Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Day Trip in Tagaytay

Last January, when Pope Francis visited our country, those working at NCR were treated to a 5-day holiday.  This is to clear the roads for the Papal visit and to allow most of us some time to meditate about our faith.

We have been watching the coverage of the Papal visit on television.  We didn’t brave the crowd.  We were just at home except for Saturday, when we decided to leave the house and spend a day in Tagaytay.

Our first stop was Picnic Grove.  We wanted to have our lunch there – but we failed to bring food, so we ate at the restaurant inside the Picnic Grove.  I forgot the name of the restaurant, but it’s the only restaurant inside.  The food is expensive.  If I learned something from this trip: it’s to bring food when you go to Picnic Grove.  Entrance fee is Php50 and Car Entrance is Php35.  We just roam around after eating.

There are a lot of things to do at Picnic Grove.  You can just hang around and sit on the grass and picnic huts to savor the view.  Or you can try the zipline.  You can also try horseback riding.  It also has a walking path that span across the area.

Braving the hanging bridge.

Papa holding Neo tightly because the area is steep.

Then we decided to go to Sonya’s Garden.  This is our first time to visit the place.  They have an area for walk-ins where in you can shop for organic foods, souvenirs, and bread.  We bought bread at the Panaderia – and their Spanish bread is the best I had ever tasted so far.

Neo took this photo of us. 

 Afterwards, we went to Mahogany Market to take out some Bulalo for dinner which cost us Php350.  There are a lot of vendors selling espasol, and since I am craving for it, I bought 3packs for Php100 at the first vendor who approached me, only to be approached by a second vendor selling her espasol at 8packs for Php100.  Now I learned my lesson to haggle always. 

This Tagaytay trip was an impromptu one but we enjoyed every bit of it.  J


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