J.E.S.T. Adventure and Bird Park Subic – A must try!

I heed a call for bloggers who are up to crack an adventure in the northern part of the metro and luckily I got an FYI email that I was chosen to be one the few. Saturday, December 7th 2013, I woke up early to gear up and meet our lovely, bubbly PR Miss Elaine and the other confirmed attendees. I met new friends and we started our journey in a fast food chain in Quezon City.

Sunshine was already touching our face when we head off to Subic. The van was filled with laughter, stories and whatnots as we all get to know each other and get comfortable with. We also shared some zzzzzzs along the way and took that chance to charge ourselves to the challenges that will unfold. I felt like we were tributes in Hunger games because we were about to embark a training in Jungle Survival ( my peg was Catnip Overslept, the Mocking Beks lol ).

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Trees then welcomed us as we touched down Jungle Environmental Survival Training most commonly known as JEST Camp. Few stretch from our slumber and the orientation started by JEST Camp operations manager Jordan. While Sir Jordan was giving us details about the area, we were served with hot pancit..yeah he looks so yummy.. oh wait! Who? Sir Jordan? The Pancit?! Whutt?!! Oh! Ahh! Uhm! Yeah! He’s cute and the pancit was delicious!

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Photo credit: Laine Cedillo

Jungle Survival seminar-ish was our first pit stop. We were taught by the cunning Mr. Eduardo Tolentino on how to distinguish a trunk that can provide alternative source of drinking water. Having a taste of the water from the branch is something I don’t do every day so we all had a thirst quenching drops of the h2o of two different kinds of sapling.

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Photo credit: Laine Cedillo

Bamboo was there too!!! Not the singer but the real bamboo was the star of the talk. Kuya taught us how to make utensils and how to make use the hallow tree in different ways. How to cook rice and how to bring it to a boil and come up with a delicious main course with organic touch! Fire making was one of the high lights. He showed us how to get some fringes and to flame on. Skills are often required to survive a place unknown but if you have a little knowledge on the basic things, you can conquer the uncertainties. I also learned that a Jungle Bolo can be your weapon and source of life at the same time.

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Photo credit: Laine Cedillo

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Photo credit: Laine Cedillo

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Photo credit: Laine Cedillo

Hair grooming will not be a problem too! If you’re stuck in an island and wishing that you will be saved by a good looking rescuer, shampoo will be handy if you have Rock and Gugo. Kuya pounded a piece of a gugo trunk and just added a small amount of water! Viola! Shampoo ba ang hanap mo? Lol Though we didn’t shower in the middle of discussion just to try it out, you can also use it to scrub your whole body and be lathered in natures wonder.

Water, Earth and Fire basically composed the Jungle Survival passage. It’s time to discover the majestic prowess of the Wind. Museum of feathered friends were featured in a small gallery, different types of birds and some pre historic facts are showcased in an modern technique. Kids will certainly appreciate the figures they will see there. Though it was still under maintenance, the potential of providing the facts about aerial biodiversity for the new generation is promising.

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Photo credit: Laine Cedillo

Beauty of nature can be found in flowers, it is also displayed in the wings of the pollen distributors… the butterflies. Jest Camp have their version of a butterfly garden just outside the gallery. You will also see pretty flowers and landscapes as you walk by and head to the next room. Goosebumps when I checked out a transparent box. Arachnids. Yeah. They have live tarantulas and other spiders safely placed in a see-through packet. I might have felt a little eeeky but my eyes popped when I saw the scorpions. Cool!!! I like that!

The tiny world turned upside down when we walked out of the room. A gigantic swing was waiting for our bums! Around 30 ft in height and the view of the Zambales will rush your face as you’re safely zipped, pulled by a pulley and once you reached the height…. Phak! Off you go to a breath taking! Mind blowing experience that you will certainly not forget and might ask for more! You’ll have a very thrilling and exciting rush of adrenaline as you swing like tweety bird but with the ethereal view of the town.

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Photo credit: Laine Cedillo

Just before our tummy rumbled, we also checked out the almost done seminar area of Jest camp. Oh my, it has an outstanding lake view and breeze from the fresh forest. They also have an theater where bands can perform and you can watch some of their shows soon.

Canteen door opened once again and we were served with the best cuisine in the house. They served rice cooked in bamboo. The taste was fresh. It has a sweet thang fresh taste not brought by any herbs but the essence of the sprout. To our surprise, a parade of bamboo came and poured out hot from the woods, sinampalukang manok. By far.. the best sinampalukang manok I’ve tasted!!! Again the fresh aroma that came from where it was cooked enticed my nasal senses, first sip of the soup. Oh! Divine! Its sour because of the sampaloc but its sweet and and there’s a spicy kick just enough for you to fill your bowl with this enchanting sustenance. The combination of the two will rock your taste buds and you will get a refill one boule after the other! Oh yeah, there’s also grilled pork that my fellow blogger loved lol.

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Photo credit: Laine Cedillo

Belly filled and burp galore, quick rest and off we go to our next agenda. The land of the birds. Oh wow, It’s a very enchanting place where you will see different types, kinds, colours and sizes of the fowl kingdom! They have lots of parrots and we were able to feed a couple of them and small cute yellow birdie!! I really wanted to bring home the tiny one and just hug her, and love her and pet her and take her everywhere I go! Cuteness overload!!

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Photo credit: Laine Cedillo

Sir Jordan Bustamante with his big red bird at my back.

( uhm… don’t think of what i thought i would like to think of it!!! lol think wholesome)

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Photo credit: Laine Cedillo

(caption this lol)

Giant swing isn’t just the theme parks extreme adventure. They also have this area where you will be geared again for safety and will be harnessed in a more than 10 ft high challenge. I tried it with bare feet and trust me, don’t remove your shoes or sandals! You can only wear heels at the ground not when your crossing then wires! Lol. It was crazy fun fun fun!! IT’S DEFINITELY A MUST DO IN JEST!

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Photo credits: Elaine Cedillo

After all the sweat and calories bye bye, the afternoon was capped in a dome of stunning birds. No words can describe the feeling when your inside, you can fodder the aviary wonders and just be amazed on the serene chirping sounds.

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Photo Credit: Mike Laagan

(the Traveling Panda)

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Though it’s quite a long drive from the city, I can say it will be all worth it. I just wished we could have tried the overnight camping thing. If you don’t want to sleep in a tent, they also have rooms good for the whole gang. Don’t worry about parking spaces, they have plenty safe areas.

To wrap it all up Jest Camp is recommended for team building, family outing or even couples who just want to have a great time and try something new. Affordable, high end adventure, comfy accommodation, great food, celestial nature experience sums up my experience in Jest camp. I will definitely come back and try their new stuff in the pipeline.

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Photo credit: Laine Cedillo

Special Thanks to;

Madam Elaine for allowing me to showcase her photography prowess

And to

Mr. Jordan Bustamante and his team for giving us an extra ordinary weekend.

Jest Camp Subic

For reservations and Inquiry please contact:

(02) 2189023

 09234489232 or 09179048777.

Upper Mau, Cubi-Triboa, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, 2222 Subic, Zambales

Tel: +63 47 252 1489

Email: contact@jestcamp.com

Website: http://www.jestcamp.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JESTCamp

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