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Inside the SANDBOX: Adventure Redefined

Where are you at this hotter season?

  • Staycation (Check)
  • Resort overnights (Check)
  • Island-hopping (Check)

Well, such the typical holiday to note in your yearly journal.

At the expense of the scorching heat of the sun, spending summers through a plunge to white-sand beaches and 9-something-wave inland pools has already been mainstream activities to cool down that Crap-This-Heat-O-Meter. Far from the routinely entrenched getaways the majority takes part into, why not splurge those time-offs and weekends into something EXTRAORDINARY and EXTREME?

You read it right. Today, extremes may not anymore seem to be a luxurious getaway; it can now be right at hand in just a cent and one tumbling away. Put your shades on, pull up your cargos, don your kicks, and off we go to an adventure playground built to re-label outdoor fun.

Along the horizon of mountain ranges and amidst the white plains of Porac, Pampanga, a 1.125 hectare stretch of exciting attractions nestled which is known to be the Sandbox at Alviera. From its confinement last April 12, 2014, it has gradually developed to give families and adventure-junkies a summer paradise of breathtaking actions perfect to help you cross out some unfeasible dreams from your bucket list.

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Here’s the list of packages where you can choose from:

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AVATAR ONE

Tracing what we have tread upon, we have started to venture in the Avatar One, which Sandbox is most renowned for, as advertised and tried by some personalities on television the year that was. As opposed to the usual straight ziplines mushroomed in the country, this 180-m length zip, course you through like a roller coaster letting you get more thrilled while on the ride. Its unique mechanism paved way for it to be the Philippines’ first among its kind.

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ADVENTURE TOWER

If you’re literally finding something that can take your breath away, don’t ever miss going atop this 5-storey tower and conquer your acrophobic disadvantage. Four sides of the tower, aside from the avatar one, also include wall climbing, rappelling and free fall.

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   WALL CLIMBING

Easy as it may seem, but it’s harder when you’re on it. This wall climb is heck deceiving! Indeed, whoever is the lightest and the longest will definitely be hailed as the living Spiderman. All hats Jerome for being one!

Note: Don’t dare instruct others what to do when it’s not your turn yet. You’ll really never know.

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 RAPPELLING

Plan to go on a trek as well? Sandbox offers you to feel like you’ve climb the peak as you may also experience rappelling down the tower.

Note: Watch your grip. Always keep your cool.

FREE FALL

Hello six-feet-under! If you love your life a lot, try this Free Fall and experience like you‘re jumping down from the very verge of a cliff. That feeling of not knowing what to come next after your next step- CREEPY.

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Note: Don’t look down. If in doubt, back out soonest.

AERIAL WALK

This obstacle course of nets, ropeways and hanging bridges will test your agility, balance and coordination which will let you defy gravity and let go of the grounds. Here you must finish every stage by yourself ALONE, even in pushing it to go zipline to another track.

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Note: Don’t hug the obstacles too much. Falling hazard.

GIANT SWING

Old are the days of competing to be the largest eye in town. It’s now the call to defeat this country’s tallest swing. Above all, this exhilarating ride will definitely turn you topsy-turvy in the air.

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Come to see Rhoy screaming his lungs out if you won’t dare a try.

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Note: Buff guys do scream loud too. Let it go, tough man!

MINI GOLF & ATV’s

alviera_sandbox_pampanga19There’s also a themed kiddie playground with picnic areas, mini-golf, camping sites, a courtyard and an open field for field sports and other outdoor activities.

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IMG_6224For those Robin Hood fans as well, you can hit the apple up above someone’s head with the Archery game at an additional fee. Rates vary depending how long you play.

DISCLAIMER: Never wear any orange shirt as you may be mistaken as one of the crews. Take it from me :/

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Whether or not you’re an inveterate adventurer or just trying to get out from your comfort zone, Sandbox will certainly bring you to an ultimate summer experience you never imagined to happen at grasp.

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P.S. If you’re trying to move on or you’re amid Kubler-Ross’ Stages of Depression, this is a perfect getaway for you to forget…just anything. (A note from and to some friends out there.)

’til the next adventure!

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SAMPLE ITINERARY:

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ESTIMATED TIME DESTINATION/ ROUTE FEES (As of March 2015)
0530 Five Star Bus Terminal- Cubao P 139.00
0630 ETD going to Dau Terminal, Pampanga
0745 ETA Dau Grand Terminal
0800 Take Jeepney going to SM Clark Terminal 2 P  8.00
0815 Find Jeep going to Sandbox Alviera at Terminal 2 (waiting time: 30 mins)  P 50.00
0840 ETA Sandbox Alviera P 650.0   PACKAGE A
BACK TO MANILA
0400 ETD Sandbox Alviera (Ask guards to call out tricycle for you) P  75.00  per pax (2 or 3 per tricycle)
0420 ETA Jeep Terminal Porac to SM Clark P  30.00
0450 ETA SM Clark, Find jepp going to Dau at SM Clark Terminal 1 P  8.00
0500 ETA Dau Grand Bus Terminal P 139.00
0730 ETA Cubao Bus Terminal
TOTAL   P 960.00 per person
Meals exclusive. Sandbox Café only serves snack food. Beware of starvation. Fees may vary through time.
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I’ve Fallen into (your) Ice

If there is one thing I hate the most, it is falling.

In this circle of life, you might encounter different scenarios wherein you’re in the verge of a perilous fall, or almost. Might that be on an edge of a cliff, under an ongoing construction site of a skyscraper, biking on that serrated road or even into the arms of someone you get obsessed with. Crazy, but these sometimes bring us into consternation.

On a serious note, I have fears on driving myself into those situations (especially on the latter piece) where actually there is always that inevitable leeway of getting HURT. No band-aids can heal the wounds marked by trippin’ over from such occasions. I personally despise being lacerated by the reality that we are all prone to all kinds of falling debris brought about by this insidious world.  Getting bruised or dumped however often leads us to several realizations which seemed forsaken. Each fall creates not a trench of desolation but deep craters of learning experiences that enliven up our weaknesses towards achieving a valiant heart enough to face this tricky hole called life.

Anyway, since summer isn’t over yet, I’ve found ways to escape this archipelagic oven again. Back to my younger years, I always wished to snow during summer season to battle the despicable warmth it conveys. Add up to that, I also yearned to set inside a rink and glide my way freely as if I’m the happiest in the world.

And so goes Ice Skating. Having been situated near the equator consequently destined to experience summer season as this hot, Philippines has innovated its way to cool down those hot-tempers and brought the ice for real for years already.

Very unlikely to have it at first to a tropical country like the Philippines, it really did come to life when the first 849 sq. meter ice skating rink in the country opened up on September 4, 1992 inside one of the largest malls in Asia then. For years, it has become one of the unusual but well-liked recreational activities of Filipinos, kids and young-at-heart alike, which subsequently turned out to a fun sport everyone loves.

To date, the latest and largest is widely present in SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City with the other one located at SM Southmall in Las Piñas City.

Realizing that dream to skates, I made my way out for a day to enjoy the UNLIMITED Skating SM MOA Ice Skating offers.

First up, secure a P390.00 fee for an admission pass. Prices vary and cost higher during weekends by the way. That’s enough already to submit yourself for one heck of a gliding day. For children who need their adult aides, a companion pass of P100.00 will be charged.  First time to wear those boots? Wanna indulge into the cool breeze but scared of getting hurt? No biggies to that as they also offer an Assist Program at P150.00 where you will be given a 30-minute tutorial on the basics of getting through it. If you happened to bring a lot of stuffs and plan to overspend the day, you might rent a locker for P30.00 and voila, no worries for your precious possessions!

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Upon securing all dues, heads up now for the entrance! Skaters will be given an identification wrist tag which is barcoded to ensure every customer’s entries and exits. This one’s pretty cool, but be sure to follow the instructions on how to keep it effective. There are crews that would reach help once customers overcrowd the gates anyway.

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Getting there means fitting your boot size then. Just after the gates you will see boot sizes to fit in for you to gauge what should be the right thing for you. Have these reminders be accomplished subsequently.

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Once preferred comfortable size is confirmed, you must head on next to the booth rental station. Here you have to file up and wait for your turn. Booth designs may be different for you from the others but it doesn’t matter anyway.

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Immediately after receiving your respective boots, find your place on the benches available and don your snow boots. Be careful of its base edges, you might hurt someone next to you.

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TIP: Tie your boots securely and may round the lace on your lower legs to fasten more. Let the knots be shorter to avoid any slips during the glide.  

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All set

You’re now ready to hit the ice!

After Boots

But before that, consider reading the house rules to keep the game on the safer zone. If you have reserved a locker, it’s then time to let your baggage be stored.

TIP: As much as possible, never accessorize. Falls are foreseeable; body accessories will cause further harm. Leave whatever gadgets as well to avoid possible breakage.

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All set and there you go! Skating is fun and challenging, but gradually it can be learned. Once on ice, always keep that confidence, no shakes, just relax and expect getting drooped.

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Inside the rink

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TIP: For first-timers, you can do the penguin stunt to walk on ice. That’s putting your ankles together and spreading your toes apart and doing small, fine steps inside the rink. When losing balance, bend slightly and hold onto your knees to recover the equilibrium.

I have fallen into the ice. But as it is said, it is on rising each time you fall where you learn to gain strength and scream to the world that you can.

Fall 3At one moment you may lose your stance wherever you keep grounded. For another you may get hurt in a countless ways. The chances of getting fallen might de-motivate you in pursuing your every goal and aspiration, but remember we are not into the safe zone  all the time. Roads intertwine along our way, some may go steep and some may be flawlessly ironed yet we should not always make those falls hinder our long seen visions.

When you will get bumped and stumble, make it an opportunity for you to heighten your confidence and enthusiasm. As Walt E. Disney said, “All our dreams come true if we have the COURAGE to pursue them.” Just like in skating, you will never learn to glide if you will not experience falling into the ice. So let those muscles get relaxed, seize the moment and let every fall be your boosting vitality to rise up and reach your dreams.

Be #KEVinspired in one way or another.

P.S. You can collect some mementos as well through their photo packages:

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Samples

SM MALL OF ASIA

Address: Main Mall, Ground Level, Ocean Drive Side, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City 1300

Telephone: 556-0469 to 71

Operating Hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm

SM SOUTHMALL

Address: Second Level (beside SM Foodcourt), Sm Southmall, Las Piñas City 1740

Telephone: 800-0426

Operating Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

OTHER RATES & PACKAGES: 

Service Weekday Weekend/Holidays
Open Skating/Unlimited P300 P390
Locker P30 P30
Assist Program P150/30 minutes P150/30 minutes
Hockey Games P500/game P500/game
Xtreme Gaming“PS3 Gaming with the coolest games in town” P100/hour (single player)P150/hour (two-player) P100/hour (single player)P150/hour (two-player)
Battle Seat Simulator“Drift for Speed” P50/3-6 minutes P50/3-6 minutes
Sled Ride“Experience that Cool Breeze” P100/15-20 minutes P100/15-20 minutes
Hockey Gear Rentals“Play the Game Easier” P400/1 hour (walk-ins)P100/30 minutes (enrolled) P400/1 hour (walk-ins)P100/30 minutes (enrolled)
Massage Corner“Chill on Ice” P20/5 minutes P20/5 minutes

Or visit their website at: http://smiceskating.com/ for more details.