Laguna and Tagaytay
1960s tropical shift dress: estate sale
vintage espadrille flats: gift from Grant
About a week ago me and some of my family took a small trip down south to Laguna to stay at an amazing resort called Hidden Valley Springs (which is where the first half of these pictures were taken). Talk about a slice of paradise! A quick bit of geography for you: Laguna is south of Manila and near the Southern most point of the "main" island called Luzon. Driving through Laguna/ Batangas is a real treat because the area becomes much more lush and green when compared to the middle of the island. Lots of picturesque scenes of water buffalos in verdant fields of rice while towering, jungle covered volcanoes and mountains lurk in the background. One of the coolest parts of the resort was 1. they had cold and hot pools supplied with water from the many springs that run through the area. I really like how the pool area didn't look like a "pool" meaning the water wasn't fake bright blue. The bottoms of the pools were made out of pebbles, too! Secondly, you could hike to some hidden falls on the property which were so amazing. I've never been in a jungle environment before so I was soaking it all in (beats hanging out at Rainforest Cafe any day, ahem).
After Laguna, I wanted to go to nearby Tagaytay specifically to eat at Sonya's Garden. Sonya's Garden is a really neat restaurant that grows pretty much all of its own produce and uses fresh products and ingredients in its meals. There is actually only one meal you can get (well, you could get a Filipino meal but you need advance notice and a certain amount of people, but I digress) and it consists of a huge bowl of salad (with edible flowers in the mix! They tasted citrusy) with tons of different mix ins like mango, jicama, jackfruit, etc. and followed with fresh baked bread again accompanied with different spreads (I was obsessed with the olive tapanade). The "main dish" is spaghetti that comes with different sauces and toppings and finally dessert. I really liked their chocolate cake but it seemed like no one else did? Too bad I ate everyones reject slices ;-) Ooh and they had really good drinks too! Dalandan juice (which tastes kind of like a mix between orange and melon juice) and tarragon tea. Lastly, I need to mention that where we ate was inside a green house that was hung with antique crystal chandeliers. So, SO pretty. I could live inside that greenhouse.