Sunday, July 23, 2006

Cold, Rainy, Lazy Saturday in Tagaytay

Went to Tagaytay yesterday with the clan to eat lunch and basically to just do nothing but relax. We like going there -- it's near, the food is good, the scenery is breathtaking, and the weather is pleasant. But it was a bit just too cold for me there yesterday (and as usual, I forgot to bring a jacket).

The buffet at Josephine's restaurant is good and affordable, and there's a nice view of Taal lake and volcano. The garden there is also very pretty, very relaxing. Everything's always so green in Tagaytay because of the terrific climate (it's always a few degrees lower there than it is in Manila); that's why it's a haven for gardeners and other plant lovers -- everything grows well. My little ones love it there.

Stomachs full, we headed up to the Palace in the Sky (which looks nothing at all like a palace -- it's rapidly becoming a rundown and seedy location). But there's plenty of space for the kids to play and for the kids-at-heart to sit down, talk, and laugh. The view of Taal volcano and lake from up there is beautiful. However, if you turn your head just a few degrees to the left, you'll see one of the saddening effects of real estate development in Tagaytay. I think that at the rate they're going, the view of the area from up there in a few years will mostly be of houses and the lake instead of untouched greenery and the lake. What a sad thought.

The rain clouds started to look ominous while we were there -- and besides, it really was getting to be too fucking cold -- so we headed to this little, out-of-the-way coffee shop (the name of which escapes me at the moment). It's in a place called Buho in Tagaytay; and you wouldn't know it was a coffee shop from the way it looks outside. The coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are terrific at this place (and a bargain! strong, great-tasting bottomless coffee for only P30 or so). You can also admire their biiiiig fish that's on display, crank out a tune or two on their guitar, or take a micro-nap if you like.

tagaytay coffeeshop

It was a very good Saturday.

Enough of R&R now. It's time to get this fat ass back to work! (sound of whip cracking)


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