It started as a silly joke when my friends came to Bacolod… at least I thought it was… that we were going to see the Philippines from A to Z.  But we seem to be stuck on letter B… Bacolod then Batangas… and I think they’re seriously thinking about Batanes this summer.

A road trip it is to around Batangas after the New Year.    There are a lot to see in Batangas since it is a combination of plains and mountains.  It is home to the world’s smallest volcano located in a scenic lake.  It has pristine beaches and spectacular dive site… enchanting mountains and fertile farm lands… and of course it is in Taal Lake where you will find the  Sardinella tawilis or simply tawilis, a species of freshwater sardine that is endemic to the lake.  Along with Vigan in Ilocos Sur, Batangas has well preserved colonial architectures

early morning drive to Batangas via Tagaytay

The province is fairly near to Metro Manila, which is a good option for short trips though we stayed for 3 days and 2 nights at Talisay, Batangas.  It was suppose to be a relaxed and comfortable itinerary with lots of time to chill out and unwind.  As always, I could never recall expenses for the trip… especially now we have a designated treasurer for life (mommy Myra).


Meet-up was at 5:00am for the QC people.  We were to wait for them at Tropical Hut in Bacoor, Cavite at 5:30am.  May protesta pa yun! Bakit daw lamang kami ng 30mins na tulog? We got to Bacoor around 5:30am, only to find out that Tropical Hut closed down and found Shakey’s instead… We ordered pizza and iced tea while we waited.  Before the pizza could be served, our friends arrived and ordered coffee.

  • breakfast at Bag of Beans, Tagaytay
  • checked-in at Club Balai Isabel in Talisay, Batangas
  • dinner at RSM
  • back to Club Balai Isabel in Talisay, Batangas


It was well past midnight when we all went to slept… so we agreed not to do our plans for the second day.  Though I really wanted to go to Taal Town, I was not so excited about it since I couldn’t walk very well… actually, I was walking in pain most of the time.  By 11:00 a.m., we were all dressed and had no where to go.  Everyone was thinking of where to have brunch.  Our deisgnated driver, Atty. Leezl said we’ll have lunch at Taal.  Natuloy din kahit late na.  The challenge now was to find our way to the town of Taal.  Sabi ni GPRS, it was 30+mins away.

  • dinner at Mohogany Market, Tagaytay
  • coffee at Starbucks, Tagaytay
  • back to Club Balai Isabel in Talisay, Batangas


We can sleep in late before check-out since we won’t be driving back to Manila before 5:00 p.m. because of coding.  We finally got to tour around the resort before leaving.  Took some photos by the lake.  The resort actually had a magnificent view of the lake and Taal volcano.  But I contented myself with shoots from the parking lot.  Walking on the sandy shore would be pushing my luck too far.

  • tour around Club Balai Isabel after check-out
  • lunch at Mahogany Market, Tagaytay
  • coffee at Bag of Beans, Tagaytay
  • back to Manila
Lakwatsera Academy (as Doc fondly calls the group) at the Galleria Taal
Lakwatsera Academy (as Doc fondly calls the group) at the Galleria Taal


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