Driving up to Tagaytay

January 1, 1970

by Cresilds

Holiday Drive to Tagaytay


On a normal day, you wouldn’t want to spend the rest of your time being stuck in traffic if you live in Manila, Philippines. Luckily, it was a holiday and considering the amount of vehicles gone for the province or the cemetery, my parents grabbed the chance to drive up to Tagaytay.

We left home around 9:30 AM (Philippine time GMT +8)  and fetched my aunt in Quezon City which took us roughly 20-25 minutes. That was fast, indeed!

SLEx has an alternative route to Tagaytay and saves up much more time than the usual exit in Sta. Rosa.  We took the Eton Greenfields City exit, and paid 187 PHP. We were in Paseo de Sta. Rosa in just 10 minutes and I was quite impressed. I was honestly trying to sleep but the trip was so fast, I didn’t manage to relax myself since I was hungry.

We did not drop by Paseo but if you intend to buy from outlet stores, you should definitely take the side trip. Here, you’ll see clothes from designer brands at 158 Designer’s Blvd., American Eagle Outfitters, Levi’s, Giordano, Old Navy, Aeropostale, Banana Republic, Bench, Gap to name a few and eyewears like Oakley, Rudy Project. And of course they have the footwear like Nike, Adidas, Timberland, NBA Store, Crocs, Aerosoles, Payless, Nine West, Fusion (Keds, Sperry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Merrell, Pony, No Fear, Saucony) and Skechers.

There’s Nuvali, Solenad and Solenad 2 if you opt not to proceed to Tagaytay. There are other activities like wake boarding and Koi watching. You can also take your empty stomachs in here, surely you’ll be full.

For us, we just didn’t want to eat out on the city choices and looked for something native.

Ming’s Restaurant

We found this gem along the way. It’s on the right side of the road. It was an open area and the temperature was perfect because you can feel the cooler breeze since we’re used to the warmer one.

We ordered our meal and man, that was really tasty! I would recommend that you order their grilled Bangus belly, Buffalo Wings and Chicken salad.

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They have the in house vinaigrette dressing which they also are selling and my mom bought one to try. It was up to standards. Well, I know because the dressing of my Chicken salad was the vinaigrette.

As soon as we finished eating, we went to the garden outside the eating area and my parents got some for home. They have quite a range of selection – indoor or outdoor.


I was ecstatic seeing Hydrangeas around, one of my few favorite flowers. The only color available though are Purple and Blue/Yellow. They’re selling the whole plant so if you’re up for a flowery garden, you can choose which one to get.

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Ming’s restaurant is definitely a hit! I am sure to come back and be sure you drop by!

After buying the plants, we drove up and planned to have some coffee because it was getting colder. There was a bit of a traffic so we didn’t want to stay at the crowded places. Dad recall a place named Twin Lakes and we went to see the place.

You will pass by the Sky Ranch and you can also spend your time in there. It was too crowded so we didn’t want to go. If you have kids with you, you can check the place out because there are rides everywhere.

Twin Lakes Tagaytay

We arrived at Twin Lakes around 2: 30 pm so we looked around and settled ourselves in the over looking area.

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The place was vast. There were vineyards, winery, a construction of a new hotel and areas of land.

Of course, coffee. Starbucks was on site so we went and grabbed our drinks.


We saw a lot of dogs all over the place, too!

There were agents asking around if we have time and they invited us to come see the show room for their condominiums and land areas. They also offered us some promo for the purchase. Although my Aunt was interested, we had to think about it. The turn over would be around year 2021, for the land area of your perusal which was 250 – 600 sqm for about 4 million PHP on the minimum size. It was a good deal, dad said, but it would take how many years too before you get the land and then add more years before you have your house built. So it would take a lot of years waiting and paying. LOL!

But that would really be an investment. You can also sell the house double the price after.

To cap off the night, we went to the stores and bought some stuff to bring home to everyone. We got breads which by the way a round the clock open! From 4pm-12 midnight, they have the buy 1 take 1 promo and from 1 am to 3pm, they have the regular price for everything.

Since Tagaytay is known for pineapples, we didn’t want to go home empty handed. So we stopped by the locals and grab some pineapples. The price ranges from 50-100 depending on the size and kind.

There were limited things to do in our visit well, because the place is still under construction. But maybe next year, we can do more stuff.

It definitely is a hit. Once the construction is done, people will start to visit this new spot.




By Cresilds

In love with life and everything that comes with it. A photographer, event coordinator, food junkie and a traveler in progress. 25 and blessed.

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