My mom and I woke up this morning at around 6am. It was just yesterday that my mom and I woke up at 5:30 in the morning and went to Pampanga to get our car serviced at Toyota. We spent half the day in Toyota with my mom checking her papers and me reading Pretty Little Liars on my mom’s Kindle; and the rest of the afternoon, while waiting for the car to be finished, was spent in SM Pampanga. By the way, Toyota seriously needs to offer free wifi for their waiting customers. We need something to do other than sit, watch TV, and drink coffee or iced tea. Isn’t free wifi a standard now? Anyway, we went back to Toyota at about 4pm and was able to leave Toyota at 4:30 and rush off to Subic for the International Food Festival which starts at 5pm. We arrived at 5:30ish and immediately headed to the field where the festival was being held. I saw a lot of my former teammates who came up to Subic to experience the food fest.
Long story short, our tiring Saturday ended late at night, and we woke up at 6 this morning, not fully recovered from the previous day. Nevertheless, my mom and I headed out at about 7am, leaving my youngest sister at home who opted to stay to finish her college papers.
The day had a very chill vibe to it. We weren’t pressed for any time, so we drove to Tagaytay in a relaxed manner. You might ask, what made us think of driving all the way to Tagaytay. Well, our main goal was to go to Ilog Maria to stock up on our diminishing supply of various soaps and bee pollen. I know, it sounds crazy, but it was most certainly worth it. For once, my mom and I just went for a change in scenery, and not because we needed to go. Very unlike our Manila weekends, wherein we usually are at the hospital getting checkups or going to DFA to get our passport renewed. When we got to Tagaytay, we dropped by Loumar’s first to buy the BEST buko pie I’ve had so far. Perfect crust and not too sweet. We also bought some assorted tarts and yummy espasol.
Our next stop was Ilog Maria, which was full of people! The first time we went, which was last December, it was on a weekday, and there weren’t many people (just my family and another family). However, today, a weekend, it was packed and it felt like what it would probably feel like if I was a bee in a beehive. (Learn more about Ilog Maria visit their website www.ilogmaria.com) After stocking up on Ilog Maria products, we headed over to Bag of Beans where I saw someone I knew from high school. How random, and lovely, might I say! We went to Bag of Beans specially for the civet coffee except they didn’t have any. They said it was seasonal and is only available from October to December, which is funny, really, because we went in December and they told us it was available all year round EXCEPT December! So when is civet coffee really available? We left Bag of Beans with a wheat herb loaf instead and went on our merry way to lunch at Tootsie’s. It was our first time to eat there. We just ordered a Kansi Bulalo, which ended up to be different from the bulalo you usually get in Tagaytay because this one was orange in color, had some langka, and was sour like sinigang. It wasn’t bad at all, but it wasn’t really my type of food, since I like clear broth which the regular bulalo has. Tootsie’s, for me, is probably a restaurant I wouldn’t return to. It was pricey and wasn’t worth our money. Can you imagine paying 40pesos for a cup of plain rice and 45 for a cup of garlic rice? Rip off.
After our lunch, which made both my mom and I sleepy, we headed towards Sta. Rosa to get to Manila. We stopped at the fruit stands on the way to buy some pineapples because a visit to Tagaytay is not complete without getting some of their pineapples. The sweetest I’ve ever tasted!
Since we were so sleepy, I suggested to stop at the nearest Starbucks, which as in Nuvali Solenad. We got there, bought a Guatemala Casi Cielo, which I paired with the Dark Chocolate Macadamia Cookie, and hoped to get some rest. Before settling down on the second, I went downstairs again to asj for some water. Two large mugs of water please! The barista confirms my request but still reaches for tge paper cups. I tell him again I want it in large mugs (more earth friendly), and he tells me the most bizarre story. He said they didn’t have mugs anymore because they’re all cracked since there ws a guy who ordered some Guatemala Casi Cielo who wanted it to be put in a mug instead if the paper cup, and tge result was a cracked mug with the entire handle broken off. HUH?!? The most bizarre story, I tell you! Anyway, I headed back upstairs with two paper cups of water and settled down on the soft chair. I got to close my eyes for a few minutes, until our peace was disturbed by a Starbucks staff who was putting back tables and chairs by dragging them on the floor, of course, in the most echo-friendly establishment I’ve ever been to. We left after a few more minutes of shut eye, already woken up and cranky from the noise. Starbucks Solenad SUCKS!
We were heading to our car when we totally got distracted by the weekend market and ended up buying a few items of clothing. After that, we went to our car and headed home. We headed straight home except for the occasional bathroom break stop. We got to Subic a few minutes before 10pm.
Now, I’m just in bed feeling like our trip to Tagaytay was done at some distant day and not today. Anyway, I’m sleeping now. I hope you had a great weekend as well! Back to work tomorrow! Good night, world!
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