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Abrupt Tagaytay Trip


Picnic Grove, Tagaytay

All About the Tagaytay Trip

Note: Please bear with this, unbelievably, full of vanity post of mine. Haha :))

This abrupt Tagaytay trip was my trip loads of firsts. I arrived late last Friday at around 11:52 at Mendez Crossing where I have booked my hotel reservations at Haven Hotel. But before arriving at the hotel, since it is my first time to go to Tagaytay, I asked the bus crew to drop me at the said crossing but unfortunately he forgot to tell me so I was far from the destination where I should have been dropped. I tell you, I was very much scared because it was close to midnight and there were no nearby houses to the place where the bus stopped.  Gratefully, several co-passengers of mine stopped there too and so I asked directions in finding my hotel and they were kind enough to assist me in going there. Arriving in my hotel, I was exhausted and hit the bed for a goodnight sleep.

Room - Haven Hotel, Tagaytay

On the next day, I asked directions from several locals in town where the best place is for tourists to go.  And with their thorough direction I arrived at Picnic Grove where loads of people were already feasting and relaxing.  The place was great and I enjoyed taking loads of pictures of the scenery and myself, good thing I brought a tripod with me. I bought shirts and 'pasalubong' on a certain shop and did some photo taking some more. The highlights that one can see at Picnic Grove is the beautiful scenery overlooking some islets and Taal Volcano, the huts and green grass where family can eat/ cook/ play around/ relax, the very popular zip line that overlooks the cliff and the nice close to nature walks going from one place to other. You can also try their, boat trip package to Taal (which is very much expensive) and  horse back riding. There is a pool inside the vicinity but, I tell you, no one would like to go to swimming on a place like such because there are much other things you can do.

Picnic Grove, Tagaytay overlooking Taal with yourstruly

Picnic Grove, Tagaytay overlooking Taal

Jumpshot at Picnic Grove, Tagaytay

Picnic Grove, Tagaytay

View at Picnic Grove, Tagaytay

View at Picnic Grove, Tagaytay

I finished walking around Picnic Grove at 5:30 just when it started to drizzle, so I immediately went to Mushroom Burger for dinner, a place where my friend told me that is a must try.  Although, when I arrived there I realized it was the same Mushroom Burger located in Katipunan that I have already tried. Haha Nevertheless, the meal was short and satisfying. I bought some chips and refreshments after and went back to my hotel. Before going to sleep I decided to watch tv and enjoyed the You've got It 2 on Channel 2.

View at Picnic Grove, Tagaytay

Overlooking the Peninsula at Picnic Grove, Tagaytay

Trees and all at Picnic Grove, Tagaytay

View at Picnic Grove, Tagaytay

Then the last day came, and, as usual, I woke up late so I packed my things and begun to get ready to check out before 12 noon.  I was not hungry at that time so I decided to go to the parlor and cut my hair shorter. Haha And then, I was curious of the loads of Bulalo-han in town so I tried one in Ruby Sunspot Seafood Restaurant and my curiosity was fed since the food I ordered was very delicious and affordable.  At around 3:30 pm, I was waiting for a bus going back to the Metro. I arrived safe and that ends my very first, abrupt and loads of firsts backpacking experience to Tagaytay. I must say I congratulate myself for a very memorable trip of mine, the scary night experience, the 25% asking for directions, and the control for my motion sickness especially since I was in an air conditioned bus trip when going to Tagaytay. Although, my itinerary wasn't that full packed I pretty much enjoyed my stay at  Tagaytay. That's all folks. Enjoy the pictures as much as I did in taking those.  :)
Yours Truly at Picnic Grove's overlooking view

Going home mode with my shorter hair

At Ruby Sunspot Seafood Restaurant and my shorter hair

From the capital city of the National Capital Region - Manila, you can go to Tagaytay by taking one of the three buses located in Cubao: San Agustin, Erjohn & Almark, and Golden Dragon. The travel time from Manila to Tagaytay takes around 2 hours. You can disembark at the crossroad named Olivarez Square where establishments of different kinds can be found.

Elal of The Shades of Grey Travel and Photography
Elal is a traveler, student of life and photography enthusiast who wants to experience and capture what is raved and not raved about. For more about her travels, subscribe here, email at, or visit her portfolio.


adventurousfeet said...

naks pumophotoshoot ikaw na!

Elal Lasola said...

ssshhhhh. kakahiyang post eto ms CA. :)) wlang magawa eh. takot mag zip line. hahaha

photoTaker said...
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photoTaker said...

I wonder kung sino yung kumuha ng self pics na hindi ginamitan ng tripod? hehehe :p

Elal Lasola said...

Haha. ni rephrase mo to photoTaker! galing. it sana sagot ko sa una mong question na dinelete mo eh. :))

photoTaker said...

Ahaha hnd maaus yung. Layout dito sa mobile safari pero readable naman. May naisip ako kung sino yung ksma mo wahaha. Tlgang irerephrase ko pra malinaw yung tanong kasi alam ko na malabo ka talagang sumagot eh :p
Anyway nice shots ganda ganda :-)

Elal Lasola said...

Oo nga sira din siya sa Firefox 5. ewan ko kung bakit. :( Haha Whatevs photoTaker.

Anyway, thanks for dropping by. :))

P.S. Mag blog ka na rin :P

Lisa said...

I always desire to spend a vacation in Tagaytay. It's a nice place as shown on your photos. The jump shot is my favorite photo.

Lisa from Advanced Guitar Lessons

Elal Lasola said...

It was a short vacay in Tagaytay but was also worth it. You should go there too! The people are very helpful and generous in helping a newbie like me. :) I enjoyed taking that jump shot and all the others. Glad you liked it.

Imma visit your site. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

We used to live in Alabang and we always did unplanned trips to Tagaytay. I really miss that place.

Good thing by the way that locals helped you look for your hotel. Must have been terrifying to be lost at that time of the night!

Elal Lasola said...

It was indeed terrifying to be lost at that time of the day! I was lucky that the people I asked for directions were generous to help me too. :

Ian said...

i wonder sino kasama ni elal sa tagaytay... yikeeee :P

Elal Lasola said...

Sir Ian, you are so .... :))

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Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

solo photoshoot ah! I can imagine how hard it must be to do a jumpshot using a timer =P

Batang Lakwatsero said...

ayos! your photos say everything. galing ng photo blog mo Elal. nice job :)

Batang Lakwatsero said...

ayos! your photos say everything. galing ng photo blog mo Elal. nice job :)

Elal Lasola said...

Christian: Thank you :)

Batang Lakwatsero: Thanks for the kind words! You have a great photo blog too!

DuNi said...

Nice adventure! I kept myself awake in between wifi connections at Mcdo and 7-11 the last time I went to Tagaytay. I did not have sleeping accomodations so I have to wait for a ride to a nearby town early in the morning. It wasn't that scary for me, it was a bit challenging to stay awake with the cold breeze though...

Elal Lasola said...

Wow. That's one quite of an experience there! Haven't thought of that idea. Hehe

CarlBytes said...

Nice blog you have here. Tagaytay is such a beatiful get away from Manila.

Elal Lasola said...

Thanks! I agree with you.

Unknown said...

Thanks for this post! You had a great day in Tagaytay. You should try this Tagaytay Hotel, summit ridge.

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