Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Family Time inTagaytay (Mellow Yellow Monday #6, Mommy and Me Monday#2, Ruby Tuesday #5 )

August 31, was a holiday in the Philippines, it was National Heroes Day. I expected it to be a house chores day for me since my husband did not allow me to go to church the previous day due to the sore eyes I acquired the past week.

To my surprise, my husband asked me where I wanted to go. I really had nothing in mind because I was already set to clean and organize the kitchen cabinets. Our son upon hearing his dad, suggested to go pitnic...hehehe, as what he heard and saw from tv...picnic, with sticks and marshmallows!!!

Good idea, coming from a 3-year old toddler...but the weather outside seems not fit for picnic...

Initially we thought of the La Mesa Watershed but since its a holiday, the idea might not be that good since most of the residents might be thinking just like us. La Mesa Watershed on most occasion is always crowded.

My husband then suggested Tagaytay. Tagaytay is located down south of Metro Manila, a two-hour ride from Quezon City. It is one of the most frequented by most Manilenos because of its cool temperature and proximity to the metro. It is in Tagaytay were you can perfectly view one of the Philippines active volcano, the Taal Volcano.

It was our children's first time to go to place as well as for our two home companions. It was also our first as a couple to visit Tagaytay. The last time I went there was like 7 years ago!

Leon had fun running around the lawn while Maia first experience stepping on a grass barefooted :)
After an hour or so, we went to the Good Shepherd Convent to purchase their yummy strawberry jelly and ube jam. The Good Shepherd Sisters are known for these deliciously-made sweets. There are more produce though aside from what I've mentioned, lengua de gato, choco flakes and peanut brittle are some of them. Purchase of these products supports their schooling.

Though we still wanted to go around, the long ride back home might take its toll on Maia, our four-month old baby. At about 4 in the afternoon, we called it a day but made a few stop along the highway to buy some fruits such as freshly picked pineapples and rambutan.

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Yami said...

Ay sis Tagaytay din ang isa sa lugar na gusto kong puntahan with my family. I was there for a couple of days pero work-related naman.

Ang cute tingnan ng mga kids mo sis enjoying the cool weather of the place. :)

Krystyn said...

What a beautiful place and a nice day off.

Mommy Liz said...

Maganda talagang mamasyal kung buong pamilya di ba? bihira na rin kami makapasyal ng kaming lahat. And Tagaytay is so so beautiful..

Mel Cole of PA, USA said...

Haven't been in Tagaytay sis. Your family does look enjoying the trip. What beautiful family you got. :)

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Happy Ruby Tuesday.

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hahai.ponce said...

Thanks Mommies - Yami, Krystyn, Liz & Mel for dropping by.

really fun to be out with the family, simply enyojing nature. Metro Manila is very much congested already and the "cement-forest" not really a good sight - yes, it's a sign of a developing country but to the extent of sacrificing our environment :(

lemuel said...

where will be the next trip? i'm excited already

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

It looks like a beautiful place!

hahai.ponce said...

hi Stef, yes, it is, make it part of your itinerary in case you come visit the Philippines

eric said...

Blessed pala kami kasi 25 minutes lang ang Tagaytay from our place.

eric .a.k.a blogdemanila

hahai.ponce said...

hi eric,
thanks for the visit.
yes you are, wow! and the climate is still good there.
me and my hubby is contemplating to buying a property somewhere in the area...mejo mahal na din sa Tagaytay e