“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” – Anthony Robins
Date: November 11 – 12, 2017
Location: Tagaytay City, Cavite, Philippines
This adventure wasn’t really well-planned. Basta isang araw, nag-kayayaan lang kaming magkakaibigan. Then, a week after, Tagaytay Escapade na. Sobrang biglaan na pwede pang di matuloy dahil sa conflicts of our schedules and budget. But then and after all, we can definitely say that this adventure was a success and we got loads of amazing stories and photos to share.
I guess, I can say that this trip was also our quick get-together adventure with my former colleagues and good friends, Yhan & Mildred.
Why we chose Tagaytay City? Just simple. We haven’t explored Tagaytay City yet, haven’t tried their delicious Bulalo(Filipino Beef Marrow Stew) and haven’t visited its renowned tourist spots. So we decided to experience and see Tagaytay City for two days and one night.
Wait, I have to say this — Fortunately, we got free accommodation for two days and one night because our good friend, Mildred, offered a room to stay in their home in Tagaytay City. So, we have nothing to worry about our accommodation. Yes! Thanks Mildred! Lam mo na sa susunod ah!
Having a quick weekend get-away is always our wish we could possibly do every week.
On our two days and one night stay in our country’s second summer capital city, Tagaytay City, here are the seven things that we visited and tried:
1. Mildred’s Pineapple Farm
I will start-off with our first destination, Mildred’s Pineapple Farm.
There were inordinate number of pineapple farms in Tagaytay City (makikita mo mga ito kaliwa’t kanan habang nasa biyahe ka pa) and one of them is owned by Mildred’s family. We didn’t know how large it was but when we visited their very own pineapple farm, we were surprised that it was extremely large and it was really more than what we expected. For the record, Madj and I didn’t have any experience on visiting pineapple farms so we didn’t know what to expect. It’s a good thing, Mildred’s family were so generous to share new learning about pineapples and gears like their hats and boots so we could prevent ourselves from having cuts and wounds from the sharp edges of the pineapple leaves.
So let’s go! What are the things we needed?
- Hats / Caps / Umbrella
Mildred’s father was the one who guided us on our tour in their farm. He’s so kind and generous enough to share fresh pineapples, and some vegetables to us. Meron na kaming pampasalubong! Yeah!
“Farming is not just a hobby… It’s a way of life”
We haven’t seen this kind of pineapple before
To get to know more about our adventure at Mildred’s Pineapple Farm. Check out our VLOG post video below.
Thank you so much to you, Mildred and to your family for letting us experience and see your vast pineapple farm. Sa uulitin!
MILDRED’S PINEAPPLE FARM
Contact Number: 0927-404-2943 look for Mildred
Address: Francisco, Tagaytay City, Cavite
2. Go on a foodventure
“Hard work should be rewarded by good food. – Ken Follett”
Silhouette Photo @ Leslie’s Restaurant
Best food to eat in Tagaytay is none other than, Bulalo (Filipino Beef Marrow Stew). It is a delicious soup best eaten during cold weather. It is also one of the bestsellers in Tagaytay. Kaya di namin pinalagpas ito!
We got lots of choices of restaurants to choose from. But we felt eating at Leslie’s Restaurant. We heard that they got the best view of Taal Volcano and delicious Bulalo.
Taal Volcano View from Leslie’s Restaurant
Leslie’s Restaurant’s Bulalo Special (Rate: 4.5)
What we ordered:
- Bulalo Special (625.00)
- Pork Sisig (325.00)
- Steamed Rice (49.00/cup)
- The parking area is spacious
- They got romantic cottages for couples, which we didn’t have a chance to try
- Cool & spacious ambiance — best for family & group gatherings
- Refillable hearty broth of Bulalo
- Friendly staff & fast service
- Nothing’s special with their Pork Sisig
- Expensive pricing for a cup of rice
Despite the cons, our dine was still good. Thank you, Leslie’s Restaurant!
Overall Rating: 4.5
Contact Number: (046) 413-1065
Address: Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Tagaytay, Cavite
This was one of the reasons why we love to go to Tagaytay City — Ang makarating sa Starbucks Tagaytay at malibre ni Mildred dito. HAHA! You read it right, we had a deal. That deal must happen here at Starbucks Tagaytay.
Madj and I’s favorite cake in Starbucks, Blueberry Cheesecake
Thank you Mildred! Congrats on your new job!
Since it’s already late, we didn’t have a chance to see Taal Volcano view from this point.
This place is best for chill kuwentuhan with your friends from a long day of exploring Tagaytay City. Thanks Mildred for another treat! Nakakarami na kami ah! HAHA!
Overall Rating: 4.5
STARBUCKS COFFEE TAGAYTAY DOWNHILL
Contact Number: (046) 512-0124
Address: Purok 162, Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Tolentino West, Tagaytay City, Cavite
After enjoying our stay at Skyranch Tagaytay, it’s chow time. We didn’t have much time to choose another restaurant because it’s getting late and there will be nothing more to see. So all of us decided to eat at Andok’s Tagaytay to save us from famished. Walang Andok’s Tagaytay sa Manila. *Lols*
What we ordered:
- Andok’s Original Jumbo Chicken (269.00)
- Chopseuy (80.00)
- Rice (15.00/cup)
Overall Rating: 4.0
Papa Prito Restaurant
This was our last food venture before we headed back to Manila. From its second floor, you also get to see the overlooking charming beauty of Taal Volcano.
What we ordered:
- Tapang Taal (325.00)
- Bulalo (325.00)
Tapang Taal tasted better than any other Tapa we’ve tried. We loved it! You must try it too! Their unli-garlic rice tasted good as well. However, there was nothing special with their Group Bulalo.
Tapang Taal (Rate: 4.5)
Papa Prito Restaurant’s Bulalo (Rate: 3.0)
Overall Rating: 3.5
Tagaytay City Public Market
Tagaytay City Public Market is few minutes away from Mildred’s House so we decided to buy some pasalubong first and had a short walk before we headed back to her house. We bought fruits and tawilis for our families back in Manila.
Dried Tawilis, Dried Biya, & Danggit Taal. Murang-mura lang mga suki! 3 for 100. Di ka na lugi!
Ginutom ba kayo? Tara! Hatid ko na kayo sa Tagaytay.
3. Skyranch Tagaytay
One of the happiest places in Tagaytay City
I personally haven’t been in any Skyranch before. This was my first time and I’m very excited to spend this moment with Madj. It’s also her first time in Skyranch Tagaytay as well.
Its famous Sky Eye is one of the main attractions in Skyranch Tagaytay. It can lift you up 63 meters above the ground. It is said to be one of the biggest ferris wheels in the Philippines. Sky Eye gives you a wonderful view of Tagaytay, its neighboring provinces, Taal Volcano and Lake for 10 minutes.
This is where you need to pay your tickets
Skyranch Stamp Pass
Sending her huge hug to the Sky Eye
Wacky face para maiba naman. 🙂
Tinarget naming makuha kahit isa lang sa mga bears sa likod namin, kaso wala eh! Luck was still not into us. Kaya hanap nalang ng ibang game!
After we tried few arcade games, we still haven’t had any toy. *sad to say* But when we tried the Stick-a-card game, presto! We got cookoo! Yehey! *insert happy songs, then repeat!* LOL!
Look how happy she was when we got Cookoo! ❤ Thanks Cookoo!
Sunset view at Skyranch Tagaytay
There were more than 20 attractions in Skyranch Tagaytay and we didn’t try even one. HAHA! We just like to savor every moment, walk around with this beautiful view, and play the arcade games.
Entrance to the park is P80 during weekends. Average price of rides are 50-100/ride.
4. People’s Park in the Sky
It was the first tourist spot we visited on our second day in Tagaytay. As per Mildred, it’s best to visit early in the morning, the view was great and the weather was colder. And the place was not too crowded and populated. Yes, she’s right! Better be there early in the morning.
We arrived at People’s Park in the Sky at 8:00 o’clock in the morning. It opens 7:00 AM every weekends. Entrance fee is P30.
The Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love is located within the People’s Park in the Sky
We were at the highest point in Tagaytay City! Best spot for the 360 degree view of Tagaytay, and its neighboring provinces.
Time to enjoy the view! Wait?! Where’s the view? Puro FOG!
“Sometimes you need to go through the fog in order to find your path.”
I like the muted sounds, the shroud of grey, and the silence that comes with fog. – Om Malik
Habang tumatagal mas lumalakas ang hangin kasing lakas ng pagmamahal ko sa iyo.
From the top, you’ll also see the Giant Pineapple. Nasa mundo na ba kami ni Spongebob? Nasan si Patrick? LOL!
“Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive.”
The sun was gradually showing up and the view gets nicer and nicer. Wag lang sana talaga uminit ng uminit dahil sayang ang dalang jacket. Lols!
You may also rent cottages here at People’s Park that costs P100. We opted not to rent because we will be off to another place in a bit.
Souvenir shops were also available but buying souvenirs in Picnic Grove is highly recommended because they have a lot of souvenir shops and items to choose from.
Blogger pose ba iyan hon? HAHA!
Sign of Vandalism
It’s sad to say, we noticed that the People’s Park in the Sky was not well-maintained, vandalism was all over the place, the huge name of the park lacks of few letters, its restroom was being neglected. No supply of water and toiletries. We hope that this place must be given a support from government for renovation or anything that can help this place become more enjoyable to stay.
5. Picnic Grove
After we visited the People’s Park in the Sky, we headed directly to Picnic Grove. This was our last stop.
Picnic Grove is best for family-friendly activities and nature sightseeing. It is said to be one of the popular tourist destinations in Tagaytay City. Also, best for prenup photo shoot with the overlooking charming beauty of Taal Volcano.
You can also try an exciting zip line and cable car ride with, of course, a view of the Taal Volcano and Lake.
Entrance fee is P50 / head (4 years old & above). Cottage rate ranges from P100 – P2500.
Annyeong! Lakas maka South Korea feels! HAHA!
Contact Number: (046) 483 0346
Address: Brgy. Sungay East, Tagaytay City, Cavite
6. Fish Spa at Picnic Grove
On our second day of exploring Tagaytay City, we decided to try Fish Spa at the Picnic Grove. We haven’t tried fish spa before so we were really really excited to try this kind of activity. There’s also a fish spa in Manila Ocean Park but we haven’t tried it when we visited the place.
20 minutes fish spa with 10 minutes of foot massage cost only Php199.00. It’s very affordable and cheap. After we tried this, we feel re-energized, relaxed and full of life. Sobrang sulit!
Tagaytay Fish Spa
Look at our feet! Pinagpipiyestahan na ng mga Dr. Fish! Sabi nila, the more na mas maraming fish sa paa mo, mas marami daw na dumi ng paa mo. ~uhhh ganon pala yun!!!
Base from our research, Fish therapy is a positive emotions and a skin peeling at the same time. The unique fish Garra Ruff, known as the doctor fish, removes dead skin and thereby gives a beautiful and healthy color to your skin. (AHA!)
Sorry madilim at malabo, pero eto na ang pinaka maayos na picture natin dito hon! HAHA!
Time for a 10-minute foot massage. Hon, mukhang nag-eenjoy ka sa pag kiliti sa paa mo dito. LOL!
After we tried it, we can say “I was once a fish food at Tagaytay Fish Spa”
7. Taal Volcano & Lake
Taal Volcano sits within a lake within an island, adjacent to the holiday town of Tagaytay. The smallest volcano in the world, at just 1,020 feet tall Taal attracts thousands of tourists every year. It’s also considered as one of the world’s most dangerous active volcanoes. Though, you closely see it in Tagaytay, Taal Volcano and Lake are wholly located in the province of Batangas.
Of all the places we’ve visited in Tagaytay (that we mentioned above), we’ve noticed that they all have something in common. They all have a perfect spot to capture and see the astonishing beauty of Taal Volcano & Lake in its distinct angles.
Madj and I are planning to have a one-day trek to Taal Volcano and its crater lake because It’s really not enough to just see it from afar. We feel the urge to see it up close and personal. That would be an exciting adventure! Sino gusto sumama? Tara!
Thank you to our good friends, Mildred & Yhan for being part of this memorable and enjoyable Tagaytay adventure! Hope we will have another get-together adventure soon. Saan na nga ba ang next adventure?
Thank you Tagaytay!
Thank you for giving us a fun, enjoyable and exciting weekend getaway! Stay as cool and exciting as you are! Babalik kami ulit! Handa ka ng masarap na masarap na mainit na Bulalo. 😀
That’s it! Hope we enticed you enough to travel and explore Tagaytay City. Happy travelling!
- Tricycle Ride from Milly’s House to Olivarez College : P50 (group of 4)
- Jeepney Ride from Olivarez College to Magallanes : P8 / person
- Jeepney Ride from Magallanes to Skyranch Tagaytay : P8 / person
- Skyranch Entrance Fee – P80 / person
- Ring of Toss Game – P100
- Stick to Card Game – P100
- Jeepney Ride from Skyranch to Olivarez College : P8 / person
- Tricycle Ride from Olivarez to Starbucks Tagaytay – P40 (group of 4)
- Tricycle Ride from Starbucks Tagaytay to Mildreds House – P50 (group of 4)
- Dinner @ Andok’s Tagaytay : P50 / person
- Leslie’s Restaurant : P950 (Are and Madj’s share)
- Tricycle Ride from Mildred’s House to Tagaytay Public Market : P40 (group of 4)
- Tagaytay Public Market to People’s Park in the Sky : P12 / person
- People’s Park Entrance : P30
- Tricycle Ride from People’s Park to Picnic Grove : P100 (group of 4)
- Snack : P109 / for 2
- Souvenir (Ref Magnet) : P150 / for 2
- Pasalubong Tawilis / Danggit – P100 / for 2
- Picnic Grove Entrance Fee : P50 / person
- Fish Spa : P199 / person
- T–shirt Souvenir : P170 / person
- Tricycle Ride from Picnic Grove to Olivarez : P100 (group of 4)
- Jeepney Ride to Papa Prito : P8 / person
- Tricycle Ride from Olivarez College to Tagaytay Public Market : P50 (group of 4)
- Papa Prito Expenses : P650 (group of 4)
- Tricycle Ride from Milly’s House to Tagaytay Public Market : P30 (group of 3)
- Jeepney Ride from Tagaytay Public Market to Balibago : P40 / person
- Van Ride from Balibago to Alabang : P50 / person
Estimated Total Expenses : P2000 / person
Estimated Total Expenses for two based on our expenses: P4000
Tagaytay 2D1N Itinerary
- 0700AM: Wake-up Call
- 0800AM: Breakfast at Mildred’s House (Room Accomodation for 2 days)
- 0900AM: ETD Mildred’s House to Pineapple Farm
- 0920AM: Exploring Mildred’s Pineapple Farm
- 1100AM: ETA Mildred’s House from Pineapple Farm
- 1100AM: Rest and Take a bath
- 0100PM: ETD Mildred’s House to explore Tagaytay
- 0110PM: Ride jeep to Leslie’s Restaurant.
- 0200PM: Lunch at Leslie’s Restaurant
- 0330PM: ETD Leslie’s Restaurant to Sky Ranch
- 0340PM: ETA Skyranch Tagaytay.
- 0350PM: Explore Skyranch Tagaytay. Play, Eat & Relax.
- 0700PM: Dinner at Andok’s Tagaytay
- 0750PM: ETA Starbucks Tagaytay
- 0920PM: ETD Starbucks Tagaytay
- 0930PM: ETA Mildred’s House
- 1030PM: Lights off
- 0500AM: Wake-up Call
- 0730AM: ETD Mildred’s House to People’s Park
- 0800AM: ETA Tagaytay People’s Park in the Sky
- 1000AM: ETD Tagaytay People’s Park in the Sky
- 1030AM: ETA Picnic Grove
- 1200NN: Trying-out Fish Spa
- 1245PM: End of Fish Spa
- 0100PM: ETD Picnic Grove
- 0230PM: Lunch at Papa Prito (Original Tapang Taal)
- 0400PM: ETD Papa Prito
- 0410PM: ETA Tagaytay City Fruit Market. Quick walk to Mildred’s House
- 0500PM: ETA Mildred’s House
- 0630PM: ETD Tagaytay City Fruit Market Jeep Terminal to Balibago
- 0830PM: ETA Balibago Van Terminal to Alabang
- 0930PM: ETA Alabang (Heavy Traffic for 3 long hours)
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