Saturday, April 23, 2011

Short getaway

We just went on a trip to Tagaytay. It was a pretty inexpensive trip for us, since we stayed in a relative's house instead of a hotel. That alone translated to more that 10K in savings, when you consider that we stayed for 3 nights (could have stayed longer if only my little girl didn't get sick). The trade off is that we had to clean up the place since it's been a while since it has been occupied.

The place is not that dirty. Just some "unavoidable" dust here and there. Good thing there was no toilet or  basement moisture from the last occupancy which could cause some mildew to grow. It was a relatively easy cleanup, not as bad as we thought.

We did our grocery and cooked our meals, which added to our savings.  A trip to the grocery costing about 1700 pesos fed 4 adults and 2 kids for about 6 meals.  If we had eaten out, that would probably not be enough for even 1 meal for us.

We also enjoyed our relative independence.  It was exciting being in charge of what to do, where to go and what to eat.

My grandma spends most of her time there in Tagaytay, and it's so easy to see why she prefers it there.  The cool climate, the slower pace of life, the fresher air.  It's so relaxing.  We went to visit her, and she seemed pretty happy.

We went to the Picnic Grove.  My son wanted to try the zipline, so my husband went with him.  We also rode the cable car.  E also got to ride a horse.  A short, but enjoyable afternoon.  But, the place was...sad.  It had so much potential, but it didn't live up to it.  The trail was very dirty, with garbage strewn everywhere.   I didn't dare go inside the restrooms, because I felt that it would be dirty, and I was right.  My son went in and went right out, exclaiming that it was dirty.  Sigh.  I hope the government of Tagaytay City would improve the place.  I'm pretty sure we won't be going back there anytime soon.

My kids are pretty simple kids.  What they probably enjoyed most was the playground.  I loved that it was pretty cool and my kids didn't get all hot and sweaty after playing.  It's a pretty good way for them to expend all their energy. 

I think we should have brought a TV though, because there are times when we needed the kids to stay still for a bit and they won't. :P  On second thought, it was ok that they took a break from TV too.

We planned to go to Paradizoo, but since my little girl developed a fever, we decided to head right back to Manila.

We really enjoyed our short break.  We were able to bond with our kids.  Hope we could have another trip soon.