Have you ever been on a farm tour? How about visiting a living plant nursery? If you haven't tried either, then you're missing something here. Not only will you get to travel, but you will also learn so much from visiting local farms such as the one we recently had in Silang Cavite. Our dear friends Mr. Ray Ong and Rence Chan invited my husband Jason and me to join their Silang Farm tour where we revisited Arid & Aroids Living Gallery, Dhoie's Garden, and Perlas ng Silang Flower and Garden Restaurant. Check out why these are some of the must-sees in Silang Cavite:
ARID AND AROIDS LIVING GALLERY
|Arid & Aroids door entrance|
|Arid and Aroids Living Gallery 'Natural Forest'|
This is my third visit to AA Living Gallery and I'd say that the plants have grown from the last time I've seen them (just made my two initial visits last year). The first time I laid my eyes on Arid and Aroids, I thought I was on the set of Jurrasic Park (because of their solid door and all the greens) and I was somehow wondering if I'd come across a tyrannosaurus rex or a more friendly diplodocus.
|Purple Plum Fairy at the entrance door of Arid and Aroids Living Gallery|
|The EchoManila team|
|The EchoManila Team at Arid & Aroids|
During my first visit, the said living nursery was still being done and there were several plants that needed to fill up some space. But now, the nursery does seem like a real jungle with all the plants covered up all the spaces there is, the landscape of AA Living Gallery has thrived so well. It is not only an Instagrammable place, but it is indeed a must-visit for plant enthusiasts. And even if I'm not exactly a plant-tita, after visiting this living nursery, I was able to have some interest in plants myself and acquired some plants for the small condominium unit we're living in to somehow get some needed 'oxygen.'
|Purple Plum Fairy and GreenDei|
|Some of the plants at AA Living Gallery|
|Tissue cultured plants from the AA Living Gallery laboratory|
PERLAS NG SILANG
The Perlas ng Silang Flower and Garden restaurant is a unique experience where you can enjoy a landscaped view while having a scrumptious meal of Asian dishes. You can indulge and commune with nature as you wait for your food freshly cooked while enjoying stunning sunset views from the Silang.
|Instagrammable Perlas ng Silang Flower Garden Restaurant|
|Art installation of Perlas ng Silang Flower Garden restaurant|
|The landscaped flower garden of Perlas ng Silang|
|Perlas ng Silang al fresco dining serving both ala carte and buffet|
It is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and those who'd want to try al fresco dining. The art installation will remind you of Amsterdam tulips because there's a woman figure, a vintage Volkswagen car filled with flowers, and giant animal-shaped installations adorned with various colorful flora.
For food aficionados out there, you should give the restaurant a try. How to get there may be a little puzzle, especially for those who aren't familiar with Silang Cavite. But it is definitely worth the long drive, both for the ambiance and the food. Check out some of the food we had ordered here:
|Fresh Cucumber Honey Calamansi Juice|
|Popiah Tod (Thai Spring Roll)|
|Chai Gioi (Vietnamese Springroll)|
|Shrimp Pomelo Salad|
|Khao Niaew Mamuang (Mango-Sticky Rice) Dessert|
|Brewed Robusta Coffee|
Have you ever wondered what a pesticide-free farm looks like? Take a trip to Dhoie's farm to learn all about the process of growing organic produce and have a taste of some edible produces too! The tour they had given us also taught us how their farm uses technology to assist in the farming process resulting in improved levels of efficiency and productivity.
Engineer by profession, Dhoie's passion for farming and plants eventually led him to his success in business. He was able to turn his passion into a fulfilling business. During our visit, Engr. Dhoie served us some of Silang Cavite's best local ingredients such as langka (jackfruit), ube (taro), and made them into Ginataang Bilo-Bilo with Sago't Gulaman. As a foodie, let me tell you that it is one of the best Ginataang Bilo-Bilo I have tasted in years. Not too sweet, but just right. And it didn't scrimp on ingredients too! 😋
|Tour organizer and chemist Ray Ong and Engr. Dhoie of Dhoie's Garden|
|Ginataang Bilo-Bilo and Sago't Gulaman drink served by Engr. Dhoie.|
Special thanks to Mr. Ray Ong, Lawrence Chan, Engr. Dhoie and Mr. Boyet Ganigan for hosting this special tour.
Disclaimer: I am not paid for this post. Opinions expressed are my own.