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.
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 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
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.
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!
You'll even bump into some famous people while doing your rounds. ;-)
I doubt if these tables get occupied during lunch but I'm pretty sure this is a beautiful spot for dinner.
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.
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.