Long weekends give our family an opportunity to have a whole day of bonding. Yes, you read it right, just a day of happiness because of the tight schedule that me and my hubby both have. Our small businesses (computer shop and fruits biz) require us to be there physically because we don't have employees to run them but just the two of us. My eldest who's now employed in a brewery is enjoying his job and most of the time he even go to work even on Saturdays so there's no time for us to spend even an overnight stay for an out of town getaway. One weekend, we had a road trip to Tagaytay and went first to Palace in the Sky (now People's Park), my kids never got the chance to see the place whenever we're in Tagaytay so we decided to visit it first.
Us... patiently walking uphill to reach the top
It's not only because it's the highest spot in Tagaytay located at the peak of Mt. Gonzales which is about 2,500 ft. but the significant story why it became popular. It is an incomplete mansion supposed to be the vacation house of the late US President Reagan who announced his intention to visit our country but the planned did not prosper that's why the construction did not pushed through as well.
My three boys with Tagaytay Highlands at the background
The pineapple statue, it's been there since ages :)
I remember my first college field trip and it is on the same spot until today
At around 11:00 am, we decided to go down and decided to have an early lunch but we've encountered a monstrous traffic from Palace in the Sky going to Aguinaldo Hi-way. We were able to eat lunch at around 1:00 pm already because it took us almost 2 hours just for about 5 to 10 kilometers distance. Almost all our fave food spots were already full and so we ended up at Green ATS which was not on our bucket list that day. What's in the name? Green means Nature and ATS is a combined first letters of the owners family name.
We're lucky to get this spot, this is one of the kubo which is located at the center of their dining view deck. But here's the catch, there's a signage (over my bunso's head) stating that "the area is exclusive for the food purchases of 1,250 and above" haha! So you have to order food that will meet the above rule... lucky because we we're very hungry so no need to worry if we could meet the amount stated above :)
Here's what we ate...
Inihaw na liempo...
Grilled Lumot Pusit...
The food are great except for the bulalo, the kids love the freshly grilled squid and the liempo, I personally love the fried tawilis, it was very tasty and crunchy, we were a bit disappointed with the bulalo, the taste is just plain as it looks in the picture...nothing special with this one, to think that this is one of their house specialty.
Anyway, the experience was good, we enjoyed the food and the view. We'll be back again maybe, but we'll definitely exclude their bulalo on our list :)