there wasn't much traffic and we made it in sonya's garden in 2 hours.. last time we went at sonya's was when we both took a "sick" leave from work back in 2005.. without our own transport. that was an adventure by itself. anyway, this time around we had my parent's car and tsugtsug in a car seat so the travel was pretty easy. sonya's had some pretty awesome renovation done, a bigger dining hall and a panaderia.
tsug liked the food! maybe because there's a lot of variety.. he ate the eggs, pop nuts, even the olives!; winning smile
what's with the face tsug?; no photo op is complete in sonya's garden without the 'daybed shot'
next stop was to check in to our hotel, discovery country suites. i'm a fervent tripadvisor.com reader and this was the #1 hotel recommended in tagaytay, and we weren't disappointed. with just 7 rooms, service was really personalized and i liked the extras included with the stay.. like the welcome fruit basket, fresh welcome drinks (hate hotels who just give iced teas or flavored juices), free wine and cheese in the afternoon and best of all was the warm milk and cookies before bedtime! they put the milk in a thermos so it was still hot when i was finally able to drink it after nursing tsug to sleep.
our room; tsug already sleeping; welcome drinks; thick, fluffy slippers
after tsug's afternoon nap, we went to residence inn where they had a mini zoo. it was tsug's first time to see so many different animals up close and i was surprised by his enthusiasm! he kept on pointing to the animals and making "eh eh!" sounds (lol).
despite the sorry state of the playground (at least there's one!), tsug still had a ball.
tsug likes animals! he kept on pointing on each one, i had to keep him away from the ostrich.
evolution of the species
had dinner at pancake house (love that place! their high chairs include the table so it was easier for us to feed tsug and servings are huge) and that was the end of day 1.
day 2 we went to paradizoo in the morning. it wasn't really much of zoo, but a farm, with sheep, pigs and chickens. but i did see a llama! it wasn't that well maintained but there was still some construction going on so i guess there's hope. we've been to zoobic (in subic, same owners of paradizoo and residence inn apparently) and that was much much nicer (more on zoobic on another post)
scary geese! they follow you and bite you! ; miniature horse
counting the chickens; piglets ; herb garden - showed this to daddy so we can do something similar in our farmliit in paenaan;
corny christmas tree
lunch time we met up with my folks and ate ging and her husband chad. we ate at firelake grill located inside the Cliffhouse@tagaytay. food was okay. i had a steak, but for a steakhouse, it wasn't really exceptional. it was a bit tough and bland. anyway, after lunch we all went to the hotel where ate ging and chad will also be staying that night. they were staying at the oxford suite and it was huuuge. the toilet was really big that when we were checking out the room, we all gathered in the toilet and mommy didn't realize that she was eating inside the toilet until i pointed it out to her.
firelake grill at cliffhouse
back at the hotel:
bubble time with my sister, ate ging