The Keys to Having a Perfect Vacation Home

For those who want to live in the perfect second home, look no further than Tagaytay Highlands. Situated on a mountain ridge a short drive away from Manila, its beautiful surroundings and relaxing atmosphere make it a perfect place to unwind. Its multi-themed vacation homes provide a wide spectrum of choice for buyers too, and while they are beautiful in their own right, owners can find ways to improve and personalize them even further.

After all, the way a home is decorated has a psychological impact on its owner. Here are some tips on making your living space more homey and relaxing.

 

Give your rooms functional aesthetics

While many consider the bedroom to be the only truly “personal” room in the house, owners should remember that it is not the only space that requires customization. Each and every one must be creatively harmonious so it may evoke a certain feeling when a person is in it.

Take note of the following manipulable elements that could heavily influence any room:

Decorations

Displaying items such as flowers, paintings, statues, and other little knick-knacks can do a lot to change the atmosphere of any given room. Perhaps consider adding a colorful vase of flowers in an otherwise monochrome space, or hanging an intricate painting against a plainly colored wall. Maybe even consider arranging your favorite items – such as books, collectibles, and other paraphernalia – in a strikingly aesthetic way for more effect.

Lighting

Any given room’s brightness will ultimately dictate its overall feeling. Dim, closeted rooms with heavy curtains convey a feeling of smallness and quiet, making it perfect for low energy activities such as sleeping, browsing the internet, watching TV, or reading an e-book. Bright rooms on the other hand, especially those that have high amounts of natural light, are great for active tasks like reading, sports, cooking, and the like. It’s also good for de-stressing and keeping your body clock in check. Basically, always ensure that your lighting matches your room’s function.

Paint

Painting the room the right colors can also affect your mood. Greens, blues, whites, greys, beiges and other natural tones can help keep the mood calm, away from any sort of energy. This is good for homes who desire a quainter look and have no desire for overly-eye catching features. However, keep in mind that the colors used will have an effect on our minds.

 

Takeaway

Remember that in order to make your Tagaytay vacation home as relaxing as possible, all you need to do is to customize it to your needs and preference. Pay attention to your decorations, lighting, and paint, as these are the three most prominent factors that affect any given home’s interior.

Tagaytay: The Perfect Weekend Getaway

Tagaytay has long been regarded as one of the most beautiful places to live in the country. With its naturally charming environment, pleasant views and the availability of a myriad of activities to partake in, it’s no wonder how it rose to be one of the preferred vacation spots in the country.

It has also been a primary area to look for vacation homes for sale given its proximity to areas of leisure and closeness to the capital make it a prime getaway giving residents access to great leisure destinations, perfect for family bonding.

Take a look at only some of the many nearby locations one can visit when in the area:

Visit the Sky Ranch

Perfect for a party of any size, the Sky Ranch is an intimate amusement park with rides for both kids and adults alike to enjoy. Equipped with a zip line, a Viking ride, a carousel, and the country’s tallest ferris wheel, it’s an absolute must-go for tourists and locals alike.

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See the Taal Volcano

When one thinks of picturesque spots in Tagaytay, the Taal Volcano and the surrounding lake always comes to mind. As one of the most alluring spots in the country, even a quick tour is sure to delight any traveler with a penchant for natural beauty.

Tour the People’s Park in the Sky

Built during the Marcos Era, this lavish mansion turned public park is a signature Philippine spot. What once stood as a testament to the excess of the country’s past governing powers now spends its days as a scenic, high-altitude area for people to enjoy.

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Live in Tagaytay Highlands

The country club, for one, stands as a universal recreation center filled to the brim with activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Within it lies a sports center – complete with an indoor basketball court, a billiards hall, and an indoor squash court, among others – that encourages the healthy lifestyle. It also houses several restaurants with different cuisine specialties that are sure to fit once taste.

Other amenities include golf courses, a spa and lodge, a country club with indoor recreational amenities like a lap pool and bowling lanes, an Animal Farm, sports center and a lot of nature activities for  people of adventurous spirit. Surely, there is an activity fit to one’s liking.

Tagaytay Highlands offers an unparalleled holistic lifestyle experience in the area. Why go far when you can have it all in one place? Be part of this community and you’ll never have to wonder about your next weekend again.

 

The Top 3 Books You Should Read this Month

Reading is usually considered to be an indoor activity, but for those who love to spend their time outside the walls of their home, it is a pursuit just as good anywhere else. Imagine reading a good book with its pages bathed in the natural light of the outdoors, while you yourself are seated under a large tree that shades you from the sun. The gentle, ambient sounds of nature lightly ring in your ears as you turn from one page to another, the wind delicately guiding your hand as you do so.

It is a relaxing image, and one that can easily be turned into reality for those who buy a vacation home for sale in Tagaytay Highlands. The cool, relaxing atmosphere, the all-around envelop of nature, and the peaceful community all stand as a testament to the harmonious tranquility that its properties offer.

So on your next visit to the property, make sure to bring a great book to enjoy while basking in nature’s charm. Here are our top picks, from international best sellers this month:

 

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The Girls on the Train’s book cover from the author’s official site.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Dubbed as the next “Gone Girl”, British author Paula Hawkins presented her readers with “The Girl on the Train”. A psychological thriller, the story follows the story of three women: Rachel, Megan, and Anna. With mystery and an unexpected betrayal as the heart of the story, it’s sure to keep readers always on the verge of flipping to the next page. This novel is slated to be adapted into a film by Dreamworks Pictures and is scheduled for release on October 2016.

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Louise Penny’s A Great Reckoning Book Cover from Amazon

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

An intricate old map resurfaces from the walls of the Three Pines bistro. While it first seems insignificant, over time, it then becomes the catalyst for a full blown mystery. When Armand Gamache receives it as a gift on his first day on the job, it guides him to places, both old and new, that he must conquer one way or another. The situation is then made even more complicated when his relationship with a mysterious, rough cadet named Amelia Choquet becomes the focus of the investigation. Their search for a resolution leads them to back to Three Pines – and a great reckoning.

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J.D. Robb’s Apprentice in Death book cover from Barnes & Noble.

Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb

When Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD is mired in a case that involves random killings at Central Park, she finds that they were executed with the use of a sniper rifle miles away – by someone well-trained in the use of it, no less. With the help of her husband, Roarke, she uncovers more information about the killer – or more specifically, killers. It turns out that there are two – an older and a younger – and that the expert is training the other in the science of killing for a future plan. When another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that some people are simply born to be evil.

5 Indoor Plants Ideal for your Vacation Home

Tagaytay, with its picturesque surroundings, cool climate, numerous recreational spots and overall beauty, is the perfect location for those looking to have a second home away from the hustle and bustle of daily city scene. Locals and foreigners alike actively seek Tagaytay for its vacation homes for sale, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Tagaytay Highlands – the country’s premier mountain resort community.

As the most sought after developer for its wide spectrum of vacation home properties, Tagaytay Highlands offers its residents more than just themed houses to live in. It also offers a wide range of amenities and recreational option for residents, club members and guests to enjoy – all this while surrounded by the majesty of nature.

Likewise, the life and grace of the outdoors can be just as easily brought inside your own home for you to delight in. Cozy up your personal space by bringing in low-maintenance plants – perfect for thriving in vacation homes.

Consider the following plants to spruce up your living space:

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Snake Plant

Comprised of long, green, vertical leaves that are sure to catch the eye, the Snake Plant is both decorative and functional. Upon placing it in free draining soil in a pot, it all becomes a matter of basic maintenance. It can survive in minimal sunlight, requires little water, and according to a study from NASA, it removes airborne household toxins (such as formaldehyde and benzene), which makes it the perfect houseplant.

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Peace Lily

The Peace Lily is a closet plant that can survive in nigh unfriendly conditions, making it robust enough to be able to live indoors with minimal care. It is characterized by the white hood-like leaf bracts that grow over its actual flowers, which make it a wonderful choice for those who prefer subtle indoor decoration.

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Jade Plant

Visually fascinating and a symbol for good luck, the Jade Plant is a popular choice among those who enjoy caring for plants in their homes and offices. Growing them properly is easy; they thrive in bright sunlight, cool temperatures, and require only moderate watering. While alluring on its own, it is best displayed alongside other, bigger plants to form a truly elegant indoor ensemble.

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Peperomia

Pepermomias come in numerous varieties, all of which make wonderful additions to any open space. Its bright, textured leaves coupled with its striking patterns allow it to adorn any place with relative ease. In addition, it is small and very easy to care for, only needing low to medium light and a spare amount of watering. Just make sure that its roots are not congested in order to allow air to circulate around it.

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Mint

Home cooks will be delighted to know that Mint can be grown indoors. Not only will it provide a fresh source of the ingredient, but it will also freshen up your home’s atmosphere with that crisp, signature smell we all know and love – all while keeping mosquitoes away. Luckily, maintaining it is all a matter of keeping it moist and exposing it to indirect sunlight.

Enthusiastic gardeners are not limited to the insides of their homes, though. They can visit the Greenlands and enjoy hectares of land dedicated to organic farming development. They can also visit the local pick and pay market, ensuring that they get only the freshest produce available.

Tagaytay Highlands also holds an annual tree planting activity for its residents, members, and their guest to enjoy – be sure to participate on its next run!

Soup for the Soul: Recipes for a Cold Day

If you’re one of the lucky ones who were able to procure a vacation house for sale in Tagaytay, then you’re primed and ready for a relaxing time. The cool atmosphere, the lush greenery, and the overall tranquil environment and steady rhythm of nature is sure to put you at ease.

Tagaytay is known for being one of the top places to go to in order to avoid the searing heat of the summer sun as the place is naturally cold, but sometimes, even when there, a little warming pick me up is still needed.

Check out the following soups you can easily prepare right at home:

 

Creamy Parmesan Tomato and Spinach Tortellini Soup

Only taking up to 30 minutes, this soup is undoubtedly fast and easy. Here is a breakdown of how to create it:

Ingredients:

  1. 2 tbsp butter
  2. whole onion, diced
  3. garlic and red pepper flakes, to taste
  4. 1/4 cup flour
  5. 3 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
  6. 1 can of diced tomatoes
  7. 8 oz. tortellini
  8. 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  9. Spinach, to taste
  10. 1/2 cup cream
  11. salt & pepper, to taste
  12. basil, to taste
  • Melt two tablespoons of butter in a pot and cook a whole onion, diced.
  • Add garlic and red pepper flakes and continue to cook for about one more minute.
  • Add 1/4 cup of flour and cook for another minute.
  • Add three cups of vegetable broth or chicken broth, a can of diced tomatoes, 8 ounces of tortellini, and let it boil.
  • When it boils, bring down the heat, and wait for the tortellini to cook for about ten minutes.
  • Add the half cup of Parmesan cheese and let it melt.
  • Add your spinach and the cream, salt and pepper.
  • Turn off the stove, remove from the heat, and top with basil. Enjoy!

 

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 cup rice
  2. butter, to taste
  3. 1 onion
  4. 1 garlic
  5. 1/4 cup carrots
  6. 1/4 cup celery
  7. 1 lb chicken breast
  8. milk/heavy cream, to taste
  9. lemon zest, to taste
  • The first thing you’ll do with this rice recipe, is of course, cook the rice.
  • In another pot, melt butter, and add onion, carrots, and celery, and when tender, add garlic.
  • Add four and a half cups of chicken broth, and 1/4 teaspoon each of marjoram, thyme, sage, and rosemary, and add salt and pepper.
  • Bring it to a boil, then add a pound of chicken breasts, then cover with a lid until the chicken is cooked. When the chicken is cooked, take it out of the pot then shred it. While you do this, put the rice into the soup.
  • In another pan, melt a little more butter and add flour to it. Whisk in milk until it thickens, then add that to the soup.
  • When the soup thickens after about five minutes, add the chicken back and let it simmer.
  • Add the heavy cream and lemon zest, and serve warm.

 

Baked Potato Soup

Who doesn’t love a nice warm serving of baked potatoes? Try doing it in soup form! To make this, you’ll need to:

Ingredients

  1. 6 bacon strips
  2. 1 cup melted butter
  3. 1/2 cup flour
  4. 8 cups of milk
  5. 4 peeled and cut potatoes
  6. 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  7. 1 cup shredded cheddar chesse
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Cook about six slices of bacon and crumble them.
  • Put them in a pot with a cup of melted butter.
  • Add half a cup of flour to that pot and while stirring, add eight cups of milk, four peeled and cut potatoes, and half a cup of chopped green onions.
  • Let it boil for about twenty minutes, then add a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, and half a teaspoon of salt.
  • Cover and let boil for about twenty more minutes. Add some more bacon and half a cup of sour cream, and cook for about five minutes.
  • Serve hot!

Cold days don’t have to stay that way – sometimes, all the body needs is warm bowl of soup and a roof over its head. This, coupled with Tagaytay’s lovely environment, is sure to be a simple yet heartwarming respite.