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Sunday, December 29, 2013

The joy of going back to TEN CENTS TO HEAVEN Tanay

I was here in January commissioned to get photos of the property for the website they were working on at that time. I got to bring my wife with me so it was some sort of a romantic retreat for us at the same time. This December, we got to bring two kids with us ---our adopted daughter Angel and our niece Jhanine.

JUNGLE BASE TANAY 4x4 Adventure

Our staycation 2013 started with a bang and it ended in style.
Thanks to TEN CENTS TO HEAVEN in Tanay Rizal.

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TEN CENTS TO HEAVEN in Tanay Rizal
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The rainy weather which started mid-afternoon made the temperature even lower. I was wearing tank top and shorts that day as if we were to go to the beach. A few minutes upon arrival at Camp Cafe, I had to done an extra shirt on top of my sleeveless shirt because I was already feeling the cold. I welcome cold weather. It's very similar to Tagaytay weather indeed.

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CAMP CAFE + Resto Bar
We came a bit late that Saturday so we went straight to Camp Cafe which opened just a few months ago.
Many guests drop by for day tours. One can enjoy the ambiance from here, dine at Resto Bar and maybe try the zipline. This is the heart of the resort. First two levels are for dining while the 3rd level is for zipline. The place can easily hold large groups. In front of it is a large activity area. Indeed perfect for company outings.

Our afternoon snack was such a treat,
the start of what became an adventure + food indulgence weekend.


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Our Room
The rains posed a threat to our goal of making the kids enjoy this particular trip. We told them that they can have the whole day Sunday to play around with the hope that the sun would shine bright the next day. For most of the night, we stayed inside our room watching tv, cuddling in bed while the kids played with each other. This log cabin type of accommodation is my style on a mountain-resort themed place like Ten Cents to Heaven. It was particulary quiet that night, perfect for a peaceful retreat for adults like us. Not so much for the kids though. 

Good enough, they got very tired going around SM-Hypermarket Tanay before we headed for the resort that they. They were peacefully tucked in their bed at around 8 pm. Sigh of relief.
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That, after a hearty dinner of course.....

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Lechon kawali, lumpiang shanghai and kare-kare for dinner. Yum!  Kare-kare, 200php, is good for 2-3 persons. Very reasonable price at parang lutong bahay. Comfort food. 
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Children's Playground

The sun did shine on Sunday. We got up early and the kids were very excited to go around. As promised, they got to play a lot starting with the play area near the main accommodation where the seesaw ---- doll house, slide are all made of wood consistent to the theme of the place.

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We them moved Camp Activity area where they tried the obstacle course famous for team building. We had to assist them of course as the course could prove tough for small kids.

This is the reason why Ten Cents To Heaven is slowly becoming the retreat destination east of the capital for Manila-based companies. A lot of open spaces perfect for team building activities.
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Breakfast
They got pretty tired soon enough so we went up Camp Cafe for breakfast. We tried their bestseller, 4 star adobo (chicken-pork combination) -200php, Pinakbet 100php good for two persons and chopsuey, 200php. A very good meat-vegetable combination if you ask me.
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The Kids 
taking on the Longest Zipline in Luzon

We asked the kids if they want to try the zipline and they eagerly said yes. Zipline it is then. Take note, this is no ordinary zipline, it is the longest in Luzon. We were not worried though. We knew the equipment are original anf new and that the ones assisting are well trained and careful. 

We made sure we didn't scare the kids so that they wouldn't back out. Actually, my wife remarked "don kayo pupunta sa kabila" pointing at the dock on the other side of the mountain. The kids were unrattled, they were still all smiles and very excited. Well, everything is indeed an adventure when you are young.

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One can have the option to zipline one way for 800 pesos and two way for 1,000 pesos. One way, you will get to the other side and from there will be taken by the shuttle back to the resort. Two-way, you get to the other side then transfer to another line where you will end up past midway back.
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The Hanging Bridge

Then goes another exciting part, you need to walk back up the activity area or back to your room but you have to go through a hanging bridge first. Admittedly, this was the longest hanging bridge I have tried. I hurried down to meet my wife and the kids and found myself crossing the hanging bridge without any rope or rapell that those who zipline have.


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It was scary. Compared to my zipline experience at Ten Cents, this one is more scary. The idea that you cannot walk fast through it as it will sway more makes it feel like a torture. The drop doesn't look deep from the ends but it sure is "very deep" somewhere in the middle. And you have to look at the wooden plank where you are stepping at of course or else trip. That makes it more scary because you cannot avoid looking down. Say hello to your fear of heights.

It felt like eternity crossing it and walking back made it twice the torture. I made sure I paused from time to time to appreciate the wonderful nature. Really is a nice experience.
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Going Around
It's nice to see how the place is slowly transforming while maintaining its original appeal. The picnic area os already complete with cabanas that could hold a large group. Perfect for big companies even for an overnight stay.
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CONVENTION HALL + New Pool
The multi-purpose hall is now complete and fully operation. It is situated at the highest point of the property. View is very scenic from here. Perfect for weddings, conferences and other gathering. On one side is the view of Sierra Madre and on the other is the lake.
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Two swimming pools are on the works with one next to the convention center 90% ready. The view from there is really nice. The second pool will also be operational pretty soon. Looks like everything is set for summer 2014 this early. I heard they are also planning to open a mini zoo soon. Ten Cents to Heaven is indeed evolving fast to make sure there is something for you when you visit.
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HOW TO GET TO TEN CENTS TO HEAVEN Tanay

The place is to be accessed best via private vehicle.The road condition is really good.The Marikina-Infanta road cuts through the mountains of Rizal.Expect beautiful view along the way and no traffic congestion.Thank God.That in contrast to the pain you have to go through,say,you go to Tagaytay.I heard a bus company already ply the route.Look for Raymund bus if you have no private vehicle.

Via Tanay Rizal Town Proper
Another option if you are taking public transportation is to get to Tanay Town proper. There are jeepneys and fx taxis from Starmall Shaw Blvd (Crossing) to Tanay town. From there, you can take a jeepney to Sampaloc Tanay and from Sampaloc's main junction take another jeepney bound Cogeo Antipolo. The passes through the resort which is only a few minutes away from Sampaloc.


TEN CENTS TO HEAVEN
is located in Sitio Mayagay II, Barrio Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal.


DISCLOSURE: Thanks Ten Cents To Heaven Tanay for hosting our stay :)

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For reservations, inquiries
or more information, please contact
Libis QC Office: 02.655 0560 / 02. 502 5702
Tanay Rizal: 02.506 3675/ 0999 977 0026
email: tencentstoheaven@gmail.com
http://tencentstoheaven.com/

1 comment:

  1. Hi, were planning to go in 10CENTS this weekend...maganda pa rin ba dun? maganda ba ang service and affordable?

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