Lunch at Tagaytay, City | Balay Dako by Antonio’s

The pandemic has brought us a lot of anxieties, but truth be told: I didn’t have so many things to adjust in terms traveling because I am the only person I know who is not fond of going places. However, it was also frightening going to and from work because of the danger this health crisis poses.

Early December of 2021, when we think COVID-19 cases were decreasing, I finally gave in to have lunch outside the City hehe.

Taken at Balay Dako at Antonio’s

We left Manila at around 8:30-9am-ish and arrived at Tagaytay at 11:30am. It was Monday so the restaurant opens exactly at noon, unlike weekends that they open earlier at around 11:00 am. I was expecting lesser people since it was Monday, but still the place was full.

When we arrived, we have given a number (since we do not have a reservation because the trip was spontaneous). The guard checked our temperature as well and we fill-out an online contact tracing form. We were instructed to just wait in the car and not to roam around while waiting for the restaurant to open.

The weather was cold since it was December. When we got in and ready to order, there was an online menu you may look at and it can be accessible via the in-house internet connection exclusive only for viewing the said menu. Globe signal wasn’t good also, so you won’t be able to use your Globe mobile data; on the other hand, SMART mobile internet has a good reception.

Taken at Balay Dako

Since there were a lot of people, roaming around wouldn’t be an option plus you also want to keep a social distance because of the current health situation.

We ordered their Sinigang na Baboy (good for 3 to 4 persons) and Calamares (good for 1 to 2 persons). The food gets easily cold because of the weather. The area was clean, and open so less anxiety because the airflow is good. The sinigang was good and its pork is tender. The calamares isn’t crunchy like the ones in Dencio’s, Gerry’s Grill, Kuya J’s haha sorry those were my comparisons since I don’g usually go out of the city or eat in areas where it merits to stay long (for the past three years) — hotels, formal dine-ins, etc.

We didn’t stay long in Tagaytay because it also good to not be caught in traffic when late afternoon came. We were in Manila at around 2:30 PM (yes, went to Tagaytay just to eat hehe) and went to Ayala Malls Manila Bay to continue Christmas shopping. It was nice, very few people as well because it was a Monday.

To cap off the day, we went to Harbor Square in Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay to get a glimpse of the sunset to make the most of the day that I had the time to go out.

Taken at Harbor Square, Pasay City. #nofilter

These places are still open despite of the lockdowns and changes in quarantine classifications here and there. Make sure that you wear your face mask, keep your social distance, and better to dine out and choose places with good airflow.

Estancia Resort Hotel, Tagaytay City

“Your work is your art and your art is your craft.” As Tina Fey rolled it. I couldn’t agree more. When I finished my Bachelor’s Degree, of course, I have to identify what will come right after and I have to say that planning all of these wasn’t easy. We always wonder what we need to do next and next and next. You just have to keep going and getting stuck wouldn’t be your option. *deep breath*

Blessed enough, I could say, well… maybe, I’m one of those people who can practice their craft having way too fun and loving every detail of it. It was a choice to pursue Marketing and Communication, and somehow between that, the universe luckily threw that option to me, shove it in my face and I went for it. Of course, there are so many things going on for me aside from that – additional academic units, writing, journalism, and many other things.

The perks of work are fascinating and working with intelligent people is one of those, traveling comes next and the list goes on and on. Well, depending on how you can see ‘what’ the perks are. We all have our own conversion when it comes to these things. Stressing it enough, what works for you might not for me and vice versa.

Confident and disciplined as I am (naks!), I always try to look at things in a positive light which I think we must do. If you’re having a hard time converting some of the negatives to positive ones, try to indulge yourself into sports! It can be football, triathlon or simply running. Sports can discipline and affect you in all unexpected aspects. You will be surprised that sports can really serve you well, more than just being fit and healthy.

Going to places for work is fun because you can explore and learn more about your colleagues. You will discover a lot of things about them, too.

Veranda View
 Imagine waking up to this view everyday? In addition, the Tagaytay weather is perfect; too far from the hotness of Manila.
Veranda view 
 Morning view. Priceless. 
One of the most beautiful Starbucks branches I’ve visited
 The coffee run. Very rare to have survived the day without it. 
Estancia Resort Hotel reception area

Estancia Resort Hotel view

The morning after

Truth be told, I don’t usually comb my hair but the view needed some capturing so I opted to have the shot in lieu with the beautiful scenery.

Estancia Resort Hotel
Zone II Brgy. San Jose
Tagaytay City, Cavite