Friday, April 26, 2013

Aviary in Grand Villa Resort, Bgry. Tranca, Bay, Laguna

After a quick tour inside the Botanical and Butterfly Garden they proceeded to the Grand Aviary with no one around to tour them. Rome's nieces were kinda bored and looked tired as they beg their mom to go back and take a plunge to the resort's swimming pool. Of course, the mega aunt Anney didn't let them. Their boredom paved away when the entered the keeper-less aviary and saw different birds and rare animals that they normally seen on TV.

There are Palawan peacock or "Tandikan" as they call it in Rome's province. Horrified by the big angry bird ostrich, Babin ran to him and was fascinated with Palawan bearcat. He explained that its an endemic mammal in his province.

Some birds are large and dangerous. Bird's attack could happen at any time. The resort should've advised them to be very careful and take personal precaution with the kids since they were not accompanied by a tour guide or staff. No presence of a keeper was seen in the aviary either during their visit.

There are cute and colorful species of parrots inside the aviary. Rome spent more time watching them dance and tweet. For the kids, it was another educational trip and not just the usual swimming. And for the adults, it was another resort not worthy of a come back.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Botanical and Butterfly Garden in Grand Villa Resort Bgry. Tranca Bay, Laguna

The Botanical and Butterfly Garden in Grand Villa Resort is a sanctuary for our best-loved summer insects. From the front door of the netted garden house, a stone path leads to a man-made well was scented summer flowers. Beyond, there's masses of nectar-rich flowers, plants for caterpillars to eat and places to hibernate over rainy days. The garden is specifically designed to be a paradise for these graceful insects.

The girls seemed a little bit tentative, unsure what to make of their new friends but Rome clearly saw from his nieces eyes the intrigued brought by the vibrant winged creatures. Ykaie and her cousins were afraid to touch the gentle insects. She saw one butterfly pollinating a flower and looks up at her mom, puzzled.

‘It’s a process, dear’ her mom seems to say as she give her daughter a kiss. Peachy, to the best of her knowledge explained the Butterfly life cycle as there was no single person inside the garden to discuss it. In fact, they've just let themselves in.

The first stage of the butterfly metamorphoses is when the caterpillar is fully grown, it makes a button of silk which it uses to fasten its body to a leaf or a small branch of a tree. Then, the caterpillar's skin comes off and under this old skin is a hard skin called a chrysalis or pupa. The second stage is when the pupa seam tears after hours (12). The third stage is when a butterfly slowly begins to emerge and tries to break free of its chrysalis that would take for about 23 hours or more. The fourth stage and the most beautiful is when the butterfly is almost free and is all but out of its shell opening its colorful wings.

It was an educational trip for the kids. Although the butterflies are beautiful and fascinating, Rome and his cousins were not pleased about their whole experience. No assistance was extended on their scheduled tour. They felt neglected.