Last weekend was a blast. Actually, I was already booked for Boracay from Nov 24 to 26 but some things didn’t "cooperate" so obviously, I wasn’t able to go back to the white sandy beach. But nevertheless, it turned out to be a surprisingly, awesome trip!
Desperate for an out of town getaway, we decided last minute to book another trip to Bicol. I decided to check for airlines bound for Legazpi or Naga Airports coming from Clark. Unluckily, almost all flights are from Manila; which is not that accessible since we live in Angeles City which is just 20 minutes outside DMIA (Diosdado Macapagal International Airport).
There was no other way than to have a “verrryyy” long drive. We left almost before midnight and by the time we were passed SLEX, we’ve thought that time is not enough, thus, won’t be able to enjoy Bicol since my leave was only until Monday and needs to report to work the following night. So again, we decided to just stay at Tagaytay and Batangas thereafter.
Our first stop was Tagaytay. I have been to this place several times so more or less had visited almost all of their tourist spots. I was able to talk to one of the locals and suggested that we visit Puzzle Mansion. He added that it is one of the budding tourist spots in Tagaytay now. Without having any hesitation, Puzzle Mansion it is! One of the not-so-good experiences that we’ve encountered was the puzzling way to Puzzle Mansion. I would blame it probably on the lack of directions and signage, making it a bit difficult to easily find the place. But once you are there……It’s all worth it! The Mansion houses 250 framed puzzles and still growing. Here are some of the stills I’ve taken…Mind you, THESE ARE ALL PUZZLES (wooden, paper, etc..)!
The portrait hanging at the back is made of 18,000 pieces puzzle! It is currently the biggest puzzle among her collections.
The empty box that I am carrying is the one which Mrs. Gina Lacuna is currently working on. She intends to break her own record by finishing this 32,000 pieces puzzle! I will be back once this is done :) I've noticed that she is also fond of animals and nature puzzles.
There were also 3D Puzzles (never knew that these existed)! Posing beside this dog is so "Breaking Dawn-ish". LOL!
We visited a week before Guinness Records was able to certify Puzzle Mansion as the World's Largest Puzzle Collection. On our day of visit, I was very lucky to meet and have a picture with Mrs. "Puzzle Woman" herself, Mrs. Gina Gil-Lacuna together with MMDA Chairman, Francis Tolentino. As of November 29, 2012, Puzzle Mansion was already part of Guinness Book of Records!
Puzzle Mansion is not only for puzzle enthusiasts. It is a bed and breakfast too! They have family and Deluxe suites that are reasonably priced. Included are breakfast, free entrance to the Puzzle Mansion and use of the infinity pool. Rates are as follows (as of this writing).
Family Rooms (features 2 twin double beds. LCD TV, Garden view; Max of 4 adults and 2 kids)
Rates: PHP6880 during Weekdays and PHP7880 during Weekends
Deluxe Rooms (features one queen size bed, LCD TV, pool view; Max of 2 adults and 1 kid)
Rates: PHP4480 during Weekdays and PHP5480 during Weekends
Superior Rooms (Queen Size Bed. LCD TV, with loft and sala area)
Rates: PHP 7880 during Weekdays and PHP8880 during Weekends
Zinnia or Blue House (Queen size bed with patio, private Jacuzzi and huge bathroom)
Rates: PHP 8880 during Weekdays and PHP9880 during Weekends
Aside from the accommodations that they offer, Puzzle Mansion also has function hall that's good for retreats, function halls, team buildings and meetings!
Over all, I enjoyed this trip! I also had an idea on where to spend our Summer next year. *wink wink*
Location: Cuadra Street, Brgy. Asisan, Tagaytay City 4120
Email Add: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: www.thepuzzlemansion.com