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Monday, September 30, 2013

Sky Fun Amusement Park at Sky Ranch in Tagaytay

During our impromptu trip in Tagaytay last May, we got the chance to visit Tagaytay's newest tourist attraction, the Sky Fun Amusement Park at Sky Ranch.  It has become the talk of the town because of the Sky Eye, the country's tallest and biggest ferris wheel.

The Sky Eye, Super Viking, and Gazebo in the background

When we got there, certain portions of the park were still under construction.  I read that they will also construct a Science Discovery Museum.  The entrance at that time was only Php 50.  I read before that the Php 50 entrance fee was only valid until May 31.  But upon checking Sky Ranch's Facebook page, current entrance is still at Php 50.

Still under construction

We were 4 adults and 1 kid when we visited Sky Fun Amusement Park.  Most of the rides were applicable for the kids.  I think the only attractions that adults can enjoy are the Sky Eye, Super Viking and Horseback Riding.

Below are some pictures of the rides (apologies as I did not intend to really take a picture of each rides thus it wasn't really appealing in my pictures) and its corresponding fee.

Sky Eye (Php 150)

Super Viking (Php 100)

Express Train (Php 50) and Wonder Flight (Php 50)
Nessi Coaster (Php 50) and Mini Viking (Php 50)

Zorb ball (Php 50)

Carousel (Php 50)
There are also food kiosk and gazebos in the area.  The Taal Volcano can also be viewed here.  Function rooms are also provided for big events.  As of this writing, I am just not sure if more rides were added and if the construction side were done.  For me, children will be the one to enjoy most of this Sky Fun Amusement Park.  For adults, well speaking for myself, it is a nice experience riding the tallest and biggest ferris wheel in the country. 

Sky Fun Amusement Park at Sky Ranch Tagaytay is located along Aguinaldo Highway, just beside the Taal Vista Hotel.  If you're coming from Rotonda (Olivarez), turn right and straight ahead.  It will be on your left side, just before reaching Taal Vista Hotel.

For more details on how to go to Tagaytay, you may read my previous post about it here and here.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

BDO and BPI Mobile Banking: Let's Find Ways to Make Things Easy

At this 21st century, we are seeing a lot of technological advancement.  Smartphones, tablets, cloud computing, wireless connections are just few innovations that revolutionize the way we live.  Everything is within reach, whether you need to communicate to your love ones, find the nearest gas station, know the latest events in your community, pay your bills or mobile banking, all of these can be done at your fingertips.  I find it really convenient to do these things with my smartphone, especially paying bills online.

The past years, BPI has already come up with application on smartphone for mobile banking.  This is ultra convenient for me since I am a heavy BPI user, especially when paying bills.  This is how BPI's mobile app looks like.  It has evolved in time to make it more user friendly.

BPI Mobile App

BDO, on the other hand, did not succumb to this innovation.  They too created an application on smartphone for mobile banking.  Although, it took them quite a while to have this convenient application.  Before, the BDO app in app store is not that really helpful.  One cannot perform similar transactions as BPI app.  You can only check your balance and nothing more.  Well, lately, they have updated their app so one can have the convenience of performing several banking transactions at their fingertips.  Here is what BDO app looks like.

BDO Mobile App
I like both applications as I have savings account with them.  I can check balances, pay bills and even transfer money (of same bank).  I haven't tried inter-bank money transfer and I'm not sure if both banks are capable of it.  Although, I read that BPI is already capable of this kind of transaction.

Other banks already have mobile applications such as RCBC, China Bank, UCPB, Citibank and Union Bank.  Well, I'm speaking of applications available in App Store but I'm sure these are also available to Android users.

Thank you BPI and BDO!  You truly make things easy by finding ways :)