Tagaytay Country Hotel
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... tried to remain unseen to let the others negotiate a good price. If the boat owners see me, the price would double! After settling on a price, we took a strange looking boat that was a cross between a Venetian gondola and a Viking ship about 30 minutes across the lake. On the way, we see a series of house boats and fishing cages. The lake is filled with sardines and a variety of fish and snakes.
Waiting for us was a ...
... just not good. I'm so glad I got to see her though!
Anyway, after dinner at Kuya Edwin and Ate Omay's, it was back home for my second to last night of sleep here in the Philippines. Today is my LAST day here and it is so bittersweet. Most likely, my next entry will be either written in the sky, or in Manassas, VA. Today, I will enjoy these last moments with my family (including getting a pedicure and manicure) and packing - exciting, I know!
From Antipolo, we made a quick stop to the St. Padre Pio Chapel. Mass was just letting out there when we got there so there was quite a few people there. They were also offering the sacrament of anointing of the sick after mass too which led to a load of people waiting around. They had a small room with religious icons - statues, paintings, etc where people could go and silently pray. We walked through the room and prayed for a few ...
... with hundreds of street stalls blocking all walkways and risking life and limb
to cross any roads it gets really exciting. The security guards at the station check all the backpacks and the whistles from the platform guards are quite deafening. The locals were looking at us as we did stand out and I think they thought we were nuts!! So do I.
Well we ate at a chinese cafe, avoided all the other street stalls and managed to find our way back to the ...
... of the tricycle, I could glimpse out to the Taal volcano island as we were actually on the ridge of the larger crater. Truly scenic!
Modes of Transport to Volcano Island
Wasting no time, I arranged for Michael (my tricycle driver) to meet me at 230 pm in the lobby for the afternoon's volcanic excursion. It took another hour snaking down the winding road to the lake. The boat ride to the island was slow enough for me to enjoy the scenic views of the ...