December 4, 2008


Again we started the day with a plentiful breakfast. Like I have experienced in the states, sharing food with guests is an important part of Filipino culture. And here – in Manila – I am a guest everywhere I go! This morning we had one of my favorite Filipino sweet snacks after breakfast – turon.

Today Jonathan and his sister took me to Tagaytay to see the lake, crater, and beautiful surrounding terrain. On the drive up we passed rice patties, pineapple farms and banana trees, fruit stands, and villages. The air cooled as our car climbed the mountain. Upon reaching the top the view opened up before us. The crater and lake are amazing – sparkling water encircled by a landscape of lush greenery. Small villages dot the banks of the lake down in the crater. The peak in the center of the lake is a reminder that the Philippine Islands are part of the Pacific ring of fire.

After taking in the view we went to lunch at Sonya's Garden, a beautiful restaurant . It is set in a serene and relaxing environment – situated in a greenhouse in the middle of lush gardens. The cuisine is made with fresh vegetables and herbs grown on premises. Following our meal we walked through the gardens, looking at the plants and flowers. In addition to being a restaurant, this unique places is a bed and breakfast and spa.

Tagaytay is amazing – one of the most beautiful places I have had the fortune to visit. I understand why the author included it in the book 1000 Places To See Before You Die. I hope to have the opportunity to come back again sometime.


Mandy said...

Thanks for sharing. What is Turon? Tell us more!

Jessica + Jonathan said...

Turon is sweet snack. It's banana & jackfruit wrapped in thin pastry, coated in sugar, & fried. Not very healthy - but good!

Mandy said...

Whats a jackfruit?

Jessica + Jonathan said...

Jackfruit is a fruit that grows on trees in Southeast Asia - it's good! Here's the wikipedia page about it -