Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tagaytay It Is!

Our anniversary weekend special was spent in Tagaytay. It was sooo high time to go there knowing that we’re hitting 37.5C here in Manila! Tagaytay was not as cool as it used to be due to the El NiƱo phenomenon but the weather was still far better than the city.

It was my first time to go there again after years. We stayed in Taal Vista hotel and luckily got a free upgrade to a fancy room at the 2nd floor with balcony facing the Taal volcano. Gani likes the room so much and dreaming to have it back home.

Stationary bike, I like!

We mostly did sight-seeing of Tagaytay, relaxed and dined to our heart’s delight. The best fine dining we have been to so far be at…Antonio’s. We went there for dinner and got a bit scared since the place was quite far from the main road and there was not much street light along the way. Good thing we didn’t give up and braved ourselves to go there ‘coz it was all worth it. The place was like an old mansion with a wonderful garden and the staffs were on driver and nanny uniforms just like in a typical old-rich house. The food was great, although I don’t remember exactly the name of what I ordered, but it was a combination of seared large shrimps, scallops, cod fish, etc on top of a cheese filled baked crust. It was so yummy! Of course, Gani didn’t lose hope and ordered his standard lamb chops, but this time it was more than what he was expecting and kept raving about it for hours! Haha!

And did I mention that Sam Milby was also there?! He was having dinner with a beautiful lady. I wish we could have had some photo opp, but I was too shy to do so. The place was really intimidating you know. :p

Another highlight for me was the discovery of a new “pasalubong” stopover called Rowena’s. Unlike Collette’s which are all over Tagaytay, I think they only have one branch there. We saw cars lined up in front of their store so we decided to pull over to check it out. Inside were panic-inflicted shoppers who were all grabbing everything they could handle! I immediately caught the attention of the “tindera” and ordered 3 buko pies for home. I was about to buy my favorite “pastillas de leche” too, but I was seconds late before it ran out. :-(  The buko pie tastes good too and I hope to be back there next time.

Lastly, I was happy to be able to buy few pots of flowering plants there. It was one of my dreamy things to do nowadays, be able to go to ornamental gardens and have my eyes feast on the beautiful plants. Hopefully, they will thrive and survive the next anniversary.  That's all folks!  Ciao!

Friday, May 21, 2010

4th Anniversary Special

Yesterday was our anniversary, and for a change we didn’t ride a plane this time. Gani took his leave from office, drove the car so early to beat Thursday’s coding and had his passport renewed in DFA Manila. As for me, I didn’t want to wake up so early just to have a good ride to work so I commuted on my own that day. Not so sweet, isn’t? Haha!

Well, I really didn’t do any planning for this year as I was trying to counter flow the major purchases (house & car) we had for the past 7 months. Although 2 weeks ago, Gani already came up with his plan and would like us to have dinner on the exact date and drive somewhere for our weekend getaway. I got no clue on the place/s we would go to, all I know is we are going somewhere to celebrate.

So after work yesterday, I headed out to Megamall for our dinner date (still clueless since he didn’t want to give me any hint). Car coding scheme would still expire in an hour so we used the time to grab some essentials for Reese and treat ourselves to a free Starbucks coffee. 

When time elapsed, we went to the parking and to our surprise, (and this is rare for us), a very nice white MINI Cooper was at the side of HR (habanero red, our car). So cool! I haven’t thought that I’ll see this one in Megamall.

Then, on our way to the undisclosed dinner place (looks like Makati), I’ve seen around 3 MINI Coopers on the road, and they came in whites & blue. Fascinating! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take pictures of them since it was too dark outside and we were constantly moving.

We finally reached our destination and dined at “Felix” in Greenbelt 5, nice place! We had baked oysters for appetizer and for main course, I had baby back ribs with yellow rice & broccoli while Gani had lamb chops with fresh salad. Overall, my food was good, but the lamb chops were just okay. Both of us were not a big fan of oysters really and just gave it a try.  Anyways, being together and dating like the old times is what made our celebration special. (cheesey!)

Any presents?  Well, while I was drooling over the MINI cooper, hubby handed me his present, a nice bag from NW (he knew I won’t really buy it for myself). While my gift for him (which I gave 2 weeks ago) landed on his wrist and he likes it too, as in he wears it 7 days a week.

Up to this writing, I’ve got no clue yet on where we will spend the weekend. We’ll pack our things later tonight while Reese is with her Lola right now having her own vacation break. Be back online in the next few days. :-)