There's this old Chinese proverb that goes like this: "He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left." I've always believed that to be true, more so after Tagaytay Rendezvous. It was the very first time that the whole family, from my hubby's side, went out of town en masse. Amid the laughter, non-stop stories and snacking, we discovered that "the family that has fun together truly stays together." After all, it's impossible not to enjoy Tagaytay. Its nippy weather, "frosty to the bones," to be more precise, has made it the country's second summer capital, next to Baguio City.
En route to the cool, breezy Tagaytay Highlands, our belly bellies started to growl. U suggested that we take our brunch at the popular Bag of Beans Coffee Shop & Bakery situated along Mendez Crossing West. The place oozed with effortless charm and exhibited another dimension of coolness, both literally and figuratively speaking. We dined on this long, time-old wooden table, while exchanging stories peppered with lots of laughter which gave new meaning to the term al fresco dining. Good food shared together by the whole family. What can be better than that?
What is a visit to Tagaytay without a stopover at Picnic Grove? As a "special interest resort," it boasts of free cottages where the whole family can just sit, eat and bond for as long as you want.
One reason why people flock to this area is to get a good view of Taal Volcano-the only volcano inside a volcano in the world! Just looking at it gave me the goosebumps! I just realized that the Philippines teems with an array of natural wonders, overflowing to the core times infinity, giving me a glimpse on why the nation was given the moniker "Pearl of the Orient Seas" in the first place.
One Tagaytay Place served as our home away from home, at least for the weekend. The cleanliness and elegance of the place were unmistakable, perhaps because the place itself was still new. We enjoyed everything from the food to the nightly performances to the pool which could be better if it were on the warm side. But with a view like that, you can forgive it for any sign of misgivings!
Pink Sisters Convent along Brent Road is a famous stopover for devout Catholics. Although we were mostly evangelicals, what drew us to come inside this cul-de-sac was mainly our curiosity in its important role in Philippine politics. Although the nuns themselves have remained apolitical for years, the late President Cory Aquino took refuge in this place during the cathartic EDSA Revolution.
On our way home, we stopped by another famous landmark: the Ilog Maria Bee Farm in nearby Silang, Cavite. Here, we were treated to a plethora of gorgeous honey-inspired products which we later found out to be worth every cent! I, for instance, can't get enough of their pure honey, soaps and lip balms!
We later found out that buko pies and pina pies were not the only yummy delicacies in the area. When we stepped inside The Good Shepherd Convent, we were introduced to heavenly ube jams, peanut brittles and cashew nuts plus some interesting dessert concoctions that I can still taste right this minute. Truly a must-visit place for a variety of quality delicacies that scream YUMMO from the very first bite to the last!
Footnote: Thanks to Momsie Leng Luistro for the photos used in this particular blog entry.