May 26, 2013

ISDAAN in CALAUAN, LAGUNA

Sunday, May 26, 2013

We were  travelling along  Laguna's National Highway en route to Cavinti when these commanding structures suddenly caught our attention, ISDAAN in Calauan, Laguna is definitely an interesting sight you don't usually get to see in this country.

ISDAAN, Calauan, Laguna


At some point I thought I was transported in some part of  South East Asia. I alighted from the car and check the possibility of having our lunch here. And yes, they would let our dogs in! :)

ISDAAN, Calauan, Laguna


ISDAAN in Calauan, Laguna is a floating restaurant serving Filipino food and a theme park in one, owned and operated by the Barrio Fiesta Group of companies, in other words the Ongpaucos and Evangelista families. I think their first branch is up north at Gerona, Tarlac.

ISDAAN ATTRACTIONS, CALAUAN

ISDAAN, Calauan, Laguna


We toured around even under the scorching heat of the sun and took lots of shots of these Balinese inspired resto-theme park. They've certainly succeeded in capturing the interests of travelers going some place else but decided to drop by and have their lunch here by providing these enticing sights and attractions.

ISDAAN, Calauan, Laguna




You'll see Filipino themed performances while walking and checking the different alleys of the place and some circus characters keeping the place alive and busy. There's a free boat ride too if you're up to it.

TACSIYAPO WALL

TACSIYAPO Wall


Another interesting addition to this place which might benefit those under extreme stress is these TACSIYAPO Wall. I'm not familiar with the term Tacsiyapo and so did a little research and learned that it's a Kapampangan vernacular, a vulgar word that means "put***-ina" in Tagalog or  "son of a bitch" in English.

The idea is to throw in the plates directed to that spot that's causing your anger. Can you see the piles of broken plates there? That's quite a lot :)). The plates will cost you 30 pesos a piece, so if you don't mind shelling out some cash to release that burning anger, go and hit that spot and hit it hard!

ISDAAN, Calauan, Laguna



You'll even bump into some famous people while doing your rounds. ;-)


ISDAAN, Calauan, Laguna


I doubt if these tables get occupied during lunch but I'm pretty sure this is a beautiful spot for dinner.

THE FOOD

ISDAAN, Calauan, Laguna


Barrio Fiesta is a legend when we speak of Filipino cuisine and that will give you an idea how the food should taste. We still ask our waiter to serve us their specialties and what we had were Bulalo, Ginataang Hito, Lechon Manok, Pinakbet, Lumpiang Sariwa and Bagong saing na kanin.

For the meal we ordered, we're charged a total of 2,500 pesos or 415 pesos per head. I guess it's fair enough since we didn't just pay for the food but for the whole experience of being in this place. My only suggestion is to please maintain the quality of food that Barrio Fiesta is known for.

ISDAAN, Calauan, Laguna


I'd love to experience Isdaan at night, it's most likely a lovely sight with all the lights on and none of the heat from the sun.

ISDAAN in Calauan, Laguna is worth the side trip if you're going somewhere south and if your direction is somewhere north, there is one in Gerona, Tarlac.

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An occasional blogger, photography enthusiast, apparel designer, engineer and a firm believer of God. In her spare time, she enjoys doing DIY projects and on certain times you'll find her chasing the bliss of solitude, sipping a cup of nicely brewed coffee, munching some yummy cookies while reading a good book in a new place with a great view.

21 comments:

  1. I've been to Isdaan but the one in Gerona, Tarlac and the place is just huge and there's also the wall where you get to throw plates to de-stress like what you have in Calauan.

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  2. Nice place to eat something Filipino and you're right about the attractions in Isdaan. It seems like somewhere in South East Asia.

    And I'd love to throw plates in Tacsiyapo Wall. Just to release my anger. :D

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  3. Such a lovely place... Pinoy-themed talaga.. and the tacsiyapo wall is just a good idea for stress-release :-)

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  4. So this is the isdaan in Calauan that my brother recommended me. The isdaan that I've been was near Sta. Cruz, I guess.

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  5. I have never been to a floating resto... near in our place, particularly in Bohol, there is a floating resto there that plying the long river of Lubok with a group of singers serenading the customers while eating.

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  6. I actually read from one blogger that the food wasn't really that good, considering that Isdaan is under the Barrio Fiesta group of companies. I guess, their unique selling point is just their park. Then again, I've yet to experience the place and food. Hopefully, I get to visit soon. :)

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  7. the place looks great and it's like not in our country

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  8. Those are majestic sculptures! It is nice to know who created those great works of art :D I'd also love to have my picture taken with Superman! :D

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  9. The sights made me think of Thailand or Cambodia haha. The concept of throwing things at a wall to de-stress is an innovative marketing strategy hehe.

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  10. The place is nice, I must agree, but the foods.. no comment.

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  11. I've been to Isdaan but in Gerona, Tarlac. Hope to visit Isdaan in Laguna too.

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  12. I really want to go there! Would love to smash some plates. Tacsiyapo!

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  13. Several days ago, while I was trying to kill time, I came upon your blogs and I do like the material that you put out, but... there is one part of your narrative above that I found amusing - it is the way you presented the "curse words", first in Tagalog (pu**** ina) and S-O-B in English. It's as if the "not spelled out" Tagalog phrase is LESS VULGAR than the "totally spelled out" English phrase (he-he). I am not trying to be "anal" and neither am I trying to give a lecture on political correctness - may be, from a different angle, it is just something to think about. Anyway, keep on posting all that good stuff. Thanks much!

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    1. Thanks for taking time to read and analyze my narratives. Anyway, since your anonymous and I'm not sure whether you are a Filipino or not, I'd explain it this way ... Although they meant the same, I bleep the Tagalog words since Filipinos are generally conservative and sensitive and they'll probably take offense with the phrase when spelled straight to their face while the English counterpart is more generic and today some would even call themselves bitch.

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    2. Thank you for giving my comment the benefit of the doubt by reading it. I guess the severity of language is all "relative to the intended audience". My sincere apologies if it came on your end the wrong way. The point that I was trying to make is that, if the target is the global audience (which may include for example, people in America),and if Filipinos will take offense with the full-blown spelled out phrase, there is a high probability that the English equivalent will have the same effect on people in the USA or the UK or Australia, etc. and may not be as generic sounding as one would surmise. Suffice it to say that if the intended audience is exclusively the Filipino community then I see your point and it is a point well taken. Since this discussion is getting interesting (at least from my viewpoint), for what it's worth, I would like to let you know that I am a "HE" of FILIPINO ancestry living in the US of A. Keep bloggin' away - I think YOU'RE COOL.

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    3. No offense taken, in fact I appreciate that you took the time to read the post as opposed to most that just browsed it. Anyway,you're right, I may have given more consideration to the 80% of my readers which are from the Phils. But I'll try to change my mindset and think global. Thanks!

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    4. You are very much welcome. I look forward to reading more of your future interesting stuff. Incidentally, and I am not trying to butter-you-up, but of all the blogs (global) that I have come across so far, you strike me as someone who has impeccable command of the English language - that was the main reason why I dared to comment. Anyway, to put a semi-end to this cloak-and-dagger thing, my name is Patrick. Take care and have fun on your planned Indo-China trip.

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    5. Hi Patrick, thanks! Keep in touch ;)

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    6. Hello, Shie, you bet I will! I am particularly looking forward to your "recap" of your travel to Indochina. I am PRETTY SURE IT IS GOING TO BE GREAT!! Take care.

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  14. About a year ago, while I was trying to kill time, I came upon your blog, and I liked the material that you put out.

    Exactly about a year ago today, having the mind-set "nothing ventured, nothing gained" and looking for "something to pick on" (hehe), I risked a screwball of a comment on this post, one that may well have been destined for the recycle bin!! To my great surprise (pleasant at that) you were gracious enough to have dignified it with a response - and I've been a constant visitor and believer ever since. :)

    Having said that, I hope that you will always have the passion, the creativity, the tenacity, and the good natured candidness that make your blog well worth coming back to over, and over, and over, and over again! :)

    Thank you for sharing - I'll stay :)

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    1. I guess it pays to be nice to all my blog visitors, haha! Thanks a lot for all your support, I'm one lucky lady ;) Thanks for sticking around, I'll find time to update this blog as much as possible. Cheers :)

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