Sunday, July 12, 2009

Weekend Escape: Moon Garden, Tagaytay

So much is happening right now...some thrilling, and some extremely stressful! Each not related to the other and some may have a wee bit to do with this blog :) I’ll post about it soon but for now here are some photos from another weekend getaway, this one much closer to home.

I’ve mentioned Tagaytay before, just a drive away from the city and fairly easy to get to...although anything south of the city can be quite a headache right now as they are doing works on the highway. In any case, mum-in-law gifted us with a night’s stay in a hidden gem of a place she discovered.


Appropriately enough, in these frenetic times, the place is a pocket of absolute tranquillity. It’s filled to bursting with brilliant foliage that seems to tuck themselves into every nook and cranny. Secret corners are hidden about where old wooden benches share the space with wild flowers and creeping vines. Kick-knacks like ceramic moons and elephants pop up in unexpected place, peeking out in between the plants. Huts with big comfy sofas lie as if floating in the middle of ponds lined with lily pads.

This is exactly the place to be if you need some time to exhale and listen to the crickets – which I think we all do once in a while, even the most boisterous and crowd-loving of us!


Our casita seemed almost overgrown with vigorous vines with big shiny green leaves and unidentified fruit. A wrought iron table and chair sat beside it, right next to a small field of pineapple. I had no troubles settling in immediately for a deep, worry-free nap, lulled by the comforting swish of the ceiling fan.

They grow their own organic vegetables on the grounds (plants thrive here...as they do all over Tagaytay) and, predictably because of this, they serve an awesome house salad. With something like four kinds of lettuce and seven kinds of vegetables, and two kinds of dressing, it was delicious and fresh and a perfect example of how fantastic salads can be when well-cared-for ingredients are used and a little thought is put into it.


Because C and my jobs don’t allow us any long vacations at present (no weeks-long, cross continent holidays for us right now!), I like to make sure we still take these short little jaunts “away from it all” to relax and recharge. With the right outlook even the shortest hops can seem like a holiday, and a night in a new place can be an adventure :)

More food (in particular breakfast!) soon...I promise!

24 comments:

Anh said...

Oh so nice! I would love to travel more, but well, time is a limiting factor for me!

Waiting to see more of your food.

Cecilia said...

This is so intoxicatingly beautiful! I would like to live here ... Perhaps as a second home, as I am still a city girl like you!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a calm and peaceful place!

Cheers,

Rosa

♥peachkins♥ said...

I'm soo jealous. I was wanting to go to Moon Garden but I don't have any time.

Junglefrog said...

This sure looks beautiful and peaceful!

Bea said...

Joey, this place looks amazing. I'm quite there, details please.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anh! I know what you mean...C and I can’t take anything more than these weekend trips right now, but we try to make it as fun as we can, even if it’s just an hour away! :)

Hi Cecilia! Yes, I’m still a city girl at heart...but I love to escape to places like this when I need some quiet :)

Hi Rosa! It truly was :)

Hi Peachkins! It’s a really restful place...and very near the other places in Tagaytay if you’d like to explore :) Hope you get to go one of these days!

Hi Junglefrog! It was really a nice find...a lovely spot to relax!

Hi Bea! We really enjoyed just vegging out (no pun) here :) You can find their details at their website: moongardentagaytay(DOT)com

Irene said...

Oh, it looks just gorgeous! So very green and peaceful. I'm glad you got a chance to get away for a little bit!

villavilla said...

i just want to tell you how i love your blog! you take great pictures! what type of camera you use and what software do you use to create your collage?

why 80 breakfasts?

Katrina said...

How lovely that looks! And it really is a hidden gem -- we have a house in Tagaytay, but I've not heard of this yet. How long has it been around and where exactly is it?

Marvin said...

Tagaytay looks so beautiful. You're lucky to even get away for just a weekend! Can't wait to hear your news.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Irene! Thanks :) We enjoyed it!

Hi Villavilla! Thank you for your nice comment! I use a Nikon D40x and I do the collages on Picasa...it’s a free software and very simple to use :) I have yet to learn Photoshop! 80 Breakfasts because I love breakfasts and when I started this blog I thought I would be posting more breakfast posts...but as you can see it’s a little bit of everything! :)

Hi Katrina! I think it’s fairly new...you turn into a small road opposite Country Suites and drive a short way (very short!) way to get there. It’s actually really easy to find! You can find a map in their website: moongardentagaytay(DOT)com

Hi Marvin! Tagaytay is nice because it’s not too far from the city (and easy drive – except now the traffic is horrible because there are road works on the highway/Skyway) and has lots of little places to discover! Another added bonus for us suffering the city heat is that it’s cooler there :)

Midge said...

Waah! It looks so pretty and restful!

Zoe said...

What an amazing getaway! Lucky!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Midge! It was! And not far from the city either!

Hi Zoe! We were lucky – it was a gift :)

Jude said...

How I miss Tagaytay. I'm planning a visit before the end of the year and hopefully I can drop by.

iya said...

pretty!

also check out chateau hestia. :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Jude! How exciting! Hope you have a good trip and do get to drop by :)

Hi Iya! We actually had dinner in Chateau Hestia that night...although since it was night time we couldn't really appreciate the gardens...next time!

Bordeaux said...

Hope life becomes more stress free soon. I'm sure weekends away to stunning little places like this makes it better. How I miss friendly little resorts in Asia...

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Bordeaux! You have some pretty stunning place over where you are as well :)

Moon said...

Hi Thank You for your lovely blog

How to contact MoonGarden:

09175023118 or

moongardentag@gmail.com

Mccoy said...

I have just visited this place a few days ago and your words really just drew the place quite clearly. =)

- Mccoy
http://lakad-pilipinas.blogspot.com

ChichaJo said...

Thanks for the contact details Moon!

Hi Mccoy! Glad this post reflected the place well :)

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