Allea Real Estate

Allea Real Estate
Real Estate in Davao City, Philippines

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Cliff House...

Is an exclusive complex located in Tagaytay Ridge, which boasts of a fantastic view of the lake and Taal Volcano.

The place is composed of The Inn ( for those who opt to stay longer.

But for those who want to enjoy the view while spending time with friends and family on a day trip only, restaurants like Boun Giorno, Cafe Platito, Fire Lake Grill and Cafe Breton can be found there.

We had our lunch at Boun Giorno. And the food was awesome!

I ordered Osco Bosso with Risotto. It's a very tender veal meat with sauce. Risotto is buttered rice. :) Combine both and you have a very scrumptious meal...

                                Nina said the lamb was also delicious!

                                    Even their sandwich looks good huh?! :) John was happy.

Marlic ordered steak , her favorite when she goes to Boun Giorno. :)

So imagine that, good food with good friends plus a cool,  nice breeze while watching the beautiful view of Taal Lake and Volcano...  awesome right?!  I'm so lucky. And I thank God for giving me the chance to be there.

         It looked foggy that day. :) But we didn't mind. The breeze was cooler than the aircon!


Op kors! Any vacation won't be complete without pictures right? LOL

                      Yours truly with my friend, Marlic and her beautiful daughter , Katrina.

The address:

          Km. 58, General Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Maharlika East,
          Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines

So when you're in Manila, make sure that you visit Tagaytay. You will not regret it! :)

It's more fun in the Philippines, indeed!


                                                                Lea C. Walker


Friday, January 27, 2012

Tagaytay - A Cool Getaway!

We had to fly to Manila for some paperworks. So when my friend Marlic, found out about it, she said that John and I should visit Tagaytay as well. The nicest thing about it is that she offered to drive us there. I am so glad that she did because it was one memory that I will never forget! Thank you kapatid. :)

Around 7 a.m. on our 2nd day in Manila, I asked her if I should bring a jacket. She said that the weather is unpredictable. Sometimes it is cold, but sometimes it's just cool. So I said, I can handle cool. You know, like 23 degree celsius. That's normal in our house with John around. lol

We were supposed to leave early but Marlic got stuck in traffic. You know why? The people from Bourne Legacy were setting up their things in preparation for the movie's shooting. Of course, it caused traffic jam! Duh...  Rumor is that their permit was for Saturday but I think they got too excited and went with the preparation days ahead of time. lol

John and I didn't mind. We were at Pancake House for breakfast after all. :) I feel bad for Marlic because she had to suffer for 2 hours at least. Terrible huh?!

When Marlic arrived, we didn't waste time anymore. But left hurriedly for Tagaytay. :) We were nearing the toll gate when she told me to prepare my camera because there's something interesting at the Coke plantation. She remembered my giant photo of the Silver Swan Soy Sauce during our Manila Roadtrip two years ago. This time, I was able to take photos of the giant canned Coke and Sprite. They're taller than the factory!

SLEX, the highway going to Tagaytay, is wide and smooth. I'm glad that traffic wasn't bad anymore. Not as bad as Marlic's earlier experience, that is. hehe...

When we reached Laguna, it felt like we entered a different world. The place seemed quieter and more peaceful. Plus having trees all around was like a breath of fresh air. We were staying in Makati area. So with the high rise buildings all around, it just felt crowded to me.

Travel time was more or less 2 hours, including rest room stops. :) I so loved the trip. The furnitures on the road were amazing. Then there were road vendors selling beautiful and colorful flowers! Plus of course the view. Unbelievable...

And the weather? It was cool, indeed.

Will write about that soon... :)

                                                                 Lea C. Walker

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pit Senor! :)

Hey, I feel like it's been forever!  Happy New Year , my family and friends. :)

It took me a long time to write again because I've had a very stressful and troubling two weeks. Maybe I will be able to share it with you in the near future. For now, I'll give this time to talk about the reason why every January, there are several Sinulog Festivals in the Philippines, the biggest of which is the one in Cebu.

He's the baby Jesus. But we call him Sr. Sto. Nino.

My grandmother had him and was passed on to mama, when lola died. I believe, our Sto. Nino has been in our family for at least 100 years.

So every January, mama leads a 9 day Novena. And it ends every January 15.

The novena is all about thanksgiving, asking for forgiveness and requests. Our novena booklet is really old. It used to be light yellow but has turned to brown already. hehe.. It is in visayan and some words are in Latin. If you listen to the prayer, you will know how miraculous the black Sto Nino is. I love the rhytm of the wordings. It's like a slow rap of prayers. :)

Over the years, I've seen our Sto. Nino's face looked grim. But mostly , he's smiling. :) You can see it from the picture above right?

He used to have a white dress. But one night, mama dreamt that a little black boy came to her and asked for a red one. So since then, we usually buy a red cape for him.

So amidst the big parade during the Sinulog celebration, the loud music, the good food and the fun - this little black child is the reason. 

Let's not forget to light a candle and say a prayer. If you're catholic, encourage your children to join the novena. That's one good value you're passing on there. With what's happening in the world, we need God's guidance and help every day right? Our little boys and girls need it more. Them, being the future generation. :)

                                               Marco with our Patron Saint. :)

       The sumptous dinner afterwards. Shrimps, beefsteak, lechon kawali, spaghetti with garlic bread. :)

There was never a reason for us to go to Cebu, because we have had Sinulog in our home since we were children. :)

But next year, I promised mama that I will take her there.  If God permits... :)

                                                             Lea C. Walker