Weekend in Tagaytay

Speedy was invited to a christening party in Alfonso, Cavite and the baby’s mother asked him to bring his family. The christening was Sunday (yesterday) and Speedy suggested we drive to Tagaytay on Saturday afternoon and spend the night there. And so we did.

Time was when a day’s trip to Tagaytay meant picnics and swimming at Sierra Grande resort. Sierra Grande folded up a long time ago and picnics in Tagaytay are no longer what they used to be. You can’t even get roadside tables and chairs without paying for them. Worse, many of the quaint little eateries have been replaced by fast food chains. Instead of small restaurants offering home cooked bulalo, there are large establishments with quartets “serenading” diners for a fee. The singers can’t even memorize their lines properly. You can’t view Taal volcano from the road because business establishments block the view. There is an ongoing construction there now, a multistory hotel right on the ledge and you can just imagine what that means. One of these days, you’ll have to check in to a hotel or eat at their restaurants just to get a glimpse of Taal volcano.

Sam wasn’t too unhappy though because the cool air meant we could keep the windows down. She was taking photos nonstop and, as usual, she captured some pretty interesting stuff like this car whose owner is proudly a Sanrio fan.

Car with Hello Kitty design
Car with Hello Kitty design

I wasn’t too unhappy either because we discovered Java Jazz and the paintings were awesome. We went home too with the kind of loot that will keep me occupied for months. Perhaps, even years.

Fruit trees from Tagaytay

Fruit trees, baby… fruits trees. Kalamansi, avocado, Ponkan orange, lime and sampalok. I will finally be replacing a lot of ornamental plants in the garden. We already have lots of herbs and now we’ll have a variety of fruit trees too in addition to the lone mango tree that is already flowering beautifully. Where did I get them?

Every time we go to Tagaytay, one of the last stops is always Mahogany Market. We brought an ice chest and I was all set to buy Batangas beef. But it was crowded and we had to park behind the fruits section. Sam, my photographer for the day, was all set to walk with me to the meat section when… What luck! We parked right beside the sellers of herbs and grafted fruit trees.

Grafted fruit trees
Grafted fruit trees

I hope you can read the labels. There were so many varieties that I had a hard time deciding which ones I wanted. I don’t have a one-hectare garden so I had to content myself with just five. The price was P250 per tree but, you know, it’s a market and one has to haggle. I was able to get five trees for P1000.00 plus a few potted herbs for free.

If you’re not into fruit trees but prefer flowering trees that can perfume your garden, there are flowering trees too like ylang-ylang and champaca.

Trees for sale

All I need to do know is decide where my kalamansi, avocado, Ponkan orange, lime and sampalok trees should go.

  • happy joy

    Naisip ko bigla, dito sa Dubai, bawal na maglagay ng kahit anong extra sa exterior ng mga kotse ng walang prior approval from the transport authority. Pinapatanggal nga yung Philippine flag sticker sa likod ng kotse ko. Ayoko nga.

    Di pa naman ako nakukulong…

  • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

    That was exactly how I felt — nataranta ako and couldn’t decide what to buy. Actually, Sam also wanted cashew but I wouldn’t know where to plant a 6th tree. 7th na nga if I count the mango.

    • Nikita

      Inggit na naman ako! I wish I had a big garden; I really want my own fruit trees. :-/

      • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

        Lipat kayo dito hehehehe

        • http://www.karmichan.blogspot.com Karmi

          Wow, Connie, you’re lucky. This is what I miss about tropical Philippines- a garden filled with fruit-bearing trees. And mango! Not only is it delicious to have but it’s so pretty. It’s such an attractive tree.

          • http://titorolly.blogspot.com rolly

            What do you know? We were also at Tagaytay for an overnight stay. Well, I didn’t go to any place as I opted to stay in the room, sleep and enjoy the cool weather while wife and friend went to the casino. Sayang at hindi tayo nagkita. Nailibre mo sana ko ng kahit starbucks man lang hehehe

          • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

            Wow, sayang nga! Where’d you stay? We were at Royale Parc.

          • http://titorolly.blogspot.com rolly

            we stayed in View Point, just a little beyond the radar station. Dun kami madalas at sanay na kami dun.

          • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

            My cousins will soon be renting out their Tagaytay house for short stays. Right on the ridge. Anyway, will post details when available.

  • http://www.kotsengkuba.com kotsengkuba

    connie, baka pagdating ng araw e masira ng mga ugat nyang mga itatanim mong puno yang bahay nyo. dito sa bakuran ng biyenan ko may parang lumanang kamalig/tambakan sila na sira-sira na, gusto ko sana i-convert nalang namin greenhouse kaso lang syempre, di naman amin tong bakuran.

    dito ako sa byenan ko nag-stay ngayon, malapit lang sa tagaytay haven. homeboy ako while si misis works in manila ;-)

    • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

      Kaya nga hindi pwedeng itanim ng masyadong malapit sa bahay. Dapat at least 5 meters from the wall. Sarap ng buhay mo ngayon ah. Enjoy!

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  • http://bragsimply.blogspot.com Dinah

    wow, great finds Ms Connie! and nice that you have a place to grow them :-)

  • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

    Actually, some ornamental plants will have be uprooted but I don’t mind. I’ve always dreamed of having fruit trees and vegetables in the garden. :)

  • http://www.annalyn.net ajay

    OMG, ang cute ng car. Sorry if am noticing it first. My Hello Kitty thumb is greater than my green thumb :D

  • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

    HAHAHAHA naglilihi ka ba, Ajay? LOL

  • http://kwentongwalangkwenta.com auee

    Okay yan ha. I’d love to have trees in the garden :-) Parang sa probinsya when I was growing up. Goodluck!

  • emy M

    What a fantastic week-end!!!I’m happiest when I’m in a nursery because gardening is my therapy.
    So,nanlaki ang mga mata ko when I saw the clearly
    labeled fruit trees.Nataranta ako!!
    You brought home a great selection of fruit trees
    that you got for a bargain.Very lucky.
    I know all of them except for Ponkan orange,Marang and Bignay.Rosal is called Gardenia
    here and lately it’s being used for bridal bouquet
    because of it’s fragrance.
    Ang daming project ni Speedy.Enjoy.

  • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

    Happy Joy, grabe naman, para sticker lang.

    Alam mo, Auee, although I grew up in the city, my grandmother had fruit trees galore behind her house (next door to ours). And I’ve always wanted to recreate that atmosphere of living in a house with lots of trees beside it.

  • http://kryzteta.blogspot.com Christine

    Inggit din ako! I grew up in a house with lots of fruit bearing trees and I’m missing them now :( We live in a townhouse and I only have small potted plants.

    Ms. Connie, would you know if calamansi will thrive in a pot?

  • http://www.techypunky.com Adrian

    na miss ko na tagaytay saka yung isang tao dun :(

  • http://www.techypunky.com Adrian

    Nice car po. Cute ng setup, btw banda saan po sa tagaytay yung nasa picture?

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  • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

    Near the Mendez junction.

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