So, this is actually a months-late post, and it’s one that I really like. It’s not a travel guide or anything, it’s just a fun experience for me.
This happened last November, when out of the blue, my friend Yam asked us if we wanted to go an a road trip to Tagaytay that very same night. See, me and my close friends Yam and Mich are always planning a get-together, but it can be challenging to find a time when everyone is available. There’s work, side projects, errands and activities with the family, and so and so. And you know how we Filipinos say, Pag biglaang lakad, natutuloy.
“Tagaytay tayo mamaya?”
So we went. Yam picked us up, and Mich brought boxes of nachos for road snacks. I’m unembarrassed to say I was the one who ate most of it. It was a long weekend, but it was the middle say and so traffic was very light. From Alabang, we reached Tagaytay in maybe an hour or so.
First stop. We had a late-night dinner at Bulalo Capital. Tbh, I’m not really a big fan of bulalo because I find the soup rather bland, but I agree with everyone that bulalo and Tagaytay is a perfect combination. The soup warmed us up amid the chill climate of Tagaytay. Also, a lot of times, it’s the company that counts so overall this was a good stop.
Bulalo Capital is located along other bulalo restaurants, and it’s pretty popular so you can’t miss it.
Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe
We then decided to have hot drinks at Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe. This is a bed and breakfast, with a 24-hour cafe. Dreamland has a unique interior — a mix of modern and bohemian aesthetics that are popular in Facebook and Instagram. There are picture frames lined up on walls, dreamcatchers, artsy knickknacks. My impression is that the decorators had carefully selected each piece to add. Or it’s just a pretty randomness.
In the middle of the cafe is a stage for live music performances. There wasn’t any live band when we visited, so we just took turns taking pictures there.
Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe requires a P100 entrance fee, which is consumable. We had hot chocolate and kapeng batangueno for drinks, red velvet cake and dreamcake for dessert. The red velvet cake is good, while the dreamcake falls short — Mich says it tastes differently from the original dreamcake, although this one is cheap at about P200 per slice. For me, the food here is okay lang, that is to say, I won’t go here for the food per se but the photo-op and ambiance.
We had a good time here and finally had that long-awaited catch up!
Update 2020: Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe has relocated to a new home in Batangas.
Before driving back home, we dropped by Cecilia’s Buco Pie and Pasalubong. I bought a box of their buko pie, which is a winner. I like it better than Colette’s, and it only costs P230. Friends tell me the tarts are also good, so I’d like to try that next time.
We left Manila at about 11PM and came home at 6-7AM. Good times. 🙂