Staycation To-Do List

I’ve been in Tagaytay for 5 days now and just went outside once– to buy groceries. I’m staying at Crosswinds Resort Suites which isn’t that famous of a place but is very nice– nicest in Tagaytay, in my opinion.

I can say that this is the best staycation ever…so far. Tagaytay is known for it’s cold weather and the raining also helped in getting me comfy. And yes, I’m planning to do more of this in between energy-consuming adventures.

Here are a few things that I think makes a staycation:

1. Sleeping past noon. Or waking up early to eat and sleeping again til afternoon. This is what I’ve been doing for the past 5 days.

2. Watching a movie. Of course, what else are you to do while eating.

3. Eating comfort food. In my case, it’s ramen, banana dipped in nutella, ice cream, and, of course, coffee can’t be missed.


4. Only wearing oversized shirt and shorts. And walk, eat, and lay around in it all day.

5. Being in good company. It’s the boyfriend for me now. But it can be a friend or even someone from your family.

Well, there’s only five items because there isn’t really much to do in a staycation. Staycations are for relaxing from all the work and all the thinking you’ve been doing.

I think everyone should do this at least once every 2-3 months! I hope you all find the time and the perfect place to do this.

AM

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Gudo, so good-o

Today, Raffy and I went to try Gudo. It is just a little spot along Congressional Ave. The place is small with two four-seaters and a five-seater bar.

The 5-seater meant for sharing

 

Once again, I didn’t expect much. Its location isn’t for commuters as there aren’t any public transpo passing by. There are only tricycles and it’s also not a usual route for them.

As we enter, one table is occupied by a family. We sat beside their table and we were handed menus by the waiter.

On the menu are: 6 pizza variations, 3 types of pasta, and 4 choices of drinks (coke, coke zero, iced tea in glass, iced tea in a pitcher).

The pricing is average for the pasta and cheap for the pizzas. A pitcher of iced tea costs P50.

I ordered my safety food, spaghetti and meatballs. It costs P145 but a serving was enough for the both of us.

Spag and meatballs for P145

 

It’s really good though I didn’t like the meatballs. I like their glasses. It’s upcycled and cute!

For the pizza, we tried another safety flavor– 3-cheese pizza! Today’s winner costs P140.

3-cheese pizza slash today’s winner

Thin crust and sticky cheese?? Yes yes yes!

The place isn’t airconditioned but the location is breezy so there’s really no need for an AC.

Gudo is perfect for family eat-outs. You can take you friends here, too! The address is 17 Congressional Ave. Extension, Pasong Tamo, QC.

AM

Getting to know Vigan

Antique Shop

Antique Shop

I am just writing what I can still remember.

This trip was a 2nd anniversary(we’re going on third) gift from my boyfriend. He knew I have always wanted to go here. We stayed in Vigan for two nights.

Before we start, here are the things that I knew I should try in Vigan:

  • Tour it
  • LONGGANISA
  • TAPA
  • Puque puque

Here we go.

We left the city by bus at 9pm and we arrived at Vigan at 4am. We immediately looked for a hotel with a reasonable price as we don’t plan on staying in that much. We found one for P900 per night in Mojica Residencia Hotel. It was a small room with AC, TV, and its own bathroom.

After settling our things down at the hotel, we ate breakfast at a coffee shop which name I forgot, I think it was Coffee Break. First try at a random coffee shop and I already fell in love with their longganisa and tapa.

And on the day went. The adventure was affordable. We rented a tricycle for P500 for the whole trip. Kalesas (horse carriages) cost P700 but we opted for a tricycle because it would be faster that way. All of the places we visited do not ask for entrance fee. Rather, they ask for donations.

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This is the Bantay Bell Tower. Bantay means to guard which was what they did here during the war

The most fun experience during the whole trip for me was the claypot-making!

Pot-making!! The mud felt good for the skin

Pot-making!! The mud felt good for the skin

Mirrors used to be expensive in the earlier eras because they had to be imported. In the early Philippines, owning a mirror lets people know you are rich

Mirrors used to be expensive in the earlier eras because they had to be imported. In the early Philippines, owning a mirror lets people know you are rich

He's trying to crochet

He’s trying to crochet

I bought a crochet-ed blanket here for P200. It is still my favorite blanket to date.

This is in the Hidden Garden. The BEST empanada costs P40

This is in the Hidden Garden. The BEST empanada costs P40

THE BEST AVOCADO ICE CREAM

THE BEST AVOCADO ICE CREAM

Vigan at night

Vigan at night

The boyfriend inside the Bantay Bell Tower

The boyfriend inside the Bantay Bell Tower

He took this photo here because his late-grandfather had same photo in the same spot with the same pose

He took this photo here because his late-grandfather had same photo in the same spot with the same pose

After the trip, we had dinner at Cafe Leona where he had made a reservation (and I thought, “you made a reservation for this but not for the hotel. Hahaha!”). It was an Italian restaurant and I remember liking their pasta.

On the second day, we didn’t do much except walk around Vigan. For lunch, we tried Gaizel’s carienderia. The boyfriend said he had read so much about it and, thank God, it didn’t disappoint! The food was very affordable (carinderia price at P20+/dish) and delicious!

Before leaving on the third day, I didn’t let myself miss the opportunity to try Puke-Puke. It is a dish made with eggplant and ground pork.

Looking back, I knew made the most out of the trip and that I was able to do everything I needed to try and the ones I didn’t know about. However, I just wish I haven’t been so shy to take good pictures. Back then, I didn’t want to look like a tourist.

I couldn’t remember much about the trip because it is almost a year ago. Except that I loved the food (obviously, it is mostly what I can remember) and that I enjoyed the view. It was really a memorable experience for me. And I thank the best boyfriend ever for it!!

AM

Friuli Trattoria

I have been hearing of this place for about two years now. I have passed this restaurant multiple times but I didn’t pay much attention to it.

Now, I didn’t expect much from Friuli Trattoria. When I got inside, it was a normal fastfood setting. But I noticed that the place was packed. 

Friuli’s ambiance on the second floor

We took a table upstairs and ordered. We were told that the pasta were good for sharing. We ordered Puttanesca (today’s winner) and Spicy Tuna pasta and Cheese and Pepperoni pizzas.

 

Puttanesca costs P140. Up to 3 persons can share

  

Spicy Tuna for P145. Same serving size as Puttanesca

   

Pepperoni and Cheese cost P190 each

I think my low expectation of the place helped in my surprise when I tasted its food but it is really good! Sulit!

Try it now! It is located at #79A Maginhawa St., UP Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Happy eating!

AM