That impromptu getaway

As much as I want to keep this moment in private, I can’t help but to share it.

I’ve been sick and stressed out this week because of my what happened to my Girlfriend Rubyanne and to my other officemates in my former office. Added to that stress is the dreaded news from one of my closest guy friend. Work has been tolerable, but i’m still waiting for the approval of one of my proposal from my boss. That’s why I decided not to go home after my shift last saturday and to cancel all my appointments to stay in my random friend’s crib somewhere in Ortigas.

Truth be told that my friend’s place is one of the most relaxing houses in the Metro. The serenity of the place, the calming atmosphere and the house’s cleanliness makes it a perfect getaway for me. This guy friend (rather not be named just because), who’s been a confidante of mine for quite some time, offered me his place for he sensed my dire need to unwind.

No booze, no radio, no smoke and no unnecessary noise. He just let me relax and share his bed with me. We talked about things and ideas that we both shared, until I just fell to deep slumber.

The next day, we went out to have breakfast and to help him with his groceries. And little did I realized that he also want to go to Tagaytay just to have coffee and to be updated with his readings (such a bookworm!). It’s a good thing that I had a book with me and without having second thoughts, we’re off to the Tagaytay, wee! <3

But before our journey to Tagaytay starts, we made a quick detour to his parent’s resting place in Manila Loyola. We pay our respects and check the area if their family mausoleum was clean. It was like as if I was being introduced to his parents (informally/awkwardly) and it made me miss my sister who passed away before me and my siblings were born. The peaceful moment offered from the Memorial park has gave me this feeling that it’ll be okay in our journey.

As we continue our journey to Tagaytay, we talked everything and anything – our plans on establishing our own business, my plans on going back to school, his plans on having a vacation outside the country, and everything that we see on the road.

Our original plan was to stay at Starbucks Tagaytay and spend hours on our books. But the hour-long travel has made us hungry that we decide to eat at Bulalo Point, one of the best pig-out spots in Tagaytay and is famous for its wide choices of Bulalo Dishes.

We ordered Sinigang na Bulalo and it was heaven! The nipa huts, the string quartet, the chilly air and the sinfully delicious bone marrow soup is perfect for this occasion. The string quartet sang the Kenny Rogers’ classic, “You decorated my life” while we enjoy ourselves with the comfort food served infront of us. Such a sweet serenade methinks, but i’m with a close friend of mine and not with someone special (toinks!) but anyway…

After that awesome dinner “date” to Bulalo Point, we searched for a perfect place to have coffee. Luckily, I found this quaint cafe house, Filibeans. It was hidden behind one of the restaurants across the highway (I forgot the name, sigh!) and they offer different coffee variants from local provinces. They are also well-known for it’s Alamid Coffee, one of the rare and expensive forms of coffee made by Philippine Civet droppings. And since the said coffee costs a lot, we settle for the Finest Blend (for him) and Lolong’s Cappuccino (for me).

For me, Filibeans has this distinct aroma and taste for their coffee variants. Their store also has a majestic view of the Taal and it’s best to come here in the morning. Too bad we went to their store a wee bit late, I’ll be sure to come here again in the morning (I hope). 🙂

Overall, it was an experience that I will never forget. I may cancel all my appointments at that time (sorry guys pero may next time pa!) but it’s all worth it. Still hoping to do this again. And hopefully I can have a reliable camera phone to document everything with pictures.

(Ohai there, if you’re reading this, I miss you and sa uulitin! :P)


Cristal is a freelance web developer and content creator. She currently enjoys her freedom while learning new things outside the comforts of the office confines. She enjoys writing her geek exploits, tech innovations and many more. Reach out to her via email at for events and many more!

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