There’s a one-of-a-kind beach resort in Tagum located
within a banana plantation that offers guests unlimited ripe bananas. Not only
that, the resort is so expansive that it also has a mini forest populated by
monkeys and wild boars for trekking, river for cruising, man-made lagoon for
fishing and beach for swimming or banana ride.
The Museum Manila is both an
indoor and outdoor museum showcasing replicas of Greek gods and goddesses, royalties,
pharaohs, warriors, and relics from ancient civilizations of Greece, China, and
Egypt. It also features the art works and inventions of Renaissance Master genius,
Leonardo da Vinci.
A walk in the history of
time teaches us why the past never made it to the present. It shows us that life
becomes easier when we stop waging war and harming others. We become happier if
early on in life, we stop waiting and expecting, love ourselves more, and just
accept an apology we think we deserved but never got.
“We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea
and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each
other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other's
opposite and complement.”
- Hermann Hesse
boring. I’m quite abnormal myself, that’s why I fell in love right away with
Theodore, one of several boutique hotels located along the famed ridge of
Tagaytay. Named after the owner’s parents (Theresa and Doroteo), Theodore is
not your ordinary and conventional urban hotel. It boldly defies standards and
stereotypes; and thus shows an exceptional character of being hip, quirky and
in every corner and details of Theodore. The lobby is a mix and match of provocative
and colorful furniture, couches, chandeliers, vintage suitcases, mirrors and interesting
objects. There’s also a grand piano for the musically inclined and an Apple
desktop to easily check night hot spots in Tagaytay.
But the master centerpiece
which really grabbed my attention lies beneath the staircase – a shining
metallic horse, a symbol of art and vigor.
10 different themed rooms clustered into superior and vista deluxe, the latter
having lake and mountain views. With the room’s animated and playful ambience,
I guess it would be okay to develop a weekend clinomania.
The Modern Filipino – superior room
The Theodore – vista deluxe room
calling it a day, why not treat yourself to a little pampering? Theodore offers
spa services ranging from Guinot Hydradermie facial, aromatic body care
treatment to Theodore Spa signature massage.
overnight comes with a complimentary hearty set breakfast the morning after.
Pancakes with green apple
Tagaytay beef tapa
cabana in the garden, an ideal place to practice the art of doing nothing or
simply read a Jerry Spinelli bestseller; just make sure it’s the one embracing
individuality and non-conformity.
what I found really fascinating was the charming frog under a tree. I thought
it was just an ordinary garden décor until suddenly it started singing. Oh
people haven’t always been there to comfort me, but music has.
who want a more intimate party or small corporate meeting, there’s a function
room that could be used at the roof deck.
also offers the best panoramic and unobstructed view of the garden and the
world-famous Taal Lake, which looks ethereal especially during the break of
dawn. Even though I’ve seen Taal a hundred times, it is always a refreshing
sight to behold; the one that nourishes a weary city soul.
the unassuming entrance to its eccentric interiors and verdant surroundings to
friendly staff, Theodore redefines Tagaytay as a dream-fantasy destination. It
will make you think out of the box, satiate your visual appetite, and give you
courage to express your true self. After all, life is too short to follow the
standards of others. And no matter how hard you try, you can’t make everybody,
happy all the time.