Friday, July 20, 2012

Up high in Tagaytay

Ready with a good camera; a pen and notepad for scribbling random thoughts, and a buddy with a devil-may-care travelling attitude, of course, spur-of-the-moment trips can sometimes be more fun and exciting than the ones you plan. 

My good friend Rhea and I have been planning to go to Vigan for the weekend but upon learning that the universe did not conspire to make the plan happen (yet), we opted to go to Tagaytay instead. 

From Baclaran, we took a bus to Tagaytay, which was about a two to three-hour ride. Tricycles are the main  mode of transportation in Tagaytay and can get you around the city easily. There are jeepneys too, but the routes are definite and you have to wait for them, thus, may take you longer to get to where you want to go. 

Breezing through Tagaytay made me forget about the hot and humid madness of Metro Manila and Cebu. The cool climate makes it a popular spot among locals and tourists who want to get away from the city's hustle and bustle. 

Our first stop was at the Tagaytay Picnic Grove, where we got a picturesque view of Taal Lake. I'd love to come back here with my family, spend quality time whilst enjoying the breathtaking view with them.

The ground was muddy post rain, making it quite uncomfortable for me to walk around in my slippers. Some areas, with it's somewhat steep orientation, have sadly become a dumping site for trash, an eyesore that obviously do not go well with the lush green surroundings. 

Tagaytay Picnic Grove

It was already late afternoon, perfect time to go to what I've found as the perfect spot to get a magnificent view of the sunset - People's Park in the Sky. And boy, we sure weren't disappointed. 

View from the top. Rustic charm.

Here comes the sun. It goes, and we're all in awe

Although with happy souls, our muscles were tired from moving about the entire day. It was then time for a relaxing massage at the hotel's spa. 

O Spa at One Tagaytay Place

The next day, Rhea and I took a bus to Nasugbu to check out Sonya's Garden. We got off at Buck Estate and then rode a tricycle that would take us there. Travel time takes roughly about thirty minutes from Olivarez. 

Just one of the garden's many wonders in full bloom

Busy taking pictures hehe

A downside, perhaps, of a spontaneous trip is that the impulse that comes with it may make you forget about  what to take well note of (like bringing cash, as there are not a lot of ATMs in sight or that only a few hotels accept credit cards) or what other interesting places to see, aside from the most popular and highly visited ones.

But then again, spur-of-the-moment trips can give you that unexplainable, often fulfilling sense of high not knowing what to know, and yet still having the balls to go with it. And if it means satisfying my inner nomad, which to me is a lot better than only getting stuck in my comfort zone.

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