Wellsprings of Happy Memories From Town’s Delight

Everyone aspires to have his or her special celebration unfold with elegance, uniqueness and unparalleled perfection.

That’s the main reason why countless soon-to-wed couples, debutantes, and other jubilant celebrators choose the premium services dished out by Town’s Delight the Caterer’s highly professional and reliable teams in planning, organizing and holding our clients’ dream events.

Photo from the Town's Delight official website, from One Sky Lounge | Town's Delight on Tagaytay Living | www.TagaytayLiving.com

Photo from the Town’s Delight official website, from One Sky Lounge.

Be it a wedding, anniversary celebration, birthday or any other significant event, Town’s Delight’s clients are thrilled by the tastefully assembled event packages, masterful culinary artistry, venue set-up concepts & styling options, and unparalleled events services that meet varying preferences and budget allocations.

The Story of Alta Veranda de Tibig

One of the more notable wedding and event venues in and around Tagaytay City is Alta Veranda de Tibig, a lovely property in nearby Silang, Cavite.

(Alta Veranda de Tibig also, incidentally, serves as the host venue for Savour: The Ultimate Taste Fest in Metro Tagaytay, which happens on Sunday, June 11, 2017, and features seven awesome catering companies. Read more about the event here.)

Alta Veranda de Tibig. Photo by Dizon Studios.

Alta Veranda de Tibig. Photo by Dizon Studios.

We did some catching up with the organizers of Savour: The Ultimate Taste Fest in Metro Tagaytay, and managed to sit down with the good people of Town’s Delight the Caterer and Alta Veranda de Tibig.

For today’s post, we take a closer look at how Alta Veranda de Tibig came to be.

It’s The Best Tagaytay Summer Ever

Looking for fun things to do in Tagaytay this summer?

Welcome to our special summer section on Tagaytay Living-- not only do we have tips on where to eat, where to stay, and what to do while you're in the neighborhood, but also a list of resorts you might want to check out, as well as some curated photos from lovely guests stopping by to visit.

Summer in Tagaytay is pretty crazy: the neighborhood sees a huge jump in visitors mostly from Metro Manila, as well as nearby Batangas, Laguna, and lowlands Cavite.

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The Before I Do Wedding and Debut Fair on April 2017

Metro Tagaytay is home to all sorts of wedding vendors and wedding venues. No surprise there, as our neighborhood is a top choice for destination weddings, given the awesome views, and so many options for garden or outdoor weddings.

So we do get a lot of soon-to-weds stopping by, brides and grooms in various stages of preparation, many of whom have wedding dates set two or three years in advance.  An interesting observation is that the majority of our soon-to-wed couples are not locals, or natives of Cavite, but rather OFW kabayans, or professionals from Metro Manila.

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If you’re looking for suppliers for your Tagaytay wedding, you might want to stop by the Before I Do Bridal Fair happening from April 1 to 2, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday), at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall 1.

Urban Gardening Inside The Office

A Japanese recruitment firm has taken urban gardening to new heights with their new “farm-to-table” office program.

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More and more offices around the world have been adopting modern urban gardening and farming techniques to create indoor green walls like these. Photo by Spaceo.

The Pasona Group is a large multinational corporation that provides a variety of staffing services, including temporary staffing, recruiting, outplacement, and outsourcing.  What makes them different from other Japanese MNC’s is that they have in their employ agricultural specialists who spearhead all the gardening and farming efforts right within their offices.

In addition to helping maintain an elaborate system for growing and maintaining 200+ species of plants on site, these specialists then teach and encourage the Pasona employees to also grow their own food, flowers, or herbs at their work spaces.

Check out the video below:

Wasn’t that inspiring?

In our opinion, if any city can spearhead something similar in the Philippines, it should be Metro Tagaytay.  We already have a lot of farms, eco-resorts, and organic ventures doing the good Lord’s work.  Shouldn’t we start something similar in our offices and homes then?

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More and more cities all over the world have been greening up their office buildings. Photo by ProjectManhattan.

Story from AJ+. Photo from Colin, Spaceo, and ProjectManhattan.

50 Marketing Habits Every Restaurant and Hotel Should Have

Running a hotel, bed-and-breakfast, restaurant, or coffee shop in Metro Tagaytay? Just like any commercial venture, the success of your business depends on how well you market your brand.

In particularly more competitive markets, you (or your marketing team) have to hustle even more to keep bringing in business.  Here’s an infographic to help you keep track of a number of marketing habits your hotel or restaurant has to have to help you get a leg up on the competition.

50 Marketing Habits Every Business Should Have

Infographic from MarketingSolved.com.

Note that these marketing habits are very useful to just about any business or entrepreneurial endeavor– from online stores, to professional services, and even farms and all sorts of organizations, and not just hotels and restaurants in particular.

Source: “50 Marketing Habits Every Business Should Have

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Walkindergarten: An Outdoors-y School For Kids

Now here’s an awesome business idea for someone enterprising enough: a forest kindergarten, or walkindergarten, as showcased in this video from the good people over at AJ+.

Little kids rule the great outdoors in Germany’s waldkindergartens, or forest kindergartens. Here, children learn the ropes of the world through play and discovery.

Shot by video journalist Sam Jones in Germany for AJ+, the clip has been heavily shared on YouTube, and viewed by thousands.

Metro Tagaytay has a lot of similar areas that has plenty of tree cover for a walkindergarten, where kids might be able to learn practical country living skills, from growing trees, herbs, plants, and vegetables, to woodworking, even basic first aid and outdoor survival skills.

More importantly, they can play, and climb trees, or build their own huts, and interact with other kids in the relative safety of a supervised outdoor environment.

According to the video, the walkindergarten is not just a novelty idea– it would seem that there are hundreds of these outdoor schools in Germany and Switzerland!

Credits:

AJ+ on Youtube.  You can also visit them on Facebook, or download their own app here.

 

Twin Lakes Tagaytay Opens New Bike Trail

If you’re a biking enthusiast, you’d probably be pleased to know that Megaworld Corporation has opened a brand new mountain bike trail over at their Twin Lakes property along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road in nearby Laurel, Batangas.

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This weekend, take your bikes out to Twin Lakes Tagaytay and enjoy the brand new Mountain Bike Trail winding throughout the property in Laurel, Batangas.

Located past Splendido Taal, and the road leading to Sonya’s Secret Garden, Twin Lakes Tagaytay is a 1,000+ hectare property of rolling terrain inspired by the well-known vineyards of Languedoc-Roussilon, Bordeaux and Provence in France.

3 Practical Wedding Tips You Won’t Get From a Wedding Magazine

Good advice: you can never have too much of ’em, especially so on the day of your dream wedding in Tagaytay.

Chances are, you’ve already read articles (and listicles) on all sorts of wedding tips, but we’ve been to a lot of weddings/wedding receptions in Tagaytay ourselves, and we’ll tell you this– as great things are on your big day, there might be a few things that would slip your mind after all the guests have gone home.

So, ladies and gentlemen, Tagaytay soon-to-weds, here are three practical wedding tips you probably won’t be getting from wedding magazines:

1. Everyone makes a list of things to pack, but Offbeat Brides should also make a list of things to bring back.

Have you spent hours creating those programmes/fans? Did you create your own photo booth? Have you hand-crafted several ornate decorations that you plan to hang onto for several years? You’d be amazed at what people leave on site and forget to collect, simply because they think someone else has arranged to bring these keepsakes back.

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That DIY backdrop just isn’t going to pack itself up, you know? Make a checklist of all the props and styling elements you need to take home with you from the wedding venue, and assign someone to take care of that list when the event is done. Taken at Hillcreek Gardens, by Sofia’s Cakes Tagaytay-Amadeo Road.

Very often these things aren’t noticed until you come back from honeymoon, in which case the venue may have unwittingly thrown them out. The best way to circumvent this is to not only give your bridal party a list of things you must have back from the venue, but make sure the venue coordinator has a list of this as well. That way, if anything gets lost in the shuffle your venue coordinator will know to hang onto it for you until you get back from honeymoon, or can make other arrangements for delivery.

2. When it’s all over, remember to thank your vendors… publicly.

If you really love your vendor, one of the greatest gifts you can give them is to… write something that could sway couples to call that company.

Like most Tribesmaids, I’ve had a little love-in with nearly all my vendors. I simple cannot believe that they’ve taken some sketchy brief and come back with designs, flowers, decorations, etc., that completely surpassed my expectations. After the wedding I wrote each one an incredibly detailed thank you as I wanted them to be able to use my comments as a testimonial to share with other brides and grooms.

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Sending them “Thank You” cards/gifts, and thanking them in person is all great, but if you really want to thank your wedding suppliers (if you feel they did an awesome job for your big day!), thank them in public– at your wedding reception, on social media, or even better– write up a nice testimonial for them! Photo by Mike+Mai Photography, taken at Moon Garden/Lily Pond in Tagaytay.

If you really love your vendor, one of the greatest gifts you can give them is not just a letter of profuse thanks, but to also take it upon yourself to find a public site that rates said vendor and write something that could sway couples to call that company. I know it’s not really in our job descriptions to act as their marketing departments. But as so many of them went out of their way for me, I am genuinely moved to want to make a difference to their business.

3. Assign someone you trust to download as many photos as possible before your guests leave the party.

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Whether you choose to assign a hashtag, assign a group album online, or assign someone with a laptop and a card reader to copy all those wedding photos, it’s nice to have a copy of every little shot of every little thing that happened on your big day.

All of us already know that one of the great thing about weddings today is that almost everyone brings a digital camera. And although many of us also hire professional photographers, we still would like copies of the photos our guests have taken.

The best way to expedite this process is to brief someone who is a trusted friend to be your photo catcher. Their job is to download as many memory sticks as possible onto a designated laptop before your guests leave. If you catch people right then and there you have a much better chance of getting all the images you’d like and without the hassle of chasing them down later.

You’ll probably also have the best luck getting images if your photo catcher is NOT in the wedding party. We asked my dad to take on this role, but as a member of the wedding party he got waylaid with other duties at the time.

Need More Tips?

So much more from where that came from! You can find these exact same tips, and more from this post on The Offbeat Bride.

The Offbeat Bride, one of our favorite wedding websites for all sorts of uncommon advice and awesome inspiration.

The Offbeat Bride, one of our favorite wedding websites for all sorts of uncommon advice and awesome inspiration.

The Offbeat Bride is, hands down, one of our favorite wedding websites, with tons of good advice for soon-to-wed couples (whether you’re getting married in Tagaytay or some other place), and even for wedding vendors and wedding planners.  Check them out at www.offbeatbride.com.

Photos from Sofia’s Cakes Tagaytay-Amadeo Road.

Pag-IBIG Fund Now Covers Solar Panels at Home

More and more people have been trying out solar panels to cut down on energy costs. Now the Philippine government is making it even easier for you to green up your home.

“Purchase and installation of solar panels may be financed by our Home Improvement Loan.”

–Darlene Marie Berberabe, Pag-IBIG president and CEO

The state-owned Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG) has now made it possible for you to apply for a loan to purchase and install solar panels, says Darlene Marie Berberabe, PAG-IBIG’s president and CEO, in an interview with GMA News Online.

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While the initial investment may be daunting, solar panels are able to provide your home with electricity by harnessing the power of the sun, and pays off in the long run by making you less dependent on local power companies.

At present, these are part of the standard housing loan which requires the mortgage of the house, Berberabe added.

Read: “Costa Rica Now Completely Runs on Renewable Energy”.