Tips and Tricks: 4 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Tagaytay Highlands is known to be the pioneer of country club homes in Tagaytay with  its premium residential offerings providing its residents with comfortable, luxurious communities enveloped by the beauty of nature. Strategically located, Tagaytay Highlands is an ideal primary home due to its proximity to Manila and central Tagaytay – allowing easy access to all of the cities’ conveniences. These advantages are guaranteed within Tagaytay Higlands’ community as well, given the wide range of facilities it has to offer.

The conveniences of modern living however, make us prone to leaving a carbon footprint behind. This phenomenon contributes to global warming. It may be inevitable, but is definitely manageable.

Tagaytay Highlands has always been committed to upholding a harmonious relationship with nature and its surroundings. That’s why reducing one’s carbon footprint is considered in the property’s planning – considering residents, members and team members, all of whom share the belief that nature is to be preserved, enjoyed, and taken care of.

Engage in More Outdoor Activities

While the people of today are content to spend their days indoors in front of their gadgets, a little time outside can actually do a lot of good for both the individual and the environment. Any time spent outdoors is less time spent at home, which means less power is consumed and less energy is needed to keep things running.

Tagaytay Highlands offers a wide range of outdoor activities to its community. Play a full game of golf, ride the ATV and discover its nature trails, walk around your village or swim at the pool. These are just some of the activity options guaranteed to keep one’s leisurely pursuits for the day.

Support Local Produce

Not only will buying local produce ensure the freshness of the item, but it will also reduce the vehicles needed to transport imported goods. Tagaytay Highlands is home to an organic vegetable farm at The Greenlands. Participate in their pick and pay market and get some of the freshest produce in the area. Better yet, start your own containerized farm at your Highlands home!

two girls watering plant

Plant!

While seemingly minor, planting a single tree or flowering plant in your backyard can reduce carbon levels significantly. Not only do they provide fresh air and shade from the sun, they also make a good home and backyard accent

Tagaytay Highlands holds an annual tree planting activity for residents, members and their guests – make sure to try and participate next time.

Reduce, Re-use and Recycle

Re-purpose or recycle all your old items instead of rushing over to buy a new one. Get creative and find alternative uses to some of your stuff to help reduce trash that’s being sent to the landfill.

Tee Time: Why You Should Make Golf a Part of Your Lifestyle

A lot of people think that golf is a sport for the elite. After all, the general impression of it is a sport loved by many but afforded by few. Golf can get intimidating but don’t let first impression talk you out of trying, because you’re in for a challenging and equally rewarding experience.

There are plenty of golf and country clubs in the Philippines, but when it comes to courses and service only one name stands out – Tagaytay Highlands, which boasts of two major golf clubs, the Highlands International Golf Club and the Midlands Golf Club.

Both clubs are amongst the best of the best, with courses designed by world-renowned golf architect Richard Bigler, there’s no question as to how these clubs came to be two of the most exciting courses in Asia.

Still looking for reasons to make golf a part of your lifestyle? Read on and find out why the Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Club and Midlands Golf Club would be your best bets!

Golfer and Midlands Clubhouse

You Burn Calories!

Just like any other sport, playing golf helps you burn calories and shed those extra pounds. Walk your game through the entire 18-hole course to improve your bodily endurance.

Tagaytay Highlands Spa & Lodge

You Get to Relax

Membership privileges to these two clubs extends to the Spa and Lodge which highlights spa and wellness treatments, perfect after a long day of golf. It is also home to log-cabin inspired suites for those who want to spend the night over.

Tagaytay Highlands Golf Course

It Helps You Become Socially Active

While playing golf, you can bond with your colleagues without making it feel like its work. You get to expand your social circle and improve ties with your business partners. A game of golf also strengthens relationships between family, friends and peers, as there’s definitely less pressure in interactions. Though competition is, of course, present golf is mainly a friendly and socially healthy game.

Be one with nature

Enjoy the panoramic backdrop of the Taal Lake and lush mountains, the scent of pines, the sound of wind and birds chirping and the touch of the cool breeze. All these adds to the draw of playing golf at the Highlands.

Healthy Living: DIY Salads to Do at Home

Don’t let the summer heat catch up with you in your country club home in Tagaytay. While the environment there is cool enough that most of the time the summer heat won’t even matter too much, it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated all day.

Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight, and it’s also the one responsible for regulating your body temperature. If you gauge your dehydration by thirst, you might be a little too late, because your body does not feel thirst until it has lost about three pounds of water weight. With that, try out some hydrating food to keep you and your family refreshed.

Classic Caesar Salad

Nobody would say no to the classic Caesar salad, and you shouldn’t say no or be afraid of trying your hand at making it either. It’s easy. To get started on making the dressing, you’ll need to bring a small pot of water to a boil. Gently lower an egg into it, and immediately take it out. Let it stand for five minutes to cool, then rinse the egg under cold water, and crack it into a bowl. Whisk in some anchovy paste, 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, one and a half teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, a teaspoon of mustard powder. Add 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil slowly while whisking until combined, and season with salt and pepper. Now you add the romaine lettuce and croutons and as much parmesan with you want, gently tossing, then top with more parmesan before serving.

Creole Tomato Salad

Nothing says summer like fresh, ripe, red tomatoes. To make this salad, you’ll need to prepare the vinaigrette, which is made of 4 teaspoons olive oil, the same amount of red wine vinegar, a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, and some minced garlic. Combine them in a jar and shake, then pour over sliced tomatoes and onions, seasoned with salt, fresh mind and chives.

Lemony cucumber salad

Together in a large bowl, combine a cup of thinly sliced radishes, half a cup of orange bell pepper, finely chopped, a fourth cup of chopped parsley and six cups of thinly sliced cucumbers. To make the dressing, combine a teaspoon of lemon rind, two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a tablespoon of olive oil, one and a half teaspoons of white wine vinegar in a small bowl, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Watermelon cucumber salad

Another fruit that screams summer, watermelon. You’ll need to combine six cups of watermelon cut into one inch pieces, a cup of chopped watercress, three fourths cup of thinly sliced sweet onions, and three cups of thinly sliced cucumber. In another bowl, combine two tablespoons of chopped fresh mind and fresh cilantro, the same amount of fresh lime juice and olive oil, and season with salt. Pour over your chopped fruit and sprinkle with cheese, then garnish with more mint.

So the next time you’re looking to hydrate yourself, try out these salads and enjoy a cool summer day! In fact, why not have them while playing a relaxing game of golf?

 

Amen! 4 Dishes for the Holy Week

While spending the Holy Week with your family, friends and neighbors in your Country Club Homes in Tagaytay, one should not forget one very important thing —abstinence from certain types of food. This means practicing Catholics are forbidden from consuming meats from land animals like cows, chicken and pigs.  Do note the consumption of food made from these animals’ fat, such as gravy, sauces and butter, is permitted. So what can Catholics eat? The list includes fruits, veggies, seafood, shellfish, and other cold blooded animals. If you’re running out of ideas on what to eat, here are some scrumptious dishes you can eat while at Tagaytay Highlands. For sure you won’t find any of them lacking in flavor or in substance.

Escargot a’la Bourguionne

You know you can eat seafood and veggies during lent, but did you know the list of foods you can eat include snails? As mentioned earlier, shellfish are allowed, thus permitting the consumption of this yummy shelled delicacy. If you’re craving for some, head over to the Highlands Steakhouse for some of their Escargot a’la Bourguionne. This French dish is not overly complicated, which is the perfect way snails should be served. It’s a classic and for sure many an Escargot expert would agree that Highlands Steakhouse’s Escargot a’la Bourguinonne stays true to its French origin with the snails broiled in herb butter and served with a light mint and lemon olive oil emulsion.

Amen! 4 Dishes for the Holy Week Asian Style Prawn Salad

Asian Style Prawn Salad

You know what’s one great way of getting your protein fix this Holy week? Prawns. These decapod crustaceans are actually quite healthy, as they’re a great source of Vitamins B6, B12 and Niacin. These three can assist your body in generate more energy, restore red blood cells and form muscle. In addition, the phosphorus, copper and magnesium content of the prawn can help your body build stronger bones.  The health benefits of the prawn are maximized with The Bistro Saratoga’s Asian Style Prawn Salad. It’s prepared by laying prawns atop a bed of assorted greens, finished with fresh coriander leaves and an Asian inspired dressing.

Turon na Saging with Langka

 Who says you can’t have dessert this Holy week? The turon has long been a favorite among Filipinos, especially as an afternoon snack called Merienda. Also known as Lumpiang Saging, there are several versions of this dessert, with some containing sweet potato or coconut instead of the usual banana. The Golfer’s Lounge does it old school style, with banana chunks and jackfruit wrapped in a spring roll wrapper then fried until deliciously golden. It is served with a caramel sauce.

Salmon Filet with Red Rice and Coriander Vinaigrette Sauce

Salmon has long been a favorite fish among diners, which should not be a mystery as it is incredibly flavorful and healthy! It’s considered to be among the world’s most healthiest foods due to it being chock full of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D, Omega-3 fatty acids and selenium. The Salmon Fillet with Red Rice and Coriander Vinaigrette sauce served in The Great Room is sure to tickle your taste buds— you’ll be looking forward to eating this dish even when the Holy Week is over.

With all this food, one must not forget that Lent isn’t just a time of dietary restrictions—it’s mainly a time of prayer and forgiveness. Don’t forget to repent for your sins; remember: He who died on the cross for you to be free of sin. If the Father can forgive us, so can you forgive those who have done wrong to or against you. It may be hard to let go at first, but remember, with prayer you can be the better person the Lord knows you to be.

Flame Off! 5 Fire Prevention Tips

Our country club homes in Tagaytay are some of our most valuable properties; they are truly exquisite that residents like you can’t help but fall in love with them. The homes are not just lovely, they also hold hundreds of memories for you and your family. Unfortunately, your lovely, comfortable abode and its furnishings can be gone in a matter of minutes once a fire starts. This fire prevention month, keep the flames away with these fire prevention tips.

Smoke Detectors Are Your First Defense

 When you are in deep sleep mode, you won’t be able to notice the scent of burning wood and fiber. Most of your five senses are “switched off” for the next few hours, allowing your body to rest— except that is, for your hearing. It’s why we rely on noisy alarm clocks to wake us up in the morning. It’s also why a smoke detector is your best defense when there’s a fire inside your home. Place one on every floor of your home, including the attic. Of course, your smoke detector must be working, so test it out every month and change the batteries yearly. Once it reaches its tenth birthday, head over to the store for a new one.

Always Have a Fire Extinguisher On Hand

There are five classifications of gas extinguishers, each one suited to put out a certain type of fire caused by various materials. For example, class A (indicated by a green rectangle) can put out solids such as wood or plastic while class K (indicated by a black hexagon) is for fires from cooking oils and fats. Get one with a Class A:B:C as it can put out fires from solids, flammable liquids, and flammable gases. It would be best to place your fire extinguisher somewhere easily accessible or in rooms where fires are most likely to start, like the kitchen.

Prohibit Smoking Indoors

You’ll be surprised by how much damage a single lit cigarette can cause. In the United States alone, it caused one in three accidental house fires with fatalities. Don’t worry because it’s quite easy to prevent a house fire caused by a cigarette. First, refrain from smoking in bed, even if there’s an ashtray on the side table. Second, ban smoking inside your home altogether. Smoking inside the house is bad because it causes your housemates to inhale second hand smoke, which is just as dangerous as first hand smoking. Lastly, don’t allow smokers to just throw their cigarette stubs over the balcony and onto the lush green grass of Tagaytay Highlands— this can still cause a fire. Provide an ash tray or a bucket of sand for them to put out their cigarette in. Before throwing away the stubs, douse them in water for good measure.

Keep Anything Flammable Away from Children

Children are naturally curious; a mother won’t be surprised to find her child squeezing a tube of toothpaste just to find out how it looks like when empty. Unfortunately, some children may cause unintentional fires while playing around with flammable materials. Keep lighters and matches away from their tiny hands to avoid any mishaps. Educate them on what about the uses and dangers of these things and teach them not to play with it. Otherwise, you are risking your family and your home’s safety. Not only will a burning home be terrifying for a family, but it will also be traumatizing for a child to know that he or she might have caused the fire.

Have an Escape Plan

When a fire starts in your home, the tendency is for you and your family to panic. To avoid this, have an escape plan prepared and practice it with your family at least once a year. Know the best routes and avoid any window that can be locked shut. If you are in a high rise building, never lock or block the fire exits and stairways.

This fire prevention month, take the time to equip your club homes with the necessary equipment needed to put out a fire. If a fire does happen, you need not worry about aid, for Tagaytay Highlands has a dedicated 24-hour fire-fighting team you can count on.