1.5 hour drive away from Manila is a place with perfect weather and a lovely view. No one should miss Tagaytay if you have a little time to getaway from Manila. It is close by and worth the visit. While most visitors come here for lunch or an afternoon snack, you might want to try to sleep over this time.
Let me share with you our Tagaytay trip…
Early morning we started our trip towards Tagaytay. Our first stop is a place called Paradizoo. Paradizoo features not only animals but also flowers, vegetation and more fresh air. It is a good walk for adults and a learning experience for the young ones.
In the Farm Animal section of Paradizoo, some animals are allowed to have actual interaction with the visitors. You can also feed them with caution. With such admiration, I was able to touch and play with an Argentinian horse. Because of its size, I felt like I was playing with a dog. They are, indeed, both cute and beautiful creatures. Around this side, you can also see camels, assorted goats and sheep, many more animals including a 5-legged cow! You heard me right.
Get your green thumb acquainted with their Vegetable Farm. They also give brief lessons on how to do farming right. This is very educational for the kids or adults who want to do small vegetation projects.
The flower garden is also a nice stop in Paradizoo. There are two flowers that captured my eyes. These are forget me not and the Mickey Mouse. The former flower got its legendary name from a knight and his lady. The knight was picking up a posy of flowers. Due to the weight of his armor, he fell, threw the flowers and shouted to his lady “Forget me not!” While the latter flower obviously got its name from its shape.
There was heavy rainfall late morning but suddenly mellowed down towards lunch. The weather in Tagaytay is unpredictable during rainy season. Bringing of rain jackets or umbrella is recommended.
Your choice of fashion should also be comfortable. I chose to wear leggings since I do not want the shrubs to hurt me. I’m also protected from insects biting my legs. Since I also want to be fashionable, I chose to wear and show a little of my skin from the back. A jacket was my extra gear to protect me in case the rain falls.
For lunch we head forth Residence Inn. We were welcomed by a tour guide who led us through the hallway of aquariums. There were assorted fish and replies along this hallway. The creepiest for me are the snakes and the giant spiders. Yikes!
Must-try food delicacies in Tagaytay include Bulalo and tawilis. Bulalo is a native soup dish where they make the beef soft until it is almost falling off its bones. True Bulalo is done with slow cooking the beef rather than the more advance and express style presssure cooker.
After lunch, we did a few walking activity around Residence Inn. We saw several more animals like tigers, horses, birds and what caught my eye, an iguana. What’s great about this place is that you can interact with the animals.
Another fun thing to do here is to get acquainted with your fear of heights. This can be done either riding a more subtle cable ride or going for a zip line, superman style.
Then we headed on to our host hotel, Casa Alegria. They have wonderful and friendly staff. The best thing about this place is their undying view of Taal. No matter where you are in their hotel, a sure glance of the Taal site won’t be missed.
This afternoon, we spent our time on the pool with a remarkable site. Food and drinks are allowed in this area. We even saw a group eating pizza while playing a board game. This area is a sure way to have fun and bond with your mates.
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Karaoke singing is also one of Casa Alegria’s, things to do. This is located at their bar area. If you like to sing, drink and eat, you know where to go.
For dinner, a craving for Bicol dishes struck us. To solve this, we went to 1st Colonial and got our Bicol express and Laing cravings fixed. We also tried their famous sili ice cream together with their pili and toasted rice ice cream. Yum!
We then bid good night to say good morning to a wonderful view from our God-given Taal volcano. It is truly wonderful to blessed with nature’s best.