Yup, you read it right. We are heading to a Doll House. The International Doll House & Ocean View Park (OVP) Restaurant is owned by a couple who resides in Zurich, Switzerland -- Mrs. Ruelaine and Mr. Werner Willimann. The restaurant and doll house are situated on a hill top. Therefore, one needs to climb up first for about 250++ steps before reaching these structures. It may sound tiring, but the view that this place can offer, as well as the food of the restaurant, and the intriguing doll house will definitely swept away all your sweats. And I guarantee that.
Well, we actually ran going to the top because it was quarter to 7pm when we reached OVP. Honestly speaking, the whole place was dark when we got in and they're already closed. However, the owner saw us still catching our breath due to our run on that hundred steps and told us that they will still take our orders and they can re-open the doll house for us. Thank God because luck was on our side that day and the couple was in the Philippines during our visit. From that moment, I know that these people has a heart to their customers and really value them (which includes us).
The International Doll House
|Cutie Patutie dolls :] (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)|
As we enter the first room of the International Doll House, I noticed that there were no dolls occupying the area. It was just a spacious room and a huge wallpaper with an image of an indoor garden. Our tour guide whose also part of the family who owns of the place, started to borrow our camera, directed us to some poses and started to take photos of us with the wallpaper. I was amazed when I got to see the output of our photo. That big wallpaper on that room is a 3D-wallpaper. With a good direction and pose, this wallpaper can be converted into a real life garden. Just refer on the photos below to see how amazing this 3D-wallpaper is. The 3D-wallpaper was previously owned by Universal Studios and bought by the couple in an auction.
|Coolness overload! 3-D Wallpaper (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)|
|Just a part of the whole collection...|
|Look how amused I am here (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)|
|Can you guess whose hair were attached to this dolls? (Left Photo from Byron Cantonjos)|
On the other hand, Mr. Werner Willimann is starting to build his own collection. I wonder how this house will looks like after sometime. Hmmmm...
|My father will surely like these (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)|
|I wonder how much are these. I forgot to ask them (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)|
|Wow! Hope Mr. Werner continue to collect this (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)|
The Ocean View Park
|Mr. Werner in action (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)|
The Place. Ocean View Park restaurant is clean, well organized, spacious and has a cozy ambiance. I find it as a perfect place for family bonding, friends get together and socialize.But what makes Ocean View Park restaurant stands out from other restaurant in Surigao del Sur is that, this place is elevated and on its view deck, an overlooking view of the city and the Pacific Ocean awaits to its visitors.
|Clean, cozy and a nice background music (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)|
|Don't be fooled by the size just by looking on the menu :] They serve in big servings! (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)|
|Have you tried Curry Spaghetti? (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)|
|Schnitzel is a flour-covered boneless meat that is thinned with hammer (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)|
|Yum!!!! (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)|
|I'd like to thank all the staff of OVP for the great experience. Thank you for reopening your place to accommodate us!|
Breakdown of Expenses:
Entrance Fee (International Doll House) - 20.00 PhP
Schnitzel (with Fries) - 150.00 PhP
Fish Burger (with drinks) - 50.00 PhP
Curry Spaghetti -
French Fries (ala carte) - 45.00 PhP
Halo-Halo - 45.00 PhP