LAGO DE ORO
How to get there?
From Ortigas, we take C-5 road bound to Tagaytay with 'some' stop-overs, Shell station along SLEX, StarBucks @Tagaytay, Shell station again @Tagaytay ;)) (No wonder it took us almost 4 hours until we reached our destination) From Tagaytay drive through Nasugbu, Batangas, turn right after the Caltex gas station going through the T-Junction, then turn left to Lian. Sure Lago de Oro's one and only signage that we saw along Lian helped a lot :| It relieves us from the feeling that we're not lost :D
At Lago de Oro, we went straight to the cable ski park only to realize that we need to enlist ourselves and made payment at their registration :| Below are the cable ski rates for walk in guests like us:
1 hour - 460.00
am session - 940.00
pm session - 940.00
am & pm session - 1450.00
We availed their beginner's ticket at 500.00/head. This entitles us to an unlimited cable ski (knee-boarding only) ride until we learn in one round. Prices includes ski equipment and life jacket. Thanked goodness! :D
They also follow a schedule:
am session - 9:30am to 12:30pm
pm session - 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Since we arrived @11:30pm, we got enough time to have our lunch in preparation to our wake boarding adventure. Food was so-so and not as delightful as we expect plus the air in the resort was humid. We're like eating our lunch in sauna.
At 1:30pm we return at the cable ski park and blend ourselves in with their 4 hectare ski lake, as we observe how the cable system makes the sport a must-try experience. What does it take to cable ski? Upper body strength, good balance, strong grip to hold the cable bar and lots of guts :D
For beginners, a reading manual on how-to do the cable ski both for knee board and wake board is available. Then we were instructed by a 'kuya' who demonstrated the correct posture of knee-boarding and how to control the cable when you're on water.
We then piled ourselves at the starting point to finally experience the thrill of knee boarding.
Kneel down the board, fasten your knee belt(not too tight so you can easily get out of it once you drop the bar) and hold the cable bar tightly as the rope starts to pull you away. weeeee!
Now let the adventure begin!
Personal tips: When reaching the corner spots, don't let the cable loose by leaning on the opposite direction, which means if you're turning left, lean on the right side. The more slack the robe becomes, the more force it can pull you.
KAINAN SA DALAMPASIGAN
20-30 minute drive from Lago de Oro, is an enchanting garden/restaurant. We were welcomed with hanging vines with different growing plants and trees. So green and refreshing!
We were the only guest when we arrive, so we took pleasure in exploring the place.
Indoor Garden with man-made water falls
Gazeebo ni Lolo Poniong
Hardin ni Lola Doray
Garden chapel with wooden pews and altar.
Hallway and Dining area.
The food is superb and mouth-watering at reasonable price.
Bilao sa Dalampasigan - Pork liempo, boneless daing na bangus, halabos na hipon, baked tahong with kamatis, sibuyas, pipino and bagoong on the side. All in @480.00 ;)
We also had hot and steaming bulalo, sizzling pork sisig, fresh vegetable chopseuy, adobong kangkong which we were not able to take some pictures due to craving ;))
For desserts we indulge our taste buds with halo-halo @75.00
Overall we had a relaxing, nature-friendly and tummy-satisfying experience at Kainan sa Dalampasigan. What a treat!
90's group and company :D ftw! see picture on the right (left-right) standing: Joseph, Carl, Nap, Joel, Nini, Girlie; (seating) Michael, Deng, Marica and Venz