Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tagaytay on Commute aka We don't have a car and we don't care
We all know Tagaytay as that cool city nestled found in Cavite but is very near Batangas. Haha I know it’s supposed to be in Cavite but I’ve always associated Tagaytay with Batangas. It is a surefire easy breezy destination to escape the humdrum of the city. It is the same surefire, easy and breezy way of going to Tagaytay that makes it a common destination for weekend daytrips. So common that it might as well be called a cliché. But however people try to classify Tagaytay, it is still a winner in my book. And despite being in Tagaytay for like the nth time, there are still other new facets of this city that I haven’t discovered til lately.
I used to go to Tagaytay via a private vehicle (how else? Duh) driven by a friend or a relative. I close my eyes and doze off and voila, I’m right smack in Magallanes square or Cliffhouse with all the restos and coffeeshops are. But what do you know, one can actually go to Tagaytay via bus. I pride myself with reading directions spot on. I also like to hop a bus to just go anywhere. Well, this time I think I can. Tagaytay ain’t too far and I think I can spend a quick day or two to inhale fresh air, go to markets and bring home some local goodies.
Bus fare is 110 pesos from Cubao to Magallanes Square in Aguinaldo Highway. Before, the buses going to Tagaytay and Batangas are separated from the Central Bus Terminal. But as of February, the buses going to Tagaytay, Batangas and other Southern Luzon areas are also stationed in the Central Bus Terminal along with Visayan-bound buses. All you have to do is ask for the buses of your destination.
The view from the bus is magnificent, it’s as if I am in a totally foreign place. I feel like this all the time, haha. And as soon as I and a couple of friends alighted at Cliffhouse, the cool February air greeted us almost sharply. It’s cold! The kind that sticks with you.
After a quick smoke, we took a jeep going Nasugbu and asked to be dropped off to Sonya’s Garden. The fare is around 15 pesos each. Inside the jeep, you’ll get to travel with locals and with some travelers and couples. It’s a great way to see Tagaytay up close and personal.