Warm Up! 3 Dishes To Heat You Up

No matter what the season is, some of us simply cannot resist the call of a good hot and spicy dish, even more so if you have a country club home in Tagaytay. The climate in the city is cool enough to make you have a hankering for something scorching. Of course, not all of the dishes in this list are categorized as spicy, although those that are not can certainly burn their way down your throat.

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Sizzling Sisig

The name alone is enough to send you melting for sizzling means to burn with a hissing sound. This sound can be heard each time a drop of water hits the hot plate on which this Kapampangan dish is served on. There are numerous varieties, ranging from the sea (fish) to creatures of the air (chicken), but nothing beats the classic pork.

The first recorded mention of the word sisig, meaning “to snack on something sour” in Kapampangan”, can be seen in a Kapampangan dictionary dating back 1732. It wasn’t even a pork dish, but rather a green salad composed of green fruits with a salt, pepper, garlic and vinegar dressing. It evolved into the savory dish we all know and love when the locals bought the discarded pig heads of the US Air Force personnel in Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Pampanga. Said heads were then boiled, chopped and later marinated it in mix of soy sauce and vinegar. Lucia Cunanan popularized the dish in 1974, when she modified the dish with chopped onions, chicken liver, calamansi juice and placed atop hot plates.

If you want your fix of this Filipino favorite, head over to the Golfer’s Lounge where you can enjoy their “Sisig Kapampangan”. Pair it with a beer and you’re good for the cold night.

Arroz Caldo

On a cold, rainy day, there’s nothing better than a good hot bowl of Arroz Caldo. Wherever you go in the Philippines, people from all walks of life will agree to this statement. It’s also a great dish to eat when you’re feeling a little under the weather or simply want to crawl under the sheets for some “me” time. This congee has strong Spanish connections, as one can tell from the name alone as “Arroz Caldo” literally means “Rice Broth”. If you’re craving for some but aren’t in the mood to leave your home, don’t worry because you can order it from the Home Delivery Menu of Tagaytay Highlands.

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Seafood Hot and Sour Soup

You have to agree that one of the best ways to warm yourself is by drinking a nice, big bowl of soup. It doesn’t matter what kind of soup it is, as long as it’s steaming hot. Of course, having it spicy is a bit of an added bonus which is why we highly recommend the seafood hot and sour soup from China Palace. The biting and spicy broth combined with the sea’s precious bounties is perfect after a day strolling in the coolness of Tagaytay Highlands.

These delicious dishes from Tagaytay Highlands are some of the best in the country. Take one bite and for sure you’ll want more.

The Elite Life: Tagaytay Highlands Membership

If you want to purchase a vacation home for sale in Tagaytay, then we highly recommend buying one in the most exclusive country club in the country, the Tagaytay Highlands Country Clubs. Of course, becoming a member in this first class locale is no two-step process; there are certain requirements one has to fulfill before even being considered for membership. To help you out, we’ve listed down the requirements for each club.

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Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Club Inc., Tagaytay Midlands International Golf Club Inc. and The Country Club at Tagaytay Highlands

In order to become a member of the Tagaytay highlands International Golf club Inc., Tagaytay Midlands International Golf Club Inc. or The Country Club at Tagaytay Highlands one needs a letter of endorsement from two regular members or property owners from any of the four Highlands Clubs. Said members must also be in good standing.  A fully filled out  membership form along with four colored pictures with a white background  taken within the last three months are also needed. In addition, a copy of the Tax Identification Number (TIN), a copy of the details page from either the valid passport or the driver’s license of the applicant and a National Statistics Office certified birth certificate of the applicant and dependents (if any) and/or, if corporate account, the Securities Exchange Commission registration. He or she must also pay a month’s membership dues in advance, which are as follows:

Tagaytay Highlands Golf and Country Club Inc

Regular Members: Php 5000

Assignee Members: Php 5500

Junior Members: Php 5000

The Country Club at Tagaytay Highlands

 Regular Members: Php 420

 Assignee Members: Php 4700

Junior Members: Php 4200

Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club

Regular Members: Php 5700

Assignee Members: Php 5200

Junior Members: Php 4300

If the applicant has any dependents, there are certain requirements which the applicant must submit. According to the by-laws of the Tagaytay Highlands Country Club, qualified applicants are the legal spouse of the member as well as their unmarried children aged 29 below. They must submit an NSO-certified birth certificate of each dependent, a copy of the details page of either the passport, driver’s license or, if student, valid student ID of the dependent, and four colored pictures of each dependent taken within the last three months against a white background. The names of the dependent must be written on the back with a ballpoint pen. For the spouse, an NSO-certified marriage contract is also needed.

Do be patient as it can take three to four weeks for the membership to be processed.

Tagaytay Highlands Spa and Lodge Membership

The Spa & Lodge at Tagaytay Highlands

The requirements for membership at The Spa & Lodge at Tagaytay Highlands are a little different as it all depends on the type.

  • For secondary transfer of membership certificate, a duly accomplished application for membership must be submitted but if unavailable, N/A must be written.
  • Four 1×1 pictures with a white background taken within the last three months must be submitted along with completed and duplicated information cards.
  • An NSO-certified birth certificate, letter of advice from the original owner/seller advising the lodge about the transfer of ownership along with his or her transfer of membership certificate to the buyer should also be given.
  • There must also be an acknowledgement letter on annual dues and real property tax payment, two sets of the original copies of a signed and notarized deed of assignments of rights.
  • A check payment of the transfer fee amounting to Php 150,000 addressed to the Spa and Lodge should be paid. If needed, a Php 24,000 check of the annual dues payable to the Spa and Lodge or real Property Tax check payment amounting to Php 2686.90 addressed to The Spa & Lodge at Tagaytay Highlands Inc. must be paid.
  • If it is a corporate transfer, there must be a Board Resolution showing the transfer of the membership certificate and the authorized signatory for the relevant documents regarding the transfer of membership.
  • Finally, a signed acknowledgement indicating the member has read and understood the policies and procedures of The Spa & Lodge must be submitted.

For corporate applications, a certified true copy of the company’s SEC certificate of Registration, corporate articles of incorporation and by-laws must be submitted. There must also be the latest general information sheet of the company as submitted to the SEC. The Board Resolution and/or secretary’s certificate regarding the Resolution to purchase a membership certificate of The Spa & Lodge at Tagaytay Highlands, appointing the authorized officer to sign on behalf of the company for the purchase and appointing the official designee member and his/her position in the company Percentage of the Capital Stock owned by foreigners and/or foreign-based corporations.  It must be indicated if said corporation is majority owned by Filipinos or is a Filipino-owned corporation.

There are also requirements which must be submitted before the membership application’s approval, but preceding the membership card’s release.

  • For solo applicants or corporate designee, a Photocopy of the details page of valid passport or driver’s license, Surrender of membership card/s issued to the seller and dependent/s, and the Membership Card/s duly signed in black in. It is imperative for the applicant not to sign on the blank provided for the authorized signatory. The name of the applicant/dependent must also be indicated in pencil.
  • If it is Secondary Transfer of Membership Certificate and Application for Membership to The Spa & Lodge at Tagaytay Highlands, the requirements for secondary transfer of membership certificate and application for Membership to The Spa & Lodge at Tagaytay Highlands, original membership Certificate issued to and endorsed/signed at the back portion by the seller along with the certificate of clearance from outstanding dues issued to the seller which may be acquired from the billing department of The Spa and Lodge.
  • If there are dependents, four recent 1×1 photos with a white background and with the names written on the back must be given, along with a photocopy of the details page of their valid passport or driver’s license and a photocopy of their NSO-certified birth certificate. If it is the spouse, a photocopy of the NSO-certified marriage contract is required as well.

Please do note the clubs have the right to require additional documents which they may think of as essential to the application. Incomplete requirements may be used as a basis for the club not to push through with the process. Remember, a purchased membership certificate does not always mean an immediate membership. Do be patient as it can take two to three weeks for the clubs to handle the application.

To become a member of the most prestigious country club in the Philippines can take both time and patience, but we assure you that in the end, it will all be worth it.

The Great Outdoors! 4 Fitness Activities for Couples

Many couples love to stay in – indoor activities such as watching movies on DVD, catching up with your favorite series, playing video games, or making home-cooked meals are certainly enjoyable and take little to no physical effort. However, this can become a problem as it paves the way for a sedentary lifestyle.

If this sounds like you and your significant other, don’t fall into the trap of staying indoors. Going out every once in a while for a breath of fresh air and some time under the sun is good for your health! There are also plenty of outdoor activities that you can enjoy in Tagaytay Highlands that can help jumpstart your exercise, and let you bask in the beauty of nature, and bond as a couple.

Here are a few suggestions:

Take A Hike

Long walks can be very romantic. If you agree, then why not take a really long and memorable walk – on a trail, that is. Hiking will test both of your stamina, patience, and endurance not only as a couple, but also as individuals. Take this as a challenge!

In addition, if you choose the right hiking trails, you’ll be treated to a great view of beautiful landscape with a romantic atmosphere. You probably won’t even notice how long or how far you’ve already been walking – especially if you’re enjoying each other’s company.

Camp Out

If you’ve ever uttered the words “It’s you and me against the world” to your partner, then camping would be a good opportunity to back that up. Camping means it will be just you, your significant other, some food and water supplies, and a tent, against the elements. You will also enjoy sitting around the campfire and talking to each other all through the night!

Walk Your Dog

Many couples get pets, usually a dog. If you already have a dog and take turns walking it, you might want to consider taking on the task as a couple every once in a while. You’ll both get a bit of exercise, and you’ll bond with each other AND your dog!

Have a Picnic

If you’ve got the home-cooked meal down, you might want to change the scenery and go for a picnic in Tagaytay Highlands. You can either go to the nearest park, get on your bikes if your park of choice is a little further away, or even go on a road trip just to find the perfect spot!

Many aspects of life is all about balance, and love and health are of no exception. These two are surprisingly heavily linked, as your significant other is likely to influence in some part your activities, such as eating and fitness habits. While it’s great that you enjoy each other’s company regardless of what you’re doing, make sure to incorporate fitness activities every once in a while. Not only will it keep your heart your heart rate up, give you more energy, and burn a few calories, it will also help you strengthen your bond as a couple.

5 Ways to Spend Your Vacation Like a Pro

One of the worst things anyone can experience is a lousy vacation. You waited for it for weeks and when it was all over you ended up being disappointed with it. This should not be the case for anyone. Spending some time away should be a well-deserved time off from all the daily stressors in your life.

Look back. What were the things you would have done differently? What would you have chosen not to do? What would you have done instead? Make your vacation worthwhile with these five brilliant ways to maximize your break. One great place to spend your vacation is Tagaytay Highlands where you will find lots of fun things to do. You won’t be bored even for just a second!

We assure you, those seemingly long days will feel like minutes if you follow these tips. Have fun!

Tagaytay Highlands Cuisine

Explore culinary delights

What’s a great vacation without great food? After all, food plays a huge role in your holiday. Sometimes, it is what sets the tone for the whole break.  So why not try a new dish or two? After all, they do say you can go around the world without leaving your dining room. On that note, get ready to explore the world as you dine in one of Tagaytay Highlands’ numerous world-class restaurants.  Craving for great Cantonese cuisine? No need to travel all the way to China to have that authentic bite— head over to the Highlands China Palace. Travel back in time as you enjoy a carbonated drink or two at the 60’s themed Geraldine’s Soda Fountain. Exclaim “Delizioso!” as you take a bite of the best pizza you’ve ever had in your life, only from Toscana, the best Italian restaurant in Tagaytay. Certified by the Miele Guide as one of the best restaurants in Asia, the Highlands Steakhouse is a must for anyone seeking to taste the best Chateau Briand of their life.

Go outdoors

To fully enjoy your vacation, one must, at one point or another, be one with Mother Nature. There are tons of options to choose from wherever you go. While in Tagaytay Highlands, Take some time to appreciate the scenery by riding the cable car. Take a walk along the trekking trail or look for a Coppersmith Barbet on the bird watching trail. If walking isn’t exactly your thing, take on the Tagaytay Highlands’ terrain with an ATV. For a more serene and peaceful option, go fishing! You can even take home whatever you catch. Sleep under the stars as you rent one of the tents at Camp Highlands. You won’t be sleeping on the hard ground as each tent comes with a soft, comfy mattress. Go ahead, go out and plan your next adventure!

Take on something new

Open your world to possibilities as you try something new this vacation. As the youth of today often say, “You only live once.” Do something you’ve always wanted to do but just never found time to do it. Now that you are on vacation, you already do! It can be something as simple as riding a horse along the 2.8 km bridle path or something as fun as bowling in Tagaytay Highlands’ bowling center. Something new can also mean trying out a new sport, such as Golf which you can play in Tagaytay Highlands’ International Golf Club.

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Relax

One of the things we often forget when on vacation is to relax. Isn’t that one of the main reasons why you took time off from work or school—to take it all easy? Yes, you may have a schedule to follow but do not forget to let everything in and loosen up. Why not add some much needed me-time into your schedule at the Spa and Lodge? Relax as you enjoy a massage from one of our master masseuse. Take a pick from our massage options of combination, Swedish, Aromatherapy, Shiatsu, Warm and Cold stone massage, Hilot or our signature massage. If you’d like, why not go for a facial? We highly recommend our Golden Caviar Facial for a skin pampering like no other.

Take photos

No two vacations are alike which is why it is an absolute must to keep on snapping photos. There are so many beautiful spots around Tagaytay Highlands to take photos of and preserve memories like the Fishing Pier and Animal Farm. Don’t just post those photos on social media; print them out because these are memories you are bound to look back when you decide to take a trip down memory lane.

Tagaytay Highlands is a great place to stay for a weekend escape. It is also one of the best places in the South for a well-deserved vacation. Take to heart these five ways to spend your vacation like a pro and for sure, it will be an experience you won’t forget!

A Delicious Trip Down South: 4 Must-Try Restaurants in Tagaytay

When you own a house in one of the most prestigious country club homes in Tagaytay, you cannot help but crave for something outside of your own home cooking, as you are surrounded by some of the best restaurants in the whole of Luzon. To help you out, we’ve listed down four restaurants that will have your taste buds screaming for trip into town or a ride to a first class restaurant inside the most exclusive country club in the Philippines, Tagaytay Highlands Country Club.

Leslie’s Restaurant

Leslie’s has become a staple among many visitors of  Tagaytay. Many would even go as far as to say their trip won’t be complete without eating there. Their pork sisig is an absolute heaven for sisig lovers as well as their Chicken Jillo.

And how can you go to Tagaytay without ordering Bulalo? Their Bulalo special is lauded by many to be among the best, especially because you get to order as much broth as you want. This started from the awful dining experience of Leslie’s owner. After a waiter at another establishment refused to serve her extra broth, she vowed to never deny a customer’s need for it, serving them as much as their bellies can handle.

Don Limone

Get ready to travel to the Mediterranean as you step into the doorway of Don Limone. Formerly in BF Paranaque, Don Limone has established itself as one of the best places to have dessert in the south of Metro Manila. To prove this, there are people from northern Metro Manila who visit Tagaytay City just to have a slice of their famous cheesecake, the Limoncello Cheesecake. Aside from their scrumptious cakes, Don Limone also serves main course meals worthy of your palette. A definite recommendation is their Lingua Limone and their Alla Bismark pizza. Yum!

Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen

If Filipino or European fare isn’t your thing, then maybe something from Southeast Asia will do the trick—Vietnamese cuisine. The aim of this restaurant, which is named after the Vietnamese food for grandmother, is to serve you authentic dishes from Vietnam.

You have to try their fresh spring rolls, called Goi Cuon, made with rice noodles, shrimp, cilantro and lettuce all wrapped up inside a delicate rice paper and served with a delicious sauce. Of course, a dining experience at a Vietnamese restaurant isn’t complete without a bowl of Pho. You can go for either Pho Bo (beef noodle soup with tenderloin and oysters), Pho Ga (noodle soup with chicken) or Pho Bo Kho (12-spice braised beef stew noodle soup with oyters) Once you’re done, end your meal with a glass of Ca phe Sua Nong or Vietnamese Coffee. After this generous and delicious meal, don’t you want to go to Vietnam now?

Tagaytay Highlands Highlander Steakhouse

Highlands Steakhouse

Meat lovers, unite! The Philippines is a nation made up of mostly carnivores, and what better place to indulge in your cravings than the Highlands Steakhouse? It was mentioned in the prestigious Miele’s guide of restaurants in Asia where only the best among the best are cited, it can only be found in the exclusive Tagaytay Highlands.

Highlander Steakhouse

The moment you enter the restaurant, you will immediately smell the mouth-watering scent of meat being cooked – rare, medium, or well done. As you wait for your order, you will be served freshly baked bread with a side of butter. The cream of butternut squash soup will go down your throat smoothly with its creamy, thick texture with just a hint of cinnamon, toasted almond flakes and croutons. And for or something a little green before the main course, do try the Greenhouse Bistro Salad, which is served inside a tortilla basket with seasonal fruits and a lovely California grape dressing.

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Finally, when it comes to the course that gives this restaurant its name, the Jesse James Rib-Eye Steak is the way to go. You can choose between the 14 or 10-ounce steak. If you want something a bit bigger, then the Porterhouse Steak weighing in at 24 ounces might be the thing for you. Of course, sometimes we just want to share our order; for cases like this, the Tomahawk Steak, which weighs 53 ounces, is your best pick. What’s great about this steak is you can cook it on your table as it is served Cowboy style. Yee haw, now that’s one experience y’all will never forget!

After reading about these restaurants, we bet your stomach is grumbling right now, even if you just ate! Go ahead, grab your spoon and fork then head over to one of these establishments right now.