2006 – First Out of Town Trip
Destination : Tagaytay
We figured out that life will never be the same again once the baby comes out. Initially we were planning for an HK trip but sadly we did not get any GO signal from our OB. (killjoy, hahaha!) I had some history of spotting and being on my 7th month of pregnancy she deemed it wise that we just go some place near.
We set the date on Jan 22-23 in time for our 8th monthsary. We called Sonya’s Bed and Breakfast for reservations but unfortunately all rooms were already booked. We didn’t know where else to go. Taal Vista looks great but very pricey. I don’t like Days Hotel and M0rn1ng doesn’t want Estancia. The night before our trip M0rn1ng told me that we could take a look at Nurture Spa and see if we like the place.
So off we go without a very fixed iterinary. What we had is just a list of places to stay, visit and eat. It was already 7 pm when we reached Nurture Spa. It was quite far-away from Aguinaldo highway and we thought that we will get lost. Upom arrival, we were greated by their congenial guard who carried our things at the lobby. There are lots of rooms available and they made us choose whether we would like to stay in the ifugao hut or in the air-con rooms. The aircon room looks like a hotel with a native feel. It has a sala to entertain guests, big bathroom with bath tub and a queen size bed. In the end we chose the ifugao hut for its authentic feel. We’ve never stayed on one of those before. In the end we were surprised how comfy it was. We had this feeling before that it won’t be comfortable but we were mistaken. It was nice to sleep with the sound of crickets in the background. The cool, fresh air made the electric fan worthless. We were also glad that there are no insects.
We had dinner that night at RSM Lutong Bahay. The place looks great with its spacious dining area. However, we are disappointed with the food we ordered. The T-Bone steak is not tender and the price is quite expensive. We also tried Bag of Beans steak and kidney pie. This one is super yummy. Now we know why a lot of people stop over to this place. We went there at night and the garden dining area was lit up by candles and luminaries. Uber romantic! We also had coffee at Starbucks. We stayed there and exchange some funny stories. The patio is conducive for hugging moments as the cool breeze blows through. We went back to Nurture at around 10 pm.
We had a good night rest at the ifugao hut and it was a welcomed changed to be greeted by dew and soft streaks of sunlight. By 7am we headed to the Mahogany market to buy some beef for bulalo. We also bought some pineapples and bananas. They were fresh and cheap. We were happy that NSpa agreed to put our meat in their freezer. That way we can take it home in good condition. We had breakfast in their restaurant afterwards. We loved how produced the rustic and countryside ambiance. The food was yummy and complete with fresh fruits as desserts.
We checked out at around 12pm. Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Nurture. Customer Service was excellent, the facilities superb and the food was healthy and mouth watering. We will definitely go back and try their spa packages next time.
We had lunch at Leslie’s. We stayed at one of their bahay kubo overlooking the Taal volcano. Service was fast and the food was yummy. We had pork sisig and ginataang kalabasa,hipon at sitaw. We were satisfied with what we had but it will be more economical to eat there when you are in a big group.
After lunch, we went to Picnic Grove. There’s not much to do but tell stories and unwind while enjoying the beauty of the Taal volcano. We went to Palace of the Sky after. From there we had a good view of the Tagaytay Highlands. We even rented a binocular for 10 bucks so that we can see the cable cars going up and down the highlands and midlands.
Overall we had an extremely great time. We will definitely go back and visit other places we haven’t gone yet : Antonio’s , Diner’s, Massimos and flower farm.