Monday, January 20, 2014

Tagaytay Getaway

Last January 17th, Baby and I went to an out-of-town trip to celebrate her birthday. We left Manila around 3 in the afternoon and arrived safely at Tagaytay City around 4:30. We stayed in a hotel where convenience stores and restaurants were just few blocks away. 

The hotel was plain simple and the rooms were okay. Our room was equipped with television set, hot and cold shower, small dining table and wifi. The bed was comfortable and a comforter was provided to keep us warm the whole night.

The staff was very warm and friendly. They all greeted us with a smile and were kind enough to show us the directions going to some famous tourist spots in the place. Before going out for her pre-birthday dinner, I've made a little surprise for her. Aside from the Birthday presents, I also got her a round chocolate cake from Tous Le Jours and a stem of white rose that I purchased just an hour before we met. I placed them all in our bed while she was busy prepping up inside the powder room. 

After unboxing all her gifts and trying on her new belt and kicks, we've decided to rest for a bit so we could have all the energy to brave the cold weather outside.

It was around 7 PM when we left our hotel room. We checked out all the restos nearby and majority of them can also be found in Manila. Since it's her birthday and we wanted it to be extra special, we've made the call to go to RSM resto which offers lutong bahay dishes.

We went for some baked mussels and bulalo. The bulalo is to die for!  Trying out their famous Bulalo should be on your to do list when you visit Tagaytay with your family and friends. Sipping the hot soup is good to beat the cold weather and it's even better when shared with your loved ones. 
Second day was spent by having my favorite white chocolate mocha espresso at Starbucks and visiting the Picnic Grove and Skyranch. Picnic Grove was our first stop. The place was not crowded since it was a weekday. Aside from the zipline, nothing really has changed the last time I got there. It needs renovation (cottages, restrooms, etc). I hope DOT would have the initiative to reconstruct the whole place to get more potential local & foreign visitors. 

It was already past lunchtime when we thought of filling our empty stomachs. We had our lunch just across the Picnic Grove. I had grilled tilapia while baby ordered for some healthy ampalaya with beef. 

Afterwards, we went back to our hotel to take some siesta. It was almost 5 PM when we woke up. Before going to our final destination for that day, we had a quick stop at Starbucks Coffee. 

Skyranch is our final stop. I saw the bright and lofty ferris wheel the moment I stepped out of the vehicle. It was amazeballs! We didn't try any of the rides inside though but it was indeed a day well-spent with baby. 

For our third and last day, we spent it buying pasalubong for our families. Before heading home, we had a quick stopover at the Cliffhouse to have some guilt-free dessert.