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Our (Almost) First Car Camping Adventure with our Furry Crew at Splendor Hills, Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas

We recently embarked on a grand adventure with our furry crew – three curious cats and two energetic dogs – for a car camping trip to Splendor Hills in Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas! We packed up the car, loaded our furbabies with excitement (and maybe a few extra kibble and catnip treats!), and set off for what we envisioned as a weekend of snuggles under the stars and exploring the great outdoors… well, almost!

As much as we planned and prepared, sometimes life (or in this case, the weather) throws a curveball. When we arrived at Splendor Hills, we were met with beautiful sunshine – a little too beautiful, in fact. The Batangas heat was cranked up to “high noon in the desert” level, and pitching a tent quickly became an exercise in self-preservation, not relaxation (for both us and our furry companions).

While our initial car camping dream didn’t quite materialize, we weren’t about to let a little heat dampen our spirits! We turned our day trip into a fun-filled exploration of Splendor Hills, and good thing they have cottages! These comfortable havens provided the perfect escape from the scorching sun. We were able to relax, have some delicious meals, and keep our furry crew cool and comfortable.

Here are some of the highlights of our (almost) car camping adventure:

  • Cat Expeditions (with plenty of water!): We found some cool, shady spots for our feline friends to explore, making sure they had plenty of water and opportunities to relax.
  • Splendor Hills Dog Park Extravaganza: The pups had a blast running around the dog park, making new furry friends and chasing leaves (unsuccessfully, of course!).
  • Car Camping Comfort (with AC!): While we didn’t pitch the tent, the car became our air-conditioned haven. We enjoyed delicious bento snacks, read some books, and cuddled with our entire furry crew in the comfy backseat.
  • Planning for the Future: Even though our car camping debut wasn’t exactly what we envisioned, it was a valuable learning experience. We’re already planning our next car camping trip for a cooler season, armed with knowledge about shade options and keeping our furry friends cool.

 

Lessons Learned:

  • Always check the weather forecast! This seems obvious, but sometimes the excitement of planning can cloud our judgment. Knowing the weather beforehand would have helped us adjust our expectations and come prepared for the Batangas heat.
  • Be Flexible: Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, and that’s okay! We learned to adapt and make the most of our day trip.
  • Safety First: The well-being of our furbabies is our top priority. Recognizing the dangers of extreme heat helped us make the responsible choice to forgo the tent this time around.

 

Looking Forward:

Despite the heatwave, our (almost) car camping trip was a positive experience. We learned a lot, had some fun with our furry crew, and created some lasting memories. We’re already looking forward to our next car camping adventure at Splendor Hills, this time with cooler temperatures, a successfully pitched tent, and all the joys of exploring the outdoors with our unique family!

Do you have any car camping tips or stories to share, especially about camping with cats and dogs? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!

Furry Fun in Angeles: How TJ’s Airbnb Redefined Staycations for our 5-Paw Crew

Okay, let’s get this furreal: dragging five furbabies from Quezon City to Baguio straight up sounded like a bad 80s movie. Long car rides, whimpering pups, and questionable bathroom breaks – yeah, not the vibe. So, we made a pit stop in Angeles, Pampanga, and checked in to TJ’s Airbnb – a haven for humans and hounds alike.

Listen, finding pet-friendly accommodations with a pack as big as ours is like finding a truffle without a pig – rare and oh-so-rewarding. Most places gave us the sniff-off, but TJ rolled out the welcome mat (and probably some extra lint rollers) as soon as we wagged our tails in his direction.

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Bella Montana: A Scenic Escape

Nestled amidst the rolling hills of Tarlac, Bella Montana offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With its stunning views, lush greenery, and refreshing breeze, the farm provides a perfect setting for a picnic, family gathering, or simply a relaxing day in nature.

Upon arriving at Bella Montana, we were immediately captivated by the breathtaking scenery. The farm’s name, which translates to “Beautiful Mountain” in Italian, aptly describes the panoramic vista of Mount Arayat that greets visitors. The surrounding hills and valleys, painted in hues of green, add to the farm’s picturesque charm.

As we settled into our picnic spot, we couldn’t help but notice the vast expanse of sandy areas. While the sand adds to the farm’s rustic appeal, it also poses a challenge during windy days. The wind can whip up the sand, making it uncomfortable and potentially damaging to personal belongings. A layer of grass would certainly enhance the overall experience.

Another concern we encountered during our visit was the presence of stray dogs. We witnessed one of the dogs attacking a goat, and the sight was quite unsettling. The farm’s management should consider addressing this issue, such as constructing higher fences. The safety of both visitors and their pets should be a top priority.

The distance to the restrooms was another aspect that could be improved. For senior citizens or individuals with mobility challenges, the long walk to the toilets could be quite inconvenient. Having additional restrooms strategically located throughout the farm would make the experience more comfortable for all visitors.

Despite these shortcomings, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Bella Montana. The local staff and gardeners were extremely helpful and friendly, even going to the rescue of a baby goat whom a stray dog was harassing. Their kindness and care for the animals were truly heartwarming.

Overall, Bella Montana offers a unique and memorable experience, particularly for those seeking a connection with nature. The farm’s stunning scenery, refreshing ambiance, and welcoming atmosphere make it an ideal destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway. With a few improvements, such as addressing the sand and stray dog issues, Bella Montana could further enhance its reputation as a premier eco-tourism destination.