Tagaytay in the Midst of the Storm
It was quite an unusual trip for me and members of my family to have some bonding and go site seeing considering that there was a typhoon entering the country . However, I can’t afford to frustrate my nephews and niece and even my sister because the trip was planned way ahead.Besides, we have already purchased our tickets from Bacolod City.
Our target place—Tagaytay.
I am sure you can’t imagine how the trip was, considering that typhoon Pedring has just landed in Luzon.
We rented a car and off we go.
The City of Tagaytay is a city in the province of Cavite, Philippines. Only 55 km (34 mi) away from Manila via Aguinaldo Highway, it is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations especially during summer because of its cool climate due to its high altitude. Tagaytay offers a good vantage view of Taal Lake – a lake within an island within a lake. The lake could be viewed from the viewing deck of various establishments along the ridge such as Taal Vista Hotel, Josephine’s Restaurant, Starbucks , and for this trip, we opted to stay at Leslie’s Restaurant. Leslie’s Restaurant comes before Bag of Beans and Sonya’s Garden if you’re coming from the Sta. Rosa, Laguna or the South Luzon Expressway. You’ll find this sign on the left side of the road, near the area of heavy concentration of restaurants.
We weren’t given the chance to have a glimpse of the lake at that time. The lake was covered with fog and the wind forced us to stay foot in the restaurant and enjoy its gastronomic offerings. The Bulalo was perfect and the seafood platter even made our bonding more exciting. We were also serenaded by the restaurant’s performers.
Mushroom Burger in Tagaytay City
Another delicacy we tasted during our trip in Tagaytay was the mushroom burger. The Mushroom Burger in Tagaytay City was really famous. Almost every visitor to this cool city drops by the Mushroom Burger and takes a bite of its sumptuous yet healthy burgers made out of mushrooms. Mushroom Burger’s burger was quite different in terms of taste from the more popular burgers we use to eat.
The burger joint’s ambience was relaxed, no fancy trappings…It was just a simple place of good and inexpensive food. They also offer some Filipino merienda items and even rice bowls.
Tagaytay’s Buko Pie
Another exciting thing to try when visiting Tagaytay is its Buko Pie. All over the place, you will see Collette’s Buko Pie.
How to Get There
Tagaytay is an hour and 15-minute drive from Manila via the South Luzon Expressway (exit at Santa Rosa) and Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, or may be reached via the Coastal Road Expressway and the Aguinaldo Highway. If going through the South Luzon Expressway, take the Carmona Exit and drive down through the Governor’s Drive and turn to Maguyam, Silang up to the entrance of Tagaytay City. Or through South Luzon Expressway, take Sta. Rosa exit going straight to Tagaytay City. There are two possible ways to get to Tagaytay via the Coastal Road: Taking the Coastal Road to the Aguinaldo Highway and continuing south, and using the Indang and Mendez Roads in the Trece Martires City and Amadeo areas. If coming from the neighboring town of Ternate, Cavite, you can take the Naic Road and drive straight to Indang and Trece Martires City. From Batangas, the best way to reach Tagaytay is through the new circumferential road. From Laguna, you may enter Tagaytay through the Carmona exit. There are buses that ply to Tagaytay from Manila on a daily basis. Several bus companies have their terminals in Cubao, EDSA, Pasay City, and at Baclaran, below LRT, Manila.