Since it is already summer over here and everyone is raring to go on weekend vacations, I’ve compiled my posts on a few domestic destinations and activities I tried during the past year. I hope it’ll help you plan your summer activities, whether you’re a fellow Pinoy or someone planning to visit my country.
(Please click the words in blue to go to each post.)
Probably the most obvious and nearest summer destination for people from Metro Manila, Tagaytay is primarily known for its cool weather and the magnificent views of Taal Volcano, the smallest active volcano in the world.
In Tagaytay, lunch and dinner can be had at one of several restaurants where you can enjoy both good food and a great view of Taal. We usually drop by Leslie’s for their steaming hot bulalo, a stew of beef shanks and bone marrow. (But if you’re craving pizza or tacos or steak or just a slice of pie with coffee, there are wonderful places for those, too.)
At the People’s Park at the Tagaytay Ridge, there’s a zipline that’s thrilling enough especially for beginners (and the view of Taal is hard to beat).
For those looking for a more relaxing time in a quiet place, I highly recommend at least an overnight stay at Balay Indang, a garden resort in Cavite. It is only a few minutes’ drive from Tagaytay’s Mendez market.
Raring for more adventure?
If you have an entire weekend free and want to enjoy more thrills with family and friends, I guarantee that there’s lots of fun to be had in the ‘adventure corridor’ of Mindanao.
Such fun! (I’m on the 4th raft, by the way, heh.) Click here for more information.
After that, you can unleash your inner Darna/Super Islaw (haha) in Dahilayan, Bukidnon by riding the longest dual zipline in Asia.
You can also take a ferry to Camiguin and spend some glorious time on a white sand beach or just take time exploring the idyllic island province. (If you catch the earliest ferry trip, chances are you’ll also see a spectacular sunrise.)
You’ll need lots of body fuel for those adventures. Of course, you can always go to the usual fastfood joints but try to sample some of the area’s food and delicacies, too. They’re best enjoyed at the beach.
Now if you’d rather or really must stay at home, why not gather your friends on a weekend, and cook some sisig? If you make it extra spicy, it’ll be an adventure in itself. 😉
Enjoy your Philippine summer!
We are preparing for a trip to our hometown to observe Semana Santa (Holy Week) with family and friends. Tradition calls for a little peace & quiet and not too many ‘smileys’, heh. As such, I’ll be slowing down on the posting (again) this week. Hopefully the wi-fi in my parents’ home will be fast enough for me to be able to visit your blogs and maybe post something. Have a good week, everyone!