Tagaytay

Taal Volcano Crater Experience!


Amazing Taal Volcano Crater!

How can it be soo nice and nasty at the same time? There is a feeling of serenity but also the feeling that you are on the dark side. The mirror lake entices you to come down and flirts with you to hike further down a 1 hour path to the crater lake. Red rocks, blue skies, white clouds, green mountains, dark blue waters welcome you to Taal volcano’s island. You can feel and see the awesome power of the volcano with its steamy rocks and vents that oozes out with white smoke just patiently waiting for the perfect time to erupt.

I’ll be sharing with you more postcards shots of the Taal Volcano and will share in a separate posts on what does it take to get to this place.

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Tagaytay

Ming’s Garden: Only for Mums Not for Food


The food is expensive for a canteen style of menu/ serving.

Ming’s Garden is located along the Sta. Rosa Road going to Tagaytay and I’ve always wondered what can you see in this place since it has a big sign along the road. Another Sonya’s Garden? I would save you the trouble of wasting your time checking this place out, if you are looking for mums, and ornamental plants then check this out and this is for you. Don’t go here if you are looking for coffee or culinary treats — please please save yourself the hassle. I’ll tell you why…

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Tagaytay

The best view of Taal Lake!


Magnificent Postcards from Taal Vista Lodge

Inarguably this is the best view of the taal lake and the volcano. What makes it soo amazing is that you can enjoy the view less the mass crowd or weekend crowd. It would be good if there was a before and after photo but maybe some of my readers would still have photos of the old taal vista that is packed with people. I love taking pictures of Taal Vista Lodge and here are the postcard shots that hmmn, maybe I can sell them to Taal Vista Lodge as postcards. Check out the rest of the postcard shots.

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Blogging

Anton’s Awesome Planet — BLOG-O-RAMAed :)


At some point in your blogging career, you know that somehow you have touch some people’s lives and your voice is worth listening to if you get Blog-a-rama-ed by AJ (Annalyn Jusay) blogging @ www.annalyn.net for Manila Bulletin. She’s becoming the fast defacto authority for blogger profiling in the Philippines. Check out AJ’s appreciative inquiry on Anton’s Awesome Planet in MB’s technews both online and on print this week (10/17/2005). I did not realize that the blog-o-rama’s printed edition would contain half a page of MB’s technews. At least this was a personal awesome moment for me 🙂 Thanks AJ!

Anton

On Being Discovered:

Pinoy Big Blogger: Online Food Critics

Family

Writing Salon Series 3: My Feeble Attempt at Characterization


The setting was perfect — breakfast @ Illustrado’s and Sunday morning preaching from James Nave’ on Journaling and Characterization. The ambiance is very important so that the writing flows out and you can let your imagination take control. Our writing exercise for the day was in developing characters and I realize how easy it was to get started with it and how difficult it was to develop the level of detail the character needs. We selected random first names, and random last names then for 15 minutes develop the character. I chose to develop Erundina Lim, Taipan Heiress and Alex Fonacier, Politician responsible for babies genocide in the Philippines. My piece needs improvement but here it is in its raw form:

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#Hotels

Taal Vista Hotel Reinvented — Amazing!


Amazing Transformation! Kudos to the Fuego Hotels group!

I was flabbergasted when I saw Taal Vista Hotel. This was the last place in Tagaytay that I don’t want to be seen in and for decades, this has been off my travel destination or even culinary adventure place. Fast forward to 2005 and the new generation of Pinoys would enjoy the re-envigorated Taal Vista Hotel. Gone where the days of Mass Crowds flocking to see the taal volcano from this viewpoint where this was the only public free spot together with picnic grove. With P100 parking fee, you really need to either stay on overnight or eat in this place just to enjoy this place. Read on for the surpises that awaits you in this hotel.

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Tagaytay

Sanctuario Revisited: Ho-hum food?


Ho-hum dinner food

After 9 months (read my january post here), I had a chance to eat again in sanctuario, tagaytay. I was disappointed with the ho-hum food this time around which costs us P400/person and I was looking for the food that I raved about last time. I don’t know what happened but eating there on a wednesday night at 8pm in the evening with only us around might be one of the reasons. I just want to share with you my experience and be cautious next time you visit this place. My conclusion is Sanctuario is best for the merienda — coffee, dessert, bread.

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