The 2 Museums in Tagaytay that are a Must Visit!

When you’ve successfully acquired that vacation house for sale in Tagaytay that you’ve been eyeing, the next thing you’re probably going to do is move into that magnificent house. There are many things to do within the confines of your home and Tagaytay Highlands itself, but sometimes a trek out to other places is also a good idea.

For those with creative minds, why not try visiting some of the local museums available?

Museo Orlina

This place reflects the art and the life of Ramon Orlina. In this modern four story building, Orlina’s majestic glass art is featured together with his art-friends’ works. Aside from the displays of art, there is also an amphitheater for presentations or musical performances, photographs on display that document his works, a piano on the second floor, and even Orlina’s collection of toy cars and his collection of hand painted vintage cars. The museum’s four floors are galleries named after his children. The first floor, which is the reception area and a space for changing displays is called Naesa; the second floor where is glass sculptures are on display is called Ningning; the third floor holds photographs of Orlina’s works is caleld Anna; and the fourth floor which is a roofdeck cafe is called Michael. Here, you’ll be able to see and appreciate his glass sculptures that look like frozen water. These glass pieces are made from surplus, waste, or excess glass from many industrial sources. Aside from photographs and glass pieces, there are also art made from metal displayed around.

Puzzle Mansion

If you’re the type who likes solving things, then maybe this museum is just for you. This museum is the personal collection of one woman, Georgia Gil-Lacuna. She went around the world for twenty eight years and still managed to maintain the entire collection. There are so many puzzles in that house that Guinness World Records even acknowledged it, and nobody has beaten it until today. There are pieces about absolutely anything such as butterflies, underwater images, horses, even religious images, to classical pieces of art. A puzzle version of the Mona Lisa can be found there, and also an aerial view of the City of Paris, the City of Tokyo, and many more. There are even some pretty impressive 4D puzzles that will make you feel like you could get in there. And the place doesn’t just offer a huge collection of beautiful puzzle pieces, but there’s also food, too! There are coco cream pies, ube, and different kinds of brownies that will surely hit the right spot if you get hungry looking at all the puzzles.

Aside from these beautiful places, why not try roaming around to other places too? Tagaytay is jam-packed with hotspots where once can relax and unwind from the stresses of everday life, after all.

Organic Farms in Tagaytay You Should Visit

Any visit in Tagaytay will not be complete if you don’t drop by the beautiful organic farms scattered around the city. Thanks to the lush flora and cool climate, these places are perfect for proposals in preparation for events like Tagaytay weddings. In addition to that, these places are also ideal for those who are looking for alternative tourist spots in Tagaytay. Check out the following organic farms on your next visit in Tagaytay!

Sonya’s Garden

Sonya’s Garden gained prominence from its serene ambiance and organic menu offerings. It is considered as one of the best B&B (Bed and Breakfast) gardens near Tagaytay. It is also a well-known destination among couples during their proposals, pre-nuptial photo shoots, and wedding reception. Sonya’s Garden is also famous among vegans and organic food enthusiasts because they offer farm to table dining experience in an alfresco dining area. The garden is well maintained and visitors often praise the place for its floral and greenery varieties.

How to Get There:

If you are from Sky Ranch, drive straight in Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway going to Batangas until you pass Splendido Taal and Alfonso Hotel Tagaytay. Turn right on Buck Estate Road and head straight until you’ve reached Sonya’s Country Bed and Breakfast. Don’t worry though; there will be signs that will lead you to their gate.

Gourmet Farms

You have probably seen and tasted their fresh products in supermarkets. However, visiting their farm in Silang is something you need to experience. The sprawling 10-hectare compound is home to a restaurant, a number of plantation areas, salad production section, coffee factory and a church.

Gourmet Farms is known as the first organic farm in the Philippines. They allow their visitors to witness their farm to table operations to ensure that everyone gets the freshest organic produce. The tour lets people see several sections of the compound from different greens farms, sample culinary herbs and observe the farm’s processes that keep their products at the top of everything else.

How to Get There:

Once you pass the Ilog Maria farm, you will see Gourmet Farm’s big signage before you reach Tagaytay City proper. Look for the farms’ quaint shop at the left side of the Emilio Aguinaldo Highway going to Tagaytay.

 

Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm

If you are someone who loves honey, then Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm is the perfect place for you. This farm will help you learn more about the importance of bees in our daily life. Ilog Maria lets you discover the wonderful benefits of bee farming. With their tour packages, you will get to know about the organic produce and the significant role of bees in our ecosystem. Another reason to visit the farm is they sell the purest honey bee products at a very considerable price! The little shop they have sells all kinds of bee products like pure honey, lip balm, wax candles, soaps, insect bite creams and massage oil.

How to Get There:

From Silang, Cavite, go south of Emilio Aguinaldo Highway going to Tagaytay. After the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, you should see the blue “Illog Maria” sign board on the left. In case you are commuting, ride a jeep going to Tagaytay—Silang and ask the driver to drop you off in Ilog Maria. Take the dirt road left which leads to the farm’s gate.

Feel free to visit these organic farms when you go to Tagaytay!

Board & Card Games for the Rainy Season

If you are one of the lucky few who were able to grab one of the vacation houses for sale in Tagaytay, the lush outside environment and the majestic, natural views are truly one of the best things about it. However, on the rare days that the rain may keep you from enjoying the outdoors, there are still numerous activities to do indoors!

One of them is playing board games with friends – take a gander at some of our top picks.

Monopoly

Monopoly is practically shorthand for “board game”. It’s a fun, complex, and challenging game where players are pit against each other to try and out-finance one another through the use of properties and cards. It’s especially great for people who enjoy managing resources, as winning the game is almost completely dependent on that department. Basically, it’s the real estate business in game form.

Scrabble

Another classic – Scrabble encourages its players to use their brainpower to solve simple word puzzles that the players themselves generate. Per turn, each player has to build upon the word the previous player laid down with only the letters they have on hand. Try playing this with friends who have a penchant for writing; you’d be surprised by how much your vocabulary may expand!

Clue

If you love mysteries, then Clue is the board game for you. It’s a murder mystery game, where players figure out who murdered the victim of the game by moving around the game board which represents the crime scene. Players collect clues and figure out who killed the victim. The brainpower required to play this game is considerable; get wrapped in the mystery and forget all about the rain outside completely.

Trivial Pursuit

This one challenges your trivia answering abilities. The subjects can range from general knowledge all the way to popular culture, but its main categories are: geography, history, entertainment, science and nature, arts and literature, and sports and leisure. There are also themed editions wherein the questions concentrate on a specific topic such as science, nature, or even Lord of the Rings and Star Wars!

Charades

A classic stay at home game. For those who are looking for a bit more active fun, try out a game of charades. It works by making one person guess what the other is acting out within a given time limit. While the premise may seem easy, it turns out that the game itself can get quite challenging as the game does not allow for the use of sound effects when acting anything out. Think of it like trying to communicate with a mime – difficult, but fun!

Cards Against Humanity

Not for the faint hearted. The main description for this game is that it’s “A party game for horrible people.” This means that the more offensive your answer, the funnier it is, and the likelier you’ll win that point. All the players draw five white cards (the answers) at random, then answer the randomly drawn black card (the question). A judge picks one answer, and the one with the most points wins the game! The game can take as long as the players want. Try it out – just make sure that you’re ready for what you might possibly hear.

Rainy days are something to look forward to too, especially when you’ve got such fun games like this to share your day with! No need to be just as gloomy as the weather. Try them out today.

3 Tagaytay Coffee Shops You Need To Visit

Tagaytay is known for being one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, both for locals and foreigners. Its close proximity to the Metro makes it an easily accessible prime destination to get away from the clamour of the city. For those who are looking to permanently move, there are a lot of vacation houses for sale out there, too. But for the many who are just looking for a quick escape, consider spending your day in the following coffee houses:

Bag of Beans

Bag of Beans is one of Tagaytay City’s most popular cafes to visit. It is easily accessible from the main Aguinaldo Highway. It is located at the General Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Mendez Crossing West, Tagaytay City, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway in Tagaytay, Cavite. The Bag of Beans restaurant and cafe is actually a very popular destination for both local and foreign tourists – so much so that it’s often full on the weekends. Why wouldn’t it be though, with its menu of reasonably priced and well-made foodstuff?

Cafe Carmencita Fine Cuisine & Cakes

Cafe Carmencita, located at Aguinaldo Highway, Barangay Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City, is a beautifully designed cafe serving home grown dishes and desserts. Its menu is a fusion of Filipino and Spanish cuisine, reflective of the cafe’s native and Spanish-inspired residential home and garden. Recommended must-tries in their menu are the house specialty dishes, Mom’s Beef Stew, and their Turtle Pie.

Nanay Cirilas’ Kapeng Barako

True to its name, Nanay Cirilas’ Kapeng Barako has been serving coffee and breakfast all day since 1955 at Mayor’s Drive, Tagaytay City, Cavite. It is a family-run business that serves both native and international dishes that are handpicked by its owner and chef along with Nanay Cirila. Her daughter-in-law Medi de Leon-Sarmiento also has a hand in doing so. When going here keep in mind that reservations are required, even though that they are now open daily – a far cry from their previous business schedule of only being available on the weekends.

Tagaytay City is a definite getaway for the hardworking millennial, especially during the weekends. There are more places to visit in Tagaytay that are meant for relaxing and pampering yourself during your days off. There are also all sorts of restaurants catering to different cuisines, bathhouses and spa resorts; There are even vacation houses for sale in Tagaytay! The city is definitely catered to locals that need a space and place to spend their off days to recharge and replenish their bodies and energies for the next wave of work. Visit one of Tagaytay’s coffee shops and experience relaxation in Manila’s backyard!

 

Photography Basics 101: Tagaytay’s Landscape

There’s a reason as to why there are so many Tagayatay homes for sale nowadays – they’re currently in demand and it’s no wonder why. Surrounded by near -ornamental natural beauty, a relaxing and chilled environment, and blessed with spectacular views of the mountains and the nearby Taal Lake, Tagaytay is the perfect place for relaxing away from the rigid, fast-paced lifestyle that the city brings.

Once there, don’t forget to snap some photos! Not only do they make great keepsakes from a trip, but doing so will also allow you to hone one of the most popular and sought out skills nowadays – photography. If you’re looking to get into the hobby, check out the following basic tips to get you started:

 

Type of camera

Before taking photographs, it’s a good idea to take note of the camera you’re going to use. Any kind of camera will do – most smartphones nowadays have sufficiently clear ones already – but the best option is to use actual, dedicated cameras in order to achieve the best quality of photo you can. For the rare traditionalists who value the beauty and skill of a manually taken photo, SLRs (single-lens reflex cameras) remain as the main go-to equipment. Using it takes some practice, though, as having to tinker with the camera’s settings on-the-fly without any sort of concrete guide on how the photo will turn out can be quite the challenge. On the other hand, for those who prefer digital copies and a more forgiving learning curve, DSLRs (digital single-lens reflex cameras) are the best choice due to the abundance of automatic options and a preview screen that shows you what the photo will look like in real-time. But then modern point-and-shoot cameras are just as good too. Better yet, they don’t require any previous knowledge of photography. It lives up to its name – just point and shoot!

 

Know your settings

The secret to photography is having a strong grasp on the basics. Exposure – the brightness or darkness of a photo; Aperture – the amount of light that enters the camera; Shutter Speed – how quickly the camera’s curtain snaps which affects how much light it lets in; and ISO – (international organization for standardization) the software that controls a picture’s brightness but also increases its noise. A good combination of all these elements are what will create the perfect photo. Make sure to tinker with them!

 

Extra equipment

Once you’ve gained enough experience in that you’re comfortable enough to want to improve your photos further, why not consider investing in some equipment? Depending on what kind of photos you take, you could either get a tripod, a monopod, a diffuser, etc. Perhaps even consider getting new lenses for your camera to get even better shots. Kit, telephoto, macro, superzoom, or otherwise – it’s all good as long as you’re comfortable with what you’re using.

It’s all about composition

The use of perspective, depth, and lines are a great way to game otherwise plain photos. There are many rules and nuances that come with taking photos, though. For beginners, try enacting the rule of thirds – one of the most basic rules of composition. That’s where an imaginary grid of 3×3 lines are overlaid over the supposed photo and the subjects are placed where the lines intersect. This makes sure that the subject is well-framed within the limits of what the camera can see. You can also try taking subjects from different perspectives – straight on, bird’s eye, worm’s eye, etc. – and see how that affects how people see your photos. Shapes, lines, symmetry, and color are other great elements that can be played with for that perfect eye-catching snapshot.

Those in Tagaytay will find that landscape photography is the way to go. Its sprawling landscape and abundance of bright, vibrant surroundings make it the perfect subject for spread-out pieces that treat the eye to the natural beauty of the Earth. Here are some general tips in landscape photography:

  • Maximize your depth of field (through a small aperture setting) to provide your shots with a realistic depth and give it that realistic feel.
  • Use a tripod when possible. This minimizes the chance of getting a blurry shot and will allow you to freely increase your shutter speed so that you can reach your ideal exposure without having to compensate other elements like the ISO, aperture, etc.
  • Look for a proper subject/have something to focus on. It’s not enough that the landscape itself is beautiful; it must be framed in such a way that its beauty is highlighted as opposed to letting it blend right into the background.
  • Remember your foreground – landscape photos are made or broken by what’s prominent and what’s not. Make sure that there’s a point of interest within the foreground of your shot so that it’s eye-catching and has a sense of depth.
  • Work with the environment. While sunny days are naturally great for photo walks, why not try taking one right before a heavy rain falls? Doing so will allow you to add an “ominous” flair to your next piece.