Last January 16 was Batangas City Fiesta so we had no work that day. We spent the day at Tagaytay where we played tourists after completing our errand at the City Hall–which is so far the nicest one I’ve been to, I must say. The waiting area in the main lobby looks more like a hotel lobby with the plush sofas and free coffee. Too bad I wasn’t able to take pictures. But anyway, this post is not about the City Hall so let’s leave it at that.
After visits to several churches and shrines, we went to Sky Ranch. We got there around midmorning. We paid P50/pax entrance fee; Francine got in for free since she’s a toddler. Tickets are on a per ride basis, ranging from P50-P500. Small kids need tickets to go on every ride too, except for the Carousel wherein only the accompanying adult needs a ticket. Anywho, on to the pics:
My cousin and I rode with Francine on the Carousel. I initially thought the carriages were immobile, but to my surprise they did move, rocking to and fro, when the carousel started spinning. Really worth the P50 ticket since the ride was pretty long and the horses and carriages are pretty. Plus the cool, brisk breeze made it feel like you’re really riding a horse. 🙂 You could see part of the famous Sky Eye in the background.
This here is the Sky Eye, the highest ferris wheel in the country. The ride costs P150/pax even for small children. It lasts around 10 minutes for a whole ride/revolution. What you’re really paying for here is the view since the ride itself is pretty boring. 😛 Speaking of view, here are some shots I took while on it:
A view of Taal Lake, Taal Volcano and the top of the Zipline tower.
The Super Viking. The ride I enjoyed most. 😀 It just felt so good feeling literally seeing the risk or danger you’re in while almost airborne and facing the ground and machinery. Okay, so that was creepy but fellow adrenaline-junkies could probably relate. I had a moment of perfect clarity and happiness while my side of the Viking was at the apex and the wind was rushing and I was looking up into the clear sky. Another mental snapshot to be filed for posterity.
The Wonder Flight. Francine rode this with her Ninang instead of me. That’s because she wanted to go to the Super Viking with me, bless her brave little heart. The only thing we could do to prevent hysterics is for us to split up, her in this colorful ride and me on the Super Viking. Still, the ride ended too soon and when she saw me on the giant boat, she started bawling anyway, big fat tears rolling down chubby cheeks while crying, “Sakay ako doon! Sama ako sa Mommy!” Awww. 🙁
In case you’re wondering, those blurred parts of some of the pictures are due to the gondola’s kinda dirty window. 🙁 All photos from my phone, enhanced with Photoshop CS5. Anywho, I took some pictures of them while waiting for my ride but my phone camera can only do so much so here are the only halfway-decent photos:
All in all we had fun at Sky Ranch, Francine most of all. Not enough that I’d come back to Tagaytay just to go there, but if I do I’m going on Super Viking again. And the zipline too. 😀
How about you, have you been to Sky Ranch? 🙂