I’ve been wanting to experience Tagaytay’s fresh cold temperature since December but holiday season also means everyone’s going there, hence, the traffic. So I waited ’til the hype subsided and let them all pass. On the first weekend of January, huh! It’s my time to shine! Lol.
Hindi naman ako nagkamali. Siguro lahat ng tao e bumalik na sa Manila at maluwag na ang daan pa-South. I invited my pamangkins para masundan yung Manaoag Trip namin last year. They gladly said yes naman. So on the first Saturday of the year, we headed South.
We left home at 6:30am. Stopped over at Kamuning to pick up Noy’s girlfriend and another at Petron SLEX. Medyo nagtagal kami sa Petron tapos naghanap ulit ng gas station sa may Tagaytay for a CR break kaya nakarating kami sa Nasugbu ng mga 10am na. Our first stop: Caleruega Church.
This is not the first time I’ve been there pero naa-amaze padin ako sa ganda ng paligid doon. It’s been my favorite go-to place kasi napaka-refreshing ng ambience doon at talaga namang nakakarelax. Just that, maybe because I’m pregnant, nakakapagod palang ikutin yung sa lawak ng area. Hehe. Hindi rin kami masyadong nakaikot because we have mom who was so tired of walking lalo na paakyat at pababa yung lugar.
It was Mama’s first time to be there kaya ko din siya sinama. She was a Catechist on her working years and yearly they go to Tagaytay for a retreat. Kaya naman suki kami ng Pink Sisters doon. So I brought her there para maiba naman. Nag-enjoy naman siya except that talagang napagod siya sa paglakad lalo na’t pataas ang papunta sa mismong simbahan.
Entrance fee: Php30 / head; Free for kids 7 y/o below
Location: Brgy. Caylaway, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas
Open: 8am – 5pm
Regular mass every Sunday, 11am
After Caleruega, we drove back to Tagaytay and went to Bulalo Point for lunch. Medyo marami nang tao since it’s lunch time pero natawag din naman kami agad to be seated. Ayun lang, medyo matagal yung hinintay namin sa pagkain before our orders were served.
Sky Ranch was supposed to be our next destination but maybe because it was a weekend, there was a long queue of people at the entrance. Besides, only a few rides Jhia would enjoy so we did not bother getting in. Hindi rin namin masusulit yung entrance fee which is Php100 (Php 80 for weekdays) exclusive of rides.
Searching for a place to go, we found Paradizoo. Actually, nabasa ko lang na may camel feeding dun and thought that the kids will enjoy so without any hesitation, we drove off.
Paradizoo – a part of the Zoomanity group – caters farm animals and a few gardens where they also sell organic fruits and vegetables. After paying for the entrance fee, a guide will lead you to where your tour begins.
Una kaming inikot sa flower and vegetable garden. We were shown different plants they grow in their garden. Sa vegetables naman, meron silang stand where you can buy their organic fruits and vegetables. They also have a souvenir store where they sell toys for the kids and memorabilia shirts.
Next is our encounter with the farm animals – from pigs, cows, chickens, ducks and geese to donkeys, goats, rabbits. There was even a camel! Inexplain naman ni ate na yung camel na yun is different from those that you see in the dessert. The kids enjoyed their pony ride and camel feeding.
Siguro it took us more than an hour din touring around Paradizoo. Di ko lang sure kung dahil hapon na ba o yun lang talaga ang maiikutan don na parang ang konti but all in all, nag-enjoy naman yung mga bata so okay na rin for Php199 entrance fee.
Entrance fee: Php199/head; Free for kids below 3ft; Php149 for kids 3-4ft;
Honors Senior Citizen discount
Location: KM 63 Panungyan, Mendez, Cavite
Open daily 8am-5pm
From Paradizoo, we headed to the Mahogany Market where mom enjoyed buying meat and fruits. She specifically mentioned na dadaan kami doon dahil mura daw ang mga karne doon. True enough, we went home with 2 kilos ata of beef.
We were supposed to stay for a while in the ever famous Starbucks in Tagaytay para lang i-enjoy yung lamig ng gabi and to let the traffic pass but the parking was full. Tapos sa Nuvali din sana hoping we could watch the light show pero full parking din. Technically, kumaen lang kami sa Tagaytay at nag-literal na road trip. We had dinner in SLEX. Yun na yung last stop namin and after non, naghiwa-hiwalay na din kami.
It’s not the destination. It’s who you travel with.
My tita heart is happy because we were with my pamangkins. Nakita ko din naman na nag-enjoy sila. And to see Jhia and Zian’s reaction.. Priceless! Sabi ko nga, let’s make this a habit every start of the year. Hindi man lahat makasama, there’s always a next time. Sana nga maging annual habit na namin.
By the way, maaraw na nung nag-biyahe kami kaya ramdam na rin yung init. Pero kapag kumukulimlim at nung hapon na, ang lamiiigggg pa din talaga. We drove off with windows down.
Here are some more pictures:
I’m not sure but maybe, this will be the last road trip muna. I have to prepare for my next big adventure – giving birth. Due na ko sa March! I haven’t realized that until the mister reminded me. Be ready as I will be filling your feed with mommy musing ulit. Then hopefully, family trip ulit by next year. Apat na kami non! ❤ Stay tuned!
‘Til our next adBONture! ❤