Wednesday, February 23, 2011

FAMILY STAYCATION: Taal Vista Hotel Tagaytay

Last December, I was able to blog about how we celebrated our 10th year anniversary in Tagaytay. I created a photoblog of what happened but I thought just now, why not create a separate entry for Taal Vista Hotel? I'm currently organizing our pictures and boy, there's a lot. I would not let that go to waste, would I? =p So, here it is: 

Upon checking in at the frontdesk, we were given 2 glasses of orange juice as welcome drinks. And we're able to enjoy it at the Lobby Lounge. 
We were seated on the couch next to this beautiful piano. Too bad, they don't have a pianist that afternoon, it would have been great to drink juice while listening to music. 
After we finish our drinks, we then transferred to the west wing, where our room... 
...and the swimming pool are located. Nice view from the top level, eh?! 
[And speaking of swimming pool] Since it slipped our mind to bring some clothes adequate for swimming, we've decided to just fool around the pool =p
Heavy honey? =p
Even if we're adults, sometimes [who am I kiddin'?] most of the time, we do things what a 12-year-old would enjoy :) 

After all the photo shoot and laughter, we didn't realize that we actually reached the east wing. Haha. And the above photo is the exact location where we took our picture when we celebrated our 1st year anniversary last 2001. [bet you know the reason why we chose Taal Vista?]
The Viewing Deck... way back 2001, this place was open for public. But now, you need to book a room before you could take a peek of this marvelous sight from this part of Tagaytay :)

And speaking of booking a room... 

Do you want to know what our room looked like?


Superior Room 
Last December, Taal Vista, in partnership with SM [for SM advantage card holders], had a promo. For just 2,999php nett, you can book a superior room good for 2 pax [Contact information will be provided at the end of this entry]
Amenities include: 

Cable television
Coffee / Tea maker
Daily newspaper (upon request)
Hair dryer
IDD/NDD telephone
Internet connectivity in room
Private toilet and bath
Room safe

The comfort room with bathtub
Complimentary mineral water (2 bottles), coffee, creamer, sugar and tea
As an added bonus: able to take a glimpse of Tagaytay sunset.. Beautiful indeed..
Well, that's the point of being in the west wing, to see a magnificent sunset! =p
the mini hallway, between the comfort room and closet, is the best part of the room for photo shoot *wink*
Another day!! Rise and shine, sleepy head(s)
Did you know that this particular bench is the same bench that we sat on 9 years ago? [I'll try to search for those old pictures and have it scanned..hehe] 
Well, that's all folks! =p
Taal Vista Hotel
Address: Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway
Tagatay City
Phone number(s): 02-403-1000 / 046-413-1000

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Date Night 4.0: Domino's Pizza

For the 4th installment of our "Date Night" series, we've decided to order Dominos Pizza. We haven't actually dined in or ordered any Dominos Pizza before, so I was kind of excited :) When we contacted Dominos, they actually have a promo for Heart's Day! buy one, take one!

On the table: 
10" Potato Pizza 349php
Classic handtoss dough or crispy thin crust, tomato sauce, cheese, onions, mushrooms, sweet corn, potato wedge, bacon, mayonnaise
10" Domino's deluxe [free pizza]
Classic handtoss dough or crispy thin crust, tomato sauce, cheese, onions, green peppers, pepperoni, mushrooms, Italian sausage

Note: Within the Metro, there's 30php delivery charge

Dominos Pizza
Tel #: 02-754-3030

We ate 2 10" pizzas while watching our all time favorite TV series: Two and a half Men 
This is an American TV comedy series that aired in CBS last 2003 [current season: 8]. Their lives got intertwined when Alan had a divorce and they[him and his son Jake] have to move to his brother's[Charlie] beach-front Malibu house.
Charlie Sheen [Charlie Harper], Augus T Jones [Jake] & Jon Cryer [Alan Harper]


Yshi's 1st Big Day

16 January 2010 is when D'Missy [aka Yshi] was born. But we have not brought her home until 16 February 2010. She's a PCCI registered single-coat Shih-tzu. We bought her from Eagle's Gem GenTri [Kuya Edwin - breeder]. Since we don't have any kids yet, Hubby and I decided to adopt a pet and enhance our nurturing skills... hehe! 
innocent look / belllaaattt 
scared y puppy
I am looking for a reason to celebrate and to cook food, well... I think this is a good opportunity. So here's on the table: 
Potato balls [with melted cheese and bacon bits]
Creamy Spaghetti
Nope, I didn't bake these cupcakes, I bought it :) 

Happy Yipee Yehey!!! :) 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Home of Laya [Personal Dining] in Antipolo City

Laya... one of the pioneers when it comes to personal dining. We went there last August 2010 and see why we immediately fell in love with the place. They offer a romantic setting, 6 course gourmet dinner and personal service worth every peso. It was such an experience! 

So when I visited their multiply site December 2010, I was shocked that they're bidding us goodbye. I texted Ms Irene and was told that they will reopen Laya around February. She and husband Chef Ricci will be looking for another place in Antipolo then they will just update their FB and Multiply website. 

First week of February, I received a text from them, saying that they are now located in Pinto Art Museum and put up a cafe called Earth Cafe. 

Since we [hubby and I] are on a long vacation this weekend [because we were supposed to be in HK & Macau this Feb11-14 but unable to push thru with the plan because of some passport issue], we've decided to go there on Feb 11. So I informed Ms Irene through text about our plan of going there and she made room for dinner for two. 

NOTE: In order to get a confirmed reservation, Laya will be asking for 50% downpayment which is not bad because they also needed to be reassured that you'll be coming on the date that you're supposed to come and to avoid NO SHOW, which is bad for business :) 

Since they moved in to a new place, there are quite a few changes that go with it. Here's a simple know how [old and new rules]:
~ Check the menu on their website to know when and what will be served 
~ Once you've decided on when and what to eat, text/call or email them [information will be noted at the end of this entry] 
~ Since this weekend is their special Heart's Day, the set menu for two will be 3k php [per couple] and during regular dining, it'll be just 2k php [per couple]. 
~ As what was mentioned, Laya will be providing you with the bank information for the 50% deposit. 
~ Once you've deposited the money, send a copy of the transaction through email. 
~ Then after the dinner, you'll just have to pay the other half of the bill :) 

After that, you'll definite find this place enchanting and worth the trip :) 

Dying to know what the new place looks like? [patience is a virtue..hehe!] 

FYI: I'll be posting this in 2 parts: New Home of Laya and Pinto Art Museum.


11 February 2011 [Friday] 

We arrived in Laya at around 5pm, in time for the viewing of art pieces @ Pinto Art Museum. The museum is only open until 6pm [give at least half an hour allowance before they close so you would also enjoy the paintings and other canvas]. Make sure to read my entry about Pinto Art Museum experience.  

NOTE: Laya share a part of the Silangan Gardens [where the Laya/Earth Cafe, Pinto Art Museum, Dr Cuanang's Weekend Home are all located] that offer not only dinner [the famous 6 course meal] but also a cafe called Earth Cafe  which is open from 9am-6pm. 

Itinerary for the Day: 

5:00PM Arrival @ Pinto Art Museum 
5:30PM Roam Around the Gallery 
6:00PM Sunset  
6:30PM Romantic Candlelit Dinner 

Since this weekend was extra special, they've created the "HIS & HERS" Menu, apart from the welcome drinks and complimentary glass of organic French rose wine. 

 Welcome drink was served while watching the sunset
Organic French Rose Wine 


Duo of Prawn:
Prawn Cocktail in Coconut Chili Cream
and Nori Prawn Roll with Mango Papaya Aioli
Curried Pumpkin Soup
with Coconut Cream Froth & Cashew Nuts
Grilled Spiced Chicken Strips with
Asian-style Slaw in Wild Honey & Ginger Dressing
Mango & Rosewater Sorbet
Grilled US Hanging Tender Steak
in an Herb and Red Wine Reduction
served with Spiced Crushed Potatoes
Dark Chocolate and Black Pepper Tart with
Candied Ginger and Basil-infused Vanilla Crème Anglaise


Trio of Appetizers:
Stirfried Kaffir Lime Pork in Lettuce Wrap,
Shrimp & Chicken Wanton Bag with Thai Sweet Chili,
Crab & Cream Cheese Dumpling with Spicy Mango Sauce
Thai Tomato Basil Soup
with Cilantro Foam
Shrimp & Pomelo Salad in
Palm Sugar & Tamarind Dressing
Lychee Granita with Spiced Berries
Cashew-crusted Salmon in Ginger Honey
with Saffron Cashew Rice Pilaf
and Crisp Sweet Potato Strings
Orange Blossom Honey Glazed Fruit Kabobs
with Chili Chocolate Dip

Hubby, Me with owners Ms Irene and Chef Ric
Related Posts: 

Pinto Art Museum
Old Home of Laya

For reservations, you can email them @
or contact them @ (0917) 8464322.
Owners: Chef Ricci and Ms Irene Durango

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