Showing posts with label Cavite. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cavite. Show all posts


I have not been blogging coz we have been busy packing! 
I am so glad to be back to blogging and the south! WUUHOOOOO!!!

We now reside in a townhouse in Carmona.  Praise God!  We have been waiting, praying, waiting, praying, waiting and praying since December of 2014 and finally, He granted us with a home back in the south!

We officially moved in last April 7, 2016 (Thursday)  and had our first batch of guests for a house blessing last April 9 and second batch the next day.

So glad to be able to open our house to our people close to our hearts.  Excited to welcome our dear relatives and friends in the days to come.

Visit us? Tara!!

Estancia Hotel Tagaytay

As much as I want the old Tagaytay back, I am also a happy to see boutique hotels sprout along its foggy and smoggy street.

Good thing Bryan surprised me with an overnight stay at Estancia last year. It is a Greece inspired resort-hotel.  One of its amenities is an indoor pool which we had a chance to try buy we (more of Bry hehe) were not able to stay because of the cold breeze and water. Fine, who goes swimming in Tagaytay nga naman.  However, the idea was still brilliant.  If your not ginawin, kaya naman...

The room we occupied has a nice view of the space of the resort.  Ang sarap tumitig dito sa kawalan or just people watch.  I remember making tambay here while sharing stories with Bryan.  

We also walked around and went up a certain spot wherein you can view the whole of Estancia. We went there at night so the lights, air and ambiance spelled romance. Twas a warm corner in the middle of Tagaytay.

Our accomodation came in with free breakfast. We chose between their set meals. Their morning menu was not so memorable, however, the view of Taal volcano from our table was rewarding. While waiting for our food, I went through their menu and was weirded out on why they do not have anything Greek.  Kasi diba, they are a Greek inspired hotel, so expected na may Greek food. Oh well.

Anyway, the rest of our stay was really nice. Cozy bed. Very relaxing ambiance. Warm staff.

Out of 5, I will give Estancia 4 stars. I am reccommending it for families with kids because of their wide lawn. Those who also want to have a quiet time or retreat with the Lord will find Estancia perfect. They also have other ammenities such as Jaccuzi, billiard hall and playground. 


Inay (lola, ma’s side) introduced me to coffee.  During summer, when I was around 4 or 5 years old, I remember slowly going down the stairs and heading directly to the kitchen.   Inay’s kitchen leads to the batalan (an open dirty kitchen) where Ama, is busily sharpening his bolo while cooking coffee and Inay is steaming rice.  While still half awake, I would sit on an overused bangko  (wooden bench) and smell the aroma of the boiling coffee.

Ama, would look at me and ask why I woke up so early.  I would just look at him and half smile (shy and still sleepy).   Inay then will offer coffee straight from the pot.  I blew and gradually sipped until I finish the whole cup. 

Brewed coffee with sugar for a 5 year old on a provincial morning.  Epic.

Who would have told that starting college, this would be a part of my morning routine?  Every morning, I would half awake make myself a cup of coffee (fine, minsan si Mama hahaha).  No pots for me though, just my handy coffee maker.  No matter what my day is like, I need my freshly brewed cup of coffee.

If I do not get coffee, I would get a terrible headache. I don’t know if this is psychological or scientific, but I just really need a fresh cup of it – everyday.  Aside from this, I love the bitter-sweet taste of coffee (no creamer for me).  Just thinking about it, makes me want a cup now. 

In the celebration of this coffee blog, let me share to you my fave QUICK FIX coffee brands.  Meaning, IF I am on the run, any of these coffee names would be my first to get.. :)

6.  KOPICCINO (of Kopiko) - This is my latest 3 in 1 discovery (Thanks to Marian Pasicolan, another 3 in 1 explorer).  Since it is sweet and creamy, I wouldn't have it everyday, but will definitely have it on a rainy, lazy afternoon.  What I LOVE about this 10 peso 3 in 1 sachet is the stash of chocolate powder that you can pour after stirring your cup.  What an instant beauty to your cheap cup of coffee! :)

5.  MCDONALD'S - I still trust Mcdo.  Just make sure the lid is placed properly.  I always lift the lid to make it in won't come off.  Mcdo is extra special because of the convenience they give to drivers. Drive-thru lang, may coffee ka na!  They come in small (29 php) and big sizes and (39 php) .

4.  STARBUCKS - Need I say more?  I usually get Cafe Misto, extra hot, grande.  

3.  DUNKIN DONUTS - I love their coffee!  I rediscovered this cup when I taught in Adamson.  I would leisurely pass by their store before I go to class.  Perfect fix for a start-up! :)  Sold at 35 php.

2.  KOPIKO ASTIG - Winner!  I always have a sachet of this at work, at home, and sometimes, in my bag!  cheap (5 php srp) + strong + available anywhere = winner 3 in 1 coffee

1.  COUNTRY STYLE - Fine, not that available BUT is is really good.  They also offer different flavors (my fave is almond) and refillable cups.  I think 39 php is okay for a perfect cup, fastfood type brand of brewed coffee.