

Aside from residential areas, a golf course, an organic farm and guest amenities, Sta. Elena is also home to the Fun Farm.  If, as a parent, you are looking for a different, educational, hands-on and fun experience for your child in an environment that is other than a mall, then this is a great place to go :).

Here you will find a variety of animals such as chickens, roosters, horses, carabaos, guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs and ducks.  Your children will be able to experience feeding them, petting them, and even riding them!

The little miss had her first horse ride in the Fun Farm :).  I was surprised that she quite excitedly got on the horse’s back, and actually stayed there for a while before deciding to get off.

She also loooooooved feeding the rabbits, and giggled at how they would quickly nibble the carrots she held out to them.  Gosh, my A is really brave!  First, the horse, and then the rabbits!  If that was me, I don’t think I’d be as fearless as her!  Hahaha!  I was actually cringing inside the rabbit pen, but tried my best not to show it :(.  And I don’t think I’ve ever ridden on a horse either :(.

A was also fascinated by both the guinea pigs and the pot-bellied pigs.  :)  To this day, she always asks to look at the two pictures below in my iPhoto album.  I’m wondering why they made such a lasting impression?  Hmmm…

Other than the animals, Fun Farm also has a fishing area, a boating area, a covered playground/sandbox, and a pavilion that is perfect for picnics!

On this day in particular, though, we unfortunately had to seek refuge in the pavilion for most of the afternoon because the weather was quite uncooperative. :(  Definitely, it would be a good idea to check the forecast before heading out to the Fun Farm.

The rain came down pretty hard during the time we were there so we didn’t even have a chance to go on the carabao ride :(.  We also wanted to go on a boat ride with A, but again the rains did not permit us to :(.

So instead, we decided to have our birthday celebrants blow out the candles on their cake from Tita C. Including A, two of the other kids in our group were also celebrating August birthdays.  Here they are in action!

Despite our issues with the weather, we all had a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon.  It was a wonderful way to bond with friends, while spending precious quality time with our kids as well.

Seeing the look on A’s face as she saw and interacted with the animals was priceless!  Aside from the fact that she’s never really around animals that often,  I think she also enjoyed being able to run around in the vast area with other kids.  Being a “city girl”, she is cooped up a lot of times, and as a parent I am often wistful that she doesn’t have the luxury of open spaces.

Personally, I also thought it was nice to be in a very green, natural and peaceful environment.  The downside to living in a concrete jungle is that there is a lack of trees, grass, shady areas and fresh air.  Sta. Elena provides the perfect refuge from the city–a place for families and friends to get together, in a lush, verdant backdrop.  Haaaay!  It would be such a dream to live in a place like this!

But since I’m also not quite ready to give up city living yet, occasional trips such as these to the Fun Farm are just the thing me and my family need to rest and recharge from our busy schedules and fast paced lives.

Hooray for the Fun Farm!

Takatak Attack + Happy Weekend

There are about 16 more days until my daughter’s 2nd birthday party, and plans are in full swing!  I’ve already finalized the menu, the desserts, and the giveaways, and the paper pinata I’ve been working on is finally done!  The only things left to do are to print and cut out the gift and dessert tags, and to finalize the tablescape.

One of the major design elements in A’s upcoming Mexican fiesta is a papier-mache horse.  I was thinking of making it part of the table centerpiece, along with tissue paper flowers, and cactus plants.

I know that these horses, also known as takas, are available in Paete, Laguna, but how to get there, and finding the time to go posed a bit of a problem for me.

I think it was quite providential that while I was browsing FaceBook one evening, I chanced upon a friend’s picture of an art fair that featured a taka seller!  What luck!  I immediately googled the seller and was blown away by what I saw (and learned)…

The Takatak Project is a collaboration amongst four friends (formerly advertising professionals), who want to keep the tradition of taka-making alive, as well as adapt it to more modern times.  Together with the artisans of Paete, they first worked to standardize and perfect the mold of the horse figure, then started painting it with more contemporary designs.  The results are truly remarkable…

Image via clauderodrigo.wordpress.com

I waaaaaaant!

When I saw samples of the takas on their FB page, my heart literally started skipping–I was so excited!  You know how much I looooove Filipino crafts :).  To know that a new generation of Filipinos are working to keep it alive for future generations to enjoy, is truly a wonderful thing!  (And definitely, these takas are the perfect decor for A’s party!)

To push the envelope even further, The Takatak Project recently held an art show featuring different renditions of takas by 60 Filipino artists.  The exhibit, held at 10 Alabama last July 21st was aptly called, Takatak Attak: Modern Takes on the Traditional Taka.  I knew I just had to go!  By hook or by crook!  Hahaha!

So even though it was a wet and rainy afternoon, I dragged my little family (A included :)) to 10A Alabama.  Despite the gloomy weather, I was in the sunniest of spirits as I viewed and appreciated the workmanship that went to each taka. There was certainly no shortage of talent in the entire show!  Here is what I saw:

Aren’t the pieces lovely? :)

There were too many that I wanted to take home with me!  Unfortunately, there really isn’t any space anymore in our little shoebox (read: condo).  Sad :(  So I pretty much had to content myself with these pictures I took on my iPhone.

But all is not lost :)  I am definitely looking forward to the takas I’ll be painting for A’s party!  Project time!  Stay tuned for the finished product next week!

Till then, hope you have a great weekend, folks!  Stay dry!