Isdaan Floating Restaurant of Calauan, Laguna


A place that took the definition of restaurant to a whole new level. A floating restaurant that take customers into a different world. That's how I define Isdaan Floating Restaurant of Calauan, Laguna. Though Isdaan Floating Restaurant is a Thailand inspired place, with all those larger than life statues of Buddhas, little monks and mermaids, they still managed to incorporate a touch of Filipino culture through their food. Yup, they serve appetizing Filipino food here. By the way, another site of Isdaan is located in the northern part of Luzon - Gerona, Tarlac. They have the same vibe so it will be just a matter of how close you are on these two sites in terms of deciding on which branch you're going to pick and visit.

How to get there?
Take a bus located at Buendia LRT Station with a signage of "Sta. Cruz", Laguna. It is approximately 2-hour drive away from Manila.Going to Isdaan is easy. The place is just along the highway and it's hard to miss because of the towering statues of Mermaid Buddhas located in the entrance/parking area of Isdaan Floating Restaurant.. But just to be sure, inform the bus conductor to drop you at Isdaan. Fare is 85 pesos.

Entrance to Isdaan Floating Restaurant
Yup, this is their parking area
Isdaan is owned and operated by the Barrio Fiesta group of restaurants. Therefore, never doubt the taste of the food being served here. And so I decided that this blog entry will be more on the side of travelling rather than a food blog...

As we reach Isdaan Floating Restaurant, my initial reaction was astounded. I can't help myself as my eyes went wide because of amusement on the beauty of this restaurant. I have already saw this place in the internet and photos but still, I was blown away of its architectural design as well as how artistic this place was built and constructed. Kudos to the owner!

We're still in the Philippines :]
Actually, me and my girlfriend felt like we were foreign tourists in land of Thailand during our stay in Isdaan. Mermaid Buddhas were everywhere in Isdaan and they're more than life-sized statues. In addition to this are the bamboo pathways and cottages which adds flavor and makes Isdaan more to be like ancient Thailand.

This place is remarkable
Happy couple! Cheers!
We were then directed to our cottage. We've given a small but cute nipa hut that can accommodate up to 4 persons but since we were only 2 on this trip it was more than enough for us. Then the waiter hand over us their menu... a long list of menu. It was as long as 3 sheets of long bond paper and it is written back to back containing their list of foods. We had a hard time picking what food to eat because there were a bunch to choose from. I also noticed that their target clients are family and groupies because their servings come in bundles or in kilos.

Heading to our cottage... It looks like the one in the background
Sinigang na Hipon and Iced tea with Gumamela flower on the side
We ordered 1 kilo of Sinigang na Hipon (Sugpo, actually), 1/2 kilo of Inihaw na Tilapia, 1 kaldero of kanin (good for 2-3 persons), and 1 pitcher of iced tea. Imagine how full we are after we ate all of it. *laugh

They serve the rice here along with the "kaldero"
After that blockbuster lunch, we started to explore the whole vicinity of Isdaan Floating Restaurant. It is pretty big and has a total land area of 56.6 square kilometers. We were blessed because it was a shady afternoon when we visited Isdaan. The weather is just fine for taking photos, not too sunny neither dark.

Very detailed...
One of the highlight of this place is the entrance as you come inside the place. You will be walking in between tall statues. This give visitors a feel like they're not in the Philippines anymore. Under your feet is a pond because you are also walking above a bamboo trail since this is a floating restaurant. The whole place is a large fish pond. One can do fishing in which they can ask the staff of Isdaan to cook their catches.

It is still expanding so we can expect more on this place in the following years
Aside from the very South East Asian vibe of the place, it has an impressive Fiesta atmosphere which is very Filipino in a sense. There are bands that serenade each nipa hut, performers and actors that performs acrobatic stunts and other extra ordinary talents. It is a happy place. Everyone will definitely have a good time when they visit Isdaan Floating Restaurant.

Bring the whole family...
... Also the one you love.
Isdaan didn't forget the interest of the kids. Bikes and trolleys for children are available which can be rented. They also installed statues of cartoon characters, animals and other personalities that will surely loved by kids and kids alike (like me and my girlfriend). These include angry birds, Batman, Pres. Barack and a lot more.

Wazzup Kiddo?!
Slave by your love Baby ko! Lol 
Aside from the photo above, simply refer on the photos below to see how playful and crazy we are in this trip. We're like children in this themed park/restaurant.

May this love be blessed... 
Evolution of man.. 

What are you looking at bro?
I'm happy when she's happy (but I envy that lil monk!)
Just having a good time!
Just like the water... I wish time freezes when I'm with her (baduy ko na!)
Cheated by your boyfriend/girlfriend? Have you been a victim of rubbery? Stressed out with your bosses? Discovered a dark secret? Been fooled by a scam? If your answer is yes then there is a place for you in Isdaan that can lessen your anger and stress. There's a famous wall in Isdaan that is called Tacsiyapo. It is an open area and at the end point lies a wall with written words. Words that refer to someone we found annoying in one's life. The key here is to buy a ceramic cup, plates, wall clocks and even a working television at the station then throw or smash them into the wall while targeting the words you are angry with. An ideal place for people who are walking timebombs. Time to release all those pains and anger! Price of items that you can throw into the wall ranges from 20 pesos (cups) up to 2,000 pesos (television).

Target Locked!
I want to throw that television that day. Too bad I don't have enough money!

There are also gigantic Buddhas and a gorilla in this area. This is a place where people will be amazed how great Filipinos are in creating this kind of sculptures. Even I, I couldn't imagine that there is an existing place like this and can be found in Laguna. This is one spot that people should not miss when visiting Laguna. It will not only satisfy your tummy with their food but also your eyes with all those larger than life statues.

I think this is the biggest display in Isdaan...
People behind the beautification of Isdaan
Breakdown of Expenses:
Bus (Pasay Terminal - Isdaan Floating Restaurant) - 85.00 PhP
Bus (Isdaan Floating Restaurant - Magallanes | Mantrade) - 107.00 PhP
Sinigang na Hipon (1 kilo) - 483.00 PhP
Inihaw na Tilapia (1/2 kilo) - 176.00 PhP
Bagong Saing (rice) - 110.00 PhP
Pitcher of Iced Tea - 204.00 PhP

"The World of Toyota" by Toyota Motor Philippines


With 11 consecutive years of Triple Crown from 2002 to 2012 and known as the leading automotive brand in the country, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is celebrating its silver year in the industry. The 25 years include providing quality vehicles and unparalleled service to their customers. And to give thanks, Toyota would like to invite the public to "Start the Fun" as per TMP President, Mr. Michinobu Sugata expressed in his statement and visit "The World of Toyota" at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. The event will run from August 10 until August 18, 2013.

Before I continue on the my experience on the said event, I would like to thank Digital Mind Group, especially Ms. Ac, who invited me in the opening ceremony of "The World of Toyota" by TMP yesterday, August 10, 2013. Thank you for choosing and trusting Geejay Travel Log!

My ID for the event
Going back in the motor show, this event is titled The World of Toyota because this will highlight Toyota vehicles from the past, present and future. In short, this is like time travelling that will bring viewers back to our old-school-days rides plus a preview of Toyota's upcoming models.

Welcome to the World of Toyota
As I enter on the venue, I was greeted by a melting pot of modified Toyotas and I must say it was a great start to welcome attendees of the event. People, which includes me, can't stop drooling on the displayed vehicles. Attendees start checking out and talking about the car's features. Photographers and enthusiasts also start pressing their shutter buttons to capture those jaw dropping cars. That time, everybody was excited to see what lies behind the other room where the main event will be held.

The AE-86 - I am really thrilled to see this in person
I want to take this in Expressway! 
Love this on my wedding day :] #drool

This is my favorite among the 4 cars displayed at the entrance of the venue
Waiting for the main event...
Then the time has finally arrived, everybody were called to enter the main room. TMP President, Mr. Michinobu Sugata delivered his speech welcoming everyone which was followed by a feet stomping dance performance inspired by lights and shadows. After the welcome remarks, the tour on Toyota's timeline begins!

The executives and bosses of Toyota Motor

The Classics

Got to see classic cars from the year 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. These includes the Corolla, Crown, Cressida and a lot more. These are finely tune cars that are part of the rich history not only for Toyota but for the car industry as a whole.

Let's bring back the past
Accustomed classic cars

The SUVs

Ride for big boys
This lady deserves a nice ride back home

The Exotics

They were named exotics because these cars were designed and created in a rare and unique way. The Toyota Century, the Toyota 2000 GT and the Toyota Sports 800 which are considered luxury model. Visiting "The World of Toyota" will let you see these models in premium full size that will hype your interest.

My girl will definitely like this car. "Yota-Hatchi" also known as the Toyota Sports 800
I wonder what's inside its hood... Hmmm

The Lexus

Presenting the Lexus Family
The lighting really gave this car an extra charm
Just, WOW!

The RCs

This is my favorite part of the car tour/show. Though I am not a huge fan of racing, seeing the cars on this section gave me chill. Amazement flows all over my body. Specially the part where they unveiled the Vios RC. Oh my, how I wish I could have it test drive.

My favorite section of this event
Step on the gas
I want to test drive this!!!
I was stunned for a few sec when I saw this

The Concept Cars

I thought it was going to transform into a machine when it was introduced to us
One of the highlight of this event are the two concept cars of Toyota - the FCV-R and the LF-LC in which will shape the future of Toyota. These gives people another reason why this event should not be missed. This rare opportunity to view these concept cars.

Fuel-Cell Vehicle Reality and Revolution(FCV-R)
"Toyota’s Fuel-Cell Vehicle Reality and Revolution(FCV-R) is a dedicated concept model that is highly practical.Marking its next step towards mass production sometime in 2015,this mid-size family FCV runs on hydrogen and does not emit emission gas or CO2 but only water vapor. Overall,the FCV-R combines breakthrough innovation with ergonomic practicality and futuristic styling. Mirroring Toyota’s new family design, both the front and rear styling exposes a “W” theme, signifying the fuel cell cooling system." 
Toyota Motor's Ad 
Lexus Future-Luxury Coupe (LF-LC)
"The Lexus Future-Luxury Coupe (LF-LC) shows off the brand's signature spindle-shaped grille supported by a front-engine and rear-wheel drive train layout. Furthermore, the vehicle’s interior displays the latest advanced technology with natural forms and shapes to create a driver-focused synergy of form and function. All these are powered by the latest Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive that delivers driving performance and fuel efficiency." 
- Toyota Motor's Ad  

More! More! More!

I want to go different places with this all-new VIOS
Who wants to drive this Cruiser?

It was a great tour and experience so I am calling all car enthusiasts out there! Wait, let me rephrase it, I am calling everyone out there. Visit "The World of Toyota" in the World Trade Center, Pasay City (Near Boom na Boom) and be astound on the biggest exclusive motor show brought to us by Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP). The show will run from August 10-18, 2013 from 10am to 8pm. Experience the Toyota Way on a whole new level!

Beautiful Ladies of Digital Mind Group (DMG). It was nice meeting you all.

The World of Toyota
World Trade Center, Pasay City, Philippines
August 10-18, 2013 | 10:00am - 8:00pm
*** Tickets are being sold in the venue

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