Schwarzenegger Shuts Down Climate Change Naysayers

The Governator doesn’t give a crap about your views on climate change. Yesterday, Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a statement on Facebook– a challenge aimed at global warming non-believers– and it has since been liked and shared thousands of times.

We here at Tagaytay Living share this view. Along with many others not just in Metro Tagaytay, but all over the world as well, we commit to a greener, healthier, and more sustainable future.

From Arnold's official Facebook page.

About Arnold Schwarzenegger: “Former Mr. Olympia, Conan, Terminator, and Governor of California. I killed the Predator. I told you I’d be back.” –from Arnold’s official Facebook page.

I don’t give a **** if we agree about climate change.

I see your questions.

Each and every time I post on my Facebook page or tweet about my crusade for a clean energy future, I see them.

There are always a few of you, asking why we should care about the temperature rising, or questioning the science of climate change.

I want you to know that I hear you. Even those of you who say renewable energy is a conspiracy. Even those who say climate change is a hoax. Even those of you who use four letter words.

Vacation Rental Homes at Hacienda Solange Tagaytay

Looking for a vacation rental home to stay in Tagaytay?

There are many conveniences to having an entire house for your own use while vacationing in Metro Tagaytay. Positioned as an exclusive vacation rental property outside Metro Manila, Hacienda Solange is located in Alfonso, just 8 minutes away from Tagaytay City.

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Hacienda Solange can accommodate 15 people at any given time. Photo from the official website.

There are two houses; The Villa with 2 rooms can fit 6 people and The Chalet with 3 bunk beds that can accommodate 9 people.

While staying at Hacienda Solange, you may be able to use:

  • Big pool
  • Small pool
  • Grill station
  • Kitchen with refrigerator, chest freezer, rice cooker, plates, utensils, microwave oven, toaster, pots & pans, as well as wine glasses.
  • Gas Stove (Php500 one time fee).
  • Free 5-gallon jug of mineral drinking water for the duration of your stay
  • Karaoke machine (Php1,500 one time fee)
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The kiddie pool at Hacienda Solange. Photo from the official website.

Should you wish to enjoy, relax and not worry about dining preparations, Hacienda Solange may also serve pre-ordered menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The establishment has four (4) caretakers who are ready to assist and attend to guests’ needs during the entire stay.

Hacienda Solange Rates:

The following rates are valid from December 2015 to May 2016:

  • Php20,300 (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday and Sunday)
  • Php15,800 (Mondays)
  • Php25,300 (Saturdays & Holidays)

Notes:

  • Rate is good for 15 persons.
  • In excess of the 15 persons, you are charged Php650 per additional guest.
  • Cushioned Mattresses are available to parties of more than 15 persons.
  • They serve 1 client per day so please book your preferred date in advance so they may block it for you
  • Note that hosting an event in Hacienda Solange (such as a wedding or a party) will be quoted separately.
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Those chairs by the pool look very inviting! Photo from the official website of Hacienda Solange.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Rates are quoted PER NIGHT.
  • Children below 8 years old may stay for free as long as they do not ask for extra beddings. (Maximum of 3 children).
  • Hacienda Solange will pencil book your dates for two days. If the team tries to contact you but you are either unreachable or unable to answer calls, reply to emails or text messages, your booking will be forfeited in favor of a guest who confirms.
  • A down payment deposit of 50% is required upon reservation (non-refundable).
  • Total amount should be settled 3 days before arrival.
  • Check-In Time 2:00pm / Check-Out Time 12:00noon.
  • Late Checkout Charge is Php1,500 per hour (upon availability).

Hacienda Solange House Rules:

  1. No smoking inside the rooms.
  2. Breakage and losses: guests shall be responsible for the safety and security of their personal property and of the resort, any breakage and losses due to accidents incurred by the guest shall be billed separately.
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Hacienda Solange is located in Alfonso, Cavite, just a few minutes away from Tagaytay City! Photo from the official website.

(All this information and more are available on the official website of Hacienda Solange in Tagaytay.)

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Contact Details

For bookings and inquiries, get in touch with the guys over at Hacienda Solange.

Hacienda Solange – Tagaytay
047 Aguinaldo-Alfonso Rd. Brgy. Esperanza Ilaya
4123 Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines
Phone Number/s: (+63 926) 661.2771 and (+63 933) 688.7637
Visit the official website here.
You can email them here.
You can visit them on Facebook and on Instagram.

6 Reasons To Move To Metro Tagaytay

Atty. Ernesto Perez II of RealAttorney is a realtor, blogger, and lecturer at the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s School for Professional and Continuing Education (CSB-SPaCE).  In this article, he shares six reasons why Metro Tagaytay is the best place to live in the CALABARZON area.

Metro Tagaytay

Metro Tagaytay covers Tagaytay City, as well as the neighboring towns of Silang, Alfonso, Mendez, Silang, Amadeo, and Indang, as well as Ternate, Maragondon, Bailen, and Magallanes.

This article is not about the City of Tagaytay. It will be mentioned here often, but it will not be the focus of this essay.

According to the proposed Cavite Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan 2011 – 2020, “the areas of Tagaytay, Silang, Alfonso, Mendez, Amadeo, Indang, Ternate and Maragondon comprises the third Growth Area known as Metro Tagaytay or the Tourism Haven and Food Basket of the Province. These are the top food producers in the Province and sites of some of the province’s scenic and tourism spot.”

Piña Colina Resort in Tagaytay City

Looking for a place to stay in Metro Tagaytay? You might want to check out Piña Colina in Tagaytay City.

Piña Colina Resort in Tagaytay. Photo from Sherry Ann Lam.

Piña Colina Resort is one of the more popular family-friendly resort destinations in Tagaytay City. As the name implies, Piña Colina is located atop a hill, with pineapple plantations and lush greens across the landscape.

This delightful Tagaytay hideaway has several log cabins, casitas, and suites available for accommodations.  While the establishment has its own restaurant that serves meals, guests may bring in their own food, drinks, and snacks corkage-free.

Pangilinan Encourages Pinoys to Pursue Agri-Business

Here at Tagaytay Living, we believe that agri-business is the way to go. Investing in agricultural projects goes a long way towards not just our own food security, but also as viable business ventures for forward-thinking entrepreneurs.

Metro Tagaytay Lots For Sale, by TagaytayLiving.com and TagaytayLotsForSale.com.

At the recent Agri-Negosyo Summit of Go Negosyo, Secretary Francis Pangilinan of the Presidential Consultant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization encouraged Filipinos to invest in the agriculture industry.

Go Negosyo Agri-Negosyo Summit (GNAS) aimed to present various business models from farming, fishing, and animal rising. The event recognized inspiring agricultural entrepreneurs oragripreneurs who have significantly contributed to their communities’ development.

The Weekend Breakfast Buffet at Balay Dako | Restaurant Reviews

In this article, we share with you our thoughts on the Balay Dako weekend breakfast buffet- quite possibly the best all-you-can-eat experience in Tagaytay right now.

Balay Dako Breakfast 61Balay Dako is part of the Antonio’s group of restaurants. So if you’ve been to the original Antonio’s, or to Breakfast at Antonio’s (which are also both in the neighborhood), you know you’re in for a treat.

Balay Dako is already making waves as one of the best new restaurants in Tagaytay City. You’ll read online on how it’s awesome as a must-visit destination for lunch, dinner, or for a nightcap.  Well, they’ve decided to shake things up for breakfast as well, which brings us to our coverage of their weekend buffet.

The weekend buffet is Php500 Php550 for adults and Php350 for kids, while toddlers and babies eat for free.

The Balay Dako buffet now has puto bumbong! #tagaytayliving #balaydako #breakfastintagaytay

A photo posted by Renzie Baluyut (@renziebaluyut) on

(Note: The per-adult price for the weekend buffet is now Php550. On the plus side, you now have a puto bumbong station added to the already impressive selection of breakfast eats!)

Getting Your Buffet Started

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices you have at Balay Dako, so let’s go break it down.  The buffet setup at Balay Dako is pretty impressive– around the perimeter of the hall are various stations so you don’t have crowding up in any one place.  The setup also allows you to leisurely pick what you want, enjoy it at your own pace, and jump right back in when you’re ready for more.

For starters, ask for your brewed coffee (if you’re a coffee kind of person) from the staff.  They’ll bring it to your table, and refill it with as much as you are able to handle.  From here, you can move on to whatever you want, or have a taste of everything if you are so inclined.

  • The bread station. The staff will recommend their kesong puti (local cottage cheese) toasted with muscovado sugar.  Have it with pan de sal or sliced bread.
  • Another station has your tsokolate de batirol (local hot chocolate).  They highly recommend it with the ensaymada (it’s home made!) and some chinese ham.
  • Care for some taho (silken tofu with syrup and sago pearls)? They got some by the hot chocolate station too.
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I appreciate the serving suggestions. No, I’ve never tried kesong puti with muscovado sugar on my pan de sal before.

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The attendants are helpful, and in this particular station, they’ll offer to make some of that kesong puti-and-muscovado for you on your choice of bread.

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Look at that! They toasted me a slice of bread with butter and muscovado sugar, and a pan de sal with kesong puti (with muscovado sugar as well).

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Says right there: Try our homemade ensaymada with our tsokolate de batirol and chinese style ham.

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Chinese-style ham? Yes, please!

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Balay Dako’s homemade ensaymada.

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You can also get taho at the hot chocolate station.

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Round One: The hot chocolate with homemade ensaymada and chinese ham, some taho on the side, and (not shown) the muscovado-and-kesong puti on pan de sal and toast.

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The staff will offer you coffee right away. And you can have as much brewed coffee as you want.

Healthier Stuff

Before we head on over to the main event, you might want to grab yourself a plate of fruits and/or veggies. Or not at all– totally up to you. What we do recommend though are the fruit juice blends.
Balay Dako Breakfast 23That weekend’s selection gave us dalandan juice, guava juice, calamansi ginger juice, and fruit-infused water.  (Dalandan is our local version of orange, and the calamansi is our local version of lemon.)

All very refreshing, but I had a bit more of the guava and the calamansi-ginger. More than anything, I’m happy it’s not any instant/powdered drink, but rather fresh juices.  I don’t know of a lot of restaurants offering drinks like these.

Make Your Own Fried Rice

Right at another corner is the make-your-own-fried-rice station.  All you have to do is get a bowl, fill it up with whatever ingredients you fancy, and hand it over for the staff to prepare for you.
Balay Dako Breakfast 31They’ve got a LOT available for you to experiment with.  Clearly the more popular options are talangka (crab) fat, bagoong (shrimp paste), and chorizo (Spanish sausage), as these are constantly being refilled.

Balay Dako Breakfast 32Also available are: red and green peppers, garlic, red and white onions, sprouts, chillies, spring onion, carrots, corn, tomatoes, mushroom, peanuts, at least three different kinds of seafood, cilantro and other herbs, and a few more I’m sure I missed.

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This serving of fried rice has crab fat, with lots of garlic, and some spring onions.

Note that you can also have eggs and omelettes made for you.  Just let them know how you want them done (along with your choice of ingredients in the case of an omelette), and they’ll bring it to you once it’s ready.

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Round Two. Clockwise, from the 12 position: chicken pork adobo, assorted tuyo, bacon, beef tapa, chorizo, bangus, and longganisa.

While waiting for your fried rice and eggs, you may want to head on over to where the rest of the breakfast food is at.  Balay Dako has a more-than-adequate selection of Pinoy breakfast fare: tapa, tocino, longganisa, tuyo, daing, chorizo, chicken pork adobo, bacon, corned beef, and even some sauteed veggies.

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Round Three. Clockwise, from the 12 position: Tuyo, beef tapa, tocino, sauteed veggies, corned beef, bacon on greens.

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Balay Dako also has its own gourmet sardines; you can find them near the fried rice/omelette station.

I enjoyed the corned beef the most. This is similar to the one they have at Breakfast at Antonio’s, except that it’s cut up into little cubes rather than as slabs. It still tastes the same though, and definitely a lot better than the regular canned fare.

Other Breakfast Items

There’s more breakfast to be had! You can also have:

  • Arroz Caldo (chicken and rice porridge).  Top it with your choice of onions, garlic, salted egg, dilis (anchovies), or spring onions, and season with calamansi and patis (fish sauce).
  • Champorado (sweet chocolate rice porridge).  Tuyo (dried fish) and other toppings also available.
  • Ginataan (dessert done in coconut milk).
  • A modest assortment of cereal.
  • A crazy assortment of rice cakes: maja blanca, kutsinta, cassava cake, biko, suman sa cassava, and puto.

Note that Balay Dako has a lot of this stuff available downstairs at the store, so pick up a bottle of salad dressing, jam, or spanish sardines on your way home!

Final Thoughts

Balay Dako’s Weekend Breakfast Buffet is our new favorite breakfast destination in Tagaytay City. It’s good value for money, the selection is quite alright, and it’s family-friendly enough as it has something for everyone.

Our favorites: the hot chocolate station, the make-your-own-fried-rice station, the fruit juices, and the corned beef.

It does tend to get packed, so get ready to queue up for your turn, especially so on long weekends.  It’s well worth the wait, though, as you can see from the selection.  The crowd tends to thin out after 10am anyway.

Major credit cards are accepted.  You don’t get much wi-fi upstairs in the breakfast area, so you’ll have to head downstairs if you really need to go online.
Balay Dako Breakfast 01Balai Dako
Location: Tagaytay-Nagsugbu Highway, Metro Tagaytay, Philippines
Phone Number/s: (+63 917) 899.2866
Visit their official website here.
You may also view their official Instagram account here.

Roasted Rabbit with Olives and Feta Cheese, by Melissa Clark of the New York Times.

Nutritious, Delicious Rabbit Meat

Metro Tagaytay is a great place to start a rabbit farm.  In fact, there are already a few farms in the neighborhood that are raising rabbits for food and for business.

Did you know that rabbit meat is in many ways healthier than chicken, beef, or pork?  Rabbit meat has been gaining popularity due to the greater demand not just among chefs and restaurateurs, but also with people living with cancer and diabetes. Read up on this article on the nutritional value of rabbit meat.

Fenkata – Rabbit stew with bits of bacon, Maltese sausage, potatoes and peas. Photo by Bellyfirst.

Fenkata – Rabbit stew with bits of bacon, Maltese sausage, potatoes and peas. Photo by Bellyfirst.

When rabbit meat is on the menu, expect controversy to follow. It is socially acceptable to use farm animals, such as cows and chickens, as food; however, many people balk at the idea of eating rabbit, according to a July 2008 “Washington Post” article. Despite this resistance to consuming rabbits, this lean meat serves as a healthful and nutritious alternative to beef and pork.

The Courtyard at the Pink Sisters Convent in Tagaytay City. Photo by Everyday Elaine.

The Pink Sisters Convent in Tagaytay City

If you need to offer a few prayers while in Metro Tagaytay, you might want to stop by The Adoration Convent of Divine Mercy- more popularly known as the Pink Sisters chapel.

The Chapel at the Pink Sisters Convent in Tagaytay City. Photo by Everyday Elaine.

The Chapel at the Pink Sisters Convent in Tagaytay City. Photo by Everyday Elaine.

The Adoration Convent of Divine Mercy may be an attraction for often noisy and nosey tourists, but behind its bars and glass are those who answered the call to live in silence.

Located at the Holy Spirit Drive in Barangay Maitim, Tagaytay City, the convent often called the Pink Sisters Chapel has endless visitors carrying their own list of prayers. Also included in their visit is the chance to see nuns praying with them 24 hours a day — although they can only be seen behind the iron grilles of the altar.

Hotel Monticello in Tagaytay City

Just a little past Casino Filipino and Bali Village Hotel along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway (coming from Manila/The Tagaytay Rotunda) is Hotel Monticello, a relatively new boutique hotel in Tagaytay City.

Photo from the Hotel Monticello Website | www.hotelmonticello.com.ph

Photo from the Hotel Monticello Website | www.hotelmonticello.com.ph

Hotel Monticello is in that same vicinity where Tides used to be, and strategically located in between the two busiest strips along the Tagaytay ridge. A short way heading towards Nasugbu, right before the Mendez Junction, you’ll find Tagaytay City’s famous row of bulalo restaurants. In the other direction, just past Skyranch and Robinsons Summit Ridge are your other popular restaurants (i.e. Josephine’s, Balay Dako, Fire Lake Grill, Buon Giorno, etc.)

The Whole Idea Behind TagaytayLiving.com

This is the story on how our humble little website, TagaytayLiving.com, came into existence. Tagaytay business owner and marketing consultant Renzie Baluyut has this to share.

TagaytayLiving.com is a website on anything and everything Tagaytay, covering a wide variety of lifestyle and business topics.

TagaytayLiving.com is a website on anything and everything Tagaytay, covering a wide variety of lifestyle and business topics.

An Introduction

I moved to Metro Tagaytay back in late 2012, right after my wife and I got married. She was born and raised in Amadeo, Cavite, while I grew up in Metro Manila. I just left a web development job/project management in Ortigas and essentially packed up all my stuff to move to the countryside.  Best decision I’ve made that year.