January 29, 2012

Hush! Chinese New Year. Tagaytay City.

While many were starting to flock Binondo in Manila for the Chinese New Year celebration, we decided to visit Tagaytay for a peace and quiet holiday.

Here's a 5 minute video I prepared for ya guys. 
Click the youtube link above and join me with my first roadtrip for 2012.

We left at around 5am from our place in Ortigas Extension. With several pit stops and taking a longer and less familiar route, we arrived in Tagaytay City at around 7am.  Not bad, considering that it was our first time to take the Roxas Boulevard – Coastal Road – Bacoor – Aguinaldo Highway route. In all of our previous visits, we travel via SLEX which is the most popular route.

I like the fact that Tagaytay seems so far from busy Metro Manila yet so near – an hour or two drive away. Like everyone else, I love Tagaytay’s cold weather, its relaxing ambiance, and of course the view of Taal Lake.

One of our stops was Summit Ridge Promenade. An open-air strip mall, Summit Ridge Promenade is owned and developed by Robinsons Land Corporation. It is one of the dozens of Robinsons Malls in the country today. This is not the first time that I’ve visited the mall and what I really love about it is its open air concept and al fresco dining options. It’s just a small commercial lifestyle center if compared to other malls and it doesn’t have its own department store but it offers what one immediately needs through its supermarket, restaurants, cafes, and bargain kiosks.

Few steps away from this promenade is Summit Ridge Hotel which is also owned by Robinsons Land. It has a Sky Lounge that offers a very nice view of Taal Lake.  Their usual one night stay rate is around 5,000 plus pesos.

A stone throw away from the hotel is Wind by SM Residences. Wind Residences is envisioned to be a 15 hectare property with ten 20 storey residential towers. As of today, they have already constructed two.

After Summit Ridge, we had a stop in Ladera Grill at Splendido. Splendido is a project of Sta Lucia Realty Corp. What is nice about this pit stop is that it provides a different view of Taal Lake. From their viewing deck you can see the 250 hectare Splendido Golf and Country Club with its one imposing Splendido Tower and the lake.

After enjoying the usual Taal view, this time around, we decided to visit Royale Estates Golf and Country Club.

The estate is just one of the properties of Sta Lucia Realty in Tagaytay. If you are looking for peace and quiet, greeneries, and privacy – then Royale Estates Tagaytay is one of the places you can visit in Tagaytay. Well I've never been to many Country Clubs so I cannot really say that it's the best there is, but at that point in time, it was definitely a perfect spot for me to unwind, enjoy my restday, and relax.

Not only that they have this golf course, but they have their own bowling alley inside the country club, some nice and cozy rooms if you wanna stay in for the night, a nice restaurant with al fresco dining, coffee shop, and cafe. 

On our way back home, I had the chance to turn on the radio and listened to some news. Tsinoys and Pinoys were so busy in Binondo and I can only imagine the celebration they had. Well, mine was different - it was quiet and still. It may be an unusual choice to celebrate Chinese New Year, but personally - for me it was the best chinese new year thus far.


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