Solo Trip 2015 (Tagaytay)

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Fresh from my Manila-Tagaytay trip. All smiles and excited.

My second day for my solo trip was bound for Tagaytay.  I woke up early to pack and prepare my bags for a two hour road trip going to Tagaytay. Checked my itinerary, and used Grab Taxi to get a cab from my hotel going to Starmall which is just near my area.  When I arrived at Starmall it took me a couple of turns to get to the van station, I had to take my lunch at a nearby restaurant and waited for the van to arrive.  The bummer was, you need to wait for the van to get full before departing for Tagaytay.  I was patient enough for an hour but I was quite worried that I might miss the entire day just by waiting so I volunteered to pay for 6 persons all in all.  Good thing the driver told me that he will drop me off right at my hotel.  I arrived at my hotel around 2pm-ish just perfect for checking in.  I will blog about my beautiful hotel in another blog post because Casa Alegria deserves a special post for their astounding scenery and their great service.

After taking a quick shower I then unpacked, prepared my stuff for a quick tour around the city, I planned to visit a few places but due to lack of time I decided to visit the places which I think I will enjoy the most.

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Thank God for the person who invented self-timers. Hhahahaha! 

First stop was the Picnic Grove, my trusted driver was very kind enough to accompany me and assisted me while I roamed around the area.  I decided to try their zip line since it wasn’t as dangerous as compared to the zip lines in Cebu or even in Bukidnon, the only thrill was trying it on your own with nobody to cheer you up.  I was even brave enough to carry my phone with me as I zip away, I was a bit scared that I might drop my phone but what is there left to lose right?  After the zip line experience, I trekked and walked around, took a couple of photos and asks some passersby to take a photo of me.  Trust me, I think I deserve a Miss Congeniality award for being so nice to everyone, not that I am naturally nice, hahahahha!

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Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City

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Denim Dress: Red Blue Jeans

Sneakers: Ezra from ZaloraPH

Bag: Gifted (LV)

Bangles: Forever21

Sunnies: Sunnies Studio

Watch: Fossil

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My second stop was at Starbucks Coffee Tagaytay, why stop at Starbucks when I can visit any Starbucks place in Cebu? But this coffee place is different, I intentionally came here for their spectacular view of the Taal Volcano.  Ordered two desserts and my favorite coffee, spent an hour just sipping my coffee and looking at the view.  It would have been nice if I was heartbroken or I was into some emotional bliss, because the place was just perfect for being so melodramatic.  But even though I wasn’t feeling the dramatic vibe, I was very happy just by enjoying every single minute alone.  I considered it as my ME-time.
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Starbucks Tagaytay
After remotelessly staring at the Taal Volcano, I waited for the sun to set and travelled to my next destination, took a tricycle going to their jeepney station and boarded a jeepney going to Skyranch.  It would have been nice to visit the ranch early in the morning to see the top view of the entire city while riding the Sky Eye, but amazingly the city lights were as beautiful as seeing the entire city during daytime.  I wasn’t even prepared for the cold breeze because my dad said that it’s not as cold as  Baguio, so I never thought of packing a jacket.  Sadly at the time of my visit, the breeze was so cold that I was almost freezing to death.  Took a couple of photos of the area and decided to have my dinner at Leslie’s.  Leslie’s is know for their sumptuous food and yes they did not disappoint, they have literally big servings, so for a solo traveler like me, it is not highly recommended to eat at Leslie’s ALONE,  I wasn’t  even able to finish my Sinigang.  I was about to explode after my dinner.
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I arrived home safely and I settled all my stuff for an early trip at the Taal Volcano, the next day.  Going to Taal was not part of my itinerary but the hell, it’s a one in a lifetime experience, I swear I don’t know when can I visit Tagaytay again so while I still don’t have any important thing on my plate the next day, might as well try a day hike at the famous Volcano.
As always, I did my nightly beauty regime and went to lalala land. My fun, crazy and one of a kind trip to Taal will be posted next, for now enjoy my Tagaytay photos.  Kisses!!!
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P.S.
Tricycle fare are as reasonable as 8 pesos.
But if you have a special route,  you can bargain, I paid 200pesos including tip from my hotel, going to the Picnic Grove then Starbucks Tagaytay.
After my Skyranch adventure there were no longer jeepneys available so I decided to bargain for a tricyle to drop me off at my hotel since there are no taxi cab available in the city.  I paid roughly 150pesos which includes tip.

2 comments

    1. Sorry for the late reply. My budget was 10k only but I splurged going to the Taal Volcano because I was the only one renting the boat going there. So I spent over 10k.

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