Happiest Place on Earth

Filed under: Travelogue — GSM0d at 11:22 pm on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

“Happiest Place on Earth”—was the sign that greeted us after we paid the 395-peso-per-person entrance fee for the Zoobic Safari adventure in Subic. “This better be happy or else I want my money back.”

In the beginning, my daughter didn’t think so. She freaked out immediately and started crying when we called her to take pictures with the Tiger cub who was three times our size.

Mommy G: C’mon Lia, feed the tiger
Lia: No! It will eat me.
Mommy G: Look at me and Papa, we’re relaxed here. The tiger is nice.
Lia: No, look at Papa’s smile. It’s so plastic. Halata natatakot siya! Waaaa!

After her crying session, we tried to calm her down by going around the petting zoo where you get to see and feed miniature horses, birds, and deer and Malayan caviats.

It was an exciting experience for my niece Mika who fed the deer for the first time in her life.

Lia was preoccupied as usual. She was again so scared and irritated with this exotic bird that was hopping and following her everywhere she went. Natakot matuka. Kawawa naman anak ko, bata bata pa lang, sinusundan na ng birdie. Mana talaga kay Mommy Gspot. Paano na ‘yan? Nasa Greece ako ngayon. Baka sundan din ako ng mga Greek Birdies dito…Mahirap pa naman tumanggi sa grasya. Bwahahaha! Joke lang, Emil! I lab you!

We hopped on the Zoobic train to go around the Savannah, get to feed the tigers and crocodiles with dressed chickens, and get up close and personal with the wild animals.

Yes, Lia freaked out again. Kulang ata sa tulog. Meron ata si Lia, ang sungit!

I started chatting in the net with some of my friends around the world and I found out that Zoobic Safari is the only safari where you can get so close with the tigers such that they would even climb the roof of your protected jeep. Other safaris in Africa and Australia do not offer this kind of experience. You will only get to see the tiger in an African safari 10 feet away. In the Zoobic Zafari, you can touch the base of  their feet that is resting on your windows. Ganoon ka-close! With an additional P200, you can even feed the tiger with a dressed chicken. It used to be real chickens but the show got too scary for children and the cruelty to animals was just too much that Mr. Robert Yupangco decided to change it with dressed chickens.

Lia’s mood changed upon reaching the exit because she asked me to buy her a stuffed Bengali tiger. Since she didint get to touch the tiger, she said, she’ll just bring the pretend one to our home. My mood changed as well when I reached for my wallet hehehe.

Basically, the 395-peso entrance for adults and 295 pesos for children were totally worth it. When I was a kid, I never had that up close and personal experience with tigers, deer, birds, and ostriches. I have never seen a monkey lead an animal parade. I have never fed a tiger and a crocodile because they are known to be the fiercest creatures that roamed the planet. So I must say that Zoobic Safari is indeed one of the happiest places on earth. When Lia gets older, I’ll bring her gain to Zoobic and hopefully she will be brave enough to have a picture with the REAL Bengali Tiger.

Zoobic Safari is inside Subic Base. It’s a 1-and-1/2-hour drive from Manila if you take the SLEX. Take NLEX till you reach the end of the highway. Then enter SLEX. Do not enter the DAU exit. SLEX is after the DAU exit.

I’ll write more blogs on places to go to for summer. I know a lot of parents read my blog even if it’s entilted: Gspot. Kasi wholesome naman…ng konti…hehehe. 

Si Sam Milby

Filed under: Features — admin at 6:21 pm on Friday, March 19, 2010

Japan, Japan, sagot sa Kahirapan!

Korek! Galing po ang inyong Gspot sa Japan para makalikom ng campaigh funds para pambili ng diaper at gatas ni Zappa. Bwahahaha!

Oy, di pala biro ang gastos kapag natapos ka nang mag-breastfeed, two kyiaw (gay linggo for two thousand pesos) a week para lang sa gatas at diaper!

Siguro naaliw yung mga taga-KDDI (a telecom in Japan) sa akin at sinama uli ako, kasama ng kanilang endorser na si Sam Milby. Grabe ha, masyado na kami magkasama ni Sam sa ibang bansa, baka ma-develop na kami lalo na at “available” daw siya ngayon. Aaaaaaaayaw ng fans! Kaso mukhang malabo mangyari kasi ang tawag niya sa akin ay “Ate Giselle”—isyeyt! At and mga tanong sa akin ay puro—“How’s your baby? “—double isyeyt!

Our last trip to Japan with Sam was last year when we went to Nagoya with Randy Santiago, Pinoy Dream Academy stars Jay-R Siaboc and Liezel (CLICK HERE.) This time around, the gang comprised of Zanjoe Marudo, and PDA stars Laarni Lozada and Bugoy.

When Sam Milby boarded the plane, he told me he only had two hours of sleep. Babe, I Love You is set to have it’s grand opening in Philippine theaters on April 3, Black Saturday, and they haven’t finished the shoot. He told me that due to his hectic schedule, he was averaging two to three hours a night for consecutive days. I told him that he can sleep the whole night when we arrive in Tokyo since our show was the next day.

When you don’t get enough sleep, you binge on food, obvious ba with the ramen? Dati sushi, ngayon naman ramen, takaw mo, Sam!

Concert day, I caught him dozing off in the dressing room so I asked him if he slept well the night before. He told me that he only slept for four hours. Siguro namamahay. We were called for rehearsals, where he rehearsed his ten songs and our two production numbers. Todo-bigay si Sam, parang concert na niya mismo, e, rehearsals pa lang. I told him to conserve his energy.

On the concert itself, the crowd was roaring so, his energy doubled and he was high with the crowd’s cheers. Madali paligayahin ang mga Pilipino sa Tokyo. Kapag nagpapatawa ako, grabe humalagpak ang mga OFWs at tumatayo pa at pumapalakpak. Sa “meet and greet” the stars, bugbog sarado si Sam sa mga halik ng girls. Ang wa-wild!

As a big sister, I worried about Sam. He’s been averaging eight hours of sleep in three days (he needs 24). If I were in his shoes, I would be floating while singing—perfomance level, ten songs during rehearsals, and then another ten songs during the show. Theater 1010 in Tokyo had had a 1,500 seating capacity, we had an additional 400 SRO and 90 percent of the audience were women. After the show, in the meet and greet, he was mobbed and kissed by literally a thousand women. I was secretly praying that his body would NOT give up. I would still need it in the night. JOKE! May asawa at anak na po ako!

After the successful concert, I was very much surprised because Sam still joined us for dinner. I guess he was hungry. Sam said he liked our group—Zanjoe, Bugoy, Laarni, Caress (his road manager), Monch Novales (Star Magic), Donnie (PDA road manager), Enrique Olives (TFC Japan head), Jen Mariano, Mickey Munoz (TFC), Rigi Bumagat (TFC), Keren Pascual and myself.

After dinner, some members french exited home, others proceeded to shop in the 24-hour superstore Don Quixote. Laarni, Bugoy, Zanjoe, and I were planning to go Roponggi bar hopping. We were going to invite Sam but he excused himself for the bathroom. Then he disappeared. We all thought he went home since he really looked very tired, so we proceeded to go bar hopping without Sam.

But TFC Japan head Enrique Olives had a weird feeling in his spine so he went back to the bathroom with Bugoy and Zanjoe and, true enough, Sam was still inside the bathroom, he passed out. He told Enrique he just felt dizzy and blacked out. He was in the Japanese public toilet floor for a good thirty minutes.

It was a good thing Japan is known for its honesty, so nobody took his wallet while he was flat on the bathroom floor. When Enrique arrived, the manager was trying to help Sam up. Please take note that Sam did not drink any Sake or red wine.

Averaging eight hours of sleep in three days, rehearsing and performing a total of twenty songs in a performance level, kissed and mobbed by literally a thousand women, Sam’s body could not take the stress toll and gave up. And it just had to be in a public bathroom without anybody knowing it.

It was a good thing TFC Japan head Enrique Olives had a father’s sixth sense and knew something was wrong to his “prized” child. My advise to Sam—Health is Wealth. Yes, you strike when you’re hot, but you may not be able to strike when your body gives up on you. So please please Sam, so many women are counting on that body not to give up…including me (joke).


Blogs coming soon: “Si Zanjoe Marudo, Si Bugoy at Laarni, Things Japanese Find Disgraceful.”

PEPsters in Athens Greece and Santorini, Eric Santos and I will be there for a concert in Athens on March 28, Sunday. Then we’ll party in Santorini island after. Any Filipino guides that can help us out?

My backpacker hostel fronting Panglao beach is ready by April 1. Now you can enjoy beautiful white sand on a budget. Fan rooms are P500 per person and aircon rooms are P1,000 per person. You may also rent the whole house at P30,000—good for 25 people. Interested parties may email Mel Villanueva at giselle.events@yahoo.com.