Tagaytay has a special place in my heart. It was few days left before our first anniversary when Ron told me that we will be going to Tagaytay as a celebration for our first year together. At first, I didn’t believe him because “why would he even bother to go to Tagaytay when we can just celebrate our day over a special dinner here?” But because Ron is Ron and he is always that kind of man, he really meant it and we really are going to Tagaytay!
Bag of Beans
Upon arriving in Tagaytay, the van dropped us off to the main branch of Bag of Beans which is located along Aguinaldo Highway. We arrived there a little bit late due to slight mishaps, but at least we made it, right? It was our first time to try Bag of Beans and man; I fell in love with the place, the sunny weather that day is just so perfect for the rustic design of the place. Since we planned to pig out bulalo for our lunch, we ordered light meals instead. I ordered their blueberry cheesecake and cappuccino, while Ron ordered their shepherd’s pie and frozen chocolate.
I just don’t know how to put my emotions into words, but their blueberry cheesecake is so good I want to cry! Their shepherd’s pie is also good, I had a hard time processing all the food I’m eating that time. I’m sorry I suck at choosing right words, but the place and the food totally bomb.
After we had our late breakfast in Bag of Beans, we then went for a museum tour. While I’m writing our itinerary, I intentionally searched one of Tagaytay’s famous museums and Mr. Google gave me this. Since I will be making a separated blog post for our museum tour, I will just let you take a peek to this modern museum.
Of all the museums I visited, Museo Orlina is the one that fits perfectly to the term modern museum. I love each and every piece of art (including that man).
Spending an hour touring the museum burned the food we ate at Bag of Beans, so we headed to Mahogany Market for our late lunch. Mahogany Market is literally a market, but it also has a lot of carinderias which offer a great meal at cheaper prices. Aside from being budget-friendly, Mahogany Market’s carinderias were known for their bulalo. We ate at Lyleth’s Eatery because according to the blog I have read about Mahogany Market, Lyleth’s Eatery serves bulalo that is good for two persons which cost 200Php only (most of the carinderias there serves bulalo that is good for four persons; 350Php). Not to be biased, but I loved it; the serving size was still huge despite that we ordered their for-two only. We feasted together without even talking to each other because 1) we are hungry and 2) bulalo is just so delicious. After eating, they serve brewed kapeng Barako for FREE so I took the advantage and asked for a cup since I need a buzz for our next destination.
Strolling around Mahogany Market, we bought dried fishes and fresh Arabica of Benguet for pasalubong.
And for our last destination, Sky Ranch! Since we went there on a weekend, the place was jam-packed with a group of friends, families, and couples. Upon entering the place after falling in line for almost an hour, the temperature dropped like hell and boy, it was freezing cold plus the wind feels like tearing our skins! Just a tip: wear something thick when you are going to Tagaytay especially to Sky Ranch because the wind and coldness are no mercy.
We planned to ride the Sky Eye for us to have a perfect view of the city and the sunset, but we failed because of the long queue for the admission ticket. Nevertheless, we rode Sky Eye just because. After the ride, we just strolled around; played games and enjoyed the icy cold night.
When we found ourselves fully satisfied (and tired) in Sky Ranch, we headed back to Olivarez to have our dinner before we go back to Manila. We thought of eating at a fast food resto, but I wanted to have another bulalo meal so we went to Papa Prito which is a small local resto. I ordered their solo size of bulalo and Ron had his own meal. We capped off our day tour by having a long talk over our dinner – talking about how great our day has been.
Since I wanted to maximize our day trip there without spending too much, I made a complete itinerary with
strict budgeting. Here is our Tagaytay day tour itinerary under 3,000Php:
We spent 665Php for our pasalubong and rides/games in Sky Ranch making our total expenses of 2,916Php!
It was such an unforgettable day for us and I’m just so happy to go on an adventure with Ron. I cannot wait to go to different cities (and countries) with you, Mr. Nueva! One city at a time. 🙂