Weekend Escape: Tagaytay City Philippines (Part 1)

I decided to give my best-friend an overnight stay in Tagaytay as a gift for her birthday. She rarely go out of her house and she badly needs distraction from all the stress, so~ I took the opportunity. We planned to visit Tierra De Maria and the Caleruega Transfiguration Church. Religious person kasi sya and I wanted this trip to be meaningful for her, Kasi this’ll be her first time traveling this far. Tsaka, gusto ko pumunta sa trip na ito para makapag-meditate and to think things over na din.

Image from Metrodeal

I purchased a voucher from Metrodeal for an overnight, good for two, stay in Tagaytay Country Hotel. It’s a good deal for 2,899.00php only. It includes complementary breakfast, set dinner and a 45 minute massage or body scrub.

I have read many visitor reviews about this hotel from TripAdvisor. Most of them were about how old this place is and how it could be a better hotel with proper care and maintenance. The hotel is indeed old and has seen better days. But, I think, being old added to the Hotel’s charm. I chose this hotel, not because it has a discounted voucher but because of the hotel staff.

I am a very shy person. Meeting new people and being comfortable is not my forte. Kung mahiyain ako, lalo na yung best friend ko! hehe. I am an introvert but also an extrovert at the same time. Mejo awkward talaga ako around new people, but once they get to know me, they’ll know. So, that is why I chose TCH, because of the friendly and courteous staff.

Haba ng intro ko! ahahah~ Okay, the following parts of this entry would be about the Tagaytay weekend escape. How we got there and reviews about the experiences we had.

Day 1

My friend and I decided to meet at Shaw Boulevard MRT station on 8am. Well, due to unforeseen events,  we were

Me. Waiting by EDSA Shangri-La

able to meet at 9:30am. Then, we crossed the street to Starmall EDSA and boarded a regular bus bound for Coastal Mall. The bus ride costs us 19.00php each. Coastal Mall is the bus terminal for provincial buses bound for Cavite and Batangas. When we got there, we boarded the bus that has the Tagaytay signage. Makikita nyo naman agad yung mga bus destination dahil malalaki yung signage nila and there would be someone calling/shouting the bus destination.

Our drop-off point would be at Olivarez Plaza, the bus fare is 74.00php each. Ah, for this reason is also why I chose Tagaytay Country Hotel. It is very accessible to all routes and from our drop-off point, the hotel is walking distance na lang. Also, there are a lot of shops and places to eat near the hotel. At dahil first time ko to travel there, I downloaded an offline map of Tagaytay. It really helped me. Kasi I could see in the GPS our current location and how far are we to our destination.So hindi ako magpapanic na baka nalagpasan na namin yung drop-off point Ah, relishing the modern technology.

We arrived at Olivarez Plaza by, I think, around 11:30am. It’s still early for our check-in time of 2pm. But we took our chances and tried to check-in early. Searching for the hotel is easy, if you’re coming from the front of Olivarez Plaza you would see Kubo Restaurant first. To it’s left, go straight ahead and you would see the Olivarez College. Tagaytay Country Hotel is just across from it.

Hotel Lobby (image from deityvetteponce)

Just as expected, the staff is very friendly and greeted us with all smiles. Even if we’re really early, they allowed us to proceed to checking in. TCH is not bad in shape, like what some visitors wrote on their reviews. Yes, it’s old but the homey vibe made up for it. Upon checking in, they gave us 3 coupons for the stay. One for dinner, another for the Spa service and lastly for the breakfast.

For the spa service, they asked us to book/chose which time we would prefer to avail the service. As for dinner, you have to call in advance for them to reserve a kubo for you. Advice ko lang, for spa, chose the later hours. Kasi if you’re exploring Tagaytay on commute, mejo mahihirapan kayo because of the traffic. You have to be at the hotel lobby at least 10 minutes before the appointment because they would be escorting you to La Costa Spa. It would probably have conflicts with the Kubo Restaurant dinner, which only serves 6pm till 10pm.

After unpacking and changing, we then set off to eat lunch and go to our first stop, Tierra De Maria. I thought going there would be easy-peasy. Kasi, I have read that we only have to ride a jeepney going to People’s Park. What I did not think of, is there are little to no jeepneys passing by the area going to People’s Park. Puro private vehicles yung dumadaan. Buti na lang, may dalawang kuya na nagoffer na makihati na lang to hire a tricyle. The tricycle ride costs 60.00php, but since there are 4 of us we only paid 15.00php each.

Tierra De Maria

Pag-dating namin sa Tierra De Maria, the place is very solemn. We went around and prayed. Since that is my first visit there, I lighted a candle. Naniniwala kasi ako na kapag first time na nag-visit ka sa isang simbahan, mag-light ka ng candle and say a prayer then wish.

Your faith has saved you; go in peace.
Luke 1:38

Before exiting the prayer room, you would notice a hanging bucket. Take one piece of paper from there and you would get a bible verse. The quoted text was the one I got. I wasn’t able to take a lot of pictures kasi the place was so solemn.

It was already 1pm, and we are both hungry. We decided to eat at Java Jazz Coffee house. I read a review kasi na the ambiance is great and the food also. We rode a tricycle going there, it costs us 50.00php all.

The Java Jazz Coffee house is near the Our Lady of Perpetual Help church. The place is kinda small on the outside so it’s hard to search for it. Good thing, the place is painted yellow on the outside and I have my handy offline map of the place. So I saw it agad when we are near on the pinned area on the map.

Java Jazz Coffee House

We opted to sit on the floor, just because. Haha! When we saw the menu, the food is not that pricey. Mejo napa-wow lang ako. Kasi for an ambiance like that and the place I expected the food price to be a bit pricey.

Fooooo~d!

It yung mga order namin:

  • Creamy Chicken Curry (119.00php)
  • Lechon Canton (good for 2 for 169.00php)
  • Java Cappuccino Frost (99.00php)
  • Java Rocks (with coffee liquor 99.00php)
  • Chocolate Coffee Cake (forgot how much~)

Sarap! It was really delicious. The Java Rocks, uhh~ it was okay. I am not a fan of drinks with liquor. But I just had to try it.

Can’t resist the cake~ wasn’t able to take a good photo. Hehe.

The interior of the place is very nice. Surrounded by artworks. All paintings are for sale. Just ask the people from the restaurant.

The staff here is also nice. Maybe the Tagaytay people are really nice to begin with. Hehe. We weren’t able to finish desert, because we got really full from the hefty serving of the food. Ang dami kasi. Especially yung sa pancit. Ang damiiii~

This place is really homey, pramis. A place where you and your friend could talk endlessly over coffee. I would be back here the next time I am around the area.

After having our fill, we took off for Caleruega Church located at Nasugbu Batangas. Which, we don’t know how to get there.

 

Update: Click HERE to read part 2. ^^~

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