Ayala Lands commitment to sustainable growths is again manifested in its pet project in Laguna named NUVALI ---an evoliving community dubbed as the next Makati of the South!!!
A group of bloggers were invited last week to experience Nuvali first hand. On board the Nuvali bus, we were toured through the area to fully have a grasp of the whole concept.
Our first stop is the Bird sanctuary located in the Southern tip. It is famous for bird watching. Nuvali has created what they call the GAZEBO to serve as an observation deck.We came at around 10am so it was a bit difficult to spot the birds in the surrounding grassland and tress. We were told that the best time of the day is in the early morning or late afternoon as that is when the birds come out to feed.
We were then taken to the Evolving center for a a short video presentation. It was here that I found out that the development is in partnership with the Yulo family. Mr Jayce, the one in charge of the tour also gave us a rundown of the different concepts of sustainable design for evoliving..
Another concept I like about Nuvali is the use of water taxi. There is an artificial lake at the heart of the business district which they call EVOZONE and the water taxi is a good way to cross the lake. It was a few minutes of fun ride s to our next destination -- the retail center.
The retail center is where you can find shops and fine restaurants. The first thing we did upon stepping out of the water taxi is to feed fish.
Fish feeding here has become an attraction, especially to kids. No wonder why Nuvali is a family-friendly community. I have never seen fish as as many congregated in one area. They are very colorful---bright yellow and orange colors. I am not into fish names so I cant tell you what kind of fish there are in the lake but it was really funny coz when you throw the food in the water, the fish would do everything to get it. They even go on top of each so as to get their share. lol
After feeding the fish, it was the time of the bloggers to get food. hahaha. Since there were around 30 of us, they devided us into 5 groups. each group were assigned a particular restaurant. We were designated to eat in Kanin Get It.
My first to hear the brand. Good thing the owner/ manager of the branch was generous enough to talk us out of the inspiration and concept of the restaurant. They basically serve Asian food. I will be making a separate post on this one. Watch out for it soon.
STARBUCKS-- coffee with the bloggers
After having our fill of delicious Kanin get It food, we moved to Starbucks for coffee. This is where we waited for the other groups. The waiting provided the opportunity to socialize with the other bloggers who I met for the 1st time.
I was particularly happy to personally meet Ms Lace http://pinaymoneymaker.com/ , Jonel uy ( bloggermanila) Jeff Sy (http://boy-kuripot.blogspot.com/ ) Alex, recyclebinofamiddlechild ,. Flow (http://angsawariko.com/) and Cath http://www.chinesenamakulit.blogspot.com/ .
Thanks Ayala land for inviting us over. And thanks to Jayce and his team for guiding us throughout the tour.
Special mention to Jed who waited for me in Ayala Makati after I missed the bus and Ms. Jigs for taking care of team 5!!!!yihhh.
LOCATION:Sta. Rosa and Calamba.
How to get there: From Makati -take South Luzon Expressway.Exit points: Exclusive access at Mamplasan, Sta. Rosa- Tagaytay Road, Malitlit (Asia Brewery) and Silang.
Approximate time of travel from Makati-: 45 minutes
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