Tagaytay Staycation with High School Friends

For the third time this year, I enjoyed a staycation trip at Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City. On the first one, I was with fellow travel bloggers. The second one was spent with my grandparents for my 26th birthday. The third one happened just last weekend with two high school friends of mine namely Maire and Alain.

Alain traveled from Dagupan to Cubao. Maire just left her graveyard corporate duties before meeting up with us. We went straight to Pasay and took a bus trip to Tagaytay via Nasugbu route. I have to admit that in a way, I felt a bit pressured. I know that my two companions have no qualms in terms of commuting, but it’s been years since I shared a bus trip with them.

On the brighter side, it is refreshing to travel with high school friends for a change. It is also an opportunity to catch up and share opinions regarding life matters.

Pa-simpleng gutom sa JT's Manukan Grille
Pa-simpleng gutom sa JT’s Manukan Grille

We ate lunch at JT’s Manukan Grille. It is their first time to dine at Joel Torre’s food house and I can say that they’re impressed particularly with the Kansi, Bacolod’s version of Bulalo.

Kansi
Kansi
Chicken Inasal
Chicken Inasal

The three FQDians walked straight to Taal Vista Hotel and upon check-in, we saw a number of guests (mostly families) who are just as excited as we are. Felt really at ease once I opened the door to our room for the night. I loved the expression of Alain and Maire especially when they went to the balcony area.

Beds @ Taal Vista Hotel's Premier Lake Wing
Beds @ Taal Vista Hotel’s Premier Lake Wing

“Let’s visit the Sky Ranch later!” Alain screamed. I’ve seen the newest amusement park of Tagaytay when it was still under construction and I’m eager to try the rides out myself. The Sky Eye reminds me of the MOA Eye (for obvious reasons). Must. Go. There!

Endless Photo Ops! #priceless
Endless Photo Ops! #priceless

Since we were all sleepless and tired from the long trip, we just stayed inside the room for the whole afternoon catching up and dancing to the epic Britney Spears hit “Work B***h”. I even showed Britney’s guesting in the Alan Carr show, where the pop princess ‘whipped’ some of the production staff. Before I knew it, I’m already holding an improvised whip and did a Britney =)) You want to party in France? you better work, B***h!

At around 5:30PM, we did a walkathon towards the Sky Eye Amusement Park. The entrance fee is Php50. Most families visit the Sky Ranch on weekends. There’s a number of sweet lovers too!

Crazy Night. CRAZY NIGHT.
Crazy Night. CRAZY NIGHT.

The agenda of the night is to ride the Sky Eye and the Sky Vikings.

I will write a separate post about our epic Sky Vikings ride. Goodness!

Buko Juice!
Buko Juice!
Dinner @ Cafe Veranda
Dinner @ Cafe Veranda

Tired, hungry and exhausted, we went back to our room to rest a bit and proceed to Cafe Veranda (formerly Café on the Ridge) for our dinner. The restaurant is full despite the fact that we ate late. We ordered Kare-Kare, Gambas and Lumpia. Nomnomnom!

We were supposed to join the party that night, but the two doze off as soon as we went back to our room. Tsktsk. I don’t want to party alone so what to do? Enjoy some ‘me’ time will drinking hot tea in the balcony ‘till midnight.

Wake Up!
Wake Up!

I wasn’t able to sleep well, but everyone in the room got up at 7AM. We’re excited for the buffet breakfast and I mentioned here that the highlight of every staycation for me is the breakfast part.

Breakfast turned Business Meeting. LOL :P
Breakfast turned Business Meeting. LOL 😛

Enjoying our unlimited breakfast time, our silly topics turned into something serious and we realized that we’ve grown, but we haven’t changed much. It is funny how ten years ago, you were struggling to decide which course to take in college and the challenges you have to go through (emotionally and financially) just to get that diploma that will change your life.

Knowing we’re in the staycation hub of Tagaytay, we went around, took pictures and spent some lazy moments drinking tea and munching cake on the lobby area.

Taal-View

Want a cuppa? (Taal Vista Signature Tea)
Want a cuppa? (Taal Vista Signature Tea)
Baked New York Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce
Baked New York Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce
Alain, Mica and Maire reunited :D
Alain, Mica and Maire reunited 😀

Upon check-out, I realized how my friendship with Alain and Maire got better through the years (with different reasons). I’m looking forward with more trips with these two pasaways! 😀

Friends since Elementary :D Love these two!
Friends since Elementary 😀 Love these two!

I am now back in the Philippines after months of staying in the UK. I’m happy to spend my weekend with these two beloved friends of mine! Time has passed and our friendship is far from perfect, but it is nice to know that we’re still there for each other 🙂

Ever done a staycation trip with your high school friends? How does it feel like to reunite with some of your precious batch mates?


5 Comments

  1. Dylan said:

    Suki ka na dyan Mica. 😀
    Welcome back to the Philippines!

    November 25, 2013
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    • Senyorita said:

      Oo nga eh haha 😀 Baka magkaroon na ako ng loyalty award 😛 Thanks Dylan see you soon!

      November 26, 2013
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  2. Drew said:

    I second Dylan’s comment. Konti nalang shareholder ka na dyan haha!

    My most treasured friends are the ones I knew from way back in the dark ages of my teen years. Looks like you had so much fun with yours 🙂

    November 27, 2013
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    • Senyorita said:

      Meganun? Haha 😀 Wish ko lang stockholder ako 😛

      December 9, 2013
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